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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers October 18, 2010

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers October 18, 2010

| October 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

“Beyond our current economic crisis, there is also plenty of evidence that points to the link that exists between climate changes (ongoing desertification, land degradation and drought) and migration. In short, there is plenty of evidence to support that the protection of our planet is inextricably linked to the protection of our human family.”
— U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Miguel Diaz, speaking at a church-run conference in Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 5

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Award to honor couple for educational philanthropy

Award to honor couple for educational philanthropy

| October 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Community Founda­tion will present its 2010 Legacy of Faith Award to Jerry and Delores Slawik during a banquet Oct. 27. The annual award is given to an individual or family in recognition of their leadership and philanthropy in support of the spiritual, educational and social needs of the Catholic community.

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Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints

Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints

| October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

The day after Labor Day, I attended the opening year convocation at the University of St. Thomas. Father Dennis Dease, president of St. Thomas and a close friend, gave what I thought was an instructive and wholesome speech on “civility in our communications.” It was a meaningful and appropriate speech from which many of us could benefit.

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Two men of science, two very different paths to fertility

Two men of science, two very different paths to fertility

| Tom Bengtson | October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Most of us don’t think of people suffering professionally because of their faith, but it still happens.

Dr. Josef Roetzer, who died earlier this month, was an example. Roet­zer is the Austrian doctor who im­prov­ed fertility awareness science in the 1950s. His work led to the development of the sympto-thermal meth­od of natural family planning.

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The depressing Pew Forum Study

The depressing Pew Forum Study

| Father Robert Barron | October 12, 2010 | 6 Comments

The Catholic Church is suffering mightily today from two self-inflicted wounds.

The first is the clerical sex abuse scandal, involving the gross violation of the most vulnerable members of the community by some priests and the countenancing or enabling of this crime by some bishops. This outrage has been the perfect storm. Not only has it deeply wounded young people; it has also compromised the work of the church in almost every way, since it has undermined so thoroughly the credibility that the church requires in order to teach, preach, catechize, and evangelize.

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Benedictines hope capital campaign spreads ‘Light of Christ’ to others

Benedictines hope capital campaign spreads ‘Light of Christ’ to others

| Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit | October 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Streetlights at the intersection of Lar­penteur and Century avenues in Maple­wood ensure that bus riders aren’t waiting there in the dark. But a different kind of light emanates from St. Paul’s Monas­tery located near the northwest corner.

The Benedictine sisters at the monas­tery have sought to illuminate the area with Christ’s light, through their ministry work and by opening the property to those with physical and spiritual needs.

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Bishop Piché extends greetings from archdiocese

Bishop Piché extends greetings from archdiocese

| October 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

Following are the remarks made by Bishop Lee Piché at the Mass in Venezuela, celebrating the 40-year relationship between the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Ciudad Guayana.

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New deacons given assignments

New deacons given assignments

| October 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Eight deacons were ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and received assignments, beginning Oct. 4.

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Print Edition – October 7, 2010

Print Edition – October 7, 2010

| October 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

October 7, 2010 Issue. Includes World Mission Sunday Special Section.

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Minnesota bishops issue brief catechesis on marriage

Minnesota bishops issue brief catechesis on marriage

| October 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following catechetical statement and an accompanying summary statement on marriage were issued Sept. 22 by Minnesota’s Catholic bishops. The documents’ release follows the bishops’ recent statewide marriage initiative in which they sent a letter and DVD to Catholics on the topic of protecting traditional marriage. We, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota, believe it is […]

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Answers to questions on ‘Preserving Marriage’ initiative

Answers to questions on ‘Preserving Marriage’ initiative

| Dennis McGrath | October 7, 2010

After taking phone calls protesting the Minnesota Bis­hops’ creation of the DVD “Pre­serving Marriage in Minnesota” and reading many e-mails, there are common presumptions that are repeated again and again, which are simply not accurate.

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Youth trip planned to national March for Life

Youth trip planned to national March for Life

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

The archdiocesan Office for Marriage, Family and Life is organizing a trip to Washington, D.C., for high school students to participate in the annual March for Life. The trip, which runs from Jan. 21 to 25, will include the march, a day at the Students for Life Conference and a day visiting historical sites.

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