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Lack of Central Authority Poses Challenges for Southern Baptists Amid Abuse Scandal

HOUSTON — In the wake of months of sexual-abuse reports and allegations within the Catholic Church, and just before a Vatican summit on the problem, two Texas newspapers published a three-part investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention,...

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Haitian Bishops Say Their Country Must ‘Wake Up’ to Solve National Problems

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Following deadly protests against Haiti’s president and the drowning deaths of at least 28 people in an illegal crossing to the Bahamas, the country’s Catholic bishops have said all Haitians must come together for a wise...

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Investigation Confirms Covington Students Didn’t Instigate Confrontation

COVINGTON, Ky. —  An independent investigation into the interaction last month between Covington high school students and a Native American man has exonerated the students, the Diocese of Covington has announced. In a Feb. 11 message to...

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Gallup Diocese Moves to ‘Restored Order’ of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist

Gallup, N.M. — Bishop James Wall of the Diocese of Gallup has announced in a pastoral letter the restoration of the order of the sacraments of initiation in his diocesan territory, making it the 13th U.S. diocese to do so.* Once the new policy...

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Apocalypse 2019? We Have Been Here Before

The leaders of the world’s bishops’ conferences and of the Eastern Catholic Churches will meet Feb. 21-24 at the Vatican in order to deal with “the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors.” Pope Francis has declared this to be “one of...

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Vatican’s Office of General Auditor Gets New Statutes

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s general auditor has new statutes, conferred recently by Pope Francis, that will bring financial audits of Vatican offices into greater conformity with United Nations agreements. Based on a Feb. 9 motu proprio, the...

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Prosecutor Drops Abortion Charge Against Alleged Murderer After NY Abortion Law

NEW YORK CITY — The district attorney for Queens County, New York, has reportedly dropped an unlawful abortion charge against a man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend, citing a new state law that removed abortion from the criminal...

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Archbishop: 152 Priests in Mexico Removed for Abuse in Last 9 Years

MONTERREY, Mexico — Over the past nine years, 152 priests in Mexico have been removed from ministry for sexual abuse of youth or vulnerable adults, the president of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference said Sunday. At a Feb. 10 news conference,...

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Spokane’s Plain-Spoken Shepherd Makes Waves

SPOKANE, Wash. — When Father Bob Dunn read the headlines sparked by his friend Spokane Bishop Tom Daly’s strong corrective for Catholic politicians who promote abortion rights, the New York City priest told his friends, “This is the type of...

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New York Archdiocese Responds to Cardinal Spellman Groping Allegation

NEW YORK CITY — The Archdiocese of New York has said it had only recently learned of an allegation that the deeply influential Cardinal Francis Spellman groped a visiting West Point cadet in the 1960s, but says it will take the accusation...