The Northern Cross

Prudence dictates church stance against legalizing recreational marijuana

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By Joe Ruff The Catholic Spirit 

Marijuana in itself is not evil, but people can easily abuse it, so prudence, or good judgment, dictates it not be legalized for recreational use. 

That is the basic teaching of the Catholic Church when it comes to making pot legal. It comes into ... Read More »

MCC urges people to consider the dangers of recreational marijuana

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Joe Ruff The Catholic Spirit 

When the Minnesota House passed HF 600 on a vote of 72-61 to legalize recreational marijuana May 13, it brought the state one step closer to joining 19 other states, including Michigan and South Dakota, as well as the District of Columbia. Marijuana plants are seen in ... Read More »

Stella Maris completes purchase of high school site

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

When Stella Maris Academy, the Catholic elementary and middle school operating across three campuses in Duluth, announced early this year the intention to begin offering high school classes in 2022, few would have imagined that instead of making room at one of the ... Read More »

John Skalko, Ph.D: Does abortion violate human rights?

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By John Skalko, Ph.D Guest columnist

It doesn’t take a Ph.D to recognize that recent years have witnessed a proliferation of conflicting rights claims. There’s the right to bear arms, the right to be free of bigotry, the right to free speech, the right to a sex change, the ... Read More »

Patrice Critchley-Menor: The poor have much to give us

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By Patrice Critchley-MenorGuest columnist

Several years ago, there was a woman who would occasionally call the diocese asking for financial assistance. Maybe she needed help with an electric bill or help paying for a prescription. She became very friendly with a couple of staff members. She would sometimes call ... Read More »

Sister Lisa Maurer: What God has planted 

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By Sister Lisa Maurer Guest columnist 

Isn’t it something? Scientists cannot really explain how life began on our planet. Most agree that life began more than 3 billion years ago, but just how it began is an elusive unknown. One scientific theory is based on a spark of electricity. Another ... Read More »

Bishop Felton celebrates annual White Mass

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

By Deacon Kyle Eller The Northern Cross

Duluth Bishop Daniel Felton celebrated the annual diocesan White Mass Oct. 17 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. Bishop Daniel Felton blesses those who serve in the medical field as well as some medical instruments at the ... Read More »

Obituary: Deacon Frederick C. Wright, 71

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Deacon Frederick C. Wright, 71, of Silver Bay, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, at Benedictine Health Center with his wife by his side. He was born in Duluth on May 6, 1950, to John and Margaret (Burke) Wright and was the eldest of ten children. Deacon Fred graduated Duluth ... Read More »


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40 years 

Deacon H.L. (Chico) Anderson

Deacon H.L. (Chico) Anderson was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Bishop Paul Anderson for the Diocese of Duluth on Nov. 28, 1981. Deacon Anderson is married to Janet Anderson. He previously served in the parishes of St. Benedict, St. John, St. Michael, ... Read More »

News in brief

Posted by Elizabeth Gjovik

Papal audience

Photo courtesy of Vatican Media

Duluth Bishop Daniel Felton met Pope Francis in an audience Sept. 29 at the Vatican. He was in Rome for the ordination of Deacon Daniel Hammer as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Duluth. Animal blessing

Submitted photo

Blessed Sacrament Parish ... Read More »