Femme fidele: How women who work for the church keep the faith

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Article Parish Life Women
How women who work for the church keep the faith

It’s lunchtime at St. Clement Parish in Chicago, and although some of the city’s best restaurants are within walking distance, most of the staff members instead opt for microwaved leftovers and conversation with colleagues around the conference table. The building engineer and associate pastor stop by for a quick bite, but otherwise this makeshift lunchroom is Estrogen Central.

A large parish of 4,000 mostly middle- and upper-class families, St. Clement boasts 12 full-time, well-educated lay employees. Only two are men.


Church ladies: Women in leadership

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Article Parish Life Women
Scratching the stained-glass ceiling, an increasing number of women hold leadership positions in the church. Here's a look at the gifts they bring and the challenges they face.

Words of wisdom: Survival tips for working in the church

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Article Parish Life Women

Find or be a mentor. Ministry associations are great, but informal groups work, too. “I’ve really found a lot of support in the older women who have paved the way for me,” says Tracy Rodenborn, a high school campus minister in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, newbies can add an infusion of energy and idealism.


Dig in: What it means to be Catholic

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Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality
It’s OK if you don’t like beets. There’s a dish for every taste on the Catholic table.

Jesus must have enjoyed eating. If his opponents called him “a glutton and a drunkard,” we can only guess that he loved a good dinner party. The scandal he caused, however, had less to do with what he ate than with whom: “tax collectors and sinners.”


Survivor Stories: Seven lessons from the sex abuse crisis

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Article Parish Life Vatican
For more than a decade, stories in the media have highlighted the problem of clergy sexual abuse of minors.

Much of the recent focus has been on Europe, though there have also been some particularly horrific new stories in this country, such as the one of Father Lawrence Murphy and his abuse of as many as 200 deaf boys in the residential school he ran in Wisconsin.

Most of these stories focus on the acts of offending priests and the fact that they were moved from parish to parish, ministry to ministry, continuing to allow them access to vulnerable children and youth.


Fast friends: Fill up on interfaith dialogue

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue
The way to interreligious understanding sometimes passes through an empty stomach.

Worth getting up for: Timothy Radcliffe on why go to church

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Article Spirituality Young Adults
Catholic tradition still has answers for the questions of the contemporary world, says the former Master-General of the Dominican order.

For someone who was almost expelled from school as a teenager for reading Lady Chatterly's Lover during benediction, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe certainly qualifies as a bad boy turned good. When asked what turned him around, he might give a simple answer: truth.


America the anxious

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Article Ecumenical & Interfaith Dialogue Politics
Only our better angels can guide us to interreligious understanding.

American politics always seems to turn on the next "threat" to our security, especially in an election year. Warnings about hordes of brown-skinned Spanish-speaking "illegals" had kept the nation on high alert through most of 2010, but as elections drew near and pundits and politicians saw demonizing immigrants as a loser among Hispanic voters, the search was on for a new bogeyman.


Will the center hold?

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Article Parish Life Women
The church as we know it won’t last if its broad middle begins to shrink.

Pop culture journalists had the brass ring of celebrity stories dropped on them in August when author Anne Rice, grande dame of the current vampire entertainment empire, announced that, 10 years after her return to the Roman Catholic faith of her childhood, she was leaving once again.


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