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Need Job? Try Church.

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In these extraordinarily difficult economic times, job-seekers (including the newly-minted graduates) should check to see if their local Catholic parish has an outreach program:

According to the Wall Street Journal:

"Across the nation, local churches and other religious organizations have stepped up their recession-busting efforts with free career workshops, résumé clinics and networking functions. The latter can generate quick leads if leveraged properly since religious-centered networks tend to have very invested members, says Elliot Lasson, executive director of Joblink of Maryland, a job matching service that works with the Jewish community in Baltimore. "It's a community that wants to help each other," he says. But netting results requires effort."

Boehner episode can start the dialogue

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I want to weigh in on the controversy of House Speaker John Boehner being invited by the Catholic University of America to be its commencement speaker this past weekend.

As some of you know, 81 Catholic academics send a letter to Boehner pointing out that while they did not oppose his speaking at Catholic University, they were disappointed that as a Catholic himself, Boehner seems to have no sensitivity to Catholic social doctrine that focuses on social justice for working people and the poor.

Obama needs to act on immigration reform now

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Earlier this week, President Obama was in my hometown of El Paso, Texas, to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.

He had promised such reform during his presidential campaign in 2008 but never introduced such legislation during his first two years when the Democrats strongly controlled both houses of Congress and chances for such legislation looked promising.

However, the President placed his political capital on legislation to recharge the economy and especially on health care that passed. Immigration reform was put aside.

Oprah and confession

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For me, the word "confession" conjures up images of dark booths with dark mesh screens -- a private place where dark deeds can be made undone away from the light. I've been Catholic all my life; I can't help it.

But that's not the image of confession for most Americans now -- maybe not even most Catholics. This very private sacrament continues its decline, and I've got to think there's one prominent person who's partly to blame: Oprah Winfrey.

From The Nation to Huffington, NCR Contributors Share Analysis, Reporting and Commentary

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At NCR, we play well with others. That means, for example, that our writers and contributors share their insights and analysis with different audiences -- meaning, if we’re not diligent in bringing it to your attention, that you might miss some of their best stuff.

To avoid that possibility, here are some recent highlights from NCR contributors and friends you may have missed:

Who owns Milwaukee's Catholic Center?

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Only in civil courts do lay Catholics and the broader society begin to see the true nature of Catholic dioceses and religious orders.

After all the press releases and "audited" financial statements, there remains plenty of legal head-fakes, numerous civil corporate structures intentionally created and completely controlled by the bishop or archbishop, but "separately incorporated" by tricky bishops, priests and their lawyers.

The notion is for the archbishop or bishop to hide behind a civil legal structure to "protect" diocesan assets from a forced sale. But when the deceptive legal maneuvers are peeled back in a bankruptcy court or in a litigation setting, one can quickly identify the diocese's corporate behavior for what it really is.

It's comical to listen to bishops discuss ethical decision-making in businesses or of transparency and accountability when the multiple inter-connected corporations they control and run hardly adopt such principles. See for example, reporting on the Diocese of San Diego.

Now comes the here-we-go-again case of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Catholic Center.

On this day: \"Twenty-Two Take the Veil\"

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On this day, a century ago, twenty-two young women received their white veils at the Mallinckrodt Convent of the Sisters of Christian Charity at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

The New York Times listed 17 of them: Gertrude Schumacher, Anna Mueller, Catherine Huelsing, Clara Forst, Martha Schumann, Catherine Lang, Emelia Frank, Jane Weiss, Elizabeth Nehls, Theresa Hemmer, Catherine Wagner, Veronica Homan, Irma Blankenburg, Anna Wiltgen, Cecelia Gangelhoff, Elizabeth Harvey, Mary Puls, and Catherine Ringwald.

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