Philippines’s Catholic Church sounds alarm amid Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown (By Washington Post)

1. Church bells will ring out in the Philippines — and peal again and again for three months — as one of the country’s most influential Catholic clerics seeks to draw attention to President Rodrigo Duterte’s increasingly bloody crackdown on drug suspects.

2. Villegas said church bells in his archdiocese will toll for 15 minutes each night beginning Tuesday, a feast day for the Virgin Mary, until Nov. 27, another feast day.

3. It pits Duterte’s populist strong-arm policies against a well-known archbishop at a time when the church faces widening calls to take a stronger stance against heavy-handed police tactics, which last week left at least 70 people dead.

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Strict Conservative theologians question whether Pope Francis is really Catholic (By The Independent)

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Judge: Baton Rouge diocese, area Catholic priest to remain in suit involving confessional (By The Advocate)

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Philippine Catholic Church head urges end to drug killings after week of bloodshed (By South China Morning Post)

1. The head of the Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church called Sunday for an end to the “waste of human lives” following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed.

2. The church had initially declined to criticise Duterte’s drug war but as the death toll of mostly poor people mounted, it began last year a campaign to stop the killings.

3. Police raids dubbed “One Time Big Time” saw at least 76 people shot dead, authorities said, as rights groups and lawmakers condemned the operation as an alarming “killing spree” in Duterte’s flagship campaign.

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Kindred: A Chiodo at Central Catholic? ‘Never say never’ (By Bloomington Pantagraph)

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Catholic Church and local authorities criticised for claiming child sex abuse victims ‘consented’ (By Telegraph.co.uk)

1. The Catholic Church and local authorities have been criticised after trying to claim child sex abuse victims “consented” in a bid to avoid compensation payouts.

2. Lawyers who represent some of the victims have told the Sunday Telegraph that the defence is more frequently being used by private schools, religious groups and local authorities when trying to defend compensation claims.

3. Siobhán Crawford, of London-based firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, one of the largest firms in the field, said the defence is normally used where a child turns 16 during the abuse.

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Maryville comes back to beat Catholic in season opener (By Maryville Daily Times)

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Catholic School Teacher Convicted of Child Rape Freed Early (By U.S. News & World Report)

1. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher convicted of raping a child was released more than a decade early from prison on Wednesday after a judge threw out his conviction amid questions about his accuser’s truthfulness.

2. Shero, a former Catholic school teacher convicted of raping a child, was released more than a decade early from prison on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, after a judge threw out his conviction amid questions about his accuser’s truthfulness.

3. Rather than face a new trial, however, Shero pleaded no contest on Monday to less serious child rape and assault charges and was sentenced to the roughly four years in prison he’s already served.

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Signs of new school year signal spiritual growth too (By The Catholic Sun)

1. In the case of Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler, “home” is now also at school with the implementation of a student-designed “house system” Aug. 9.

2. He returned to the Jesuit high school this month to serve in the Office of Faith and Justice.

3. It’s a similar system Most Holy Trinity and others in Minnesota and on the East Coast already use.

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Catholic archbishop says he would rather go to prison than report child abuse heard in confession (By The Independent)

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