Category Archives: U.S.

Young adult leaders gather for post-synod discussion

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic young adults felt the hierarchy started listening to them in preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, and they will do whatever they can to make … Continue reading

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Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon

(Third in a series) By Chaz Muth Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — A symbol of the historical commitment priests have to the seal of confession greets people as they cross the threshold of a Catholic church in Manhattan’s … Continue reading

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California bill aims to protect children by breaking seal of confession

(Second in a series) By Chaz Muth Catholic News Service SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) — When Catholic clergy, penitents, theologians and canon lawyers look at the wording in a California state bill that would compel a priest to reveal what’s heard … Continue reading

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Challenges to seal of confession attributed to clergy sex abuse scandals

(First in a series) By Chaz Muth Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues … Continue reading

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Bishops’ actions at spring meeting called a ‘work in progress’

By Carol Zimmermann  Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual. “The spring meetings are usually more pastoral, and the November meeting has a heavier agenda,” said … Continue reading

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Lay groups cautious about bishops’ actions to boost accountability

By Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — Representatives of lay organizations expressed caution over the steps taken by U.S. bishops to boost accountability and transparency in dealing with clergy sexual abuse, saying future actions by the bishops will determine how successful … Continue reading

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More than a few fans prayed for St. Louis Blues to win Stanley Cup

By Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Before the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 on June 12 to win the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup for the first time in the team’s 52-year history, Twitter … Continue reading

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