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Washington priests talk about keeping faith in wake of abuse scandals

Washington priests talk about keeping faith in wake of abuse scandals

| Mark Zimmermann | September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Parish priests in the Archdiocese of Washington — on the front lines dealing with the fallout of the church sexual abuse crisis this summer — have stressed the need to listen to and pray with their parishioners.

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Problems related to sex abuse keep growing for U.S. dioceses

Problems related to sex abuse keep growing for U.S. dioceses

| September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Nebraska, the state’s Attorney General is said to be looking at decades-old allegations of sex abuse by priests in the Diocese of Lincoln. In Illinois, the Diocese of Joliet announced in late August it was settling, for $1.4 million, a lawsuit brought about by men who said they were molested as boys by a priest. And in Texas, the Diocese of Dallas said on Aug. 30 it had reached a settlement, but did not say for how much, with men who said they were abused more than a decade ago by one of its priests, who has recently gone missing.

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Why the church law forbids violating the seal of confession

Why the church law forbids violating the seal of confession

| Carol Glatz | September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The seal of confession is so important and sacred that a priest would be automatically excommunicated under canon law for directly revealing the contents of a confession.

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Australian bishops, religious say seal of confession is sacred

Australian bishops, religious say seal of confession is sacred

| September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Australia’s Catholic bishops and religious orders, responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, accepted 98 percent of its suggestions, but said they could not accept recommendations that would violate the seal of confession.

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Cardinal Wuerl addresses church’s ‘pain, confusion and disillusionment’

Cardinal Wuerl addresses church’s ‘pain, confusion and disillusionment’

| Mark Zimmermann | September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Addressing the clergy abuse crisis in the church will require “wider lay engagement, more realized accountability and evident transparency,” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the end of a Sept. 2 Mass in Washington.

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Former nuncio now says sanctions against McCarrick were ‘private’

Former nuncio now says sanctions against McCarrick were ‘private’

| Cindy Wooden | September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States who called on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly lifting sanctions placed on Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, now says those “sanctions” were “private” and neither he nor now-retired Pope Benedict XVI ever was able to enforce them.

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Catholic education supporter to receive first Aim Higher Foundation award

Catholic education supporter to receive first Aim Higher Foundation award

| September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Local philanthropist Karen Rauenhorst channels her lifelong passion for Catholic schools into helping children have the same educational opportunities she did.

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Jesuit priest and school president offers prayers at McCain memorials

Jesuit priest and school president offers prayers at McCain memorials

| September 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jesuit Father Edward Reese, the president of St. Ignatius Prep School in San Francisco, offered prayers in both Phoenix and Washington, including a homily at the National Cathedral in Washington, after the death of John McCain, the senator from Arizona who died Aug. 25 at age 81 after a long struggle with brain cancer.

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Bishop Cozzens: Archbishop Nienstedt investigation ‘doomed to fail’

Bishop Cozzens: Archbishop Nienstedt investigation ‘doomed to fail’

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Throughout this process, there was confusion about who was ultimately in charge and what should be done to ensure a fair outcome. I think that Bishop Piché believes that the investigation was completed to the best of his ability. I understand the strong frustrations expressed by Father Griffith, whom I believe acted in good faith and with sincerity and integrity. We all did the best we could in a difficult situation.”

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Archbishop Hebda: Strong child protection measures in place locally, but U.S. bishop accountability must improve

Archbishop Hebda: Strong child protection measures in place locally, but U.S. bishop accountability must improve

| August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Having had good reasons to place my trust in both Pope Francis and Archbishop Viganò, I am personally at a loss as to how to evaluate the claims that have been made by the archbishop,” Archbishop Hebda said. “Based on my experience in this archdiocese, I believe that some form of an independent review led by credible outsiders is the only way to resolve such situations and restore trust.”

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Bishop echoes pope: The poor’s plight is ‘the Gospel, pure and simple’

Bishop echoes pope: The poor’s plight is ‘the Gospel, pure and simple’

| Mark Pattison | August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

The statement, “Just Wages and Human Flourishing,” dated Labor Day, Sept. 3 this year, was released Aug. 30.

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Court rules against Pro-Life Action Ministries in aborted fetal tissue case

Court rules against Pro-Life Action Ministries in aborted fetal tissue case

| August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pro-life advocates’ case against the University of Minnesota Medical School regarding its illegal use of aborted fetal tissue for research was dismissed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals Aug. 20.

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