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Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

Circumstances of donor and recipient crucial in discerning ethical appropriateness

| Father Tad Pacholczyk | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Could a transplanted womb from a post-menopausal woman be “triggered” back into action once it had been introduced into the body of a younger woman? Could a transplanted uterus effectively provide nourishment to a growing baby? Are such transplants ultimately ethical?

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Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

Mary’s quiet faithfulness, Joseph’s quiet devotion

| Tony Rossi | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author and theologian Edward Sri knows we’re all familiar with the Christmas story. But he also thinks we can be so familiar with it that we miss a lot of its important points. That’s why he wrote “The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas.”

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News Notes – December 11, 2014

News Notes – December 11, 2014

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rediscover: app 2.0 available for download
New website launches for Minn. Catholic Directory

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In Pictures – December 11, 2014

In Pictures – December 11, 2014

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

FEAST DAY TRADITION
VATICAN CHRISTMAS TREE

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What privileges do deacons have? Do beliefs matter?

What privileges do deacons have? Do beliefs matter?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

Q. Often, I have been at a Mass where the deacon reads the Gospel. But then, sometimes, the deacon goes on to give the homily while the priest watches. Is this a new function in the Church today?

Q. Please help me to know how to answer people who say, “It doesn’t matter what religion or beliefs you have, since we’re all going to the same place anyway.”

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Humanity needs deeper understanding of ‘masculine genius’

Humanity needs deeper understanding of ‘masculine genius’

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Talk shares how men’s, women’s gifts can shed light on life

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State business owners receive an out from HHS Mandate

State business owners receive an out from HHS Mandate

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Decision might not extend to possible changes to federal requirement

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Maplewood priest acquitted of sexual misconduct charges

Maplewood priest acquitted of sexual misconduct charges

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Archdiocese’s Ministerial Standards Board to review Father Mark Huberty’s case

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Why should I confess my sins to a priest?

Why should I confess my sins to a priest?

| Father Ian Bozant, Archdiocese of New Orleans | December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a modern American mindset, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on privacy. As such, the idea of confessing one’s sins to another person can seem odd or even unnecessary. Often, the most common argument against this idea is that Almighty God knows all things and desires all people to approach him in prayer, so it seems sufficient to simply confess one’s sins and beg for forgiveness in private prayer.

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What’s it like to be a bishop? ‘Lots of excitement,’ Cozzens says

What’s it like to be a bishop? ‘Lots of excitement,’ Cozzens says

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 9, Bishop Andrew Cozzens celebrated the one-year anniversary of his ordination as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It was a busy year of confirmations, engagement in Latino Ministry and taking an active role in helping victims of sexual abuse heal.

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Digital Edition – December 4, 2014

Digital Edition – December 4, 2014

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Advent – Week 2, Immigration reform, Religious retirement, Basilica organ, Canvas Health – Victim assistance, African-American Youth Bible, Breaking bad habits

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Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

Advent Week 2 – Prayer and reflection for busy households

| December 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, intended to be used for personal prayer and reflection or by groups of adults or adults with children. Options are noted to allow for participation by a variety of members of a household.

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