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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Should there be a new Church council?

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz

February 6, 2012
CLARE LAZZURI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – For most Catholics, the image conjured up at the mention of a Church council is that of the Second Vatican Council, the most recent in Church history.

As the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II approaches, one theologian is offering some food for thought on the possibility of a new council.

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Still not a museum piece

February 6, 2012
FRANCIS ROCCA
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Fifty years ago this October, Blessed John XXIII and more than 2,500 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world gathered in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening session of the Second Vatican Council.

Over the following three years, Vatican II would issue 16 major "pronouncements" on such fundamental questions as the authority of the Church's hierarchy, the interpretation of Scripture, and the proper roles of clergy and laity.

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CWL takes action against poverty

February 6, 2012
ANNAMARIA MATSUI
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

EDMONTON — Leading the charge of Women Against Poverty, the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League decided to take action.

They chose to perform acts of service as part of their midwinter meeting. On Jan. 27, 13 members and their spiritual advisor, Father Jim Corrigan, split into two groups and spent the afternoon in service.

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