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    Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

    CNA Staff, Sep 6, 2020 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report on child sex abuse in the country’s institutions. In response to a recommendation regarding the seal of confession and absolution, the Holy See reiterated the inviolability of the seal and that absolution cannot be conditioned on future actions in the external forum. “The Holy See affirms once more its resolute determination to confront and eradicate the abuse of minors and vulnerable persons, wherever it may occur in the Church,” read the Holy See’s observations, which were enclosed in a letter of…

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    Only 18 babies with Down syndrome born in Denmark in 2019

    CNA Staff, Sep 6, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Only 18 children with Down syndrome were born in Denmark in 2019, the lowest number on record in the Scandinavian country, according to a new report from the Danish Central Cytogenetic Registry (DCCR). The DCCR, whose statistics date back to 1970, is a national registry of people who have undergone prenatal or postnatal chromosomal tests, molecular genetic tests, or biochemical tests. The 18 babies born with Down syndrome in Denmark last year represent 0.029% of total births. The CDC estimates that about 1 in 700  (0.14%) children in the U.S. is born with Down syndrome, or about 6,000 babies annually. In…

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    Pope Francis pleads with Catholics not to gossip

    Vatican City, Sep 6, 2020 / 05:45 am (CNA).- Pope Francis implored Catholics Sunday not to gossip about one another’s faults, but instead to follow Jesus’ directive on fraternal correction in the Gospel of Matthew. “When we see a mistake, a defect, a slip of a brother or sister, usually the first thing we do is go and tell others about it, to gossip. And gossip closes the heart of the community, disrupts the unity of the Church,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sept. 6. “The great talker is the devil, who always goes about saying the bad things of others, because he is the liar who tries…

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    His own father murdered, Catholic archbishop speaks against death penalty

    CNA Staff, Sep 6, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).-   In 1948, Fred Naumann was the assistant manager of a St. Louis liquor store. One night, a week before Christmas, Naumann told an employee to help unload a delivery truck. When the employee refused, Naumann fired him. They argued, and then the man turned around with a pocketknife, and slashed Naumann’s throat. He died before he reached the hospital. Fred Naumann was 31 when he was murdered. He had been a minor league baseball player, a catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system. He served in the Pacific during World War II. When he died, he had a young son,…

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    In New York, Catholic school teachers file labor complaint over COVID reopening plans

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 5, 2020 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- Teachers from schools in the Archdiocese of New York have filed a labor complaint, saying they were not properly involved in negotiations regarding reopening, and were not kept informed about procedures. The complaints were filed with the New York Public Employment Relations Board. “These teachers need to feel safe,” said Joanne Parotta, the head of the Federation of Catholic Teachers Local 153, the union for the archdiocese’s teachers. “And right now, they really don’t. We don’t feel safe. It’s too quick.” Parotta was quoted in the New York Daily News on September 3 saying that 23 of 109 schools in…

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    Trump campaign calls letter a ‘recommitment’ to the pro-life movement

    Washington D.C., Sep 5, 2020 / 06:01 am (CNA).- President Donald Trump released a letter Thursday touting pro-life accomplishments in his first term and commitments for a second term—but some of these commitments linger from 2016. In the letter, released through the Pro-Life Voices for Trump coalition, Trump said he has “proudly governed as the most pro-life president in our nation’s history,” pointing to the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as well as over 200 lower court judges, and actions including policies to prevent the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions overseas and stripping Planned Parenthood of Title X funds, and becoming the first sitting…

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    Pope Francis to sign a new encyclical on human fraternity on Oct. 3

    Vatican City, Sep 5, 2020 / 05:20 am (CNA).- The Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis will sign the third encyclical of his pontificate in Assisi on Oct. 3. The encyclical is entitled Fratelli tutti, which means “All Brothers” in Italian, and will focus on the theme of human fraternity and social friendship, according to the Holy See Press Office. Pope Francis will offer a Mass at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi privately at 3 p.m. before signing the encyclical on the day before St. Francis’ feast day. Human fraternity has been an important theme for Pope Francis in recent years. In Abu Dhabi the pope signed “A…

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    ‘Somebody has to make a big move’: Catholic priest who walked Belfast gauntlet on reconciliation

    CNA Staff, Sep 5, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).-   On Sept. 3, 2001, Fr. Aidan Troy set off with a group of children in the Ardoyne district of north Belfast walking to their Catholic school. To reach it, they had to pass through a Protestant area. Troy, a Passionist priest from Dublin, had recently arrived in Northern Ireland from Rome. He was about to undergo a baptism of fire. “We set off on Sept. 3 and they asked me to walk with them. And it was horrendous,” he recalled. Protesters attempted to block the road leading to the school, forcing girls as young as four to run a terrifying…

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    ‘Catholics for Biden’ claims Democratic candidate shares pope’s priorities

    Washington D.C., Sep 4, 2020 / 06:35 pm (CNA).- The Catholic voter outreach of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has launched its 2020 efforts, telling Catholics that Biden’s priorities align with those of Pope Francis, despite the nominee’s support for federal funding of abortions. On Thursday night, “Catholics for Biden” held its official online launch. Speakers at the event included Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sister Simone Campbell, and the former head of the politics department at The Catholic University of America, Dr. Stephen Schneck, who said in 2012 that concerns of the U.S. bishops about the HHS birth control mandate were “overblown.” Durbin, a U.S. Senator since 1997, was in 2004…

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    SF archbishop: City’s worship restrictions show ‘callous unconcern’ for spiritual needs

    Denver Newsroom, Sep 4, 2020 / 06:00 pm (CNA).-   Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said Friday that the city’s current restrictions on public worship— which prohibit indoor services of any kind, as opposed to other entities such as retail which have been allowed to reopen indoor operations— show “callous unconcern” for people’s spiritual needs. “Let alone the fact that the city is judging religious services as less important, and treating them more harshly than other activities— the city has no authority at all over the Church’s right to worship,” Archbishop Cordileone told CNA Sept. 4. “It is not the job of the state to decide what religious services…