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Trinity Sunday: God’s Enduring Presence

Sunday, June 16, is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Mass readings: Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-9; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15. While no mystery surpasses that of the nature of the Most Holy Trinity, one God in three divine Persons, from our...

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Trial Date Set for Argentine Priests Accused of Abusing Deaf Children

MENDOZA - Two priests accused of sexually abusing minors at a school for deaf children in Argentina will stand trial Aug. 5. The priests and a former employee at the Antonio Provolo institute will face charges of the abuse of more than 20...

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Lead By Example, Not Documents, Vatican Abuse Expert Tells Polish Bishops

WARSAW - As the Catholic Church in Poland continues to respond to sex abuse by clergy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a leading Vatican expert on prosecuting sex crimes under church law, attended the bishops’ plenary assembly to discuss child and...

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Appreciating Fatherhood — On Earth as It Is in Heaven

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day throughout the United States. It’s a relatively recent feast, made a permanent national holiday on the third Sunday of June only in 1972, when it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. President...

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Catholic Fathers Challenge Themselves — and Defy the Culture — to Be Real Men

True manhood is under attack in today’s culture, but that doesn’t mean that Catholic men are not putting up a fight. Whether called to the married state or serving God as a priest, men hearing a call to arms to defend masculinity are making a...

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Clergy Sex Abuse Has Changed Since 2000 — and Why It Matters

The Ruth Institute recently released a new report by Father Paul Sullins, Ph.D., on clergy sexual abuse since 2000, showing that clergy sexual abuse has been rising in the years since the “Dallas Charter.” Around the same time, the Catholic...

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Chartres Pilgrimage Offers a Traditional Route to Christ and His Church

The Chartres Pilgrimage often receives few headlines in the secular press, but this popular exercise in Catholic devotion has become one of the most attended events in France. Beginning in 1983, each year the pilgrimage, also known as the...

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Bishop Paprocki’s Bold Defense of the Innocent Is the Mark of a True Father

Days after Illinois lawmakers passed legislation that secured legal abortion as a fundamental right, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield took swift action, issuing a directive that explicitly banned two Chicago-area Catholic Democrats — House...

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The Failure of Free Will in Men

We are all sinners, sons of a merciful God. But to step back and consider the current state of men — the so-called “stronger sex” —  in this country and in our Church, one can’t help but be deeply saddened by what we find. The following...

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Illinois Bishops Oppose Abortion Law, Disagree on Communion for Pro-Choice Lawmakers

BALTIMORE - While two Illinois bishops are unified in their strong opposition to the state’s new abortion law, they differ on the question of prohibiting to receive Holy Communion the Catholic state legislators who led the effort for the bill’s...