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We Were Made for This Fight

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In the film Full Metal Jacket, which is set during the Vietnam War, there is a scene where a platoon of American soldiers is pinned down by a sniper. Two soldiers have already been hit. They writhe in pain, and perhaps death throes, out in the open. The newly christened platoon leader, “Cowboy,” tells his […]

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Delaware Priest Smuggled Child Porn, Including ‘Torture’ Images, Into The U.S., Feds Say

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A former Catholic priest at DeSales University has been indicted on federal charges that he smuggled child pornography, including some images investigators characterized as “torture” porn, into the U.S. from overseas. U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced Thursday that the charges were filed against William McCandless, 56, of Wilmington, Del., in federal Eastern District Court in […]

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Cardinal Pell Shocked by Level of ‘Criminality’ in Vatican Finances

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Cardinal George Pell has spoken of his surprise at the apparent extent of “criminality” involved in recent Vatican financial scandals. Speaking in an interview with Associated Press Monday, the cardinal, who led the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy from 2014-2017, said that he regretted that his efforts to bring tough mechanisms for financial transparency and […]

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Wilton Gregory, Biden’s Kind of Bishop

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Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., is basking in the praise of the mainstream media. Reports of his elevation to cardinal have generated such gushing headlines as: “Archbishop Gregory stood up to Trump. Now he’s about to be the first Black cardinal in U.S.” In June, Gregory blasted Trump for trying to “silence” the […]

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Seminarian: ‘I Want To Get Away’

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I’m trying to describe my experience in the seminary, dejection at the state of the Church, and my latest decision to try to leave. There is something good in these developments, but I don’t know how to express it best. Here’s what I wrote: In the Church, truth and falsehood, good and evil have been […]