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Irish Prelate says Church culture needs to change

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland.

April 18, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

MILWAUKEE — Much more remains to be done to "turn around the culture of an institution" that allowed thousands of children to be abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

"I can honestly say that with perhaps two exceptions, I have not encountered a real and unconditional admission of guilt and responsibility on the part of priest offenders in my diocese," Martin told an international conference on the clergy sex abuse scandal April 4.

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Catholic physicians urged to stick to their principles

Janet Smith

April 18, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO — In the face of cultural pressure to accept abortion, contraception and euthanasia, Catholic doctors can respond by affirming the inherent human dignity of the person.

They can also appeal to human reason in explaining the "culture of life," Catholic experts said at the third annual conference of the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies.

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Canadian Council of Churches tells politicians to reduce poverty

April 18, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

The number one demand churches are making from campaigning federal politicians is a concrete plan to reduce and end poverty in Canada.

The Canadian Council of Churches reiterated the ecumenical priority in a letter to all the national party leaders March 31.

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Family violence a grab for power, CSS team tells women's league

April 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton — Abusers in close relationships seek to be the only source of information, support and contact with society for the people they abuse, says a parish liaison worker with Catholic Social Services.

Abuse and isolation are tactics abusers use to gain power and control, Claire Rolheiser told the archdiocesan Catholic Women's League convention April 8.

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New CWL president faces challenging 2 years in office

April 18, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Edmonton - Looking forward to the next two years as archdiocesan president of the Catholic Women's League, Gladys Brown says, "I'm excited, I'm nervous."

It won't be a typical two years for the new president. In August 2012, the archdiocesan CWL will host the league's national convention at the Shaw Conference Centre and Westin Inn.

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Good Friday: Another Working Day

April 18, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Canada's Catholic bishops have asked Elections Canada to accommodate workers who want to attend religious services on Good Friday, the first day advance polls are open for the May 2 election.

But the chief electoral officer says those who accept employment know in advance the days and hours for the polls.

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Easter witnesses life's triumph over death

April 18, 2011
THOMAS RYAN, CSP
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Grieving — the painful physical, emotional, and spiritual journey that we go through to come to terms with the loss of someone through death, separation or divorce — is among the most sacred and the most human things one will ever undergo. It plummets us into the mysteries of life.

On a weekend during this season of Lent, members of my family experienced an emotional roller-coaster, marked by both death and new life.

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Mary's 'pondering' at Jesus' crucifixion is a show of strength

April 11, 2011
ANNE MARIE POSELLA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As we enter Holy Week, and journey through the events of Christ's passion and death, we find ourselves once again beneath the cross with Mary. At first glance, she doesn't appear to be doing anything there. Scripture doesn't record any of her words or cries of protest.

However, Father Ron Rolheiser notes that her presence at the crucifixion is a Hebrew show of strength. She is standing firm and "pondering" in the biblical sense, beholding the work of God.

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Catholics support the dignity of labour

Bob McKeon

April 18, 2011

The Jesuits in the United States have published a book on Catholic social teaching with the title Our Best Kept Secret. I am dismayed how often this turns out to be true, even with Catholics highly committed to practising their faith.

Twice in recent weeks I have sat down with Catholic men who over a period of many years have lived out their personal commitments to social justice though active involvement in their trade unions. In each case, they said they had never heard about Church teaching that addresses issues of human dignity in the workplace and that affirms the vital role labour unions play as agents for justice. In each case, they regretted not learning about their Church's social teaching decades earlier.

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Why is the servant in Isaiah suffering?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

April 18, 2011

Tell me about the Suffering Servant in Isaiah.

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