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Representative Peter King, Republican of New York, convened controversial congressional hearings on March 10 to investigate “the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community.” • The High Court in London has declared Owen and Eunice Johns of Derby, England, unqualified to become foster parents because of their Christian views on premarital and homosexual intercourse. • A federal judge in California ruled on Feb. 28 that a Mexican resident can use a law typically employed for international human rights cases to sue the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over charges that he was sexually abused by a priest. • New York’s Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said a New York City ordinance requiring crisis pregnancy centers to display disclaimers about the services they provide “is designed to prevent pro-life advocates from speaking freely.” • Ireland’s bishops have renewed their opposition to the planned abolition of the 50/50 Catholic-Protestant recruitment policy for the police in Northern Ireland. • The Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, the Rev. Suheil Dawani, has been forbidden to live in Jerusalem after his residency visa was revoked by Israel’s Interior Ministry.

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It takes a certain grace to see how fear clips our wings.
Terrance KleinJune 21, 2017
Pope Francis encouraged Cardinal Lacroix and the bishops from Quebec to be a missionary church, “a church that goes out, reaches out to people.”
Gerard O'ConnellJune 21, 2017
Los Angeles ordinations in 2017. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit Conference.
The consolidation is a work in progress. The brethren have mixed feelings about it, and their provincials know it.
Jim McDermottJune 21, 2017
Emily (Zoe Kazan) and Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) in "The Big Sick." Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios.
What “The Big Sick” gets at is how America undermines traditions from other countries, and always has.
John AndersonJune 21, 2017