Monthly Archives: November 2009

Year for Priests: Answering a ‘great’ question

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series A couple of weeks ago, an older gentleman, who I will name Steve, approached me after Mass, convinced that I was the right person to answer a question that he has … Continue reading

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Down to the wire on House health care bill

“Today all members of Congress were afforded the opportunity to vote their conscience and represent the wishes of their constituents on the issue of federal funding for the abortion,” U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak, a Catholic and pro-life Democrat from Michigan, … Continue reading

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The complexities of the Catholic Church in China

One thing I learned during my 2007 trip to China is that the situation of Catholics living there is very complex.  As a result, I have learned to rely on those much more familiar with the situation there and to … Continue reading

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Irish bishops lay groundwork for pastoral on environment

UPDATE: Here is our Nov. 10 story after the pastoral was released. As the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference prepares to issue a pastoral reflection on Christian responsibility to care for the environment on Nov. 10, they are laying groundwork with material … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Keys to a successful parish merger

By Father Kenneth J. Doyle One in a series The parish I serve as pastor has, within the last month, completed a merger. Since pastors around the country are facing similar situations (particularly in the Northeast), I thought that a … Continue reading

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800 miles to the farthest parish in the archdiocese

Managing church functions in the vast expanses of Alaska is not like doing the same in most states. Among the fascinating bits of information in this article in St. Anthony Messenger is that the comparatively simple matter of flying one … Continue reading

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Vatican gets ready to talk sports

VATICAN CITY — While North Americans — including two top U.S. prelates — are focused on the 2009 World Series, sports is on the Vatican’s mind as well. This weekend the Pontifical Council for the Laity will host a study seminar on … Continue reading

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