The Unification Church is suing two publishers for $19 million regarding two books critical of the church and its founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
Deprogrammer Ted Patrick and his publisher, E.P. Dutton, are being sued for $15 million for the book, "Let Our Children Go." Author Dusty Sklar and his publisher, Harper & Row, are being sued for $4 million for "Gods and Beasts: The Nazis and the Occlut," which compares techniques allegedly used by the Unification church with occult societies of Nazi Germany.
Pope Paul VI will grant an audience to a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith so they can present him a 16-page history of the Holocaust. The publication, "The Record - The Holocaust in History, 1933-1945 - was distributed recently in about 35 American newspapers.
The results of the Secretariat for Black Catholics board election held last weekend are:
Jacqueline Wilson of St. Gabriel's elected to her second term in the Northwest Vicariate, and Debbie Smith, also of St. Gabriel's, elected as youth member.
Arthur Cooke, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, elected to his second term in the Southeast Vicariate.
Vincent Hollis of St. Patrick, Norbeck, elected to his second term in the Montgomery County Vicariate.
Venessa Traylor reelected in the Prince Beorge's County Vicariate.
Brother Joseph Hager, at-large position.
Evangelist Morris Cerullo, whose organization reportedly takes in $6.5 million a year, plans to build a $100 million religious complex in Mira Mesa, Calif., north of San Diego.
Cerullo is known for extensive evangelism in developing countries. More recently, however, Cerullo, who was born a Jew, claims to have contacted "every Jew in Israel three times and 2,000 in Israel have responded to my Bible course offer."
The complex is planned to include a ministers' training school, retirement housing and a 6,000-seat house of worship.
Washington's Episcopal Bishop John T. Walker will receive an honorary degree from the Georgetwon University Law Center May 21.
Donald J. Thorman, late publisher of the National Catholic Reporter, was honored posthumsously with the Catholic Press Association's top award, the St. Francis de Sales statuette "for years of excellent service to the Catholic Press."
Often an outspoken critic of Catholic Church leadership in the United States and a firm advocate of Catholic press freedom, Thorman is creadited with being responsible for NCR's high regard as an independent lay-edited church press.