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Vatican Wants to Limit Scope of February Summit to ‘The Sexual Abuse of Minors’

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Next month’s Vatican summit of bishops on clerical sex abuse will include a penitential liturgy as well as opportunities for discussion and prayer aimed at helping to ensure bishops return to their dioceses with a clear understanding of how to deal with the scourge. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Vatican said the much-anticipated Feb. 21-24 meeting […]

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The Non-Trial of Theodore McCarrick

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to formally assess the evidence and defense within the next week and reach a final determination. While recent media reports suggest that a trial of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick is underway, Vatican sources have told CNA that his case is not being handled by a full […]

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Sex Abuse Scandal Claims Yet Another US Bishop Resignation

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Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar of Los Angeles Wednesday after the archdiocese’s oversight board found a prior allegation of misconduct with a minor to be credible. Bishop Salazar’s alleged misconduct, which is said to have occurred while he was a parish priest in the 1990s, was previously investigated by both […]

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Prophetic 1930 Article Warns of Homosexuality, Birth Control

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Father William Bolger of St. Thomas University Offers Prophetic Warning About Homosexuality and Birth Control This 1930 article from the Register carried a warning from Father William Bolger to a gathering of the National Council of Catholic Women in Minnesota. “Father Bolger’s address was one of outstanding frankness, and the priest left his audience gasping” […]

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There Can Be No Justice Without Truth

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All truths are interconnected, from the humblest to the holiest. I refer to the simplest of truths as those that can be answered by “Yes” or “No.” “Tell the truth, now: Did you chop down that cherry tree?” George Washington’s father asked his son. “Yes, I did; I cannot tell a lie,” George replied. The […]

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Confronting Troubling Questions Ahead of February Bishops’ Meeting

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Time is short for concrete actions and authentic reforms. We cannot afford another missed opportunity. The Holy See announced in September that Pope Francis would focus all of the energies and proposals in dealing with the growing global clergy sex-abuse crisis on one event: the gathering in Rome of the presidents of the world’s episcopal […]