Stories for the Right Column of the WCR This Week Page
WASHINGTON - Parents, schools and school districts in the United States are paying closer attention to after-school activities since a group called the Satanic Temple announced its plans to introduce after-school Satan clubs at some public elementary schools this year. Yet the Satan clubs' planned activities - focusing on reason and science, according to the website - also are not nearly as eerie as the group's name implies.
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When Elmar Abele became the first general manager of the Western Catholic Reporter in 1972, the newspaper was awash in red ink, had 14 staff and a circulation of 18,000. With support from Archbishop Anthony Jordan and later Archbishop Joseph MacNeil, Abele set out to put the WCR on a sound financial footing. He explored circulation plans adopted by Catholic papers in the United States and eventually recommended one similar to that of The Voice, the newspaper of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.
At Mercy Farm in Benson, Vt., Mercy sisters are creating a place where people can experience peace and quiet and an opportunity to care for the earth. Here the importance of the earth is emphasized and visitors are encouraged to find ways they can care for it: organic gardening, recycling, composting, using solar power and reusing, for example. As well, visitors can experience God in creation. One college student returned to her Catholic faith after visiting the farm.