Laicized cardinal, in interview, continues to deny abuse allegations

Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington who was laicized last February following a Vatican trial on sexual abuse charges leveled against him, continued to deny he had abused anyone in an August interview with the online journal Slate.
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Century-old ‘Bishops’ Program’ highlights Labor Day statement

The 1919 "Bishops' Program for Social Reconstruction" was showcased in this year's Labor Day statement to demonstrate how so many of the issues the bishops touched upon a century ago in the wake of World War I's end still resonate in improving the conditions of workers today.
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‘So many funerals,’ says El Paso priest who comforted grieving kin

Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time. He was among several priests in El Paso, Texas, summoned to help out where they could in the hours following the brazen Aug. 3 assault at a Walmart store in the Texas border town that left 22 dead and dozens of others wounded.
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Pew survey shows majority of Catholics don’t believe in ‘Real Presence’

A new study about the level of Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist showed that a majority of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.
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Report on religion restrictions gives U.S. bad marks in key areas

The U.S. scores in five of the eight categories examined were worse than they were in 2007, the first year Pew started researching the subject.
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Report details attacks on, abuses against religious freedom worldwide

The State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom shows continued attacks and abuse by governments and societies against religious minorities.
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Protocol approved on restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a measure that would enable bishops to apply restrictions in the life and ministry of retired bishops accused of sexual abuse or who failed to take necessary measures to prevent abuse.
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Bishops pass 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

The U.S. bishops approved a 10-point statement, "Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments," June 13 during their general meeting in Baltimore in which the bishops hope to regain "the trust of the people of God."
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Bishops to vote on implementing pope’s ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

The U.S. bishops are scheduled to vote on a plan to implement the "motu proprio" "Vos Estis Lux Mundi" ("You are the light of the world") issued in May by Pope Francis to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable.
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Bishops to consider 10-point plan to acknowledge ‘episcopal commitments’

The U.S. bishops are set to vote on a 10-point statement, "Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments," in which the bishops hope to regain "the trust of the people of God."
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Nuncio’s message to bishops: ‘Unity prevails over conflict’

Recalling "there were some expressions of 'dissent'" by some U.S. bishops when the bishops met last November over the Vatican's request that they postpone voting on agenda items related to the reemergent clergy sexual abuse crisis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican's nuncio to the United States, reminded them that "unity prevails over conflict."
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A matter of taste: One writer’s deep dive into fast-food fish sandwiches

Mark Pattison checks out fish sandwiches at fast-food restaurants this Lenten season.
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