What the Church has done about sex abuse

Vatican City, Mar 4, 2016 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The movie Spotlight’s Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has brought renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse scandals that broke in 2002. But while the Church’s failures are well-known, it is also true that the Catholic Church has made more progress than any other body on this issue.There are several marks of progress: the removal and canonical punishment of clergy who commit sex abuse, especially high-level churchmen … [Read more...]

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Why there’s hope for Catholic liturgical music

Washington D.C., Oct 20, 2016 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For decades, there's been concern in many corners of the Church that Catholic music is in crisis.The 1992 book “Why Catholics Can't Sing” outlined a history of modern Catholic Liturgical music and a rapid shift away from traditional chants and hymns in the later part of the 20th Century. Writer Damian Thompson decried “Bad Catholic Music,” such as folk-and-jazz-inspired “worship songs” in a … [Read more...]

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Majority in Brazil reject abortion for babies with microcephaly

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 4, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The majority of Brazilians are opposed to abortion in cases where the baby exhibits microcephaly, a new survey finds.The poll comes amid continued concerns over the possible role of Zika virus in causing microcephaly.Released by Brazil’s Datafolha Institute, the survey indicates that 58 percent of Brazilians reject the practice of abortion in cases of pregnant women infected with the Zika virus. Just 32 percent think the … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Pell shares emotional meeting with abuse survivors

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2016 / 09:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal George Pell and a dozen survivors of clerical sex abuse met in Rome on Thursday, where they shared an emotional encounter and drafted a joint statement committing to work toward peace and healing.“I just met with about a dozen of the Ballarat survivors, support people and officials and heard each of their stories and of their sufferings. It was hard; an honest and occasionally emotional meeting,” Cardinal Pell, who is … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: Can’t receive Communion? You can still participate in Church’s life

Cologne, Germany, Mar 3, 2016 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A focus on the reception of Holy Communion by the divorced-and-remarried misses the larger point of pastoral care: participation in the Church's whole life, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said in an interview on Tuesday.“The Pope always says that it is not about Holy Communion alone, but about integration within the life of the Church,” Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told … [Read more...]

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Satanist ploy fails in Phoenix as city council reinstates prayer

Phoenix, Ariz., Mar 3, 2016 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a heated debate last month, the decision to replace public prayer with a moment of silence at Phoenix City Council meetings has been reversed.Yesterday, the city council voted 7-2 to allow the chaplains of the city’s police and fire departments to give the opening invocations at city council meetings instead of the moment of silence.Councilman Sal Diciccio, a practicing Catholic embroiled in the debate last month over the … [Read more...]

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As abuse hearing ends, Cardinal Pell says he ‘should have done more’

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2016 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to an Australian committee investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell has expressed his regret for failing to take more action against abusive priests in the 1970s and '80s.One of the things Cardinal Pell has most lamented throughout the process is that he “should have done more” as a priest-advisor to his bishop, and as an auxiliary bishop.He expressed regret “that … [Read more...]

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