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Buffalo Closure?

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After seven years of allegedly allowing priests accused of statutory rape and unwanted touching to remain in ministry, after concealing hundreds of pages of damning litigation documents from the public, after being secretly recorded calling an active parish priest a “sick puppy” and talking about a clerical “love triangle” that could “be the end of […]

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Not The First Time Matano Has Blocked Fulton Sheen’s Beatification?

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., might have derailed the beatification of Fulton Sheen not once but twice, according to its Peoria counterpart. Salvatore Matano, the bishop of Rochester, provided documents that caused the Vatican to postpone an unofficial beatification date of Sept. 20 for Sheen, a Peoria-area native. Msgr. James Kruse, the director […]

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New Poll Shows U.S. Catholics Less Likely Than Protestants to Express Confidence in Advice from Clergy

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Most U.S. adults who attend religious services express confidence in their clergy’s advice on a range of questions, at least to some degree. But a recent Pew Research Center survey finds that Catholics have considerably less confidence than Protestants – and are less likely to claim a close relationship with their clergy. Among U.S. adults […]

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Vicar General of Peoria Diocese: Sheen Beatification Delay an Act of ‘Sabotage’

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After the Diocese of Rochester last week confirmed it had requested that the beatification of Venerable Fulton Sheen be delayed, a longtime Peoria diocese official is accusing the Rochester diocese of repeatedly “sabotaging” Sheen’s sainthood cause. “Under the veneer of the Rochester diocese’s call for caution, more than an overwhelming majority of people would conclude […]

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Cardinal Zen: Pope Francis is ‘Encouraging a Schism’ by ‘Legitimizing’ China’s Communist-Run Church

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Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen said that Pope Francis is “encouraging a schism” in China by “legitimizing” the Communist-run Chinese catholic independent church. “Recently I learned that the Holy Father, on a flight back from (I don’t remember where) said, ‘Sure, I don’t want to see a schism. But I’m not afraid of a schism.’ And […]

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German Bishops Contradict Catechism – Say Homosexuality is ‘Normal’

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German Catholic bishops met on Thursday to discuss controversial issues in a meeting of ‘experts’ of the Commission for Marriage and Family of the German Bishops’ Conference. The “Expert Consultation” in Berlin was organized in conjunction with the Institute for Christian Ethics and Politics (ICEP) led by Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl. Among the participants were the Berlin Archbishop […]