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Pope John's opening speech sets the tone for a new direction

October 8, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Blessed Pope John XXIII began his speech to open the Second Vatican Council on Oct. 11, 1962, many, perhaps most, of the bishops in St. Peter's Basilica expected to receive their marching orders for the council.

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Wipe out poverty and give dignity to all

Joe Gunn

October 8, 2012

Sitting in our parish basement, she told her story with a quiet dignity – and a carefully concealed anger.

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Catholic intellectual tradition celebrates each unique student

Blessed John Henry Newman

October 8, 2012
DR. TERRENCE DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

The beginning of a new academic year provides a distinct perspective from which to appreciate the rich academic tradition that is Catholic higher education and to recommit to providing the transformative learning experience that defines the genre.

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Simon's gift can be given or received

October 8, 2012
AUSTIN MARDON
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Oct. 7-13 is Mental Health Week. It reminds me every year of famous helpers in history.

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Karol Wojtyla tapped laity to reveal Vatican II's power

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October 1, 2012

As the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council approaches on Oct. 12, it is well to remember the diocese which likely did the most thorough job of implementing the council's teachings - the Archdiocese of Krakow, Poland.

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'If only' lessons teach us to forgive our flaws

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

October 1, 2012

If only! How often we feel those bitter words of regret: If only! If only I had noticed earlier! If only I had been more attentive! If only I could see that person again, even for five minutes! If only I hadn't been there just then! If only the storm hadn't happened just as I was on the highway! If only I hadn't had that extra drink! If only I had left the party 10 minutes earlier! If only!

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Myth can convey a plethora of meanings

Ralph Himsl

October 1, 2012
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 7, 2011

The First Reading for Sunday from Genesis, tells of God's creation of humankind and of the creatures of earth, sea and sky.

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Preparations for the council were a closed shop

October 1, 2012
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In mid-summer 1960, the preparations for the Second Vatican Council entered their second and final phase. Ten commissions were established to take the material submitted by bishops and Catholic universities from around the world and to develop documents to be considered by the council when it began.

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Kids hookup sexually, become headhunters

Fr. Robert Barron

October 1, 2012

I first came across the term "hookup culture" in Leonard Sax's thought provoking and disturbing 2005 book, Why Gender Matters. But the phenomenon itself I found beautifully depicted in a novel published a year earlier: Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons.

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Bountiful feast a time to celebrate past, dream of future

Lasha Morningstar

October 1, 2012

The bounty of Thanksgiving can be so easily missed. Plunked where it is, somewhere between the end of summer and onset of winter, Thanksgiving is for many of us just a long weekend with maybe a too-full meal.

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