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Discalced Carmelites use time-honored skills to construct new monastery

IMAGE: CNS photo/Chris Heisey, The Catholic WitnessBy Jen ReedFAIRFIELD,Pa. (CNS) -- The grinding sounds of an excavation and construction site yieldedto the intonation of a solemn pontifical Mass and prayers for the future on avista in Fairfield July 25, where construction is underway for a secondmonastery for the Discalced Carmelite nuns in the Harrisburg Diocese.Alittle more than two years ago -- on June 13, 2016 -- Mother Stella-Marie,prioress, stood at this same site gazing at the grassy and tree-lined farmlandoverlooking southern Adams County, and expressed her trust in the Lord that"one day we will see here a beautiful monastery that is dedicated to the gloryof God."Whilethe building materials for the cloistered monastery are still being preparedfor construction -- namely, the excavation of stone from the land on which itwill stand -- the early development of its farmstead can already be seen.Trueto Carmelite tradition and architecture in the footsteps of their foundress,St. ...

Abuse letter to Cardinal O'Malley was second priest sent officials

By Rhina GuidosWASHINGTON (CNS) --In a June 2015 letter to Boston's Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley obtained byCatholic News Service, a New York priest tells the prelate about "sexual abuse/harassment/intimidation"allegations he had heard concerning then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and asksthat if the matter doesn't fall under his purview, to forward it to the "properagency in the Vatican." The letter "hastaken me years to write and send," writes Father Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St.Joseph's Church Yorkville in New York City, who made the letter available toCNS in early August. But it was the second time he had attempted to tell churchofficials in writing. In it, hedescribes for Cardinal O'Malley conversations with the rector of a seminary inNew Jersey about trips then-Archbishop McCarrick, as head of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, would take with seminarians to a beachhouse. During the timeperiod he mentions in the letter, 1986 to 1996, he says he was teaching atImmaculate Co...

Fight scandal by giving witness to the Gospel, pope tells young people

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenROME (CNS) -- Members of the Catholic Church sin and givescandal, it's true, Pope Francis said, but it is up to each Catholic to livethe faith as authentically as possible and witness to the world the love ofJesus."The best way to respond is with witness," thepope said Aug. 11 in response to a young man who said, "The useless pompand frequent scandals have made the church barely credible in our eyes."Pope Francis spoke about witness, dreams and true loveduring an evening meeting with some 70,000 young adults, aged 16 to 30,gathered at Rome's Circus Maximus at the end of a pilgrimage. Most of them hadwalked at least 50 miles over the previous three or four days. Representativescame from 195 of Italy's 226 dioceses, and 150 bishops walked at least part ofthe way with groups from their dioceses.The young people began congregating at the dusty site of theancient Roman stadium early in the afternoon when temperatures were already inthe 90s. The...

Cardinal O'Malley calls for investigation at Boston seminary

IMAGE: CNS photo/Vatican MediaBy Rhina GuidosWASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Archbishop of Boston said in an Aug.10 statement that he has asked the rector of its main archdiocesan St.John Seminary to go on sabbatical leave immediately and is asking for aninvestigation of allegations made on social media about activities there "directlycontrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholicpriesthood." "At this time, I am not able to verify or disprove theseallegations," said Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley in a statement sent to media viaemail. He does not say in the statement what the allegations are about. However, a post on the community section of a Facebook pagefor the Archdiocese of Boston has a comment by someone named AndrewSolkshinitz? with a link to a blog post that describes seminarians at "conservativeseminary" drinking heavily, "cuddling" after a drunken party, and being involved insexual behaviors and acts. Solkshinitz says on Facebook that the seminar...

Updated: Canon lawyers explain how Vatican abuse trials function

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Any member of the clergy accused ofthe sexual abuse of a minor is tried according to procedures outlined in theCode of Canon Law and specific norms spelled out in "SacramentorumSanctitatis Tutela" ("Safeguarding the Sanctity of theSacraments").Normally those trials take place in the diocese where thecrime occurred, but under the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine ofthe Faith. However, when the accused is a bishop, it is up to the pope todetermine the way to proceed.When the Vatican press office announced July 28 that PopeFrancis had accepted Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick's resignation from theCollege of Cardinals, it also said the pope "ordered his suspension fromthe exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain ina house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until theaccusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial."The "regular canon...

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

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tennessee Department of Corrections via ReutersBy Theresa LaurenceNASHVILLE,Tenn. (CNS) -- Two Tennessee Catholic bishops called the execution of Billy Ray Irick Aug.9 "unnecessary.""Tonight's execution of BillyRay Irick was unnecessary. It served no useful purpose," Bishop J. MarkSpalding of Nashville and Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville said in astatement after Irick was executed at Riverbend Maximum Security Institute inNashville."In this time of sadness, thatbegan many years ago with the tragic and brutal death of Paula Dyer andcontinues with another death tonight, we believe that only Jesus Christ canbring consolation and peace," the bishops said. "We continue to prayfor Paula and for her family. And we also pray for Billy Ray Irick, that hisfinal human thoughts were of remorse and sorrow for we believe that only Christcan serve justice. "They also said they prayed that thepeople of Tennessee "may all come to cherish the dignity that his loveinstills in eve...

Canon lawyers explain how Vatican abuse trials function

IMAGE: CNS photo/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Any member of the clergy accused ofthe sexual abuse of a minor is tried according to procedures outlined in theCode of Canon Law and specific norms spelled out in "Sacramentorum SanctitatisTutela" ("Safeguarding the Sanctity of the Sacraments").Normally those trials take place in the diocese where thecrime occurred, but under the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine ofthe Faith. However, when the accused is a bishop, it is up to the pope todetermine the way to proceed.When the Vatican press office announced July 28 that PopeFrancis had accepted Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick's resignation from theCollege of Cardinals, it also said the pope "ordered his suspension fromthe exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain ina house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until theaccusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial."The "regular cano...

Abuse expert: Crisis is call to new vision of priesthood, accountability

IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Jesuit priest who has been on thefrontline of advocating for survivors of clerical sexual abuse and developing detailed programs to prevent abuse said the crisis unfolding, again,in the United States is a summons to a new way of envisioning the church andtaking responsibility for it."I am not surprised" by the new reports of abuse,"I do not think it will stop soon and, at the same time, I think it isnecessary and should be seen in the framework of evolving a more consistentpractice of accountability," said Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a professorof psychology and president of the Center for Child Protection at thePontifical Gregorian University in Rome."I know that people are deeply angry and they arelosing their trust -- this is understandable. That is normal, humanly speaking,"he told Catholic News Service Aug. 7 as newspapers were filled with informationand commentary about the case of retired Archbishop Theodore E. McC...

Archbishop Gregory: Weary of 'cloud of shame' shrouding church leaders

IMAGE: CNS photo/Bob RollerBy ATLANTA (CNS) -- Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregoryissued a print and video statement Aug. 9 on the website of The GeorgiaBulletin, archdiocesan newspaper, expressing his "profound anger, sadnessand distress concerning sexual abuse by church leaders of children, youngpeople and those over whom they exercised authority.""Myanger and disappointment, shared by Catholics and others, are only heightenedby the reality that leaders who have engaged in or neglected to protect othersfrom such damaging and deviant behavior have for many years failed to be heldaccountable -- and have even risen in leadership positions," he said. "We must do better-- for the sake of all victims and survivors of sexual abuse and for the sakeof everyone whom we serve."Archbishop Gregory said Catholics everywhere, including him, "are stunned andjustifiably angry at shameful, unrelenting recent revelations of bishopsaccused of abuse or mishandling allegations of abuse -- behavior tha...

Argentina Senate votes down abortion decriminalization bill

IMAGE: CNS photo/Agustin MarcarianBy David AgrenMEXICO CITY (CNS) -- The ArgentineSenate voted against a bill that would have decriminalized abortion during thefirst 14 weeks of pregnancy.Senators voted 38-31 against themeasure early Aug. 9 following a 15-hour debate. The measure had been approved inJune by the lower house of Congress.The Argentine bishops' conferencehailed the vote, saying the debate in the country opened an opportunity fordialogue and a chance to focus more on social ministry.The Senate debate revealed deepdivisions in Argentina, where support for decriminalizing abortion drewstronger support in Buenos Aires, the capital, than in the more conservativeprovinces. Observers attributed that difference to the bill being voted down inthe Senate, which includes more representation from outlying areas.The vote came as a movement of womenand supporters of the measure -- wearing green handkerchiefs -- filled thestreets outside the Congress as voting occurred. Catholics, mea...

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John 15:13

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