Reporting on the pope and evolution

On the most difficult issues of the day, the Catholic press always has prided itself on reporting the nuances that the general media misses. Such was the case again this week in reporting on Pope Benedict XVI’s supposedly new comments on evolution in a new book. The CNS story set the pope’s comments in the broader context of faith and science; it also stated clearly that the pope’s comments weren’t new at all but came from a discussion with former students last September. Others, such as this Associated Press report, weren’t so clear. The AP story, for instance, doesn’t say until the fifth paragraph (and only in passing, at that) that he made the comments at a meeting with fellow theologians, and doesn’t say until the 11th graf that they came seven months ago.

Regular readers of CNS might also remember that there was another CNS story last September on the meeting itself. While that story doesn’t have the pope’s comments — the meeting, of course, was closed — it did quote one participant as saying that the gathering did not advance any significant shift in direction on the church and evolution, another nuance that some reporters might have missed when they first saw the book this week.

Catholic education convention in Baltimore

Elizabeth Maneeley of Sacred Heart School in Warner Robins, Ga., speaks with Franciscan Sister Rose Pacatte April 11 in the exhibition hall during the National Catholic Educational Association convention in Baltimore. Thousands of Catholic educators decended on the Baltimore Convention Center for the April 10-13 NCEA convention on the theme “Anchor of Faith, Harbor of Light.” (CNS photo/Owen Sweeney III, Catholic Review.

‘Origins’ this week features Cardinal George, pope at Easter, and a history of consecrated life

The latest issue of Origins: CNS Documentary Service features the full texts of:

  • Cardinal Francis E. George’s Library of Congress presentation that secularism’s efforts to limit the public role of religion could force the church’s withdrawal from many of its public ministries. (Subscribers: click here)
  • Pope Benedict XVI’s Easter message noting that the presence of so much suffering in the world today challenges the faith of many Christians. (Subscribers: click here)
  • Oblate Father Paul Morrisey’s examination of the history of consecrated life as the “history of the action of the Holy Spirit in the church,” which is an ongoing history whose final chapter has yet to be written. (Subscribers: click here)

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Baptized at Easter

Capuchin Father John Celichowski, pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Milwaukee, baptizes one of 15 children during Easter Mass April 8. Twenty-three children and adults were received into the church at the Easter liturgy. Father Celichowski said the parish celebrated the sacraments of initiation on Sunday, rather than during the Easter Vigil, because of the number of youths participating in the initiation process. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, Catholic Herald)

Growing grassroots ministry brings light and healing to survivors of sexual abuse

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, so the Denver Catholic Register has a story about a local ministry called Spiritual Survivors, which is celebrating its third anniversary this month. One of the founders says the ministry’s purpose is to provide “a safe place for survivors to talk about their abuse and the impact it’s had on their lives and their spirituality.”

Paulist novice ‘rare exception’

A Tennessee native is studying for the priesthood with the Paulist Fathers at age 52, but what makes his story even more unusual, according to The East Tennessee Catholic in Knoxville, is that his service in the Peace Corps helped guide him to Catholicism more than 25 years ago.

Ghana man tells of hunger, hope

The Catholic Courier in Rochester, N.Y., tells the story of a Ghana native who finds that one part of lecturing at U.S. schools is personally painful to him: the site of unfinished lunches and milk cartons in the cafeteria garbage. Thomas Awiapo said he seeks not to chastise Americans, but enlighten them about needs in his native Ghana.

A doctor’s Good Friday reflections

Here’s another Lenten reflection: St. Anthony Messenger magazine reprints a talk delivered on Good Friday last year by a Cincinnati medical doctor whose daily view of pain and suffering but also of life’s miracles reminds us that Good Friday and Easter symbolize our prayers for new life.

Jiminy Cricket need not apply

An editorial in the Florida Catholic discusses the current threats to conscience clauses that traditionally have allowed religious organizations and individuals to be exempt from providing services they find objectionable. What’s Jiminy Cricket got to do with it? Read and find out.


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