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Newman, André reveal equal dignity of all work

November 29, 2010
TERRENCE DOWNEY
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

As the Canadian representative on the Board of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) based in Washington, I recently attended a board meeting where we took time to reflect on the beatification in September of John Henry Cardinal Newman. more . . .

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The power of silence allows us to hear God's word

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November 22, 2010

Perhaps it seems strange that in a document on the Word of God (Page 5), Pope Benedict would place a special emphasis on silence. Silence, after all, is the absence of words, is it not? Is it possible to find God's word in silence? more . . .

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Our hearts search for a confessor who lets us be transparent

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, omi

November 22, 2010

Perhaps more than anything else we are unconsciously seeking a confessor, someone before whom we can open our hearts, be completely transparent, pour out our confusion and freely admit our sins. Inside our search for a soulmate is the search for a confessor. more . . .

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Advent prepares, with a hint of tribulation

Ralph Himsl

November 22, 2010

Probably only poets, romantics and other playful souls would bother to try to assign distinctive characteristics to the months of the year. As for the poets, we can think of T. S. Eliot and his label for April as the "cruellest month." more . . .

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Money silences outcry over Iraq slayings

Bishop Fred Henry

November 22, 2010

On Oct. 15, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad delivered one of the most memorable interventions during the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East - words made even more poignant by the Oct. 31 attack on worshippers at his cathedral. more . . .

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Abandonment wears a multitude of faces

Gordon Self

November 22, 2010

In recent months there has been a surprising amount of public interest regarding so-called "angel cradles" where babies may be safely abandoned at hospitals (see "Will abandoned babies get a home? WCR, Oct. 4). more . . .

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The priest has a mission in our time . . . and in all times

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 22, 2010

About a dozen years ago I was at a dinner party in the home of people I had not previously met. When our hostess discovered that I was a seminarian, she shrieked with perverse delight, announcing to all, "Wait until my husband hears about that!" more . . .

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Hospitality is key to ending intolerance of Muslims

November 22, 2010
BILLY ISENOR, OFM
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last night I had a very energized conversation with a good friend. We discussed many things like philosophy, politics and social justice issues.

The discussion eventually led to the challenge of a marriage between a Christian and a Muslim in a “Post 9/11” world. He is a Catholic and she is a Muslim whereby both faith traditions call for certain creedal commitments and public profession of faith. more . . .

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Cathedrals restore, let souls soar

Fr. Raymond de Souza

November 15, 2010

At the heart of every culture is its cult. Cult includes what is worshipped, what is placed at the centre of communal life, what is deemed worthy of the greatest exertions of talent and treasure. more . . .

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Beloved children created by IVF technique

November 15, 2010
MARY ANN SOSA
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Last night, during our family prayer, my 15-year-old son raised a topic that he read in the WCR entitled "Vatican official blasts Nobel Prize selection," referring to the selection of British scientist Robert Edwards, as a Nobel Prize winner for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). My son cannot understand why there was so much controversy around this Nobel Prize. more . . .

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