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Bishops take major steps toward accountability

Bishops take major steps toward accountability The Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resulted in significant steps to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual abuse of children or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct or the intentional mishandling of such cases. The bishops overwhelmingly approved three...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism's capital punishment section

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism's capital punishment section BALTIMORE (CNS) – The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in the U.S. Catechism for Adults.               The full body of bishops approved the revised pass...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bishop Barron: Church should focus on getting 'nones' back

Bishop Barron: Church should focus on getting 'nones' back BALTIMORE (CNS) – During the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. church leaders (after the sexual-abuse crisis): How to get religiously unaffiliated...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Leaders say listening, mentoring key to keeping young adults

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Professors, youth ministers and lay theologians across the country give different reasons for why young people are leaving the church, but they all agree that listening and mentoring are key to developing and maintaining faith.        ...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Divorce as grave injustice; More on crying babies

Divorce as grave injustice; More on crying babies Q. I read your recent answer concerning divorced Catholics and their standing in the church. You and others fail to remind Catholics that the Catechism (No. 2384-85) calls divorce a grave injustice to the abandoned spouse and the children and also introduces disorder into society. How can you (and,...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Young adult leaders gather for post-synod discussion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic young adults felt the hierarchy started listening to them in preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, and they will do whatever they can to make sure their voices continue to be heard, said a youth minister from New Zealand.     &...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Missing Mass while traveling/Can a Democrat be pro-life?

Missing Mass while traveling/Can a Democrat be pro-life? Q. Now is the time of year when I book a summer tour for my family. I always try for a place where I know there will be an accessible Saturday evening or Sunday Mass; although my intentions are good, sometimes I am not successful. We then go to Mass as soon as we can on the trip, or right away when...
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Thursday, June 13, 2019

U.S. Bishops meet June 11-14 in Baltimore

WASHINGTON—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will gather in Baltimore for the June 11-14 USCCB Spring General Assembly.   The bishops will discuss and vote on bishop-accountability measures to respond to the abuse crisis, will also hear reports from the National Advis...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Meaning of '153 fish'/Confirmation for developmentally disabled

Meaning of '153 fish'/Confirmation for developmentally disabled Q. Recently the Gospel read at Sunday Mass was from the 21st chapter of John, where Jesus appears to the apostles after his resurrection and tells them to lower their nets into the sea -- and they catch 153 fish. Our visiting priest said in his homily that the number 153 related to the number of re...
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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Parish finance reporting/Confession by telephone?

Parish finance reporting/Confession by telephone? Q. I belong to a Catholic community in Florida that has been in existence for 32 years. For all that time, we have had only one pastor. The problem is that we have never seen a parish financial report, and I have been told that our parish's weekly income averages $30,000. I approached the pastor la...
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Thursday, May 30, 2019