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Americans’ freedom of speech at risk, warns New York archbishop

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  American Christians may one day find themselves facing legal penalties simply for believing marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, a fate already suffered by believers in other countries, writes New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Perhaps one […]

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Catholic bishops: Shun lawmakers who voted for NY same-sex marriage

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By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from the Washington Post’s On Faith New York’s state’s Catholic bishops continue to blast the state’s passage of homosexual marriage this week, with one bishop calling on Catholic schools and other institutions to shun lawmakers in protest […]

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Pope tweets for the first time

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  Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first-ever tweet today, announcing the launch of a new news site from the Vatican News Twitter account. A photo from the Vatican shows the Pontiff typing out the message himself. CLICK HERE to […]

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Religious order vows to end paddling at New Orleans school

By GORDON RUSSELL c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The religious order that runs the last remaining Catholic school in the country to use corporal punishment says it will no longer allow the practice, putting it in line […]

Report: Mercedes to unveil new eco-friendly popemobile

By NIELS SORRELLS c. 2011 Religion News Service BERLIN (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has a lot of ground to cover when he heads back home to Germany this September, but thanks to a new popemobile from Mercedes, at least 30 […]

Bishops leave abuse policies largely intact

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday (June 16) overwhelmingly voted to maintain current church policies on the sexual abuse of children, making only minor tweaks to policies that […]

Bishops open meeting to review sex abuse rules

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops began a review of church sex abuse policies here on Wednesday (June 15), bypassing several recent reports that raise questions about whether the rules […]

Vatican tries to revive Eucharistic adoration

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) For seven centuries, Eucharistic adoration — praying before an exposed consecrated Communion host — was one of the most popular forms of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, […]

Catholic University ends mixed-gender housing

By JACK JENKINS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic University of America will phase out co-ed dormitories later this year, President John H. Garvey said Monday (June 13), in a bid to crack down on drinking and […]

With an eye on China, Vatican issues new bishops’ policy

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics forced to participate in ordinations of bishops without the pope’s approval may be exempt from the usual penalty of automatic excommunication, the Vatican said on Friday (June […]

Principal at paddling school vows to remain in job

By BRUCE NOLAN c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The embattled president of the nation’s last Catholic school to employ corporal punishment said he plans to remain on the job in spite of a weekend order that abruptly […]

Feds rule against a second Catholic college

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) For the second time this year, a federal regulator has rejected the First Amendment arguments of a Catholic college and cleared the way for the school’s adjunct faculty to unionize. […]

Asian bishops say abuse isn’t just ‘a problem of the West’

By HISASHI YUKIMOTO c. 2011 Religion News Service TOKYO (RNS/ENInews) Roman Catholic bishops from across Asia will hold a summit on “The Impact of Pedophilia” in the Catholic Church, saying abusive priests are not simply “a problem of the West.” […]

Irish Abuse Probe Finishes ‘First Phase’

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced on Monday (June 6), but a published report of its findings […]

Archbishop says he has proof of paddling’s pain

By BRUCE NOLAN c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he has firsthand accounts from students who said they were injured by paddling at a Catholic high school, challenging school supporters who have filed suit […]

Vatican closes monastery that attracted aristocrats, dancing nun

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has closed the monastery of a fourth-century Roman basilica on account of “liturgical and financial irregularities” that included performances by a nun who had once been […]

NCR publisher Joe Feuerherd dies at 48

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Joe Feuerherd, the editor-in-chief of National Catholic Reporter, who embodied the weekly newspaper’s fierce independence and liberal tilt, died on Wednesday (May 25) after an 18-month bout with cancer, NCR has […]

Second Catholic priest sworn in as House chaplain

By CHARLES POPE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn in Wednesday (May 25) as House chaplain, making him the first Jesuit to hold the position, and the first candidate forced to navigate around […]

Vatican to weigh condoms in fighting AIDS

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The morality and effectiveness of using condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS will be on the agenda at a Vatican conference this weekend (May 27-28), six months after comments by […]

Commentary: True Reform Would Start with ‘I’m Sorry’

By KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The Vatican has given the world’s Catholic bishops one year to set policies for handling allegations of child abuse, including reporting to police where required by local law. And on […]

Bishops at Center of Abuse Scandal, and Potential Reform

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments, with similar hierarchies, moral authority and isolated working environments. And because the […]

Amnesty International Chides Vatican for Abuse

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse. “The Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international […]

Vatican Gives Bishops One Year to Set Abuse Policies

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world’s Catholic bishops have one year to set national policies on clerical sex abuse of minors, the Vatican said on Monday (May 16), but such policies may […]

Vatican Says Latin Mass Shouldn’t Divide Catholics

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Friday (May 13) broadened access to the old Latin Mass with a new rule that gives the Vatican the power to overrule bishops who fail […]

Abuse Victims Oppose Pick for House Chaplain

By KEVIN ECKSTROM c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is opposing an Oregon Jesuit’s bid to serve as House chaplain, saying he failed to follow up on alleged […]

Jesuit to Become Chaplain of the House

By NANCY HAUGHT c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) A Jesuit will be sworn in as the 60th chaplain of the House of Representatives on May 25, when he will become the first member of his order and second consecutive […]

Vatican Praises Bloggers as Church’s ‘Public Opinion’

By ALESSANDRO SPECIALE c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope may not be ready to start a blog or a Twitter account, but the Vatican is taking note of the unruly world of the blogosphere, recognizing its […]

Justices Sidestep Catholics’ Case against San Francisco

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Monday (May 2) declined to hear a Catholic group’s appeal accusing San Francisco supervisors of violating the Constitution when they disparaged the Catholic Church’s opposition to […]

John Paul Put One Step Below Sainthood

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The late Pope John Paul II, who elevated unprecedented numbers of Catholic saints and blesseds during his 26-year reign, joined those ranks himself on Sunday (May 1), when […]

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