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Death takes us on a lonely path, the same as Jesus trod

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 14, 2011

When I was 22 years old, a seminarian, I was privileged to have a unique kind of desert experience. I sat with my siblings in a palliative care room for several weeks, watching my father die.

My father was young still, 62, and in good health until being struck with pancreatic cancer. He was a man of faith and he brought that to his final struggle. He wasn't afraid of God, whom he had served all his life, nor of the afterlife, which his faith assured him was to be joy-filled.

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Teacher of the faith underlines Christian call to discipleship

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November 14, 2011

In his catechesis at the Oct. 27 Nothing More Beautiful session, Archbishop Richard Smith provided a succinct, thorough overview of Christian discipleship. The text of his talk, which consumed four pages in last week's WCR, might not seem concise. However, rare is the talk that would more concisely provide a thorough-going alternative to the faulty notion that being a Catholic means a life of following rules.

The archbishop hangs his hat on the Second Vatican Council's teaching that the meaning of Christ's revelation is expressed not only by his words, but also through his actions. When we try to live as Christ lived – that is, to be a disciple – we run up against our own hypocrisy. Our actions never measure up to what we say we believe.

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Deceased Prelates

November 14, 2011

A nun prays after Communion as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass Nov. 3.

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Adviser quits after blaming devil for same-sex attraction

Daniel Avila

November 14, 2011

A policy adviser to the U.S. bishops has resigned following a controversy over an opinion piece he wrote suggesting that same-sex attraction could be the work of the devil.

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Coptic leader warns of growing rift in Egypt

November 14, 2011

The patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt blamed Islamic fundamentalists for the increasing number of attacks on Christians and criticized a growing division between Muslims and Christians since the country's February revolution.

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Population growth calls for economic development

November 14, 2011

The challenge posed to the world by the birth of its seven billionth inhabitant isn't how to stop population growth, but to find ways to ensure the continued growth can benefit all humanity, said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

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Wis. bishops ask Catholics not to bring guns to church

November 14, 2011

Wisconsin's bishops have urged Catholics not to take weapons to church even though a new state law went into effect Nov. 1 allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons.

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Philippine ritual

November 14, 2011

A mother uses a ladder to reach her son's tomb and offer a prayer at a public cemetery in Navotas, Philippines, Nov. 1.

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Religion teachers critical to new evangelization

November 14, 2011

Solid catechesis, confidence in the faith and sharing the faith are critical elements to carrying out the work of the new evangelization, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington told high school religion teachers Oct. 28.

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Half of Ireland has chilly view of Church

November 14, 2011

Almost half of Irish people polled say they now have an unfavourable view of the Catholic Church.

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