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Equality for all

Posted October 30, 2014 at 12:00 am

(Bishop Muench’s homily from the Respect Life Mass celebrated Oct. 12 at Sacred Heart Church in Baton Rouge)

Allow me to rhetorically challenge you to identify a sentence that has been acclaimed by one historian as “one of the best-known sentences in the English language” and by another as “the most potent and consequential words in American history.” I refer to the second sentence of a document adopted on July 4, 1776 by the 56 delegates of the Continental Congress which declared the 13 American colonies, at war with Great Britain, as newly independent sovereign states. Commonly termed “The Declaration of Independence,” this statement, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, famously asserted: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

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    Father Ranzino elected chairman of national liturgists’ board

    By Barbara Chenevert 

    The Catholic Commentator

    Father Tom Ranzino, chancellor of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and director of the diocesan Office of Worship, was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions at its annual meeting Oct. 1-3 in Illinois.

    “I am happy to serve, and we will do our best,” Father Ranzino said. “My intention in serving in this capacity is to make the organization effective in assisting the bishops” in liturgical issues.

    The FDLC was established 45 years ago to assist bishops in liturgical reform and renewal and

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    WORTH THE RISK

    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Teenager survives harrowing journey to begin new life

    The Catholic Commentator

    “Maria” made a dangerous journey

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    Understanding her son’s pain

    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Lisa Carmena found her son, John Nathan, in his bedroom of their Greenwell Springs home after

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    HAIL MARY

    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Balloons to beads, diocese prays the rosary

    The Catholic Commentator

    Kristen Ashworth’s grandparents always had a rosary in hand.

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    Blessing of Boats

    Posted October 17, 2014 at 12:00 am

     Father Al Davidson, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Pierre Part, blesses boats after a special Mass held on Virgin Island Oct. 11. Boats surrounded the island for the Mass which is celebrated twice

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    Bishop urges prayer for peace

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    The Catholic Commentator

    Calling peace a “precious gift,” Bishop Robert W. Muench has joined bishops throughout the United States in calling on Catholics to pray for peace and persecuted

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    HOME GROWN

    Posted August 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    OLOL helps employees eat healthier

    The Catholic Commentator

    Rosa Hernandez peaked into the large box of vegetables with a

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    COLLECTOR OF LIFE

    Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Organist’s home reflection of his heart

    By Barbara Chenevert

    The Catholic Commentator

    If every item in his home has a story to tell, then Robbie Giroir has a lot to talk about. Musician, teacher, pilot and collector extraordinaire, Giroir’s home is a thumbprint of his life,

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