Radical rants miss what is really being said

Fr. Robert Barron

February 13, 2012

In my years as an observer of and commentator upon things religious, I've become rather accustomed to radical positions. There is just something about religion that can bring out the irrational in both its advocates and opponents. For the most part, therefore, over-the-top opinion pieces and Internet commentary just roll off my back, but occasionally something comes along that is so egregious and indefensible that I sit up and take notice. This happened twice recently when I read editorials in the pages of the two major newspapers in my hometown.

Neil Steinberg, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, who over the years has made eminently plain his animosity toward religion, chimed in on the Obama administration's recent dictate that all insurance plans in the United States, including those used by Catholic institutions, must include provisions for contraception, sterilization and certain abortifacient drugs, all of which are repugnant to Catholic morality.

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Overseas aid battered by storms of cutback

Joe Gunn

February 13, 2012

Canadian Christians might wonder whether our overseas aid dollars make a positive difference.

In Catholic parishes, the collection for Development and Peace is taken up on Solidarity Sunday, the fifth Sunday in Lent. This can be a time to ponder deeper questions about the effectiveness of aid, the policies of governmental aid strategies and the guidance of Catholic social thought on such a crucial matter.

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Holy Spirit inspired new Mass translation

February 13, 2012

Re: Raeanne Lacoursiere's letter, "Mass Reform is Obstacle to Evangelization" (WCR letters, Jan. 23).

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Praying to St. Michael will defeat the devil

February 13, 2012

Since the new translation of the new Roman Missal has been implemented, I would like to make the following comments. I think it's time for the Roman Church to recapture some of its traditional devotions/practices.

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Bishops confused about the 'Universal Spirit'

February 13, 2012

Your editorial of Jan. 30 ("Take the fascinating – and surprising – Catholic house tour") ignores the horrendous mistake a few hundred bishops made at Niceae in 325 AD when they opted for the ease of governing and declared that a human being, namely Jesus, be one and the same as the Universal Spirit.

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Red hat ceremony blends innovation, tradition

February 13, 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something red will be present Feb. 18 when Pope Benedict creates new cardinals.

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Rwandan refugees want to stay in Zambia

February 13, 2012

About 6,000 Rwandan refugees in Zambia want the Catholic Church to help stop the state plans to repatriate them and instead to regularize their Zambian citizenship.

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Pope to visit Mexico, Cuba from March 23 to 28

February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and local bishops and Catholics when he visits Mexico and Cuba in late March.

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Benedict names new patriarch of Venice

February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict named Cardinal Angelo Scola's successor to the patriarchate of Venice, a historically significant archdiocese.

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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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