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The other day a man fired a shotgun from his house at two Jehovah Witness women who had knocked on his door presumably to ask him if he knew where he would spend eternity.

According to local news reports, the man and his wife had shouted "This is a Catholic home" in an effort to chase the women away and the man fired four rounds into the front lawn when they didn't move fast enough to suit him.

Center condemns attempted assassination of American-born al-Aulaqi

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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has denounced the U.S. military's attempted assassination by drone missile last Friday of American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi (also spelled "al-Awlaki").

40-year-old al-Aulaqi was born in New Mexico and has dual citizenship with Yemen.

U.S. officials believe the tech-savvy cleric whose fiery sermons have been posted on YouTube, helped recruit a Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic flight as it landed in Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 25, 2009. Al- Aulaqi is also said to have exchanged e-mails with accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan.

Moore raises important issues regarding bin Laden

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Michael Moore, the filmmaker, has publicly charged that the killing of Osama Bin Laden is murder and an assassination. He believes that there was a prior decision before the assault on Bin Laden's compound to not take him alive but to kill him even if he did not resist. Moore believes that this is both legally and morally wrong.

By apparently not taking Bin Laden alive (since it appears that he was not armed), Moore further believes that we as Americans have lost part of our national soul. By this he means that we are or should be a nation of laws and that that is what distinguishes us from many other societies.

Quebec churches switch to environment-friendly holy wine

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From The Gazette in Montreal:

MONTREAL -- In recent years, the idea of consuming only foods that are produced within 100 miles of where you live has been popularized as way to reduce the need for long-haul trucking and to keep greenhouse gas emissions in check.

Now the Earth-friendly principle is about to be applied to the Roman Catholic Eucharist meal. A Quebec wine is set to replace the altar wine now in use in Catholic churches, a wine from California vineyards about 4,000 kilometres away.

Sanity check courtesy of a Chicago Sun-Times editorial

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Watching from afar the public bickering between an aging cardinal, Francis George of Chicago, and a stubborn, popular priest, Michael Pfleger, one wonders why these two, and their close advisors, cannot work it out and identify an optimal pathway forward that is respectful of all concerned.

The underlying bad blood between Cardinal George and Father Pfleger is laid bare for all to witness and to grimace. With the dismal state of affairs in many parishes and in many Catholic elementary and secondary schools around the country, finding a new structure that appropriately deploys Father Pfleger's talents other than a binary "take it or leave" proposition that appears to be the current framework, should be a good problem to have, and solvable. Otherwise, these two ought to consider a new reality TV series called the "Michigan Shore."

Kung introduces new book, 'Can the Church be Saved?'

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The Catholic Church is seriously, possibly terminally ill and only an honest diagnosis and radical therapy will cure it, one of the sharpest critics of Pope Benedict XVI, the Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Kung, has written.

Kung who is a former colleague of the pope at the University of Tubingen, introduced his new book, "Ist die Kirche noch zu retten?" ("Can the Church Still Be Saved?").

Webathon: Smashing finish. More information within the hour

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Your terrific response has taken us well beyond our $50,000 goal -- and moving in on $60,000.

However, after six days of pitching NCR on this Web site, we’re also, admittedly, a bit tired of asking. It takes a lot out of one to keep asking – even when you believe in what you are “selling.” We believe in the NCR and its mission so much that many of us have given decades of our lives to NCR.

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