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October 21, 2016 issue

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Local stories:

  • Respect Life Month: Author reveals how authentic feminism was hijacked by proponents of sexual revolution
    • Dinner recognizes ‘authentic feminist movement’ and its champions
  • Photo: Red Mass (print edition only)
  • ICC celebrates 50 years as public policy voice of the Church in Indiana
  • UCA funds help provide professional development for education
  • White Mass celebrates local Catholic medical professionals
    • New York fertility doctor shares story of embracing pro-life, Catholic faith
  • Gratitude motivates Miter Society donors to ‘share the harvest’
  • Ten years after canonization, sisters say foundress motivated by love for God and his love for her

Regular local features:

  • Rejoice in the Lord: Care for creation: a moral issue of our time
    • Alégrense en el Señor: El cuidado de la creación: una cuestión moral de nuestra época
  • Editorial: The ugly election
  • From the Editor Emeritus: 20th-century Church - More Vatican II documents
  • That All May Be One: Oct. 31 prayer service to mark Catholic-Lutheran dialogue
  • Worship and Evangelization Outreach: Faith, collaboration are at heart of Student Leadership Program
  • Letters to the Editor
    • No letters were printed this week
  • Events Calendar
    • Two ‘Year of Mercy’ pilgrimages set for Nov. 5 at Saint Meinrad and cathedral
    • Former Indianapolis all-girls Catholic high schools Mass, luncheon is Nov. 6
    • Annulment information meeting set for Oct. 26 in Indianapolis
    • John Michael Talbot to give free concert in Indianapolis on Oct. 29
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
    • Carolyn Riebe, mother of Father Todd Riebe, died on Sept. 30
  • My Journey to God: Prayer to Mother Theodore Guérin

Catholic News Service:

  • Pope canonizes seven saints who ‘fought the good fight of faith’
  • Fight fear, help refugees, says Cardinal-designate Tobin
  • Shipment heads to Haiti from Miami; plans begin for next phase of relief
  • Archbishop Kurtz: Political discourse that demeans women, religion ‘must change’
  • Catholic organizations urge physicians to support AMA code on assisted suicide
  • Each Christian is a chosen child, individually loved by God, pope says
  • Column: Lori - Troubling claims in report raise stakes for religious freedom
  • Column: The challenge of living in a time where ‘anything goes’
  • The Sunday Readings: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Question Corner: Pray to God often, but know that he answers prayers in his own time, way


  • Catholics called to apply faith to promote the common good
  • Form consciences well to participate faithfully in the political process

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ICC celebrates 50 years as public policy voice of the Church in Indiana

Press conferenceThe Second Vatican Council, with its profound and sweeping changes for the Catholic Church, had concluded less than a year before. The social and political upheavals of the 1960s were reshaping American culture. And in the midst of it all, Indiana Catholics stepped forward to be heard. In October of 1966, a small group of dedicated Catholics met in Indianapolis to do what their counterparts in only a handful of states had accomplished—to formalize a way for the Catholic Church to speak on both state and national issues. That was the genesis of the Indiana Catholic Conference (ICC), which this fall marks the 50th anniversary of its establishment as the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Indiana. (Page 3)
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Ten years after canonization, sisters say foundress motivated by love for God and his love for her

Statue of St. TheodoraThe quaint country town of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, a few miles northwest of Terre Haute, seems a far cry from the “Wild West,” but when Mother Theodore Guérin arrived there in 1840, the Indiana forest was frontier country. “It is astonishing that this remote solitude has been chosen for a novitiate and especially for an academy,” Mother Theodore recorded in her journal. “All appearances are against it.” Today, those very words are emblazoned on the walls of a shrine that now stands on the tamed landscape. The pioneer-religious sister accomplished what she thought impossible, successfully establishing a thriving congregation and a school in the midst of the wilderness. (Page 16)
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Respect Life Month: Author reveals how authentic feminism was hijacked by proponents of sexual revolution

Right to Life speakerThe word “feminism” and the feminist movement can call to mind images of pro-abortion, free-spirited women who rebel against Christian morals. But this is not what the founders of feminism intended at the turn of the last century. Rather, the pro-life, pro-family feminist movement was hijacked by proponents of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Such was the truth revealed by Sue Ellen Browder—a self-proclaimed repentant witness to and perpetrator of this travesty—to more than 900 pro-life advocates at the Right to Life of Indianapolis “Celebrate Life Dinner” on Oct. 4 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. (Page 1)
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Web-only features

See our news coverage of the naming of Archbishop Tobin as a cardinal

On October 9, Pope Francis named Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin to the College of Cardinals. In the day afterward, he conducted a 30-minute sit down interview with The Criterion, as well as held a press conference at the Catholic Center in Indianapolis. Both videos as well as news stories and more are available on our website.
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Watch videos of the speakers from the Marian Jubilee event on Oct. 8

Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin and evangelist Dr. Scott Hahn were the featured speakers at the Holy Year of Mercy Marian Jubilee event, held on October 8 at St. Bartholomew Church in Columbus. Watch their presentations on our video page.
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