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Caregivers should heed deep yearnings in patients' requests

Gordon Self

May 30, 2011

There is a saying in ethics that people might have capacity for making decisions, but have poor judgment. Anyone having raised teenagers will know the truth of this statement, perhaps recalling some of their children's past decisions when good judgment was lacking.

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Friday's fish and chips say we are Catholic

Fr. Raymond de Souza

May 30, 2011

Fish 'n chips, anyone? It's either that or, given the preponderance of Indian takeout in England today, vegetable samosas and prawn curry for Catholics on Friday come this fall.

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Ascension — Jesus sealing message of hope

Ralph Himsl

May 30, 2011
Ascension — June 5, 2011

Truth will out! And few better places for such an admission than in the text of an essay on the readings for Sunday Mass, you might say. Not a great truth though — merely an acknowledgement of a temptation to write a most trite introduction, "The feast of Ascension commemorates one of the most remarkable events in the life of Jesus."

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We call for violence, revenge — not God

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

May 30, 2011

God is non-violent. God does not prescribe violence. Violence should never be rationalized in God's name. That is clear in Christian revelation. But that immediately poses the question: What about the violence in Scripture that is attributed to God or to God's direct orders?

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John Paul II celebrated humanity over economic systems

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May 30, 2011

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Centesimus Annus, arguably the greatest document in Pope John Paul II's magnificent body of writings.

Expectations for the encyclical were at first modest. Popes had written encyclicals of Church social teaching to mark the 40th, 70th, 80th and 90th anniversaries of Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum.

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Lawyer gave up high finance for prison chaplaincy

Chaplain Dale Recinella

May 23, 2011

Dale Recinella played the financing game like a fiddle, even working through Christmas one year to secure the complex arrangements to finance a new stadium for football's Miami Dolphins.

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Budget should protect the poor, say U.S. bishops

May 23, 2011

Acknowledging that Congress and the administration face "difficult challenges" in tackling the country's massive budget deficit, the U.S. bishops reiterated their call that the needs of poor and vulnerable people must be protected in any budget decisions.

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Faith protects human dignity, pope tells B'Nai Brith

May 23, 2011

One of the greatest contributions believers in God can make to the struggle for human rights is to strengthen awareness that human beings are created in God's image, Pope Benedict told representatives of a major Jewish human rights organization.

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Sexuality is God's gift for sharing love — pope

May 23, 2011

The human body is a God-given instrument for communicating love, Pope Benedict said.

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Vatican orders bishops to draft sex abuse guidelines

May 23, 2011

Every bishops' conference in the world must have guidelines for handling accusations of clerical sex abuse in place within a year, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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