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Cardinal explains plan to address 'moral catastrophe' of abuse

Cardinal explains plan to address 'moral catastrophe' of abuse WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the "moral catastrophe" of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church.    The plan "will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy an...
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Friday, August 17, 2018

Bishops respond to Pa. grand jury report

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is hosting a series of meetings this week responding to the broader issue of safe environments within the Church. An update will be offered upon their conclusion....
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can't 'rebalance the scales of justice'

Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can't 'rebalance the scales of justice' CHICAGO (CNS) – Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, speaking during an Aug. 2 panel discussion, described how Catholic teaching on the death penalty has developed and stressed that putting people to death – even criminals who are certainly guilty of terrible acts – makes it seem tha...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

National Religious Retirement Office Distributes $25 Million

WASHINGTON—In June, the National Religious Retirement Office distributed $25 million to 360 religious communities to aid in the care of senior members. The funds were made possible by the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, which benefits elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and p...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Many urge more accountability by Church after abuse revelations

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The sexual-abuse allegations surrounding now-former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick have prompted some church figures to call for a more thorough reckoning of the U.S. church's clerical sexual-abuse policies.             "We...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Crimes, oppression against religion 'span width of our world,' says Pence

WASHINGTON (CNS) – In a July 26 speech at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence described the state of religious freedom around the world and the wide variety of attacks it faces.             He ment...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible' VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the per...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people

Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said.     "It's from your roots that you will get the strength to continue. None of us -- neith...
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Monday, July 16, 2018

President nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

President nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court WASHINGTON (CNS) – President Donald Trump announced on July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.         ...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Catholic physicians highlight lesser-known dangers of contraceptives

WASHINGTON (CNS) – A team of Catholic Medical Association physicians and students are working on a comprehensive literature review of the medical effects of contraception, set to be available later this year.             With about 10.6 m...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018