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Educational Renewal (1414)

EDITORIAL: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has challenged the status quo — in this case, the curriculum and hiring practices of the Catholic schools in his archdiocese

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This spring, after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco sparked protests by proposing that all teachers contractually agree to adhere to Catholic teaching on faith and morals, a local columnist accused him of purposely “courting controversy.”

“He attended rallies against same-sex marriage unapologetically [and] imposed ‘morality classes’ on teachers at local Catholic schools,” noted C.W. Nevius in an April 16 San Francisco Chronicle column, which further asserted that the archbishop had already lost a fight he had started for no good reason.

The columnist was wrong on two counts: First, the archbishop has repeatedly stated that he had no intention of needlessly stirring up...READ MORE

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Memories of Katrina: ‘We Were All Neighbors’ (1267)

Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile, Ala., and Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, Miss., remember the super storm of 10 years ago.

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A statue of the Virgin Mary is seen inside of a severely damaged church on Sept. 14, 2005 in Biloxi, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was 10 years ago that the super storm struck the Gulf Coast. Top to bottom, a priest's vestments lay in the ruins at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and school in Biloxi on Sept. 20, 2005. St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Long Beach, before and in 2011 when it was dedicated by Bishop Roger Morin; the ground on which stood St. Peter the Apostle Church in Pascagoula, wiped clean by Katrina, and the rebuilt church today.

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Editor’s Note: It was 10 years ago that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the southeastern United States and inflicted such loss of life and possessions that it became known as the worst natural disaster in the history of our country. What follows are excerpts from the personal recollections of Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, Miss., who, at the time of Katrina was an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile, Ala., who was then the bishop of Biloxi. Edited for style, they are reprinted with permission from the Gulf Pine Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Biloxi.



“The Pastoral Center lost electricity. It was hot and...READ MORE

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The Consistent Ethic of Life and Archbishop Blase Cupich (3776)

COMMENTARY: Whatever the practical effects of Cardinal Bernardin’s ‘consistent ethic,’ he clearly intended it to awaken consciences to the particular evil of abortion.

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Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago

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In response to the series of Planned Parenthood videos that clearly reflect the utilitarian ethos of the global abortion organization, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago advanced an extreme application of the “consistent ethic of life.” Yet his own interventions on social teaching indicate that the principal criticism of the “consistent ethic” approach, namely that it serves to marginalize abortion in the Church’s public witness, is valid in Archbishop Cupich’s case.


‘No Less Appalled’

“The widespread revulsion over the tapes arose because they unmasked the fact that, in our public conversation about abortion, we have so muted the humanity of the unborn child that some consider it...READ MORE

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Bishop Robinson Reviews Record on Abuse Scandal; The Grace of 1980s Hymns and More! (2141)

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08/28/2015 Comment

Click on Popes Gave Out the Wrong Message on Sex Abuse, Says Bishop Geoffrey Robinson by Rachel Browne of The Sydney Morning Herald link to read more.

Popes Gave Out the Wrong Message on Sex Abuse, Says Bishop Geoffrey Robinson by Rachel Browne of The Sydney Morning Herald - Big Pulpit

StemExpress C.E.O. at Center of Planned Parenthood Scandal – Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine

A Few Questions for Planned Parenthood. . .and Ourselves – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

Planned Parenthood Consultant Thinks Aborted Babies Kept Alive to Harvest Organs – Aleteia∝

The Grace of Those 1980s Hymns – Michele Chronister, Ignitum Today

10 Things to Know about Pro-Abortion Activists – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic News and Information

The Satanist Champion of the Rosary – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

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Planned Parenthood Video Wars: Abortion Empire Strikes Back (5578)

The nation’s largest abortion provider is deploying attack ads, threats of lawsuits, and a renewed public relations campaign in response to a series of damaging videos.

08/27/2015 Comments (22)

Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood is launching a counterattack to defend itself in the wake of increased pressure on its public image and government funding sources due to a series of undercover videos exposing its abortion business.

Since July 14, the Center for Medical Progress has released eight videos — edited versions accompanied by full footage and transcripts — centered on Planned Parenthood’s role in procuring fetal tissue and body parts from aborted children to companies that process them for scientific researchers. The videos feature frank discussions with Planned Parenthood officials about the abortion industry almost never seen in public discourse on abortion.

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Archbishop Aymond on Katrina Recovery: ‘The Work Is Not Finished’ (1592)

The Crescent City’s shepherd reflects on the hurricane’s material and spiritual consequences, 10 years after it devastated his hometown.

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Trees are seen blown over in front of St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans during Huricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005.

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NEW ORLEANS — Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, displacing more than 1 million people. In New Orleans alone, more than 1,500 lives were lost related to the hurricane.

Although the Crescent City is still recovering from the devastation, the Catholic Church has seen a resurgence. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans came back to his hometown as archbishop in 2009. In commemoration of Hurricane Katrina, the archbishop celebrated a Mass at St. Louis Cathedral on Aug. 23; and as a sign of recovery, and the work left to be done, a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that had been left in its damaged state since Katrina was restored.

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Did Archbishop Blase Cupich Really Call for Mercy for Nontraditional Families?; Happiness and More! (1991)

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Click on Did Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago Really Call for ‘Mercy for Nontraditional Families’? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head link to read more.

Did Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago Really Call for ‘Mercy for Nontraditional Families’? by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head - Big Pulpit

Is It Wrong to Lie to Planned Parenthood? Some Pro-Lifers Say Yes, I Say No – Patti Maguire Armstrong. Aleteia∝

Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart at a Time – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Christian Happiness Is the Key to Cultural Renewal – Jeff Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

John Rhys-Davies: The West’s Lost Moral Compass – Donald R. McClarey J.D., The American Catholic

Are Religious People Happier? Why Yes, Yes They Are – Jeff Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

Lord I Am Not Worthy! – Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Ignitum...READ MORE

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Denver Airport Puts Chick-fil-A on Hold Over CEO’s Marriage Stance (7760)

In the name of ‘equality,’ members of the City Council’s Business Development Committee have said they are morally obliged to keep the restaurant chain out of the city-owned facility.

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Drive-through customers wait in line at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas.

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DENVER — The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says government may not abridge free speech or interfere with the free exercise of religion. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) that government may not “advance nor inhibit religious practice.”

In other words, government officials should not try to ban a business from the Denver International Airport on a basis of the CEO’s religious beliefs. So say critics of a decision by Denver City Council members to delay approval of a contract with Chick-fil-A on objections to the top executive’s old comments supporting the traditional family.

Though mounds of legal precedent establish governments may not...READ MORE

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