‘Origins’ covers immigration, spirituality, pornography, and more

A variety of interesting texts in the latest edition of Origins: CNS Documentary Service:

  • Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles explains why the church considers the U.S. immigration system unjust and in need of reform. (Subscribers: click here)
  • St. Augustine might feel right at home with the contemporary emphasis on individuals finding their own way to live out their humanity and on individuals not only choosing their own faith but one that “speaks” to them by making sense of their spiritual journey as they see it, suggests Archbishop Philip Wilson, president of the Australian bishops’ conference. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The “electronic tsunami of pornography” now generates more annual income than all three major professional sports combined and causes the world’s fastest-growing addiction. But what should motivate people to take action “is not the amount of pornography there is but the kind of harm it does,” says San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer. (Subscribers: click here)
  • Archbishop Celestino Migliore expresses the Vatican’s disappointment that the U.N. has postponed action on a declaration on the rights of indigenous people. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., will not appeal the $11.45 million a jury recently awarded two sexual abuse victims, says Bishop William F. Murphy, who says “I believe that we need closure and healing at this time and that a new trial would only open up the wounds once again.” (Subscribers: click here)
  • The Vatican doctrinal congregation has sent to U.S. bishops a “minimum profile” for the assessment, study and certification of former Protestant ministers who want to become Catholic priests. (Subscribers: click here)
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