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NCR readers in Joliet, Ill.: Save this date

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NCR columnist Phyllis Zagano will speak Sept. 18 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

"Women Deacons: A Promise of Vatican II" will be 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in San Damiano Hall, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet. Presented by Catholic scholar Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of Religion at Hofstra University in New York, this is a Bishop Joseph L. Imesch Women in the Church Lecture Series presentation.

Attention NCR readers in Rochester, NY

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NCR senior analyst Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese will be in Rochester, N.Y., Sept. 11 and 12 for two speaking engagements with the Shannon Chair Catholic Studies Lecture of Nazareth College.

Topics, times and venues are:

Pope Francis and the Challenge of Reforming the Church
Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center

Listening to the Laity: Pope Francis and the Upcoming Synod on the Family
Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m.
Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center

Kasper presses for full return of those in second marriages

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In a long and complex article in the Sept. 15 issue of America magazine, Cardinal Walter Kasper discusses how mercy is understood in the Gospel and in the teaching of Pope Francis. He applies this to the possibility of permitting those in second marriages to be absolved and returned to the church in good standing. This issue is now under discussion in preparation for the upcoming synod, Kasper says, and it is clear he will be one of those pushing enthusiastically for change in the near future.

What A Way To Go

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The death of Chick-fil-A's founder days ago brought to mind journalism's habitual neglect of the religious side of the deceased. S. Truett Cathy's obituaries at first seemed to be an exception to the rule. His public opposition to same sex marriage was duly highlighted as was his support of conservative family values causes. And they noted that he was a Baptist who stopped purveying chicken on Sundays to honor the Christian Sabbath.

New lawsuit in New Ulm seeks full disclosure in Minnesota

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to compel the bishop of New Ulm, Minn., to become the latest and final diocese in the state to disclose its list of known priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

The lawsuit is brought by two plaintiff, Doe 37 and Doe 38, who claim they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael Skoblik between 1967 and 1971 when they were altar servers at St. Joseph Parish in Silver Lake, Minn.

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