Arrest of former dictator lauded in Guatemala

Efrain Rios Montt

February 13, 2012

The decision of a judge to order the arrest of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, is a good precedent to remove the impunity that has prevailed for years in the country, said the executive director of the human rights office of the Archdiocese of Guatemala.

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Skiing through the Vatican

February 13, 2012

A man skis in St. Peter's Square in the morning at the Vatican Feb. 4.

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Sex-selective abortions move West – author

February 13, 2012

Aborting unborn girls on account of their gender has been a documented trend in certain Asian countries for at least two decades.

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Confession a celebration of mercy, not a trial

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti

February 13, 2012

Priests hearing Confessions need to replace any negative or aggressive attitudes with meekness and mercy toward the penitent, said a Vatican expert on confession.

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Church employees accused of stealing $1M each

February 13, 2012

Employees of the New York and Philadelphia archdioceses are accused of stealing $1 million each in Church funds.

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Beatitudes enable us to see ourselves in the mirror

February 6, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At times, I have thought it would be beneficial to see the key events of our daily lives in a mirror or on a video at the end of the day. It could give one a hearty dose of reality. Seeing our actions with greater objectivity would help us realize that they may not be what we thought they were when we performed them.

Our tone of voice, our actions and even our words would not always be how we remember them. Seeing them from an external viewpoint might spur us to change.

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Seminary cuts a deal on an organ

February 6, 2012
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When it came time to build the new St. Joseph Seminary, cutting expenses was a must. To save money, a pipe organ for the seminary chapel was left as a project for the future.

"We priced out how much an organ would be, and it's a lot of money," said Father Shayne Craig, seminary rector. "For a new pipe organ, for the size we would want in the chapel, we were being quoted a price of $500,000."

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Ont. Trustees oppose bullying, nix gay-straight clubs

February 6, 2012
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) has taken a stand for Catholic principles and denominational rights in a comprehensive anti-bullying policy.

In a long-awaited Jan. 25 document Respecting Difference, the OCSTA affirms the Catholic identity of its schools in its comprehensive anti-bullying policy and opposes gay/straight alliances or any single-issue club.

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Gay-straight student clubs draw fire

February 6, 2012
LUC RINALDI
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO – The Marshall Medium student newspaper was looking for hot topics for its spring 2011 issue. So when 12th-grader Erica Lenti pitched a story about the gay-straight alliances springing up in Ontario schools, the newspaper staff was sold.

Lenti interviewed staff and students at Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School in Toronto and the article passed through editing. But when Lenti picked up a copy of The Medium, she learned her story had been pulled.

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Parents called to witness faith more than teach it – Wells

Davis Wells

February 6, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – The religious task of the parent is give witness to, rather than teach, faith.

"What the Church asks of the families is to model love," says David Wells, director of education for the Diocese of Plymouth, England. "If you want to raise healthy kids, show them your love."

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