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Seminarians being targeted for verbal abuse on college campus

Details:  Seton Hall University’s interim president sent the campus community a stern reminder to be civil to everyone — even future Catholic priests — after several cases where seminarians were the targets of verbal abuse on campus. As the Catholic Church continues to deal with the fallout from the priest sex abuse scandal, Seton Hall Interim President […]

See you at the Jersey Shore

I’m heading south later today, to lead a retreat for the deacons of the Archdiocese of Newark. We’ll be at the wondrous San Alfonso Retreat House, a sprawling, peaceful place run by the Redemptorists.  I last visited there five years ago, when I joined Rocco Palmo, Fr. Dave Dwyer and a couple other media types […]

Let this sink in: nearly half of children born in the U.S. have parents who aren’t married

Details:  Nearly half of American children are now born to unmarried parents, according to a new report from the U.N.’s Population Fund, the largest international provider of sexual and reproductive health services. In the report released Wednesday, America is cited along with several developed nations in Europe and Asia where women are giving birth later in life and outside […]

WATCH: Nikki Haley at the Al Smith Dinner

CNN has a good summary: Outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley joked Thursday during the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner that the organizers had “wanted an Indian woman, but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test.” At the dinner, which is known for political figures cracking jokes during the keynote address, Haley said that […]

U.S. Justice Department opens clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania—UPDATED

Details:  The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. That’s according to two people familiar with the probe, who say federal prosecutors have served subpoenas on dioceses across the state that seek a trove of sensitive files and testimony from church leaders. More here. […]

A priest writes: To solve this crisis, start by fixing the seminaries

The Rev. Thomas Berg, vice rector and director of admissions at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., has some ideas for addressing the sex abuse crisis—beginning in the seminary. From The Washington Post:  Although clergy sexual abuse scandals aren’t new, the ones that have rocked the Catholic Church this summer revolved around a group seldom focused […]

Catholic pharmacist refuses drug to woman seeking to complete a miscarriage

From USA TODAY: A Michigan woman is demanding that Meijer discipline a pharmacist and implement a company-wide policy for how pharmacists should handle religious and moral objections to dispensing medication after she was denied a prescription to help complete a miscarriage. Rachel Peterson, 35, of Ionia alleges a pharmacist at a Meijer store in Petoskey refused to fill her prescription for […]

Poll: Growing number of U.S. Catholics question staying in the Church

From CBS News:  Most Catholic Americans think the Pope and the Vatican are doing a poor job handling recent reports of child sexual abuse by priests, and about a quarter of Catholics say those reports have made them question whether they should remain in the Church. Favorable views of Pope Francis have dropped sharply among […]

Archbishop Chaput: ‘We’re a family of faith, not a religious General Motors’

The archbishop of Philadelphia gave an interview this week to Adam Sosnowski, which will be published next week in  the Polish Catholic magazine Miesięcznik Wpis (wydawnictwo Biały Kruk). has just released it for its readers. He covers a range  of issues involving the Church today and the Synod now taking place in Rome. Excerpt:  How […]

Pope tells seminarians: report abuse immediately

Details:  Pope Francis told a group of Italian seminarians to report immediately to their bishop if they ever see or suspect any kind abuse, sexual or otherwise, on the part of a priest. “On this point, speak clearly,” the pope told the students from Lombardy over the weekend. “If you see something like [abuse], [go] […]