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There's more to small towns than little houses on the prairie

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

July 4, 2011

In a book on preaching, entitled, Telling the Truth, Frederick Buechner challenges preachers and spiritual writers to speak with "awful honesty" about the human struggle, even inside the context of faith. Don't put a sugar-coating on things, he warns:

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Oh Canada, you could be so much better if . . .

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July 4, 2011

Here is a wish list for Canada's 154th birthday: What Canada most needs is more religion and more babies. It needs less abuse — sexual, verbal and physical — and fewer divorces. It needs less TV watching and less time on the Internet. Canada needs less emphasis on individual rights and more commitment to community responsibilities. Less gambling and more sharing would be good too.

Canada would benefit if there were less pornography and less exploitive advertising. It would also benefit if there was a strong emphasis on education in the Great Books, if everyone got half an hour of exercise a day and if we had a weekly Sabbath when everything shut down and everyone gave the day to rest, reflection and prayer.

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Venezuelan Corpus Christi

July 4, 2011

Masked revelers dressed as devils take part in a parade in Ocumare, Venezuela, June 23.

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Hedonism clouds judgment, says Benedict

Pope Benedict

July 4, 2011

Hedonism clouds people's judgment and risks annihilating morality, Pope Benedict said.

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Corapi leaves priesthood in wake of allegations

Fr. John Corapi

July 4, 2011

Father John Corapi, a well-known speaker and former EWTN-TV host, declared June 17 he is leaving the priesthood.

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Three theologians to receive Ratzinger Prize

July 4, 2011

Pope Benedict will award three European theologians the Ratzinger Prize for their excellence in theological studies.

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Catholic U returns to single-sex dorms

July 4, 2011

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, says the university will take a stand against binge drinking and the "culture of hooking up" by phasing out co-ed dorms.

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U.S. bishops stand against physician-assisted suicide

July 4, 2011

Taking on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, the U.S. bishops declared suicide "a terrible tragedy, one that a compassionate society should work to prevent."

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Prayer essential to avoiding idolatry — pope

July 4, 2011

Pope Benedict warned that when people forget God they risk falling under the influence of modern forms of idolatry, such as totalitarianism or nihilism.

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'Every breath you take, I'll be watching you'

July 4, 2011

The U.S.-born rector of Ukraine's Catholic university said his country is "living in dark times" and accused state security services of placing him under surveillance.

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