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CCODP gets clean bill from Canada's bishops

November 22, 2010
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA — Catholics can be confident money they contribute to the Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) "will be properly spent and properly supervised," said Msgr. Patrick Powers.

In a Nov. 12 interview from Rome, the secretary general of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) said the work of an ad hoc committee of bishops established a year ago has produced "substantive results" and has "brought everyone together." more . . .

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Hospitality is key to ending intolerance of Muslims

November 22, 2010
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last night I had a very energized conversation with a good friend. We discussed many things like philosophy, politics and social justice issues.

The discussion eventually led to the challenge of a marriage between a Christian and a Muslim in a “Post 9/11” world. He is a Catholic and she is a Muslim whereby both faith traditions call for certain creedal commitments and public profession of faith. more . . .

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Christians seek prison justice that works

November 22, 2010
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

As he sat in jail month after month trying to make sense of his life, Bruce Rowe one day knew he wasn't quite so interested in freedom.

"I realized when I was inside, all of that didn't matter if I didn't become a better person," said Rowe.

Prison isn't philosophy class. They're not asking what it means to be human. Nor is it a great place to form community, to discover your humanity by sharing your experience with others. more . . .

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The priest has a mission in our time . . . and in all times

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 22, 2010

About a dozen years ago I was at a dinner party in the home of people I had not previously met. When our hostess discovered that I was a seminarian, she shrieked with perverse delight, announcing to all, "Wait until my husband hears about that!" more . . .

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Abandonment wears a multitude of faces

Gordon Self

November 22, 2010

In recent months there has been a surprising amount of public interest regarding so-called "angel cradles" where babies may be safely abandoned at hospitals (see "Will abandoned babies get a home? WCR, Oct. 4). more . . .

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Money silences outcry over Iraq slayings

Bishop Fred Henry

November 22, 2010

On Oct. 15, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad delivered one of the most memorable interventions during the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East - words made even more poignant by the Oct. 31 attack on worshippers at his cathedral. more . . .

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Advent prepares, with a hint of tribulation

Ralph Himsl

November 22, 2010

Probably only poets, romantics and other playful souls would bother to try to assign distinctive characteristics to the months of the year. As for the poets, we can think of T. S. Eliot and his label for April as the "cruellest month." more . . .

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Our hearts search for a confessor who lets us be transparent

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 22, 2010

Perhaps more than anything else we are unconsciously seeking a confessor, someone before whom we can open our hearts, be completely transparent, pour out our confusion and freely admit our sins. Inside our search for a soulmate is the search for a confessor. more . . .

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The power of silence allows us to hear God's word

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November 22, 2010

Perhaps it seems strange that in a document on the Word of God (Page 5), Pope Benedict would place a special emphasis on silence. Silence, after all, is the absence of words, is it not? Is it possible to find God's word in silence? more . . .

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The Point creates a sense of belonging

November 22, 2010
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Brian Holdsworth converted to the Catholic Church about seven years ago. A negative consequence was that he lost old friends who either did not understand or approve of his conversion. New to the Church, he did not immediately have any Catholic friends either.

"It was a real shock, a culture shock, to not have any friends around me all of a sudden, and not have any community around me anymore," said Holdsworth. more . . .

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