March 8, 2019

Monsignor Baumgartner, former pastor who ‘epitomized’ a Vatican II priest, dies at 88

Monsignor A. Thomas Baumgartner, a former pastor of three Baltimore-area parishes who was known for his commitment to the priesthood and his enthusiastic embrace of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, died March 4 at age 88.
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Lent is a time for a little less hypocrisy, pope says

Lent is a time to ask for God's grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear "worthier than we are," Pope Francis said
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Pope: God is purifying the church with ‘unbearable’ pain of abuse scandal

The clerical abuse scandal has caused everyone in the Catholic Church "pain and unbearable suffering," Pope Francis said, but it also is a call to repentance and the renewal of the church.
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