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Pro-life official has faced 'ultimate evil'

Richard Doerflinger

May 16, 2011

Looking back at 30 years of pro-life work for the Catholic Church, Richard Doerflinger said he sometimes felt he had come into "contact with something very close to ultimate evil.

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Churches near bin Laden compound seek security

May 16, 2011

Church leaders demanded that the Pakistan government boost security for their faith communities in the wake of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's death, which they fear will shatter the peace they have enjoyed for 10 years.

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Pope rides the gondola

May 16, 2011

Pope Benedict gestures as he takes a gondola across the Grand Canal.

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Religious freedom is good for society — social scientists

May 16, 2011

Religious freedom is good for society, including for economic growth, and the social sciences are producing data to prove it, said Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

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Vatican to address 'Catholic identity' issue in Caritas

Lesley-Anne Knight

May 16, 2011

The general assembly of Caritas Internationalis in late May is shaping up as a defining moment for the confederation of 165 national Catholic charities, at a time when the Vatican is insisting on greater control over Caritas operations.

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Sweden's startling daycare downside

May 23, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Experts from Sweden and New Zealand warned a pro-family conference of the negative social consequences of universal daycare, anti-spanking laws and legalized prostitution.

Sweden's 30-year experience with a universal daycare system has decreased the psychological health of youth relative to other Nordic countries, said Jonas Himmelstrand, author of Busting the Myths of Swedish Family Policy.

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Pope's reform of liturgy will continue

Cardinal Kurt Koch

May 23, 2011
JOHN THAVIS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict's easing of restrictions on use of the 1962 Roman Missal, known as the Tridentine rite, is just the first step in a "reform of the reform" in liturgy, said the Vatican's top ecumenist.

The pope's long-term aim is not simply to allow the old and new rites to coexist, but to move toward a "common rite" shaped by the mutual enrichment of the two Mass forms, Cardinal Kurt Koch said May 14.

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Profits go up, economy flourishes, but quality of life plummets

Mark Anielski

May 23, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — Western society has had 60 years of economic growth and yet people are increasingly unhappy, says economist Mark Anielski.

"Economic growth cannot lead us to the Promised Land," Anielski told the annual Social Justice Institute May 14.

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Financial system's 'theology' avoids obligation to others

William Cavanaugh

May 23, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The modern financial economy is an attempt to replace the physical limits of creation with a fantasy world in which there are no limits to growth, no risk in investment and no need to trust those to whom one loans money.

That's the view of Chicago theologian William Cavanaugh who told the annual Social Justice Institute May 13 that the financial economy represents a form of theology and spirituality contrary to Christianity.

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The true Church is apostolic

May 23, 2011

Before getting into the topic, the apostolicity of the Church, I should like to share a memory I have of John Paul II. Once a year, on Good Friday, my preaching is delivered at St. Peter's Basilica during the Passion liturgy. So the first time I had to speak at the basilica, I realized that I had to speak very slowly because there was a resounding in the basilica.

But speaking slowly, I lasted 10 minutes more than I was supposed to, and the man in charge of the timetable of the pope, the prefect of the pontifical household, was a little nervous, because the schedule of the pope on that particular day was very tight, and he often looked at his watch.

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