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Vatican’s global financial view gets mixed reaction in U.S.

October 28th, 2011 Posted in National News

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholics have mixed feelings about the Vatican’s ideas on how to fix today’s troubled global economy.

The proposals, outlined in a document released Oct. 24, include overhauling the world’s financial systems, establishing a global authority to manage the economy and creating a “world reserve fund” to support poor countries.

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Vatican letter: U.S. bishops prepare to begin visits to Rome

October 28th, 2011 Posted in Featured, National News

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VATICAN CITY — U.S. bishops are preparing to make their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican, an intense series of encounters that will bring many of them face-to-face with Pope Benedict XVI for the first time.

Beginning in early November and extending through much of next year, the visits will constitute the most comprehensive assessment of church life in the United States since the German pope was elected in 2005.

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Bishops reaffirm doctrinal critique of theologian’s book

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WASHINGTON — The nine members of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine have reaffirmed their concerns that a 2007 book by Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson is “seriously inadequate as a presentation of the Catholic understanding of God.”

In an 11-page response to Sister Elizabeth’s extensive June 1 defense of her 2007 book, “Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God,” the bishops said her explanation did nothing to change their minds. Sister Elizabeth said then that the bishops misunderstood and misrepresented the book’s main points.

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Bishop tells House panel of ‘grave threats to religious liberty’

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WASHINGTON — Recent “grave threats to religious liberty” serve as “grim validations” of the U.S. bishops’ decision last June to create a special committee to address those issues, Bishop William C. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., told a House subcommittee Oct. 26.

Bishop Lori, appointed in late September to chair the bishops’ new Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, said the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence require government “to acknowledge and protect religious liberty as fundamental, no matter the moral and political trends of the moment.”

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San Francisco cathedral bell found

October 27th, 2011 Posted in National News Tags: , , , ,

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SAN FRANCISCO — The historic bell stolen Oct. 23 from the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco was recovered Oct. 26 in West Oakland across the street from a scrap metal yard near the Port of Oakland docks, San Francisco police said.

The theft of the bell received widespread news coverage. Given to the church in 1889, the bell was in service at the former St. Mary’s Cathedral until it burned to the ground in 1962, when it was moved to the current cathedral site.

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Bell stolen from San Francisco cathedral

October 26th, 2011 Posted in National News Tags: , , ,

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SAN FRANCISCO — A 5,330-pound church bell owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco since 1889 has been stolen from the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral, apparently for the scrap value of its copper.

The bell was reported missing at 11 a.m. Oct. 24. It has been on a concrete slab in a garden in front of the cathedral at Geary Boulevard and Gough Street since 1970.

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Survey finds Mass attendance down, but Catholics loyal to faith

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WASHINGTON — Although Mass attendance continues to decline among American Catholics, loyalty to Catholic identification remains strong, according to the results of a new survey commissioned by National Catholic Reporter newspaper.

Mass attendance by “pre-Vatican II” Catholics, born in 1940 or before, slipped to 54 percent, down 10 percentage points from the high recorded in the 1999 survey, but it still topped all age groups. The rate for “Vatican II” Catholics, those born 1941-60, is 31 percent; for “post-Vatican II” Catholics born 1961-78, 29 percent; and for “millennial” Catholics born since 1979, 23 percent.

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Cardinal Wuerl named to evangelization synod post

October 25th, 2011 Posted in National News Tags: , ,

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington as the relator, or recording secretary, of the 2012 Synod of Bishops on “new evangelization.”

As recording secretary, Cardinal Wuerl will be primarily responsible for preparing a thematic report for discussion at the opening of the synod and another report summarizing speeches given in the first phase of the synod’s general assemblies.

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Panel talks keeping the faith amid political spin

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NEW YORK — Catholic voters who seek objective facts, study issues carefully and consider the teachings of the church are well-equipped to weather the storms of negativity and partisan sniping associated with the upcoming elections, according to panelists at an Oct. 18 conference on “Keeping the Faith in a Season of Spin.”

Speakers at the program at Jesuit-run Fordham University offered observations on the role of faith and principles for both candidates and voters.

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Faith groups seek to end domestic violence

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WASHINGTON — In desperation, women suffering from domestic violence often turn to faith communities for help.

These communities can offer vital support and connect women with services they need such as legal assistance and temporary housing. But the ability to do this well is not necessarily a given. Every leader of every faith community across the country will not automatically have the right response or the necessary information on hand to best help victims of domestic violence.

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