Reporting system to record abuse complaints against bishops begins

A reporting system accepting sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. bishops and eparchs is in place.
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Practice of tracking Massgoers for political purposes gains scrutiny

Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, a political action group with no ties to the Catholic Church, has written repeatedly about how his organization has used "the latest technology to find Catholics, connect with them, register them to vote and then get them to the polls."
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Catholic Scout councils not affected by bankruptcy case, chairman says

Boy Scout councils and units sponsored by Catholic parishes and other entities will not be affected by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed by the Boy Scouts of America, said the chairman of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.
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Among calls for unity, Trump criticizes Democrats at prayer breakfast

As three members of Congress and a well-known economist called for healing, unity and "love of neighbor" at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump broke ranks and criticized Democrats for impeaching him while hailing Republicans who acquitted him.
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Vatican working to get U.S., Russia to discuss nuclear arms reduction

The Holy See is working through nongovernmental channels to bring U.S. and Russian negotiators together to discuss new reductions in the countries' nuclear weapons arsenals, an official with the Vatican's Dicastery for Integral Human Development said during a visit to The Catholic University of America.
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Trump tells March for Life attendees he welcomes their commitment to life

President Donald Trump credited attendees at the 47th annual March for Life for their commitment to protect the life of unborn and born children.
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Puerto Rico reels under successive earthquakes; Catholic church damaged

At least one person has died and one Catholic church was destroyed by the latest of a series of earthquakes to rock Puerto Rico.
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West Virginia bishop asks predecessor to repay $792,000 to diocese

Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, has asked the former bishop of the diocese to pay back more than $792,000 to cover the "inappropriate expenditure of diocesan funds to support a luxurious lifestyle."
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Ahead of 2020 election, campaign stresses why civility important

Rancor in politics, especially these days, may be the norm, but a nationwide effort is underway to remind people that civility in political discussions is a virtue.
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Anthony Picarello Jr., associate general secretary for policy and advocacy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responds to questions during the spring general assembly of the USCCB in Baltimore June 12, 2019.

Bishops hear that third-party reporting system may start in February

A third-party reporting system to field sexual misconduct allegations against bishops could be in place by the end of February, an official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told the bishops during their fall general assembly in Baltimore.
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Archbishop Gomez elected USCCB president; first Latino in post

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles was elected to a three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during the bishops' fall general assembly in Baltimore.
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