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On Oct. 30 Miami’s Archbishop John C. Favalora barred the Legionaries of Christ from exercising any ministry in the archdiocese • Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit descended 1,200 feet into the salt of the earth to bless a newly made statue and shrine to St. Barbara, the patroness of miners, at the site of Michigan’s lone rock-salt mine. • Representative Patrick Kennedy, Democrat of Rhode Island, has accepted an invitation from Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence to engage in a discussion about the issue of health care reform. • A new Vatican exhibit marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci, an Italian Jesuit who spent 28 years in missionary work in China, opened Oct. 30. • Welcoming Iran’s new ambassador to the Vatican on Oct. 29, Pope Benedict XVI praised the “deep religious sensibility” of the Iranian people and called on Iran to strengthen guarantees of religious freedom for the country’s tiny and ancient Catholic community. • Authorities were awaiting results of an autopsy on Nov. 3 to determine the exact cause of death of Marguerite Bartz of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who was found dead in her Navajo, N.M., convent two days earlier.

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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
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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