Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

Two years ago, there were 168 Catholics in the House and Senate combined, a high-water mark. This year, for the 116th Congress, the number is down five, to 163.
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Knights’ leader takes umbrage at Senate questioning of judge nominee

The supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, calling the organization "an American Catholic cultural icon," said senators have no business questioning a federal judicial nominee's membership in the Knights over its support for church teaching on abortion and same-sex marriage.
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Catholic advocates outline legislative goals for a new Congress

Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? Thought not. Neither did several Catholic organizations, despite the last-minute flurry of legislation typical of a lame-duck Congress.
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Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

The revelation in late November that a Chinese researcher had edited genes in human embryos and then implanted them in a woman was "a train wreck of a thing to do," said an ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.
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Bishops overwhelmingly approve pastoral against racism

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a pastoral letter against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore.
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Bishops give go-ahead to diocese’s Sister Thea Bowman sainthood effort

The U.S. bishops gave their assent to the canonization effort launched for Sister Thea Bowman by the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.
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Bishops consider, comment on proposed pastoral against racism

The U.S. bishops took the first steps toward approving a pastoral letter against racism with the document's introduction Nov. 13 during their annual fall general meeting.
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Conference celebrates ‘partnership’ between Reagan, St. John Paul II

"Ronald Reagan & Pope John Paul II: The Partnership That Changed the World," brought together Cold Warriors from the 1980s to discuss the relationship between President Reagan and St. John Paul II.
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In homily, Calif. priest says he was abused, hears from dozens of victims

To be a voice for victims of clerical sexual abuse, Father Brendan McGuire realized he had to come to terms with the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was 18. It was a secret he had held for 35 years.
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Bishop echoes pope: The poor’s plight is ‘the Gospel, pure and simple’

In the bishops' annual Labor Day statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said the recent economic news may not "give an entirely accurate account of the daily lives and struggles of working people, those who are still without work, or the underemployed struggling with low wages."
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American bishops respond to claims made in Archbishop Vigano’s letter

Several American bishops responded quickly upon hearing of the charges leveled by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, that church leaders -- including Pope Francis -- had been told years ago of the abuse allegations lodged against retired Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.
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New revelation surfaces about Cardinal McCarrick; editorials take church to task

Editorials in national Catholic publications have taken the U.S. Catholic Church to task for its failure to root out all forms of clergy sexual abuse in the light of allegations made by former seminarians against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington.
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