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A dramatic presentation of abuse documents

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Last week, I blogged on how the 2005 report from the Philadelphia grand jury inquiry into the Philadelphia archdiocese's handling of clergy sex abuse cases over 40 years has been turned into an audio book. (See Philadelphia grand jury report available as audio book)

Now word comes that the Bridgeport, Conn., branch of Voice of the Faithful has turned more court documents into a play, "Bless Me, Father, For I Have Sinned!"

NCAN also addresses the Apostolic Visitation

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The National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) at its annual board meeting Aug. 16 -18 in Detroit, Michigan, issued statements on several church topics. The following is what NCAN had to say about the Vatican Apostolic Visitation:

A number of seminary personnel reported that the investigation of US seminaries in 2005 and 2006 did not reflect their actual experiences. We question how the Vatican will determine the results of their visitation of U.S. communities of women religious. No visitation should be completed without a final report being shared with the investigated community. We believe that the lack of transparency will invalidate the whole visitation process.

NCAN speaks out on women's ordination

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The National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) at its annual board meeting Aug. 16 -18 in Detroit, Michigan, issued statements on several church topics. The following is what NCAN had to say about women's ordination:

As Vatican II Catholics, committed to following Jesus who welcomed all people, we, and the majority of U.S. Catholics, believe in women’s priestly ordination. We cannot remain silent. We call for open, honest, and meaningful discussion.

Army chaplain dies in combat

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From Religion News Service:

Army chaplain first to die in combat since Vietnam

A Baptist minister from Oregon who was killed in Afghanistan Aug. 30 is the first Army chaplain to die in combat since Vietnam, according to the Army.

Capt. Dale Allen Goetz, 43, died in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan's Arghandab River Valley. He had been in Afghanistan less than a month. Four other Fort Carson, Colo., soldiers were also killed in the attack.

The ripeness time

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Sitting on the back porch last weekend on two occasions I was visited briefly by hummingbirds. They both abruptly flew up and hovered about a foot in front of my face then dashed off southward. I noticed too several monarch butterflies fluttering slowly in a southerly direction that same afternoon.

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