Benedictine nun follows new ministry as funeral director

A Benedictine nun recently took on a new ministry that may be unique — she’s a funeral director. The Catholic Key, newspaper of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., has the story of Benedictine Sister Christine Kean, manager of a funeral home in Clinton, Mo., who sees her work as part of following the Rule of St. Benedict.

Bishop reflects on ‘Humanae Vitae,’ draws parallel to government determinations

Noting the 40th anniversary next year of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which reaffirmed the church’s opposition to artificial contraception, Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Ore., draws parallels between church teaching and the actions of a government authority. In his column in the Catholic Sentinel, which serves both the Baker Diocese and the Portland Archdiocese in Oregon, he writes that while the reasons behind a judgment of a county planning commission which he recently dealt with may not be clear to those who have to observe it, so too the reasons behind Pope Paul’s determination in “Humanae Vitae” may not be clear but should be followed. Click here for the full column.

Parish sells ‘chances’ to help Kenyan diocese

A parish in Springfield, Ill., has come up with a different way of raising money for foreign missionary activity — it is selling 100 chances for $200 each, but the prize is merely the satisfaction of helping. Details are in this story in Catholic Times, the Springfield diocesan newspaper.