Stand up for the environment, Canadians

Joe Gunn

June 11, 2012

Three years ago, Canada's Catholic bishops asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take action on climate change. Then-CCCB president, Archbishop James Weisgerber wrote, "As Catholic pastors and teachers, we have a special concern for how climate change impacts the poor.

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Nigerian Catholics display fighting spirit

Fr. Raymond de Souza

June 11, 2012

There is a new archbishop in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That might not strike you as big news, but it is. The last time Lagos had a new archbishop was in 1973.

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Christ will wipe away your tears in heaven

Mark Pickup

June 11, 2012

The readings of Trinity Sunday should give assurance to all who suffer and long to be with Christ. The First Reading was from Deuteronomy 4. It reminds us of how God has been with humanity from the beginning. God has always been involved in human affairs and desires a relationship with people. He has not forsaken us.

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Should we still be friends with a woman I find attractive?

Sr. Louise Zdunich

June 11, 2012

I read an article that when we find attractiveness in others, we should recognize and appreciate their attributes as gifts of God. I find the wife of one of our friend couples attractive in that we share professional occupations, similar backgrounds and dispositions but also physically.

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Vatican warns against nun’s book on sexual ethics

Sr. Margaret Farley

June 11, 2012

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, contains “erroneous propositions” on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and “grave harm to the faithful.”

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Cultural trends take men out of their families

June 11, 2012

The image of the American family is changing and increasingly that means a family doesn’t include a father figure.

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Benedict deplores ‘VatiLeaks’ scandal

June 11, 2012

Pope Benedict voiced regret for the turmoil surrounding the recent publication of leaked Vatican documents, but thanked the vast majority of people who work at the Vatican for their dedication and fidelity.

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Effort to ban abortions for sex selection fails in U.S.

June 11, 2012

A bill that would have prohibited abortions motivated by the gender of the unborn child failed to gain a needed two-thirds majority in the U.S. House of Representatives May 31.

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Irish Church shows signs of renewal

June 11, 2012

Ireland’s Catholic Church, host of the International Eucharistic Congress, has suffered a dramatic loss of credibility in recent years, but also shows signs of renewal after a decade of turbulence.

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Marx says economy must move ‘beyond capitalism’

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

June 11, 2012

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx called for a “social market economy” in the wake of the fiscal crisis that has gripped much of Europe over the past year.

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