U.S. bishops express hope that Wuerl resignation will bring healing

LA Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron: "I'm sure he did what he felt was right for the good of the Church"

Several U.S. bishops responding to the official resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. expressed hope Friday that the decision would bring healing for survivors of clerical abuse. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Wuerl Oct. 12, while asking the cardinal to continue leading the Archdiocese of Washington on an interim basis until a permanent successor … [Read more...]

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“Does not introduce anything new to the dialogue regarding clergy sexual abuse of children”

San Jose diocese issues statement on pope's letter on abuse scandals

The Holy Father’s letter, addressed to the People of God – to all people of good will – does not introduce anything new to the dialogue regarding clergy sexual abuse of children.  However, it does serve to crystalize Pope Francis’ resolve in focusing the scope of the horrific actions that have been perpetrated by those who should have been guardians, caretakers, loving … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley: McCarrick’s alleged behavior “morally unacceptable”

Boston archbishop says Church needs to deal with bishops who break the vow of celibacy

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged behaviour was “morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley has said. Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston and a leading “fixer” in the clerical sex abuse crisis, issued a statement addressing the allegations against Cardinal McCarrick. “Each new report of clerical … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis makes unexpected change to College of Cardinals

Pope’s new appointments break with custom established in canon law

Pope Francis made an unexpected change Tuesday in the structure of the College of Cardinals, adding some curial officials to the rank of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the college. The College of Cardinals is structured in three orders, or ranks: the order of “cardinal deacons,” the order of “cardinal priests,” and the order of “cardinal bishops.” There are … [Read more...]

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US cardinal removed after credible allegations he abused a minor

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., "is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry"

A high-profile liberal U.S. cardinal has been removed from public ministry for credible and substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former priest of the Archdiocese of New York and cardinal emeritus of Washington D.C., "is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry," says a news release from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. "The … [Read more...]

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Conference commemorating 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae coming to San Bernardino diocese

“Faithful to God’s Design” will be held at the Ontario Convention Center July 27-28, attendees expected from around the country

The 50th Anniversary of the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae will be commemorated at a national conference held in the Diocese of San Bernardino on July 27-28. Written by Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae emerged from discussions that began in 1960 after the invention of the new birth control pill. It prompted an articulation of the Church’s teaching on the regulation of birth and … [Read more...]

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Live Action report: Planned Parenthood protects sexual predators

In 2010, Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on a 13-year-old California girl who had been repeatedly raped by her father

In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the organization pledged to do more to train employees to recognize signs of abuse and trafficking. But according to Ramona Treviño, a former Planned Parenthood manager from Texas, this training did not happen. Instead, Treviño says that she was … [Read more...]

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No vocations this year in San Francisco archdiocese

Meanwhile, three to be ordained in Oakland

The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced Holy Hours June 10, 3 p.m., at churches in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. “There will be seminarians and probably some discerners at the various Holy Hours, but it is open to everyone to come and pray for vocations to the priesthood in response to ‘Jesus’ command to pray to the Harvest … [Read more...]

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There should be an image of Mary in every home

Archbishop José Gomez: "I will be personally blessing and offering an image of our Blessed Mother for every family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who wants one"

We are getting ready to celebrate the new Marian feast instituted by Pope Francis. The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church that we will celebrate on the Monday after Pentecost, this year on May 21, marks an important — I would even say prophetic — rediscovery of an ancient devotion. The first Christians understood Mary to be the perfect symbol of the … [Read more...]

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California’s other prison problem

Former inmates say poor nutrition in the state's penitentiaries caused myriad of serious illnesses

Wearing a red jacket on an overcast March morning, Gary Thomas is the first to speak in the rough circle at the Partnership for Re-Entry Program (PREP) headquarters. “Absolutely, my health went down because of the poor nutrition we got in prison. I developed coronary artery disease. I got a total of 15 stents before I had a heart bypass and 11 after the bypass. One of my … [Read more...]

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