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Chastity lets sexual energies flow in life-giving ways

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

January 23, 2012

To live a chaste life is not easy, not just for celibates, but for everyone. Even when our actions are all in line, it is still hard to live with a chaste heart, a chaste attitude and chaste fantasies. Purity of heart and intention is difficult.

Why? Chastity is difficult because we are so incurably sexual in every pore of our being. That is not a bad thing. It's God's gift. Far from being something dirty and antithetical to our spiritual lives, sexuality is God's great gift, God's holy fire, inside us. The longing for consummation is a conscious or inchoate colouring underlying most every action in our lives.

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Designer genes move into life's dark side

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January 23, 2012

Only 34 years ago the first "test tube baby" was born. Things have since come a long way. Scientists have developed preimplantation genetic diagnosis which, combined with the mapping of human genome, has set the stage for the possible creation of designer babies.

Those involved in the assisted reproduction industry say designing your own baby to be as smart as Aristotle and athletic enough to be a pro football quarterback is not technically possible. The vast majority also say they won't select embryos based on cosmetic traits, such as ensuring your baby is blond, blue-eyed and beautiful. What they want to do is to prevent diseases and health conditions that create suffering.

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Details of bishop's crimes should not be reported

January 23, 2012

I am a long-term reader of the Western Catholic Reporter. However, I was dismayed with the quality, quantity and details of the trial and sentencing of Bishop Lahey in the Dec. 26 WCR.

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Mass reform is obstacle to evangelization

January 23, 2012

I cannot say the attempts to improve the church services have in any way been inspirational. It is a great disappointment to have absurd changes dumped upon us instead of the necessary improvements that would encourage us to bring newcomers to Mass.

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Joan of Arc lived finest of 'French virtues' – Sarkozy

January 23, 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy praised his country's patron, St. Joan of Arc, for helping "forge the national conscience.

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At least 26 Church workers killed in 2011

January 23, 2012

At least 26 Catholic pastoral workers were killed in mission lands or among society's most disadvantaged communities, although they were more often the victims of violent crimes than persecution for their faith, said a Vatican news agency.

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Study of U.S. women religious sent to Rome

January 23, 2012

A three-year study of U.S. women religious called for by the Vatican has been completed with the final comprehensive report recently sent to Rome.

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Proposed Vikings stadium threatens basilica

January 23, 2012

Father John Bauer, rector of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, called on parishioners and community members to contact government officials to voice concerns about two proposed Vikings stadium sites near the church, particularly one that would be about 100 metres away.

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Pope says individualism fed economic crisis

January 23, 2012

The economic crisis should push people to look at the values reflected in their civic life and prompt an honest evaluation of whether citizens are working together to promote justice and solidarity, Pope Benedict said.

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U.S. religious leaders object to same-sex 'marriage'

January 23, 2012

A letter signed by more than three dozen U.S. religious leaders objects to the spectre of religious groups being forced to treat same-sex unions "as if they were marriage.

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