Don’t let Halloween scare you

Memo to handwringing adults: Ghouls and goblins and various ghostly apparitions don't exist, but lust, greed, pride, envy and anger most certainly do. And they are far more frightening.
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Vatican official praises Catholic media for coverage of sex abuse crisis

In a remarkably frank and detailed speech, the Vatican official heading the department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations told an assembly of Catholic journalists June 19 that his investigators and the press "share the same goal, which is the protection of minors, and we have the same wish to leave the world a...
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Archbishop Lori, an ‘early adopter,’ talks about holding bishops accountable on abuse

When it comes to holding himself and other bishops accountable, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori is the earliest of early adopters.
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Selling the sizzle at a parish near you

I think we need parishes to start using their ingenuity to get people's attention.
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Scary prayers that are good for you

Scary prayers are prayers where even the very words you say seem to convict you.
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ANALYSIS: After the Vatican’s summit on abuse, the stakes are clear

With this summit, Pope Francis has tossed down the gauntlet. The stakes are clear. In the words of Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, "All of this will take time, but we do not have forever and we dare not fail."
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Recovering intimacy in a lonely world

Rather than "Thou shalt not" as its battle cry, the church can offer a genuinely positive vision of "the joy of love," a holistic understanding of sex and intimacy for a society increasingly despairing about both.
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Path for reform goes through Rome

Rome does indeed move slowly, but the U.S. bishops, who are clearly feeling the pressure from their people, are committed to applying pressure of their own.
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Getting real about our challenges

We need a church that recovers what it means to be a family, a family that can disagree and argue passionately about things, but also that loves one another.
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After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston struck a determinedly hopeful tone after his long-awaited meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the growing sexual abuse crisis in the United States.
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Sweden’s Catholic past and future

For the past 500 years, Catholicism has made little impression on Sweden. Yet perhaps even now in this ardently secular country, there are small signs of change.
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Resolutions for 2018

If you are casting about for resolutions, or afraid you have too many of them, I have four suggestions that may save you either anxiety, guilt or both.
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