Catholic Church http://wesa.fm en Thousands of Catholic Educators Gather in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/thousands-catholic-educators-gather-pittsburgh <p>For years, Catholic schools across the country have been struggling with declining enrollment.</p><p>From the peak in the 1960s at 5.2 million students in Catholic schools, about 1.9 million now attend. But the National Catholic Educational Association, or NCEA, maintains that a Catholic education is as important in today’s world as it was in the 1960s.</p><p>“Catholic education addresses the whole person,” said NCEA President Brother Robert Bimonte. “We’re not only a school that’s teaching facts, but we’re forming the whole person: body, mind and spirit.”</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:59:53 +0000 Deanna Garcia 27992 at http://wesa.fm Group Wants Further Disclosure of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse http://wesa.fm/post/group-wants-further-disclosure-priests-accused-sexual-abuse <p>Members of the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is taking news about two abuse case settlements to call on the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to better notify the public when a priest has been accused of sexual misconduct.</p><p>The priests in question had both worked in Pittsburgh, though the abuse allegations come from other places they worked.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:33:33 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16435 at http://wesa.fm Group Wants Further Disclosure of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse Diocese of Pittsburgh to Honor Saturday as 'Day of Prayer for Peace' http://wesa.fm/post/diocese-pittsburgh-honor-saturday-day-prayer-peace <p>Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop Zubik will celebrate mass Saturday to honor Pope Francis’ proclamation of a universal day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria.</p><p>The crisis in Syria has been making headlines ever since an alleged chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb. U.S. and U.K. intelligence reports blame the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad for the attack and indicate that more than 1,400 people were killed, including at least 426 children.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:50:18 +0000 Patrick Higgins and Tim Camerato 16101 at http://wesa.fm Bishop Zubik Finds Pope Francis' Leadership Refreshing & Positive http://wesa.fm/post/bishop-zubik-finds-pope-francis-leadership-refreshing-positive <p>Homosexuality has historically been a highly controversial subject throughout the Roman Catholic Church. But recent comments from Pope Francis may change the way the Church approaches the topic.</p><p>Earlier this week, Pope Francis <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/30/world/europe/pope-francis-gay-priests.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">said to reporters</a>, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord, and has good will, who am I to judge?”&nbsp; A statement, deemed by some as “revolutionary.”</p><p>Many say that statement highlights the compassionate nature of the new Pope and paves the path for possible internal changes in the Church. The Most Reverend David Zubik, Bishop of the <a href="http://diopitt.org/departments-offices/office-diocesan-bishop">Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh</a> is enthusiastic about the new Pope’s leadership technique and finds that those in the region are equally excited.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:22:40 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14209 at http://wesa.fm Bishop Zubik Finds Pope Francis' Leadership Refreshing & Positive