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His parish was the poor: The Rev. Tom Lumpkin spent 40 years ministering to Detroit’s homeless

By Renée Roden — August 4, 2021
(RNS) – ‘Living with people who have lots of problems helped me see my own dark side,’ said the Rev. Tom Lumpkin, who spent 40 years serving Detroit’s homeless.
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New survey shows most Catholics have no idea who Cardinal McCarrick is. That’s a problem.

By Kerry Weber — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — That the highest-profile case of abuse in recent memory is unfamiliar to over half of the Catholics surveyed reveals a major communication problem within the church, particularly around the abuse crisis.

Bishop: Albany diocese covered up priest abuse for decades

By Associated Press — August 2, 2021
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 lawsuits have been filed against the Albany diocese under a state law that allows people until Aug. 14 to sue over sexual abuse they say they endured as children, sometimes decades ago.

During Disability Pride, Religious institutions still behind on accessibility

By Kathryn Post — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — The Americans with Disabilities Act was a watershed moment for civil rights law, yet religious entities remain exempt from ADA requirements.

Who is behind The Pillar, the newsletter rocking the Catholic Church?

By Jack Jenkins — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Why is a Catholic Substack causing so much controversy?

State finds LA public school district kept millions of federal funds from Catholic schools

By Alejandra Molina — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — Los Angeles Unified School District ‘has failed to provide equitable services to (archdiocesan) schools,’ state officials said in the report.

Pope Francis’ September visit to Slovakia is met with excitement despite COVID-19 concerns

By Claire Giangravé — July 29, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Only vaccinated people will be able to attend events during Pope Francis’ visit to the European country, which has among the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

By Associated Press, Alanna Durkin Richer — July 29, 2021
BOSTON (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s.

Running on ‘Stop the Steal,’ the GOP goes all in on presidential sedevacantism

By Mark Silk — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — It's our version of the traditionalist Catholic delegitimizing of the pope.

Vatican real estate deal trial gets underway with defense on the attack

By Claire Giangravé — July 27, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — On the opening day of the trial of 10 defendants accused of a wide range of financial crimes in regard to a London real estate deal, the defense attempted to portray the prosecution as antiquated and authoritarian.

Karadima, priest defrocked for sexual abuses, dies in Chile

By Associated Press — July 27, 2021
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Fernando Karadima, a Chilean priest who was at the center of a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, has died at 90.

Historic Vatican trial may change Catholic Church’s finances forever

By Claire Giangravé — July 26, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A historic trial of 10 companies and individuals, including a cardinal, on charges including corruption and fraud may reconfigure everything about how the Vatican runs its finances.

Mary, mother of Jesus, returns as an icon for pop stars and social justice warriors

By Whitney Bauck — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — She’s showing up on everything from guitar gear to luxury coats — and people of all backgrounds are flocking to her.
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