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Bishop Finn Reaches Agreement With County Prosecutor (2062)

Under the agreement’s terms, the bishop must meet face-to-face with the Clay County prosecutor each month for the next five years to discuss any allegations of child sex abuse against clergy or diocesan staff within the diocese’s facilities in the county. Bishop Finn must also describe what steps the diocese has taken to address any allegations.

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A county prosecutor’s agreement with Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is a sign of the weakness of the charge that the bishop illegally failed to report suspected child sex abuse, a Missouri lawyer says.

The prosecutor of Clay County, Mo., is “reluctant” to follow the lead of the prosecutor in Jackson County because “he wasn’t going to have a successful prosecution,” St. Louis attorney Michael Quinlan suggested.

“The prosecution is avoiding a risky trial, and the bishop is avoiding what would be a less risky trial, but certainly a tremendous expense and bad publicity and all the terrible things that go along with that,” said Quinlan, who is not involved in the case.

“I...READ MORE

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Bishop Vann Will Help Epsicopal Priests Who Want to Become Catholic Priests (1336)

Fort Worth bishop is happy to assist, that 'all may be one.'

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Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, will be in charge of welcoming and forming Episcopal priests who wish to become Catholic priests under the recently announced U.S. Anglican ordinariate.

The appointment, which was made by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was announced on Nov. 15 by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington at the U.S. bishops’ fall assembly in Baltimore.

Cardinal Wuerl also announced that an Anglican ordinariate will be established in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2012.

The ordinariate will allow entire Anglican communities, which belong to the Episcopal Church in the U.S., to enter the Catholic Church, while keeping certain elements of their heritage and...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aymond Clarifies New Missal's Use in Rites Outside of Mass (3270)

New Orleans archbishop answered questions at the USCCB meeting.

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Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, clarified how the new translation of the Roman Missal should be used in services and rites outside of the Mass.

Archbishop Aymond answered questions about the new Missal at the U.S. bishops’ conference’s fall General Assembly, held in Baltimore Nov. 14-16.

The new English translation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will be used in the U.S. beginning on Nov. 27, the First Sunday of Advent.

Archbishop Aymond explained to fellow bishops that his committee worked with the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship to determine certain instances where the material from the new Roman Missal...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI Set for Voyage to Benin (2794)

Second apostolic voyage takes the Holy Father to West Africa to present the final text of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.

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Worshipers leave the Notre Dame cathedral Nov. 17 after morning Mass in Benin's economic capital Cotonou.

– Reuters

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI will embark on his second apostolic voyage to Africa this week when he makes a three-day trip to the Republic of Benin.

The main purpose of the Nov. 18-20 visit is to present the final text of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which was held two years ago at the Vatican.

But the Holy Father is also traveling to the country for three other reasons: to celebrate 150 years since the first missionaries arrived there; to pay homage to two great Beninese, Cardinal Bernardin Gantin (1922-2008) and Archbishop Isidore de Souza (1934-1999), who was archbishop of Cotonou, the nation’s capital; and to mark 40 years of formal diplomatic...READ MORE

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The State of Catholic Youth Today (5089)

The young Church is hungry for the truth. After World Youth Day, they head to National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.

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National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Youth listen attentively at a conference. Youth leaders say teens are hungry for the truth of the faith.

– National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Over the weekend of Nov. 17, 25,000 Catholic youth and their chaperons will gather in Indianapolis for the National Catholic Youth Conference. Coming only three months after the huge outpouring of faith, joy and peaceful witness that characterized World Youth Day in Madrid, NCYC provides another chance to see the faith through young eyes. What do American youth want from their faith? What do they have to give? And what role will they play in the Church as it heads into increasingly difficult times?

NCYC is one of the major events on the Catholic youth calendar. Every two years, high-school age students gather for a three-day experience of prayer, keynote addresses, adoration, workshops,...READ MORE

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St. Christina the Astonishing, A Tragic History of Usury, Theology of the Body, and much more! (9468)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Christina the Astonishing & the Impending Holidays. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos to learn more.

St. Christina the Astonishing & the Impending Holidays - Stacy Trasancos, Catholic Sistas

Catholics and “Usury”: A Tragic History - Jeffrey Tucker, Crisis Magazine

As Erosion of Religious Liberty Continues, Bishops Speak Out - Msgr. Charles Pope, AOW

Unions and the Catholic Way - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

An International Theology of the Body Symposium - Julie Rodrigues, VirtuousPla.net

Cheat Sheet (Matthew 25:31-46) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Can the Poor Souls Pray for Us? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

In the New Year, a New Ordinariate - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

The Anglicans are Coming - Fr. Dwight Longenecker,...READ MORE

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New Law Leads to Catholic Charities Casualty in Illinois (3755)

One agency breaks from diocese in order to continue adoptions and foster-care placement under civil union law, which prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples.

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Diocese of Belleville

Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill.

– Diocese of Belleville

CHICAGO — Since the 1920s, Catholic Charities of Illinois has contracted with the state to provide foster care and adoption services.

Now, Catholic Charities in the state has shuttered that part of its program after its legal challenge to the state’s new civil union law came to naught.

The law, which took effect on June 1, grants same sex couples “civil union” status and includes them as a protected group under state anti-discrimination statutes. That mean all Illinois foster care and adoption agencies must be willing to place children with same-sex couples, a violation of Catholic policy.

While the new law has forced Catholic Charities agencies affiliated with dioceses in Illinois to...READ MORE

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Pope: Psalm 110 Paves the Way for Christ (1994)

Benedict said during his Nov. 16 audience that the Psalm’s prophecy 'is accomplished and the priesthood of Melchizedek is completed' in the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, 'because it is rendered absolute and eternal, a reality that knows no sunset.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly General Audience to explain how Psalm 110 foreshadows the incarnation of Jesus Christ as Messiah, King and High Priest.

“The Church reads this Psalm as a prophecy of Christ, the messianic king and eternal priest, risen from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father,” said the Pope Nov. 16.

He explained that today would be the last time he focuses on a Psalm as part of his ongoing Wednesday general audience series on prayer. He said that he tried to focus on the “different situations in life and the various attitudes we may have towards God” in his remarks.

The Pope delivered his reflections for today on the “royal...READ MORE

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