Report finds success, urges continued vigilance in sex abuse prevention

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 14, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the U.S. has made significant improvements in preventing and addressing clergy sexual abuse and should continue its work to increase transparency, trust and accountability, according to a new report.Al Notzon III, chair of the National Review Board that has helped advise the U.S. bishops on clergy sex abuse, said that there has been “striking improvement” and “children are safer … [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori: labeling Knights of Columbus partisan is an ‘injustice’

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 14, 2012 / 01:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore argued that it is an “injustice” to imply that the Knights of Columbus’ support for defending religious freedom creates a sense of partisanship.At a June 13 press conference at the U.S. bishops’ spring general meeting in Atlanta, the archbishop was questioned by Jerry Filteau of the National Catholic Reporter about funding for the bishops’ campaign to defend religious … [Read more...]

Vatican confirms SSPX is being offered Personal Prelature

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2012 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X is being offered the status of a personal prelature as part of a deal to heal the group’s 24-year rift with the Catholic Church.“Clearly the ball is now in the court of the Society,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on June 14.Yesterday afternoon the Society’s superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, spent over two hours in … [Read more...]

Vatican confirms SSPX is being offered Personal Prelature

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2012 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X is being offered the status of a personal prelature as part of a deal to heal the group’s 24-year rift with the Catholic Church.“Clearly the ball is now in the court of the Society,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on June 14.Yesterday afternoon the Society’s superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, spent over two hours in … [Read more...]

Experts warn about growing global crisis of religious freedom

Atlanta, Ga., Jun 14, 2012 / 10:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The growing perception of religion as a threat to a free society is leading to persecution of believers around the world, according to speakers at a recent meeting of the U.S. bishops.   “Religious liberty is in global crisis,” said Thomas F. Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University.   He explained that the … [Read more...]

Former spy’s Congress bid fueled by her Catholic faith

Phoenix, Ariz., Jun 14, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Leah Campos Schandlbauer, a Catholic mother of four, hopes to represent Arizona in the U.S. Congress, after serving the country for over 10 years as an international agent in the CIA.“The most accurate way of describing it is by my professional title – which was 'Operations Officer' in the National Clandestine Service,” Schandlbauer told CNA on June 13. “But we are otherwise known as … [Read more...]

Sisters of Mercy doctors say LCWR is injecting politics into dialogue

Alma, Mich., Jun 14, 2012 / 02:15 am (CNA).- Physicians who are also Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma are criticizing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its defenders for using an impoverished “language of politics” instead of “the language of faith” in the dialogue with the Catholic hierarchy.“There is no basis for authentic dialogue between these two languages. The language of faith is rooted in Jesus Christ, His life and His mission, as … [Read more...]


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