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My Father Repented of “Christian Spanking” Too Late

My father’s old-fashioned discipline was rooted in the advice and example of his community, his parents, and his church.

What You Don’t Know About Migrant Children May Kill Them

Our country has an obligation — moral and legal — to provide protection to these children, and to not deport them back to gangs and unspeakable violence.

Victim of NJ yeshiva teacher’s sex abuse speaks at sentencing, urges others to come forward

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A New Jersey boy whose family was shunned by their Orthodox Jewish community after he went … Continued

Richard Dawkins under fire for ‘mild pedophilia’ remarks

CANTERBURY, England — Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s best-known and outspoken atheists, has provoked outrage among child protection agencies … Continued

Whatever happened to the wrath of God?

Talk about the “wrath of God” kindles all sorts of images in the minds of contemporary Americans. Some immediately think … Continued

Evangelicals decry ‘silence’ on sexual abuse

More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse … Continued

Francis, a pope for all Catholics (especially Millennials)

Francis’ papacy is cause for Catholics, especially millennials, to bring back the word “papist.”

International Criminal Court dismisses abuse claims against the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — A campaign to hold former Pope Benedict XVI responsible for crimes against humanity floundered on Thursday (June … Continued

Godless funerals thrive in ‘post-Catholic’ Ireland

DUBLIN — Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a … Continued

As BC graduates, Catholicism is alive and well on campus

Cardinal Sean O’Malley celebrates Mass in Rome. Domenico Stinellis / AP Catholicism is alive and well at Boston College. For … Continued

Richard Dawkins goes to the Bible Belt

I had been trying to persuade bestselling author Richard Dawkins to give a talk in my hometown of Charleston, South … Continued

Hope after Russia’s adoption ban: Adopting justice

DMITRY LOVETSKY ASSOCIATED PRESS Children look on in the Republican Hospital for Infectious Diseases, which specializes in treating HIV-positive children … Continued

Orthodox rabbis laud conviction of Hasidic man on sexual abuse charges

The world’s largest group of Orthodox rabbis is lauding the process that led to the conviction of a Hasidic Jewish … Continued

New book tries to dispel the “Black Legend” of the papacy’s most scandalous dynasty

VATICAN CITY — Their lives steeped in intrigue, treason and lust, and set against a backdrop of luscious Italian landscapes … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI faces uphill challenge in trying to resurrect Latin

VATICAN CITY — Reviving a long-dead language might sound like a tall order for a church that’s already weakened by … Continued

Chastened Catholic bishops told they have to reform themselves

BALTIMORE — After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchy’s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday (Nov. … Continued

Convicted bishop is Catholic hierarchy’s elephant in the room

As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops gathers for its annual fall meeting in Baltimore next week (Nov. 12-15), one … Continued

A new phase of child protection: What to do with laity and clergy who abuse?

The steps taken in the last 30 years to prevent the devastating trauma of child sexual abuse are making a … Continued

From Roman perch, American Cardinal Raymond Burke sparks controversy, exerts influence

VATICAN CITY — When some American Catholics worry that the hierarchy is tilting toward the Republican Party, or taking the … Continued

St. Louis Catholics react to native son Bishop Finn’s conviction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He didn’t mention Bishop Robert Finn, shepherd of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. On Thursday, … Continued