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Suit to Restrict Pulpit Speech Dismissed (6338)

An atheist organization’s attempt to utilize the IRS to restrict clergy’s First Amendment right to preach against politicians and policies that contradict the Gospel appears to have misfired.

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WASHINGTON — The Constitution forbids restraint of speech. Nevertheless, clergy claim the Internal Revenue Service has a tool that restrains what gets preached from the pulpit.

It’s called fear.

“The IRS threatens the life of the church,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Blomberg represented Milwaukee’s Holy Cross Anglican Church and its pastor, Rev. Patrick Malone, in a high-profile, three-party lawsuit that also included the IRS and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF v. Koskinen). The FFRF wanted a federal court to force the IRS to penalize churches and clergy that tell members how they should vote.

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The Rising, Dangerous Influence of Transgender Ideology; What Enables a Marriage to Endure and More! (3202)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the The Rising, Dangerous Influence of Transgender Ideology by Phil Lawler link to read more.

The Rising, Dangerous Influence of Transgender Ideology by Phil Lawler – BigPulpit.com

Go and Call Your Husband: What Enables a Marriage to Endure? – Dr. Peter Kahn, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Popular Pontificate of Pope Francis: Two Views – Fr. Z’s Blog

Giving Thanks for Our Meals Publicly, Don’t Shy Away – J. D. Mullane, OSV Newsweekly

Just Friends Is Just Stupid – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

The Beauty of Chastity Today – Carolyn Humphreys OCDS, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Ryan T. Anderson Responds to the Redefinition of Marriage – One Peter 5

New Cancer Study and the Media Can’t Handle the Truth – Meghan McNally, Catholic Vote

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The Matter of the Crux (4580)

Veteran Catholic journalist John Allen discusses his new venture with The Boston Globe.

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John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe

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John Allen was the longtime Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and an author of nine books on Catholic subjects. He is now an associate editor of The Boston Globe and has helped to launch Crux — a Catholic website sponsored by the Globe that focuses on national and internal news and commentary — that went live Sept. 2.

As Pope Francis calls on the faithful to go to the “fringes” and engage alienated Catholics and others who are indifferent or skeptical of the Church’s claims, the Globe’s new initiative, with Allen in the driver’s seat, has drawn the support of Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, as well as Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Cardinal George Pell of...READ MORE

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San Diego Diocese Mourns Death of Bishop Cirilo Flores (1162)

The 66-year-old bishop died on Saturday at the city’s Nazareth House, accompanied by family and friends.

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Bishop Cirilo B. Flores. Courtesy of the Diocese of San Diego

– Bishop Cirilo B. Flores. Courtesy of the Diocese of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego passed away the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 6, at the city’s Nazareth House, accompanied by family and friends.

Bishop Flores was 66 years old. He suffered a stroke in April, and as he continued dealing with its effects, his diocese announced Aug. 25 that he was also undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

The Diocese of San Diego has asked that both Bishop Flores and his family be remembered in prayer. At his deathbed were his cousin, Dr. Tom Martinez, Msgr. Steven Callahan and the Sisters of Nazareth.

Bishop Flores was born in 1948 in Corona, Calif., 22 miles northeast of Orange, the child of Cirilo and Armida Flores. He has...READ MORE

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Father Barron Tackles a New Series — ‘Catholicism: The Pivotal Players’ (6093)

The Chicago priest’s overlapping initiatives in media and at Mundelein Seminary grapple with the challenges of evangelizing the culture.

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Father Robert Barron

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CHICAGO — At a time when Church scandals and weak catechesis sowed skepticism regarding the claims of Catholicism, Father Robert Barron began work on a television series that told the stories of saints, artists and scholars.

Catholicism, his acclaimed series, was broadcast on PBS and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and viewed by millions across the globe. Now, the Chicago priest, who also serves as the rector and president of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, has embarked on another television project, Catholicism: The Pivotal Players, building on his conviction that the world is hungry for examples of virtue, wisdom and sanctity.

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Church Serves Women ‘the Rest of the World Has Left Behind’ (2720)

‘Anyone who thinks that the Catholic Church doesn’t support women doesn’t know much about the Church,’ an executive from Catholic Relief Services said.

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Women in Rwanda tend a community garden with techniques taught by Catholic Relief Services.

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WASHINGTON — Recent claims that the Catholic Church disregards women fail to acknowledge the Church’s critical work to support women and families around the world, say leaders in medicine, academia and global relief work.

“Anyone who thinks that the Catholic Church doesn’t support women doesn’t know much about the Church, its mission and its presence around the world,” said Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. operations for Catholic Relief Services.

“Every day, the Catholic community supports women with opportunities to strengthen their families, become better educated and build their economic and food security. Our presence across the globe, including in some of the most...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Pursues a Thaw in Relations With China (1556)


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VATICAN CITY — Facing mixed signals coming from the government on the Chinese mainland regarding dealings with the Vatican, Pope Francis hopes to warm the relationship and someday establish a diplomatic representative in Beijing.

A thaw has seemingly flourished between the People’s Republic of China and the Holy See, following the nearly simultaneous accessions of Pope Francis and Xi Jinping, president of China — March 13 and March 14, 2013, respectively.

Free from any bond with past policies, Xi has reopened the frozen channel with the Vatican by responding in written form to the well-wishes Pope Francis sent him after his election — a first for a Chinese president.

After that, for...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Asked to Defend Seal of Confession in La. Case (3256)

In May, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that the seal of confession did not shield a priest from mandatory-reporting laws.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — The Diocese of Baton Rouge, La., is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling that a diocesan priest may be forced to break the seal of confession.

“This case concerns who — the Church or the state — gets to determine the meaning, content and requirements of the Catholic sacrament of reconciliation — one of the Church’s most sacred and central practices,” the diocese’s appeal read.

Back in May, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a priest of the Baton Rouge Diocese, Father Jeff Bayhi, could be forced to testify in court about a supposed confession made by a minor allegedly regarding her sexual abuse at the hands of a parishioner. A state appeals...READ MORE

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