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The attorney general of Virginia, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, issued an advisory opinion on April 8 that while “personal protection constitutes a good and sufficient reason” under commonwealth law to carry a concealed weapon into church, it was still acceptable for places of worship to restrict or ban handguns from their premises. • Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest, refused in a letter on April 11 to recant his belief that women should be ordained to the priesthood and now faces dismissal from the order and laicization. • James Martin, S.J., author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and America’s culture editor, will be honored with a Christopher Award at the 62nd annual ceremony in New York on May 19. • On April 12 the Vatican ordered the former bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, 74, who admitted to sexually abusing his nephew, to leave Belgium and undergo “spiritual and psychological treatment” as a final decision on his status was prepared. • On April 6 Virginia became the seventh state to bar abortion coverage from being offered by private insurance companies joining its proposed state-run health insurance exchange, which is mandated by last year’s health care reform legislation.

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This is not a country at ease with itself, if it ever were. The United Kingdom continues to display more and more intolerance and anger.
David StewartFebruary 24, 2017

On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage and our good fortune to be Americans.

George J. MitchellFebruary 24, 2017
“The Catholic Church stands in love with the Jewish community in the current face of anti-Semitism.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 24, 2017
Addressing 90 experts from many countries, Francis said that “all people have a right to safe drinking water.”
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 24, 2017