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How the Catholic Church is Fighting Loan Sharks in Texas (90)

Texas laws currently permit payday lenders to exploit the poor through interest rates and fees that can amount to five times the amount of the original loan or more, according to the Texas Catholic Conference.

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– Andy via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

DALLAS — Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight against regulation: the bishops of the Catholic Church.

Last week, the Texas Catholic Conference, which serves as the public policy voice for the Catholic bishops of the state, announced it would join several local payday lending opponents in an effort to regulate payday, and title loan lending.

“It seems that every week another member of my parish tells me a horror story about one of these loans. They debilitate our families,” Father Daniel Kelly, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Arlington and chancellor of the Fort Worth diocese, told The Dallas Morning...READ MORE

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African Bishops Pull No Punches Striking Back at ‘Ideological Colonization’ (355)

The need to confront the West’s imposition of its values over Africa’s traditional family values is one of the themes the African bishops bring to the Synod on the Family.

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Cardinal Napier is one of the African bishops taking part in the worldwide synod.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The African bishops leveled heavy criticism of the West for imposing secular values on their continent in exchange for aid as the Vatican’s synod on the family kicked off its first week.

From press conferences to individual interviews, multiple prelates voiced concern over what Pope Francis has termed “ideological colonization,” in which Western nations have made the acceptance of legislation favoring “gay rights” and “same-sex marriage” contingent on receiving financial aid.

“It’s one thing that the African bishops are very, very conscious of,” Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa told reporters Oct. 7.

“What we are talking about is when countries are told...READ MORE

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Archbishops Chaput and Kurtz Named Relators of Synod Small Groups (3835)

Recapping the third day of discussions at the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Pope Francis and Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia shake hands at Independence Hall on Sept. 26.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — On the third day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis told pilgrims the Church “is and must be the family of God,” an American synod father voiced concerns about the meeting’s working document, and a leading African bishop said his fellow bishops were “optimistic” about the impact the Church in Africa can have on the synod.

Also today the Vatican announced the names of moderators and relators of the circuli minori (small groups). The groups will have greater prominence than in previous synods, in order to foster a more “intense” discussion, Pope Francis said.

Concerns were also raised today about discrepancies in official Holy See reports on the...READ MORE

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Religious Leaders, Scholars Ask Obama to Declare ISIS Violence a Genocide (832)

The letter to the president states that without ‘swift moral leadership,’ indigenous Christian, Yazidi, and other religious communities in the Middle East face extinction by the terrorist army.

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A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

– Ankawa.com.

WASHINGTON — More than 100 religious leaders, scholars, and human rights advocates signed a letter Monday asking President Obama to formally declare the killing and displacement of Middle Eastern religious minorities a “genocide.”

“We humbly request that your office publicly acknowledge and denounce the Islamic State’s actions as genocide, and act with all due haste to ensure that this ongoing, abominable crime is halted, prevented, and punished, and that the religious freedom and human dignity of all people currently suffering under the Islamic State are allowed to flourish,” the Oct. 5 letter stated.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has waged a campaign of bloodthirsty...READ MORE

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Natural Family Planning in Service to the Family (946)

Experts share the blessings and challenges of the Church-approved method.

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Issues such as homosexuality, cohabitation, divorce and remarriage are expected to take center stage at the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family under way at the Vatican. Natural Family Planning (NFP) was briefly, and paradoxically, referenced as a burdensome blessing at last fall’s synod.

And at the just-concluded World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Church-approved NFP was discussed as crucial in sustaining healthy marriages and families. 

The Church teaches that NFP is permissible for the spacing of pregnancies. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Standards for Diocesan Natural Family Planning Ministry” states, “These methods are based on observation according to the...READ MORE

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New Movement Seeks to Share the Reality of Marriage (599)

The newly launched Marriage Reality Movement seeks to reintroduce the culture to the concept of marriage through non-religious language that precisely reflects Church teaching.

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– Jay Zhang via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

SAN FRANCISCO — A new group called the Marriage Reality Movement aims to help Catholics and others renew the vision of marriage in society.

“It is about formation for the evangelization of culture, starting around the family dinner table,” Bill May, president of the California-based Catholics for the Common Good Institute, told CNA. “We start by helping people reintroduce marriage to the culture in non-religious language that precisely reflects the teachings of the Church.”

The Marriage Reality Movement launched Sept. 30 in Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families. The organization, which is sponsored by Catholics for the Common Good Institute, aims to build a coalition and...READ MORE

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Former Toronto Blue Jays’ Pitcher Recounts Career and Catholicism (1716)

Justin Speier realizes and shares the centrality of Christ.

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The American League East champion Toronto Blue Jays will face the American League West champion Texas Rangers in the first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs on Thursday. Former Blue Jays’ pitcher Justin Speier thinks the team can go far this postseason, possibly even winning the World Series.

At one time in his playing career, Speier would have loved nothing more than winning a World Series title. While the 41-year-old Walnut Creek, Calif., native still sees the fun in that possibility for his friends with the team, he has gained a more mature view of baseball in relation to his duties to God.

Today, Speier takes his baseball experience — and his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps...READ MORE

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Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage; 15 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children, and More! (1775)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., of O.S.V. Newsweekly link to read more.

Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., of O.S.V. Newsweekly - Big Pulpit

15 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children – Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

Book Review: The Silmarillion and Tales from the Perilous Realm (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) – Stuart Dunn, Stuart's Study

The Four Mini-Gospels – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Book Review: Bread from Heaven: English Eucharistic Motets – Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New Liturgical Movement

Recent Discoveries on the Origins of the Stabat Mater – Fr. Augustine Thompson O.P., New Liturgical Movement

For the Thursday Extra: Plus the Latest Synod Updates - Big Pulpit

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands...READ MORE

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