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Child’s confusion should not lead to secret, dubious decision

February 15th, 2018 Posted in Opinion, Our Diocese Tags: ,

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Diocese of Wilmington

If an underweight fifteen-year-old girl walks into the school nurse’s office and announces that she is fat, the nurse, the administration, parents and the medical profession will go at once to work to address what presents as anorexia or bulimia.

If the same girl announces that she is really a boy, much current thinking imagines that her confusion about her body should be accommodated, and that she should be treated with strong hormones and even mutilating surgery. If she lives in Oregon, the state will pay for it without her parents’ knowledge. The previous national administration claimed that she should be admitted to the boys’ locker room. The more extreme social justice warriors think that if her parents are too sane to cooperate, they should be cut out of the process.

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Msgr. Hurley’s path to diocese included a beat with the O.C.P.D

February 15th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,

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(This article first appeared in “Because we are Catholic,” a publication of the Maryland Catholic Conference.)

Twenty years ago he was an Ocean City Police detective with thoughts of joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Now, Monsignor Steven Hurley is second in command at the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, which includes Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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2018 Annual Catholic Appeal goal to support programs

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Bishop Malooly notes generosity of those who have supported ministries in past years

Bishop Malooly has set a goal of $4,681,500 for the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal, which helps support more than 35 offices and ministries that provide aid to those in need, education, and emotional and spiritual support to people in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Read more »

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Pancake dinners rooted in history as Lenten season begins

February 14th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags: ,

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The Dialog

Youth at St. Francis de Sales Parish prepared for Lent with a pancake flipping contest while hosting a pancake dinner on the eve of Ash Wednesday.

Some adults also participated in the friendly competition in which already cooked pancakes were flipped from a skillet. The goal was to flip a pancake as many times as possible within a minute. Some were credited with 60 to 80 flips; others were not quite so fortunate.

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Fasting traditions observed in non-Catholic religions

February 14th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: ,

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The Dialog

Fasting from food is one thing, but in Austria people once fasted from entertainment during Lent, according to Father Michael Witczak.

“In past times, Carnival [in Austria] would includes plays and concerts from Epiphany to Ash Wednesday,” said Father Witczak, associate professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology at Catholic University of America. “Then all entertainment ceased until Easter.”

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Diocese of Wilmington musicals kick off this weekend

February 13th, 2018 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , ,

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From “Les Miserables” to “Pippin,” from “Addams Family” to “Godspell” to “Frogs,” stage performers and support staff have been working overtime to perfect second semester high school productions that begin as early as mid-February.

Readers become accustomed to reading about top-level athletes and their accomplishments through fall, winter and spring seasons each year.

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Diocese of Wilmington set to celebrate 150th anniversary

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WILMINGTON – A diocese’s sesquicentennial happens only once, and the Diocese of Wilmington is making sure the anniversary is marked in a prominent manner.

The Diocese of Wilmington will begin a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary beginning March 3 with a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter, and ending with Mass March 3, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington. The 365 days in between will be filled with various events to commemorate the sesquicentennial.

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Ray Manza, Wilmington chapter of Legatus cited for turnaround

February 12th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese Tags:

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Call it The Great Turnaround.

It was not very many years ago that the Wilmington chapter of Legatus, the Catholic businessperson’s group, confronted a dwindling membership that had fallen to somewhere around 10 people.

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Anthony Fontana set for Philadelphia Union after Holy Angels School

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CHESTER, Pa. – This time of year, high school seniors are busy with any number of pursuits. Picking a college, looking forward to a prom and booking a house in Dewey Beach for Senior Week are just a few of the thoughts that fill the heads of many 17- and 18-year-olds.

That is not the case for Anthony Fontana. The Newark resident and graduate of Holy Angels School is laser-focused on March 3, which is opening night for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Fontana, who turned 18 in October, will be in Chester, Pa., beginning his career as a professional soccer player.

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Tears of joy for Eagles fans include memories of loved ones

February 5th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Those not from our area might believe they understand the flood of emotions coming from people after the Philadelphia Eagles ended their franchise Super Bowl drought and claimed their first NFL Championship since 1960.

They think they get it. Other teams have had long droughts, some longer than the Eagles.

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