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Clergy Sexual Abuse and the Church: Views From Rome and Washington (10949)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Lessons learned from a harrowing, complex struggle to protect children by changing institutional culture.

11/04/2013 Comments (45)

Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who served from 2002-2012 as promoter of justice at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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WASHINGTON — More than a decade after the clergy-abuse crisis made headlines, Catholics remain aghast when they read fresh reports of predatory priests, innocence lost and ambiguous or inadequate responses from local bishops.

Have we learned anything in the past 11 years?

“Yes,” say two experts who have approached the clergy-abuse scandal from different vantage points.

One man, Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, led the Holy See’s investigation of clergy-abuse cases from his post at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while the other, Deacon Bernard Nojadera, implemented reforms in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., before taking up his post as executive director...READ MORE

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Appeals Court Unanimously Overturns Block on Texas Abortion Law (4503)

The decision reinstates a provision of the law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facilities.

11/04/2013 Comments (9)

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas pro-life advocates have claimed victory after a federal appeals court unanimously reinstated state rules that require abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

“Legislators worked so hard to pass House Bill 2, because they are not only concerned about protecting the unborn, but also about women going to abortion clinics with sub-standard conditions and unsanitary equipment,” Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life, said Oct. 31.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Oct. 31 reinstated a provision of an abortion law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their businesses....READ MORE

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The Charity of Pope Francis; In London, the Anglican Ordinariate Begins to Bear Fruit and Much More! (2229)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/03/2013 Comments (1)

The Charity of Pope Francis. Follow the link to read more.

The Charity of Pope Francis – BigPulpit.com

In London, the Ordinariate Begins to Bear Fruit - Joanna Bogle, The Catholic World Report

Know Your Faith Learning Style - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Celebrates Ad Orientem - Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

Inward Eyes - Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

8 Papal Tweets on Salvation and the Cross - Brantley Millegan, Aleteia

With the Wolfhounds - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Myths, Lies, or Truth: Can We Really Trust the Gospels? - Carl E. Olson, Strange Notions

10 Favorite Quotes from Catechesi Tradendae - Tom Perna™

The Joy of Pope Francis – BigPulpit.com

Forget Her Bloody Reputation, Mary I...READ MORE

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Pope Praises ‘Ridiculous’ Tax Collector Who Sought Jesus (2954)

By climbing a tree, the Holy Father said, Zaccheus ‘expresses the interior attitude of a man who seeks to bring himself above the crowd in order to have contact with Jesus.’

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 2.

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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus message to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis praised the ‘ridiculous’ actions of Zaccheus, the short tax collector who climbed a tree in order to be able to see Jesus in the crowds.

“This external gesture, a little ridiculous, nevertheless expresses the interior attitude of a man who seeks to bring himself above the crowd in order to have contact with Jesus,” Pope Francis said Nov. 3.

Despite the oddity of Zaccheus’ action, it serves as a model for sinners who may feel far away from Jesus, he explained.

“But let’s look at Zaccheus today in the tree: He is ridiculous, but it is a gesture of salvation,” the Pope said. “And I say to...READ MORE

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Unexpected Yet Well-Prepared: Death Be Not Proud (9893)


11/02/2013 Comments (15)
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My good friend Daniel Peper died a month ago. He was only 57 years old and, apparently, in great health. His death was thus a great shock for both family and friends.

I thought that Daniel would live well into his 80s or 90s, barring some unforeseen tragedy, and Daniel thought so too, given his family history and because he was physically fit and committed to regular exercise and other healthful activities.

Daniel was six years my senior, one of five boys in his family. In my youth, I knew better his younger, twin brothers — Ed and Bill — from our years at St. Mary of Redford Grade School in Detroit, until the Pepers moved out to the suburbs in 1973, as so many families in Detroit...READ MORE

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Bishop Fabre: ‘We Can Embrace a Call to Justice Together’ (4005)

As Black Catholic History Month begins, the Louisiana bishop discusses what drew him to the priesthood, the faith of African-American Catholics and his pastoral episcopal style.

11/01/2013 Comments (3)

Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, La.

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Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre is one of 10 active black Catholic bishops in the United States. The Baton Rouge, La., native was installed Oct. 30 as bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana, which neighbors the Archdiocese of New Orleans, where he has served more than six years as auxiliary bishop.

Shortly before his move to Houma and as the U.S. Church prepared for Black Catholic History Month in November, the Register’s editor in chief, Jeanette De Melo, spoke with Bishop Fabre about his episcopal work, his vocation and the role of the African-American community in the life of the Church.


You began your work in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina. What are the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Saints Lived Out Their Baptismal Seal (2991)

The Holy Father celebrated Mass for All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery Nov. 1.

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Pope Frances celebrates All Saints' Day Mass Nov. 1 at Rome's Verano Cemetery.

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ROME — Pope Francis said Mass for All Saints’ Day at a Roman cemetery Nov. 1, teaching that saints lived out their baptism and include many everyday people who have not been officially recognized by the Church.

“God remembers each of them, one by one, each by name,” Pope Francis preached during the afternoon Mass at the entrance of Rome’s Verano Cemetery.

“The saints, who stand before the face of the Lord, pray for us, for this, our city, and for the whole world: that everywhere the peace of Christ may shine brightly. He is our peace and eternal life.”

While at the cemetery, Pope Francis also prayed for the dead and said a blessing for the tombs there, in anticipation of All Souls’...READ MORE

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Pope: Saints Are ‘Friends of God’ Because They Loved ‘With All Their Heart’ (2636)

‘Sanctity is beautiful! Sanctity is a vocation for everyone,’ the Holy Father encouraged the faithful on the Solemnity of All Saints.

11/01/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — On the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis stressed that the saints are not "supermen" who are "born perfect," but, rather, are ordinary people who followed God "with all their heart."

"They are like us; they are like each of us: They are people who, before reaching the glory of heaven, lived a normal life, with joys and griefs, struggles and hopes," the Pope said before the noontime Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square Nov. 1.

Each saint changed his or her life, because, "when they recognized the love of God, they followed him with all their heart, without conditions and hypocrisies."

"They spent their lives in the service of others; they endured suffering and...READ MORE

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