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Eight Major Studies of Identical Twins Prove Homosexuality Is Not Genetic – Fr. Z’s Blog

Christ Is the Best Math Teacher Ever – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

No Freedom Without Faith, Says Archbishop Chaput - Mark Stricherz, Aleteia∝

The Indomitable and Effective Cardinal Pell - George Weigel, First Things

Will Bishop Bootkoski Side with Hollywood Values or a Theology Teacher? – Mark Stricherz, Aleteia∝

Dissent Trumps Faith in New ‘Catholic’ L. G. B. T. Film – Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

Some Homosexually Active Cardinals May Fear Blackmail – Phil Lawler,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Francis George: ‘A Man of Peace, Tenacity and Courage’ (4872)

Archbishop Blase Cupich, his successor in Chicago, joins with other Catholic leaders in celebrating the life and mourning the death of one of the U.S. Church’s greatest shepherds.

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Cardinal Francis George, 1937-2015

– Archdiocese of Chicago

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the papal telegram on Saturday, April 18.


CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop emeritus of Chicago and among the most influential Church leaders of his generation, died today at age 78, after a long battle with cancer.

“A man of peace, tenacity and courage has been called home to the Lord. Our beloved Cardinal George passed away today at 10:45am at the [cardinal’s] residence,” announced Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago, in a statement marking his predecessor’s death, at a press conference.

“He was a man of great courage who overcame many obstacles to become a priest,” said Archbishop Cupich, who noted his critical role as...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Responds to Recent Criticisms (6785)

In an Italian-language interview, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said, ‘I am not against the Pope; I have never spoken out against the Pope. … My purpose is to serve the truth.’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke

– Joaquín Peiró Pérez/CNA

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, 66, is troubled by the negative campaign that has been waged against him. Ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1995, the respected expert in canon law was called to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura before being appointed cardinal in 2010.

In recent months, critics have described him as an “ultraconservative fanatic,” “anti-Conciliar,” “in conspiracy against the Pope” and even ready for a schism should the upcoming family synod open up unwelcome changes.

The criticism has been so defamatory that in Italy several bishops have even refused to host his lectures in their dioceses. Where he has been...READ MORE

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Cardinal Francis George of Chicago Dies at 78 (1256)

The archbishop emeritus of Chicago passed away Friday.

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Cardinal Francis George

CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, the archbishop emeritus of Chicago, passed away Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The 78-year-old cardinal was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006 and underwent a five-hour surgery to remove his bladder and other parts of his body affected by cancer. In 2012, his doctors discovered that the cancer had returned, this time to his kidney and liver.

In an effort to battle the returning cancer, Cardinal George took part in a cancer drug clinical trial last year, which experimented with helping the body recognize cancerous cells through the immune system. After it was determined that his trial was proving to be...READ MORE

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Highschooler Scores Victory in New Jersey Pledge of Allegiance Case (3011)

An atheist group has dropped its bid to remove the pledge from state public schools, thanks to the efforts of Samantha Jones, backed by the Knights of Columbus and other groups.

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Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, N.J., stepped forward to defend the Pledge of Allegiance against a legal challenge launched by an atheist organization.

– Facebook/The Pledge Girl

BLACKWOOD, N.J. — When an atheist association challenged the Pledge of Allegiance’s place in public school over the words “under God,” New Jersey high-school student Samantha Jones decided with her family to step forward and defend it.

After nearly a year of court battles, with support from the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, Jones’ attorneys told her family that the struggle finally paid off.

“I cried,” Jones told the Register about when she first heard the news over family dinner that the American Humanist Association (AHA) had decided not to appeal the court decision upholding the pledge.

The AHA had sued the Matawan-Aberdeen School Board on behalf of an anonymous atheist...READ MORE

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Israel’s President Pays Unexpected Easter Visit to Orthodox Patriarchate (1094)

President Reuven Rivlin’s April 14 meeting there with Christian leaders, including Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, marked the first time in more than 30 years that an Israeli president has visited the patriarchate.

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President Rivlin with Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III

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JERUSALEM — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin made a rare visit to a Christian site Tuesday to meet with the heads of the Christian churches in the Holy Land at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The visit was in honor of the Christian celebration of Easter.

Although the president’s office invites Christian leaders to the president’s house for an annual Christmastime reception and other official occasions, it has been many years since an Israeli president has met Christian officials on their turf and the first visit of an Israeli president to the Greek Patriarchate in more than 30 years.

Jason Pearlman, Rivlin’s foreign media adviser, said the president’s decision to travel to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Honor Junípero Serra at U.S. Seminary in Rome (1108)

The Holy Father will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of the Spanish missionary at the Pontifical North American College.

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Statue of Blessed Junípero Serra at the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, San Diego

– Wikipedia/Bernard Gagnon

VATICAN CITY — Since Pope Francis won’t make it to California for the canonization of its great evangelizer, he will join a celebration at Rome’s American seminary to honor the soon-to-be saint and encourage devotion to him.

The Holy Father will be the guest of honor at a May 2 day of prayer and reflection on the life of Blessed Junípero Serra, set to be held at the Pontifical North American College, according to the program sent out with invitations to the event.

Francis will be joined by seminarians attending the college, as well as the American cardinals currently residing in Rome.

Among them are Cardinals Raymond Burke, James Harvey, J. Francis Stafford and Edwin O'Brien.

Cardinal...READ MORE

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Ad Criticizing Archbishop Cordileone Misrepresents Catholicism, Archdiocese Says (3206)

'It’s truly astonishing that a group of self-proclaimed ‘prominent Catholics’ has become so self-absorbed that they believe they can demand that the Holy Father remove an archbishop because he refuses to sacrifice teaching Catholic values to children in our Catholic schools,' said local Catholic Eva Muntean.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

– 2012 CNA/Michelle Bauman

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said.

“The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San Francisco Archdiocese said April 15.

“The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for ‘the Catholic community of San Francisco.’ They do not.”

The ad also drew criticism from Eva Muntean, a local Catholic who is an organizer of the...READ MORE

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