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Special Report: Roman Catholic Priest Shortage Reshapes North Country Life

The Roman Catholic Church has been a powerful force in the North Country since the region was settled by whites hundreds of years ago. But the once-firm fabric of community parishes is under increasing strain. A shortage of priests has forced the Diocese of Ogdensburg to close churches, and move priests to serve more congregations. The process has continued through the summer and fall. Currently, one in four parishes in the North Country lacks a resident pastor. As Brian Mann reports, the crisis began long before the current sex-abuse scandals, and it's changing the work of the local churches.  Go to full article

Jake Swamp: A Story of Warning

Chief Jake Swamp tells the story of a Mohawk prophet called "Handsome Lake".  Go to full article
Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.

Spreading a Legacy of Harmony

This week the Tree of Peace Learning Center in Rossie in western St. Lawrence County hosts an annual workshop series called the Sacred Circle. It brings together people to teach and learn about a variety of native issues, from how the Iroquois document history to native burial mounds in Ohio.

The Tree of Peace Society was founded two decades ago by Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp. Its mission is to recover and pass on Mohawk and other tribal culture and philosophy. David Sommerstein went to the learning center in Rossie to talk with Chief Swamp.  Go to full article

Four North Country Pastors Removed From Their Ministries

Four North Country pastors have been removed from their ministries following a "zero tolerance" policy on child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. The removals mean the...  Go to full article

Diocese Reacts to New Priest Policy

At least one North Country priest will lose his ministry as a result of policies on sexual abuse adopted last week by Catholic bishops nationwide. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Preview: Yoga Loft's Open House in Canton

Todd Moe talks with Yoga Loft co-founder Charlie Bradt about Sunday's Open House. It's a chance for the public to sample shamanism, meditation and learn more about the...  Go to full article

In Canada, A Church Sex Abuse Scandal Touches Thousands of Natives and Lawsuits Threaten Religious Groups With Bankruptcy

While the Roman Catholic church in the United States wrestles with its sex-abuse scandal, churches in Canada face a crisis of their own. For more than a century, Canada's...  Go to full article

Commentary: Washing Dishes and Moral Instruction

Teaching children right and wrong and what's important in life is done in a variety of ways. Sometimes by example, sometimes by direct instruction. Commentator Paul...  Go to full article

What's Shavuot?

David Sommerstein talks with Matt Wexler of the Potsdam Jewish synagogue and Shmuel Gurvitz, an Israeli visiting Clarkson University, about the little known Jewish holiday,...  Go to full article

New Plans For Wadhams Hall

The Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg has new plans for its seminary-college on Route 37 in Ogdensburg. Starting this summer, Wadhams Hall will host retreats and conferences...  Go to full article

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