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Seeking to strengthen relations between American and Vietnamese Catholics, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., led a small U.S. delegation on a tour of Vietnam that included a stop at a Marian shrine. • A Moscow court sentenced a man to 14 years in prison for the 2008 murder of Victor Betancourt, S.J., but failed to convict him of the murder of a second Jesuit at the scene. • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. Catholics surveyed said they have no opinion on the increased availability of the Tridentine Mass since Pope Benedict XVI made it easier for parishes to offer the traditional liturgy two years ago. • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a Web page (www.usccb.org/romanmissal) to educate Catholics about the forthcoming English translation of the new Roman Missal. • The Maryknoll Order has confirmed that Roy Bourgeois, M.M., was excommunicated in November 2008 for not recanting his public statements supporting the ordination of women. • The Missionaries of Charity have launched a year of programs celebrating the centennial in 2010 of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa, the order’s founder.

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Trolls are preying on weakness as much as—or more than—hunting for supposed transgressions against orthodoxy.
The EditorsSeptember 18, 2017
Photos: iStock, composite: America Media
The attacks on ‘Building a Bridge’ tap into long-standing bigotry within the church and U.S. culture against members of the L.G.B.T. community.
Robert W. McElroySeptember 18, 2017
The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va. (iStock/jcarillet)
Probably most Americans can agree that Confederate monuments should never have been erected, but dismantling them is a different story for many citizens.
Margot PattersonSeptember 18, 2017
A cyclist passes the row of tents and tarps along the Santa Ana riverbed near Angel Stadium on Sept. 14 in Anaheim, Calif. Amid an uproar from residents, the city of Anaheim declared an emergency in an attempt to cope with a ballooning homeless encampment along a popular riverbed trail and speed the addition of shelter beds. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
It is not only Anaheim, but Southern California as a whole that finds itself in the midst of a homelessness emergency.
Jim McDermottSeptember 18, 2017