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from John Chuchman

  I’m Grieving, You’re Grieving, We’re Grieving!   Fifty years ago at Vatican II   the world’s Bishops gave Our Church Hope.   They reaffirmed Freedom/Primacy of Conscience.Today’s hierarchy says it must conform to their pronouncements.We grieve. A church governed in loving Collegiality was promised;We’ve been dealt a Feudal Monarchy.We grieve. The Sharing of Power with local Synods of Bishops Representing the Peoplewas foretold.Power, instead, has been consolidated in the chief hierarch.We grieve. Lay Leadership of and in the Church was...
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Catholic Babies Yes, the church’s healthcare plan covers Viagra;and not contraception;how else can we fill our Catholic Schools? Santorum Sanctorum   Now we gotta show we voted for Sanctorum
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Making the Connections

  A sense of the larger picture is growing among US citizens, notably, though not only, among a young generation, along with a revulsion against official and corporate contempt for the will and welfare of ordinary citizens, for the value of human life itself. The antiwar movement of this century is a movement to reclaim democracy and to push it further. It has no token national leaders; it is various in its formations and organizing principles, often originating and working locally, yet in touch with other groups. It is connected through free giveaway papers like the San Francisco-based,...
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WHEN GOD TALKS BACK Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, by T. M. Luhrmann. March 27th, 2012. Random House of Canada, 434 pages.

  Phyliss Tickle writes “Not since Robert Bellah’s ‘Habits of the Heart’ a quarter century ago, has there been so readable, so informing,  so scholarly, and yet so winsome a report about any group of American believers as Luhrmann’s “When God Talks Back.”  “This is religion writing at its best – a  masterful examination that is a candid, humble, clear-eyed, and affirming record of what faith looks like and how it operates.”  The Publisher’s say How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals?...
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I suspect that there was a collective Canadian grin when Toronto-born 82-year-old Christopher Plummer finally won an Academy Award. The honour was for best supporting actor for his portrayal of an elderly man who comes out as gay in the film Beginners. As he murmured to his Oscar statue, “You’re only two years older than me darling. Where have you been all my life?” Plummer’s acting career spans seven decades and includes roles in stage and screen. His most popular role (and one he allegedly dislikes) is the autocratic widower Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 musical The Sound of...
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