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Priest vacationed using parish funds

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Monsignor Patrick Brown, longtime pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic church in Long Hill, N.J., admitted in federal court Wednesday that he stole nearly $64,000 from the church to buy relatives' gifts, pay credit card bills and fund trips to Ireland, Hawaii and Colorado.

Brown, a 59-year-old Stirling resident who also maintains a residence in Budd Lake, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to the criminal charge of tax evasion.

'Storm clouds on the horizon, warfare around the corner'

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Did you see this from Religion News Service?

Bishop compares fight over female bishops to World War II

LONDON (RNS) A leading bishop in the Church of England has triggered fury in British religious circles by likening the debate over allowing female bishops to the “serious threat” of warfare posed by the Nazis on the eve of World War II.

Chicago area pastor calls for women deacons

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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a Chicago area pastor has been discussing the idea of women deacons in the weekly bulletin, and has even contacted Cardinal George about the idea:

Now, an Evanston pastor, the Rev. Bill Tkachuk, is raising the question of whether women can become deacons -- ordained ministers a step below priests.

His parish, St. Nicholas, has been kicking around the topic for months, and a longtime female member has expressed interest in becoming a deacon should the Vatican open up the option to women.
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Pope John Paul II closed off internal debate on allowing women to become priests. Among the church's arguments: Jesus selected only male apostles. But there's no ban on talking about female deacons.

Supporters note that the New Testament references female deacons, though the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops indicates "there is no conclusive evidence that this office or the persons who fulfilled these roles were truly 'ordained' like the male deacons."

Accepting miracles without fuss

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A good read from Eureka Street, the Jesuit publication from Australia:

For a while a gap opened between popular religion and the more focused account of faith given by the educated. But as theologians began to study the popular experience of faith more deeply, they came to see its complexities and its resources for developing a more just society. The coverage of Mary MacKillop's recent canonisation disclosed a similar tension between popular expressions of faith and more reflective accounts of religion. The tension was reflected in different ways of viewing sainthood.

Read the full story: Questions miracles raise

'On-air celebration of a job well done'

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Dana Milbank, op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, has piece about the election aftermath titled: Crowing at Fox News

"That's an earthquake," exulted Fox's own Sarah Palin, upon learning the not-unexpected news that Republicans would gain control of the House. "It's a big darn deal."

"It's a comeuppance," Fox News contributor (and Post columnist) Charles Krauthammer contributed.

"I have one word," said Sean Hannity. "Historic."

And Chris Wallace struggled for words. "A gigantic - not a wave election but a tidal wave election," he envisioned.

Buying meat in bulk saves farms and the environment

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Purchasing meat directly from the farm has many benefits for both the farmers and the eaters:

  • The entire purchase price goes to the farmer.

  • You get high-quality, delicious meat from farmers you can get to know over time.

  • You avoid the cruel and destructive system of industrial meat production.

Buying beef, pork, lamb, bison, poultry and other meats this way is vastly different from the meat counter at your local supermarket and it will take some adjustment. Consider:

1. Most local farmers produce seasonally on a small scale and have limited marketing outlets. Consequently, they sell only frozen meat because it's not feasible for them to sell all the meat they produce before it spoils.

2. Producers prefer to sell beef and pork by the half (side) or quarter, but sometimes they offer a bundle of mixed cuts in 20-25 pound lots. These are processed in facilities that have been inspected by the state and/or federal government and come in marked butcher paper or labeled plastic. Some sell at farmers' markets by the individual cut.

New governors pledge to fight health reform

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With Newly-Elected Governors, GOP Gains Clout To Fight Health Reform Law

Kaiser Health News staff writers Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey report: "The Democrats' ambitious health care overhaul is facing roadblocks from newly elected state officials who harshly criticized it while campaigning and who are now in a position to make good on their promises" (Appleby and Carey, 11/3). Read entire story.

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