Catholic Church

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A Catholic bishop from Long Island passed out bibles and rosaries to children at immigration detention centers in Brownsville, Texas, on the U.S-Mexico border last week.

Auxiliary Bishop Robert Brennan of the Diocese of Rockville Centre joined five members of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops delegation to hold mass for teenage boys. Brennan says it gave the children a connection to home in Central America, a largely Catholic region.

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New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.  

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Victims of childhood sexual abuse are hoping that the #MeToo movement will help them enact the Child Victims Act in New York. The measure extends the statute of criminal and civil limitations for victims beyond the current age of 23 to age 50 and adds a one-year look back window to file civil suits. 

One man who says he is a former victim, and is now an advocate, says this is the year for the act’s passage.

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On Long Island, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has started a compensation program for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

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Cardinal Jose Gregorio Rosa Chavez of El Salvador will visit Long Island next weekend as part of an anti-gang effort in the Catholic community.

Cardinal Chavez is the first cardinal to be appointed to El Salvador, the homeland of many Long Island immigrants as well as the MS-13 gang.  

The visit will be part of a plan to establish anti-gang programs between Long Island and El Salvador.

Catholics leaders also hope the visit will help calm Latino communities that were shaken by the series of MS-13 gang murders in Brentwood and Central Islip.