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Minnesota Dioceses Settle Abuse Cases, Pledge to Protect Children (1925)

Former priest Thomas Adamson admitted to the sexual molestation of at least 10 teens while working as a priest in the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two dioceses in Minnesota have reached undisclosed financial settlements with a victim of clergy abuse, promising to implement and abide by policies intended to protect children, and to report perpetrators.

“I am deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for the pain suffered by victims, survivors and their families,” Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul and Minneapolis said Oct. 13. He added that the agreement is a “significant step closer” to help survivors heal and “to restore trust with our clergy and faithful.”

He said that the archdiocese’s agreement with an abuse victim is “a historic moment in our efforts to assure the safety of children and vulnerable adults.”


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Catholics Remember St. John Paul II’s Personal Impact on Inaugural Feast (4150)

The ‘Pope of the Family’ touched the hearts of millions, and he continues to inspire as the Church celebrates his saintly feast for the first time.

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WASHINGTON — As the universal Church celebrates St. John Paul II’s feast day for the very first time, Catholics from all walks of life note the saint’s influence on them personally and his challenge to proclaim the Gospel in their lives.

St. John Paul II served the Church as pope from 1978 to 2005 — the third-longest reign of any bishop of Rome — exerting a profound influence on the Church and its direction in the years following the Second Vatican Council. The saint’s Oct. 22 feast day shows that his influence continues to echo in the lives of the faithful.

“I think St. John Paul II deeply affected a whole generation by sharing with us a sense of fearlessness in the face of a world that...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput’s Advice for Christians Today: Work, Pray, Love (2666)

The Philadelphia archbishop’s comments came in his Oct. 20 Erasmus Lecture.

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Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

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NEW YORK — Religious believers should acknowledge that they are now “strangers” in U.S. society, in part because of their own failures, but should nevertheless work for renewal and worship God with joy, said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.

“Our job is to be the healthy cells in a society. We need to work as long as we can, as hard as we can, to nourish the good that remains in our country — and there’s a deep well of good that does remain — and to encourage the seeds of a renewal that can only come from our young people.”

Archbishop Chaput’s comments came in his Oct. 20 Erasmus Lecture, a webcast event sponsored by First Things magazine and the Institute on Religion in Public...READ MORE

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The New Viagra Commercial Is Disturbing, Rediscovering Pleasures of Penance, Patron Comics and More! (5282)

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Legislating Morality: The Church-State Conflict That Isn’t – Fr. Thomas Kocik, One Peter 5

Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

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The Death of Our Family Wage Culture - Dusty Gates, Crisis...READ MORE

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Synod Surprise (12330)


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Those expecting big changes in Catholic teaching in the final report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family just encountered the “God of surprises,” to use Pope Francis’ expression. No big changes.

Of course, the interim report surprised people, too. Apparently, someone “adjusted” it to fit a certain approach to issues concerning homosexual persons, civilly remarried Catholics, and Communion and cohabitation. This approach wasn’t generally shared by the synod fathers, despite everyone’s desire to be inclusive and merciful. That made the report a misrepresentation. Surprise.

Media “spun” the story, essentially saying that the Catholic Church had “caved in,” to use George...READ MORE

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Vatican Releases Details for Pope Francis’ Trip to Turkey (1639)

The Holy Father will visit there from Nov. 28-30.

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Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embrace during their meeting at the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem on May 25, 2014.

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VATICAN CITY — In response to an invitation sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis will make a three-day trip to Turkey, during which he will visit the cities of Ankara and Istanbul.

Announced in September following the reception of an official letter of invitation signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the trip will take place Nov. 28-30, and falls just days after Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The visit was largely made in response to an invitation sent to Pope Francis by Patriarch Bartholomew, asking him to participate in the celebration of the feast of St. Andrew, who is the founder of the Eastern...READ MORE

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Helen Hull Hitchcock: A Valiant Voice for Faith and Family (6751)

The founder of Women for Faith and Family and the editor of the Adoremus Bulletin died Oct. 20 at the age of 75.

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Helen Hull Hitchcock

ST. LOUIS — Helen Hull Hitchcock, an influential Catholic laywoman whose name is forever associated with the fierce battles over the Catholic Church’s teaching on women that raged in the 1980s and her staunch advocacy for a renewal of beauty in the liturgy, has died at the age of 75.

Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith and Family and editor of Adoremus Bulletin, died Oct. 20 in St. Louis. The Hitchcock family said that she died after a brief illness. She was married to James Hitchcock, the noted Catholic author and emeritus professor of history at Saint Louis University. The couple has four daughters and six grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at her...READ MORE

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Archbishop Kurtz on the Synod: ‘Mercy Without Truth Is Not Mercy’ (6529)

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops discusses key aspects of the just-concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz


Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was one of the 191 synod fathers who took part in the third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, which concluded Oct. 19.

In this Oct. 16 interview with the Register’s Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, as the synod was drawing to a close, Archbishop Kurtz reflected on how the synod had proceeded. Among the topics he discusses are the controversial interim report (which was superseded by the final report Oct. 18), the importance of pastoral language and the debate over doctrine and pastoral practice.


Your Excellency, did the synod match your expectations?
I’m glad you asked this. I did a blog...READ MORE

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