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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Vatican newspaper to offer glossy new women’s pages

June 11, 2012

The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has launched a monthly insert dedicated to women, aiming to bring greater attention to their important but sometimes neglected role in the Church.

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Families teach human need for relationships, says pope

June 11, 2012

As tens of thousands of families from all over the world gathered for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Benedict urged them to use their Christian values and strengths to help bring peace, joy and solidarity to everyone in their lives.

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Women religious need not fear Vatican reforms

June 11, 2012

Re: Kay Feehan’s letter, titled “Pray for U.S. sisters who are under attack” (WCR letters, May 28).

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