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By LIZ F. KAY and LIZ F. KAY,Sun reporter | November 15, 2007
Roman Catholic bishops gathered in Baltimore approved a voters guide yesterday for the coming elections - repeating their long-standing opposition to abortion but this year adding torture and genocide to the matters that should be considered. "It offers a basic moral framework on what it means to be a Catholic and American, a believer and a voter in this coming election year," said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y. The document does not endorse specific candidates but does outline the church's position on abortion and other issues that are deemed threats to the sanctity of human life - described as intrinsic evils.
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July 13, 2007
Keeler's life and times March 4, 1931: Keeler is born in San Antonio. 1952: He graduates with a bachelor's degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Pa. July 17, 1955: Then-Archbishop Luigi Traglia ordains him a priest at the Church of the Holy Apostles, Rome. 1956: Keeler graduates from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome with his licentiate in sacred theology. 1961: Keeler earns his doctorate in canon law at the Gregorian University. 1962-1965: He serves as special adviser during the Second Vatican Council.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN REPORTER | November 13, 2006
America's Roman Catholic bishops came to Baltimore at least 10 times in the 19th century to discuss issues they shared and make decisions that affected their far-flung flock. The bishops' meeting did not return again until 1989 -- for the bicentennial of the diocese, the first established in the United States. This week, they have retraced their steps to the country's "premier see" for the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with issues on the agenda including ministry to gays and clarifying the church's stance on contraception.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun reporter | November 11, 2006
Eileen McCafferty DiFranco doesn't look like a radical. But once she dons her vestments, this wife, mother, grandmother and school nurse becomes a revolutionary in the battle to expand the role of women in the Catholic Church. There she was on a recent Sunday morning, standing before the altar in a suburban Philadelphia chapel, violating the strictures of the Roman Catholic Church by celebrating Mass, a role reserved for men.
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September 8, 2006
Court upholds cryptologist's life sentences in '93 deaths The Maryland Court of Special Appeals yesterday upheld the life-without-parole sentences for a former National Security Agency cryptologist whose two previous death sentences in the 1993 killing of his former fiancee and her friend had been overturned. The families of victims Betina "Kristi" Gentry, 18, and her friend, Cynthia V. Allen, 22, had asked Anne Arundel County prosecutors not to pursue death sentences against Darris Alaric Ware (now 35)
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By GEORGE WEIGEL | July 7, 2006
I first became aware of Baltimore's "Old Cathedral" in September 1957, when I began first grade at the Cathedral School, then at 7 W. Mulberry St. Months later, the entire school was marched across the street to pray the rosary inside what we now know as the Basilica of the Assumption; a fire had broken out at the Fallon & Helen furniture store a few doors away, and it was feared that it might take the school and its adjacent convent with it. Fortunately, that...
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By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | March 16, 2006
When the great dome of Benjamin Henry Latrobe's cathedral first rose over the Baltimore skyline two centuries ago, it loomed as a bold symbol of a new liberty. The British had suppressed Roman Catholicism in the American colonies, forcing the faithful to worship in secret. But now a church building that rivaled Latrobe's U.S. Capitol in size and sophistication, a cathedral on a hill for a Catholic diocese that encompassed the entire young nation, proclaimed a new era for religious freedom.
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By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | November 16, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Sensing growing public ambivalence over capital punishment, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops renewed calls yesterday to end use of the death penalty, calling its application error-prone, biased and irreversible, and saying that state-sanctioned killing diminishes all Americans. "This statement is a call to reject the tragic illusion that we can demonstrate respect for life by taking life," Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y., told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | November 15, 2005
WASHINGTON -- The families of two men who apparently were shot to death by a priest demanded yesterday to meet with Roman Catholic bishops about reforming a system that they say still is not protecting parishioners from troubled clergy. The parents, brothers and sisters of the slain men, Daniel O'Connell and James Ellison, say church officials should have taken note of the Rev. Ryan Erickson's handgun collection, his penchant for drinking alcohol with youths on overnight visits, and the history of allegations against him that involved sexual abuse and affairs with parishioners.
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By Janice D'Arcy and Janice D'Arcy,SUN STAFF | June 17, 2005
CHICAGO - A board set up by U.S. Catholic bishops to examine the church's sexual abuse crisis recommended a sweeping study yesterday to provide a better understanding of why priests abused minors. Dr. Paul McHugh, a professor and former director of the Johns Hopkins psychiatry department, told the gathering of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during a closed-door session that the research would take about three years and would include extensive interviews with victims and perpetrators.
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