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Pope Francis Creates Commission on Sexual Abuse (4447)

The Holy Father’s advisory group of cardinals recommended the move at its Dec. 5 meeting.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston addresses a Dec. 5 press conference in the Vatican.


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has agreed to the creation of a special commission for the protection of children from sexual abuse.

The Holy Father’s decision to set up the new body came in response to a suggestion from the eight-member council of cardinals who concluded a three-day meeting at the Vatican Dec. 5.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, a member of the council, told reporters this afternoon that the creation of the commission continues “decisively along the lines undertaken by Pope Benedict XVI.”

The new body for the protection of minors will have the aim of “advising Pope Francis on the Holy See’s commitment to the protection of children and in pastoral care for victims of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Create Commission on Sex Abuse of Minors, Ex-Anglicans Leaving the Ghetto and More! (3482)

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Notre Dame, Focus Lawsuits Challenge HHS Contraception Mandate (2799)

Notre Dame’s president warned that the government forcing religious institutions to violate their beliefs would mark 'the end of genuinely religious organizations.'

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Lawsuits from the University of Notre Dame and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) are challenging the HHS mandate for forcing them to violate Catholic teaching or face crippling fines.

Notre Dame’s president, Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, said the university’s lawsuit is about the freedom to “live out a religious mission” with broader significance than a debate about contraception.

“For if we concede that the government can decide which religious organizations are sufficiently religious to be awarded the freedom to follow the principles that define their mission, then we have begun to walk down a path that ultimately will undermine those...READ MORE

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Advent and Christmas 2013 at the Vatican (5137)

Pope Francis will continue the liturgical traditions established by his papal predecessors.

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, participating with two children at a Dec. 2 benefit concert at the Vatican for the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ first Advent and Christmas at the Vatican look set to be much like his predecessors,’ but with the possibility of a few surprises.

As in previous years, it will be liturgically intense, with no clear change in custom.

According to the liturgical schedule published Nov. 28 by Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, Pope Francis will begin the Christmas season in the usual way by celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Dec. 8 at Rome’s Spanish Steps, where he will pray before an image of the Blessed Mother.

On Dec. 21, the Pope will visit the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital in Rome. Announcing the visit at a...READ MORE

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Legion of Christ Acknowledges Abuse Committed at Connecticut Seminary (7618)

The sexual abuse of a minor by Legionary Father William Izquierdo occurred while he served as instructor of novices in Cheshire, Conn., between 1982 and 1994.

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ROME — The Legion of Christ has expressed its “deep sorrow” after internal investigations revealed that a Legionary priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing a minor.

The charges against Legionary Father William Izquierdo involve a novice when Father Izquierdo served as instructor of novices in Cheshire, Conn., between 1982 and 1994.

Legionary Father Luis Garza, North American territorial director of the congregation, was informed of the case in July 2012, the Legion said, and added that a third party and independent investigation of the allegation then took place that concluded in August of this year, ruling that the allegation was true.

In a Dec. 5 statement, Father Garza...READ MORE

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Sacrosanctum Concilium and the ‘Reform of the Reform’ (4269)

For the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Australian Bishop Peter Elliot reflects on its authentic interpretation.

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As a former Anglican, Auxiliary Bishop Peter Elliott of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia, brings a unique perspective to the liturgical reforms that have taken place in the Catholic Church since the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.

Bishop Elliott is the author of Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year and Ceremonies of the Modern Roman Rite, both published by Ignatius Press, and he will be presenting a workshop on Sacrosanctum Concilium in January 2014, at Australia’s national liturgical conference. He responds here to questions from Register correspondent Judy Roberts on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The ‘Seed of Eternity’ Has Been Planted in Our Hearts (3591)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the Creed, discussing ‘the resurrection of the body.’

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 4 during his general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected on the resurrection of the body during his general audience Dec. 4, explaining that we are “imprinted” with eternal life, which we are able to experience even now through the sacraments.

“Through baptism, we are inserted into his death and resurrection and begin to experience new life,” the Pope stated in his Dec. 4 general audience, highlighting how “the seed of eternity is planted within us.”

Pope Francis directed his weekly address to the thousands of pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square, returning to the conclusion of the Creed, when believers proclaim their belief in “the resurrection of the body.”

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he began,...READ MORE

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Judge Hears Arguments in Colorado Same-Sex Wedding Cake Dispute (5778)

An evangelical Christian baker is charged with violating the state’s anti-discrimination law by not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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DENVER — A district judge in Colorado heard arguments yesterday in Craig and Mullins v. Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case concerning a Christian bakery owner who refused to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.

In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited the Masterpiece Cakeshop bakery to ask for a cake for their wedding reception, following their same-sex “marriage” ceremony in Massachusetts. The owner, Jack Phillips, an evangelical Christian, declined to make one on the basis of his faith.

“We are confident that we put our best foot forward today for liberty, for religious liberty, and that Jack’s free-speech rights and free exercise (of religion) rights will be...READ MORE

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