Preparations for the council were a closed shop

October 1, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In mid-summer 1960, the preparations for the Second Vatican Council entered their second and final phase. Ten commissions were established to take the material submitted by bishops and Catholic universities from around the world and to develop documents to be considered by the council when it began.

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Kids hookup sexually, become headhunters

Fr. Robert Barron

October 1, 2012

I first came across the term "hookup culture" in Leonard Sax's thought provoking and disturbing 2005 book, Why Gender Matters. But the phenomenon itself I found beautifully depicted in a novel published a year earlier: Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons.

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Bountiful feast a time to celebrate past, dream of future

Lasha Morningstar

October 1, 2012

The bounty of Thanksgiving can be so easily missed. Plunked where it is, somewhere between the end of summer and onset of winter, Thanksgiving is for many of us just a long weekend with maybe a too-full meal.

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New bishops urged to proclaim Gospel with courage

October 1, 2012

Bishops today must be courageous in proclaiming the Gospel, encouraging others to grow in faith and working to ensure the unity of the church based on adherence to its teaching, Pope Benedict said.

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Albanians in blood feuds will be excommunicated

October 1, 2012

Albanian Catholic leaders warned they would excommunicate anyone involved in the traditional gjakmarrja, or blood feud, after complaints of worsening violence.

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Defending marriage is prophetic, pope says

October 1, 2012

Defending traditional marriage is not an expression of backward thinking, said Pope Benedict, but of values essential to the future of humanity.

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Volume 3 of pope’s trilogy due before Christmas

October 1, 2012

The third volume of Pope Benedict’s book on Jesus of Nazareth should be published before Christmas, the Vatican said.

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Christians, Muslims must witness to peace – pope

October 1, 2012

Pope Benedict said his three-day trip to Lebanon convinced him that now is the time for Christians and Muslims to bear witness together against violence and in favour of dialogue and peace.

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U.S. working class Catholics tend to support abortion

October 1, 2012

A majority of white working-class Catholics – 56 per cent – think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

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Philly home for priests sold for $4.5M

October 1, 2012

A vacation house at the South Jersey shore used by generations of elderly priests was sold at auction by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for $4.5 million Sept. 15.

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