NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER: Cuban bishops call for dialogue as island reels from protests


Walter Tillow
 

 
 
 

Welcome to Friday. The Cuban bishops' conference called on the island's government and protesters to "listen to each other" and avoid violence as the country reels from demonstrations sparked by food shortages, power outages and worsening economic conditions. And William R. Luckey, a longtime economics and political science professor at Christendom College, has been charged with solicitation of a minor and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. 


Cuban bishops call for dialogue as island reels from protests

The Cuban bishops' conference called on the island's government and protesters to "listen to each other" and avoid violence as the country reels from demonstrations sparked by food shortages, power outages and worsening economic conditions.

The protests, which broke out July 11, were the largest in decades. They were quickly repressed by the island's communist government, which arrested dozens of people, cut access to the internet and also detained — and then released — a priest who was trying to protect young protesters from police.

In a July 12 statement, the bishops said thousands of people have taken to the streets of Cuba to protest the "deterioration of social and economic conditions" and added that while the government has "tried to take measures" to solve problems, Cuban citizens should have "the right to express their needs and hopes" in public.

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Former Christendom College professor arrested on charges of soliciting a child

A longtime economics and political science professor at Christendom College in Virginia has been charged with solicitation of a minor younger than 16 years old and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

William R. Luckey, 72, who taught for about 30 years at the Catholic institution, which touts itself as one of only 15 colleges recommended by the conservative Cardinal Newman Society, was arrested June 25 and released on a secured $50,000 bond July 12.

According to court documents, the criminal complaint alleges that in June, Luckey offered a 10-year-old $10 in exchange for touching the child's buttocks. When the child declined, Luckey allegedly made the child lie down on a bed and touched the child's buttocks underneath their clothes anyway. He then left the money on the bed.

Since his retirement from Christendom in 2015, Luckey has taught at Padre Pio Academy, a homeschooling co-op for students in grades K-12 hosted by St. John the Baptist Parish in Front Royal, Virginia.

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