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  • Carolinas brace for hurricane; seminary dedication is set to go on
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, leaders in the Diocese of Charlotte leaders began taking precautions and staying in the loop with North Carolina emergency management officials.
  • Church officials in Philippines prepare 'surge team' for super typhoon
    MANILA, Philippines — The social action arm of the Philippine Catholic Church has convened its "surge team" as super Typhoon Mangkhut threatened the country in mid-September.
  • Clergy sex abuse not about gay priests, top psychologist says
    PHILADELPHIA — Misconceptions people may have about sexual abuse, sexual harassment and homosexuality as elements of the ongoing crisis in the church can hinder efforts to address it, according to a leading psychologist and expert on the crisis.
  • Another legal fight likely looms over child immigration detention
    WASHINGTON — In what is likely to result in another legal showdown over immigration, the Trump administration is seeking to set down new rules that would allow government officials to detain children in immigration detention facilities -- this time accompanied by their undocumented parents -- for longer periods of time than currently allowed.
  • New York latest to launch probe of church sex abuse records
    WASHINGTON — The New York State Office of the Attorney General is the latest to announce that it is launching an investigation of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic Church clergy, and at least two of the state's eight dioceses confirmed receiving subpoenas seeking access to its records.
  • Cardinal Bo slams Myanmar military for brutality in Kachin

    MANDALAY, Myanmar — Myanmar's military continues to persecute ethnic Kachin, the predominant Christian group in a conflict-torn part of the country, as well as Rohingya Muslims, said Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon, Myanmar.

  • At hearing, Kavanaugh highlights his Catholic Charities' volunteer work

    WASHINGTON — During the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 5, U.S. Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh said his experience serving the homeless with Catholic Charities and tutoring at Washington Jesuit Academy has influenced him as a judge because of the importance of "standing in the shoes of others."

  • Social justice Catholic group's letter objects to Kavanaugh nomination

    WASHINGTON — A Sept. 4 letter signed by more than 1,500 Catholic nuns, priests and other church leaders from around the country addressed to U.S. senators voiced concerns about Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a fellow Catholic, as he faced confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in early September that may result in a seat for him on the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Cardinal Wuerl addresses church's 'pain, confusion and disillusionment'

    WASHINGTON — Addressing the clergy abuse crisis in the church will require "wider lay engagement, more realized accountability and evident transparency," said Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl at the end of a Sept. 2 Mass in Washington.

  • Former nuncio now says sanctions against McCarrick were 'private'

    ROME — Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States who called on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly lifting sanctions placed on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now says those "sanctions" were "private" and neither he nor now-retired Pope Benedict XVI ever was able to enforce them.

  • Australian bishops, religious say seal of confession is sacred

    SYDNEY — Australia's Catholic bishops and religious orders, responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, accepted 98 percent of its suggestions, but said they could not accept recommendations that would violate the seal of confession.

  • San Jose bishop says he won't move into $2.3 million home

    WASHINGTON — San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath said he won't move into a five-bedroom home he was set to live in when he retired after news reports in California revealed its price tag: $2.3 million.

  • Catholic psychologist, abuse survivor, offers abuse advice for families

    WASHINGTON — After recent reports describing clergy sex abuse, Paul Peloquin, a Catholic clinical psychologist and a clergy abuse survivor, shared advice for victims and their families.

  • Slovak teen to be beatified as martyr to purity
     A 16-year-old peasant girl will be beatified as a martyr in Slovakia, seven decades after she was shot in front of her family for resisting rape by a drunken Soviet soldier.
  • Victims say they felt hurt by fellow Catholics' lack of compassion

    WASHINGTON — Sexual assault victims say they were hurt not only by individual priests, but by church officials and ordinary Catholics who treated them with intolerance and indifference.

  • Priests' group says it's 'sad, angry, frustrated' by abuse scandals

    WASHINGTON — The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests said its members are "sad ... angry ... frustrated" over continued reports involving fellow priests and a lack of accountability by bishops.

  • Cardinal says 'sorrow, disgust, rage' are 'righteous' reactions to abuse
    CHICAGO — "Sorrow, disgust, outrage -- these are righteous feelings" for all to have in reaction to the latest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said in an Aug. 17 statement.
  • Cardinal explains plan to address 'moral catastrophe' of abuse

    WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the "moral catastrophe" of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church.

  • Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it
    At least 1,000 children identified in the investigation were raped in Catholic places of worship, in schools, and in diocesan owned vehicles, and were "groomed" through diocesan programs and retreats so they could be molested, wrote members of a 23-person grand jury who heard those accounts over a period of almost two years of an investigation of clergy sex abuse said to have taken place in six dioceses in the state of Pennsylvania over 70 years.
  • Text of letter priest sent to Cardinal O'Malley about archbishop
    Here is the text of a June 17, 2015, letter written by Father Boniface Ramsey, administrator of a parish in the New York Archdiocese, about Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and claims of the archbishop's sexual improprieties with seminarians that Father Ramsey heard from some of the young men themselves. He sent it to Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, who has headed the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors since it was established in 2014. Father Ramsey provided a copy of the letter to Paul Haring, senior photographer in the Rome bureau of Catholic News Service:
  • Cardinal O'Malley calls for investigation at Boston seminary

    WASHINGTON — The Archbishop of Boston said in an Aug. 10 statement that he has asked the rector of its main archdiocesan St. John Seminary to go on sabbatical leave immediately and is asking for an investigation of allegations made on social media about activities there "directly contrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholic priesthood."

  • Argentina's Senate votes down abortion decriminalization bill

    MEXICO CITY — The Argentine Senate voted against a bill that would have decriminalized abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Senators voted 38-31 against the measure early Aug. 9 following a 15-hour debate. The measure had been approved in June by the lower house of Congress.

  • Abuse expert: Crisis is call to new vision of priesthood, accountability
    VATICAN CITY — A Jesuit priest who has been on the frontline of advocating for survivors of clerical sexual abuse and developing detailed programs to prevent abuse said the crisis unfolding, again, in the United States is a summons to a new way of envisioning the church and taking responsibility for it.
  • Catholic hospitals help Indonesia quake victims in Lombok, Bali

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — Catholic hospitals in Indonesia have sent medical teams to treat hundreds of people injured by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the tourist island of Lombok near Bali Aug. 5.

  • Majority of U.S. religious superiors approve of women deacons
    A new study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University surveyed men and women religious superiors in the United States about the possibility of ordaining women to the diaconate and found that the majority were in favor of the idea.
  • Nuba church 'a sign of hope' after staying through difficult times

    NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan — The Nuba Mountains region in southern Sudan is a land the world has largely forgotten, except for the Catholic Church, which for more than three decades has stood with the people as they endured hunger, bombing and neglect.

  • Church urged to address its leaders' 'moral failures of judgment'

    WASHINGTON — Archbishop Theodore McCarrick "will rightly face" a Vatican canonical process regarding sexual abuse allegations against him, but the U.S. Catholic Church must take steps to respond to church leaders' "moral failures of judgment," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

  • Kansan returns to Australia saint's tomb in thanks for Parkinson's cure

    SYDNEY — Exactly 10 years to the day -- July 18, 2018 -- Ricky Peterson of Kansas City, Kansas, knelt once more at the tomb of St. Mary MacKillop in suburban North Sydney, Australia, this time with a prayer of thanksgiving for the seemingly miraculous event that had changed his life a decade earlier.

  • Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick's resignation as cardinal

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain "a life of prayer and penance" until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors.

  • O'Malley: Actions needed now to address claims against cardinal

    BOSTON — Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said "a major gap still exists" when it comes to the Catholic Church's policies on sexual abuse and conduct as it pertains, not just to priests, but in cases of accusations against cardinals and bishops. It was a clear reference to recent sex abuse allegations made against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington.

  • Cardinal Tobin: African priests, religious in U.S. make big contribution

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The presence in the United States of about 3,000 priests and religious from countries in Africa is a great contribution to the U.S., said Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey.

  • New revelation surfaces about cardinal; editorials take church to task

    WASHINGTON — Editorials in national Catholic publications have taken the U.S. Catholic Church to task for its failure to root out all forms of clergy sexual abuse in the light of allegations made by former seminarians against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington.