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President of U.S. Bishops Conference explains plan to address 'moral catastrophe' of abuse
WASHINGTON – The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Aug. 16 three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the "moral catastrophe" of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. Church. More ...
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. More ...
Monday, August 20, 2018
From Pope Francis: A Response to Recent Reports About the Sexual Abuse of Minors
A Message from Bishop O'Connell

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I wish to share with all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese a letter from His Holiness Pope Francis addressed to the People of God responding to the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy and consecrated persons as well as its cover-up by bishops and others in authority in the Church.
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Monday, August 20, 2018
From Bishop O'Connell: A response to recent reports about the sexual abuse of minors by clergy

Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., published the following message Aug. 16 on diocesan media and has asked that it be read during all Masses the weekend of Aug. 18 and 19:

As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I share with our faithful and clergy of the Diocese the revulsion, disgust and anger you feel at all the recent revelations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy in past decades. 

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

VATICAN CITY – In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being "criminal and morally reprehensible."

"Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent," Greg Burke, head of the Vatican press office, said in a written statement Aug. 16.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on the Grand Jury Report
New Jersey’s Roman Catholic Bishops acknowledge that media accounts of the details contained in Pennsylvania’s grand jury report show a heartbreaking departure from our fundamental belief in the dignity and value of every child.  As a Church, our calling remains unchanged - to help children in our care encounter leaders who exemplify God’s commandment to love and protect the most vulnerable. More ...
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Pennsylvania grand jury says Church was interested in hiding abuse

WASHINGTON – A Pennsylvania grand jury report issued Aug. 14 paints a picture of a Catholic Church in six of the state's dioceses that for decades handled claims of sexual abuse of minors under its care by hiding the allegations and its victims.

More than 300 priests were linked to abuse claims and more than 1,000 victims were identified, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a news conference following the report's release. 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
U.S. bishops 'shamed' by 'sins, omissions' of priests, leaders leading to abuse
WASHINGTON – The U.S. bishops as "are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by Catholic priests and Catholic bishops" that have led to sexual abuse and caused great harm to many, said an Aug. 14 statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairman of its child protection committee. More ...
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The following briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service. More ...
Friday, August 10, 2018
Church leaders, death penalty opponents praise Catechism revision
WASHINGTON -- Joining other Catholic death penalty opponents, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee praised the Aug. 2 announcement that Pope Francis had ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church calling the death penalty "inadmissible." More ...
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Vatican official: Catechism change shows 'true dogmatic progress'
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that capital punishment is morally inadmissible shows how the Church can grow in its understanding of the implications of basic tenets of faith, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization. More ...
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Pope sends prayers after Indonesia's Lombok hit by another powerful quake
JAKARTA, Indonesia – At least 91 people have been confirmed dead after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Indonesia's Lombok Island a week after another powerful quake killed more than a dozen people. More ...
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Use internet to promote tourism that respects environment, Vatican says
VATICAN CITY – With more and more people planning their vacations online and sharing their experiences digitally, the tourism industry and tourists themselves should pay more attention to using online forums to encourage respect for the locales visited and for the communities that live there, the Vatican said. More ...
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Evangelization key message of National Diaconate Congress, local deacons say

Calling the event “powerful and reflective,” deacons from the Diocese of Trenton and their wives were among the more than 1,300 brethren and their families at the 2018 National Diaconate Congress, held July 22-26 in New Orleans.

Exploring the theme “Christ the Servant: Yesterday, Today and Forever,” the five-day conference of Masses, general assemblies and workshops was sponsored by the National Association of Diaconate Directors and marked the 50th anniversary of “Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem,” the document issued by Blessed Paul VI restoring the permanent diaconate.

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Friday, August 3, 2018
Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'
The Holy Father Pope Francis has approved the following revision to the Catechism of the Catholic Church recommended by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (August 1, 2018). More ...
Thursday, August 2, 2018
St. Katharine Drexel's tomb will be moved to Philadelphia cathedral
PHILADELPHIA -- The remains of St. Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, will be transferred from the crypt under the chapel of St. Elizabeth Convent, the congregation's Bensalem motherhouse, in the coming weeks to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. More ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
USCCB president: Church must address its leaders' 'moral failures of judgment'
WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God.    More ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Struggle against AIDS isn't over, Catholics say at global meeting
AMSTERDAM – Despite rumors of its demise, the AIDS pandemic is far from over, and churches must continue to play a critical role in combating the disease, Catholic leaders were told at an international gathering of more than 15,000 AIDS researchers and activists. More ...
Monday, July 30, 2018
Update: Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick's resignation, orders prayer and penance before trial
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain "a life of prayer and penance" until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors. More ...
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Catholic physicians highlight lesser known dangers of contraceptive use
WASHINGTON -- A team of Catholic Medical Association physicians and students are working on a comprehensive literature review of the medical effects of contraception, set to be available later this year. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
U.S. papal advisor calls for action in wake of McCarrick allegations
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM, Archbishop of Boston and principal U.S. advisor to Pope Francis on the issue of the sexual abuse of minors, responding to recent revelations of multiple credible allegations of sexual abuse made against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has called these allegations “devastating” for victims and their families and a “catastrophe in the Church.” More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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