February 14th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Philadelphia Catholics demand changes in the church

From CNN Philadelphia affiliate KYW:

Protesters surrounded the entrance to Basilica’s Saint Peters and Paul in Philadelphia, Sunday demanding the change they say the church is lacking.

“Let’s not risk one more day of one more child being hurt the way we were,” said one protester.

The protesters say they are upset, but not surprised, that three priests, Edward Avery, Charles Engelhardt and James Brennan, as well as a teacher, Bernard Shero, were charged with sexually assaulting and raping two young boys over a period of several years.

View Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Rigali's video responding to the charges.

Read the full story about the Philadelphia protests on KYW's website.
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pennsylvania • Sex abuse

February 4th, 2011
01:22 PM ET

Philadelphia archdiocese raising funds for burials in abortion case

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Philadelphia (CNN) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is collecting donations in an effort to pay for the burial of fetal remains found in the clinic of a doctor who is accused of killing newborn babies during illegal abortions.

Such a burial will have to wait, though, prosecutors say, because the remains are evidence in the case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

"It's an extremely unusual case and unusual request," said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Read the full story on the archdiocese raising funds for burials
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Abortion • Bishops • Catholic Church • Pennsylvania

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