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Religious in India urge change in patriarchal mindset

Religious in India urge change in patriarchal mindset India’s major religious superiors ended their triennial meeting Feb. 1 with a call for the church to abandon its “patriarchal mindset” for a gender-sensitive culture of collaboration. Some 575 superiors representing 125,000 men and women religious in the country unanimously endorsed a “vision for gender justice and […]

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They work to soften immigration bills

They work to soften immigration bills Catholic leaders and other religious groups that have strongly opposed punitive attempts to regulate immigration and to restrict benefits for noncitizens took different views of a House bill that was passed March 21. On March 25, the bishops criticized the bill as “extreme and restrictive,” even though some of […]

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Bishops’ haste produces un-Catholic policy – Commentary

Bishops’ haste produces un-Catholic policy – Commentary – Brief Article Tom Beaudoin The American Catholic bishops were Under enormous pressure in Dallas to show that they heard the victims of sexual abuse. They are to be applauded for their openness to learning from victims, from Catholic thinkers, and from the deep disappointment of Catholics who […]

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Mama’s Hands, Father’s Necklace

Mama’s Hands, Father’s Necklace – Brief Article Gary Evans What can I say? Momma’s hands were full of talent. She made biscuits delicious with them. She shelled peas, washed, sorted beans with them and raising three sometimes hardheaded boys by herself. If you messed up bad enough she could use her hands to knock you […]

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Gay marriage

Gay marriage – Letter to the Editor Anne Brannen * Many thanks for the editorial of Feb. 20 supporting the legalization of gay marriages. I’ve been so appalled, as a Catholic, with the tenor of discussion on an issue that seems to me to be clearly an issue of social justice, and one not concerning […]

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Woe to You If You Fear Men More than God

Woe to You If You Fear Men More than God – Poem Judith Robbins Stepping out of the tub after my shower those words came back and I understood they were meant for me as well as the church to which I had spoken them years ago in print. Lodged at my typewriter down in […]

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Pope’s book due in U.S. stores

Pope’s book due in U.S. stores Dennis Coday NEW YORK — Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way, the English edition of Pope John Paul II’s latest book, is due in U.S. bookstores at the end of September. Published in the United States by Warner Books, the book is an autobiographical reflection on the pope’s […]

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Fr. Roland Murphy, noted scripture scholar, dies at 85 – Nation – Brief Article

Fr. Roland Murphy, noted scripture scholar, dies at 85 – Nation – Brief Article – Obituary Gill Donovan Carmelite Fr. Roland E. Murphy, a co-author of the Jerome Biblical Commentary and one of the top U.S. scripture scholars of the 20th century, died of heart failure in Washington July 20, the day after his 85th […]

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Woman of the Cloth.

Woman of the Cloth. – book reviews Ruth Fitzpatrick What John Paul II’s papal no and Cardinal Ratziryger’s dubious dubium deny in reality is happening in fiction. The author of Woman of the Cloth, Fr. Michael Tracey, Irish from County Mayo, is a campus minister for the Biloxi, Miss., diocese. He knows how the system […]

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Priest.

Priest. – movie reviews Joseph Cunneen Originally written by Jimmy McGovern as a four-part TV series for the BBC, “Priest’ is overwrought and tendentious, but surprisingly effective. Its controversial intent and basic disposition are evident from the start, when an elderly priest takes a large wooden crucifix from the church, carries it determinedly through the […]