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Priest Convicted of Rape Set to Be Released Today
Protesters are vowing to demonstrate outside the Massachusetts prison where a notorious figure in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal is being released after completing a 12-year sentence for raping a boy in the 1980s.
Paul Shanley is expected to be released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in…
Women Deacons Studied [POLL]
Pope Francis has agreed to establish a commission to study the possibility of women deacons in the Catholic Church.  The Pope made clear that he wanted the commission to look into the history of women deacons in the church. And just in case you weren't aware, there were women deacons in th…
Church Responds To "Spotlight'
High-ranking leaders of the Catholic church have sent talking points to U.S. dioceses in advance of the wide release of "Spotlight," a movie detailing the Boston Globe's 2002 investigation into the church's cover-up of clergy abuse.
The Boston Globe reports the U
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Common Sense
Is the Holy Eucharist immune from the flu? Some Catholic parishes are modifying Holy Communion Mass rituals in an effort to avoid spreading flu germs.
Seismic Shift
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Gay rights groups are hailing what they call a "seismic shift" by the Catholic Church toward gays after bishops said homosexuals have gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provide homosexuals with "preci…
Pope Approves Exorcisms
Pope Francis is formally approving the use of exorcism by the Catholic church.  The Vatican's newspaper reported that recognition has been given to the International Association of Exorcists.
Father Francesco Bamonte told "L'Osservatore Romano"  the Holy See'…
Cardinal O'Malley on the Pope's Style
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley says he doesn't expect Pope Francis to change church teaching on issues like contraception, abortion and homosexuality.
He tells "The Boston Globe" Pope Francis has softened the tone of the church but not its position on controversial issues..…

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