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Rebuilding From the Ruins: Cardinal O'Malley on the 2002 Boston Sex-Abuse Scandal, Part 2 of 2 (3204)

The Vatican point man on clergy abuse discusses early efforts to address crisis and role of same-sex attraction.

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LEADING THE WAY. Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston holds a candle as he leads a procession during an Easter Vigil service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in 2006 in Boston.

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A decade ago, the Boston clergy sexual abuse crisis engulfed the archdiocese, ultimately drawing global attention to a once-hidden scourge that has destroyed the innocence of minors, shattered families, severely damaged the credibility of Church leaders everywhere and led to an estimated $1.5 billion in settlements to American survivors.

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley was named archbishop of Boston in 2003. He replaced Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned after the 2002 publication of archdiocesan personnel files revealed that clergy with credible allegations of child sexual abuse were reassigned to new parishes, rather than removed from ministry, and that parishioners were not warned about...READ MORE

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Honoring the Greatest Name (2230)

The feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus on Jan. 3 is a beautiful celebration honoring Our Lord during the Christmas season. Jan. 1 issue feature.

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Joseph Pronechen

– Joseph Pronechen

The feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus on Jan. 3 is another beautiful celebration honoring Our Lord during the Christmas season.

Reverence for the Holy Name is found in the Old Testament in Psalms such as 99:3 — “Let them praise your great and awesome name; holy is he!” — and in Mary’s Magnificat, she prays, “… and holy is his name.”

That honor goes to him every day with churches named after this title, including Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Stamford, Conn.

Thousands of daily rail commuters going to and from Manhattan may not realize this church is less than a two-block walk from the Stamford railroad station, but the many parishioners and visitors who do find this church surely get a...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Jesus Is the Path to Peace (1990)

The Holy Father discusses Christ's example and the Christian models of Mary, the Mother of God, and the Holy Family.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI marked 2012’s Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God with a proclamation of the peace that is found in her son, Jesus Christ.

“As St. Paul says, ‘He is our peace,’ and at the same time the ‘way’ by which individuals and peoples can reach this goal to which we all aspire,” the Pope said in his homily on the Jan. 1 feast day, which coincided with the Church’s 45th annual World Day of Peace.

The Pope welcomed pilgrims, Church leaders and international dignitaries to St. Peter’s Basilica for the year’s first public papal Mass. He told them that peace, “in the highest and fullest sense, is the sum and synthesis of all blessings” given by God.

“The...READ MORE

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Miracles, Episcopalians Have a New Home in the Catholic Church, A Circumsized Christ, and much more! (2633)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Miracles. Click on the link by Marc Barnes to read more.

Miracles - Marc Barnes, Ignitum Today

Seven Reasons Why Christ was Circumcised - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Episcopalians Have a New Home in the Catholic Church - Tito Edwards, Houston Chronicle/Houston Belief

Catholic New Media: The New Evangelizers - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

VirtuousPla.net is Now Ignitum Today - The American Catholic

JP2 Boyhood Jewish Friend, Jerzy Kluger, Passes Away - Daily Telegraph

Susan Boyle: Still Fascinating - Vanessa Barnes, Gulf Coast Catholic

The Threat to Religious Liberty is Both Real & Growing - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Understanding Christ’s Humanity and Divinity - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Universal...READ MORE

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Rebuilding From the Ruins: Cardinal O'Malley on the 2002 Boston Sex-Abuse Scandal and Aftermath (9282)

In a two-part interview, the Boston archbishop looks back on his two-decade effort to tackle a global crisis.

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley

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A decade ago, the Boston clergy sexual abuse crisis engulfed the archdiocese, ultimately drawing global attention to a once-hidden scourge that has destroyed the innocence of minors, shattered families, severely damaged the credibility of Church leaders everywhere and led to an estimated $1.5 billion in settlements to American survivors.

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley was named archbishop of Boston in 2003. He replaced Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned after the 2002 publication of archdiocesan personnel files revealed that clergy with credible allegations of child sexual abuse were reassigned to new parishes, rather than removed from ministry, and that parishioners were not warned about...READ MORE

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US Anglican Ordinariate Established, Musical Favorites of 2011, The Vatican in 2012, and much more! (2796)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/02/2012 Comment

Upon This "Rock," An Ordinariate Is Born. Click on the link by Rocco Palmo to learn more.

Upon This “Rock,” An Ordinariate Is Born - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Musical Favorites of the Year - Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

The Vatican in 2012: Ten Events Planned Throughout the Year(video) - Rome Reports

Five Character Traits that Should Be Trendy - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

Contemplating Beauty - J.C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

What is the “Name” of God? - John Bergsma, The Sacred Page

University of Notre Dame’s Fr. Richard McBrien Advocates Disobedience Again - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

SNAP Hypocrisy Shocker: SNAP’s Clohessy Fights Court-Ordered Deposition - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

U.S. Anglican Ordinariate Plants Seeds for Anglican Rite - The...READ MORE

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Benedict's World Day of Peace Message: Young People Give Pope Hope for 2012 (3908)

Crises can be met with hope if parents teach Christian values to their children, the Holy Father says.

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– CNA

We first posted this on Dec. 16.

Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI believes the various crises that afflicted society in 2011 can be met with hope in the coming year if parents introduce young people to Jesus and teach them Christian values.

“It is not ideologies that save the world, but only a return to the living God, our Creator, the guarantor of our freedom, the guarantor of what is really good and true,” the Pope says in his message for the 45th World Day of Peace, which will be observed Jan. 1, 2012.

“And what could ever save us apart from love? Love takes delight in truth, it is the force that enables us to make a commitment to truth, to justice, to peace, because it bears all...READ MORE

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New Year for the New Evangelization (4958)

Practical tips to help you evangelize in 2012.

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Jan. 1 issue feature.

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, recently discussed Pope Benedict XVI’s “three laws” for evangelization: constant prayer, humility and a willingness to accept the cross. “Renewed evangelization” of an increasingly secular world has been a theme of the Holy Father’s pontificate; he told the faithful on Sept. 18 that the Church needs “humble and generous workers who do not ask any other recompense than participating in the mission of Jesus and the Church.”

While some are called to be missionaries in foreign lands, for most of us, evangelization of inactive or non-Catholics begins in our own homes and communities. Four prominent...READ MORE

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