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Cardinals Cupich and Wuerl Collaborated on Alternative Sex-Abuse Proposal

Editor's Note added 3:50pm ET Nov. 19: Crux has reported that Cardinals Cupich and Wuerl

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‘Apocalypse’ Writer: ‘Spiritual Combat … Is Normal Life’

Canadian writer and artist Michael D. O’Brien has penned 28 books in his career, but he may be best known for his apocalyptic-themed novel, Father Elijah, one of six volumes in his Children of the Last Days series. Now, in a new nonfiction work,...

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At Least 42 Dead in Cathedral Attack in Central African Republic

ALINDAO, Central African Republic — At least 42 people have died in an attack Thursday on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Alindao, in the Central African Republic, according to local reports. At least one priest was among those killed in...

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Italian Bishops’ Conference Establishes National Center for Youth Protection

ROME— With the intention of “providing a radical solution” to the sex-abuse issue, the Italian bishops’ conference established Thursday a new center for youth protection and pledged to update its 2014 guidelines on countering sexual abuse.  The...

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True Healing for Our Church Depends on What the US Bishops Do Next

Since the McCarrick scandal broke this summer, the collective Catholic faithful of the United States have been engaged in a tense conversation with their shepherds. From many of the bishops’ remarks at this month’s annual gathering in Baltimore,...

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While New Legislation Waits for Rome, Revival of Leadership Can Start at Home

In the most anticipated and arguably important meetings of the U.S. bishops since 2002, America’s shepherds gathered in Baltimore Nov. 12-14 beneath the shadow of the clergy sex-abuse crisis. In particular, the darkest of clouds surrounded...

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Lessons From the Fig Tree: Reading the Signs of the Times

Sunday, Nov. 18, is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Mass Readings: Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32. After another long day of back-and-forth with the Pharisees, the disciples leaving the Jerusalem Temple...

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Massachusetts Campus A-OK for TAC

NORTHFIELD, Mass. — After a year’s delay, Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) is back on track to open a branch campus in New England that will replicate the Great Books program for Catholic liberal-arts education already taught at its campus in Santa...

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Life, Liberty, Civility and the 2018 Election

Few midterm elections were as anticipated and hotly contested as the one of Nov. 6, 2018. The expected fireworks didn’t disappoint. Days after polls closed, several key races were considered still too close to call or subjected to recounts. The...

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Trump’s HHS Mandate Exemptions Plot New Course for Church and State

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration finalized robust religious and moral exemptions to the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, a move that offered a long-awaited reprieve to Catholic and other religious employers who fought the...