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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic parents have a “right and duty” to report the sexual abuse of minors, in spite of any “ill-informed and misplaced considerations of loyalty” to their church, the Vatican’s chief sex abuse investigator said. Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna made his remarks on Thursday (Nov. 3) in Rome, at an international conference on […] Read More

Never an Orphan

A sermon delivered by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx., on October 30, 2011. John 14:16-18 Don’t leave us!  How many times is that phrase uttered every day?  As parents leave the house, with their children at the door, jumping up and down, crying:  “Don’t leave us!  Don’t leave us!  Where are you […] Read More

(RNS) The Miami priest once known as “Father Oprah,” who joined the Episcopal Church after his breaking his Catholic vow of celibacy, announced the birth of his first child on Thursday (Dec. 2). “With thanksgiving to God, the giver of all life, my wife and I announce the birth of our beautiful baby daughter Camila […] Read More

When I hold my daughter, I sometimes find myself quickly thinking about what she’ll be like when she’s 8. Or 25. Or 74. I don’t want her to grow up overnight, but I’m a curious guy, easily wondering what kind of job she’ll have, music she’ll like or idiosyncrasies she’ll hate. This is the beauty […] Read More