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Vatican Leaks Scandal Looms Large at Meeting to Elevate New Cardinals
VATICAN CITY (RNS) As leaders meet, looming in the background will be a recent string of Vatican leaks that reveal a bitter power struggle among the hierarchy.
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Attorney Drops Abuse Suit Against Vatican
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A lawyer has dropped a lawsuit that sought to hold Pope Benedict XVI and other church officials responsible for a clergy sexual abuse case.
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Obama Exempts Religious Groups from Contraception Mandate
(RNS) President Obama unveiled an "accommodation'' in which health insurance companies will provide employees with contraception coverage.
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Priest Fired for Refusing to Use New Catholic Prayers
ST. LOUIS (RNS) For 18 years, the Rev. William Rowe has done a little improvising while celebrating Mass on Sunday mornings at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
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Vatican to Host Global Summit on Sexual Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children.
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In Galileo’s Hometown, Vatican Promotes Science
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Nearly four centuries after the Church branded Galileo Galilei a heretic, the Vatican is co-hosting a major science exhibition in his hometown.
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Woman Charged with Embezzling $1 million from NY Archdiocese
NEW YORK (RNS) A 67-year-old woman with a criminal record for theft has been charged with siphoning $1 million in donations.
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Catholics Rally Against Obama Contraception Mandate
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Catholic churches denounced a new federal rule requiring faith-based employers to include reproductive services in health care coverage.
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Top Catholic Bishop Feels Betrayed by Obama
NEW YORK (RNS) The administration's decision on health insurance had New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan feeling personally betrayed.
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After Angering Catholics, White House Honors Teachers
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House heralded nine Catholic educators as "Champions of Catholic Education."
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Shhh! Pope Praises Value of Short Tweets, Silence
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI praised new communications technologies like Twitter, saying that even "concise phrases can convey profound thoughts."
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Obama Holds Firm on Contraception Coverage
(RNS) The Obama administration said that it will not broaden the religious exemption in new rules that require employers to provide contraception coverage.
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Catholics warn Gingrich, Santorum on race baiting
(RNS) Catholic leaders have issued an open letter to Catholic candidates Gingrich and Santorum, warning them “to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes.”
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Pope Warns U.S. Bishops of ‘Radical Secularism’
(RNS) “Radical secularism” is gaining ground in American society and poses a “grave threat” to the Catholic Church’s freedom of expression in the public square.
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Flood of ‘De-baptisms’ Worries European Church Leaders
PARIS (RNS) A decade ago, Rene Lebouvier requested that his local Catholic church erase his name from the baptismal register.
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Unconventional Statue of John Paul II Gets a Makeover
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just eight months after being unveiled, a controversial statue of Pope John Paul II in Rome is receiving a major makeover.
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New White House Staffers Have Catholic, Jewish Ties
(RNS) President Obama named an immigration expert with longstanding ties to the Catholic Church as his top domestic policy official.
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New Saint’s Work Started Small, Left Big Legacy
(RNS) Barbara Koob moved from Utica, N.Y., to nearby Syracuse in the summer of 1862, when she was 24, to enter the convent of the Sisters of St. Francis.
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Pope Tells Diplomats that Economy Needs New Rules
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world economy needs “new rules” to overcome the current financial crisis, Pope Benedict XVI told Vatican diplomats.
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Boston Cardinal Marks 10 Years Since Abuse Scandal
(RNS) Ten years after the sex abuse scandal erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has written a contrite public letter.
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Victims’ Group Refuses to Turn over Names in Abuse Suit
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims’ advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition.
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L.A. Bishop Resigns After Fathering Children
(RNS) A Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop from Los Angeles has resigned after admitting he is the father of two children, both now teenagers.
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Vatican Launches Catholic Home for U.S. Episcopalians
(RNS) American Episcopalians upset with their denomination’s acceptance of gay and female clergy can now convert to the Roman Catholic Church.
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Catholic School Officially Ends Paddling
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Catholic high school that was the country’s last refuge of corporal punishment has ended a legal struggle over control of the school.
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Pope Pins Financial Mess on Crisis of Faith
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Europe’s economic and financial crisis is the consequence of an “ethical crisis” and a “crisis of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI said.
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Evangelicals Side with Catholics on Insurance Mandate
WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholics who have pushed back against a White House policy are getting a high-profile assist from dozens of evangelical leaders.
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Pope Certifies Miracles for Two U.S. Saints
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A 17th-century Native American woman and a Catholic nun are on the verge of becoming the newest American saints.
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Buying the Crystal Cathedral: Great Deal or Big Gamble?
(RNS) Even by the depressed metrics of Southern California’s real estate market, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange negotiated a pretty sweet deal.
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Pope Benedict XVI to Visit Cuba, Mexico Next Year
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that he will travel to Cuba and Mexico next year.
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American Cardinal John Foley Dies at 76
(RNS) Cardinal John P. Foley, the longtime chief of communications for the Vatican, died just outside of his native Philadelphia. He was 76.
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Update: Pope Won’t Face Charges for Not Buckling Up
BERLIN (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI can cross an outstanding charge of failing to use a seatbelt from his list of worries.
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D.C. Tosses Complaint Against Catholic University Dorms
WASHINGTON (RNS) The District has dismissed a complaint against the university that charged the school’s return to same-gender student housing discriminates against women.
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Pope: Others Should Be Held to Same Abuse Standards
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI said that “all other institutions” should be held to the same “exacting standards” as the Roman Catholic Church.
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Accused Janitor Says Priest Blackmailed, Abused Him
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) For four years, Jose Feliciano told a jury, his rage grew.
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Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law Retires from Prominent Post
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal Bernard F. Law has stepped down from his controversial post as head of a prominent basilica in Rome.
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Pope Benedict XVI Calls for Reconciliation in Africa
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI ended his second papal trip to Africa with a call for “reconciliation, justice and peace” in a troubled continent.
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Pope Benedict XVI Begins Second Trip to Africa
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI opened his second papal trip to Africa with a warning against economic development through unbridled capitalism.
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Crystal Cathedral is Cautionary Tale for Pastors
(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral’s transformation from a Protestant megachurch to a Roman Catholic cathedral should teach pastors not to spend millions on ornate buildings.
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Benetton Pulls Pope-kissing Ad
VATICAN CITY (RNS) International clothing retailer Benetton pulled a provocative ad featuring Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim cleric.
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Catholics to Launch Shelter for Anglicans on Jan. 1
(RNS) A new Roman Catholic structure for Anglican converts in the United States will be formally launched, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington announced.
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Accused Mo. Bishop Accepts Deal to Avoid Second Indictment
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop avoided a second criminal charge for failing to report suspected child abuse.
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Catholic Bishops Stay Mum on Economic Turmoil
BALTIMORE (RNS) Twenty-five years ago, Catholic bishops issued a statement that became the touchstone for religious opposition to “trickle down” economics.
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Catholic Bishop Backtracks on Limiting Communion Wine
(RNS) The Roman Catholic bishop of Phoenix has backtracked on plans to restrict Communion wine at Mass after a local outcry and consultation with other bishops.
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Bishops Welcome Dialogue with Obama as Concerns Remain
BALTIMORE (RNS) The standoff between the White House and the nation’s Catholic bishops over gay marriage and other hot-button issues may be easing.
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Why Penn State Abuse Is (and Isn’t) Like the Catholic Church
(RNS) Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno is out in the university’s burgeoning sex abuse scandal, and comparisons to the Roman Catholic Church’s own abuse scandals are in.
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Bishops Gear Up for Fight with Obama
(RNS) When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather, the issue that will stand out is their growing resolve to engage in politically charged battles.
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Catholic Official Resigns over Column
(RNS) A policy adviser to the U.S. Catholic bishops’ anti-gay-marriage office resigned a week after writing a column that blamed Satan for homosexuality.
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At Religious Campuses, Atheist Groups Operate Underground
(RNS) Late one night over pizza, University of Dayton students Branden King and Nick Haynes discovered neither of them believed in God.
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Amid Tense Relations, Ireland Closes Embassy to the Vatican
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After months of tense relations over the clergy sex abuse scandal, the Irish government announced that it will close its embassy to the Vatican.
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Church Prosecutor: Parents Have Duty to Report Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic parents have a “right and duty” to report the sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican’s chief sex abuse investigator said.
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Catholics Urge Civility in Politics
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of Catholic elder statesmen called for more civility in politics, saying Catholics have also been subjected to scrutiny.
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Congress Considers Conscience Rights in Health Care
WASHINGTON (RNS) Catholic and other Christian health care providers denounced a rule that requires insurers to cover contraception.
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Lawyer Charges Catholic University with Civil Rights Violations
WASHINGTON (RNS) A famously litigious lawyer has filed charges against CUA for not providing Muslim students with prayer rooms.
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Pope Convenes Interfaith Summit
ASSISI, Italy (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI hosted some 300 representatives of world religions for an interfaith summit on justice and peace.
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Bishops Warn Congress on Threats to Freedom
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops dispatched their new point man on religious freedom to warn Congress that religious people risk being labeled as bigots.
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Vatican Blasts Idolatry of Global Markets
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican released an ambitious proposal for global regulation of the financial industry and the international money supply.
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Vatican Hails End of Gadhafi Regime
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called the death of Libya’s longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi the end of a harsh and oppressive regime.
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Church Wrestles with Growth of Wisconsin Shrine to Mary
CHAMPION, Wis. (RNS) Philip and Barbara Hesselbein came to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help to pray for a grandson who has an inoperable brain tumor.
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Law Would Allow Marriage to Catholics for U.K. Royals
(RNS) Future British kings and queens would be permitted to marry Catholics for the first time in more than three centuries.
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Vatican Treads Carefully on Egyptian Violence
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI lamented the killing of two dozen Christian protesters in Egypt.
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Schismatics Discuss Vatican Demands
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Leaders of the group that’s in schism with the Catholic Church met to consider the Vatican’s conditions for reconciliation.
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New Orleans Bids Adieu to Legendary Archbishop
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Thousands of mourners paid their final respects to legendary Archbishop Philip M. Hannan as his casket was slowly lowered.
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Bishops Warn that Church Teaching is Nonpartisan
(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops reminded Catholic voters that they can’t cherry-pick from church teachings to justify their own political preferences.
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Amnesty International Slams Irish Catholic Church on Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new report says the sexual abuse of children by Ireland’s Roman Catholic priests “included acts that amounted to torture."
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Pope Seeks Protestant Allies to Combat Secularism
BERLIN (RNS) All faiths have to work together to stanch the tide of secularism sweeping the world, warned Pope Benedict XVI.
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Catholic Anti-abortion Group in Financial Trouble
(RNS) A leading Catholic anti-abortion group reported a $1.4 million deficit in 2010 despite collecting tens of millions of dollars in donations.
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Pope Begins First State Visit to Homeland
BERLIN (RNS) Thousands of people turned out for Pope Benedict XVI’s first official visit to his native Germany.
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Catholics Warn of National Conflict over Gay Marriage
NEW YORK (RNS) The nation’s top Catholic bishop issued a stern challenge to the Obama administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage.
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Catholics Asked to Fight Birth Control Insurance Rule
(RNS) Catholics around the country are being asked to object in writing to a new federal rule that will require birth control coverage.
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Bishop Says Anti-abortion Activist not Facing Charges
(RNS) Pavone and his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, are seeking a way out of the tense standoff.
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Vatican Gives Conservative Group an Ultimatum
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Reconciliation between the pope and a schismatic group is impossible unless the group accepts the last half-century of modernizing reforms.
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Victims Say Criminal Charges Against Pope Aren’t a Stunt
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A campaign to hold the pope responsible for “crimes against humanity” is not a publicity stunt, sex abuse victims say.
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Pope Links British Riots to Moral Relativism
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI linked last month’s riots in England to the corrosive effects of moral relativism.
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Outspoken Archbishop Takes the Reins in Philly
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was installed as leader of the 1.5-million strong Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
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Report: KC diocese put children in jeopardy
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese could have put children in jeopardy when it failed to follow guidelines for reporting clergy sexual abuse.
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`Roamin’ Catholics’ Wander in Search of New Church
CLEVELAND (RNS) They call themselves “Roamin’ Catholics,” traveling from church to church, looking for a new place to worship.
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Catholics Pitch In to Repair National Cathedral
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is donating $25,000 to help repair the Washington National Cathedral.
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Vatican Blasts New York’s Sex Ed Program
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican took a swipe at new sex education classes in New York City schools.
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Fallen 9/11 Priest Emerges as An Icon for Gay Catholics
(RNS) The body belonged to the Rev. Mychal Judge, a Franciscan fire chaplain. Later, a half-hidden secret emerged about the gallant priest: he was gay.
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Illinois Catholics Lose Fight over Adoptions, Foster Care
(RNS) An Illinois judge has ruled that the state can terminate adoption and foster care services with Catholic Charities.
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Pope, in Spain, Laments Hedonism, Greedy Economy
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI lamented the “superficiality, consumerism and hedonism” of contemporary society.
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Priests in Madrid Allowed to Lift Excommunication for Abortion
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Priests at World Youth Day will be specially empowered to lift excommunication for having undergone or assisted in an abortion.
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Intrepid Young Activists Push Condoms at World Youth Day
(RNS) A small band of young people are going to talk about condoms at World Youth Day, the triennial Catholic jamboree that opens soon in Madrid.
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Left, Right Face Off on Facebook to Elect Online Pope
VATICAN CITY (RNS) With Pope Benedict XVI in good health, few are talking about his replacement.
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Priest Won’t Stop Push for Women’s Ordination
(RNS) The Roman Catholic priest who faces expulsion from the priesthood for advocating for women to be ordained as priests is refusing to recant.
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Catholic Priest Faces Expulsion for Supporting Women’s Ordination
(RNS) A Roman Catholic priest who has campaigned for the ordination of women has been told he will be expelled if he does not publicly recant.
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More Catholic Departures Than Baptisms for First Time in Germany
BERLIN (RNS) For the first time since membership records have been kept, more Germans departed the Roman Catholic Church than were baptized into it in 2010.
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Germans Await Pope’s Return, This Time as a Statesman
BERLIN (RNS) A German visiting Germany isn’t normally big news, even if it’s a famous expatriate German returning home for a visit.
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Vatican Unveils New JPII iPhone App for World Youth Day
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pilgrims at next month’s Catholic World Youth Day in Madrid will have some high-tech help in their devotions.
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Vatican’s U.S. Envoy, Who Helped Shape U.S. Church, Dies
(RNS) Archbishop Pietro Sambi died at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, succumbing to complications from lung surgery performed a few weeks earlier.
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Catholic Bishops Urge House Against Steep Budget Cuts
(RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging the GOP-led House to reject a cuts-only approach to the budget.
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Vatican Recalls Irish Ambassador over Abuse Report
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland for “consultations” on the official church response to the government report.
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La. Monks Win Right to Build, Sell Caskets
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A federal judge said a state law that limits the sale of caskets to licensed funeral directors and establishments is unconstitutional.
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Chaput Will Upend Convention in the Most Conventional of Cities
(RNS) The most obvious reason he was sent to take over the prestigious Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
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Ireland Pushes Priests to Report Confessed Sex Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ireland’s prime minister said Catholic priests could be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse crimes they hear during confession.
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Bachmann’s Former Church Defends Anti-Catholic Views
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Lutheran denomination that Rep. Michele Bachmann quit in June sought to explain its belief that the papacy is the anti-Christ.
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China Ordains Another Bishop Without Vatican OK
VATICAN CITY (RNS) China’s state-run Catholic church ordained another bishop without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
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Irish Government Releases Damning Abuse Report
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special commission sponsored by the Irish government criticized a bishop for failing to report allegations of clerical sex abuse.
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Bishop Loses Appeal over Holocaust Remarks
BERLIN (RNS) A bishop who said he didn’t believe the Holocaust faces a reduced fine of $9,110 for incitement, a German appeals court ruled.
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Catholics Return Check from Lawmaker over Marriage Vote
RNS) A New York lawmaker has found himself at odds with the Roman Catholic Church after a parish school refused a $50 donation.
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Catholics Look into Buying Crystal Cathedral
(RNS) The Crystal Cathedral has an interested party that needs a large cathedral: the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Calif.
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Schismatic Bishop Faces Trial over Holocaust Denial
BERLIN (RNS) Lawyers for British Bishop Richard Williamson say he shouldn’t be punished for downplaying the severity of the Holocaust.
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Calif. Bbishop Resigns, Citing Exhaustion from Sex Abuse Cases
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop in California resigned, saying he is “exhausted” from dealing with clergy sexual abuse cases in his Santa Rosa diocese.
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China Ordains Bishop without Vatican Approval
(RNS) China’s state-run Catholic church ordained a bishop without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI.
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Evangelicals, WCC, Vatican Reach Accord on Proselytizing
WASHINGTON (RNS) Christian missionaries should renounce all “deception and coercive means” of winning converts.
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Israeli Ambassador Backpedals on Wartime Pope Comments
(RNS) After strong criticism from the Jewish community, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican backpedaled from his praise of Pope Pius XII.
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Israeli Ambassador Praises Wartime Pope
(RNS) Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican praised the controversial wartime Pope Pius XII for his “actions to save the Jews” during the Holocaust.
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Bishops Leave Sex Abuse Policies Largely Intact
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops voted to maintain current church policies on the sexual abuse of children.
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Bishops Open Meeting to Review Sex Abuse Rules
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops began a review of church sex abuse policies.
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Vatican Tries to Revive Eucharistic Adoration
VATICAN CITY (RNS) For seven centuries, Eucharistic adoration was one of the most popular forms of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church.
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Catholic University Ends Mixed-Gender Housing
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic University of America will phase out co-ed dormitories later this year, President John H. Garvey said.
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Vatican to Brief Bishops, Religious Orders on Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will use online education and other methods to help bishops and the heads of religious orders deal with clerical sex abuse.
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Vatican Issues New Bishops’ Policy
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics forced to participate in ordinations of bishops without the pope’s approval may be exempt from automatic excommunication.
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Principal at Paddling School Vows to Remain in Job
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The embattled president of the nation’s last Catholic school to employ corporal punishment said he plans to remain on the job.
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Feds Rule Against a Second Catholic College
(RNS) A federal regulator has rejected the First Amendment arguments of a Catholic college and cleared the way for the school’s adjunct faculty to unionize.
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Irish Abuse Probe Finishes First Phase
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced.
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Archbishop Says He Has Proof of Paddling’s Pain
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he has firsthand accounts from students who said they were injured by paddling at a Catholic high school.
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Update: Italy Unfreezes $33 million in Vatican Funds
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prosecutors in Rome released $33 million in Vatican funds that had been frozen last September.
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Second Catholic Priest Sworn In as House Chaplain
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn in as House chaplain, making him the first Jesuit to hold the position.
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Vatican Closes Monastery that Attracted Aristocrats, Dancing Nun
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has closed the monastery of a fourth-century Roman basilica on account of “liturgical and financial irregularities.”
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Vatican to Weigh Condoms in Fighting AIDS
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The morality and effectiveness of using condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS will be on the agenda at a Vatican conference.
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Bishops at Center of Abuse Scandal, and Potential Reform
WASHINGTON (RNS) A sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments.
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Amnesty International Chides Vatican for Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse.
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RNS Exclusive: Report Spreads Blame for Catholic Sex Abuse
NEW YORK (RNS) A comprehensive report on the scandal is set for release hoping to provide answers about a crisis that has raised numerous questions.
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Vatican Gives Bishops One Year to Set Abuse Policies
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world’s Catholic bishops have one year to set national policies on clerical sex abuse of minors.
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Vatican Says Latin Mass Shouldn’t Divide Catholics
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican broadened access to the old Latin Mass with a new rule that gives the Vatican the power to overrule bishops.
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Abuse Victims Oppose Pick for House Chaplain
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is opposing an Oregon Jesuit’s bid to serve as House chaplain.
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Charges Dropped Against Anti-Obama Protesters
(RNS) An Indiana prosecutor dropped trespassing charges against anti-abortion activists who protested President Obama’s 2009 commencement address.
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Vatican Praises Bloggers as Church’s Public Opinion
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope may not be ready to start a blog or a Twitter account, but the Vatican is taking note of the unruly world of the blogosphere.
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Justices Sidestep Catholics’ Case Against San Francisco
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court declined to hear a Catholic group’s appeal accusing San Francisco supervisors of violating the Constitution.
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John Paul Put One Step Below Sainthood
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The late Pope John Paul II was beatified before a crowd of more than a million pilgrims.
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John Paul’s Casket Unearthed for Beatification
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The casket of the late Pope John Paul II was exhumed in preparation for the late pontiff’s beatification ceremony.
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Gingrich Talks of Journey to Catholicism
WASHINGTON (RNS) Gingrich traced his spiritual journey from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic at a Catholic prayer breakfast.
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John Paul’s Blood to Be Split Between Italy, Poland
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A small quantity of blood from the late Pope John Paul II will be exposed as a holy relic during his beatification.
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Miracles Claimed from Late Pope’s Intercession
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Jesse was just 10 days old in November 2009 when he was diagnosed with Herpes simplex, a virus often lethal to a newborn child.
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Pope Says Comatose Can Still Feel Presence of Family
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told a mother that her comatose son can feel her “presence” and “love.”
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Bishops Defend Criticism of Top Theologian
WASHINGTON (RNS) Under fire for criticizing a popular theologian, the U.S. Catholic bishops said they must occasionally assume the role of referee.
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Belgian Bishop Says Nephews’ Abuse Was a Game
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Belgium’s Catholic bishops declared themselves “extremely shocked” by comments from a former bishop.
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Pope Appeals to China over Naming of Bishops
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican lamented China’s interference with the Roman Catholic Church.
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Judge Says Monks Can Fight for Right to Sell Caskets
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Monks at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, La., can sue for the right to sell handcrafted caskets without a license.
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Catholic Bishops Report Seven Abuse Cases During 2010
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops announced that sexual abuse accusations against Catholic clergy increased in 2010.
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Vatican Paper Praises Fertility Ethics of Films
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The official Vatican newspaper has praised two recent Hollywood movies for showing the ethical downsides of sperm donation.
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Skeletons in the Catholic Church’s Closet
(RNS) Showtime has found the magic combination for ultimate crowd appeal in a scintillating soap opera about a bad-boy pope.
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Ala. Church Bans Employees’ Social Networking with Minors
MOBILE, Alabama (RNS) Electronic communication with minors must be limited to “providing information related to a ministry or event."
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Excommunicated Priest Now Faces Explusion
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Rev. Roy Bourgeois now faces expulsion from his religious order and from the priesthood over his support for the ordination of women.
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Catholic Bishops Censure Feminist Theologian’s Book
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemned a book by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a prominent feminist theologian.
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Showtime Soap Opera Features History’s Bad-boy Borgia Pope
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Modern popes have had their fans and detractors, but few would dispute their reputations for personal virtue.
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Supporters March to Keep Paddling at Catholic School
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Supporters of St. Augustine High School marched to oppose the call for an end to the school’s policy of using corporal punishment.
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Pope Calls for Libyan Cease-fire
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is calling for an immediate cease-fire and peace negotiations in Libya.
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Bishops Push Back on Allowing Gay Couples in Housing
WASHINGTON (RNS) Bishops are urging officials not to adopt proposed rules that would bar groups that receive federal funds from discriminating.
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Vatican Opens Dialogue with Atheists
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new Vatican initiative to promote dialogue between believers and atheists debuted with a two-day event.
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Vatican Mourns Taylor as Last Diva of Cinema
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s official newspaper eulogized actress Elizabeth Taylor as the “last remaining star in the firmament of old Hollywood.”
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Vatican Says Gay Opponents Are Victims, Too
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican official told a United Nations body that people who openly object to homosexual behavior are at risk of losing their human rights.
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U.S. Catholics Lead Other Christians on Gay Rights
(RNS) American Catholics are more supportive of gay rights than other U.S. Christians, according to new research.
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Pope Neither Condemns, Endorses Libya Attacks
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI voiced “fear and trepidation” about the “disturbing news coming from Libya” in a carefully worded statement.
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Dominican Program Explores, Expands Lay Spirituality
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) As a student at Aquinas College in the 1980s, David Lincoln was on track to become a Roman Catholic priest.
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Nearly 1,000 Anglicans Converting to Catholicism
LONDON (RNS/ENInews) More than 900 Anglicans formally expressed a desire to convert to Catholicism at special services held at Westminster Cathedral.
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Pope Links Violence in God’s Name to Antichrist
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Violence committed in the name of God or religion is a “favorite instrument of the Antichrist.”
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Catholics Try to Lure Lapsed Sheep Back into the Fold
MADISON, N.J. (RNS) A small bucket filled with bottles of cold beer sat on the floor as about a dozen young adults lounged around on comfortable couches.
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Book Explores Lasting Impact of Vatican II on U.S. Church
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Colleen McDannell knew the title of her new book, “The Spirit of Vatican II: A History of Catholic Reform in America,” would be provocative.
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For Second Time, Vatican Keeps Parishes Open
(RNS) The Vatican has overruled a U.S. bishop’s decision to close churches in his diocese, a rare reversal that Catholic activists hope heralds a new trend.
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Pope Says Jews not to Blame for Jesus’ Death
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Jewish people were not responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion, and their descendants have not inherited blame for his death.
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Wisconsin Dispute Exposes Catholic Split on Unions
(RNS) The fierce budget battle in Wisconsin has pitted the state’s top Roman Catholic bishops against each other.
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Alumni Defend Paddling at Catholic School
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) One by one, alumni of St. Augustine High School took the microphone recalling paddling at St. Augustine.
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Catholic Bishops Back Wis. Union Protesters
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops threw their moral weight behind the pro-union protesters in Wisconsin.
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Number of Catholics Worldwide Edged Up, Vatican Says
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The number of Catholics in the world edged up to 1.18 billion in 2009.
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Jesuits Sued over Sex Abuse Bankruptcy
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Lawyers representing a group of people who accuse Jesuit priests of sexual abuse filed 37 lawsuits.
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In Italian Sex Scandal, Vatican Caught in a Bind
VATICAN CITY (RNS) No major leader has been a more stalwart ally than Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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Vatican Allows Three Mass. Churches to Stay Open
CHICOPEE, Mass. (RNS) Three closed Catholic churches in the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., have been given at least a partial reprieve.
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Top Church Official Indicted in Philly Abuse Probe
(RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the indictment of a senior Roman Catholic official.
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Towey Named President of Ave Maria University
(RNS) Tom Monaghan has stepped down from leading the conservative Catholic university he founded.
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Catholics Spar with Federal Officials over Unions, Catholic Identity
(RNS) A small Catholic college last month got the news that part-time faculty have a right to form a union.
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Vatican Says iPhone Apps Won’t Forgive Sins
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just in case Catholics are wondering if a new iPhone app might be able to forgive their sins, the Vatican has issued a clarification: No.
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Canadian Bishops Urge Catholics to Live Chastely
TORONTO (RNS/ENInews) Canada’s Roman Catholic bishops are urging church members—married and single—to live chastely.
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U.K. Catholics Caution Followers on Dangers of Witchcraft
LONDON (RNS) The Roman Catholic Church has published a guide aimed at helping teenagers deal with 21st century witchcraft.
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Pope Can’t Be Organ Donor, Church Says
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope was once a card-carrying organ donor, but the offer expired when he assumed the papal throne.
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Vatican to Draft Guidelines for Catholic Hospitals
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Controversies over bioethical standards show the need for greater Catholic education.
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Archdiocese Posts Trove of Slave Records Online
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Archdiocese of New Orleans unveiled a new online database containing records in colonial New Orleans.
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Catholic Hospitals, Bishops Reach Accord
(RNS) The Catholic Health Association publicly acknowledged that bishops have the final say on questions of medical morality.
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Vatican to Launch Dialogue with Atheists
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists.
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Archdiocese Upset After St. Patrick Finds a Home in Restaurant
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) And now, let us raise a toast to St. Patrick.
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Catholic Media Empire Acquires National Catholic Register
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) EWTN Global Catholic Network has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic Register newspaper.
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Muslim Seminary Ends Talks with Vatican over Pope’s Comments
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The most prestigious religious university in the Sunni Muslim world has suspended dialogue with the Vatican.
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Vatican Tries to Tamp Down Abuse Letter to Irish Bishops
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican tried to tamp down allegations a letter to Irish bishops was meant to discourage prelates from reporting sexual abuse.
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Catholic Bishops Won’t Support Repeal of Health Care Law
WASHINGTON(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops will not join efforts to repeal the new health care law.
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Three Anglican Bishops Ordained as Catholic Priests
LONDON (RNS) Three former Church of England bishops have been ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
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A Rush Toward Sainthood for John Paul II?
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has recognized a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II the Vatican announced.
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Pope Appoints New Haiti Archbishop One Year After Quake
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI marked the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake by naming a new archbishop for the country’s capital city.
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Egypt, Angry Over Pope’s Remarks, Recalls Ambassador
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Egypt recalled its ambassador to protest a demand by Pope Benedict XVI that it better protect the country’s embattled Christian minority.
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Pope Warns Diplomats on Threats to Religious Freedom
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI decried violence against Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
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Court Rules Against Diocese
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) A federal judge ruled that the Diocese must bow to the altar of historic preservation.
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Abuse Victim Claims No Money from $900,000 Settlement
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A man who secured a $900,000 settlement for alleged abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest has yet to see a penny more than seven years after the church paid out the money.
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Pope Denies Appeal of Boston Parish Closings
(RNS) After a lengthy appeals process, the Vatican has ruled that nine Boston-area Catholic parishes should be closed.
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Pope Condemns Vile Killing Outside Egyptian Church
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced the “vile and murderous” New Year’s Day killing of 21 Egyptian Christians.
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Nuns Hopeful on U.S. Prelate’s Role in Vatican Probe
(RNS) The recent appointment of an American archbishop has the sisters and their supporters breathing a little easier.
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Catholic Bishops, Evangelicals Praise START Treaty
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops and other Christian groups are hailing the Senate’s ratification of a treaty with Russia.
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Abortion Debate Opens Rift Between Bishops, Hospitals
WASHINGTON (RNS) An umbrella group of Catholic hospitals is backing a Phoenix hospital that was stripped of its church affiliation.
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Scandals Prompt Exodus from Catholic Church in Germany
BERLIN (RNS) The Catholic Church in Germany is seeing membership plunge as 2010 comes to a close.
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Vatican Says No Change to Teaching on Condoms, Prostitutes
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope's recent comments about condoms do not mark a change in “Catholic moral teaching” on AIDS prevention or contraception.
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Pope Links Sex Abuse to Vices
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI deplored the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and linked it to other vices.
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Lutheran Leader Seeks Communion Agreement with Pope
ROME (RNS/ENInews) LWF is calling for a common statement on Holy Communion to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
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For Year’s Top Religion Stories, a Major Case of Déjà Vu
(RNS) The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002.
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Pope Calls Lack of Religious Freedom a Threat to Security and Peace
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI called limits on religious freedom a “threat to security and peace,” and said Christians are persecuted more than any other faith group.
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Bulgarian Priests Join Union over Late Paychecks
SOFIA, Bulgaria (RNS/ENInews) The decision by Bulgarian Orthodox priests to join a trade union has angered at least one church hierarch.
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Turkish Church Fears Cover-up over Bishop’s Murder
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic leader has rejected medical findings that the man who brutally murdered his predecessor was insane.
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Catholics Fight Bid to Lift Statute of Limitations on Abuse
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) New Jersey lawmakers will consider a bill that would eliminate any statute of limitations on when sex abuse victims can sue.
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Pope Gets Gloves from WCC Leader to Warm Relations
ROME (RNS/ENInews) The head of the World Council of Churches met Pope Benedict XVI saying he wants to strengthen cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church.
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Bishop Makes Few friends and Many Enemies in Diocesan Down-sizing
CLEVELAND (RNS) Even before he was officially installed, Richard G. Lennon was already talking about the need to close churches.
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Father Oprah and Wife Welcome First Daughter
(RNS) The Miami priest once known as “Father Oprah,” announced the birth of his first child.
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Vatican Defends Pope’s Record on Sexual Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, sought in vain to expedite the process for defrocking priests.
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For Year’s Top Religion Stories, a Major Case of Deja Vu
(RNS) The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and felt a lot like 2002.
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Vatican, China Clash over Bishop’s Ordination
HONG KONG (RNS/ENInews) Vatican and Hong Kong cardinals criticized the ordination of a Catholic bishop without Vatican approval.
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Controversial Bishop Threatened with Ouster over Neo-Nazi Lawyer
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Holocaust-denying bishop now faces expulsion from his ultra-traditionalist group.
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Vatican Says New Guidelines Will Combat Global Abuse Scandal
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced that it is preparing international guidelines to prevent sexual abuse.
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Polish Church Ready to Unveil World’s Largest Christ Statue
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Polish bishop has invited fellow Catholics from around the world to attend an unveiling.
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Williams, in Rome, Says Women Priests Shouldn’t be Stumbling Block
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion reaffirmed his dedication to ecumenical relations between the two churches.
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Catholic Bishops Approve Baptism Accord with Reformed Churches
BALTIMORE (RNS) The U.S. Roman Catholic bishops approved a mutual agreement with four Reformed Protestant denominations.
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Pope Warns Athletes on Doping
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI warned against doping in athletic competition.
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Bishops Defend Opposition to Health Care Reform
BALTIMORE (RNS) The outgoing head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops vigorously defended the bishops’ opposition to the health care reform bill.
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Pope Outlines Scope of Irish Abuse Probe
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic archbishops of New York and Boston will meet personally with victims of abusive priests.
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Pope Answers Ahmadinejad’s Provocative Letter
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope replied in diplomatic terms to a provocative letter from the Iranian president.
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Five Anglican Bishops Leave for Roman Catholic Church
LONDON (RNS) Five bishops have decided to leave the Church of England and join the Roman Catholic Church.
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Ice Cream Company Loses Second Racy Religious Ad
LONDON (RNS) A British ice cream maker has been forced to yank a second racy ad that featured two male priests on the verge of a kiss.
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Vatican Seeks to Be Ally with Victims on Abuse
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top spokesman appealed to victims of pedophile priests who demonstrated near the Vatican.
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Pope Says Science Can Unite Humans with God
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Pope told scientists that their research can lead to knowledge of God by revealing the natural order of the universe.
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Vatican Appeals for Former Iraqi Leader’s Life
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz to be spared the death penalty.
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U.S. Bishop Says Jews Have No Exclusive Right to Israel
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special Vatican meeting on the Middle East ended with a flare-up in Catholic-Jewish tensions.
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Pope Names Two Americans Among 24 New Cardinals
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Two American archbishops will be granted a cardinal’s red hat in a ceremony at the Vatican next month.
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Pope Cautions Priests on Lay Movements
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI praised Catholic lay movements as a source of vocations to the priesthood.
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European Bishops Establish Christian Rights Watchdog
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) Roman Catholic bishops from across Europe have set up an organization to defend the rights of Christians.
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Stem Cell Agency Apologizes for Blasphemous Poem
(RNS) The California agency has apologized for honoring a poem that appropriated language from the sacrament of Holy Communion.
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Polish Catholic Leaders Defend Right not to Hire Gays
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) Polish Catholic leaders have defended the right of Catholic schools not to hire gay or lesbian teachers.
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Vatican Perplexed by Nobel Awarded to IVF Creator
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top bioethics official expressed “perplexity” after the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded.
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Pope, in Sicily, Denounces Mob
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI spent Sunday in the heartland of the Sicilian Mafia denouncing organized crime.
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Bishops Rebuke Theologians’ Book Over Views on Homosexuality
(RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a rare public rebuke of two Roman Catholic theologians.
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Court Puts Limits on German Church’s Ability to Fire Workers
BERLIN (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that a church organist’s employment rights were ignored when he was fired by a Catholic church for remarrying outside the church.
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10 Minutes with Mark Massa
(RNS) For generations, thousands of Catholics saw the Catholic Church as eternal, timeless, and unmoved by the tides of history.
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Vatican Bank Under Scrutiny for Possible Money Laundering
VATICAN CITY (RNS) An Italian court took the unprecedented step of freezing $30 million in Vatican funds.
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Romania Church Leaders Condemn Roma Deportations
WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) A Catholic bishop in Romania has deplored the mass expulsion of Roma from France.
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Indictment Revised Against Defendant in Priest's Slaying
CHATHAM, N.J. (RNS) A grand jury issued a revised indictment against a former church custodian who stands accused of murdering a Catholic priest.
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Cardinal Under Fire for Calling Britain a Third World Country
LONDON (RNS) A senior Vatican cardinal compared Britain to a “Third World country.”
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Belgian Catholics’ Abuse Plan Falls Flat with Critics
(RNS) Belgian church leaders announced they would establish a center of recognition, reconciliation and healing.
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Court Says Belgian Raid on Church Offices Was Illegal
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Belgian court ruled that recent raids by police investigators on church offices were illegal.
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Vatican Joins Chorus Opposing Quran Burning
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican joined high-level U.S. officials in denouncing a Florida pastor’s plans to burn the Quran.
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British Less Than Enthused About Upcoming Papal Visit
LONDON (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to pay the first papal visit to Britain in 28 years.
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Court: University Should Have Funded Student Group’s Worship
(RNS) The University of Wisconsin should not have prohibited the use of student funds.
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Catholic School Official Says She Was Ousted Over lesbian Marriage
SPRINGFIELD (RNS) A Catholic high school official says she was pressured to leave her job after marrying her female partner.
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Pope Meets with Israeli President, Calls for Peace and Clarity
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday (Sept. 2).
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German Catholic Bishops Release New Sex Abuse Guidelines
BERLIN (RNS) Officials of Germany’s Roman Catholic Church will be required to immediately report suspicions of child abuse.
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Ex-leader of Belgian Catholics Urged Victim to Keep Silent
(RNS) Secret recordings show the church leader asking a sex abuse victim not to expose the crimes of his assailant.
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Irish Catholics Deny Cover-up of Paramilitary Priest
DUBLIN (RNS/ENInews) The Church in Ireland has denied engaging in a cover-up of a priest who was allegedly involved in a bombing.
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Seton Hall to Proceed with Class on Gay Marriage
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) It appears Seton Hall University will offer a controversial course on gay marriage.
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Pope Chides France after Gypsies Are Deported
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI urged French-speaking Catholics to “accept legitimate human diversity.”
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Boston Archdiocese Blocks Employee Access to Critical Blog
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has blocked a conservative website from employees’ computers.
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Catholic Adoption Agency Loses Fight over Gay Parents
LONDON (RNS) A Catholic adoption agency has lost its fight for the right to continue its policy of refusing to place children with same-sex couples.
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New Catholic Mass Approved for 2011 Roll-out
WASHINGTON (RNS) The most sweeping changes to the Catholic Mass in 40 years will be rolled out in 2011.
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Cleveland Bishop Seeks Meeting with Breakaway Catholics
CLEVELAND (RNS) Bishop Richard Lennon wants to meet with the priest and lay leaders of a breakaway congregation.
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Ky. Men Drop Abuse Suit Against the Vatican
(RNS) Three Kentucky men have dropped their six-year effort to sue the Vatican over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.
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Vatican Blasts FDA Over Stem Cell Ruling
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has criticized a decision to allow the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells derived from human embryos.
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Catholic Patriarch Blasts Israel for Allowing Gay Parade
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride parade.
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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How Will Bishops' Vote Affect End-of-Life Issues?
How Will Bishops' Vote Affect End-of-Life Issues?
Catholic bishops recently voted "to strengthen its requirement that Roman Catholic hospitals insert and maintain nutrition and hydration tubes for patients in persistent vegetative states." Should Protestants care?
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Baptizing Children Raised in Same-Sex Households
Baptizing Children Raised in Same-Sex Households
Where do Baptists stand on baptizing children raised in same-sex households? This is one issue where all Baptists may get it right theologically. The focus is on the child being baptized, not on validating the child's parents.
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40 Years Later, Merton's Legacy Looms Large
TRAPPIST, Ky. -- Around the country for the next few weeks, many Roman Catholics will remember and honor the life of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, who died 40 years ago on Dec. 10, 1968, in a freak electrocution accident.
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You Say It Yahweh
Should Christians avoid pronouncing the name "Yahweh" out of deference to the Jews, as the Vatican has declared?
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No Free Lunch
I'm sitting at my desk eating a free lunch and trying to catch up on the news from an international food summit currently taking place in Rome. It is being sponsored by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
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Faith and Doubt
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is currently offering an exceptional production of Tom Dudzick's humorous play, "Over the Tavern." The story line is about a Catholic family in the 1950s that literally lives over a tavern. The characters, Chester and Ellen, are struggling to raise their four children, including two teenagers, a son who has down syndrome and a son who doesn't want to be Catholic.
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Religion and Science
At a news conference in November 2005, Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture, defended Darwin's theory of evolution over and against Intelligent Design. "The fundamentalists want to give a scientific meaning to words that had no scientific aim," he said. The real message of Genesis is to teach us that "the universe didn't make itself and had a creator."
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The Golden Compass: Pointing Kids to Atheism?
A really dangerous series of books has become popular. The first book is so innocuous that many people give it to their children. The tale begins with a couple of innocent kids exploring the simple goodness of the world around them. Soon they find out that humans are not alone in the universe, and that there are other realms we cannot see. They discover that their world is full of warring factions, evil spirits, armies of good and bad angels, conniving witches, greedy kings and corrupt religious establishments. The series reaches a furious climax with the characters committing the most heinous act you can imagine: They kill God.
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