St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson announced the suspension of retired priest Father John Ghio.
With the permission of current St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson, Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke will ordain four men into the sacred priesthood of the Institute of Christ the King Sovreign at St. Francis de Sales Oratory on Gravois in South St. Louis.
St. Louis-based Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has already sent $150,000 to the Lutheran Church in the Philippines to provide immediate assistance.
The Archdiocese recently released its clergy misconduct costs from the fiscal year 2013, totaling $943,000. That’s compared to $342,000 in fiscal 2012.
When first considered in 2011, one parish – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in south St. Louis County – reported an alcohol ban would reduce annual revenue by $35,000 to $50,000.
The case involves a longtime Carlson associate, Father Joseph Jiang, is accused of molesting an underage girl and attempted witness tampering.
The Maronite Catholic Church is an ancient Eastern rite of Catholicism based in Lebanon with many members in Syria.