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British monarchs may be allowed to marry Catholics

November 7, 2011

The law that bans a British monarch from marrying a Catholic is to be lifted after more than 300 years.

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U.S. bishops reaffirm concerns with Johnson's book

November 7, 2011

The nine members of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine have reaffirmed their concerns that a 2007 book by Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson is "seriously inadequate as a presentation of the Catholic understanding of God."

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Census changes have bishops scrambling

November 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – Changes in the no-longer-mandatory long-form census have prompted the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to look for new ways to fund their Ottawa-based secretariat.

In an email, CCCB general secretary Msgr. Pat Powers said the conference "used to rely on Statistics Canada to provide data on the Catholic population of each diocese."

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Nothing More Beautiful: The Call to Holiness

November 14, 2011
Following is the text of the witness talk by British educator David Wells at the Oct. 27 session of Nothing More Beautiful.

I want to thank Archbishop Smith and Rita and Natalie for inviting me, in 25 short minutes, to try and offer a witness to three themes: commitment to the person of Jesus, obedience to him, and the way of the cross. I just want to say "Hello" to a few people from the schools and the school boards who know me; I see friendly and familiar faces.

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Proposal for global regulation draws fire

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November 14, 2011
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Thinking in catholic terms about a global economy ought to be natural. Catholic means global, universal, transcending boundaries. But a Catholic proposal for regulating the global economy has stirred a battle between left and right within the Church.

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Church struggles with tradition, progress

Msgr. John Hamilton

November 14, 2011
CHRIS MILLER
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

SHERWOOD PARK – Prior to Vatican II, the Catholic Church celebrated every Mass in Latin. There was much pomp and ceremony, the rules were rigid. The Church was seen as the kingdom of God and everything outside was deemed evil.

"The Church was very authoritarian and prohibitive. You were not allowed to attend services in another Church," said Msgr. John Hamilton, presenting a brief overview of recent Church history.

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Welcome refugees to the table

Mary Jo Leddy

November 14, 2011
SHEILA DABU NONATO
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – Catholic teachers can help create a more just Canadian society by welcoming refugees, says social justice activist Mary Jo Leddy.

"(Teachers) have a noble and ethical task," Leddy, the founder of Toronto's Romero House, said Oct. 28. Romero House houses and assists refugees in Canada.

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New centre mines Vatican II insights

Catherine Clifford

November 14, 2011
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA – A year before the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Saint Paul University has launched the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism.

The centre will study the contribution Canadians made to council as well as how the council has shaped religious communities here.

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Exorcists ramp up war on the devil

St. Michael

November 14, 2011
CAROL GLATZ
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

A call to arms – to take up the weapons of the rosary and prayer – rings out every year at an international conference on exorcism in Rome.

The Church needs more training of both priests and laypeople in fighting the influence of the devil and bringing spiritual healing to those in need, attendees said.

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Turn to a life of devotion and you will face criticism

St. Francis de Sales

November 7, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One reward for a commitment to leading a virtuous life is criticism. As surely as night follows day, the person of devotion and virtue will be accused of hypocrisy and it will be suggested that they have turned to God out of weakness.

Of course, we are hypocrites. There is no one of perfect virtue save Jesus himself and his Blessed Mother.

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