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Can't they all just get along?

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This is one of those cases in which -- if you're on the outside -- you shake your head and wonder: Can't they all just get along? A priest's faithful march in support.

Newark's Archbishop Myers needs to replace the pastor of a parish (the pastor's 80 years old and has lead the parish for 54 years) and the people don't want to see him go.

I've got sympathy for both sides. Who would want to drive an 80-year-old man out of his home? But parishioners must know change has to be made?

The other cheek, the extra mile

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"The other cheek, the extra mile ..." Matt 5:38

The local Catholic Worker House opens at 7:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts. It is a rainy Monday morning, and the guests who file through the front door are wet, many showing the film and grime of homelessness. Except for a brief quarrel between two regulars about who was first to claim the dishwashing job that earns two bus passes, the crowd is civil to the point of courtesy. Hospitality takes shape as everyone gets coffee and finds a place at the four tables with plates of toast and donuts, the morning newspaper. Patty, a volunteer, works two four-slice toasters non-stop to keep the toast coming, while Jerry, another volunteer, warms aluminum pans of donuts in the big oven to replenish the plates.

Denver Abp. Chaput on immigration

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Denbver Archbishop Charles Chaput participated in a forum this past weekend on immigration reform. This would not normally be news except that the event was hosted by Congressman Jared Polis who is not only pro-choice on abortion he is also openly gay.

The archbishop linked the church’s concern for immigrants with its opposition to abortion in a perfectly appropriate manner: "The Catholic commitment to the dignity of the immigrant comes from exactly the same roots as our commitment to the dignity of the unborn child. Any Catholic who truly understands his or her faith knows that the right to life precedes and creates the foundation for every other human right. There’s no getting around the priority of that fundamental right to life. But being 'prolife' also means that we need to make laws and social policies that will care for those people already born that no one else will defend." Well said.

On Tim Russert's Anniversary

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Today, June 13, is the first anniversary of Tim Russert’s unexpected death. He was 58 years old. Time magazine called him one of the most 100 influential people in the world. I watched him every Sunday morning for 12 years except when I was out of the country. Russert’s “Meet the Press” was a great way to be part of the public debate, even if confined at times to the convent refectory.

It’s just not the same without you, Mr. Russert. I hope you are resting in peace, but I bet not too much!

Here is my tribute that I wrote that sad day:

My Tribute to Tim Russert:
Tim Russert’s Sunday morning Academy of Public Affairs
By Rose Pacatte, FSP June 13, 2008

I haven’t missed Meet the Press in 12 years. After Mass it is an essential part of my Sunday morning ritual. I am listening to MSNBC’s ongoing coverage of Tim Russert’s sudden death today, June 13, as I am working. I have this great sense of loss, as if a family member has suddenly gone to heaven without warning.

Lessons of Catholic greats

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This morning an errand took me to Baltimore and whenever I am there and have a spare moment, I try and stop by the tombs of the archbishops of Baltimore located in the crypt of the Basilica of the Assumption. My mentor in Church History, Msgr. John Tracy Ellis, wrote the definitive biography of Cardinal James Gibbons, and so I have always felt a special link to that great churchman. Today I prayed that he would intercede from above for his successors as they prepare to meet in San Antonio next week.

Let's agree: Health care is a human right, yes?

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Do you ever listen to C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” in the morning? The moderators announce a topic and then welcome callers with every conceivable opinion on that subject. The fare ranges from brilliant to idiotic.

Recently, health care reform has been a focus. I have to admit that I shudder inside when I hear callers express sentiments like this: “Well, I worked hard all my life, and I have good health insurance. Why should I worry about all these people who don’t have it? It’s their responsibility to do something about it.”

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