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Group calls for 5 “more McCarricks” to be defrocked, including Nienstedt and Hart...

A leading U.S. organization dedicated to documenting the clergy sex abuse crisis believes there are “many more McCarricks” and has publicly named five bishops they believe should face the same fate as the disgraced former cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C. At a press conference outside of St. Peter’s Square on Sunday...

Transatlantic flight reaches 801 mph as a furious jet stream packs record-breaking speeds...

Tuesday is a nice day across the Northeast. Temperatures near 40 in New York, light winds out of the north at 5 mph to 10 mph, and wall-to-wall sunshine sound like a tranquil day - especially by February standards. But high up in the atmosphere, it's a different story. The jet stream, the high-altitude air current along which storms travel...

Pope’s Wednesday Audience: “You are a beloved child of God”...

Today’s audience takes place in two places. First I met with the faithful of Benevento, who were in Saint Peter’s, and now with you. And this is due to the delicacy of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, who did not want you to get cold: let us thank them, they did this. Thank you. Let us continue the catechesis on the Lord’s Prayer...

The deeper malice of sexual misconduct by clergy and religious...

Recent remarks by Pope Francis regarding the ‘lightness’ of “sins below the belt” are receiving various responses, but his comments, not wrong as far as they went, nevertheless prompt, I think, especially against the background of the clergy and religious sexual misconduct crisis, some observations as to how sins ‘below the belt’...

Sights and sounds from ‘Super Bowl week’ in Rome...

Yesterday I described this as “Super Bowl week” in the Vatican, in the sense that the pope’s keenly-anticipated summit on the clerical sexual abuse scandals opening Thursday has drawn media, activists and onlookers from all over the world to the Eternal City, creating energy and anticipation leading up to the big event. Here’s a rundown of some of the sights and sounds of this week in Rome on Tuesday...

“Wrongfully targeted and bullied”: Covington teen sues Washington Post for $250 million...

A high school student from Covington, Kentucky, sued the Washington Post for defamation on Tuesday, claiming the newspaper falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation with a Native American activist in a January videotaped incident at the Lincoln Memorial.

The mystery of iniquity — a meditation on the mystery of rebelliousness...

There is a phrase in the Scriptures that, while speaking of mystery, is itself a bit mysterious and is debated among scholars: the “mystery of iniquity.” St. Paul mentions it in Second Thessalonians and ties it to an equally mysterious “man of iniquity” who will appear before Jesus’ second coming. The Latin root of the English word “iniquity” is iniquitas (in (not) aequus (equal))...

Dying is difficult. Offering a noble death in faith requires the support of the whole Church.....

When friends draw close to death, a certain intensity of life presents itself. This is true in Christian death. It is meant to be a sacrificial offering of oneself to God if we give it to Jesus with the help of his mystical Body, the Church. Faith in Christ Jesus opens up this possibility. A recent visit to see a friend helped me remember that Christ's sacrifice on the Cross allows dying Christians to share in his work of redemption even to the point that their very death releases anew the power of God's love in the world...

How making mistakes is actually the key to success...

How well do you handle failure — at work, in school, in relationships? Not so well? You’re in good company. The problem is bad enough that some colleges have introduced programs to teach students that imperfection is, well, perfectly alright. “Young adults face an onslaught of curated social-media feeds that show peers’ seemingly perfect lives...

Xavier Rynne II’s Letters from the Vatican (No. 2).....

Thanks in part to the hyperventilating language of last year’s Pennsylvania grand jury report (which followed hard on the heels of Theodore McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals because of credible allegations that he was a serial sexual abuser), the false impression was created that the Catholic bishops of the Keystone State (and by extension...