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Church Notes Ireland: religious orders agree compensation to abuse victims By: Dan Bergin iFive religious orders in Ireland have agreed on compensation packages to make amends to past victims of abuse. The Christian Brothers has said they intend to donate €161m ( £145m) in cash and land. The order said yesterday they will hand over up to €30m to an Irish government trust fund, and will also give €4m for counselling services. The Christian Brothers will also transfer land valued at €127m to joint ownership of Government and the Edmund Rice Schools Trust. In a statement the Christian...
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Film Review: New Moon

ew Moon Director: Chris WeitzStarring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor LautnerUK Release date: 20 November 2009Certificate: 12A (130 mins)   Sadly, I now go to films alone. The former film-friend has decided that, because of my woeful ignorance of the films of Powell and Pressburger (well that’s the point – I’d never heard of them either), I am no longer competent to be a film reviewer. Long standing fans of the Twilight series (apparently there are millions of ‘Twi-hards’) may take a similar view as I had no previous knowledge of the ‘Saga’....
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?Rhyme, but no reason, for bishop’s donation

A reader had a sad refrain/ But did not wish to write it plain./ And so with Seuss-like zeal did deign/ To craft a query in quatrain./     He (or she) wrote:/     “Mr. Montini, could you explain,/ “Is the Phoenix Catholic Diocese insane?/ “While poor folks here are full of pain/ “Our church sends 50 grand to Maine?/”     I respond:/ Rhyme, but no reason, for bishop’s donation A reader had a sad refrain/But did not wish to write it plain./And so with Seuss-like zeal did deign/To craft a query in quatrain./ He (or she) wrote:/“Mr....
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A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop By Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., Foreword by Margaret O’Brien Steinfels

  The English mystery writer P. D. James once said she would not review a book written by a friend. I thought that was good advice when I read it, but now I am about to ignore it. I have known Archbishop Rembert Weakland for over 30 years. He wrote the preface to my first book, which was about the Rule of St. Benedict in family life. I have his picture in my office nestled in among photos of family and other friends. (He is seated at a piano engrossed in a Chopin waltz.) When I worked at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops we collaborated on a number of issues and projects. I respected his...
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A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (June 2009) By: Rembert G. Weakland, OSB Review By: Fran De Chant

Frigid January winds whipped across a frozen lake that must have been lovely last summer. That Sunday morning chill drove me to find warmth and shelter from winter’s bite in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. I found both at the parish church, in time for Mass. The liturgy was simple, song filled and joyous with extraordinary participation of the people for the year, 2002. During the congregation’s coffee hour, I picked up and read a brochure. Then I knew the reason for this very good liturgy in a warm and progressive environment-Rembert G. Weakland, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee....
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