Theologian takes his ministry to the mall

Fr. Antoninus Wall

April 2, 2012
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CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

PORTLAND, ORE. – Amid a thrum of commercialism, an amiable priest waits patiently. His hope is to talk about faith and life with anyone who takes an interest.

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Irish Church is now fighting abuse, Vatican says

Fr. Federico Lombardi

April 2, 2012

A Vatican-appointed investigation of the Church in Ireland recognized serious shortcomings in the handling of accusations of the sexual abuse of minors, yet found that bishops, clergy and lay faithful are doing an "excellent" job in creating safe environments for children today.

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Dutch Church to cooperate with castration probe

April 2, 2012

The Dutch Church has pledged to fully cooperate with investigations into reported claims that Catholic institutions castrated boys and young men in their care to rid them of homosexuality.

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Accused bishop named to Vatican council

Bishop Walter Mixa

April 2, 2012

Pope Benedict has named a German bishop who had been accused of financial irregularities and hitting children to the Vatican's health care council.

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Report documents anti-Christian prejudice

April 2, 2012

A church-backed report has documented rising anti-Christian prejudice in Europe, despite calls for fairer legislation and measures to curb discrimination.

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Water is human right, says Vatican council

April 2, 2012

Clean and potable water is a human right, not a for-profit commodity dependent on market logic, said the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in a recent document.

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Polish abuse victim questions bishops' stance

April 2, 2012

A prominent victim of clerical sex abuse has rejected the Polish church's stance that it is following a zero-tolerance policy toward priests and offers moral support for victims.

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Ukrainian Catholic opposes shrine legislation

April 2, 2012

The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church said government-backed legislation to transfer control of key national Christian shrines to the Orthodox Church was "a clear threat to the interdenominational peace and agreement established in our state during recent years.

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Women religious, neighbours protest strip club

April 2, 2012

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Calabrini hosted about 500 of their neighbours March 22 in a prayer vigil in hopes of stopping the planned opening of a new strip club on a street adjacent to their property in suburban Chicago.

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Paschal Triduum reveals the nature of God's eternal love

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April 2, 2012

It was at a dinner party, recounted in Plato's dialogue the Symposium, that Socrates confronted the notion put forward by several people that love is a matter of like attracting like. That notion is most explicit in a speech by the dramatist Aristophanes who maintained that human beings were originally spherical beings who were cut in half by Zeus. Henceforth, each half longed to be reunited with its other half and "to heal the wound of human nature."

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