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Fear, uncertainty lead to a ‘do-it-yourself’ religion, pope says

Fear, uncertainty lead to a ‘do-it-yourself’ religion, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Like the ancient Israelites, Christians today also can fall into the temptation of creating their own idols when difficulties and uncertainties arise, Pope Francis said.

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Pope thanks Chilean bishops for steps taken to address abuse scandal

Pope thanks Chilean bishops for steps taken to address abuse scandal

| Cindy Wooden | August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

After the bishops of Chile issued a formal apology for failing to listen to clerical abuse victims and drew up national guidelines for responding to abuse allegations, Pope Francis sent them a handwritten letter of thanks.

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HHS urged to reissue rules to enforce required notice on abortion coverage

HHS urged to reissue rules to enforce required notice on abortion coverage

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must issue new regulations to enforce a requirement that consumers be notified if a subsidized health plan offered under the Affordable Care Act covers elective abortion and informed they must pay an extra amount for the plan’s abortion coverage.

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Abuse scandal prompts feelings of ‘shame, anger, deep disappointment’

Abuse scandal prompts feelings of ‘shame, anger, deep disappointment’

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

The sex abuse allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and questions about whether “other church leaders knew about this abuse and could have intervened” to stop it “are painful,” Lincoln Bishop James Conley said Aug. 3.

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Federal judge in Washington orders Trump administration to restore DACA

Federal judge in Washington orders Trump administration to restore DACA

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

A federal judge in Washington Aug. 3 ordered the Trump administration to restore a program that helped young adults brought into the country illegally as minors, saying reasons calling for its demise were not justified.

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Celibate gay Catholics score ‘clerical cover-up culture,’ fear backlash

Celibate gay Catholics score ‘clerical cover-up culture,’ fear backlash

| Mark Pattison | August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the wake of allegations of sexual abuse and harassment lodged earlier this summer against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, two celibate gay Catholics fear a backlash against gay priests faithful to their vows, and voiced skepticism over the church’s ability to put its own house in order.

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U.S. men and women religious superiors favor women deacons, study says

U.S. men and women religious superiors favor women deacons, study says

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

A new study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University surveyed men and women religious superiors in the United States about the possibility of ordaining women to the diaconate and found that the majority were in favor of the idea.

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Brazil church leaders speak against decriminalization of abortion

Brazil church leaders speak against decriminalization of abortion

| Lise Alves | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Representatives of the Brazilian bishops’ conference argued in front of the country’s Supreme Court against the decriminalization of abortion.

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Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can’t ‘rebalance the scales of justice’

Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can’t ‘rebalance the scales of justice’

| Michelle Martin | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, speaking during an Aug. 2 panel discussion, described how Catholic teaching on the death penalty has developed and stressed that putting people to death — even criminals who are certainly guilty of terrible acts — makes it seem that the God-given right to life is conditional.

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Pittsburgh bishop says report will be ‘sad, tragic description’ of events

Pittsburgh bishop says report will be ‘sad, tragic description’ of events

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Once it is released, a grand jury report on a months-long investigation into abuse claims in six Pennsylvania dioceses covering a 70-year span “will be a sad and tragic description of events that occurred within the church,” Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said Aug. 4.

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Pope prays Blessed Paul VI will intercede for ‘church he loved so much’

Pope prays Blessed Paul VI will intercede for ‘church he loved so much’

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

On the 40th anniversary of the death of Blessed Paul VI, Pope Francis went into the grotto under St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at his predecessor’s simple tomb.

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Faith is a relationship, not a set of rules, pope says at Angelus

Faith is a relationship, not a set of rules, pope says at Angelus

| Cindy Wooden | August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Doing God’s will means first of all believing in Jesus and allowing love for him to translate into love for one’s neighbors, Pope Francis said.

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