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Pope Francis Stresses Formation of the Laity for Their Mission in the World (1313)

The Holy Father told the Italian bishops’ general assembly, ‘The laity who have an authentic Christian formation do not have need of a ‘bishop-pilot’ or a ‘monsignor-pilot.’ They have … the need of a shepherding bishop.”

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VATICAN CITY — Speaking to the Italian bishops’ general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation, so that they can assume their proper responsibilities in the public square.

An “ecclesial and pastoral sensibility” is “reflected in reinforcing the indispensible role of the laity, who are disposed to take on their responsibilities,” the Pope said May 18 in the Vatican’s Synod Hall.

“In truth, the laity who have an authentic Christian formation do not have need of a ‘bishop-pilot’ or a ‘monsignor-pilot’ or of clerical input to assume their proper responsibilities, on all levels: from the political to the social, from the economic to the...READ MORE

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Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church? (7469)

COMMENTARY: Canadian broadcaster/commentator’s decision is incompatible with the Christian worldview.

05/19/2015 Comments (41)

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Canadian broadcaster and commentator Michael Coren has left the Catholic Church again.

He first became Catholic in 1985 but left for three years in the 1990s before returning. Hopefully, he will return again.

Currently, he is affiliating with the Anglican church, where he says he feels very comfortable.

Why did Coren leave the Catholic Church? In an interview with Canada’s National Post, he says that it was because of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, stating, “I could not remain in a church that effectively excluded gay people.”

This remark is unfortunate, in several respects. He apparently doesn’t feel it sufficient to simply say that he came to disagree with Catholic teaching....READ MORE

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Archbishop Cupich's Unconvincing Defense of Marriage; Holiness: Purging the Evil and Much More! (3450)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Archbishop Cupich of Chicago’s Unconvincing Defense of Marriage by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture link to read more.

Archbishop Cupich of Chicago’s Unconvincing Defense of Marriage by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture - Big Pulpit

Holiness: Purging the Evil from Our Midst – Jeff Mirus PhD, Catholic Culture

Do Catholics Worship Idols? - Robert Barbry II, Epic Pew

Why You’ll Never See the ‘F’ Word on My Blog - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

‘Gay’ Is the New Anti-Freedom – Jennifer Hartline, Catholic Stand

Where the Fault Lies for the Collapse of Marriage – Karl Keating, Catholic Answers

Modesty: A Virtue of Respect and Responsibility - Kiersten Robinson, Ignitum Today

Mother Jones: A Model of Catholic Action for Today? – Richard Becker, Crisis Magazine

Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the...READ MORE

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Catholic and Pro-Life Groups Mull Legal Action Against Two New D.C. Laws (1612)

Congress has failed to stop two bills passed by the District of Columbia Council, despite objections that the legislation compromises conscience rights.

05/18/2015 Comments (3)
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WASHINGTON — Catholic institutions and pro-life groups in the District of Columbia are facing the prospect of waging legal action to defend their religious and conscience rights, after the Republican-controlled Congress failed to stop a pair of laws passed by the D.C. City Council from going into effect.

Back in January, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law two bills that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and an assortment of pro-life and Catholic institutions warned Congress posed “unprecedented assaults” on their constitutional rights to “freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association.” Both bills have survived a 30-day required period of congressional...READ MORE

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Have the German Bishops Become Too ‘Anglican’? (4992)

COMMENTARY: What I know about the Catholic Church in Germany makes me wonder if the parallels aren’t uncomfortably close to the Church of England.

05/18/2015 Comments (35)

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I’ll admit straight up that I am not an expert on the Catholic Church in Germany. I know Cardinal Walter Kasper and a good number of the German bishops are in favor of a more permissive approach to marriage discipline. I realize they have voted to change labor laws to approve of married same-sex couples.

I also know Germany has a famous “church tax” through which the Church is funded directly by the state. I realize many German Catholics are progressive in their attitudes toward Church discipline, family issues, liturgical questions and the Church’s relationship to the surrounding culture. I understand many are worried about the increasing submission of the German Catholic Church to the...READ MORE

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Hundreds of US Priests Ask Synod to Affirm Church Teaching on Marriage and the Family (3228)

Among the signees are seven bishops.

05/18/2015 Comments (13)
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Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver on Jan. 17.

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 1,000 U.S. priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming synod that was originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests.

The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and it urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

The organization Credo Priests has been circulating the petition and collecting online signatures, which are verified as U.S. Catholic clergy before appearing on the site. The signatory priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, said they wished to “re-state our...READ MORE

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Junipero Serra: Pope Francis Ruffles Some Feathers; 2015: 20% Increase Ordained Priests and More! (2558)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/18/2015 Comment

Click onJunipero Serra: Pope Francis Ruffles Some Feathers by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic link to read more.

Junipero Serra: Pope Francis Ruffles Some Feathers by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic - Big Pulpit

Report: 20% Increase in the Number of Men to be Ordained Priests in 2015 - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Quiz: Which American Shrine Should You Visit? - Tatiana Federoff, Epic Pew

The Coming Persecution: The Ascendancy of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Militancy – Steve Skojec, One Peter 5

Why Sleepy Prayers Have Value – Michele Chronister, Ignitum Today

Debunking the Conspiracy Theory: Why Jesus’ Disciples Didn’t Lie – Peter Kreeft PhD, Strange Notions

Conspiracies and Catholicism: Angels – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? – Monsignor Charles Pope


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For Arab Christianity, New Women Saints Provide Encouraging Example (1086)

Sts. Mariam Baouardy, founder of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, were canonized in Rome on Sunday.

05/18/2015 Comment
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Tapestry of Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas at St. Peter’s Basilica on May 16.

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VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church’s celebration of the canonization of two new women saints from Palestine on Sunday helps recognize both women’s important role in Arab culture and Arabs’ important role in Christianity.

“These two humble and simple women, consecrated women, give us encouragement to pray for peace,” said Father Rifat Bader, general director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Amman, Jordan.

He was in Rome for the May 17 canonizations of Sts. Mariam Baouardy and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas. The Palestinian women were canonized alongside two others: St. Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve (1811-1854) and St. Maria Cristina Brando (1856-1906), from France and Italy,...READ MORE

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