The latest on discussions between LCWR and the Vatican:
- Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, the LCWR overseer, said the April 30 meeting with Cardinal Gerhard Müller was "frank and open" and "a very helpful meeting.
- Cardinal Walter Kasper says a fresh Vatican criticism of American nuns was typical of the "narrower" view that officials of the Roman Curia tend to take.
- Here's a piece from about a month ago by Ann Carey, no friend of the LCWR. Titled "Reforming the LCWR: Where Does It Stand?", Carey finds there are no signs of any reforms taking place
Vatican City -- Vatican defends record on sexual abuse to UN panel
Another take on the above story: Vatican reveals punishment for pedophiles
Before the U.N. committee, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi accused the Irish government of “mishandling” money paid to abuse victims
Australia: Christian Brothers' records show order knew of abusers as long ago as 1919 and the extent of the harm inflicted was first recognized by the order's leaders in 1954.
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An expert, bipartisan panel calls for massive overhaul of the capital punishment system. "Without substantial revisions -- not only to lethal injection, but across the board -- the administration of capital punishment in America is unjust, disproportionate and very likely unconstitutional."
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