Matthew Bunson

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USCCB Meeting Day 2: A Chess Match

An immense amount of suspense surrounded the start of the second day of the Fall Meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore. The U.S. Bishops arrived Monday with the expectation of debating and voting on several planned pillars in confronting the clergy...

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USCCB: Sackcloth, Ashes and a Major Shock

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its Fall Assembly in Baltimore Monday with an agenda of prayer and deliberations on dealing with bishop accountability in the face of the scandal surrounding former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The...

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2018 Midterms Reflect a Nation Divided

In a reflection of the bitterly polarized and divided electorate, the 2018 midterm elections ended with a divided and polarized government. The Democrats took control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans for the first time since...

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The Kavanaugh Hearing: There Were No Winners

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the nation’s highest court in July 2018, long-time political observers predicted that the confirmation process to find his successor would be charged with bitter...

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The Kavanaugh Hearings: Day Three

From the first moments of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee has both witnessed and caused a public spectacle.  On day one, the members of the Committee sparred over the...

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The Kavanaugh Hearings: Day Two

The second day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court picked up essentially where they left off on day one. Protesters continued to interrupt the proceedings, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee...

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The Kavanaugh Hearings: Day One

Given the drama and anguish of the last months in the Church and the country, the average American and certainly the average Catholic might be forgiven for having possibly forgotten about the impending confirmation hearings for the 53-year old...

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An Interview with Msgr. Charles Pope

Matthew Bunson: Monsignor, welcome. Msgr. Pope: Good to be here. Thanks. Matthew Bunson: You are a pastor at Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian here in Washington, D.C., I know. Msgr. Pope: Yeah, right nearby. Matthew Bunson: What is your flock...

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USCCB and Vatican Respond to the Crisis

Two days after the release of the devastating Pennsylvania grand jury report that documented clergy sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses over the span of 70 years, the two institutions that will be the most vital in responding to the ongoing...

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Francis’ New Cardinals

On Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis announced the creation of 14 new cardinals, to be installed officially June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, in a consistory in Rome. In his announcement at the Regina Coeli for Pentecost, Francis said the...