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Letters 12.09.18

Cultural Divide It is no secret that there is a cultural divide in our once-civilized country between proponents of the killing of unborn babies by abortion and opponents of killing the most helpless members of our human family, the innocent...

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We Are Created for Joy

Sunday, Dec. 16, is the Third Sunday of Advent. Mass Readings:  Zephaniah 3:14-18A; Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18. On the Third Sunday of Advent in 1944, a young priest painfully wrote, while handcuffed, a smuggled...

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Home Video Picks & Passes 12.09.18

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2019) —  PICK Mission: Impossible — Fallout (2018) — PICK Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018) — PICK   Hollywood’s most entertaining ongoing action franchise barrels on in Mission: Impossible — Fallout,...

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Bishop: Church’s Reform Requires Authentic Synodality With Laity

According to Bishop Shawn McKnight, reforming the Church demands both “authentic communion” and a “genuine synodal process” that involves the laity at all levels. The shepherd of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, made this argument in an...

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Vatican Creates New Office to Serve Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has wanted the creation of a single service dedicated to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal organizations since 2015 — a vision that is now becoming a reality thanks to the creation of CHARIS (Catholic Charismatic...

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Back in Theaters, ‘Schindler’s List’ Turns 25

From the armbands to the ghettos, from forced labor to extermination camps and beyond, Schindler’s List covers the successive historical stages of the Final Solution more comprehensively than any other popular film had at the time, or has since....

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Pope Approves New Legislation Governing Vatican City

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Thursday published new laws governing the administration of Vatican City State, including the formation of a new oversight body for verifying departmental compliance with regulations and procedures within the...

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Statistical Analysis Seeks Context for Pa. Grand Jury Report

PHILADELPHIA — A new statistical analysis seeks to contextualize data about child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, four months after a grand jury report detailed hundreds of abuse allegations in six of the state’s diocese,...

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New Title IX Rules Aim for Fairer Process in Campus Sexual-Assault Cases

WASHINGTON — Changes made during the Obama administration to Title IX guidelines have triggered a flood of lawsuits asserting the new rules have resulted in unfair treatment of those accused of campus sexual misconduct — including a lawsuit...

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National Institutes of Health to Not Renew Contract Over Fetal Tissue Use

WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health will not renew a contract with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) over concerns about the project’s use of fetal tissue. The National Institutes of Health informed UCSF it will not...