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Guilty Until Proven Innocent? (7011)

There’s no quick fix when clergy abuse cases are dismissed. Many priests cleared of allegations ‘retire’ in good standing rather than go back to working with children.

02/15/2011 Comments (18)
CNS photo/Matthew Gambino, Catholic Standard & Times

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announces a new report Feb. 10 by a grand jury investigating clergy sex abuse.

– CNS photo/Matthew Gambino, Catholic Standard & Times

WASHINGTON —  In 2002, the U.S. bishops’ groundbreaking “zero tolerance” policy for clerical perpetrators won broad support, but the new era of aggressive accountability has made it tough for accused priests that have been cleared of abuse charges and seek to return to parish work.

Fresh allegations of abuse and curial negligence, incomplete media coverage of new and historical cases, the difficulty of establishing guilt, the drumbeat of outrage from victims’ rights groups, and ongoing financial settlements have led the public, and some Church leaders, to question whether any priest linked to a “credible allegation” — whatever the outcome of subsequent investigations — should be allowed...READ MORE

Filed under exonerated priests, falsely accused priests, sexual abuse, zero tolerance policy

John Paul II International Film Festival Set for Miami (4954)

'Mystery of Love' Goes to the Movies

02/15/2011 Comment

MIAMI — Pope John Paul II wrote his “Letter to Artists” in 1999 to encourage Catholic participation in the arts. One group of Miami filmmakers not only took him literally — they also named their film festival after him.

The John Paul II International Film Festival, which will be held Feb. 17-26 in Miami, is the brainchild of 7eventh Day Media, Inc., made up of husband-and-wife team filmmaker Frank William Brennan and actress Laura Alvarado, along with social worker Rafael Anrrich.

“At first, we planned to do something extremely local and purely Catholic,” said Alvarado, co-director of the 2011 festival. “Yet, with a name like John Paul II, we knew it couldn’t be strictly Catholic and we...READ MORE

Filed under john paul ii, john paul ii international film festival, movies

Ave Maria Tabs Jim Towey (5311)

The newly named president of the Florida university worked closely with Mother Teresa and President George W. Bush.

02/14/2011 Comments (2)

Jim Towey is coming home.

The former head of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and president of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., has been named president and CEO of Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla.

Towey holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law.

He starts July 1 and will succeed Nicholas Healy. Towey is also assuming the role of CEO, in the place of Ave Maria founder Tom Monaghan, who will continue as just the chancellor.

Towey, who once worked closely with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake from his office.

When and how did you...READ MORE

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Bishop Cordileone Fights to Save Marriage (8153)

After getting some ‘practice’ in California, Oakland’s shepherd maps out a national plan for Catholics in the public square.

02/14/2011 Comments (21)
CNS photo/Tom Dermody, The Catholic Post

A shower of bubbles greets Jamie and Zac O'Brien as they leave St. Joseph's Church in Pekin, Ill., after their wedding Mass in July 2007.

– CNS photo/Tom Dermody, The Catholic Post

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone has been strongly involved in Californians’ efforts to preserve the definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Now, the bishop of Oakland, Calif., has become chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, and he will be working to promote traditional marriage in the face of legislative efforts to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

“Marriage and the family are the essential coordinates for society,” he said when Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the bishops’ conference president, appointed him to the position Jan. 11. “How well we as a society protect and promote marriage and the family is the measure of how well we stand...READ MORE

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Saving Babies Halfway Through Abortion (4859)

Chicago’s Pro-Life Action League and Resurrection Medical Center have joined forces to help mothers and their children.

02/11/2011 Comments (1)
Resurrection Medical Center

Resurrection hospital's Bethlehem Project is symbolized by a statue of Our Lady on a donkey accompanied by St. Joseph in the hospital’s lobby. The program works to help women reverse their abortion procedures.

– Resurrection Medical Center

Even after a late-term abortion procedure has been started, there’s still time to save the baby. In Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League and Resurrection Medical Center are shining a light on this little-known reality — and saving babies.

The ray of hope became stronger last July. Action League staffers Corrina Gura and Urszula Mihai, as usual, went on a Friday to pray outside Family Planning Associates, Albany Medical-Surgical Center, which performs abortions into the third trimester. A distressed woman walked up to them and said she wanted to reverse the three-day abortion procedure that had already started.

The young woman had tried calling a number of health clinics to reverse the...READ MORE

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First Things’ New Old Direction (6771)

Two years after the death of Father Richard John Neuhaus, new challenges face the magazine and its committed core readership.

02/11/2011 Comments (8)
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FIRST EDITOR. Father Richard John Neuhaus, the late editor of First Things, depicted in 2004.

– CNS file photo

NEW YORK — In a culture poised to consign print media to the dustbin of history, First Things still brings influential writers and loyal subscribers to its high-level conversation on “a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.”

Two years ago, the death of its charismatic founder, Father Richard John Neuhaus, cast a pall over the magazine’s prospects. But after a rocky start — a controversial redesign, followed by the abrupt departure of the new editor, Joseph Bottum — First Things has begun to regain its equilibrium.

“We will stay focused on the primary reason we have subscribers: First Things offers intellectually, theologically and politically serious...READ MORE

Filed under catholic journalism, first things, institute on religion and public life, joseph bottum, r.r. reno, richard john neuhaus

Step Forward for Catholic-Orthodox Relations? (4834)

Ukrainian archbishop will play an important role.

02/10/2011 Comments (11)
CNS photo/Konstantin Chernichkin, Reuters

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, waves as he leaves a news conference in Kiev Feb. 10, the same day as Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation.

– CNS photo/Konstantin Chernichkin, Reuters

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The election of a new archbishop for a Church with 6.5 million Catholics could hold the key to determining if or when Pope Benedict XVI may meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

Vatican officials are watching the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s leadership with keen interest, but without the degree of anxiety for its ecumenical implications that would have been present even five years ago.

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Church, Feb. 10, about two weeks before his 78th birthday. The cardinal, who as major archbishop of the Eastern Catholic Church could have served for life, is almost...READ MORE

Filed under catholic-orthodox relations, pope benedict xvi, ukrainian catholic church

What to Do About Obamacare (4611)

Stand and Deliver or Repeal and Replace?

02/10/2011 Comments (24)


Less than one year after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the largest health-care legislation passed in the last 45 years, the House of Representatives has voted to repeal the law (and is pledging to hold hearings into its many provisions), more than half of the states have filed lawsuits to have the PPACA overturned, a key provision of the law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge on Jan. 31, and the majority of the public continues to voice opposition.

What should faithful Catholics be thinking and doing at this time?

I think Catholics should welcome this opportunity to review, and perhaps substantially revise, the PPACA...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortion funding, catholic medical association, health care, health care bill, health care reform, health care reform bill, health-care reform, president barack obama, pro-life

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