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Late Lincoln, Neb., Call to Action member fought excommunication for 17 years

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The story of the ongoing excommunication of members of Call to Action in the Lincoln, Neb., diocese was told recently in Rachel Pokora's new book, Crisis of Catholic Authority. But the story would not be complete without highlighting the insistent "no" to that excommunication from university James McShane. No one was more deeply hurt by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz's action in 1996, and no one did more to fight it, those who knew the man agreed. McShane did not live to see the resolution he so wanted.

Anne Frank's birthday an opportunity to discover the girl behind the diary

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In October, the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles launched "Anne: A Premier Experiential Exhibit" to commemorate the life of Anne Frank, who would have turned 85 on Thursday, for a 10-year stay. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit Sunday as a kind of introduction to a performance of "About Anne: A Diary in Dance" by the Helios Dance Theater company. A second performance will take place Thursday.

Out of pain, a beautiful healing process

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I had a right hip replacement five weeks ago and got a new left hip back in January. I've been enjoying recovery. Really, it is quite amazing. All that old pain is gone, and slowly, the injured and insulted muscles regain their strength. I let go of the cane, climb stairs normally, walk around the block, but still stand up from my desk slowly because I've been sitting too long and forgot to move. Experiencing this healing process from the inside out astounds me.

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