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While the Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force’s report notes the archdiocese’s diligence in adopting policies and procedures to protect children, it also includes recommendations to address “serious shortcomings” in how the archdiocese has implemented the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.”
When a Catholic and an atheist duel over religion in a new play produced by seminarians at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity later this month, there may be murder and Mariolatry (excessive veneration of the Virgin Mary) on a University of St. Thomas stage. There also will be humor, according to the cast.
Common sense payday lending reforms
Legalization of commercial surrogacy
As America secularizes, a false understanding of freedom is becoming increasingly pervasive in public life. Two current issues being considered by the Legislature — payday lending reforms and the legalization of a commercial surrogacy business — provide an opportunity to examine the social ramifications of this newfound “freedom.”
Historians of the Roman liturgy generally reckon the restorations of the Easter Vigil and the adult catechumenate as two of the signal accomplishments of the 20th-century liturgical movement.
In a previous column I wrote about how Christ’s words regarding divorce and remarriage give an ultimate weight to marriage. I wrote how, when a person enters into a sacramental marriage, it is an unbreakable bond. An annulment does not “undo” the sacrament of marriage, but establishes that a sacrament never existed in the first place.
With the beginning of Holy Week, we focus intently on the mystery of our salvation. The Palm Sunday liturgy paints the picture of joy, and at the same time invites us to meditate on Jesus’ sufferings. By identifying with the mystery of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection, we experience a great liberation, a pass-over from various sins and enslavement to a life of joy and freedom.