Health & Spirit

Light Notes: She said hello on Facebook. It opened the door on a life long forgotten

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My past has caught up with me. It happened a few years back when a new friend moved into my digital neighborhood.

She knew me in my other life -- before my career in television and newspaper life. And did this young woman have a long memory.

"Hello, Mrs. Luginbill," said the Facebook query, one that immediately caught my eye since I'm Lucy to ...Read more

'The Vatican had knowledge of the cover-up,' Pennsylvania attorney general says

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Vatican officials knew of efforts to cover up sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Tuesday morning during appearances on two national news shows.

"We have evidence that the Vatican had knowledge of the cover-up," Shapiro said during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show. He said later in ...Read more

Who is Carlo Maria Vigano, the man accusing Pope Francis of covering up sex abuse?

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The Roman Catholic Church went into crisis mode this week after a Vatican official published an 11-page letter alleging that Pope Francis and U.S. Catholic leaders covered up sexual abuse by an American cardinal.

In the unusually detailed and direct letter, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., made ...Read more

Pope Francis does not view homosexuality as a disease, Vatican says

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ROME -- The Vatican has clarified comments Pope Francis made about homosexuality after criticism from some advocacy groups.

The head of the Catholic Church does not see same-sex love as a "psychiatric disease," the Vatican's press department said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the flight back to Italy from a visit to Ireland, Francis had said that ...Read more

Pope: Parents of gay children should pray, seek psychiatric help

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ROME -- Pope Francis urged the parents of homosexual children to pray and possibly also seek psychiatric help as he traveled back to Italy on Monday following a visit to Ireland.

"At what age does the trouble show itself? That's important. It's one thing if it comes up in a child, when there are so many things you can do, with psychiatry or ......Read more

A trying time for the faithful as Catholic Church faces new abuse scandals

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LOS ANGELES -- Olivia Vela sat in the courtyard of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday as she waited for the 10 a.m. Mass to begin. After a decadeslong absence, she said she returned to the church a year and a half ago after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Vela said she is now in recovery and started attending services ...Read more

Former Vatican envoy accuses Pope Francis of hiding sexual abuse allegations involving disgraced US cardinal

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WASHINGTON -- In a remarkable and scathing recrimination, the Vatican's former ambassador to Washington accused Pope Francis and his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday of knowingly hiding sexual abuse allegations involving a now-disgraced American cardinal, further convulsing a church in crisis.

The former envoy's 11-page broadside rocked ...Read more

Pope, in Irish Mass, asks for forgiveness for sexual abuse by clergy

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DUBLIN ––Pope Francis, in a Mass before tens of thousands of worshippers in Dublin Sunday, renewed his plea for forgiveness for sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.

"We ask forgiveness for the times that, as a church, we did not show the survivors the compassion, justice, and truth through concrete actions," Francis said as he ended the ...Read more

In Ireland, pope says he shared 'pain and shame' of sexual abuse

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DUBLIN -- Pope Francis said Saturday that he shared the "pain and shame" of the Catholic Church over its failure to adequately address the sexual abuse of young people by clerics.

The pope said in a speech at Dublin Castle that "bishops, religious superiors, priests and others to adequately address these repellent crimes has rightly given rise...Read more

Light Notes: School principal learns noteworthy faith lesson

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He was strong, independent -- a man who prided himself on handling life with a sense of control and ease. But on a wintry February day, the school principal found his world turned upside-down.

"I was sort of in denial because I didn't feel anything," Chuck Watson of Kennewick, Wash., said, recalling the yearly exam that had resulted in off-the-...Read more

Pope condemns as 'atrocities' priest sex abuse and efforts to cover it up

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PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis on Monday condemned the decades of child sex abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania and efforts to cover it up as "atrocities," and vowed to better respond to such crimes in the future.

But he offered no indication -- in a nearly 2,000-word letter translated into seven languages and released by the ...Read more

Pope admits Catholic Church has 'long ignored' problem of child abuse

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Monday asked forgiveness for child abuse crimes and cover-ups within the Catholic Church, admitting that the pain of victims "was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced."

The strongly worded statement came ahead of an Aug. 25-26 papal pilgrimage to Ireland, one of the countries rocked by clergy sex abuse scandals, ...Read more

Vatican calls clergy sex abuse outlined in Pa. report 'criminal and morally reprehensible'

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Vatican on Thursday called the conduct of priests and their supervisors that was detailed this week in a blistering grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania "criminal and morally reprehensible."

"Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith," a papal spokesman said in...Read more

A Pennsylvania grand jury details decades of efforts by the Catholic Church to cover up child sex abuse by priests

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The 1,356-page report from Pennsylvania begins with a plea: "We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this." The Roman Catholic Church's darkest secrets start tumbling out not long afterward.

In the Diocese of Allentown, one priest was confronted by his superiors and said: "Please help me. I sexually molested a boy."

The diocese ...Read more

Victim of priest abuse: 'It's your word against God's'

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PHILADELPHIA -- One man held his cell phone toward the audience, panning to capture the long-awaited moment

A mother held a photo of her son, his wide smile belying a pain she said drove him to substance abuse and death at age 31.

Five sisters -- each a victim of abuse by the same Roman Catholic priest -- held one another.

"These women no ...Read more

Priests ran child porn ring in Pittsburgh diocese: state AG's grand jury report

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PHILADELPHIA -- George said he never discussed the nude Polaroids, or the twisted, secret gift he and the other kids had been given decades ago by the men who preyed on them. These weren't the kinds of things you could share without feeling humiliated, especially not if you grew up tough, like he did on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

But you can...Read more

Pa. Catholic Church sex abuse report names hundreds of priests, accuses leaders of cover-up

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Top Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania routinely covered up child sex abuse by hundreds of priests over decades, according to a long-awaited grand jury report released Tuesday.

The nearly 900-page document -- the product of what may be the most comprehensive examination to date of clergy sex abuse across a single state --...Read more

Australian ex-archbishop avoids jail for concealing child sex abuse

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CANBERRA, Australia -- Former Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic official in the world to be convicted of concealing child sexual abuse, has avoided jail after a judge on Tuesday allowed him to serve his 12-month custodial sentence in home detention.

Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone ordered Wilson to be detained at ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Can you help protect your church pastor from a haymaker?

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The punch didn't knock me out, but the sun, moon, and stars all came out at once.

After I had gathered all my chickens back, I was trying through the mental haze and unexpected shock to discover the source of the blow -- while bracing myself for another onslaught. As my vision cleared, I looked to my right and locked sight on a rather short and...Read more

Light Notes: Found 'pennies from heaven' bring more than memories

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It didn't add up. And yet, there stood the jar of pennies on the bedroom dresser.

"When I was a little girl, Grammy would always say, 'You need to pick up those pennies from heaven,' " Stacy Hall said, reminiscing as tears spilled at the memory. "Because then we would think about that person."

But in June of 2012 it was Stacy's grandmother who...Read more