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The Danger of Conflating Sexual Abuse With Abuse of Power

The organizers of the recent sexual-abuse summit at the Vatican expressed satisfaction that the unprecedented meeting of bishops from around the world constituted an important turning point. That is to be understood in terms of effecting a...

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Despite Challenges, US Home Schooling Grows and Gains Acceptance

Expressing support for a German family who recently suffered another setback in their ongoing effort to home-school in their country, U.S. home-schooling parents and leaders say that while they also face concerns, home schooling here continues to...

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Knockin’ on Heaven’s Doors: Peter Kreeft Points to the Good, True and Beautiful

Doors in the Walls of the World Signs of Transcendence in the Human Story By Peter Kreeft Ignatius, 2018 127 pages, $15.95 To order: ignatius.com or (800) 651-1531   In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, young Lucy opens the...

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Catholic Priest Stabbed During Mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal

MONTREAL — A Catholic priest in Montreal is in stable condition after being stabbed during Friday morning Mass. One suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the attack. Father Claude Grou, rector of St. Joseph’s Oratory, was...

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Producing Good Fruit Involves Cooperating With the Grace of Jesus

Sunday, March 24, is the Third Sunday of Lent (Year C). Mass Readings: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15; Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9. In today’s Gospel, Our Lord provides a corrective to a belief prevalent in ancient Judaism...

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A Victim of Catholic Clergy Sexual Assault Speaks Out

Catholic bishops from around the world commenced a meeting last month in Rome to address the issue of clergy sexual abuse of minors. In the days leading up to the conference, another layer in this crisis emerged and was acknowledged by Pope...

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US Bishops Offer New Hope That Real Change May Be Coming

Just weeks after the Vatican’s February summit on clergy sexual abuse, which left U.S. Catholics frustrated by Rome’s measured response to holding bishops accountable for sexual misconduct with adults and negligent supervision of predatory...

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Cardinal Danneels’ Death Brings a Quintessential Catholic Moment

When Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels died March 14 at the age of 85, it began a quintessentially Catholic moment that has its roots in the New Testament. First of all, Cardinal Danneels was a man who championed what is often called “the...

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Science Builds on Faith: STEM Studies Grow From Catholic Roots

“Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason.” So says the Catechism of the Catholic Church (159). And so says Benedictine College, a Catholic institution that has made a big push in STEM...

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St. John Paul II’s Record of Combating Abuse Is Defended by His Longtime Secretary

KRAKOW, Poland — Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a personal friend and close collaborator of St. John Paul II, this week defended the Polish pope’s record on the abuse crisis, which has lately come under criticism from some areas. “The emerging...