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Bishops facing angry questions over mishandling of abuse reports

By Dennis Sadowski | Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — U.S. bishops admitted during a wide-ranging discussion during their fall general assembly that parishioners are angry and continually ask how a charismatic clergyman was able to rise through church ranks despite widespread knowledge of allegations that he sexually abused seminarians…


Standards of bishops’ accountability unveiled at USCCB meeting

By Mark Pattison | Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — A series of standards of episcopal accountability for bishops was formally unveiled Nov. 13 at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. The standards will not be voted on during the bishops’ meeting. A…


Vatican asks USCCB to delay vote on sex abuse response proposals

By Dennis Sadowski | Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — At the urging of the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not vote on two proposals they were to discuss regarding their response to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president, informed…


Historic Old St. John’s marks 200 years of faith and welcome

By Dyann Nashton | Contributing writer UTICA — During the Nov. 4 Mass to conclude the yearlong bicentennial celebration of Historic Old St. John’s Church, Syracuse Bishop Robert J. Cunningham affirmed, “This 200 years is a benchmark … and a sign of God’s enduring grace and the people’s response to…





Pennsylvania order asks Supreme Court to uphold its religious rights

By Dennis Sadowski | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Adorers of the Blood of Christ have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether their religious freedom rights were violated by the construction and pending use of a natural gas pipeline through its land. In a filing with…