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USCCB Reports Decline in Abuse Allegations (2454)

But the recent arrest of a Newark priest ordered to avoid contact with youth generates renewed concern.

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NEWARK, N.J. — As the U.S. bishops marked the release of an annual report with “the fewest allegations and victims reported since the data collection for the annual reports began in 2004,” the May 20 arrest of a Newark, N.J., priest triggered headlines that fueled skepticism and frustration regarding the Church’s decade-long effort to protect children.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the findings of the 2012 audit of diocesan compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People on May 9, as Newark’s The Star-Ledger published a series of articles on Father Michael Fugee. Father Fugee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, resigned from ministry on...READ MORE

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10 Things Someone Should Have Told Me Before College; Catholic Radio: Faithful and Growing and More! (2946)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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10 Things Someone Should Have Told Me Before College. Follow the link by Whiskey Catholic to read more.

10 Things Someone Should Have Told Me Before College by Whiskey Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Catholic Radio: Faithful, Interactive and Growing – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

The Man (Or Woman) Who Isn’t There - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Naming the Realities of Cohabitation and Marriage - Greg Forster, First Things/First Thoughts

Pondering Death – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

The Most Pro-Life Thing You Can Do – Christopher Check, Catholic Answers

The Fable of Can and Could – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Blind Pro-Life Activist Puts Feminists to Shame - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Verbum Prepares a Massive Patristic Collection - Thomas McDonald, Patheos/God and...READ MORE

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Jailed Pastor in Iran No Longer in Solitary Confinement (2699)

Pastor Saeed Abedini is an Iranian-born pastor, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran’s Evin Prison on charges of posing a threat to national security.

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American Center for Law and Justice

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — American citizen and pastor Saeed Abedini has been released from his solitary confinement in an Iranian prison, and he sent a letter to his supporters in the U.S., thanking them for their prayers.

“You don’t know how happy I was in the Lord and rejoiced knowing that in my chains the body of Christ has chained together and is brought to action and prayer,” Abedini said.

“When someone’s life, like mine, is in danger, we realize how different we are in our opinions,” he added, “but that we are still united in one goal of praying for my freedom.”

The pastor is an Iranian-born pastor, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran’s Evin Prison on charges of posing a threat...READ MORE

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Pope: Ask If Your Life Promotes Unity or Division (3541)

The Pope explained that without the Holy Spirit the Church could not ‘accomplish the task that the risen Jesus has entrusted to her: to go and make disciples of all nations.’

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd at the May 22 general audience.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Holy Spirit made it possible for everyone to hear the apostles in their own language on Pentecost, uniting people who were divided, Pope Francis said May 22, calling on Christians to witness to the faith in a way that reconciles and is forgiving.

“We should all ask ourselves: ‘How do I let myself be guided by the Holy Spirit so that my witness of faith is one of unity and communion? Do I bring the message of reconciliation and love that is the Gospel to the places where I live?’” the Pope said in his Wednesday general audience.

The descent of the Holy Spirit undid “the dispersion of peoples and the confusion of tongues” that began with the Tower of Babel, the Pope...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Ask Government to Reassess Drone Policy (2434)

Bishop Richard Pates noted that the United States and other countries have a right to defend themselves, but urged the organizations to consider the ‘serious moral questions’ raised by drone use.

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USAF photo by Lance Cheung

An unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone.

– USAF photo by Lance Cheung

WASHINGTON — In letters to top government officials, the U.S. bishops’ conference urged a public discussion on the use of unmanned targeted killings, also known as drones, and their moral implications.

“Targeted killing should, by definition, be highly discriminatory,” wrote Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, in the May 17 letter.

“The administration's policy appears to extend the use of deadly force to alleged ‘signature’ attacks and reportedly classifies all males of a certain age as combatants,” he asked.

“Are these policies morally defensible? They seem to violate the law of war, international human rights law and moral norms,” the bishop said.

Bishop Pates is the chair...READ MORE

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New Education Program Puts Nuns in Online Classroom (3275)

Cloistered sisters now can obtain a classical education through the Institute of Catholic Culture’s Magdala Apostolate.

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Magdala Apostolate website

Magdala Apostolate helps provide classical Catholic education to sisters who often are in rural areas and have limited access to Catholic educational opportunities.

– Magdala Apostolate website

MCLEAN, Va. — The walls of the convent or cloister pose no barrier to Catholic women religious seeking to obtain a classical Catholic education, thanks to a new online program from the Virginia-based Institute of Catholic Culture.

The Magdala Apostolate is an educational program that connects Catholic nuns and religious sisters through Web-conferencing technology into an online classroom. The women religious learn seminary-level courses, taught in real time by a live, orthodox Catholic professor, without having to leave the motherhouse.

“We are serving these sisters, some of whom might be out in the middle of nowhere, by giving them an opportunity to get a seminary-level education...READ MORE

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Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Unit Nets Suspicious Activity (2669)

The Financial Information Authority was set up to help combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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Rene Brulhart, director of the Vatican Financial Information Authority, speaks to the press about the Vatican's finances on May 22.

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican revealed that its enhanced procedures have enabled it to flag more suspicious transactions in 2012 than it did in 2011.

“I’m not saying that everything is great and perfect, but that a lot of progress has been made in the last two years,” said Rene Brülhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, at the Vatican Press Office.

“It’s important that we’re setting a system here to protect the Holy See,” he added.

The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority made the statistics public at a May 22 press conference, where it made its first-ever annual report available.

The report shows that in 2012 there were six reports of suspicious activity, versus...READ MORE

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I Decided to Come Out as a 'Gay' Priest; Catholics, Atheists, and Digital Arena and More! (5913)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why I Decided to Come Out as a ‘Gay’ Priest. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic to read more.

Why I Decided to Come Out as a ‘Gay’ Priest by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Catholics, Atheists, and the “Digital Areopagus” – The CWR Blog

The Ethics of Your Wedding Dress - Siobhan Benitez, Ignitum Today

Pentecost Vestments – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Saving the World One Baby at a Time – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: 'The Lord has Redeemed All of Us. . .Even the Atheists’ – John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

After the Coming Storm; John 16:1-15 – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Francis Versus Lucifer? – Adfero, Rorate Cæli

Dr. Ed Peters on the Suicide at Notre-Dame de Paris – Fr. Z’s Blog

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