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Commenting on the controversy regarding Pope Pius XII’s actions during World War II, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan said at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York on April 12: “Whatever the archives hold, the Catholic Church does not fear the truth about the often heroic and sometimes disgraceful conduct of her leaders and members during the Second World War.” • President Benigno Aquino [pictured right] of the Philippines said on April 17 that he would risk excommunication to support a law that would allow artificial contraception in the Philippines. • Sante Fe’s Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, in a pastoral letter dated April 3, admonished unmarried Catholic couples who were living together or joined in a civil union and divorced Catholics who remarry without an annulment not to receive Communion. • France’s bishops pledged on April 13 to support church leaders in Egypt and Libya, noting their “aspiration for dignity, respect, justice and democracy.” • On April 12 Bishop Richard Moth of Britain’s military diocese expressed appreciation for the release of a document on human sexuality for Britain’s Boy Scouts, even though it provides guidance on condom use.

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Edward Lally (center) is joined by his schola, Sarah Coffman, Katherine Keberlein, Ngaire Bull and Sarah Beatty, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chicago on April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beatty.
With chant “you’re expressing something in pure melody."
Judith ValenteApril 25, 2017
Vivian Tuttle holds a photo of her daughter Yvonne, who was murdered during a 2002 bank robbery in Norfolk, Neb., as she testifies in favor of the death penalty at a public hearing in Omaha, Neb. in October 2016 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file).
The fight against the death penalty lays bare the strengths and weaknesses of the Catholic approach to pro-life issues.
Joseph P. HooverApril 25, 2017
Bill Nye's gags are every bit as goofy as they were in the ’90s. But his new show on Netflix is weighed down by a condescending attitude.
Eric Sundrup, S.J.April 25, 2017
A rally hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for a Nebraska Democrat prompted a flurry of questions about the party's pro-choice orthodoxy.
Michael O'LoughlinApril 24, 2017