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Abortion and Forgiveness: What Is Pope Francis Really Saying; On the Eucharist; and Much More! (2007)

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10/01/2015 Comment

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On Abortion, Medical Science Is Still Waiting to be Heard – Philip Hawley Jr., Public Discourse

Faith of Our Fathers, On the Eucharist – Matt Vander Vennet, Epic Pew

How Does One Persevere in Faith? – Fr. John Bartunek L.C., Catholic Spiritual Direction

Women Today: A Woman’s Perspective – Karen Reep, Catholic Stand

On Being ‘Undisturbed’ by Transcendence – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing

Sometimes the Problem. . . Isn’t the Problem – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Brick by Brick in London’s Corpus Christi in Maiden Lane – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s...READ MORE

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Carly Fiorina’s Pro-Life Campaign Raises Tough Questions for Pro-Abortion Feminists (2832)

NEWS ANALYSIS: As Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards defends the organization's federal funding, the only female GOP presidential candidate highlights an alternative to abortion and a fresh brand of feminism that doesn't pit women against unborn children.

09/30/2015 Comments (5)
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WASHINGTON — Most U.S. voters who witnessed Carly Fiorina’s standout performance at the second debate for GOP presidential hopefuls probably believed it drew applause from feminists, but that didn’t happen.

While Fiorina’s winning response to Donald Trump’s remarks about her looks produced a bump in her polling numbers, it also yielded an angry broadside from Gloria Steinem on Facebook.

“Trump’s greatest damage to women was to raise sympathy for Carly Fiorina by attacking her appearance,” Steinem wrote. “What she said about Planned Parenthood was a 100% lie.”

The harsh reaction from Steinem, viewed by many as the grand dame of pro-abortion feminism, may stir surprise in some quarters....READ MORE

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Israel Agrees to Fund Christian Schools for One Year, Ending Strike (1017)

The schools that opened Sept. 28, 40 of them Catholic, teach 33,000 Christian and Muslim Arab students in central and northern Israel.

09/30/2015 Comments (1)
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Church officials announce the end of a nearly month-long strike by Israel's 47 schools over government budget cuts.

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JERUSALEM — All 47 of Israel’s Christian schools finally opened their doors on Monday following a nearly month-long strike spurred by years of crippling Israeli government budget cuts and inequality between Christian schools and some ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools.

In a statement, the Secretariat of Christian Schools in Israel said the Ministry of Finance had agreed to a “one-time” 50 million shekel ($12.7 million) allocation to the schools for the current school year, and will permit teachers in Christian schools (which are semi-private) to participate in a variety of Ministry of Education professional development programs.

There is nothing in place beyond one year.

The schools, 40 of...READ MORE

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Priestly Confraternity Issues Hopeful Paper Ahead of the Synod (2013)

Rejecting controversial proposals involving problematic doctrinal and theological innovation, the association of English-speaking clergy calls for a ‘bolder and brighter’ approach to pastoring families.

09/30/2015 Comments (8)

VATICAN CITY — An international group of English-speaking clergy has sent a constructive message to the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, encouraging a renewal of the family and defense of the Catholic teaching concerning key matters of marriage and human sexuality.

Heads of the International Confraternities of Catholic Clergy, a group based in Australia, Britain, Ireland and the United States, addressed the document to the general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri.

The 6,000-word document was sent out internally and privately this week to all members of the confraternity in Britain, possibly because of fears of adverse reactions from local bishops, but...READ MORE

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The 18-Minute Mass, Catholic Men Need Priests Who Will Lead, Marian Apparitions in Lipa and More! (4013)

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09/30/2015 Comment

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Catholic Men Need Priests Who Will Lead – Matthew James Christoff, The Catholic World Report

Marian Apparitions in Lipa: Is There Hope for Other Questionable Sites? – Kevin Symonds, Catholic Stand

Are You Spiritually Neglecting Your Children? – Marlon De La Torre, Catholic Lane

What’s Love Got to Do with It? – Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Ignitum Today

No, Son, You Cannot Be Whatever You Want – Misty Doe, Catholic Lane

Overwhelmed? You Bet, But I Wouldn’t Miss It for the World – Kari Curran, Catholic Stand

Quæritur: ‘Glass Goblet’ For the Precious Blood – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

English Catholics Have...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Looks Back on the Pope’s Visit, and Forward to the Synod (3066)

As the dust settles after nearly 1 million participants returned home from the World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia’s Catholic shepherd reflects on last week’s historic events.

09/29/2015 Comments (7)

PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly 1 million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the chance to interview Archbishop Chaput, who offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.


You have spent many months preparing to host the World Meeting of Families. What were your impressions of the event? Would you consider it a success? What was the highlight?

Both the family congress and the papal visit were very successful —...READ MORE

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Critics Sound Alarm Over Possible Changes to Synod Process (6091)

The Vatican is expected to announce this year’s procedures on Friday.

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VATICAN CITY — Critics of the as-yet unreleased changes to the methodology of the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family say they threaten not only to smother voices opposed to certain controversial changes to pastoral practice on family and marriage issues, but also leave the meeting inconclusive and various proposals open to interpretation.

The Synod of Bishops is expected to announce new rules on Friday, but it is already clear that discussion time at the Oct. 4-25 meeting will be reduced; there will be no final message from the synod fathers, as no commission has been set up to write one; no interim report will be issued; and contentious issues largely will be left until the...READ MORE

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Synod Studies 101: A Crash Course on Marriage and Family (2324)

7 Books to Help You Prepare for the Synod

09/29/2015 Comments (4)

When bishops from around the world converge on Rome for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family on Oct. 4, they will continue the reflection on marriage and family that they began last year, during the extraordinary synod. Topics are expected to range from premarital preparation to challenges facing contemporary families, as well as hot-button topics that made headlines last year, such as homosexuality and Communion for persons who are divorced and remarried.

In the weeks leading up to the synod, a number of new books have been released that present Catholic teaching on issues of critical importance to the family.  The authors of these seven books seek not to change what has been the...READ MORE

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