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Flawed Legal Theory Behind Vatican Sex-Abuse Suits, Lawyer Says (5215)

Efforts to sue the Vatican claim Holy See controls all priests, receives information about all priests’ activities and makes ‘specific decisions’ about their placement.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — After the withdrawal of yet another abuse lawsuit against the Vatican, the Holy See’s lawyer said that such efforts are based on “erroneous ideas about the Catholic Church” that unravel under close scrutiny.

Jeffrey Lena, the U.S. counsel for the Holy See, said the case John V. Doe v. Holy See is “the third case of its kind against the Holy See to disintegrate in the face of legal and factual challenge.”

He said the lawsuit “should never have been filed” and that it was based on “factual misstatements and fallacious syllogisms that misled the public for years.”

He said other cases against the Vatican begin with “very strong complaints” stating apparent facts about...READ MORE

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Before Pope Francisʼ Election, Conclave Warned of Europeʼs Dying Faith (4461)

Cardinal Prospero Grech told cardinals the conclave was both a ‘strong moment of grace’ and ‘the maximum responsibility.’

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Cardinal Prospero Grech

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VATICAN CITY — When cardinal electors met at the beginning of the 2013 conclave, they received a sober warning from their fellow Cardinal Prospero Grech. The non-elector cardinal told them that the Church needed the New Evangelization more than ever in the face of Europeʼs loss of faith and a pope who could keep the Church together in the face of crisis.

“In the West, at least in Europe, Christianity itself is in crisis,” Cardinal Grech told the 115 cardinal electors in the Vaticanʼs Sistine Chapel March 12. “There is a rampant secularism and agnosticism which has diverse roots.”

“You feel, therefore, the urgency of the New Evangelization, which begins with the pure kerygma (Gospel...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Planes' (7994)

Pixar Ultra-Lite: DisneyToon’s “World of Cars” installment is simple, agreeable fare for the whole family.

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What has become Disney/Pixar’s “World of Cars” franchise originally began with John Lasseter’s love of cars and stock-car racing, as well as his nostalgia for historic Route 66 and the American West of the past it represents. Lasseter’s personal enthusiasm for the subject matter elevated the 2006 film, making it better than it had a right to be.

Then, though, the popularity of one of the supporting characters — and fondness at Pixar for the actor who voiced him — took over the franchise. Larry the Cable Guy’s Mater the tow truck starred in the short Mater and the Ghostlight, got his own Disney Channel series, Mater’s Tall Tales, and went on to upstage Lightning McQueen as the true...READ MORE

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Sainthood on the Horizon for G.K. Chesterton? (13494)

An investigation has begun into whether to open the cause for canonization of the English writer and convert.

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G.K. Chesterton

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Devotees of the English writer and Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton rejoiced at the news that a Catholic bishop in England is seeking to open an investigation into whether he should be declared a saint.

Opening the annual conference of the American Chesterton Society at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., society president Dale Ahlquist said that Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, England, “is seeking a suitable cleric to begin an investigation into the potential for opening a cause for Chesterton.”

Speaking to the Register, Father Ian Ker, author of G.K. Chesterton: A Biography, published by Oxford University Press, reacted to the announcement by saying, “The Church is looking...READ MORE

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Evangelization Blocked by Our Own ‘Hesitancy’ to Convert (3123)

Cardinal O'Malley gave the keynote address on the New Evangelization in Pope Francis' pontificate at the Knights of Columbus’ supreme convention in San Antonio.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley gives a keynote address during the Knights of Columbus' supreme convention in San Antonio Aug. 6.

– Knights of Columbus

SAN ANTONIO — The biggest obstacle to the success of the New Evangelization is the reluctance of individual Catholics to let themselves be converted by the faith, according to Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

This dynamic is a “hesitancy to accept that each one of us has the obligation to further our own personal conversion and at the same time to share our faith,” the archbishop of Boston told Catholic News Agency Aug. 7.

He emphasized that many Catholics “don’t feel equipped” to share the Gospel and that “we need to help them to be disciple-makers and to have the confidence and also a sense of responsibility” to spread the faith.

“This Year of Faith is a wonderful opportunity for us; the...READ MORE

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Mysterious Priest Showed Up to Pray With Missouri Crash Victim (50239)

As responders struggled to remove Katie Lentz from her wrecked car, a priest appeared and prayed with her, then vanished.

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After emergency responders spent an hour trying to remove a young woman from her wrecked car near Center, Mo., a priest appeared with anointing oil and prayed with her, and then inexplicably vanished.

“He came up and approached the patient and offered a prayer,” Raymond Reed, the New London, Mo., fire chief explained to KHQA-TV about the Aug. 4 incident.

“A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.”

Once the victim, Katie Lentz, was removed from her car and put into an...READ MORE

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Abortion Polls Test the Conscience of a Church (8512)

Pro-life outreach in parishes and colleges and to Hispanics may prove decisive toward a Catholic culture of life.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic bishops are trying to bring their flocks fully into the pro-life fold, but another poll confirms that the faithful are not even halfway there.

However, Catholic and pro-life leaders believe the Church has an opportunity to change these trends — if only the lay faithful will allow it.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll reports 55% of self-identified white Catholics believe abortion should be “legal in most or all cases.” Just 29% of Catholics said abortion should be “illegal in most cases,” and 13% said abortion should be “illegal in all cases.”

However, the poll does not give the complete picture of Catholics in the United States: It does not reflect the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Vatican Finances (5743)

‘For the Prevention and Countering of Money Laundering, the Financing of Terrorism and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction,’ issued Aug. 8, strengthens the Holy See’s supervisory powers.

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VATICAN CITY — In a further bid to counter and prevent financial crime within the jurisdiction of the Holy See, Pope Francis today issued a decree to tighten Vatican safeguards on money laundering.

The Pope’s latest “motu proprio” (“on one’s own initiative”) strengthens the supervisory powers of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority “in response to a recommendation of the Moneyval Committee,” the Vatican said.

Moneyval is a European watchdog group that carried out a review of the Institute of Works of Religion — better known as the Vatican Bank — last year.

The new decree aims to prevent and counter not only money laundering, but also cites its associated crimes of financing...READ MORE

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