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How to treat a former priest; salvation not defined by birth

How to treat a former priest; salvation not defined by birth

| Father Kenneth Doyle | July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. Our pastor recently left the priesthood, and now he is advertising on the Web that he is available to perform weddings or funerals (including weddings of gay/lesbian couples.) The Catholic priest who married us has also left the priesthood and is now a Presbyterian minister.

How does a faithful Catholic treat and respond to these men? I wonder what we are doing wrong that so many men are leaving the priesthood.

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Light in a dark world

Light in a dark world

| Jean Stolpestad | July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recently I read an article that began “marriage is not for you!” I have to admit that line really grabbed my attention. As I continued, the premise of the article emerged: Marriage isn’t about what the individual receives but rather what a person gives.

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To move forward, take second look with ‘eyes of faith’

To move forward, take second look with ‘eyes of faith’

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | July 16, 2015

There was once a man hurrying down a crowded street. The more the people pushed him out of their way, the more he pushed them out of his way. It was early winter, windy and freezing cold. He glanced at a family standing off to the side. He quickly formed a negative first impression of this family. He was already stressed out and angry with the slow-moving crowd. He blamed them for being poor and faulted the parents for subjecting their young child to the cold weather. It did not take much for him to see them as an example of all that is wrong with the world.

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Appointments – July 16, 2015

Appointments – July 16, 2015

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bernard Hebda, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

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Para seguir adelante, den una segunda mirada con ojos de fe

Para seguir adelante, den una segunda mirada con ojos de fe

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Había una vez un hombre caminando rápidamente por una calle llena de gente. Cuanto la gente más lo empujaba fuera de su camino, él a su vez los empujaba fuera del suyo. Fue a principios de invierno, con mucho viento y un frío que helaba. El echó un vistazo a una familia que estaba al lado del camino. Rápidamente formó una primera impresión negativa de esta familia. Ya estresado y enojado con la multitud que se movía lentamente. Él los culpó por ser pobres y criticó a los padres por someter a sus hijos pequeños a un clima tan frío. No pasó mucho para que él los viera como un ejemplo de todo lo que está mal con el mundo.

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Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

| Jason Adkins | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” is a great gift to the Church and the world, calling everyone to an ecological conversion that embraces an ethic of right relationships with God, our bodies, our neighbors and all of creation. Recognizing, with St. Francis of Assisi, that the sun is a “brother” and the water a “sister” requires first embracing God as father.

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The lowdown on NFP from a working mom

The lowdown on NFP from a working mom

| Rachel Lu | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

I decided to live contraceptive-free for a very simple reason: I wanted to be Catholic, and as I understood it, those were the rules. Not having grown up in the Church, I naively assumed that this was simply The Done Thing among Catholic women.

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In a category all its own, Opus Dei offers spiritual support

In a category all its own, Opus Dei offers spiritual support

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Local Opus Dei members commemorated the 40th anniversary of the death of their founder, St. Josemaria Escriva, June 26 with a memorial Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul celebrated by Bishop Andrew Cozzens.

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‘Where two or three are gathered’

‘Where two or three are gathered’

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

The what and why behind lay ecclesial movements

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Names released of seven Oblate priests accused of sexual abuse

Names released of seven Oblate priests accused of sexual abuse

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Following the July 7 release of the names of seven Oblate priests credibly accused of abuse, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reached out to the parishes where the men served to show support and assistance for parishioners and any victims/survivors who may come forward.

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Archdiocese not compelled to share video of abuse survivors

Archdiocese not compelled to share video of abuse survivors

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should not be compelled to post to its website or request parishes to show a video produced by sexual abuse claimants, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled July 9.

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Trials teach immigrant family to lean on each other

Trials teach immigrant family to lean on each other

| Bridget Ryder for The Catholic Spirit | July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

When Patricio Peña and Enriqueta Alfaro came to the United States 16 years ago, they didn’t expect to find a new home, a new family and a new vocation in the Church.

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