PA grand jury identifies 301 ‘predator priests’

The Catholic Church in Pennsylvania conducted a decades-long “systematic” and “sophisticated” cover-up to protect alleged predator-priests, a state grand jury concluded, following a nearly two-year investigation into how local Church officials handled child sex-abuse allegations. In announcing the grand jury’s findings, which

Deacons see big turnout in the Big Easy

As the Church in the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate, 1,300 deacons and their families — more than 2,700 people in all — flocked to New Orleans for the 2018 National Diaconate Congress, held

Monuments to the unborn

On Jan. 22, 1987, the 14th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, dedicated its Tomb of the Unborn Child. The remains of two aborted babies, Francis and Clare, were interred across from

McCarrick surrenders title of cardinal

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., from the College of Cardinals, the Vatican announced on July 28. The rare step came over a month after the revelation that Pope Francis had removed now-Archbishop

Boy Scouts and the future

The Boy Scouts of America aims to form young men, instilling them with values and preparing them to make ethical choices. However, recent changes to scout policies, such as admitting young girls and allowing openly gay scoutmasters and transgender scouts, have many

Taking suicide seriously: A national need

The high-profile deaths of celebrity fashion designer Kate Spade and chef-TV personality Anthony Bourdain within a week of each other highlighted a quiet grief affecting increasingly more Americans and their families: the contagion of suicide growing from coast to coast. In June,

Church intervenes with immigrant families

Weeks after President Trump signed an executive order rescinding the “zero-tolerance policy” for separating families at the border, many still remain to be reunited. As Americans have watched to see how the U.S. government responds to this crisis, Church leaders have been

How could new justice affect Church concerns?

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s upcoming retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court has risen hopes in Catholic and pro-life circles that the high court will not only be more amenable to religious freedom and conscience rights, but may even revisit its precedents on abortion.

Does Church have jurisdiction over the moon?

Nearly 50 years ago, Father Richard Walsh, a newly-ordained priest from Ireland, was settling into his first assignment at his first parish — Church of Our Saviour in Cocoa Beach, Florida, adjusting to the sun and sand and salt that were so

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