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Sins of Omission: The Abusive PA Clergy Abuse Report

Back in August, after a special solemnity Mass in my parish in the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, I came home and read the grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses, including my own. I read the 884-page online version. I saw allegations against priests in my diocese and the Pittsburgh [...]

José de Anchieta, S.J.: Apostle of Brazil

Although it may not be so well-known, Brazil is the nation with the largest Catholic population in the world, about 123 million strong.  Nevertheless, this nation had very humble beginnings.  The Catholic foundations of this great nation were in large part laid by the sons of St. Ignatius.  Of the many great Jesuits who worked [...]

What ‘Developing’ Countries Can Teach the U.S.

As Barack Obama huffs and puffs about his tax plan, which is unlikely to pass in the Democratic-majority Senate much less the Republican-controlled House, Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, has provided a much broader view of where the United States stands amid great changes in the world and some useful guidance on what [...]

Will Rev. Federico Lombardi Resign from the Vatican Press Office?

  On July 11, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Rev. Federico Lombardi, S.J., to be the director of the Vatican Press Office. Father Lombardi took over a position held for 22 years by Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls, a numerary of Opus Dei. It is possible, however, that Father Lombardi may not even make it to the [...]

Serving God, Saving Humanity

A few years ago, I met a woman I will never forget. Sally Savery was a waitress in Wamego, Kansas, who had recently gone through a divorce and bankruptcy. Through a twist a fate, she had met a missionary from Brazil and was inspired by the woman's story to travel back with her. After saving [...]

San Francisco Pro-Lifers Start a Film Festival

A new and unusual film festival focused on pro-life issues will be held in San Francisco this coming Friday, March 7. The Cinema Vita Film Festival is "dedicated to encouraging emerging filmmakers, showcasing movies about contemporary issues concerning life, and exploring life's deep significance." Sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Diocese of Oakland, [...]

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