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N.Y. priests’ council backs Cdl. Egan

NEW YORK (CNS) — The New York Archdiocesan Priests' Council last week declared its confidence in New York Cardinal Edward M. Egan and said it was "appalled" at an anonymous letter circulating "among some of the priests and in the media" that denounces the cardinal. Cardinal Egan called a special meeting of the council and met with it for two hours Oct. 16, five days after the critical letter became public. "We are appalled that the letter was sent anonymously and that it can and has been used by those who seek to damage the Church," the priests’ council said in a statement it issued after meeting with the cardinal. The letter said priests’ morale in the archdiocese was the worst in living memory and urged priests at their next deanery meetings to hold formal votes of "no confidence" in the cardinal. It said his relationship with his priests has been "defined by dishonesty, deception, disinterest and disregard." The council added, "We are also upset and dismayed that our archbishop has been personally vilified in this manner. ... the members of the priests’ council reiterated their support for His Eminence. We stand with him in confidence and look forward to his continued ministry."

Nuns’ coalition says withdraw from Iraq

CINCINNATI (CNS) — The board of the National Coalition of American Nuns has asked the U.S. bishops to urge "a swift and complete exit of our troops from Iraqi soil" and to condemn the U.S. pre-emptive war policy underlying the invasion of Iraq. In a statement approved Oct. 9 at a board meeting in Cincinnati, the coalition called on the U.S. bishops to urge the world community to deploy a U.N. peacekeeping force to stabilize Iraq and to urge the United States and its allies to provide reparations for rebuilding the country. It also said the bishops should review the "validity of a ‘just-war’ doctrine in a nuclear age." Just-war theory provides criteria for determining when a war is justifiable. The main elements include that the war be in self-defense, the war is the last resort and civilians are not deliberately targeted. "In a world that has honed its methods of dialogue and has become enlightened by models of nonviolent conflict resolution, can we ever really exhaust peaceful alternatives?" the statement asked.

Pope: Study John Paul II’s methods

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The message as well as the methods used by Pope John Paul II to spread the Gospel must be studied and duplicated, Pope Benedict XVI said. "John Paul II, philosopher and theologian, great pastor of the Church, left a richness of writings and gestures that express his desire to spread the Gospel of Christ throughout the world," the pope said. Meeting some 800 directors and supporters of the John Paul II Foundation, Pope Benedict said their efforts to gather, analyze and make known the late pope’s teaching must also include efforts "to touch the mystery of his holiness." The Oct. 23 audience marked the 25th anniversary of the John Paul II Foundation, established initially to strengthen the ties between the Vatican and Poland, spread the spiritual values ingrained in Polish culture, deepen reflection on the Christian roots of Europe and provide scholarships for students from Eastern Europe. After communism fell in Eastern Europe and as Pope John Paul aged, the foundation began a major push to collect, archive and promote the study of the pope’s ministry.

New booklet looks at pols, Communion

PHOENIX (CNS) — Catholic politicians who publicly support abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage "jeopardize their own spiritual well-being" and should not receive Communion, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix says in a new booklet. Called "Catholics in the Public Square," the 45-page booklet includes 29 questions and answers about the separation of church and state, anti-Catholic discrimination and Catholic participation in public life. Published in English and Spanish by Basilica Press, it is intended as the first in a "Shepherd’s Voice" series. Bishop Olmsted said there are some issues on which Catholics may disagree with the hierarchy such as the just-war theory or capital punishment. "Despite these examples there are other issues, such as abortion and euthanasia, that are always wrong and do not allow for the correct use of prudential judgment to justify them," he wrote. "It would never be proper for Catholics to be on the opposite side of these issues."

Church musicians asking what makes Catholics sing

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians has started an online survey asking Catholics what prompts them to sing in church.

New satellite radio channel to carry the ‘Catholic Guy’

Known for his work in the Twin Cities and on national television and radio, Lino Rulli, 34, has moved from Minneapolis to New York, where he will host a live radio program on a new Catholic satellite radio channel.

Contemplative world draws woman from corporate one

Carole Beauchemin really loved her job as facility consultant with the car company Saturn.

Pope’s minibooks become bestsellers

The Vatican is preparing to publish Pope Benedict XVI

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