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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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This month’s Synod on the Family was perfect storm

It was a perfect storm. Confusion, tension, and even a sense of crisis during the Synod on the Family on this side of the Atlantic, and I can tell you the atmosphere on the ground in Rome was even more fraught. Milling around outside the…

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Sex and the Synod: Focusing on the beauty of marriage and its value

The synod meeting in Rome, convened by Pope Francis on October 5, seeks ways to meet the pastoral needs of marriages and families.One objective of the summit, which runs for two weeks, is to find ways to better communicate the meaning of marriage, and its…

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We can’t all be Kennedys: Annulment petitions plummet among U.S. Catholics

More petitions for annulments are opened by Catholics in the U.S. than in any other country, but the number has dropped in the past two decades amid declining numbers of marriages, fewer divorces and perceptions of a stigma from the church, analysts say. Often misunderstood…

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Catholic bishops synod to focus on family issues

Catholic leaders will begin discussing this weekend a host of family-related matters, including same-sex marriage, birth control and other pressing issues in an ever-changing world. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, who is attending the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, said…

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Reform of LCWR hardly a ‘nunquisition’

The Vatican investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not a ‘nunquisition,’ as one Time magazine writer has said, but an effort to renew the Church, according to a senior fellow with The Catholic Association. “Is there a great ‘Nunquisition’? No, there’s not,”…

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Pope Francis to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

Pope Francis on Monday pledged zero tolerance and pleaded for forgiveness from a group of sex abuse victims invited to the Vatican. This was the first meeting of its kind during Francis’ papacy, and during his homily the pontiff decried the “toxic” effect that decades…

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U.N. finally gets action…from the pope as Vatican forced to reveal punishment for pedophiles

The Vatican on Tuesday for the first time detailed how it has handled more than 3,400 cases of sexual abuse reported since 2004, vowing to learn from its mistakes and potentially opening itself to more lawsuits by accepting that such abuse could fall under a…

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Vatican urges sex abuse critics not to stay “fossilized in past”

The Vatican told critics of its sexual abuse record on Tuesday that it had developed model child protection policies over the last decade and that its accusers should not stay “fossilized in the past” when attitudes were different. Addressing the United Nations Committee on Torture,…

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UN gives Holy See another grilling on abuse

A U.N. committee on torture grilled the Vatican on the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse crisis on Monday, urging a permanent investigation system to end a “climate of impunity” prevailing for decades. In a two-hour hearing in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture launched a barrage…

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