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Brooklyn’s list covers diocese’s 166 years, has 108 credible abuse claims

The diocese said about two-thirds of the priests accused of sexually abusing a minor are deceased and that the "vast majority" of the cases involved priests who were ordained between 1930 and 1979.

Court rejects abortion provider’s effort to get bishops’ internal documents

In December 2016, Whole Woman’s Health sued over a Texas law that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate aborted human remains.

Pioneering Navy pilot recalled for her humility, love of faith and family

Capt. Mariner was an aviation pioneer who broke through the ranks of the all-male military aviator corps to become the U.S. Navy's first female attack-jet pilot.

Oakland bishop: Publishing priest-abusers list an ‘act of contrition’

The Diocese of Oakland, which serves two California counties in the East Bay area, published Feb. 18 a list of priests, deacons and religious brothers who have worked in the diocese and been credibly accused of abuse, dating back to the diocese's founding in 1962.

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on 2020 citizenship census question

The court agreed Feb. 15 to take on this case -- Department of Commerce v. New York -- without following the normal procedure and waiting for action from the federal appeals court.

Illinois doctor: Newman miracle depositions were ‘spiritual experiences’

The proposed miracle that God worked through the intercession of Newman in 2013 involved a local mother who faced life-threatening complications during her pregnancy but suddenly recovered when she prayed to the English cardinal for help.

Dolan: Church loves, welcomes pregnant women, is ‘honored’ to serve them

In a robust demonstration that actions speak louder than words, New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan Feb. 18 introduced representatives of six church-related organizations that help pregnant women in need.

In the U.S., a sobering mood after news of McCarrick’s laicization

Even though the Vatican stripping McCarrick of his clerical status Feb. 16 was expected, the news cast a somber mood over those faith communities already grappling with what had happened while he was among them in the past.

DiNardo: Action on McCarrick ‘clear signal’ church will not tolerate abuse

"No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the church," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston Feb. 16 after former Cardinal Theodore had been removed from the priesthood Feb. 16. "For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgment will be one small step, among many, toward healing."

Catholic bishops, groups speak against president’s national emergency

Catholic bishops near the U.S.-Mexico border, joined by other U.S. prelates, voiced opposition just after President Donald Trump's Feb. 15 declaration of a national emergency so he can order construction of a barrier along parts of the border between the two countries.