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Cardinal O’Malley calls for investigation at Boston seminary

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said that he has asked the rector of St. John Seminary to go on sabbatical leave and is asking for an investigation of allegations made on social media.

Bishops, faith leaders condemn Tennessee’s first execution in nine years

Two Tennessee Catholic bishops called the execution of Billy Ray Irick Aug. 9 "unnecessary."

How can human dignity be preserved and enhanced through public policy?

Human dignity: It hasn't quite become a campaign issue, but it's coming close.

‘Take clear action,’ young Catholics urge U.S. bishops in open letter

An open letter from 43 writers, academics and Catholic leaders said to be "children in the decades leading up to the sexual abuse crisis of 2002" called for an end to silence on the issue.

Judge blocks deportation underway for asylum seekers

A federal judge Aug. 9 ordered the immediate return to the U.S. of two Salvadoran asylum seekers, a mother and her daughter, who were unexpectedly deported from Texas to their native country.

Metuchen bishop ‘saddened and ashamed’ by Archbishop McCarrick case

He was referring to allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct lodged at Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, who was named the first bishop of the newly created Metuchen Diocese in 1981.

Peace activists’ prayer service marks Nagasaki, Hiroshima anniversary

At the rally, which lasted about an hour, they called for the United States to apologize and repent of its use of nuclear weapons in the Second World War and for total nuclear disarmament.

Greensburg Diocese apologizes in document ahead of grand jury report

The Diocese of Greensburg unveiled Aug. 9 a document about safeguards and procedures in place to protect children, as the state of Pennsylvania gets ready to release a grand jury report about past claims of sexual abuse of children.

God’s ‘persistent’ voice spurs Knights Family of the Year to serve others

Ryan and Elizabeth Young are the founders of Camp Veritas, a summer camp for Catholic high school students that began in 2008 in New York and spread to locations in Ireland and Florida.

Archbishop Gregory: Weary of ‘cloud of shame’ shrouding church leaders

Archbishop Gregory said Catholics everywhere, including him, "are stunned and justifiably angry at shameful, unrelenting recent revelations of bishops accused of abuse or mishandling allegations of abuse .