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Archbishop Smith condemns sexual exploitation of children

May5, 2011
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

EDMONTON — The involvement of one of the Church’s shepherds in “a heinous sexual crime” goes against everything the Catholic Church stands for, says Archbishop Richard Smith.

Catholics have a deep sense, “almost in our genes,” of the beauty, sacredness and dignity of the sacrament of Holy Orders, Smith said in reaction to Bishop Raymond Lahey’s guilty plea to a charge of importing child pornography.

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Easter prayer

May 9, 2011

A man prays on the stone floor of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the Easter Vigil Mass.

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Ex-Anglican priest gives up job to become Catholic

May 9, 2011

It’s a brave decision for Ian Hellyer to give up his job when he has to provide for eight children and his wife is pregnant with the couple’s ninth child.

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Veteran pro-lifer sees ‘mood change’ on abortion

Joseph Scheidler

May 9, 2011

Joseph Scheidler, regarded by many as the “godfather of the pro-life movement,” sees the mood shifting in the United States on the abortion issue and predicts pro-lifers eventually “will prevail.”

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Bomb explodes outside Baghdad church on Easter

May 9, 2011

A bomb exploded outside Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad April 24 after the Easter Masses had finished and parishioners had gone home.

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In TV appearance, pope answers questions

May 9, 2011

In an unprecedented TV appearance, Pope Benedict answered questions posed by Christians and non-Christians about global conflicts, interreligious relations and human suffering.

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Catholic press group a ‘disaster,’ says Vatican

May 9, 2011

Bodytext

The Pontifical Council for the Laity has withdrawn the canonical recognition of the International Catholic Union of the Press as a Catholic organization because of operational irregularities.

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Aussie bishop relieved of his responsibilities

May 9, 2011

Pope Benedict has removed Australian Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba from office five years after he wrote a pastoral letter indicating he would be open to ordaining women and married men if Church rules changed to allow such a possibility.

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Church leaders protest Indian nuclear power plant

May 9, 2011

Church leaders in Maharashtra, India, have added their voice to a movement opposed to several proposed nuclear projects in the state, including what would be the largest nuclear power generating plant in the world.

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Wuerl explains bishops’ role on theological matters

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

May 9, 2011

Bishops have a responsibility to teach the Catholic faith and preserve it “as it has been received and passed on” and thus are bound to respond to the work of theologians if they perceive the faith is being portrayed in error, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, said in a new resource for prelates.

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