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They made mistakes during their lifetime and often led public lives of depravity before their hearts were converted.

As the anniversary of Thomas Merton's death is being marked by events around the world, his prophetic take on spirituality and social justice is still relevant today, say his admirers.

 A church 'scandal' that isn't
Andrew Greeley "Now, as the poor battered Catholic Church tries to recover from a bushel basket of scandals, it must cope with the Mother Teresa scandal.  Someone has found the poor woman's private letters in which she confessed how weak her faith and love seemed. Spread around the world by Time magazine, the letters are taken as evidence that she was not the saint we all thought she was. On ABC Evening News on Friday night, an itinerant atheist offered the opinion that she was a hypocrite."

 A Conspiracy of Bishops and Faithful
From America Magazine: Formally beatified this week, Cardinal Newman, and his appeal to value the laity, remain relevant. By Drew Christiansen.

 A Saint for Our Time
The news that a soon-to-be-saint had once been excommunicated for her order’s part in urging the church to act against an accused sex offender is a reminder of the virulence and long history of crimes of abuse by members of the Catholic clergy. The saga of Mother Mary MacKillop, who was to be canonized on Oct. 17, says much about sanctity, about sin, about women and about hope.

 All Hallows' Eve
Read a Catholic Christian history of Halloween (All Hallows Eve), learn the legend of the jack o'lantern and discover what Catholics believe about witches, ghosts and magic. Also, send an All Hallows Eve e-greeting and post an online prayer request.

 Alphabetical Listing of Saints
From the Theology Library; a listing of biographies and resources concerning many of our Catholic Saints.

 Anticipation high ahead of Romero anniversary
Published statements from both the church and the government in El Salvador are raising hopes that the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero may occasion an official announcement of his beatification.

 John XXIII - John Paul II

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