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Truth in Fiction

  I enjoy reading medieval mysteries. I recently discovered the writing of Judith Rock whose protagonist Charles du Luc is a Jesuit scholastic in late seventeenth century Paris. After earning a Ph.D. in Theology and Art from the Graduate Theological Union with research that later became the root of the Charles du Luc books, Judith Rock moved to New York City. She danced and taught as an independent artist, and was also half of a tap-dance-and-talk duo A Loose Association with cabaret performer Tom Knudsen. After her knees decided they’d danced long enough, she spent several years as a...
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Forum: Our hopes for new catholic times sensus fidelium

Please take some time over the holiday season to let us know what you are thinking and feeling about the abuse scandal that has engulfed the Roman Catholic Church ; the response of Pope John Paul II; the response of the current pope Benedict XVI; the response of the Canadian bishops, American bishops, Irish bishops, German bishops and individual bishops, priests and commentators in the media. If you talk about it in your family, community, parish, school invite others to respond also. You are the “sensus fidelium” and it is important to hear from you The Abuse Scandal in the Roman Catholic...
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In Thy Wounds, Hide Me

  He is not here. He is risen!” Two thousand years after the resurrection these words still have the power to startle us. When the women disciples first heard those words, they did not know what to make of them. The Easter alleluia came only after the disciples’ repeated encounters with the Lord. Their first reactions were confusion, curiosity, disbelief. The community was hidden away in fear and grief until Jesus breathed his Spirit upon them. Today, as we grapple with the loss, disillusionment and brokenness in our own lives and in our church, those first encounters with Thomas,...
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“Just Call Me Excellency!”

“Just Call Me Excellency! We begin with some of the problems for which we will seek causes. Having found the causes, the solutions will appear: 1. A 2008 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Policy found that adult Catholics in the United States who have exited the Catholic faith number 22.8 million. The study found that 68% of those raised as Catholics have stayed in the Church. We ask: what could cause such an exodus? 2. Over the past decade it was suggested at the United Nations that there should be one world religion. The Roman Catholic response by Cardinal Arinze amounted to...
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Church Notes April 9th 2012

   New funeral rites: Vatican bans scattering of ashes New funeral rites: Vatican bans scattering of ashes | New funeral rites, Vatican bans scattering of ashesThe second Italian-language edition of the ‘Funeral Rites’, produced by the Vatican Publishing House, was presented recently at the headquarters of Vatican Radio. Among other things, the new edition contains fully revised biblical texts and prayers. The first innovation refers to the visit to the family, which was not part of the earlier edition. Msgr Angelo Lameri of the National Liturgical Office of the Italian Episcopal...
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