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  • After welcoming pro-lifers, Missouri Democrats quickly backtrack

    Kansas City, Mo., Aug 17, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Missouri Democratic leaders have voted to remove language acknowledging different views of abortion from their party platform, drawing criticism from pro-life Democrats who say they deserve to be recognized and the move could harm the party’s prospects this November.

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  • Citizenship question for 2020 census prompts strong criticism, lawsuits

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A U.S. Commerce Department decision that a question about citizenship status be included on the 2020 census has its fair share of critics and has prompted lawsuits. The critics say such questions might make people less likely to participate in the census, especially members of immigrant communities.

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  • Americans surveyed on views on ethics of genetically engineering animals

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Pew Research Center report released Aug. 16 found that Americans' view of genetically engineering animals varies widely based on the intended purpose of the modifications. Despite the wide differences in approval of various uses of genetic engineering, men, those with high science knowledge (based on science-related questions Pew asked) and those low in religiosity were more likely to approve of any given use of genetic engineering than their counterparts.

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  • Cardinal issues statement for all priests to read at Mass

    BRAINTREE -- In a statement issued Aug. 16, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley acknowledged the pain experienced by victims of clergy abuse and calling on Catholics to respond with action and not lose hope. The statement came two days after a Pennsylvania grand jury issued a 1,400-page report detailing cases of clergy sexual abuse in six of its dioceses over a period of 70 years. More than 300 priests were said to be linked to these cases, and over 1,000 children were identified as victims.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley: legal transparency and pastoral accountability needed

    Following is the text of a statement from Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and released by the Archdiocese of Boston Aug. 16: There are times when words fail us - when they do not capture the depth of overwhelming situations we sometimes face in life. For the Church in the United States this is one of those times.

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  • Update: Abuse in Ireland: Pressure mounts for pope to address scandal

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is traveling to Ireland specifically for the World Meeting of Families, but the sex abuse crisis is dominating headlines before his Aug. 25-26 trip. While coverage of clerical abuse in the United States, Chile and Australia continues, Irish news media have been filled with articles about how a top Vatican official allegedly tried to get Irish government officials to support deals that would protect church records of abuse allegations and limit the financial liability of the church.

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  • Misconduct inquiry launched at St. John's Seminary

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley announced Aug. 10 that he has ordered an investigation into allegations made by former seminarians of inappropriate conduct at St. John's Seminary in Brighton. St. John's rector Msgr. James P. Moroney has been placed on "sabbatical leave" effective immediately, and Father Stephen E. Salocks has been named interim rector.

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  • Cardinal will not attend World Meeting of Families

    BRAINTREE -- Citing the need to take care of "important matters pertaining to the pastoral care" at St. John's Seminary, a statement from the Archdiocese of Boston announced on Aug. 15 that Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley will not be attending the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland.

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  • Father Troy takes helm at Pontifical Mission Societies

    BRAINTREE -- The newly appointed director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese of Boston, Father Gabriel Troy, brings a strong background in missions to his new position. Father Troy began his new post in July, taking over from Msgr. William Fay, who had served as the director since 2016.

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  • New Teacher Institute helps novice educators prepare for success

    This week more than 80 teachers joined a team from the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) and members from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College for the Archdiocese of Boston New Teacher Institute. During the two-day seminar, held Aug. 13-14, Catholic teachers who are new to the profession partnered with experienced practitioners and Lynch School of Education faculty to set the foundation for a successful academic year.

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  • Bishops need to collectively admit wrong, says author, seminary teacher

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With allegations of past sexual abuse made against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick and questions raised about why his behavior was never addressed by church leaders, there has been a lot of talk about what went wrong and the steps church leaders should take to bring about healing and regain trust.

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  • On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mary's assumption into heaven was a special sign of God's favor, but it also indicates God's desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also asked the crowd in St. Peter's Square to join him in praying for the 38 people who died Aug. 14 when a large span of a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley will not attend World Meeting of Families

    Following is the text of a statement released by the Archdiocese of Boston Aug. 15: Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and Chair of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children, unfortunately will not be able to participate in the World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21-26.

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  • Bishops 'shamed' by 'sins, omissions' of priests, bishops leading to abuse

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops as "are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic priests and Catholic bishops" that have led to sexual abuse and caused great harm to many, said an Aug. 14 statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairman of its child protection committee.

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  • Update: Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: "We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this." Plain and simple, at least 1,000 children identified in the investigation were raped in Catholic places of worship, in schools, and in diocesan owned vehicles, and were "groomed" through diocesan programs and retreats so they could be molested, wrote members of a 23-person grand jury who heard those accounts over a period of almost two years of an investigation of clergy sex abuse said to have taken place in six dioceses in the state of Pennsylvania over 70 years. Their findings were unveiled Aug. 14.

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