Maria Wiering

Maria is the editor of The Catholic Spirit and publications manager of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You can email her at wieringm@archspm.org.

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Theologian: Food ‘God’s love made delicious’

Theologian: Food ‘God’s love made delicious’

| October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

In order to live in the fullness of creation, humans need to participate in God’s gardening ways with the world, which is why the Book of Genesis recounts that Adam was asked to “till and keep the garden,” Wirzba said. That command occurred before the fall, and it was not an assignment to drudgery or a punishment, he said, “because it’s through gardening that we understand the world.”

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SPO founder reflects on what young adults need — and why its model works 

SPO founder reflects on what young adults need — and why its model works 

| October 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Gordy DeMarais by email to provide an overview of young adult ministry in light of the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment that began at the Vatican Oct. 3. His responses have been edited for clarity.

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Are our kids safe?

Are our kids safe?

| September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

As new abuse scandals rock the U.S., safe environment policies — and their enforcement — in the spotlight

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Archdiocese’s $210 million settlement plan approved

Archdiocese’s $210 million settlement plan approved

| September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

“I hope this resolution brings some measure of justice to you,” Archbishop Hebda said to survivors. “Yet, I know that no amount of money will make up for the horrors you experienced and the far-too-frequent failures by priests and bishops — inexcusable failures that went on for way too long.”

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Survivors approve plan; archdiocese expects judge’s approval Sept. 25

Survivors approve plan; archdiocese expects judge’s approval Sept. 25

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Of the 400 claimants who voted, 398 affirmed the $210 million plan, according to a document the archdiocese filed in U.S. bankruptcy court Sept. 21.

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Father Betancourt, a seminary professor and pastor, named auxiliary bishop of Hartford

Father Betancourt, a seminary professor and pastor, named auxiliary bishop of Hartford

| September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

A native of Puerto Rico, Bishop-elect Betancourt is a priest of the Servants of the Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary, a religious institute founded in 1981 in Puerto Rico with ties to the German Schoenstatt movement. He is the local superior of its St. Paul community, the Casa de San Jose.

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Clergy abuse survivor at Cathedral Holy Hour: ‘God has not abandoned us’

Clergy abuse survivor at Cathedral Holy Hour: ‘God has not abandoned us’

| September 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Every one of us here today has somehow been affected by, is grieving over, and is on the journey toward healing and restoration,” the survivor said of the abuse crisis. “I truly believe God is here today and joins us in our sadness. His tears are of a Father who loves us.”

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Holy Hour of Reparation and Prayers for Healing Sept. 15

Holy Hour of Reparation and Prayers for Healing Sept. 15

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Hebda will preside over the Holy Hour, which will include exposition of the Eucharist and the praying of the penitential psalms.

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Basilica seminar addresses issues particular to second marriages, blended families

Basilica seminar addresses issues particular to second marriages, blended families

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Remarriage preparation

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Is seminary safe? Scandals have turned scrutiny on seminary culture and formation

Is seminary safe? Scandals have turned scrutiny on seminary culture and formation

| September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

“We wanted them to know … if they had a problem, they could bring it to one of the [seminary] faculty or staff, but they should feel free to go to whatever resources they need in order to feel safe,” Bishop Cozzens said.

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Bishop Cozzens: Archbishop Nienstedt investigation ‘doomed to fail’

Bishop Cozzens: Archbishop Nienstedt investigation ‘doomed to fail’

| September 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Throughout this process, there was confusion about who was ultimately in charge and what should be done to ensure a fair outcome. I think that Bishop Piché believes that the investigation was completed to the best of his ability. I understand the strong frustrations expressed by Father Griffith, whom I believe acted in good faith and with sincerity and integrity. We all did the best we could in a difficult situation.”

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Archbishop Hebda: Strong child protection measures in place locally, but U.S. bishop accountability must improve

Archbishop Hebda: Strong child protection measures in place locally, but U.S. bishop accountability must improve

| August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Having had good reasons to place my trust in both Pope Francis and Archbishop Viganò, I am personally at a loss as to how to evaluate the claims that have been made by the archbishop,” Archbishop Hebda said. “Based on my experience in this archdiocese, I believe that some form of an independent review led by credible outsiders is the only way to resolve such situations and restore trust.”

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