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Vatican official wants greater accountability of bishops who shield pedophiles

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ROME — The Vatican’s top sex abuse investigator called for greater accountability under church law of bishops who shield or fail to discipline pedophile priests.

Msgr. Charles Scicluna, promoter of justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made his remarks to reporters in Rome Feb. 8, after addressing an international symposium on clerical sex abuse.

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Pope warns of indifference masked as ‘respect for privacy’

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VATICAN CITY — In his Lenten message, Pope Benedict XVI called on the faithful to be concerned for one another and “not to remain isolated and indifferent” to the fate of others.

Materialism and a sense of self-sufficiency are obstacles to a Christian life of charity, the pope said.

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Church leaders to ask forgiveness for protecting abusers

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ROME — A Vatican cardinal will lead a penitential vigil to show contrition for the sexual abuse of children by priests and for the actions of Catholic officials who shielded the perpetrators from justice.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, will preside over the vigil Feb. 7, during a weeklong symposium attended by representatives of 110 bishops’ conferences and 30 religious orders.

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Best films of 2011: Catholic News Service list 10 favorites, along with best family movies

February 3rd, 2012 Posted in Featured, Movies, Uncategorized

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In late 1965, the three-decade-old National Legion of Decency announced that it was changing its name to the National Catholic Office for Motion Pictures.

That switch represented more than just altered terminology. It signaled an intent on the part of the U.S. church’s officially sanctioned film agency to take a more open and positive, though by no means uncritical, approach in its assessment of cinema. Read more »

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Same-sex marriage issue facing Maryland, other states

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The same-sex marriage issue will be facing lawmakers and voters in several states this year.

Democratic-controlled legislatures in Washington state, Maryland and New Jersey are considering legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage, while Maine voters will vote on a same-sex marriage referendum in November.

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Letter from Bishop Malooly: ‘We will not comply with this unjust law’

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January 27, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith. On January 20, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion inducing drugs, and contraception. Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” and the health policies they write, and almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as part of their policies. HHS falsely characterizes these as “preventive services” as if pregnancy were a disease.

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Vatican: Report of ‘corruption’ letters is ‘partisan and banal’

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VATICAN CITY — Insisting on the Holy See’s continuing commitment to transparency and rectitude in economic affairs, the Vatican’s spokesman downplayed references to “corruption” in a letter apparently sent to Pope Benedict XVI by a Vatican official who is now apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, criticized as “partisan,” “partial and banal,” an Italian television news program, which, on Jan. 25, broadcast portions of letters addressed to Pope Benedict and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State.

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Outstanding priests of diocese keep the faithful supportive, Bishop Malooly tells pope

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Pope Benedict XVI told Bishop Malooly Jan. 19, “I am aware of the struggle you had in Wilmington.”

Bishop Malooly was meeting with the pope during his periodic “ad limina” visit to the Vatican with other U.S. bishops from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, the Military Services archdiocese and the Virgin Islands.

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Youths’ joy at pro-life Mass called best evidence of Resurrection

January 25th, 2012 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: , , ,

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WASHINGTON — A Washington pastor told 17,000 exuberant teenagers and young adults gathered at pro-life rally and Mass in the Verizon Center Jan. 23 that he wondered if they knew “what an encouragement you are.”

Some 500 young people from the Diocese of Wilmington were also at the Mass and Bishop Malooly was one of its concelebrants. The bishop was cheered loudly by the diocese’s contingent at the rally when he was introduced to the sports arena’s young congregation.

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Banners, t-shirts, balloons proclaim pro-life crowd’s convictions

January 24th, 2012 Posted in Featured, National News Tags: , , ,

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WASHINGTON — Mark Hosbein stood on the corner of a busy Washington intersection under the steady rain Jan. 23 with a small duffle bag at his feet and a simple message for passers-by: “Please consider spiritually adopting an unborn baby who is in danger of abortion.”

Handing a reporter one of his brochures, Hosbein said as president of Hearts For Life, he is following the lead of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who promoted the idea of spiritual adoptions for the unborn years ago.

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