story -- Philadelphia
A priest and a prosecutor detail how sex abuse
flourished in the Philadelphia archdiocese..
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Ahead of an important June vote of the American bishops, the chair of
the bishops liturgy committee has strongly criticized a proposed new
translation of the Order of Mass, arguing that the text too often sacrifices
intelligibility for rigid formalism.
Bishop Anthony Pilla, once head of the U.S. bishops and a vocal advocate
for peace and economic justice, will step down as leader of the Cleveland
diocese. The Vatican accepted his early resignation April 4 and appointed as
his successor Bishop Gerald Lennon, who previously served as interim bishop in
Boston between the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law and the installation of
Cardinal Sean OMalley.
Boston hopes open books will restore Catholics' confidence
Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley delivered on a promise he made last fall to open
the archdiocese’s finances and operations to the public. April 19 the Boston
archdiocese released a comprehensive financial report and almost 1,000 pages of
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Despite its track record of opposition to preemptive war,
the Vatican has not yet expressed alarm over reports of American plans for
military action to block Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, according to the
U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.
Examine the clergy culture
The Catholic priest sex abuse scandal, much as it involved the
individual acts of errant priests, was also a product of a culture, the
hierarchical clergy culture, heavily shrouded in secrecy and wrapped in layers
of protection from accountability of any sort.
A forward step in Boston
We were rushing to deadline when the news broke that Boston Cardinal
Sean OMalley had delivered what some experts described as the most
detailed financial report ever issued by a Catholic diocese in the United
Librarians and historians are having a fit.
-- Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on
attempts by the FBI to remove classified material that may be in the file of
the late columnist Jack Anderson. His files are at the George Washington
The link between spirituality and resilience in children
Conservatives covet the classrooms
For the last three years, I have been part of a
group of African-American Catholic men who meet for a monthly breakfast. Our
gatherings are punctuated with lively discussions on faith, politics and
Canadian debate highlights the paradox of 'peacekeeping' in
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
A look into a hidden culture
Spend enough time in and around this church at just about any level and
one consistent and striking reality that becomes apparent is how confoundingly
complex an organism it is.
James Stephen Behrens
A little boy in India wants to be an astronomer. He gazes at the stars
and dreams about them. His mother encourages him and hopes he will have a
It's all about the cash
'Inside Man' bank robbery is a clever ride; 'Friends with Money' doesn't
Companions on the road to holiness
Poetry for April 28, 2006
Letters for April 28, 2006
Classifieds for April 28, 2006
News Briefs for April 28, 2006
People for April 28, 2006
A memorable quote from this week's issue.