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Viewpoint: Francis and the cult of celebrity

March 23rd, 2014 Posted in Opinion Tags:

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One year ago in Rome, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio called his local newsstand in Argentina to cancel his subscription to a daily paper. He had been elected pope, and his reading material at the Vatican would change.

That phone call became an example of the pope’s modest personality and gave his former newsstand a long “15 minutes” of fame. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Snow plows under parish budgets

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Lent would be a good time to give the snow devil a cold shoulder.

That’s Father William T. Cocco’s feeling at St. John the Beloved in Wilmington, where as pastor he’s been watching the unusual amounts of snowfall cover the church’s and school’s walkways and extensive square feet of parking lots.

“Snow removal, putting down salt, maintenance, it’s not cheap,” Father Cocco said last week before the eighth significant snow of the winter covered parish property on Monday. Read more »

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Reflection: Having more while possessing less

February 23rd, 2014 Posted in Opinion Tags:

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Twenty years ago, Maura Cardona joined a program to train health promoters who would provide basic medical care and hygiene education for Guatemalan communities throughout the San Marcos area.

Today, she is as a model for what is possible in San Marcos, a country that hugs Guatemala’s border with Mexico from the coastal plains along the Pacific Ocean to the volcanic mountain highlands.  Read more »

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How do we become peacemakers in our lives?

February 9th, 2014 Posted in Opinion Tags: ,

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By Kathy Ebner

 

Entering a new year brings us all to reflect on the quality of our life. How do I live as a Catholic Christian? Are my decisions in line with God’s will? These questions are crucial to a person desiring to live a life honoring God, the creator.

I believe the practical wisdom necessary for living a Christian life can be found in the Beatitudes and their influence on my decisions. The Ten Commandments are mainly a list of what not to do. The Beatitudes are the new law, given by Jesus, teaching us how to live in God’s grace. Keeping in mind these Beatitudes and observing how Christ lived, we can learn how to live our lives wisely. Read more »

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Viewpoint: Weathering the storms that arise

February 8th, 2014 Posted in Opinion

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“Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice.”

Robert Frost, whose very name was cold, speculated that fire would be the world’s end in his poem “Fire and Ice.” He readily admitted, however, that ice “would suffice.”

This winter, snow and freezing weather hold the lead in apocalyptic threats to the Diocese of Wilmington. Read more »

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Viewpoint: The Good News still draws attention

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Before completing his first full year as pope, Francis was named Time magazine’s person of 2013 this week.

Pope Francis’ nine months in Rome have given birth to his advocacy for the poor that’s been heard around the world, to his constant proclamation of the gift of God’s mercy and to his daily reflections on the salvation offered to all by Jesus.

Following his unique election to the papacy after the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, took the name of St. Francis of Assisi and soon came to personify his namesake’s love of the poor and all creation. Read more »

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Viewpoint: It’s looked like Christmas for a month already

November 29th, 2013 Posted in Opinion Tags: , ,

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The church devotes each Advent, four weeks, to the coming of Christmas in its liturgical calendar.

In business, that anticipation has expanded from five weeks to eight shopping weeks heralding the coming of consumer goods under a tree.

Halloween now stands as the only civic and commercial event between Labor Day and Christmas. If not for trick-or-treating, the Christmas advertising launched at the start of November would quickly find a way to begin at the end of summer. Read more »

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Editorial: It’s a First Amendment issue

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To deny conscience rights, government refuses to call Catholic charities, hospitals and colleges ‘religious’

You don’t have to be a conservative Catholic to be dismayed by the Obama administration’s decision to force Catholic hospitals, Catholic colleges and Catholic charitable institutions to buy insurance plans for their employees that cover contraceptives, including some that can cause abortion, and sterilizations, even though the church teaches abortion, sterilization and contraception are immoral.

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Analysis: Ruling over teacher’s firing could have far-reaching implications

January 19th, 2012 Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

The direction the courts will take with other cases related to religious employment is far from clear, but the Supreme Court’s Jan. 11 ruling opens a whole track of possibilities.

The decision in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC held that fired teacher Cheryl Perich could not sue under federal disability discrimination laws, because the Michigan Lutheran school where she worked considered her a “called” minister. Read more »

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Guest commentary: Reasons for pro-life optimism

January 19th, 2012 Posted in Opinion, Uncategorized

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Here is an editorial from the Jan. 15 issue of Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newsweekly based in Huntington, Ind. It was written by the newspaper’s editorial board.

Why shouldn’t pro-lifers be discouraged?

After all, since its legalization in 1973, there have been roughly 50 million abortions in the United States. After a steady decrease since the 1980s, the annual number of abortions has stuck at about 1.2 million. Read more »

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