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DC Priest Recognized Nationally for Work With Project Rachel Ministry

WASHINGTON — “God writes straight with crooked lines, I’ll tell you, and I’ve seen that Providence in my life.” After two years of college seminary, Joseph Ranieri learned the Archdiocese of New York would not allow him to become a priest. The...

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Baker Back in Court, for Declining ‘Gender Transition’ Cake

DENVER — Less than three months after winning a Supreme Court case backing his religious freedom of expression, Colorado Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is finding himself at the center of yet another cake and faith-based battle. A new...

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Former Erie Bishop Responds to Release of Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

ERIE, Pa. — Bishop Emeritus Donald Trautman of Erie, Pennsylvania, responded Tuesday to the Pennsylvania grand jury report on allegations of clerical sex abuse of minors, saying he did not condone or enable such abuse during his tenure leading...

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What Did Cardinal Wuerl Know About an Alleged Abuser, and How Did He Respond?

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl and the Diocese of Pittsburgh say that when the former Pittsburgh bishop approved the transfer of a priest accused of serial sexual abuse, he was unaware of the allegations made against the priest. The transfer...

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Cardinal O’Malley Will Not Attend World Meeting of Families

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston will not be attending next week’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin due to the ongoing investigation into St. John’s Seminary, the Archdiocese of Boston announced Wednesday. Previously, Cardinal...

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The Assumption Is a Lesson in the Theology of the Body

Summer is, in a lot of ways, the “revelation of the body.” That’s true, even on the most natural level. People wear less. Just peruse the typical woman’s or, even more, teen magazines in April or May. There’s always an article about the agony and...

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Why John Paul II Created the World Meeting of Families

The year 1994 was a memorable one for the family — for negative reasons that ultimately catalyzed a great catechesis. It began with the formal celebration by the United Nations General Assembly of the “International Year of the Family” under the...

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Secularized Ireland Set to Host World Meeting of Families

DUBLIN — This month’s World Meeting of Families in Ireland takes place exactly 50 years since Blessed Paul VI promulgated his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae, restating the Church’s traditional teaching that all sexual acts should be open to...

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Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report: A Reminder of the Toll of Failure

The redacted grand jury report on the 70-year history of clergy sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses that was released by Attorney General Josh Shapiro Aug. 14 was expected, but it still proved horrifying. Its impact extends well beyond the...

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Cardinal Wuerl Responds to Criticism After Release of Grand Jury Report

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, and the former Bishop of Pittsburgh, has been named more than 200 times in a Pennsylvania grand jury report, released Aug. 14, after an 18-month investigation into historic allegations...