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A Christian gentleman in the nation's capital

[On May 8, the Library of Congress and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars co-hosted a tribute to Dr. James H. Billington, who died last November 20. Billington was instrumental in bringing me to Washington during his service as director of the Wilson Center and we remained friends throughout his historic tenure as the 13th Librarian of Congress. As Librarian, Jim Billington vastly extended the reach of what is arguably the world's greatest repository of knowledge. It was an unremarked aspect of his character, however, that I underscored in my contribution to the May 8 tribute.]

Language, symbols, and self-understanding

A reporter once asked two men at the construction site where a church was being built what each did for a living. The first man replied: "I'm a bricklayer." The second said: "I'm building a cathedral!" How we name an experience largely determines its meaning.

A New Assault on the Sacramental Seal of Confession

Presently, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have statues protecting and upholding the sacramental seal of confession or, more generally, the inviolable confidentiality of some form of clergy-faithful communication.

Parish finance reporting

Q. I belong to a Catholic community in Florida that has been in existence for 32 years. For all that time, we have had only one pastor. The problem is that we have never seen a parish financial report, and I have been told that our parish's weekly income averages $30,000.

Alabama Senate outlaws abortion, setting up Supreme Court Roe v. Wade challenge

Montgomery, Ala., May 14, 2019 CNA.- The Alabama Senate approved a bill Thursday that will outlaw nearly all abortion in the state. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Kay Ivey, is intended to be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declared unconstitutional state measures prohibiting abortion.

Jesus is always ready to help free people from evil, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians recognize life's great paradox that so much evil and temptation exist in the world, but that God is always present, too, ready to help and give people the strength to persevere, Pope Francis said.

Bishop Barron says book on abuse crisis written from his 'pastor's heart'

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Auxiliary Bishop Robert E. Barron of Los Angeles said his new book addressing the church's sexual abuse crisis and urging Catholics to "stay and fight for the body of Christ" comes from his "pastor's heart."

New York cardinal celebrates Mass for Sri Lanka victims and families

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan offered a heartfelt homily on Staten Island on Mother's Day in memory of the victims of the Easter terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka that left more than 250 dead and hundreds wounded.

New York religious leaders endorse bill to end solitary confinement

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- The numbers are so staggering that it has been called "torture." Solitary confinement is in widespread use in prisons across the United States and, in New York state alone, more than 3,000 inmates are isolated in 6-by-10 cells for over 23 hours a day.

Militant posts video threat, saying he is in Canada to kill Asia Bibi

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- An Islamic militant has posted a video on the internet boasting that he has arrived in Canada to kill Asia Bibi.