Pope Encourages Bioethicists Amid Relativism, Inability to Reason

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Pope Francis has praised the work of bioethicists in a world marked by relativism and which lacks an ability to reason.

Addressing the Italian National Committee for Bioethics at the Vatican today, the Holy Father said that to carry out the “demanding work” of research into ethical truth is “all the more” meritorious in a society “marked by relativism and not very trustworthy in the capacities of human reason.”

In view of these and other challenges, he stressed that such research “always requires humility and realism” and should not fear confronting different positions.

The Pope underlined how the Church supports civil society to promote "the search for truth and goodness on complex...READ MORE

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Vatican Official Outlines Communications Reform

Three new major departments, cuts without redundancies, and a communications model similar to Disney's are all part of the restructuring plans.

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Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications.

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The new structure of Vatican communications is gradually taking shape, but it’s not possible yet to give a timeframe for when the restructuring will be implemented, the official in charge of overseeing the reforms has said.

Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for the Holy See’s Communications, told reporters last week that personnel considerations “require important attention” in the restructuring, but before any date can be given for announcing the changes, the Pope has to appoint the heads of the new communications departments.

The Italian priest explained that three new departments will be created: “technological”, “theological-pastoral”, and “editorial”. The first,...READ MORE

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What Every Parent Needs To Know About Sex Ed

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Since October, parents in Omaha have been battling with the city’s school board over proposed changes to the sex education curriculum. Impassioned parents and grandparents voiced their objections loudly and clearly to the “comprehensive” sex ed program the school board had proposed. Since 1985 sex ed at Omaha public schools has been taught as part of a course called Human Growth and Development.  Among other changes, the new program will add discussion of two items to the tenth grade curriculum: abortion and emergency contraception.
But it’s not just those two hot-button topics that are upsetting parents. “Comprehensive” sex ed, as opposed to “abstinence-based” sex ed, provides kids...READ MORE

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The Amazing History Behind the Very Christian Plaque at Mount Rushmore

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The story behind a plaque at Mount Rushmore explaining the history of the United States of America with quite a Christian flavor would probably surprise many people.

President Calvin Coolidge met the artist Gutzon Borglum who prompted him to dedicate the site for a carving of four president's busts in the 1920's. Coolidge helped to raise funds and was even present as the cornerstone was laid and said, “We have come here to dedicate a cornerstone laid by the hand of the Almighty. …The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting Black Hills of South Dakota … will be distinctly American in its conception, in its magnitude, in its meaning."

Borglum, in turn, asked...READ MORE

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Finnish Catholic Spokesman: Communion for Lutherans at the Vatican Was a Mistake

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Pope Francis with Pastor Jens Kruse of the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Rome, Nov. 15, 2015


The distribution of Holy Communion to a group of Finnish Lutherans in St. Peter’s basilica last week was a mistake and not a sign that the Church is changing its practice on access to the Sacraments, a spokesman for the Finnish Catholic Church has asserted.

In a statement issued Jan. 20, Marko Tervaportti, director of the Catholic Information Centre in Helsinki, stressed that only members of the Catholic Church “in a state of grace” may receive the Eucharist, with some “special exceptions”.

Tervaportti was referring to reports last week that a Lutheran group from Finland, led by their bishop, Samuel Salmi of Oulu, had received Holy Communion in St  Peter’s basilica, despite indicating...READ MORE

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6 Apps to Help You Have a Prayerful Lent

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With Lent rushing upon us, I’ve been particularly interested in apps that will help me make this a fruitful, prayerful and holy Lent.

One problem: If you haven’t noticed, there’s a plethora of apps out there than can — and would — help me along through Lent.

I decided to ask some experts about the Lent apps they recommend.

Here are the results.

Son Rise Morning Show host Matt Swaim wrote this to me:

“My first and foremost is the CRS Rice Bowl App: Not only does it have daily reflections (a staple of most Lenten apps), my favorite feature is the recipes. Each Friday, the app has instructions for a simple meatless meal from one of the countries benefitting from Rice Bowl. Families can...READ MORE

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When Great Lives End Early for Something Greater

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Why, God? They had so much to contribute; why did you take them so young?  It’s a question that swirls around the lives of exceptional people that ended early.  

I’ve personally witnessed a dozen such losses over the years.  For instance, Betsy Roller was a cheerful and precocious little girl who never made it to second grade. What was the point of her learning to read at the age of only 3 and giving her family so much joy only to die so young? 

At the funeral of Josh Cates, 26, people came from around the country to mourn his death from a car accident.  Several people from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was working on his PhD, were at the funeral. One instructor...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Disappoints “Progressives” Once Again

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Pope Francis meets with the Tribunal of the Roman Rota in Vatican City on January 22, 2016. (Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis has once again put a substantial dent in the hopes of “progressives” that the Church will finally join the modern age on sexuality and the family. I wrote here recently how the Bishop’s Final Report on the Synod of the Family was remarkably strong and concise regarding biblical and historic orthodoxy on the issues of sexuality, marriage and the family.

The Holy Father reaffirmed the steadfast moorings of the Church on these issues in his recent address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion of the beginning of their work year. The Tribunal is the final court of appeal in the Church on marriage nullity cases. His brief address can be read in its fullness here and is...READ MORE

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