Archive for September, 2015

Local Catholic Charities leader, politicians react to pope’s congressional address

Local Catholic Charities leader, politicians react to pope’s congressional address

| Bridget Ryder | September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a guest of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Tim Marx, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, was seated in the gallery of the Capitol Sept. 24 to hear Pope Francis address a joint meeting of Congress. Marx said he’s bringing inspiration and affirmation from the pontiff home to Minnesota.

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Digital Edition – September 24, 2015

Digital Edition – September 24, 2015

| September 24, 2015 | 3 Comments

Pope Francis visit begins, Copeland to meet with Pope Francis, The Pope in Cuba, Marriage prep, Divorce in the Church, Michelangelo’s “masculine” women, Listening sessions, Syrian outreach, Making a Catholic home

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Suicide and forgiveness; heaven for those B.C.

Suicide and forgiveness; heaven for those B.C.

| Father Kenneth Doyle | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I need an answer. Our son had been suffering from clinical depression since he was 4 years old. All of the doctors and all of the medications we tried over the years seemed to do little to help. One year ago, his own son died in an auto accident at the age of 24, and that seemed to be more than our son could handle; at age 50, he took his own life.

Human remains have been found that are 50,000 years old. But Christ came to earth only 2,000 years ago. Are all those “pagan” people before Jesus now in purgatory? And why did he wait so long to come?

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Avoid concealing own faults behind sins of others

Avoid concealing own faults behind sins of others

| Sharon Perkins | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you have any exposure at all to social or news media, you cannot escape the relentless public discourse about sin — even if the “s” word isn’t used. Behaviors that used to be whispered about in private, especially if committed by public figures, are now analyzed, condemned, applauded and endlessly commented upon for all to see. Following scandals through the news cycle has become a popular pastime.

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Our lives don’t belong to us

Our lives don’t belong to us

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

It was [recently] revealed that, for the first time in its history, Harvard University, which had been founded for religious purposes and named for a minister of the Gospel, has admitted a freshman class in which atheists and agnostics outnumber professed Christians and Jews. Also . . . the House and the Senate of California passed a provision that allows for physician assisted suicide in the Golden State. As I write these words, the governor of California is deliberating whether to sign the bill into law. Though it might seem strange to suggest as much, I believe that the make-up of the Harvard freshman class and the passing of the suicide law are really related.

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Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

Four reasons why clerk shouldn’t have been jailed for defending marriage

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Kim Davis, the now-famous clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, who became known for her refusal to issue marriage licenses, was arrested and incarcerated [earlier this month]. She had refused to affix her signature to licenses being sought by two people of the same sex, even after the Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage, noting that this would force her to act against her conscience and her deeply-held religious convictions.

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Culture of relativism harming families, individuals, society

Culture of relativism harming families, individuals, society

| Jason Adkins | September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

As people from around the world gather in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, it is important to take stock of one of the deepest challenges to the family today: moral relativism. Relativism is a powerful challenge to nurturing healthy families because it harms the moral ecology of society. It is hard for family life to flourish in a toxic moral, cultural and political ecosystem.

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‘Let the children come to me’

‘Let the children come to me’

| Susan Klemond | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Forming the youngest Catholics through Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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Finding beauty amid pain: divorce in the Church

Finding beauty amid pain: divorce in the Church

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a Church that upholds the sacrament of marriage, it’s no secret some Catholics who are separated or divorced have felt judged and alienated.

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Solid marriage prep crucial to getting through thick and thin

Solid marriage prep crucial to getting through thick and thin

| Susan Klemond | September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

As newlyweds, Matt and Jenna Jahnke faced infertility — a painful problem and source of strain even for couples who have weathered other relationship storms. Because they knew God was at the center of their marriage, the couples’ suffering drove them to him rather than away from each other.

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Local Catholic hugs the pope

Local Catholic hugs the pope

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mary Jo Copeland, founder of Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis, got to do it not once, but twice during a private audience the afternoon of Sept. 24 at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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This fan never misses Tommie-Johnnie football game

This fan never misses Tommie-Johnnie football game

| September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

When the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University football teams take the field Sept. 26 for the annual Tommie-Johnnie game, Deacon Jerry Devine of Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul plans to be in the stands at Clemens Stadium at St. John’s along with his wife Mary Kay.

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