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McCarrick Scandal Comes to Light; Church Leaders Implicated

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

This summer, news that Theodore McCarrick was a long-time sexual predator broke, prompting his resignation from the College of Cardinals. The reports of abuse include massaging seminarians, sharing beds with young priests, and abusing young boys. McCarrick would often invite small groups of seminaries over for drinks, and then assign the seminarians sleeping arrangements—including assigning one to sleep with him. In addition to sexual abuse, he groomed young priests and encourage them to climb the hierarchy. These seminarians and priests felt helpless to speak up about any of the situations. 

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St. John's Seminary Investigated for Alleged Misdeeds

by Gjergji Evangjeli

 

Amid the scandals of Archbishop McCarrick coming to light, especially his conduct regarding seminarians, another revelation rocked the Archdiocese of Boston regarding St. John’s Seminary. In an article dated August 1, John Monaco, a former seminarian at St. John’s, recounted his experiences at a minor seminary in Ohio as well as his two years at St. John’s in an article which appeared in OnePeterFive

 

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States Follow Pennsylvania in Investigating Dioceses

by Jack Long

 

A Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania exposed more than three hundred sexually abusive priests, who abused upwards of one thousand children. Following that example, the attorneys general of Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York have all started their own inquiries into the dioceses in their states, with varying degrees of severity.

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2018

Cathedral in War-Torn Aleppo Re-Opens

by Tess Daniels

 

“Our people have overcome,” Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan declared to the faithful gathered in Aleppo. Celebrating the first Mass in the newly restored Our Lady of the Assumption Syriac Catholic Church on September 9th, Younan proclaimed, “We will always be people of hope and life.” This inaugural Mass was filled to the brim with worshippers, representatives of Aleppo civil authorities, and renowned clergy including, Cardinal Mario Zenari—the Vatican nuncio to Syria—and bishops of other Christian churches.

 

 

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2018

Pope Francis Calls Us to ‘Rejoice and Be Glad’ in New Exhortation

by Tess Daniels

 

Gaudete et exsultate, or “Rejoice and be glad,” was released on April 9 by Pope Francis, his third apostolic exhortation. The 44-page exhortation delves into the definition and consequences of holiness and gives practical advice for living out the call to holiness in ordinary life. Pope Francis writes that Jesus does not want us to settle for “a bland and mediocre existence,” and notes that the call to holiness is present from the very first pages of the Bible. Francis declares that “very often it is a holiness found in our next-door neighbours, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. We might call them ‘the middle class of holiness.’” 

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2018

Christian Patriarchs Condemn U.S. Strike on Syria

Image by Staff Sergeant Chelsea Browning via Wikimedia Commons
Image by Staff Sergeant Chelsea Browning via Wikimedia Commons

by Jack Long

 

The missile strikes directed by the United States and its allies against the Syrian government have been condemned as a brutal aggression in a letter from three Christian Patriarchs from the region.

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2018

Mass Attendance at Record Lows for US Catholics

by David O'Neill

 

According to a recent study by Gallup, which has tracked Mass participation in American Catholics since 1955, attendance at Sunday Mass has fallen to an all-time low across age groups. The poll consisted of a simple question: Has the interviewee attended a church service in the past seven days?  

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2018

Alfie Evans Case Renews Humane Healthcare Debate

Image: Katie James / Facebook
Image: Katie James / Facebook

by Adriana Watkins

 

Alfie Evans, a child removed from life support by a British hospital, died on April 28 after a lengthy legal debate surrounding his care. His case gained international attention in the week before his death, as his parents petitioned the court to overturn the decision that would remove him from his ventilator. Evans’ situation has been compared to that of Charlie Gard, who died in 2017 after a similar court-ordered removal from life support. 

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