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  Weddings shouldn't be a personal affair, argues this month's Sounding Board, but an event for the entire parish. And couples who want to get married in the church should considering doing it at Sunday Mass.What do you think?


June 2012
June 2012


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Weekly Bulletin
June 5, 2012
sex abuse crisis Are we there yet?

In June 2002 in Dallas, the U.S. bishops formally adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes a set of norms that every diocese in the United States must follow.

A decade later, how are those norms being followed and enforced? Nicholas Cafardi, former chair of the National Review Board, says that for the most part, in the dioceses that accepted the norms, things are going well, but that we can do better. 

You can read more about the sex abuse scandal at 10 in our special section, where Judge Ann Burke writes about her time on the National Review Board, Diane Knight discusses the lessons to be learned from victims of sex abuse, and a mother shares her anguish after learning her son is a victim.

With God behind us, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. But it's going to take openness, honesty, and commitment to get there.
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The Swiss Alps

Life: Rick Steves' 5 most spiritual places in Europe

From taking in the grandeur of God's creation in the Alps to praying in Taizé, France, traveling to Europe can be about more than good food and historic sites. 

Male and female, God created them

Though she appreciates much in John Paul II's theology of the body, Susan A. Ross confesses some gender differences of opinion with the late pope's conclusions on men and women.   


Culture: Poor spending choices
Dolling out dollars for defense but pennies for the poor reveals askew budget priorities, writes Kevin Clarke. Care for the common good should guide how the country uses its common purse. blogs


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Margin Notes: Pope Benedict on immigration reform 

The American church does have what Benedict called "a long-standing commitment" to the immigrant. I remember, in class at Catholic University, Msgr. John Tracy Ellis, the doyen of American Catholic History, said the one word to understanding the story of the Church in America was "immigration."

The Examined Life: LCWR responds to the Vatican in the true spirit of religious sisters
There's been a lot of talk from a lot of different sources about the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's April statement calling for reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

Margin Notes: Why we should be upset by the administration's drone strike "kill list"   

We've all been hearing talk about health care, the economy, same-sex marriage, and other domestic concerns as the 2012 election draws closer. What there hasn't been as much discussion of is foreign policy, which may change in light of recent media exposure about the existence of a "kill list" used by the administration in counter-terrorism efforts around the globe.


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