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Catholic groups withdraw investments from coal, oil and gas

In a move against climate change, at a time when Donald Trump is considering withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement,

Nine Catholic organizations from around the world have announced they are divesting their savings from coal, oil and gas companies in a joint bid to fight climate change.

According to Religion News, those nine organizations include the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters, “the Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit, the Italian Diocese of Pescara, Il Dialogo, the Italian Jesuits, the […]

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Catholics find community and orthodoxy in Maryland

National Public Radio reported this week on an intentional community growing up in Hyattsville, Md., of orthodox Catholics. The community has gathered around St. Jerome Catholic Church and St. Jerome Academy, a school which has experienced a revitalization after shifting its curriculum to a more traditional, God-centered study and attracting young families to the area.

“The parish life was very important to us,” says Daniel Gibbons, 40, who teaches at Catholic University in nearby Washington, D.C., and moved to Hyattsville with […]

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The Pope and the role of women: Not so fast?

In the last several days since Pope Francis spoke with the International Union of Superiors General on topics related to role of women in church leadership, conversation has circled around the possibility of Catholic women being allowed to pursue the diaconate.

While the conversation was positive and affirming in many ways, the excitement may be premature. Here is the relevant passage from the transcript published by Salt + Light Media:

Second question
The role of consecrated women in the Church

Consecrated women already do […]

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Resignation of Catholic News Service editor points to increasing divisions in Catholic Church

John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life and author of The Francis Effect, has just written a response to the recent forced resignation of Tony Spence, former editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service, following several tweets critical of anti-LGBT legislation in Tennessee. His resignation came at the request of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The story, in Commonweal Magazine, examines the relationship among the Conference, the Catholic Church, activists and Pope Francis, stating that the Catholic focus on […]

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Pope Francis creating “confusion” and “upset,” say conservative Catholic clergy

Reuters, published at the following link by the Religion News Service, has reported a story on the fallout from Pope Francis’ less-than-conservative approach to conservative Catholic teachings against homosexuality, divorce and the role of women:

Francis’ popularity with most Catholics, and legions of non-Catholics, has given him the image of a grandfatherly parish priest who understands how difficult it sometimes is to follow Church teachings, particularly those on sexual morality.

Conservatives worry that behind the gentle facade lies a dangerous reformer who […]

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“Religious freedom” ruling absolves priest who didn’t report sexual abuse

The law of the confessional has trumped the law of Louisiana in a February 26 court ruling. The ruling favors a Catholic priest, the Reverend Jeff Bayhi of Our Lady of Assumption in Clinton, who allegedly advised a 14-year-old (now 22-year-old) girl to “sweep it under the rug” when she told him she had been sexually abused by another parishioner.

From The Advocate:

The state Children’s Code says members of the clergy, including priests, rabbis and other ordained ministers of faith, are […]

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Oklahoma execution halted

The Washington Post and other news outlets are reporting that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has temporarily halted the execution of Richard Glossip, the second of six executions scheduled over five days, beginning with Kelly Gissendaner’s execution early this morning in Georgia.

Glossip’s execution had been scheduled for 3 p.m. He had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution, arguing that more time was needed to allow officials to review new evidence in the case, but the justices rejected his request shortly before […]

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Following #PopeFrancis

The Pope has landed, and you can follow his journey in the U.S. through a number of different channels.

Crux is live-streaming Pope Francis’s public appearances, and has posted his itinerary here.

Huffington Post has published a Pope tracker at its website: “Where Is Pope Francis Right Now? Stay Up To Date With Our Official Pope Tracker” (“In just six days, he’ll canonize a saint, lead large scale public Masses, and speak to both Congress and the United Nations.”)

Catholic News Service is […]

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Leaving Catholicism for Anglicanism

Catholic author and columnist Michael Coren found his way from the Catholic church for which he was a voice to the Anglican church, finding both harsh criticism and spiritual relief. He writes about his religious migration in the Anglican Journal:

While I never swayed from Catholic theology—and continue in my adherence—I began to question, then doubt, then reject Roman Catholic teaching on papal supremacy, authority, contraception and especially homosexuality and equal marriage. On the latter, I simply could no longer glue […]

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