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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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 A photo panel shows Pennsylvania Bishops Ronald W. Gainer of Harrisburg, David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh, Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Alfred A. Schlert of Allentown, Edward C. Malesic of Greensburg and Lawrence T. Persico of Erie. The Pennsylvania attorney general released a grand jury report Aug. 14 on a months-long investigation into abuse claims spanning a 70-year period in the six dioceses. (CNS photo/courtesy of the dioceses)
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Panel members Ivor Frank and Alexis Jay at a public hearing of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (courtesy of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse)
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