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The Dignity of a Good Haircut

Smartly attired in black pants and a black shirt, ace hair stylist Anthony Muti carefully grabs a swath of hair and makes a precise cut with his scissors. Bridget Burke, 37, is getting a special style. Her mother, Peggy, helps hold Bridget’s...

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Reading About the Faith: Back-to-School Books

It’s time to head back to school and hit the books. Here are some great picks to nurture kids’ hearts and spirits, as well as minds.   Paul Writes (a Letter) Written and illustrated by Chris Raschka Eerdmans, 2018 40 pages, $17 Paul was...

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Musings on the Church Irreplaceable, From Councils to Saints

SUBVERSIVE CATHOLICISM Papacy, Liturgy, Church  By Martin Mosebach   Angelico Press, 2019 164 pages, $16.95 To order: amazon.com   There is danger in reading Martin Mosebach’s Subversive Catholicism. Readers will find themselves thinking...

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New West Virginia Bishop Addresses Scandals Head-On at Installation Mass

WHEELING, W.V. — After nearly a year without a bishop, due to the scandal-ridden former Bishop Michael Bransfield, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia has a new shepherd, who was installed at a Mass yesterday on the feast of the...

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Cincinnati Catholic Raised ‘Red Flags’ About Priest Over a Year Before Rape Indictment

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A Cincinnati news station is reporting on the contents of a letter, sent to Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer in August 2018, accusing them of ignoring “red flags” related to a priest now indicted on...

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Analysis: Pell, and the Politics of Rome

VATICAN CITY — This week’s decision by the Court of Appeal in Victoria marked the apparent conclusion of the criminal trial of Cardinal George Pell in Australia. While the cardinal may yet exercise his final right of appeal to the country’s High...

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Cardinal Pell’s Unsuccessful Appeal — and Reason for Hope

The Court of Appeal of the state of Victoria late Tuesday (Wednesday morning in Australia) dismissed Cardinal George Pell’s appeal from his sexual-abuse conviction. That conviction came at the end of a second trial on five counts of indecency...

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Hong Kong Catholics Join the March for Freedom

Hong Kong Catholics have played an important role in the massive protests that have overtaken the city nearly every weekend since mid-June. At the height of the protests, crowds swelled to an estimated 2 million people, and violence erupted....

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Amid Revision, Liturgy of the Hours Remains Important for Laity

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has bought the copyrights to a new translation of the Psalms and canticles from Scripture that will be incorporated into the Liturgy of the Hours (LOTH), as well as the readings for Mass. The translations...

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Children Before Politics, Parents Plead as Catholic Adoption Agency Heads to Court

LANSING, Mich. — Parents of five adoptive children were present in court on Thursday in support of a Catholic adoption agency in Michigan that is threatened with closure by a new state policy. “Political grandstanding should never come at the...