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'Lori should not appeal'

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More than a dozen victims of sexual abuse by priests and their supporters marched to the Catholic Center Tuesday afternoon to urge Bishop William E. Lori not to pursue any appeals to block the release of thousands of documents detailing abuse by clergy since the 1960s.

But Lori was not available so the protesters left a letter at the front desk and were given a written response from Bridgeport diocese officials.

Memorials for Fr. Rosebaugh

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Just received this note: There will be a Memorial Service for Oblate Fr. Lorenzo Rosebaugh on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 2 pm at Saint Benedict The Moore at 1015 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, WI.

For other Memorial Services please see Memorial to Lorenzo Rosebaugh at www.nonviolentworm.org. Photos and testimonials here.

Lorenzo in death, as he did in life, is calling us together to be
followers of the Way of Jesus.

Let us Celebrate Together the Life of this Holy Person.

'This place is different'

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Fr. Tom Iwanowski had just finished celebrating Mass (and baptizing four infants) on a sunny Sunday in May when we sat down to talk in a conference room of the rectory at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Jersey City, N.J.

This is one of those parishes about which people say, after just a few minutes in the congregation, “this place is different.”

Riffing on Crime TV: Without a Trace

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When CBS cancelled the popular Without a Trace on May 19, I was disappointed.

I have been a fan of the show since it first aired in 2002. The story of a fictitious FBI missing-persons unit based in New York., it stars an international and multi-cultural cast, all with American accents: Aussie Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Briton Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano and Eric Close. An industry friend told me that a show’s quality is only one of several criteria (such as ratings) that decide the fate of a television show, and not the top one at that.

Father Hollywood

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Here in Los Angeles, they call Ken Deasy “Father Hollywood.” Partly because he is an entertaining and motivating preacher, and partly because Ken is perhaps best known as a consultant and writer for the hit movie “Bruce Almighty.” But mostly because Ken doesn’t take himself too seriously, and laughs at the “Hollywood” moniker along with everyone else.

Sotomayor: Catholic? Does it matter?

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Putting together the story of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, many have struggled with her religion. Is she Catholic? She was raised Catholic, right? We know she went to Catholic schools. Is she a practicing Catholic?

Over on Beliefnet, David Gibson asks, Does it matter?

He quotes no less a Catholic judge than Antonin Scalia (as reported by First Things):

"There is no such thing as a 'Catholic judge.' The bottom line is that the Catholic faith seems to me to have little effect on my work as a judge...Just as there is no 'Catholic' way to cook a hamburger, I am hard pressed to tell you of a single opinion of mine that would have come out differently if I were not Catholic."

Is that enough to put the matter to rest?

Sotomayor: bias in favor of inclusion

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The news that President Barack Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court marks a huge milestone: If confirmed, Sotomayor will become the sixth Catholic member of the Court, a two-thirds majority. That said, it is unlikely she will frequently be joining her conservative Catholic colleagues in their decisions. Sotomayor will be the only liberal Catholic on the Court which means her nomination opens up a variety of news fronts in the culture wars.

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