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June 3, 2006
Re "A Ban on Kneeling? Some Catholics Won't Stand for It," May 28 I am a practicing Catholic, but I am not blind. My church has been the object of criticism and scrutiny in recent years, and rightly so. Many members of the clergy have been involved in vile, contemptible, sinful -- and illegal -- behavior with children. In many cases, responsible individuals in the church have ignored and even covered up this behavior, in violation of the church's teachings and all governing laws. Meanwhile, Father Martin Tran harangues his congregation that kneeling in church is a mortal sin. Clearly, our priorities need work.
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OPINION
June 3, 2006
Re "A Ban on Kneeling? Some Catholics Won't Stand for It," May 28 I am a practicing Catholic, but I am not blind. My church has been the object of criticism and scrutiny in recent years, and rightly so. Many members of the clergy have been involved in vile, contemptible, sinful -- and illegal -- behavior with children. In many cases, responsible individuals in the church have ignored and even covered up this behavior, in violation of the church's teachings and all governing laws. Meanwhile, Father Martin Tran harangues his congregation that kneeling in church is a mortal sin. Clearly, our priorities need work.
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SPORTS
June 26, 1999
If I hear how much talent and potential the Lakers and Dodgers have one more time I am going to throw up. Please, no more comments about these "underachieving" teams. I believe the reason the game is played is to determine where teams stand. If the Lakers or Dodgers take issue with this, let them prove it on the playing field. It is not a mortal sin not to be first. Can we just accept the teams as they are? BILL HATCH, Ojai
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2006 | Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at dana .parsons@latimes.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
I read the story a few days ago and then double-checked the calendar. Yep, it's 2006. I'll try to keep the glibness to a minimum, but it is not going to be easy. I'm just finding it hard to believe that 15 centuries after the settling in of the so-called Dark Ages, the Catholic Church still is sorting out the fine print of the faith. You can almost hear a 6th century pope saying, "See, I told you this was complicated." But this isn't AD 506.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
At least 1,500 people attended Christmas Eve Mass presided over by an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest, despite warnings from the archbishop that participating would be a mortal sin. Father Marek Bozek left his previous parish without his bishop's permission and was hired by St. Stanislaus Kostka Church here this month. As a result, Bozek and the church's six-member lay board were excommunicated last week by Archbishop of St. Louis Raymond Burke for committing an act of schism.
OPINION
October 29, 2000
Your endorsement of Steve Kuykendall over Jane Harman for Congress has to be the most bizarre paragraph I have ever read in a Times editorial (Oct. 22). We are urged to support Kuykendall because he supports gun control and abortion rights (doesn't Harman support those too?); Harman "forfeited" her seat to run for higher office (since when is this a mortal sin?); and Harman has a stronger position on some national issues (implying that she doesn't on local issues?). On the biggest local issue, Harman has the stronger position--no on Los Angeles International Airport expansion; she agrees with a recent economic study conducted for the Southern California Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1993
In response to "U.S. Catholics' Stand-Off Holds on Birth Control," by Frances Kissling, Commentary, July 23: Kissling is outraged by Catholic teaching that "there is no 'licit' sexual activity outside of a sacramental marriage" and by the statement of one orthodox priest that "there are worse things than dying of AIDS, namely, dying in a state of mortal sin." She bemoans the societal problems of AIDS, teen pregnancy, population pressures, and sexual abuse by priests (rightly so)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2006 | Dana Parsons, Dana Parsons' column appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (714) 966-7821 or at dana .parsons@latimes.com. An archive of his recent columns is at www.latimes.com/parsons.
I read the story a few days ago and then double-checked the calendar. Yep, it's 2006. I'll try to keep the glibness to a minimum, but it is not going to be easy. I'm just finding it hard to believe that 15 centuries after the settling in of the so-called Dark Ages, the Catholic Church still is sorting out the fine print of the faith. You can almost hear a 6th century pope saying, "See, I told you this was complicated." But this isn't AD 506.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
Whether heading up a national committee to root out sexual abuses in the Catholic Church or sitting as the governor of Oklahoma, former prosector and FBI Agent Frank A. Keating has a reputation for speaking his mind -- and suffering the consequences. Before the U.S.
OPINION
August 12, 2001 | JONATHAN V. LAST, Jonathan V. Last is the online editor for the Weekly Standard
Only Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres) knows whether he has been exposed to legal peril through his involvement with Chandra Levy. But whatever the facts may be, it is certain that he has strayed into dangerous political and moral terrain. After giving Condit cover during the opening gambits of Levy's disappearance, Democrats have begun to desert him. California Sen. Barbara Boxer was one of the first to leave the reservation, and now Rep. Charles W.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
At least 1,500 people attended Christmas Eve Mass presided over by an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest, despite warnings from the archbishop that participating would be a mortal sin. Father Marek Bozek left his previous parish without his bishop's permission and was hired by St. Stanislaus Kostka Church here this month. As a result, Bozek and the church's six-member lay board were excommunicated last week by Archbishop of St. Louis Raymond Burke for committing an act of schism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
Whether heading up a national committee to root out sexual abuses in the Catholic Church or sitting as the governor of Oklahoma, former prosector and FBI Agent Frank A. Keating has a reputation for speaking his mind -- and suffering the consequences. Before the U.S.
OPINION
August 12, 2001 | JONATHAN V. LAST, Jonathan V. Last is the online editor for the Weekly Standard
Only Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres) knows whether he has been exposed to legal peril through his involvement with Chandra Levy. But whatever the facts may be, it is certain that he has strayed into dangerous political and moral terrain. After giving Condit cover during the opening gambits of Levy's disappearance, Democrats have begun to desert him. California Sen. Barbara Boxer was one of the first to leave the reservation, and now Rep. Charles W.
OPINION
October 29, 2000
Your endorsement of Steve Kuykendall over Jane Harman for Congress has to be the most bizarre paragraph I have ever read in a Times editorial (Oct. 22). We are urged to support Kuykendall because he supports gun control and abortion rights (doesn't Harman support those too?); Harman "forfeited" her seat to run for higher office (since when is this a mortal sin?); and Harman has a stronger position on some national issues (implying that she doesn't on local issues?). On the biggest local issue, Harman has the stronger position--no on Los Angeles International Airport expansion; she agrees with a recent economic study conducted for the Southern California Assn.
SPORTS
June 26, 1999
If I hear how much talent and potential the Lakers and Dodgers have one more time I am going to throw up. Please, no more comments about these "underachieving" teams. I believe the reason the game is played is to determine where teams stand. If the Lakers or Dodgers take issue with this, let them prove it on the playing field. It is not a mortal sin not to be first. Can we just accept the teams as they are? BILL HATCH, Ojai
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1993
In response to "U.S. Catholics' Stand-Off Holds on Birth Control," by Frances Kissling, Commentary, July 23: Kissling is outraged by Catholic teaching that "there is no 'licit' sexual activity outside of a sacramental marriage" and by the statement of one orthodox priest that "there are worse things than dying of AIDS, namely, dying in a state of mortal sin." She bemoans the societal problems of AIDS, teen pregnancy, population pressures, and sexual abuse by priests (rightly so)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997
I pray to God that the article about the beautiful, woolly creatures (the feral sheep) will touch the hearts of kind and compassionate people so that their slaughter is not necessary ("Wild and Wooly," Jan. 29). It should be considered a mortal sin to kill such a beautiful and peaceful animal. The government takes huge parcels of good land to build prisons to protect hard-core criminals. But it cannot spare a little piece of scrub land to preserve a precious animal. Well, preservation does not bring money into the economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1985 | Associated Press
Analyzing some religious usages of Soviet Communist party chief Mikhail Gorbachev, the National Catholic Reporter suggests several possible explanations, including: --That his phrases, such as "God on high," were Slavic cultural usages rather than reflecting any personal belief and were directed at U.S. believers. --That his phrasing may also have been directed to home consumption because of increased religious belief there, according to Prof.
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