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Pennsylvania grand jury says church was interested in hiding abuse

Editor’s note: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released August 14 a grand jury report on a months-long investigation into sexual abuse claims spanning a 70-year period in the Pennsylvania dioceses of Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Harrisburg, and Greensburg.  This story has been updated. By Rhina Guidos | Catholic News Service…


Bishops ‘shamed’ by ‘sins, omissions’ of priests, bishops leading to abuse

Editor’s note: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has released a grand jury report on a months-long investigation into sexual abuse claims spanning a 70-year period in the Pennsylvania dioceses of Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Harrisburg, and Greensburg.  This story will be updated. By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The…



Flags of many nations on display at St. Vincent de Paul

Submitted by St. Vincent de Paul Church, Syracuse Approximately 20 years ago, St. Vincent de Paul Church and its then-pastor, Father Alfred Nortz, invited and welcomed the “lost boys” and refugees who arrived from Sudan seeking safety and refuge from the conditions in their native land. They were provided with…


Annual retreat for the separated and divorced to be held Sept. 21-23

Submitted by the Office of Family/Respect Life This year’s annual retreat for the Separated and Divorced, titled “The Promise of God’s Love,” will be held September 21-23, 2018, at Christ the King Retreat House and Conference Center, 500 Brookford Rd., Syracuse. Father Joseph Phillips will deliver an uplifting keynote and…


CBA eighth-grader accepted to leadership program at Notre Dame

Submitted by Christian Brothers Academy DEWITT — Christian Brothers Academy eighth grader Emily Ball was recently accepted into the NDIgnite Connection character development and leadership program at Notre Dame. An online enrichment program, NDignite Connection, helps high-achieving students navigate middle and high school, learn about various pre-college programs, and ultimately prepare…


Canon lawyers explain how Vatican abuse trials function

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Any member of the clergy accused of the sexual abuse of a minor is tried according to procedures outlined in the Code of Canon Law and specific norms spelled out in “Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela” (“Safeguarding the Sanctity of the…


Cardinal O’Malley calls for investigation at Boston seminary

By Rhina Guidos | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Archbishop of Boston said in an Aug. 10 statement that he has asked the rector of its main archdiocesan St. John Seminary to go on sabbatical leave immediately and is asking for an investigation of allegations made on social…