Archive for September, 2017

Priest: U.S., Church need to deal with racism’s deep roots

Priest: U.S., Church need to deal with racism’s deep roots

| Susan Klemond | September 27, 2017 | 11 Comments

The United States will only heal from racism and become a just society when Americans honestly address racism’s underlying causes, Father Bryan Massingale said Sept. 20 in a lecture at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

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Cristo Rey mourns graduates killed in 1-94 crash

Cristo Rey mourns graduates killed in 1-94 crash

| September 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis is mourning the deaths of 2017 graduates Diana Rojas-Martinez and Chris Buñay, who were killed in a car accident on Interstate 94 Sept. 26.

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The godparent’s role in baptism

The godparent’s role in baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

When the time for an infant baptism arrives, it is also the time for the parents to select the godparents. This is a matter of tremendous spiritual importance, and the parents should use a number of spiritual criteria to make their choice.

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God is not a personal prayer vending machine

God is not a personal prayer vending machine

| Nell O’Leary Alt | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

I used to pray out my fixed, rigid request list. I considered God to be my personal prayer vending machine. Prayer in; prayer answered.

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Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

Peter Claver vs. Immanuel Kant

| Bishop Robert Barron | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

One of the greatest heroes of the social justice wing of the Church is, quite rightly, the 17th-century “slave of the slaves,” St. Peter Claver. Born in Barcelona, Claver joined the Society of Jesus and was known, even as a young man, as a person of deep intelligence and piety.

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Whose English? Explaining the potential for new Mass translations

Whose English? Explaining the potential for new Mass translations

| Father John Paul Erickson | September 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Certainly one of the more obvious outcomes of the Second Vatican Council was the reform of the liturgy, that is, the public prayer of the Church. As enunciated in the first published document of the council, “Sacrosanctum Concilium,” an explicit goal of these reforms was the “full, active and conscious participation” of the people of God in this public prayer, especially in the holy Mass.

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Bishops’ requests on repeal bill go for naught as effort collapses

Bishops’ requests on repeal bill go for naught as effort collapses

| Julie Asher | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

The U.S. bishops’ effort urging senators to protect the poor and amend the Graham-Cassidy bill, meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, became a moot point as opposition to the bill stiffened amid frantic rewriting to get critical senators’ votes and ultimately led to a decision to have no vote on it.

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Combating racial disparities

Combating racial disparities

| Jason Adkins | September 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Racial disparities continue to persist in American life. As a response, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently instituted a new initiative to fight racism in all its forms.

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Yoked, not burdened

Yoked, not burdened

| Liz Kelly | September 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Some years ago I developed this little habit when traveling alone: When boarding an airplane or a train, I would ask the Lord to give me the least desirable seat, the one no one else wanted, next to the crying baby, for example. I cannot count how many times I have been seated next to a young mother traveling with a small child.

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Switching sexes? Transgender ideology and the Church

Switching sexes? Transgender ideology and the Church

| Jonathan Liedl | September 26, 2017 | 27 Comments

Before Oct. 14, 2015, Emily Zinos admits she didn’t give much thought to transgenderism. At that point in time, the mother of seven and parishioner of Holy Family in St. Louis Park considered the ideology, which advances the claim that gender and sexual identity are not inherently tied to biological sex, to be a “fringe issue.” In her estimation, it was something that played out in celebrity tabloids and progressive academic circles, but certainly had no direct impact on her or her family.

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German bishops urge calm after anti-immigrant party gains in election

German bishops urge calm after anti-immigrant party gains in election

| September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

The president of the German bishops’ conference urged “verbal disarmament” after Sept. 24 elections brought a far-right party into the Bundestag, or parliament, for the first time since World War II.

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Medicaid, opioid addiction and transgender issues explored at health care symposium

Medicaid, opioid addiction and transgender issues explored at health care symposium

| September 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Health care reform, transgender theory and the opioid epidemic were featured topics at a Sept. 20 gathering of Minnesota’s Catholic bishops and lay leaders.

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