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“Does she have cooties?” Phoenix Catholic school forfeits baseball championship game because opponent has female player. The school said it teaches boys respect by not placing girls in athletic competition, where “proper boundaries can only be respected with difficulty.” Our Lady of Sorrows is run by the U.S. branch of the Society of Saint Pius X.

Catholic bishops continue to delve into concerns about Girl Scouts

Do Most Catholic Theologians Support Same-Sex Marriage?

Milwaukee, Wis. -- Archdiocese clears priest in sex abuse; Vatican may take ups case

Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

Canadian Catholic film looks at ‘intolerance’ in Holy Land. A documentary by Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation.

Irish church tries to rebuild after sex abuse Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: "I believe that bringing the truth out actually helped. And I believe that should continue, not to bring it out in sort of a morbid way, but to ensure the people have the opportunity to see exactly what happened. It's only when you see what happened that you learn the lessons," he said.

Vijayawada, India -- Taking a new line, the Catholic Mission Congress has decided to make use of all the government welfare programmes to uplift the poor. The church will train priests, nuns and laity to collaborate with the government departments to take the welfare programmes to the doorsteps of the needy.

Fort Smith, Ark. -- Catholics join Fort Smith community in rally against child abuse. Immaculate Conception Parish introduces residents to safe environment program

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes, The Associated Press has learned.

WHEATON, Ill. -- A judge has ordered a Roman Catholic priest who stole more than $400,000 from his former church, in part to feed a gambling addiction, , to continue working a low-wage job. Priest wanted to quit $9 an hour factory job and return to full time ministry.

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