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Ahead of abuse summit, Vatican officials decline to comment on accused priest

Vatican City:  Vatican officials Feb. 18 declined to comment on the case of a priest working at the Catholic Church's highest court who has been listed by his home diocese as credibly accused of abuse.

Pope lifts suspension imposed on Nicaraguan priest 34 years ago

Pope Francis has lifted the canonical penalties imposed 34 years ago on Father Ernesto Cardenal, 94, the Nicaraguan poet and former member of the Sandinista government.

'Birds of Passage' shows origin of the drug trade from Colombian POV

"Birds of Passage" is one of the most beautifully filmed movies I've seen in a decade. Directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, whose 2015 film "Embrace of the Serpent" was nominated for an Oscar, have reunited to tell this story.

In the US, a sobering mood after news of McCarrick's laicization

The accusations surrounding former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick have been hanging over dioceses where he served since last year.

DiNardo: Action on McCarrick 'clear signal' church will not tolerate abuse

The Vatican's removal from the priesthood of Theodore McCarrick "is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Feb. 16.

Copy Desk Daily, Feb. 18, 2019

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What Catholics and Southern Baptists can learn from each other about sex abuse crisis

The existence of clergy sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention provides no satisfaction to us Catholics, but it does allow us to test our theories about the causes of abuse.  

New stars of the left need to learn to persuade

Distinctly Catholic: All of the promise, and many of the problems, that the feisty freshmen Democratic members of Congress represent are on full display in the Green New Deal and its roll out. 

Editorial: Is John Paul II the model for abortion debate?

We say: While politics has resulted in a packed Supreme Court that might well overturn Roe v. Wade in the not-too-distant future, the needle hasn't moved much in terms of the general culture.

Excerpt: 'In the Closet of the Vatican'

Excerpt: 'The problem is that if you tell the truth about the "closet" and the special friendships in the Vatican, people won't believe you. They'll say it's made up. Because here reality goes beyond fiction.'