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Oct

The six Catholic dioceses of Illinois issued the following statements regarding a lawsuit filed today by attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman on behalf of sexual abuse victim-survivors from some Illinois dioceses. The Catholic Conference of Illinois was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. We have no comment and refer questions to the…

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Oct

Oct. 15, 2018 show Manya Brachear, religion reporter for the Chicago Tribune, joins Bob to talk about her career covering the Catholic Church in Chicago as she moves to the East Coast. Next, Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, talks about the new Carafem abortion clinic that has opened in…

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Aug

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced in a press release that she would contact all of the Catholic dioceses in the state as a follow-up to the release this week of the Pennsylvania grand jury report outlining sexual abuse allegations against more than 300 priests in that state over 70 years and affecting more…

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Aug

Less than a week after a Pennsylvania grand jury issued a report outlining a litany of sex abuse allegations against priests during the past 70 years, Pope Francis today released a letter in response, writing, “we showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” In the letter that is translated into multiple languages

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Aug

Several of Illinois’ Catholic bishops recently released statements regarding sex abuse allegations made public earlier this week in a Pennsylvania grand jury report, following on the heels of news of credible claims made against retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C. The Pennsylvania grand jury report details allegations going back 70 years involving more than…

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Aug

Pope Francis today nixed the death penalty in all cases by ordering a revision in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that states the final punishment is “inadmissible.” The change in paragraph 2267 also updates the language to describe the death penalty as an “attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” Pope Francis…

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Jun

What a difference a year makes – especially when it’s an election year. Illinois lawmakers this week approved a $38.5 billion budget for the new fiscal year set to begin July 1 —  before the May 31 midnight deadline, by a relatively wide margin, and with none of the acrimony that marked last year’s contentious…

 

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CCI coordinates a statewide effort of prison and jail ministry offered through the dioceses. Lay Catholics receive training to offer hope to inmates through the salvation of the Gospel.