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This Lent, don’t let sin win

This Lent, don’t let sin win

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

During this time when Pope Francis and the bishops of the Church seek reparation, reconciliation, and healing within the victim and survivor communities of those sexually abused by priests, we humbly recognize that this reparation, reconciliation and healing are needed in our parish communities as well.

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Esta Cuaresma, no dejes que pecado gane

Esta Cuaresma, no dejes que pecado gane

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | February 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Durante este tiempo, cuando el Papa Francisco y los obispos de la Iglesia buscan reparación, reconciliación y sanación dentro de las comunidades de víctimas y sobrevivientes de los abusados sexualmente por los sacerdotes, reconocemos humildemente que esta reparación, reconciliación y sanación también son necesarias en nuestras comunidades parroquiales.

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Take it to eucharistic adoration

Take it to eucharistic adoration

| Deacon Gordon Bird | February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament warms, transforms and sustains the hearts of many a pilgrim people looking to rest in Jesus. This is sage counsel and sound spiritual direction of which I have often been a needy recipient. I’ve been searching not necessarily for answers, but for peace. I’ve turned to adoration to lift a personal burden, offer prayers of petitions for others, and pray a rosary or the Liturgy of the Hours while gazing at our Lord.

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Abria Pregnancy Resources gains new partner

Abria Pregnancy Resources gains new partner

| February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Cindy Koeppl experienced complications at 26 weeks pregnant with her third child, a couple of doctors urged her to have an abortion because the baby had less than a 5 percent chance of living after birth.

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Good politics is at the service of peace

Good politics is at the service of peace

| Jason Adkins | February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The annual papal message for the World Day of Peace (Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) — one of the best glimpses into the minds of the popes regarding social and political issues — offers specific counsel, rooted in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, about how to work for peace in our time in light of current events.

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Victim assistance coordinators comfort in a behind-the-scenes ministry

Victim assistance coordinators comfort in a behind-the-scenes ministry

| Dennis Sadowski | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Their work begins with a phone call.

Whether the call is from someone who is angry, embarrassed, unsure of what to do or needs a friendly ear, diocesan and eparchial victim assistance coordinators are the face of the church’s response to victims of sexual abuse by a church worker — clergy or otherwise.

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What everybody didn’t know

What everybody didn’t know

| Greg Erlandson | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the Pennsylvania grand jury issued its report last August chronicling the sexual abuse cases in six Pennsylvania dioceses, everybody thought they knew the whole story. After all, this was a grand jury, and the attorney general of Pennsylvania was presenting its 1,356-page report to the world as evidence of a grand conspiracy by the leaders of the Catholic Church in his state to cover up abuse allegations and ignore victims.

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“Exceptions” and the Undermining of the Moral Law

“Exceptions” and the Undermining of the Moral Law

| Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whenever we make small exceptions to universal moral rules, we shouldn’t be surprised that the rules themselves can be quickly undermined. Establishing an “exception” in one case makes people think they’re due an exemption for their case as well. Certain norms of moral behavior, however, do not admit of any exceptions, and we risk undermining morality altogether if we don’t recognize them. Moral norms governing the protection of human life are one such example.

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The Welcome Outreach of Perinatal Hospice

The Welcome Outreach of Perinatal Hospice

| Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

During the course of pregnancy, receiving an adverse prenatal diagnosis can be a tremendously jolting experience for parents. In severe cases, physicians may tell them that their unborn child has a condition that is “incompatible with life.”

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