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New Pew survey looks at why Americans go or don’t go to church services

New Pew survey looks at why Americans go or don’t go to church services

| Steve Larkin | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Pew Research Center survey found that the main reason Americans attend worship services is to feel closer to God, but those who do not regularly attend worship services have a wider variety of motivations.

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Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

Catechism change shows ‘true dogmatic progress,’ archbishop says

| Cindy Wooden | August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that capital punishment is morally inadmissible shows how the church can grow in its understanding of the implications of basic tenets of faith, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Learning, leadership, sacredness all part of Catholic Daughters convention

Learning, leadership, sacredness all part of Catholic Daughters convention

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Camaraderie, learning, new leadership and the sacred were in sharp focus at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas 57th Biennial National Convention in Sioux Falls.

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University, institute to be hub for causes of African-American Catholics

University, institute to be hub for causes of African-American Catholics

| Christine Bordelon | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana, announced July 31 that the university and its Institute for Black Catholic Studies will become the new hub for the advancement of sainthood causes of African-American Catholics.

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Accused archbishop’s fellow prelates weigh in on abuse scandal’s impact

Accused archbishop’s fellow prelates weigh in on abuse scandal’s impact

| Mark Pattison | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

With retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s resignation July 28 from the College of Cardinals, more of his fellow bishops are commenting on the scandal that has enveloped the former archbishop of Washington and its impact on the larger church.

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Archbishop McCarrick allegations put ‘public inquiry’ on all bishops

Archbishop McCarrick allegations put ‘public inquiry’ on all bishops

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bishop Timothy Doherty of Lafayette, who is chair of the bishops’ child and youth protection committee, said “general prayers and apologies are necessary, but not sufficient” for victims of sexual abuse.

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Indian Catholic leaders doubt death penalty will deter child rapists

Indian Catholic leaders doubt death penalty will deter child rapists

| August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

India’s parliament has passed a law allowing the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls younger than 12, but Catholic Church officials expressed doubt that it will curb increasing sexual violence against children across the country.

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Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

| Cindy Wooden | August 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its abolition worldwide.

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Women making a difference in Nuba Mountains with Catholic Church’s help

Women making a difference in Nuba Mountains with Catholic Church’s help

| Paul Jeffrey | August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Toma Konyono was a child, she was taught that women and girls should not eat eggs or chicken, that such protein-rich foods were better reserved for men.

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Bishop Olmsted named apostolic administrator of Eastern-rite eparchy

Bishop Olmsted named apostolic administrator of Eastern-rite eparchy

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Latin-rite Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has been appointed apostolic administrator of a Byzantine Ruthenian eparchy also based in Phoenix, the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy.

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LCWR expresses ‘profound sadness’ over AP story on abuse of nuns globally

LCWR expresses ‘profound sadness’ over AP story on abuse of nuns globally

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious issued a statement in response to an Associated Press story describing rape and abuse of nuns by priests worldwide.

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Cardinal Wuerl: Next steps in wake of Archbishop McCarrick allegations

Cardinal Wuerl: Next steps in wake of Archbishop McCarrick allegations

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Standard, archdiocesan newspaper of Washington, published a question-and-answer interview July 31 with Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl about the next steps for the archdiocese in light of the sexual abuse allegations made against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington.

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