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Archdiocese takes down website defending Cardinal Wuerl’s handling of sex abuse

‘In hindsight, it was a mistake,’ the website’s creator said

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Cardinal O’Malley withdraws from World Meeting of Families

The cardinal said he would not attend due to ‘important matters pertaining to the pastoral care’ at a diocesan seminary

Archdiocese takes down website defending Cardinal Wuerl’s handling of sex abuse

‘In hindsight, it was a mistake,’ the website’s creator said

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/08/18

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Academics appeal to cardinals: advise Pope to withdraw ‘scandalous’ Catechism change

In an open letter, scholars and clergy say that Scripture teaches the death penalty can be legitimate

On the feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis asks for consolation for all who suffer

The Pope prayed for the 38 people who died the previous day in the Genoa bridge collapse

Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

Cardinal Wuerl defended his record of handling sexual abuse allegations

Pope names new deputy Secretary of State

Venezuelan Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra will take up a key role in the Vatican

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Pennsylvania report reveals harrowing record of abuse in six dioceses

The long-awaited report contained a searing condemnation of Church officials

Australian archbishop to live under house arrest

Archbishop Philip Wilson was convicted of failing to report child abuse

Vatican adviser: Pope ‘breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’

Fr Thomas Rosica said the Church is now ‘ruled by an individual rather than by… its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture’

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Would a mass resignation of bishops hurt the US Church? Quite the opposite

Policies have slowly improved. But as a matter of justice, individual prelates should admit wrongdoing and step down

‘We can change things one life at a time’: pro-life centres provide homes for women in need

Chris Bell founded Good Counsel to help women in crisis pregnancy

Poverty has returned with a vengeance. It’s time for reform

The rise of food banks tells a clear story. The government must address the welfare system and employment law

The abuse crisis casts doubt on the whole post-Vatican II settlement

Since 1968, Church leaders have tried to preserve a fragile truce. But repeated compromises have fostered a culture of deceit

How the Church’s ‘harsh beauty’ shaped two rock stars

No matter how hard they try, Sting and ‘the Boss’ can’t seem to leave the faith behind

Three prayers for the Assumption

August 15 is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The shallow arguments against religion that refuse to die

Malkin is like one of those tiresome people who accost you in a bar

Joyce Kilmer: the ‘Apostle to Bohemia’ who died in battle

On the centenary of his death, Joyce Kilmer speaks to our own turmoil

Canonical reform won’t end the abuse crisis. But it can help

Public penance should be the first response. Then let’s look at some basic improvements to canon law

Narcos is truthful, poignant – and ethically dubious

Increasingly, I find myself watching drama series where I feel manipulated

A novelist who loved to keep the reader guessing

If you haven’t tried Henry James, the master of ambiguity, this summer would be a good time to start

The Church already has the tools to deal with failing bishops. But will anyone use them?

The Church needs to be willing to act, and use structures already in place

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