Thursday, February 21, 2013

From Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, Sunday -- February 17, 2013:

"Priest, teacher convicted..."

"A Philadelphia jury on January 30 convicted a suspended priest, Father Charles Engelhardt, and a former Catholic school teacher, Bernard Shero, on charges related to the sexual abuse of an altar boy, age 10, that occurred from 1998 to 2000..."

"Baptism agreement ..."

"Representatives of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and four Protestant denominations, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ, publicly signed an agreement January 29 that recognizes the validity of one another's baptisms ..."

Personal note: yours truly was informed by a young associate pastor of Houston's First United Methodist Church -- away back in 1974! -- that they, too, recognized my Roman Catholic baptism as valid! :)


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