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‘God has not abandoned us,’ says survivor of clergy sex abuse

More than 700 people in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis attended a holy hour Sept. 15 in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the church. They sought to answer the question, "Where is God?"

Catholics believe in God but ‘don’t believe in us,’ Miami archbishop says

The crisis the Catholic Church is facing is not "a crisis of faith" but is "a crisis of leadership," Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski told archdiocesan clergy. People "need to be able to trust us."

Congress urged to finish work on opioid legislation

The opioid addiction crisis in the United States is too big to allow Congress to let politics derail passage of a bill to fight opioid abuse, according to Bishop Frank Dewane of Florida.

#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for church

As U.S. Catholics "struggle with the painful issues facing the church today," particularly the abuse crisis, Catholic Extension "recognizes that it is a difficult time to be Catholic."

Continue to be an evangelizing church, nuncio tells Encuentro delegates

Archbishop Christophe Pierre encouraged Hispanic Catholic leaders and bishops to continue working toward being an evangelizing church by seeking an encounter with Christ and taking initiative while accompanying those on the peripheries.

Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

The Sept. 20-23 event is a gathering of more than 3,200 Hispanic Catholic leaders and about 125 bishops from across the country.

Retired Green Bay auxiliary bishop withdraws from public ministry

In a letter dated Sept. 14 and addressed to Bishop David L. Ricken, the head of the diocese, Bishop Robert F. Morneau stated that he failed to report to authorities an incident of priest sexual abuse of a minor in 1979.

Indiana diocese issues list of priests, deacons with credible allegations

The Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese's release of the names of priests and deacons credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor "is an appropriate step and part of a commitment to openness and transparency by the church in this area."

N.Y. Archdiocese names judge as independent reviewer on abuse protocols

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has named a former federal judge to study archdiocesan policies and procedures with respect to sexual abuse by clergy and recommend enhancements directly to the cardinal.

U.S. attorney general’s new legal directive may speed up deportations

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision Sept. 18 curtailing the powers of U.S. immigration judges in deportation proceedings, a move that may make it easier for the Trump administration to deport migrants.