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PARIS - For years, Anne-Marie Mariani and the group she founded, Enfants du Silence, have asked the church to recognize children of priests, many of whom felt illegitimate and were often rejected.
Millions of Catholics live their faith through their association with lay movements and Catholic groups, but some also have lost their faith when they were sexually abused in those groups and felt they had nowhere to turn.
Priestly Diary: The priesthood is beset with scandals and needs radical reform — and I plan to write about that. Still, gratitude should be the starting point for my reflection.
The president of the Australian bishops' conference told his fellow bishops that it is "a time of humiliation" for Catholic Church leaders, but he is convinced that God is still at work.