Regensburger Domspatzen performing May 18, 2013. Father Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is accused of turning a blind eye to abuse during his time running the prestigious choir. Photo by JouWatch via Flickr [https://flic.kr/p/gQ9J4b]

Fake priest faces assault, child porn charges: News and Notes

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  • August 9, 2017

News and notes from around the Catholic world as collected by The Catholic Register.

FAKE PRIEST ABUSEA 33-year-old Edmonton man who had been impersonating a Catholic priest faces eight sexual assault and child pornography charges involving two teenage boys under 16.


Justin Georges Stephen Coulombe was arrested on July 27. In online postings he falsely identified himself as a member of the Catholic clergy, but he is not a priest nor has he studied to be one


'ILLUSTRIOUS' CARDINAL DIESCardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, whom Pope Francis described as one of the Archdiocese of Milan’s “most illustrious sons,” died Aug. 5 at the age of 83.


The former archbishop of Milan and prolific writer on themes related to family and to bioethical issues was described by Italian media as being “small in stature, but big in heart.”

He was considered one of the most authoritative voices in the Italian Church, and at one time was near the top of Italian pundits’ list of possible future popes.


PRIEST STABBED CELEBRATING MASS DIESA Mexican priest, stabbed while celebrating Mass in May at Mexico’s Metropolitan Cathedral, died on Aug. 2.

Fr. Miguel Angel Machorro was stabbed three times May 15, and a suspect, an American citizen, was arrested at the scene.

The Metropolitan Cathedral, which dates back to the 16th century, is a popular tourist stop.


JULIAS FOUNDAfter decades of searching, Israeli archaeologists working on the shores of the Sea of Galilee believe they have uncovered the lost Roman city of Julias, home of the apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip.

Remains uncovered at Beit Habek, in the Bethsaida Valley Nature Reserve, have led archaeologists to believe that this was a significant Roman city and not just a simple fishing village.

“This is a discovery that will arouse great interest among early Christian scholars, historians of the New Testament, and scholars of the Land of Israel in general and the Jewish Galilee, during the Second Temple period in particular,” said a press release.


EVANGELICAS WANT PAPAL MEETINGU.S. President Donald Trump’s evangelical Christian advisers are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis after a Vatican-approved magazine published an article criticizing some American evangelicals and Roman Catholics for mixing religion and politics.

That request came in an Aug. 3 letter from Johnnie Moore, an evangelical author and activist. He asked Francis for a meeting of Catholic and evangelical leaders.

“It’s in this moment of ongoing persecution, political division and global conflict that we have also witnessed efforts to divide Catholics and Evangelicals,” Moore wrote. “We think it would be of great benefit to sit together and to discuss these things.”

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