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RCR: Cardinal Pell is Innocent and Finally Free

RCR: Cardinal Pell is Innocent and Finally Free

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer The presumption of innocence and the legal standard of “guilt beyond a reasonable doubt” are based on a bedrock commitment to safeguard an innocent man’s liberty – and, sometimes, his life. This foundational principle of Anglo-Saxon criminal law had been, it seems, all…

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RealClearReligion: The Catholic Church Needs an Innocence Project

RealClearReligion: The Catholic Church Needs an Innocence Project

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Australia’s Cardinal Pell has been sentenced to six years for child sex abuse, but the evidence against Pell is far from convincing. Something needs to be done. The Innocence Project is a program that has exonerated over 300 people wrongly convicted of serious crimes…

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CNA: A Year with the Mystics

CNA: A Year with the Mystics

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Our parish’s fall festival was coming to an end. As I rounded up my little ones, I spotted an acquaintance. Antoinette is almost 95 years old and now wheelchair bound, but her incandescent smile inevitably draws people towards her. “Have you had…

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RNS: Newman, the newest Catholic saint, is a model of making reason our path to God

RNS: Newman, the newest Catholic saint, is a model of making reason our path to God

By Grazie Christie (RNS) — On Sunday (Oct. 13), Pope Francis will canonize Cardinal John Newman, the first Englishman to be made a saint since Pope Paul VI canonized the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, who were killed for their Catholic faith during the…

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Catholic Herald UK: America Comment Iraq’s Christians are slowly coming home, but they face grave new threats

Catholic Herald UK: America Comment Iraq’s Christians are slowly coming home, but they face grave new threats

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer Saly and Rahma are like so many young American university students. In their second year at Catholic University, these two young women are serious students, thoughtful and articulate. They talk excitedly about their chosen majors and their plans for the future. Both…

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CNA: Can Asia Bibi remain acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan?

CNA: Can Asia Bibi remain acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan?

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer This Tuesday a three-judge panel of Pakistan’s Supreme Court will decide whether to reconsider its acquittal of a Pakistani Christian mother-of-five on charges of blasphemy. Yes, you read that right. One of our allies in the fight against terror may be having…

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RealClearReligion: The Catholic Church Must Strive For Virtue in Light of Sex Abuse

RealClearReligion: The Catholic Church Must Strive For Virtue in Light of Sex Abuse

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer The Vatican dismissed the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state for his sexually abusive behavior. Has the Catholic Church put the great scandals of 2018 behind it? Hardly. The McCarrick case is about more than McCarrick’s grave failings as a…

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CNA: Mind, Heart, and Soul

CNA: Mind, Heart, and Soul

By Andrea Picciotti-Bayer The Catholic Church in the United States has received staggering blows of late. The sinful and criminal behavior of a former leading prelate, the statewide investigations into clergy sex abuse across the country, the Vatican’s confused and vapid response – all have…

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CNA: Giving Thanks for the Church

CNA: Giving Thanks for the Church

By Maureen Ferguson It’s a great time to be Catholic. I mean that sincerely… in the sense of Dickens’ opening lines in A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was the season of light, it…

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RealClearReligion: Pope Francis, Please Prosecute

RealClearReligion: Pope Francis, Please Prosecute

By Maureen Ferguson Fyodor Dostoyevsky observes in his novel The House of the Dead, “Man is a creature that can get accustomed to anything.” As the bishops of the Catholic Church convene in Baltimore this week to address the abuse crisis, Dostoyevsky’s reflection on human nature…

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