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‘O God, be merciful to me, a sinner’

‘O God, be merciful to me, a sinner’

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

“It is an unrealistic and impossible expectation that we will ever be able to completely eliminate all risk of clergy sexual misconduct and abuse from our Church, no matter how hard we try. But that is no reason for not trying and doing all that we can to do better. Ultimately, however, as weak, imperfect, sinful human people, we must rely on God´s grace and mercy to sustain us and help us in all of our efforts to heal, to reconcile and to protect each other from harm.” – Father Timothy Norris

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Seminar focuses on the many ‘Faces of Adoption’

Seminar focuses on the many ‘Faces of Adoption’

| Sharon Wilson for The Catholic Spirit | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

A childless couple longs for a baby. A young teenage girl finds herself pregnant and chooses to place her child for adoption. The girl meets the couple, hands over the child, and instantly a family is created.

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Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse committed in 1970s

Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse committed in 1970s

| November 7, 2013

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it will investigate and respond to claims raised in a lawsuit filed against Father Jerome Kern.

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‘We need you,’ cardinal tells Catholic studies program

‘We need you,’ cardinal tells Catholic studies program

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

“The Catholic studies program at the University of St. Thomas was the first one. And, they started something big.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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Immigration and the Next America

Immigration and the Next America

| Jason Adkins | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The story of America is the story of immigration. That is the message of Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s important and timely book entitled, “Immigration and the Next America” (Our Sunday Visitor). In it, Archbishop Gomez argues that the immigration debate is about much more than immigration.

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Door-to-door seminarian finding new roads

Door-to-door seminarian finding new roads

| Christina Capecchi | November 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

Going door to door to tell strangers about Catholicism and his plan to become a priest had to be the most daunting assignment Neil Bakker had ever received.

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‘Name day’ as important as ‘birth day’ for this grandma

‘Name day’ as important as ‘birth day’ for this grandma

| Cecelia MacDonald for The Catholic Spirit | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

In some Christian countries birthdays don’t count. Your personhood is celebrated instead on your “name day,” the official feast day of your patron saint. The older I get, the more I would like to see us adopt that practice in the United States.

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For heaven’s sake: Keep your eye on the target

For heaven’s sake: Keep your eye on the target

| Deacon Melvin Kuhn | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

How many times in the past month have we thought about heaven and if we are on the path toward it? Is this our first goal?

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Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do we have to do penance after confession? It seems like we still have to “pay” for forgiveness. Am I missing something?

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Pilgrimage helps raise awareness of immigration reform

Pilgrimage helps raise awareness of immigration reform

| Dianne Towalski | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

More than 50 pilgrims walked from St. Joseph the Worker in Maple Grove to St. Joseph in New Hope Nov. 3 as part of a Pilgrimage for Citizenship.

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Prayers for forgiveness and peace

Prayers for forgiveness and peace

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

People from throughout the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis attended a penitential prayer service Nov. 3 at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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Two priests take voluntary leaves of absence

Two priests take voluntary leaves of absence

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Two priests of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are taking voluntary leaves of absence as a result of “prior misconduct which occurred many years ago,” the archdiocese announced Nov. 3. The archdiocese reported that the two situations are unrelated but happened to occur at the same time. The misconduct did not involve the […]

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