To see or not to see?

To see or not to see? That is the question many Catholics are asking themselves as the Body Worlds exhibit makes its way across the country and into their area.

There are many arguments being made on both sides. One thing for sure: It is certainly a complicated set of issues.

Here at CNS there have been some stories over the past few years — the first from 2006 and another article from earlier this year.

As the exhibit tours the country, local Catholic papers have been offering their own reactions.

The Catholic Sun of the Diocese of Phoenix had a comprehensive piece looking at the theological aspects of the exhibit.

The National Catholic Reporter also published an article looking at the different reactions by bishops across the U.S. It also discussed the question of where the bodies came from, as there has been much speculation that the bodies used were victims of human right violations in China.

Deacon Greg Kandra, author of “The Deacon’s Bench” blog who works at CBS News in New York, also commented on the exhibit when he saw an article on regarding Body Worlds.

Salt Lake City deacon says ministry makes him a better parent

A Salt Lake City deacon finds that his commitment to his growing family has provided him with the values that make him a better servant to his ministry, according to this story in the Intermountain Catholic diocesan newspaper.

Though juggling a full-time job, graduate studies and the responsibility that comes with fatherhood, this convert to Catholicism believes his ministry has also strengthened his parenting skills.

What’s cooking in the church’s melting pot?

Fellow CNS reporter Dennis Sadowski has been hard at work on a piece focusing on the diversity of the Catholic Church. His story will be reminiscent of another story that appeared in the National Catholic Reporter a little while back.

The Reporter’s story was centered on the diversity and changing demographics of the church in Texas. The article broke the state down into regions and explained the unique charisms of each region.

In addition to regions that may be predominately one particular race or ethnicity, the National Catholic Reporter article highlighted areas where an individual parish provides a microcosm of the entire state and perhaps country. It also touched on the relationship between the Catholic and evangelical communities in the region.

UPDATE: Here’s the story by Dennis Sadowski referred to above.