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Can a Good Catholic Still Be a Global Warming Skeptic? by Father Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head - Big Pulpit

The Other Francis: The One Who Preaches Chastity Before Marriage – Sandro Magister, Chiesa

True Measure of Home Value - Dawn Carpenter, Catholic Stand

Saint Augustine on Christian Judgement: ‘Judge Not’ – Starck, Plato Theoria

Four Common Tactics of the Devil – Monsignor Charles A. Pope, Community in Mission

The Arts: Talent and Discipline – Mark Davis Pickup, Catholic Lane

An Encyclical About Life at the End of an Era - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Cardinal Kasper and the Game of Lowering Expectations – Fr. Z’s Blog

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The Common Good: Contained in the Person of Jesus Christ (845)

CONNECTING THE DOTS: A Register Series on Catholic Social Teaching

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St. Augustine (portrait by Philippe de Champaigne, 17th century) wrote at length about the common good in his fifth-century work, City of God.

– Wikipedia

Last time, in this space, we looked at the first pillar of Catholic social teaching: the dignity of the human person. This is a concept that is easily familiar to many Catholics, particularly since it undergirds the pro-life movement.

It lies at the root of the truth that human beings are human beings, not human doings; that their value does not depend on how much they can earn, nor on whether they are inside or outside the womb; nor on whether they are too old or sick to be “productive”; nor on whether they are innocent or guilty (since we are all the authors of the passion and death of the Son of God). Our rights and dignity proceed, as President John F. Kennedy put it, “not from the...READ MORE

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Against a Growing Intolerance, Christians Must Witness Christ 'for the World' (3752)

“Despotism may be able to do without faith, but freedom cannot,” said Alexis de Tocqueville. Today the U.S. faces a soft depostism seeking to marginalize religious expression from the public square.

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This homily was delivered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington at the Mass closing the U.S. bishops' "Fortnight for Freedom," which began June 21 and ends July 4. The Mass was broadcast live by EWTN.

We live in interesting times – in recent days, Pope Francis issued his first social encyclical, Laudato Si, dealing with ecological questions; and, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision on same-sex marriage. At any rate, both of these happenings give us Catholics both the opportunity, and, to be sure, the duty to engage the world and witness to our teachings, to our vision of the life and dignity of the human person in a world which we...READ MORE

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The Shroud of Turin and Technoscience (5066)

COMMENTARY: The more the cloth is investigated, the more the evidence accumulates for its authenticity.

07/04/2015 Comments (8)

Negative image of the Shroud of Turin

Our train was speeding up the Italian peninsula at 100-plus miles an hour.

Equipped with PowerPoints, flat screens and Wi-Fi, it was the epitome of everything techno-scientific about the modern age.

The clash, therefore, with our vacation destination pushed the irony as fast and as far as the train itself, for we were going to venerate the Shroud of Turin.

We found our hotel, and over dinner with a young fellow pilgrim, we discussed the mystery of the shroud. I had researched the purported burial cloth of Christ for many years and continue to be intrigued at how every new techno-scientific discovery adds a new dimension to its mystery.

The shroud lay virtually unknown for 1,900 years...READ MORE

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Fleeing Vietnam for My Beloved Catholic Faith (2328)

Independence Day: Peter Nguyen thanks and encourages U.S. citizens to take a stand for religious liberty.

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Peter and Mary Nguyen stand with their then three sons in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1974. Below, Peter and Mary mark 50 years of marriage earlier this year with Kansas City, Kan., Archbishop Joseph Naumann.

– Peter Nguyen

In 1975, floating out on a U.S. transport boat, I told my children as we looked at Vietnam for the last time, “Look, now, my children, at the city of Saigon for the last time. We are going far away for a very long time. We may never have a chance to come back again.”

Today, 40 years later, we have not been back.

I am a Vietnamese Catholic, the second oldest of 11 children. My father’s family came from the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam, where our family’s deep Catholic roots go back several generations. The Catholic faith was brought to Vietnam in the 16th century by Portuguese, Spanish and then French Jesuit missionaries.

Despite intense persecutions at times, Catholicism grew in...READ MORE

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Blessed Junipero Statue in the Capitol Is Safe — For Now (2078)

The legislative measure calling for its removal has been shelved because of the U.S. visit of Pope Francis, who will canonize Father Serra on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C.

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The statue of Father Junipero Serra inside the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.


LOS ANGELES — An effort to remove the statue of Blessed Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.

A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931. However, a proposal in the state legislature would have removed it and replaced it with a statue of astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel to space.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a vote on the proposal was postponed after the lawmaker who authored it, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, noted the timing of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States this fall, where he will formally declare Blessed Serra a saint. The senator has requested...READ MORE

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Cardinal Parolin: ‘It’s Time to Act’ on Climate Change (1368)

The Vatican Secretary of State hopes Laudato Si will have a beneficial impact on this year’s international discussions on the issue.

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaks July at the Vatican-sponsored ‘People and Planet First’ in Rome.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical will have a strong impact on the United Nations’ three major gatherings this year, and will inspire global powers not only to talk, but to act.

The cardinal spoke to CNA July 2, saying he hopes the effect of the encyclical on the U.N. meetings “will be especially concrete in climate change impact.”

“We have discussed a lot about the problem of climate change; now it is time to act. I think this is exactly what the Pope is requesting from us, to act and to start to change our lifestyle to preserve our common house which is the earth.”


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A Fourth Saint for the Little Flower Family? (1375)

The cause for Leonia Martin, one of St. Therese of Lisieux's sisters, was officially opened yesterday in Caen, France.

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Leonia Martin took the name Sister Francoise-Therese when she entered religious life at the Monastery of the Visitation at Caen, France.

– leoniemartin.org

VATICAN CITY — With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin could be the fourth member of her family declared a saint as her own cause for canonization officially opens.

Leonia is the sister of St. Therese of Lisieux and the third daughter of Blessed Louis and Zelia Martin, who are set to be the first couple ever to be canonized at the same ceremony, which will be held Oct. 18 in the Vatican.

The event will take place fewer than three weeks after the Oct. 1 feast of their daughter, and doctor of the Church, St. Therese of the Child Jesus.

Yesterday at 9:30am Leonia’s cause was officially opened by Bishop Jean-Claude Boulanger of...READ MORE

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