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L.A. Archdiocese Settles Sex-Abuse Case for Nearly $10 Million (2336)

Payments made to four alleged victims of former priest Michael Baker, who was removed from ministry in 2000.

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LOS ANGELES — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four alleged sex-abuse victims of Michael Baker, who was formerly a priest of the archdiocese.

The cases allege that Baker sexually abused the boys on multiple occasions as early as the 1970s. Baker was ordained a priest in 1974 and resigned from the priesthood in 2000.

As part of the settlement, announced March 12, none of the parties admit wrongdoing.

In 2007, Baker pleaded guilty to 12 counts of molesting two minors and was jailed. He was released in 2011.

The same year as Baker's conviction, the Los Angeles Archdiocese made a “global settlement” with more than 500 alleged...READ MORE

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Champion of ‘Feminine Genius’ Celebrated on 90th Birthday (2263)

Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand is esteemed as a pillar of courage, knowledge and wit.

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Alexandria, Va. — On her 90th birthday, noted philosopher and Catholic theologian Alice von Hildebrand has been lauded for both her teachings and example of “authentic womanhood.”

“Alice von Hildebrand has written eloquently on the beauty of femininity,” John Henry Crosby, director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, told Catholic News Agency.

“Yet what makes her such a compelling proponent is that she embodies in her own person the grace, depth, receptivity — and, indeed, the genius — of authentic womanhood.”

March 11 marked von Hildebrand’s 90th birthday. She is regarded as a pillar of courage, knowledge and wit and is well known in the Catholic world and beyond.


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Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor, Why Natural Law Arguments are Not Enough and More! (3435)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor? Follow the link to The American Catholic

Can the Free Market Adequately Care for the Poor? – The American Catholic

Why Natural Law Arguments for Marriage are Not Enough – John S. Hamlon, The Catholic World Report

Advocates Ask Three Cardinals to Withdraw from the Conclave via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

This, That, and Great Lent – Renee Clayton, Claytonopolis

Bless Me Father. . . – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

“…Avoid Conversation With Him” – Kaiserswest

Moving From Fear To Faith – Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

Young Adults in New Zealand – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Third-trimester Abortions in America: Healthy Babies at Seven, Eight and Nine Months Gestation’ – Sarah Terzo, LifeSiteNews

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Pope Francis: A Welcome Surprise to the Faithful (15687)

Reportedly runner-up in the conclave of 2005, the Church’s new Argentinian leader has all the credentials required of a pope.

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VATICAN CITY — Uncertainty quickly gave way to elation among the faithful that thronged St. Peter’s Square as the name of Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was announced from the loggia of the basilica.

Few of the 100,000-strong crowd who had gathered to welcome the successor to Benedict XVI were expecting the 76-year-old Argentine cardinal to become Pope in this election.

Delight seemed initially to mix with some bewilderment as people took in the name.

But, quickly, shouts of “Fran-ce-sco” from the Roman-heavy international crowd signaled the Italians had already taken him to their hearts, helped by the fact that he has Italian ancestry.

Many Vatican watchers were predicting...READ MORE

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U.S. Political Leaders Applaud Election of Pope Francis (2817)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum calls it ‘an awesome celebration of faith in the public square.’

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WASHINGTON — American politicians offered prayers and congratulations upon hearing the news that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires had been elected as the Successor to St. Peter, taking the name Pope Francis.

“On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of St. Peter and begins his papacy,” said President Barack Obama in a March 13 statement.

Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas, as well as the first Jesuit pope. He was elected by the College of Cardinals during the fifth vote of the conclave on March 13.

“Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI,” President Obama said,...READ MORE

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Vatican Pilgrims Hail the Election of Pope Francis (4009)

Initial surprise in St. Peter’s Square is quickly replaced with joy, as the new Holy Father emerges to greet his new global flock.

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People talk in St. Peter's Square after newly elected Pope Francis appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13 in Vatican City. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

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VATICAN CITY — With a Colombian flag tied around her shoulders, Sister Laura Teresa took a last look back at the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, where, moments before, Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio emerged to greet the world as Pope Francis.

He is the 266th pope, but the first Latin American, the first Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope and the first non-European since 741.

“Yes, there is history here tonight,” said the religious sister from Bogota.

Speaking amid a din from the estimated 200,000 umbrella-wielding onlookers making their way out of the vast horseshoe-shaped piazza after the end of the conclave, Sister Laura said that “I am surprised and happy that...READ MORE

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New Pope Lived Simple Life in Argentina (6760)

Pope Francis brings a pastoral approach to his ministry and is a man of prayer.

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Pope Francis greets the pilgrims in St. Peter's Square and delivers his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis lives very simply, brings a pastoral approach to his ministry and is a man of prayer, according to the Vatican’s Press Office director.

Father Thomas Rosica, the English-language assistant for the Vatican Press Office, told journalists at a hastily arranged March 13 press briefing that he talked to Pope Francis this past Sunday.

“Sunday night we were out for a walk, and he pulled me over. He took me by the hand and said, ‘I want you to pray for me. I’m a little nervous right now.’”

In February 2001, Father Rosica was at a meeting in Buenos Aires of the bishops from throughout Latin America to promote World Youth Day in Canada. He was told that Archbishop...READ MORE

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Archbishops Aquila, Chaput Welcome Pope Francis (3668)

The American archbishops ask Catholics around the world to pray for our new Holy Father.

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Pope Francis

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DENVER — American Archbishops Samuel Aquila of Denver and Charles Chaput of Philadelphia voiced gratitude to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, for accepting election as Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ today.

“Today is a day of great joy for the entire Church. Pope Francis has been called to the ministry of St. Peter: to be the ‘visible source and foundation’ of unity in the Church,” Archbishop Aquila told Catholic News Agency shortly after the announcement.

“As we rejoice, Pope Francis begins what will be the most difficult period of his life. Join me in giving thanks and praise to the Father for the gift of Pope Francis. And join me in prayer and fasting for his ministry.”


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