Life: She said yes! Now what?
Can I get married in the parish I grew up in even though my fiance is Jewish? I was raised Catholic, but have been away for some time, so what should I do if I want to get married in a Catholic church? John Switzer answers these and other questions on interfaith and interchurch weddings.
Church: Where did the new Mass translations come from?
The start of Advent marks a significant change in the Mass. Bryan Cones offers a short history lesson on how we arrived at the new texts.
Culture: Yule shall overcome
Amid cries of economic catastrophe, let holiday cheer take the place of fear, writes Kevin Clarke.
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Margin Notes: Oregon's decision to respect life
After the execution of Troy Davis in September created a national controversy, many people wondered what impact his death would have on the debate over capital punishment in the United States. Last week, this question returned to the spotlight with Oregon governor John Kitzhaber's declaration that he will not allow any executions for the remainder of his term in office.
Margin Notes: What's behind the Occupy Wall Street clampdown?
Writing in UK's Guardian last week, Naomi Wolf raised some troubling questions about the nature of the recent countrywide crackdown on various "Occupy Wall Street" encampments as they approached their second month anniversary. Like many other commentators Wolf marveled at the level of violence exhibited by some police, but what concerned her most of all was the possibility of an unacknowledged federal hand in the actions of local police agencies.
The Examined Life: Fighting back for female altar servers
Just a few months after the cathedral of the Diocese of Phoenix caused an uproar over its decision to restrict altar service to boys only, parents in Virginia are taking a stand against another parish's decision to eliminate girls from the altar.
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