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Church is welcome voice in support of union workers

Church is welcome voice in support of union workers

| March 2, 2011 | 1 Comment

I wanted to thank [The Catholic Church] for its support for the Wisconsin public employees whose legal rights are being threatened. I am a Minnesota public worker, and an officer in my union (MAPE).

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Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

Debt should be prayerfully respected, not feared

| Tom Bengtson | March 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Hamlet, William Shakespeare warns: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.”

There are financial experts who advise as Shakespeare does, saying that debt should be avoided at all costs. But, practically, I don’t know how you get through life in early 21st-century America without using debt to some degree. My experience with debt is that it is somewhat like chocolate or alcohol — a little can be good but too much can destroy you.

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Encourage youth to believe in Jesus

Encourage youth to believe in Jesus

| February 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Many young people believe that God does not care for them and that religion offers nothing they want. How can we help them?

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Work still needed to create whole, healthy society, free of exclusion

Work still needed to create whole, healthy society, free of exclusion

| Kathy Tomlin | February 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Forty short years ago, the Office of Urban Affairs, precursor to the Catholic Charities’ Office for Social Justice, was born.

The office was a necessary res­ponse by the church to the social, economic and racial unrest of the 1960s and 1970s. But the efforts of this one office were not enough.

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Consider your faith as you set work goals for 2011

Consider your faith as you set work goals for 2011

| Tom Bengtson | December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Managers everywhere set goals for the coming year.

Everyone who is serious about their job should do the same for themselves.

What are your goals for 2011?

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Don’t water down truth in the name of civility

Don’t water down truth in the name of civility

| November 4, 2010 | 4 Comments

It is always disheartening to see the obligatory “both parties are bad” letter that inevitably comes out every election time [“Civility lost in communicating political viewpoints,” Oct 18].

While Mr. Zimmerman’s longing for a spirit of civility is commendable, such a perspective blurs the real and important differences between the two main political parties.

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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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We need to change our approach regarding poverty

We need to change our approach regarding poverty

| October 6, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Spirit asked readers in its Sept. 23 issue to answer the question: “What new steps should be taken to reduce poverty in the United States?”

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Letters to the Editor – September 23, 2010

Letters to the Editor – September 23, 2010

| September 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

My thanks to Joe Towalski for his thoughtful editorial about ground zero and the proposed site of a Muslim community center [Aug. 26]. It brought to mind the No. 1 rule of St. Benedict: All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.

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Letters to the editor – September 9, 2010

Letters to the editor – September 9, 2010

| September 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

My intention was to read Laura Stierman’s “My Turn” reflection, “A Catholic response to immigration and Arizona law” [Aug. 12], with an open mind. I found that difficult because it did not seem to have been written with an open mind.

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Letters to the editor – August 12, 2010

Letters to the editor – August 12, 2010

| August 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

As an adoptive mother, I was pleased to read about the Day of Honor and Recognition for Birth mothers in The Catholic Spirit [July 1]. Although my daughter and I always keep a day to honor her birth mother, it is important for birth mothers to know that we are forever grateful for their sacrifices.

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