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Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, cardinal says
VATICAN CITY - Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.
"We want to make this delicate material more accessible, more understandable and easier for bishops to apply," Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, council president, told the Vatican newspaper.
In the interview published July 24 in L'Osservatore Romano, the cardinal said his office has been working since 2008 to revise "Book VI: Sanctions in the Church," a section of the Code of Canon Law.
The penalties and punishments offered by church law should be applied, he said.
"In the face of a negative action, which harms the good of a person and therefore the good of the church, penal law expects a reaction, that is the pastor inflicting a canonical penalty," the cardinal said.
If a bishop does not react by imposing a punishment on a priest guilty of the crime of sexual abuse, he said, "in some way that would be, or would seem to be, consenting to the evil committed. A negative act necessarily must be condemned; it requires a reaction."
At the same time, he said, the bishop must recognize that the infliction of a penalty is ultimately for the good of the abuser as well. Penalties in canon law are designed to "encourage the conversion of those who commit crimes." Read More
Upcoming Marriage Weekend: Retrouvaille - August 8-10, 2014
Are you experiencing stress or trouble in your marriage? The Retrouvaille Marriage Weekend Program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. The upcoming Retrouvaille Weekend Program will be held August 8-10, 2014 at Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA. For information on the program please visit the website www.HelpOurMarriage.com or to register for the weekend please call 1-800-470-2230. All calls are confidential.
Attension Ladies: Diocese Of Wilmington Women's Conference!
Saturday November 1, 2014. Check-in from 8:00-8:45 /St. Joseph's Parish Middletown, DE. Conference Speaker, Johnnette Benkovic travels internationally as a popular conference speaker, published author, retreat director, and seminar presenter. She is the author of several books and developed the internationally recognized Women of Grace® Foundational Study Series which has transformed thousands of women worldwide through the healing love of Jesus Christ. Women of Grace® is a Catholic apostolate which began in 2003. The mission of Women of Grace® is to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity™. The Conference includes Mass, Presentations, Lunch and Inspirational Music by St. Joseph Parish
Contemporary Group. The day concludes by 4:00 with a informational session about becoming a facilitator and/or how you can bring the upcoming Women of Grace Study,"Feminine Genius: Toward A Deeper Theology of Woman" to your parish! Cost: $30.00 lunch on your own / $40.00"box-lunch". Informational/Registration Form: (3 Ways):1) Visit the Diocesan website www.cdow.org under "Offices & Ministries"/click "Marriage & Family Life" / click "Women's Outreach" and print out the informational flyer/registration form or 2) The informational flyer/registration form can be mailed to you by calling the Office for Marriage & Family Life at 302-295-0667 or3) A limited supply of informational flyer/registration forms were mailed to each parish office with the June 26 diocesan parish mailings. Register Early - Johnnette books up quickly!
Diocesan Healing Mass to be held August 1sts quarterly Healing Mass will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware. Rev. Charles C. Dillingham, Pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption will be presmily at t
The Diocesan Healing Mass features a reserved seating area for the aged and infirmed and ushers are available to provide assistance if needed. St. Mary of the Assumption is handicapped accessible. Additionally, Father Dillingham will go into the congregation to bless those in the reserved seating area, and prayer teams will also visit all who cannot come forward to the altar for prayers. Confessions will be heard after Mass. All are welcome.
"Natural Family Planning: It's Worth It. Join the Revolution!"
This is the theme of this year's Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to celebrate God's design for married love and the gift of life. It is also to raise awareness of Natural Family Planning methods. NFP is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancy. The dates of the NFP Awareness Week (July 20-26) highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife. The NFP autumn classes will be held at St. Margaret of Scotland in Newark, DE. The class dates are September 6, October 4 and November 1 at 1:00 pm. The method taught, Sympto-Thermal is safe and highly effective. The NFP classes are taught by trained and certified members from the Couple to Couple League. To register and/or obtain more information visit the Couple to Couple website at www.ccli.org .