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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2011
A panel of Roman Catholic priests and others in church life faced an audience of lively fifth graders Thursday, offering snippets of their personal history histories and the motivation for their career choices. But many children were so unfamiliar with a nun's habit and veil that several directed remarks to "the lady in the blue dress. " "We have regular teachers, not nuns," said Craig Kelly, a student at St. Ursula School in Parkville who attended a conference Thursday at Notre Dame of Maryland University.
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By Shelley Silwick, Write2hell@yahoo.com | September 21, 2011
Rev. Lou Scurti's Akita-husky mixed breed dog, Noelle, bolted in terror when the car in which she was riding, driven by Father Lou's cousin, was involved in a multiple-car accident on Interstate 95 on Aug 27. Scurti's cousin is out of the hospital, in physical therapy and on the mend. But Noelle is still missing. So Father Lou, of New Jersey, is conducting an all-out search for his beloved pooch. Father Lou, a retired priest from Haledon, has been to Maryland to search for her and enlisted the help of his friends his cousin's friends, pet finding agencies, social media and the kind-hearted people of Perry Hall and White Marsh.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2011
This weekend, while drivers wheel around the Inner Harbor for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix, moviegoers a few blocks from downtown will be watching the story of a brave, imaginative man who was the Muhammad Ali or Michael Jordan of auto racing. "Senna," which opened at the Landmark Harbor East on Friday, is a thrilling movie — a documentary action portrait of the Brazilian racecar driver Ayrton Senna, who became the greatest Formula One champion in history. Senna was a ray of hope to his beleaguered nation in the 1980s and 1990s, when the South American giant was emerging from a military dictatorship.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 30, 2011
The Rev. Frederick A. Homann, a Jesuit priest and educator who had been chairman of the mathematics department at what is now Loyola University Maryland, died Aug. 24 of a heart attack at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He was 82. Father Homann was born and raised in Philadelphia, was a graduate of St. Joseph Preparatory School and attended Villanova University for a year before entering the Society of Jesus in 1947. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1951 from St. Louis University, which was followed in 1954 by a licentiate in philosophy.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2011
A celebrated liturgical scholar has been permanently removed from Catholic ministry in the wake of a "credible allegation" that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a child in Baltimore three decades ago, according to Jesuit officials. The acts by the Rev. James Glenn Murray allegedly took place at St. Frances-Charles Hall, now known as St. Frances Academy, where he taught English and religion for seven years starting in 1981 and served for three of those years as assistant principal.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 12, 2011
The Rev. Walter John Paulits, a long-time Baltimore-area priest and theology scholar, died June 4 from natural causes at an assisted living residence in the Pasadena area. He was 88. In a career that spanned decades as an educator, religious scholar and priest, he founded and served as pastor of Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic Church in Pasadena in 1980 and, although he retired in 1991, was still heavily involved with the church until about a year ago. Both his academic pursuits and a practical sense informed his priesthood, according to those who worked with him. He invited experts in seminary, liturgy and ecumenical outreach to visit and share knowledge, while at the same time empowering his flock with a you-can-do-it attitude.
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By Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2011
Defying canon law and a Vatican decree that promised excommunication, four Roman Catholic women took vows as priests Saturday during an elaborate ordination ceremony full of song and messages of inclusiveness at a Protestant church in Catonsville. Andrea Johnson, presiding as bishop, ordained two women from Maryland, Ann Penick and Marellen Mayers, one from Pennsylvania and one from New York in the sanctuary of St. John's United Church of Christ. The church was filled with family members — including husbands of three of the ordinands — and friends, including some who are employed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore but who support the ordination of women.
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May 26, 2011
Edward McCarey McDonnell must not be aware that the Catholic church hierarchy has banned all discussion of a married priesthood or the ordination of women ("Abuse not a product of culture but church policy," May 24). Bishop William Morris of Australia sent a pastoral letter to the priests of his diocese noting that discussions of a married priesthood had been occurring and that perhaps they should continue. Despite the severe shortage of priests in Australia, Bishop Morris was removed from his position for even suggesting such a dialogue.
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