Monthly Archives: December 2008

When a priest is accused, the parish suffers too

When a priest is accused of sexually abusing a minor, the parish community inevitably becomes a victim. The natural instinct of parishioners is to defend their spiritual guide,  and rally for his return. No such outcome will occur at St. … Continue reading

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“Remembering Emilie”

Following up on yesterday’s post on the sad news of the death of Emilie Lemmons, we now offer a link to Catholic Spirit editor Joe Towalski’s column reflecting on her life, which has now been posted on the paper’s Web … Continue reading

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A sad but inspiring journey of a Catholic journalist, dead at 40

Death is nothing new to me. Both of my parents died young, I’ve experienced the loss of friends and other family members, and I held my mother’s hand as she passed into the afterlife. As a journalist, I’ve covered more funerals … Continue reading

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Jim Harney never forgot about the world’s poor

Catholic peacemaker Jim Harney, who promoted justice for the world’s poor through photography, lectures and retreats throughout the U.S. and Canada, died Dec. 26 after a protracted bout with brain cancer. The 68-year-old former Catholic priest first gained notoriety as one of … Continue reading

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A reminder that Christmas is not yet over

Terry Mattingly, a religion expert who writes a weekly column for Scripps Howard News Service and is also a major contributor to the Get Religion blog (which is must-reading for anyone concerned about the coverage of religion in the mainstream … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Vatican City!

VATICAN CITY — Mark your calendars. On Feb. 11, Vatican City State turns 80 years old. To celebrate, the commission governing Vatican territory is presenting a special exhibition that will open Feb. 12 in the Vatican’s Braccio di Carlo Magno in … Continue reading

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Vatican Nativity scene unveiled

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican unveiled its Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square at dusk on Christmas Eve. Workmen dropped a white curtain, and a few hundred camera flashes went off as a Vatican police band played. The scene changes a … Continue reading

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