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History of action to prevent child abuse is strong

By Ann Rodgers General Manager

Thirty years ago, after Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh visited a family whose sons had been sexually abused by three Catholic priests, he resolved to do everything possible to keep such abuse from More

Christian concepts are seen in 'Operation Finale'

NEW YORK — World War II movies are their own genre but not many film stories are told from the Jewish perspective. "Operation Finale" (MGM) corrects that lack, giving us a story, begun during t

An explanation of issues in grand jury report

The grand jury report on the Diocese of Pittsburgh contains many appalling, true accounts of sexual abuse that children and adolescents suffered at the hands of priests. But it does not reflect the d

Be open to change

This is the latest in a series of columns about On Mission for The Church Alive! We know that the Third Commandment prohibits work on Sundays. I remember a time when no store was open on Sunday, the

Citizenship question on census prompts criticism

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Commerce Department decision that a question about citizenship status be included on the 2020 census has its fair share of critics and has prompted lawsuits. The critics say

A balm of calm in chaos

While I was spending family time on a gorgeous remote island in North Carolina, removed from the fast-paced life and enjoying rest and relaxation, the Pennsylvania grand jury report was released. I f

The battles being waged

The spouse and I were in a neighborhood restaurant outside Detroit. It was a Saturday morning and two women of indeterminate age were bantering back and forth in the booth directly in back of me. I d

Discipleship should be high priority

QUESTION: What is the meaning of the part of St. Luke’s Gospel where Jesus talks about hatred for father and mother? Surely this passage has a meaning deeper than the actual words.   ANSWE

Weekly Calendar

TUESDAY, AUG. 21 Divine Mercy holy hour, 7 p.m., St. Paul Parish, 128 N. McKean St., Butler. Includes prayers for family healing, Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22 Presentation

Around the diocese

CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled “Theological Foundations

Around the DIocese

GIANT FLEA MARKET The calendar section in the Aug. 10 issue of the Pittsburgh Catholic did not list St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road in Glenshaw, as the location for a giant flea m

Eucharistic Adoration

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Weekly Eucharistic adoration schedule to celebrate and pray before Christ for the implementation of On Mission for The Church Alive! Monday, Aug. 27, 9:30 a.m.-noon, St. Thomas,

District attorneys commend diocese

The current and past Allegheny County district attorneys recently stated publicly that Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl have been careful and thorough in their efforts to stop the sexual

Pope: Do good to fight apathy

VATICAN CITY — Being a Christian isn’t just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said. Many times, Christians can b

A priest's perspective

QUESTION: I am not sure how to ask any of the priests I know, but I wonder what priests feel when so much appears in the newspapers about clergy sexual abuse? ANSWER: Of course, I do not know what al

My heart is heavy

As I write this, my heart is heavy. No one who has read the grand jury report can be unaffected. It is a record of the violation that children suffered at the hands of men who were ordained to protec

Grace overcomes our weakness

The grand jury’s report may have come out by the time this appears. If it hasn’t, it will be hanging over our heads. Whatever it reports, the news won’t be good. In his letter to th

Bishop David Zubik's letter to the faithful

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: The Church is the Body of Christ. We are called to be His face, His hands, His heart. Today, we are all wounded in some way by the heartbreaking accounts in the g

HHS urged to reissue rules on abortion coverage

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must issue new regulations to enforce a requirement that consumers be notified if a subsidized health plan offered under the

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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers will present a two-hour “Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience” at St.

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The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Pittsburgh will kick off a busy 2018-19 year of events with a retreat and dinner to celebrate the...

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During the month of September, St. Joseph Parish in O’Hara Township will offer evenings of prayer Fridays for reparations, forgiveness...

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The Gailliot Center for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood is sponsoring a study of Catholic theology titled...


Laity are the body of Christ

In a favorite text from Scripture, St. Paul tells the Corinthians in no uncertain terms: “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Do we...

A culture of hospitality and welcome

Hospitality can’t be left up to just a few greeters at the door. It needs to be a way of life in the culture of the parish, which means that everyone has a role, whether we belong to a...

Take courage and be not afraid

Growing up, many of my family’s summer vacations took place at the ocean. Whenever we could afford it we would head for Cape Cod, New Hampshire or Maine. As we kids splashed around in the...

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