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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2010
Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore on Sunday became the first congregation in Maryland to vote to break ties with the Episcopal Church and take steps to join the Roman Catholic Church. The small Anglo Catholic parish at Madison Avenue and Eutaw Street was feeling increasingly alienated from the Episcopal Church as it accepted priests who did not believe in what most of the congregation saw as the foundations of the faith, according to Warren Tanghe, a former Episcopal priest who is now attending St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park and preparing for ordination in the Catholic church.
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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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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | January 12, 1996
2/3 TC Bad weather has prompted St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville to postpone until Feb. 11 a farewell celebration for Monsignor Anthony Sauerwein, who is retiring as pastor after 28 years of service there.The festivities, originally planned for Sunday, will include a Mass at 4 p.m. that the most Rev. P. Francis Murphy of the Baltimore archdiocese is expected to attend. Afterward, a program and reception will be held, with Howard County officials and Cardinal William H. Keeler.
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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 NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 8, 1997
WARSAW -- Last Sunday, Magda Gorska, 28, went, as is her custom, with her husband and two young children to one of the eight Masses at St. Ladislaus, her local Roman Catholic church. The regular congregation, which filled the church to overflowing, included many young families like the Gorskas, as well as the middle-aged and elderly.For Gorska, a university graduate in linguistics, observing her religion and taking part in its rituals are important for worship but not as a source of political advice.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | October 25, 2008
The Rev. Leon Klemens Warczynski, a former longtime pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Graceland Park who enjoyed collecting clocks, died Sunday of Parkinson's disease at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 91. Father Warczynski, the son of a streetcar motorman, was born in Baltimore and raised in Fells Point, where his mother owned a bar at Fleet and Ann streets. "His mother wanted him to become a priest, and when she found out that he wanted to become a Franciscan, she told him no, he had to become a diocesan priest," said his niece, Leona Andryszak, who lives in Baltimore's Beverly Hills neighborhood.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | September 2, 2009
Monsignor Myles J. McGowan, the oldest priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and pastor of St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church in Parkville for more than two decades, died Saturday of a stroke at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 96. "He was thoroughly a priest and was the patriarch of the archdiocese. He was well-regarded and loved by priests both young and old," said Bishop William C. Newman, a friend of 55 years. "He had a practical common sense that he was noted for. He was willing to move forward with the church, and it must have been difficult for him after Vatican II, but he did it," Bishop Newman said.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | November 27, 2001
From downtown, you can see the grand old steeple of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church jut above Lombard and Wolfe streets in East Baltimore. More than a century ago, its copper shone in the sun. Then, oxidation and time took their toll. Now, efforts are under way to return the steeple to its former glory. A crew of steeplejacks is at work, tearing out old wood and faded copper and putting on 5,000 square feet of new copper that by January will have the steeple gleaming as it did in the 1850s.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | November 12, 2008
Monsignor Francis Xavier Zorbach, a popular parish priest who served at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church for more than three decades, died Saturday of heart failure at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 81. Monsignor Zorbach was born in Baltimore, the sixth of eight children of George W. and Anna J. Zorbach. He was raised on Jefferson Street, near Patterson Park, and attended St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parochial School in East Baltimore. Monsignor Zorbach was a 1946 graduate of St.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1999
The Rev. William J. Watters' appointment as pastor of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in 1991 came with a clear set of marching orders: determine whether the ailing downtown parish could be revived or shut it down.Tomorrow, the parishioners of St. Ignatius, Baltimore's Jesuit parish, will mark a milestone in the church's rebirth, as they celebrate a $1.7 million renovation that has restored the 143-year-old church's original grace and elegance.Having redefined its mission to the city and created ministries to address that mission, the church has made a statement that St. Ignatius' parishioners are not about to abandon the church or Baltimore.
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April 28, 2014
The pending sainthood of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII may be a bit rushed ( "St. Pius X parishioners recall role in visit of Pope John Paul II," April 23). Both were allegedly cognizant that under their tenure there were heinous sexual crimes supposedly committed by men of the cloth, men of the Roman Catholic Church, in parishes around the world. This is a plea from a former Roman Catholic for the Vatican to become transparent in a time when anything less is simply unacceptable.
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February 7, 2014
The United Nations has decried the Vatican for not being transparent about the sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals over the past few decades ("UN panels urges Vatican to turn over sex abusers to authorities," Feb. 5). Moreover, the United Nations holds Pope Francis to be accountable, in a manner of speaking. The Vatican has a centuries-old twisted, cloudy and convoluted past. Pertinent information from the Vatican and the Roman Catholics around the world must be shared in order for the church to move forward.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
The nation's top Catholic bishops will convene this week in Baltimore to choose a new leader, a decision that will help set the course for an American church striving to build its appeal while grappling with stances on immigration and contraception coverage. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expects close to 300 active and retired members as it holds its annual convention at the Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is to begin the four-day gathering Monday with his final address as president after serving a three-year term.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
Revered as a "gentleman in the finest sense of the word, remarkable convert-maker and a friend of the benighted," the Rev. Vincent Warren drove into rural Virginia one September night to share the word of God. He had no idea of what awaited. A caravan of cars overtook his own. Hooded men in white robes forced him into one of their cars and drove off. They interrogated the cleric at gunpoint - "What are you doing in the area? Are you going to start a church?" - before releasing him hours later.
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By Tom Kington and Henry Chu and The Los Angeles Times | September 19, 2013
ROME - In an extraordinary, wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis expressed frustration that the Catholic Church is “obsessed” with issues such as abortion, homosexuality and contraception, and called instead for a focus on healing and mercy. “The church sometimes has locked itself up in small things, in small-minded rules,” Francis said in the interview published Thursday by an Italian Jesuit magazine. “The people of God want pastors, not clergy acting like bureaucrats or government officials.” The 12,000-word interview, which lighted up social media and jolted Catholic commentators worldwide, buttressed impressions that the new pope is far less interested in reinforcing orthodoxy and dogma than his immediate predecessors were, and that he sees his role as essentially pastoral.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Pope Francis surprised the Catholic faithful Monday by saying the Roman Catholic Church shouldn't marginalize gay priests, saying: "Who am I to judge?" The comments followed one of the largest papal Masses in recent history over the weekend, when the pope told an estimated 3 million people on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to spread the Gospel to "the fringes of society. " The newly appointed leader of the Roman Catholic Church then took to his papal airplane, where he told a group of reporters on the long flight back to Rome that gay Catholic priests "should not be marginalized" in the church.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2004
The way Lillian Humphries figures it, her calling in life is to make sure no one in the Rosemont area of West Baltimore goes hungry. Whether they're homeless, too frail to get to the market or just looking for some tasty cooking, she'll feed anyone who walks in the door at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church, in one of the city's roughest neighborhoods. Thanksgiving is a big day for her. As a result, it's a special occasion in Rosemont, a time for hundreds of current and former residents to gather for one big meal.
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By Diane Reynolds and Diane Reynolds,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 27, 2001
For a small country church, St. Paul's in historic Ellicott City has had its share of famous visitors - including Babe Ruth and Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore. Perched atop a steep hill overlooking the city, St. Paul's - founded in 1835 - can also boast of being the oldest Roman Catholic church in Howard County. While many churches have embraced modernity, history plays an important role at St. Paul's. Prominently displayed with other church artifacts is the marriage certificate of Babe Ruth, the most famous visitor to the church.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
What with provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court's ruling that laws permitting gay marriage are constitutional, there has been a great deal of carrying on from various Christian groups and individuals claiming that their free exercise of religion has been inhibited. This grumbling and carping reveals two things: misunderstanding of the Constitution and Christianity's long-standing strain of intolerance. The Supreme Court decision covers civil marriage; no church is going to be compelled to bless those unions.
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June 19, 2013
Archbishop's William Lori's commentary ("Religious freedom under threat in U.S.," June) reminds me of verses from Lamentations: "my children have become desolate, for the enemy is victorious" (1:16). On Friday, as the Archbishop enters the Basilica to say mass to begin the Fortnight for [Religious] Freedom, he must do so with a heavy heart, for the church is beset with problems, both high and low. In Rome, Pope Francis has lamented to a group of South American clerics that he is not up to the tasks of administrator, so he must delegate to a group of Cardinals the task of cleaning up the dysfunctional curia, itself headed, in the main, by Cardinals.
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