Cardinal Wuerl: Pope Francis is Calling For a Church That is More in Contact With the Gospel

10/18/2015 Comments (28)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. dismissed concerns that the Synod of Bishops is being manipulated with the goal of promoting changes in Church discipline that now bars civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics from receiving the Eucharist.  He also saw little need for anxiety that the discussions about altering pastoral practices could undermine Church teaching on marriage and related matters.

In an Oct. 18 interview with America magazine, Cardinal Wuerl expressed puzzlement at the anxiety expressed by some Church leaders, as well as the more specific allegations asserting that the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops may have been "rigged."  

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George Weigel: The Universal Call to Holiness is Universal

10/16/2015 Comments (6)

From Rome, George Weigel has been sifting through the interventions of the Synod Fathers, and is disturbed by a particular thread of the discussion.

Without precisely saying so, some Synod Fathers believe that “pastoral accompaniment” includes the “tacit blessing” of cohabitation and other  arrangements that fall short of the Church's vision of marriage and family life. This approach, writes Weigel, in an Oct. 15 post on First Things, calls into question the “universal call to holiness” and threatens to create a vast class of “Second Class Catholics.“

How else can we interpret “the claim by some members of Synod 2015 that the Church’s teaching on chastity, marriage, and the family is...READ MORE

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Oops! Watch MSNBC's Pro-Abortion Hit Job Backfire on Live TV

10/02/2015 Comments (50)

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What happens when a liberal news show executes a hit job on a pro-life target, only to watch their attempt fizzle? Watch this MSNBC interview to find out.

Here is the context for the MSNBC interview: 

Following a slew of undercover videos that appeared to show Planned Parenthood affiliates profiting from the sale of fetal body parts,  the organization and its powerful allies have retaliated with a full-bore assault on the Center for Medical Progress, the pro-life investigative group that produced the videos.

CMP has been attacked for improperly editing the video images to manipulate public opinion and foster support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

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Jesus Christ is the Sure Foundation of True Masculinity

10/01/2015 Comments (4)

The Christ Pantocrator of the Deesis mosaic (13th-century) in Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)

It isn't often that you read an apostolic exhortation by a Catholic bishop and learn something new about James Bond, the iconic British spy with the code name 007 and (like so many other 21st century men) a penchant for gadgetry. But in his stirring, well-crafted letter, "Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men, My Spiritual Sons in the Diocese of Phoenix", Bishop Thomas Olmsted seeks to bring his flock back to earth, back to the sure foundation of healthy masculinity: Jesus Christ. This is a wake up call for men in his diocese, and he pokes holes in the counterfeit masculine identities that populate the culture and risk colonizing our imagination.

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Carly Fiorina is Making Life Tough for Pro-Abortion Feminists

09/29/2015 Comments (26)

Carly Fiorina speaks during debate on March 8, 2014. Photo by Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 2.0 (].

For years, Cecile Richard, ruled the roost. Since the former labor organizer was named president of Planned Parenthood,  she has emerged as a key ally of President Obama and has been celebrated as one of the most influential women in the United States.

But “the times they are a changin’,” as they say.  A slew of undercover videos that appear to show Planned Parenthood affiliates trafficking in the sale of fetal body parts have badly damaged the moral credibility the nation's largest abortion provider. Today, Sept. 29, Richards is testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating whether Planned Parenthood, which receives over $500 million...READ MORE

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Between Pope and President, a Disconnect on Religious Freedom

09/23/2015 Comments (4)

Pope Francis, in his first message on U.S. soil, introduced several subjects during his speech at the White House welcome ceremony:

  • Immigration reform,
  • "Support [for the] institutions of marriage and the family at a critical moment in the history of our civilization," 
  • "Fidelity to the nation's founding principles," including the defense of religious liberty "from everything that would threaten or compromise it."
  • "Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation." 

We can depend on the media to keep immigration reform and climate change front and center. Indeed, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal both posted headlines that narrowed the...READ MORE

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Pelosi, Biden Say They're Pro-Abortion and Pro-Church

09/22/2015 Comments (22)

“I actually agree with the pope on more issues than many Catholics who agree with him on one issue,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA,  told The New York Times during an interview timed for Pope Francis's Sept. 24 address before Congress.

That "one issue" is legal abortion, which has eliminated the lives of an estimated 57 million unborn children since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade.

Pelosi does not explain how she conducted her survey of Catholic opinion, nor did the Times' reporter request a spreadsheet or stats backing her peculiar assertion. But it is worth noting here that Pelosi departs from Catholic teaching on other matters. For example, she endorses ...READ MORE

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Peter Steinfels and Mark Regnerus Tackle Contraception Debate

09/21/2015 Comments (30)

Like a bitter child nursing an old grievance against a parent well into adulthood, progressive Catholics cling to the belief that Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae damaged the moral credibility of the Church. Indeed, they blame the controversial papal letter for the faithful's subsequent lack of support for other teachings that deal with abortion, same-sex relationships and premarital sex.

"Nothing has divided the church more than its prohibition against contraception, even among married couples," writes Peter Steinfels in a Sept. 11 op-ed in the Washington Post.

The author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America, Steinfels is the former religion...READ MORE

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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California..