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Lay Faithful Send Bishops a Message in Baltimore: ‘Silence Stops Now’

BALTIMORE — “If the laity doesn’t do anything, this is game over.” Regina Schmiedicke stood on the concrete pier in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, watching her two young daughters run around, bundled in their coats. She and her husband Andrew brought...

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Blowing the Whistle on Mishandling Diocesan Sex Abuse

A lifelong, devout Catholic from Buffalo, Siobhan O’Connor found herself living a disciple’s dream: working with her bishop to help build up Christ’s Church in their diocese. Three years later, having seen how the diocese and Bishop Richard...

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Cardinal O’Malley Takes Personal Responsibility for Failing McCarrick Whistleblower

After several weeks, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has taken personal responsibility for the failure to respond to a whistleblower’s June 2015 letter on ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and his sexual abuse of seminarians. The Cardinal has apologized...

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Erie Bishop Models What a Real Apology to Victims Looks Like

The Pennsylvania Grand Jury has delivered a searing moral indictment of the Catholic Church’s bishops and their chanceries for their historic cover-up of clerical sexual abuse. In Pennsylvania alone, more than a thousand victims were attacked by...

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Metuchen Bishop: Fear of Retribution Must End for #MeToo Seminarians

Many bishops are now facing the reality that journalists know well: the vast majority of priests and seminarians, past and present, who experienced or saw adult sexual abuse by powerful clerics, were cowed into suffering in silence. The #MeToo...

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Bishop: Lay Faithful, not Bishops, Must Investigate McCarrick and Coverup

Cardinal Donald Wuerl has floated a proposal, published Monday morning in an exclusive interview with the National Catholic Reporter, that bishops should be impaneled to investigate the sexual predations of Theodore McCarrick, the former...

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Albany Bishop Excoriates ‘Incestuous’ Spiritual Fathers

The Catholic Church’s #MeToo revelations are just beginning as current and former priests, seminarians, and even nuns across the globe, are finding their voice to come forward about the sexual abuse they have experienced at the hands of people in...

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CLINIC: Zero Tolerance Policy on Migration Needlessly Tears Apart Families

The U.S. crackdown on migrants arriving at the border has reached a new level with Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing a “zero tolerance policy” in San Diego on May 7 that will have serious ramifications for asylum-seeking families who do...

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Is Planned Parenthood Stalling U.S. Abortion Rate Decline?

Where would the declining U.S. abortion rate be without Planned Parenthood’s network of centers sprawling coast-to-coast, and providing minimal sexual health services and abortion? According to Planned Parenthood, the answer is up. But according...

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Mary Ann Glendon: What the Evangelium Vitae Medal Means to Me

Mary Ann Glendon has certainly had a long and distinguished career advancing the culture of life envisioned by St. John Paul II in his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae. On April 28, Glendon received the eponymous medal bestowed by the University...