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PARIS -- France's Catholic bishops opposed legislation to allow medically assisted procreation for single mothers and lesbian couples and urged citizens to help block its enactment.

Study on sexual harassment in U.S. seminaries released by Notre Dame

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LAS VEGAS -- The University of Notre Dame Sept. 21 released a groundbreaking report that looked at sexual harassment in U.S. Catholic seminaries, revealing that just 6% of seminarians reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment or misconduct, while 90% reported none.

Indiana launches investigation after discovery of aborted fetal remains

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The story of 2,246 aborted fetal remains found at the Illinois home of late abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer continues to unfold, with the new focal point being on neighboring Indiana, where Klopfer had once operated three abortion clinics.

Theologian withdraws from German 'synod': Cites 'fixation' on ordination of women

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VATICAN CITY (CNA) -- A member of the International Theological Commission has announced that she is no longer available to participate in the “binding synodal path” undertaken by the bishops’ conference of Germany.

Chaplain sending out the right signals

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INDIANAPOLIS -- As the Catholic chaplain for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, Fr. Douglas Hunter has access to the training facility, the team meetings and the sidelines during games. He’s even there in the locker room when head coach Frank Reich talks to the players, including the times the Colts’ leader has shared this constant message: “Get one per cent better every day.”

Jesuits call for action on Nicaragua

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SANTIAGO, Chile -- The Society of Jesus has urged Latin American countries -- working "through international diplomacy" -- to "take all the necessary measures to rescue democracy in Nicaragua and hold the current regime responsible for the crimes it has committed."

Eritrean bishops protest government seizure of Catholic schools

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NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) -- Eritrean bishops protested the government's seizure of Catholic schools and asked that the church be enabled to continue its educational and health services.

Latin Mass celebrated for famed Memphis Catholic who founded order

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On the night of a full moon Sept. 13, a high Mass in Latin was celebrated in remembrance of prominent Memphis historical figure Mother Mary Agnes Magevney (1841-1891) at St. Peter Church, sponsored by the Magevney Society.

Victim disappointed by reforms

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BALTIMORE -- Clergy sexual abuse victim Marie Collins, who resigned from a Vatican commission on sex abuse two years ago, kicked off a five-city U.S. speaking tour by declaring disappointment with the Vatican summit last February on child protection and efforts toward accountability and transparency.

Remains of over 2,220 fetuses discovered at abortionist's home

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Sept. 13 disclosure that the preserved remains of over 2,200 aborted babies had been found at the rural Illinois home of the recently deceased Indiana abortionist Ulrich "George" Klopfer has sparked outrage and demands for immediate investigations by authorities.

Cost of abuse in U.S. nears $4 billion

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The Catholic Church in the United States has spent a staggering sum of close to $4 billion in the past 20 years to compensate victims and to investigate, adjudicate and prevent clergy sex abuse.