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Archbishop Lori restricts ministry of Bishop Bransfield and Bishop Bennett in dioceses

Archbishop Lori has announced restrictions on the ministry of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, retired bishop of Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.V., and Bishop Gordon D. Bennett, S.J., former auxiliary bishop of Baltimore and a former bishop of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica.
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‘Pea toast’ and other sacrifices

We fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstain from meat on the other Fridays of the season, but it’s not much of a sacrifice to splurge on lobster instead of beef as a Lenten meal.
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Applications open for Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

In re-establishing an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Archbishop William E. Lori hopes the new group of lay advisers will be guided by the Holy Spirit and will help the Archdiocese of Baltimore evaluate “what are we doing right, what are we doing wrong, what have we not thought about,” according to Mary Ellen Russell, director of...
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Hundreds of Catholics visit state legislators

Catholics from throughout Maryland gathered in Annapolis Feb. 21 to learn about legislative issues and meet their lawmakers during an event sponsored by the Maryland Catholic Conference.
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Maryland fetal homicide bill would enable murder charges for death of younger fetus

Mark Wallen spoke Feb. 21 at a news conference in Annapolis to promote Senate Bill 561/House Bill 757, also known as “Laura and Reid’s Law,” which would expand fetal homicide protections to as few as eight weeks’ gestation.
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‘Substantial evolution:’ Bishop Parker shares observations on response to abuse crisis

Bishop Parker answers questions about the archdiocesan response to the scandal of child sexual abuse in the church.
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Archbishop’s new pastoral reflection acknowledges history of slavery and racism

Archbishop William E. Lori released Jan. 21 his second pastoral reflection in 12 months on the effects of racism on society. “The Journey to Racial Justice: Repentance, Healing and Action” was to be released by the archbishop at St. Bernardine Parish in West Baltimore on the day that commemorates the birthday of the Rev. Dr....
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New report highlights archdiocese’s response to child sexual abuse

The Independent Review Board that assists the Archdiocese of Baltimore with child protection efforts issued the first of what will be annual reports regarding the archdiocese’s response to child sexual abuse within the church.
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Review board develops policy on allegations against bishops

At the requests of the bishops of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Independent Review Board, which assists the archdiocese with child protection efforts, created a Bishop Reporting Initiative to ensure proper reporting of allegations against bishops, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
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Archdiocese passes child protection audit for 2018

The Archdiocese of Baltimore “has been found compliant with all audited Articles of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the 2017-18 audit period,” according to a letter to Archbishop William E. Lori from StoneBridge Business Partners, which conducts the audits on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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A new year, a fresh start

A lot of the typical resolutions have more to do with our exterior than our interior. I’d like to suggest a few resolutions that might improve your spirit and your mind.
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Bishops stymied in response to abuse

We all wanted some definitive answers by now. God willing, February and June – the next U.S. bishops meeting – will bring the remedies that victim-survivors of sexual abuse, and the whole church, desperately need. 
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