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October 11, 2012
I am a practicing Catholic who supports and will vote for Question 6 and Marriage Equality in Maryland. It is my Catholic faith and understanding of Catholic social teaching that demands it. Catholic social teaching says the person is not only sacred but also social. Marriage is social. Catholic social teaching calls for dignity and says that in a healthy community every person has a fundamental right to the things required for human decency. Forbidding civil marriage to a particular group takes away that dignity for the couple and their children.
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By William E. Lori | October 12, 2014
Last Monday, the extraordinary Synod of Bishops to discuss the "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization" began in Rome. The synod represents a key moment in the papacy of Pope Francis and in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, which is looking for more effective ways of communicating what it believes and teaches about marriage and family life and of supporting those who wish to live according to church teaching and are struggling to do so in the face of contemporary challenges.
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NEWS
June 19, 2013
Archbishop William E. Lori writes that religious freedom is under threat in the United States by the exclusion of religious values from public life ("Religious freedom under threat in U.S.," June 16). This is difficult to understand in Maryland where our leaders include U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, all of whom are Catholic. The main impetus for Archbishop's Lori's campaign seems to be the Affordable Care Act and its coverage of contraception services.
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Six public schools and three Catholic schools in Maryland were named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools, a designation given to the most successful schools in the country. The public schools honored this year included Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, a magnet school in Baltimore County, and Linthicum Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. Three Baltimore-area Catholic schools also were given the award: The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Immaculate Conception School in Towson and Our Lady of Grace School in Parkton.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2011
The Archdiocese of Baltimore made its acting superintendent the official head of its 70 schools Tuesday, naming Barbara Edmondson to oversee 2,750 employees and more than 29,000 students. The first laywoman to supervise the school system, Edmondson has moved up through the ranks and feels privileged to serve with those "who believe in Catholic education. " "Together, we can strengthen our schools and continue a legacy that dates back more than 200 years," she said. The official announcement, which earned a standing ovation, came at the launch of the Principals Leadership Institute for Advanced Study, a certificate program for administrators that Edmondson helped to develop in partnership with area Catholic colleges.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
When Catholic's Ellie Gonzalez was 10 years old, her dad took her to run laps at the track for the first time. "At the end, he said, 'Let's race,'" Gonzalez said. "And I was faster without shoes, so I took my shoes off, and I raced him and I beat him. " The senior has gotten even more used to winning since that day, building an impressive running resume that grew last month when she won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland cross country championship by one minute and 12 seconds over runner-up Kristen Kohles of John Carroll.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 30, 2012
The Maryland women's basketball team's exhibition game against Catholic, which was scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, has been canceled because of Hurricane Sandy. The game will not be rescheduled. The Terps' first game will now be an exhibition contest agianst Goldey-Beacom College on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Comcast Center. Maryland opens its 2012-13 regular season vs. Mount St. Mary's at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9.
NEWS
April 3, 2010
I generally agree with The Sun's editorial about the BOAST tax credit and the underlying value of this bill for providing assistance to private and public primary and secondary schools ("A boost for public and private schools," April 1). In view of the continually changing position of the archdiocese on how it now may (as opposed to will) assist the 2,000 children displaced by its apparently poorly planned closing of 13 schools, if the state is going to approve this bill, it should assure that the archdiocese assists those children left with no real Catholic school option before it spends what it gets on new programs.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
I agree with your editorial ("The Salvation of St. Joseph," Dec. 3) on the likely benefits of the University of Maryland Medical System's purchase of St. Joseph Hospital. Nonetheless, St. Joseph "directives" effectively requiring that "[t]hose potential patients who might seek care not permitted by the Catholic faith including abortion, fertility treatment, or artificial contraception will have to look elsewhere," violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
NEWS
March 22, 2011
Erica Green 's recent article, "Charters emerge as threat to Catholic schools" (March 16), describes the competition between Catholic and charter schools for students. This competition certainly exists. But it is not the entirety of the relationship, at least not in one section of the city. In Northeast Baltimore, not too far south of where the vacant St. Anthony's school building mentioned in the article sits, another Catholic school is one of three outstanding schools — one parochial, one traditional neighborhood public and one public charter school — participating in partnership with a local community development organization to enhance educational opportunities for all families in the neighborhood.
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From Sun staff reports | September 19, 2014
Kate Robinson, the granddaughter of legendary Mount St. Mary's men's basketball coach Jim Phelan and the daughter of current Mount athletic director Lynne Robinson, will coach Whitman College women's lacrosse during its first season in Division III next spring. The school is in Walla Walla, Wash. "The growth of lacrosse throughout the country is tremendous," Kate Robinson said. "It's especially evident in the high school programs throughout the West Coast, so the fact that Whitman is the most recent college to add it is very exciting.
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By William E. Lori | September 14, 2014
Domestic violence is an issue that has been on the minds of many people in recent days, prompted by the horrifying abuse committed by Ray Rice against his now-wife. His status as a professional football player, coupled with the fact that the attack was captured on video and has been seen by millions, has helped to shine a bright light on this often-neglected yet serious societal problem. Lesser known but not less tragic was the murder of Jessica Meredith Jacobsen, mother to two young boys, by her estranged husband exactly two years ago today in front of their Baltimore County home.
NEWS
September 3, 2014
In his commentary, "The Civil Right Act at 50" (Aug. 31), Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori writes that "...our Catholic schools in Baltimore City educate majority non-Catholic, African-American students whose education is heavily subsidized by the Church's private partners seeking to improve lives (and communities) through education. " It seems to me a bit hypocritical for Archbishop Lori to support these commitments when a few years ago, the archdiocese closed so many Catholic schools in Baltimore City where most of the students needed to have the influence of those schools to improve their lives.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Teams in replicas of Chinese dragon boats will take to the Inner Harbor Saturday for a Catholic Charities fundraiser, an event that's expected to raise $700,000. The all-day event, held every other year, begins at 8 a.m. and features a match-up between corporate-sponsored teams. The money raised will go toward the charity's 80 programs that benefit children, families and seniors, and includes individuals who are poor, immigrants or have developmental disabilities. "Our programs, and most importantly our clients, benefit tremendously from the generosity and energy that the teams bring," Bill McCarthy, director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, said in a statement.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
John J. Ray, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. administrator of quality assurance who was a founding member of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore, died July 12 of acute myeloid leukemia at his Parkville home. He was 82. "Jack was a great guy, father and husband. He was a person you admired because he was a great family man, and you could see that in his interaction with his family," said City Councilman Carl Stokes, a longtime friend. "He was also a good church guy, and I always admired how he lived his life and how close he was to his family.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
The Rev. Father Joseph Valentine Messer, a Roman Catholic priest who served in Glen Burnie and Severna Park, died of dementia complications Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice. The Timonium resident was 90. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of Henry Philip Messer, who managed the old John Murphy church goods firm, and the former Mary Magdalen Goeckler, a homemaker. After his family moved to Halethorpe when he was a boy, he attended Ascension School and was a Catonsville High School graduate.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | April 4, 2010
William J. Huller has been attending Mass with his wife for more than a half-century. The Catonsville man drove their six children to catechism classes and celebrated as they advanced through the sacraments of the church. On Saturday, at the age of 83, Huller became a Catholic. "It'll be a change," he said before the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Gabriel in Woodlawn, where he finally was confirmed into the church into which he had married and raised his family. "It's kind of a new experience for me."
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By GEORGE MITROVICH | November 16, 2005
Is five Catholics on the U.S. Supreme Court one Catholic too many? Is five justices on the nation's highest court of any religious persuasion one too many - whether Jewish, Southern Baptist or Methodist? While notice has been taken that Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., if confirmed, would become the court's fifth Roman Catholic, that fact is met with silence from the political left and right, but especially from America's Protestant communities ---mainline, evangelical and fundamentalist. Why?
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Officials in Baltimore County reacted Friday to a proposal by Catholic Charities to shelter 50 immigrant children at a facility in Timonium, with a state delegate who is running for the County Council opposing the plan and calling the immigration crisis "a federal problem. " "I do not support this proposal at all," said Del. Wade Kach, a Republican who is a candidate for County Council in the district where the children would be housed. "I just have a real problem with the states and communities bearing the brunt of a problem that was created by the Obama administration," he said.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Catholic Charities wants to care for about 50 children from Central America at a campus in Baltimore County, seeking a role in the immigration crisis even though the consideration of other sites in Maryland has met with fierce local opposition. The organization plans to apply to federal officials to house the children at St. Vincent's Villa, a residential facility on Dulaney Valley Road, Catholic Charities head William J. McCarthy Jr. confirmed Thursday night. McCarthy said housing the children would amount to his organization doing its job. "Our role and our mission is to meet the needs of these children," he said.
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