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  • Irish bishops tell priests who father children to “face up” to responsibilities

    Irish bishops tell priests who father children to “face up” to responsibilities

    The bishops of Ireland say that in the case of a child fathered by a Catholic priest, the priest should not walk away from his responsibilities – legal, moral and financial. The guidelines written by the Irish Bishops’ Conference were written as the Vatican faces a deadline to respond to UN recommendations to “assess the number of children fathered by Catholic priests, find out who they are and take all necessary measures to ensure that the rights of those children to know and to be cared for by their fathers is respected.”

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  • Bishop in violence-torn Congo appeals to youth: ‘Keep your priests alive’

    Bishop in violence-torn Congo appeals to youth: ‘Keep your priests alive’

    In a dramatic appeal on August 5, Bishop Melchisédech Sikuli Paluku of Butembo in eastern Congo called on Catholic youth to protect the lives and physical safety of their priests, two of whom were kidnapped at gunpoint in July. It’s a largely lawless region where power belongs to whichever faction is heavily armed enough to grab it, and Catholic personnel are often at special risk.

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  • Vatican article says ‘main obstacle’ for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

    Vatican article says ‘main obstacle’ for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

    Shortly after one Vatican article stirred debate by asserting there’s an “ecumenism of hate” in the U.S. between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics, another over the weekend asserted that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision for the Church is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.”

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