Supreme Court halts enforcement of California's limits on in-home worship services (Religion Clause) “California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts, and indoor restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time,” the Court ruled in its 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor.
London police 'regret' disrupting Good Friday liturgy (Crux) A London police superintendent visited Christ the King church to acknowledge that “many people were very upset by what happened on Good Friday and we deeply regret that.” Police had disrupted liturgical services in the parish, which serves Polish Catholics, and sent the congregation home, citing Covid rules. Bishop John Wilson of Southwark, who accompanied the police official to the church, said that the Church is “committed to enabling freedom of worship for everyone, in safe and secure environments,”and expressed a desire to “move forward in friendship.”
DR Congo's bishops warn of 'Islamization' in east (AFP) “For more than two decades, the east of our country (map) has been devastated by armed conflicts and recurrent insecurity that cause death, desolation and displacement of populations,” the nation’s leading bishops said in their appeal.
Shanghai pilgrimage cancelled, but amusement park is open (AsiaNews) The Diocese of Shanghai has announced that an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, which usually draws tens of thousands, will not be held this year because of Covid restrictions. But an amusement park near the shrine has been open for weeks. AsiaNews notes that Bishop Taddeo Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who resigned from the government-backed Patriotic Association after his episcopal ordination, has been under house arrest since 2012.
Vatican symposium to study theology of priesthood (Vatican News) The Vatican has announced a major symposium, to be held in February 2022, on the theology of the priesthood. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, told an April 12 press conference that the meeting would look for “a way of valuing all vocations while respecting what is specific to each.”
Haitian priests, nuns among kidnap victims (Fides) Five priests and two nuns were among ten people kidnapped on Sunday, April 11, in Cap Haitien, Haiti, as they approached a local church. The kidnappers have demanded a large ransom. Kidnapping has become increasingly common in Haiti, as the country’s stability wavers.
Catholic nonprofit CEO arrested by FBI in fraud case (Detroit News) John Lynch is the former CFO and CEO of Holy Cross Services, once known as Boysville of Michigan. “We want to assure all our donors, stakeholders, clients and partners, that Holy Cross fully cooperated throughout the investigation, and that the organization has implemented best practices and safeguards to prevent this from ever happening again,” the charity said in a statement.
+Cardinal Edward Cassidy, 96 (Vatican News) The Australian cardinal, ordained to the priesthood in 1949, was nuncio to Taiwan (1970-73), Bangladesh (1973-79), Lesotho and South African (1979-84), and the Netherlands (1984-88) before briefly becoming Substitute (Sostituto) of the Secretariat of State (1988-89). He then worked as President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (1989-2001). With his death, there are 225 living cardinals, 126 of them eligible to vote in a conclave.