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Pennsylvania prelate says bishops who hid abuse should resign


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In an Aug. 16 interview with Eternal Word Television Network, Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico said the only way to regain the trust of the laity after decades-long claims of sexual abuse by priests and others at six Pennsylvania dioceses is by deeds and one of those deeds may mean getting rid of bishops who hid abusers.

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After welcoming pro-lifers, Missouri Democrats quickly backtrack


Kansas City, Mo., Aug 17, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Missouri Democratic leaders have voted to remove language acknowledging different views of abortion from their party platform, drawing criticism from pro-life Democrats who say they deserve to be recognized and the move could harm the party’s prospects this November.

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Citizenship question for 2020 census prompts strong criticism, lawsuits


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A U.S. Commerce Department decision that a question about citizenship status be included on the 2020 census has its fair share of critics and has prompted lawsuits. The critics say such questions might make people less likely to participate in the census, especially members of immigrant communities.

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Obituary: Msgr. J. Robert Giggi, longtime Natick pastor


Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley was the principal celebrant of the Funeral Mass of Msgr. J. Robert Giggi at the parish church where Msgr. Giggi had been pastor for more than three decades. Msgr. Giggi died in Weston on Aug. 7 at age 90. He had been pastor at St. Linus, Natick from 1981 to 2013.

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Americans surveyed on views on ethics of genetically engineering animals


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Pew Research Center report released Aug. 16 found that Americans' view of genetically engineering animals varies widely based on the intended purpose of the modifications. Despite the wide differences in approval of various uses of genetic engineering, men, those with high science knowledge (based on science-related questions Pew asked) and those low in religiosity were more likely to approve of any given use of genetic engineering than their counterparts.

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