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The immediate reaction to the mid-February news that Australian Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys was that, in addition to any sentence the courts pronounce, the Vatican should move quickly to expel him from the priesthood.

Editorial: The work begins

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The remarkable summit on sex abuse has ended but its work is far from done.

Editorial: A sound decision

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As the saying goes, no news is good news.

Editorial: Francis takes the lead

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The much-anticipated Vatican summit on clerical sexual abuse of minors is still days away but perhaps the strongest declaration to be expected from this unprecedented gathering of bishops has already been made.

Editorial: A place for mercy

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Of the thousands of words spoken last month inside a Saskatchewan courtroom, none were more profound than this simple declaration: I forgive you.

Editorial: A model for the world

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Young people are not the future of the Church — they are the present.

Editorial: Hire long overdue

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Canada’s bishops have listened for years as frustrated Church leaders in the developing world decry Canadian companies for acting as if the worker codes and human rights mandated by Canadian law become optional when operating abroad.

Editorial: One lucky refugee

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There’s nothing like a feel-good story to kick off a new year, and stories seldom get more uplifting than a dramatic rescue involving a teenage girl who feared for her life.

Editorial: A balancing act

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After an extraordinary year of bickering and division in the U.S. Church, some 200 American bishops have listened to Pope Francis and taken a timeout. They gathered in early January for a six-day retreat near Chicago where they were encouraged to be silent and to pray.

Editorial: A prayer for justice

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One way to view world history could be through a lens of justice. In courts, on battlefields, in parliaments and in many other settings where humans interact, justice has been a constant pursuit — but remains elusive in so many ways.

Editorial: Christmas is eternal

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No memories are so sweet as those which cluster round the Infant Saviour’s festive season.