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Two weeks after the government of Peru threatened to expel Paul McAuley, a La Salle brother and British missionary known for his environmental defense work, the president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference expressed his “full support for the…[country’s] missionaries in their work of evangelization.” • A University of Illinois faculty committee is reviewing the dismissal of a Catholic professor after a student complained about the instructor’s explanation of the church’s teaching that homosexual acts are morally wrong. • The British government has removed from its Web site a user-generated petition protesting Pope Benedict XVI’s planned visit on Sept. 16-19 to England and Scotland. • Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, praised the Department of Health and Human Services on July 15 for reaffirming that no federal funds will be provided to cover elective abortions under state-run health insurance plans. • A Christian group is sponsoring radio advertisements this summer criticizing the Fox News host Glenn Beck for attacking churches that preach about social justice.

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Just about everyone is sick of the partisan rancor that radiates from Washington.
The EditorsJune 23, 2017
Beatriz Mejia of El Salvador speaks at a rally in front of the White House in Washington in March 2016 in support of immigrant families who are seeking asylum. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Can a Catholic carry out his or her job duties in good conscience if they include the deportation of people facing imminent death in their home countries?
Callanan, a professor and novelist from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be awarded the $25,000 Catholic literary prize.
The EditorsJune 22, 2017
Retired San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn, left, is pictured in a 2004 photo in Saginaw, Mich. He died June 22 at age 88 in San Francisco. He headed the Northern California Archdiocese from 1977 until 1995. (CNS photo/Brett McLaughlin, Catholic Weekly)
Retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, who led the Northern California archdiocese for 18 years, died on June 22 after a long illness. He was 88.