Local/National Faith Briefs

Rosary Crusade is Oct. 13 at Memorial Park

The public is invited to the 2018 Public Square Rosary Crusade at noon Oct. 13 at Memorial Park. The event includes prayer, repentance and conversion. For more information, call Al Eggermont at 507-401-1234 or 507-537-1234.

Catholic Daughters to meet Monday

The Catholic Daughters of Americas will be have their monthly meeting Monday in Carlin Hall following 5:30 p.m. Mass. There will be recognition of 50-year members. Lunch co-chairs are Becky Bock and Cindy Sande. All CDA members are encouraged to attend.

Beginning Experience Rebuilding series starts Oct. 15

The Beginning Experience Rebuilding series is being offered for 10 weeks beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 17. The Monday sessions begin at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and A streets in Marshall. Registration is held the first two Monday nights starting at 6:30 p.m. Registration is then closed for that session. The support group is open to people of all denominations. There is a fee of $75 to cover the cost of materials. This series is designed for those who are past the initial pain of losing a partner and are working to put their lives back together. All dialogue is confidential and facilitators are individuals who have suffered a similar loss. If you wish to register or have other questions concerning level participation, contact Laurie W:507-829-4004 or MaryAnn S:507-828-2866.

Poll: US Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — As sex abuse scandals continue to buffet the Roman Catholic Church, Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the crisis, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

The survey, released Tuesday, found that 31 percent of U.S. Catholics felt the pope was doing an excellent or good job in addressing the issue, down from 45 percent in January and 55 percent in 2015.

Sex-abuse scandals have plagued the Catholic church worldwide for decades, but events this year — several with direct U.S. connections — have elevated the issue to crisis-level at the Vatican and sown discord among church leaders in the U.S. In August, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailed decades of abuse and cover-up in six dioceses, alleging that more than 1,000 children had been abused over the years by about 300 priests.

In July, Pope Francis removed U.S. church leader Theodore McCarrick as a cardinal after church investigators said an allegation that he groped a teenage altar boy in the 1970s was credible. Subsequently, several former seminarians and priests reported that they too had been abused or harassed by McCarrick as adults.

The Vatican has aggravated that scandal by refusing to respond to claims by a retired ambassador, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, that Francis and other Vatican officials before him covered up for McCarrick.

For the survey, Pew conducted telephone interviews with 1,754 American adults, including 336 Catholics, from Sept. 18-24. Among the public as a whole, about half said they viewed the pope favorably — the lowest rating Francis has received in a Pew survey since he became pope in 2013.