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A dark time of illumination

A dark time of illumination

| Paul Ruff | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

“It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible — and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” (Eph 5:12-14)

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German bishops apologize formally, release sex abuse data

German bishops apologize formally, release sex abuse data

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

The head of the German bishops conference formally apologized for sexual abuse in the church, saying it “has been denied, turned away from and covered up for far too long.”

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N.J. cardinal won’t attend synod, asks to remain home at ‘time of crisis’

N.J. cardinal won’t attend synod, asks to remain home at ‘time of crisis’

| September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told the people of his archdiocese Sept. 21 that Pope Francis has granted his request that he stay at home to remain with them during this “time of crisis” in the U.S. church.

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Detroit Archdiocese welcomes investigation into Michigan dioceses

Detroit Archdiocese welcomes investigation into Michigan dioceses

| Mike Stechschulte | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Michigan’s attorney general has opened an investigation into the handling of sexual abuse by clergy in all of Michigan’s seven Catholic dioceses, as well as any attempts to cover up those claims dating back to the 1950s.

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On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

| Cindy Wooden | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the “corruption” of covering it up, Pope Francis said.

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Ospino: Encuentro reflects ‘energy, maturity’ of a Church ‘here to stay’

Ospino: Encuentro reflects ‘energy, maturity’ of a Church ‘here to stay’

| Norma Montenegro Flynn | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The thousands of Hispanic Catholic ministry leaders gathered in Texas for the Fifth National Encuentro shared views on the maturity and presence of their diverse community and held dialogues on the dreams and challenges that they face.

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Former University of Portland president listed in grand jury abuse report

Former University of Portland president listed in grand jury abuse report

| Katie Scott | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

A past president of the University of Portland, Holy Cross Brother Raphael Wilson, is listed in the recently released grand jury report investigating the widespread alleged sexual abuse of children within six Pennsylvania dioceses and claims of a systemic cover-up by senior Church officials.

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Maryland attorney general will review church records on child sex abuse

Maryland attorney general will review church records on child sex abuse

| Christopher Gunty | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a Sept. 24 letter to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop William Lori informed priests and deacons that the archdiocese has been in discussions with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh about an investigation of records related to the sexual abuse of children.

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Scandals create outrage, but there is time for conversion, pope says

Scandals create outrage, but there is time for conversion, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

In what is probably the least religious country in Europe, Pope Francis said he is surprised by how many people hold firm to their faith despite all the sexual abuse and financial scandals in the Catholic Church.

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Pa. bishops support creating fund to compensate survivors of sex abuse

Pa. bishops support creating fund to compensate survivors of sex abuse

| Matthew Gambino | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The bishops of Pennsylvania’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses are supporting creation of an independent fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

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People helping people is what attracted actor to ‘God Friended Me’

People helping people is what attracted actor to ‘God Friended Me’

| Mark Pattison | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Television audiences may recall seeing actor Joe Morton as Eli Rowan Pope, the father of professional Washington fixer Olivia Pope, on the hit series “Scandal.”

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Head of Georgetown Prep urges renewed commitment to being ‘men for others’

Head of Georgetown Prep urges renewed commitment to being ‘men for others’

| Kelly Sankowski | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a letter to the school community, the president of an all-boys Jesuit high school in suburban Washington emphasized the schools’ mission to form “men for others” and reflected on the need to evaluate the school’s culture in light of that value.

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