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Critics wait to see how the scandal will shape the appointment of the next shepherd of the see.
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Many in our culture have come to see truth as un unwelcome burden to the human spirit.
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Is it possible that then-Bishop Wuerl was informed about a settlement involving one of his priests, but was not told about allegations against McCarrick?
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The 2006 letter may give Cardinal DiNardo additional leverage for his proposal for an Apostolic Investigation of the McCarrick scandal.
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Even as Father Ramsey sharply criticized elements of Archbishop Viganò’s testimony, he did not suggest the charges should be dismissed out of hand.
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“What happens when the human race has lost its power to breed?”
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‘It is my conviction that three specific actions are required at this time ...’
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Amy Coney Barrett could be a brilliant choice for the U.S. Supreme Court
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Without the dates of the three allegations and two settlements in New Jersey, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to know if the Vatican knew about the allegations in time to stop the appointment.
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“Human society has been down this path before—many times—with uniformly horrific consequences.”
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Ireland’s Catholic health care system is facing new pressure from pro-abortion advocates
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Jordan Peterson is admired by many, but this tortured father of a suffering child, like many of his readers, is still searching.
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Kennedy’s uneven legacy has made subsequent Republican administrations even more cautious and meticulous about vetting Supreme Court nominees.
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Bishop Larry Silva urges prayers for ‘those who have lost not only their homes but the very land on which their homes stood.’
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“In Humanae Vitae, (Paul VI) handed on to our times a truly prophetic proclamation, which reaffirms and reproposes with clarity the Church's teaching and norm, always old yet always new...” —Pope St. John Paul II
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The Parable of the Lost, Fatherless Boy Who Stopped a Terrorist
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The film shows David Scotton’s love and respect for his adoptive and birth parents, and his quest to uncover his origins.
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“The most mind-boggling miracle is the incarnation,” said the cardinal.
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If you stop thinking about what you want, it’s easier to see what other people need.
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Lady Bird’s family, with all its limitations, provides a stable loving environment where basic decency is the norm, and redemption is real.
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The party of life, family and religious freedom once prided itself on sticking to its principles: It demanded the resignation of party leaders who crossed a bright red line.
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Since Roe v. Wade, the U.S. bishops have emerged as the intellectual and moral leaders of the pro-life movement. The American hierarchy can’t falter now.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown—a one-time Jesuit seminarian from a one-party state—said the dangers posed by climate change required a radical “transformation” in the world’s response.
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Would this generation be less anxious, intolerant and aggrieved if they were free to acknowledge and address the deeper unresolved issues of family implosion and loss?
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For now, most Californians are marking this new moment with applause or keeping their mouths shut.
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His characters’ struggles for clarity and for hope are enormously absorbing and ring true for readers who have traveled down the same path.
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“The mind serves best when it’s anchored in the Word of God. There is no danger then of becoming an intellectual without integrity.”
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George and Amal Clooney, please reconsider your donation to SPLC. It may well do more harm than good.
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The Jane Austen tells us, "Not all is as it seems." Thus her readers learn the danger of confusing appearance with reality in love and friendship.
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The culture of death has poisoned the relationship of trust that should bind physicians, patients and loved ones.
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“Too many children today are trapped in schools that don’t work for them. We have to do something different.”
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‘The New Yorker’ describes Leo as ‘Trump’s subcontractor on the selection of Gorsuch.’
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“It's disturbingly aggressive”, said the LA Times editorial, “for Becerra to apply this criminal statute to people who were trying to influence a contested issue of public policy, regardless of how sound or popular that policy may be.”
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Sen. Patrick Leahy violated two cardinal rules of liberalism when he highlighted the connections between Nazi Germany and America's pro-abortion movement.
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Republicans want Gorsuch to be confirmed by April 19, when oral arguments are scheduled for a major church-state case.
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“It is up to all of us to evangelize our fellow Americans about the issue of religious freedom.”
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Injured Middlebury Prof: ‘What alarmed me most was what I saw in the eyes of the crowd.’
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Planned Parenthood faces a cut-off of federal funds and is looking to gin up public sympathy.
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The botched rollout of the first executive order may doom future attempts to help Christian refugees and displaced people.
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Legal experts weigh significance of the justices' decision to vacate a lower court judgment and to send the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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‘Uncommon Grace: The Life of Flannery O’Connor’ will air several times this week on PBS.
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The decision signals a significant change in the government’s approach to transgender issues under President Trump.
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‘President Trump has chosen a worthy successor to Antonin Scalia, and the nominee deserves the support of any friend of human life, religion and the family.’
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May William Peter Blatty rest in peace, and may we thank him for his unique success in educating the faithful and the larger public on the brutal reality of Satan in our world.
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The Jubilee Year of Mercy is over, but Pope Francis has urged us not to close the door and call it quits.
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Medical experts consulted by the agnostic director of The Exorcist could not dismiss the phenomena they had witnessed. “I’ve never believed in ghosts or that stuff,” said one, “but I’ve had a couple of cases, one in particular, that really just gave me pause.”
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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California..