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U.S. Bishops: Obama’s Executive Order ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ (11833)

The ENDA-like order, which bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or ‘transgendered’ employees, contains no exemption for religious employers.

07/23/2014 Comments (58)
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President Barack Obama signs his July 21 executive order, which bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or ‘transgendered’ employees.

– YouTube/The White House

WASHINGTON — Having promised he would listen to “all interested parties,” including the concerns of his own religious supporters, President Barack Obama decided not to include an exemption for religious employers in his new executive order that bans federal employers and contractors from discriminating against homosexual or “transgendered” employees.

The impact on Catholic organizations that receive federal funding — such as Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services —  remains to be seen, since those agencies and others like them receive most of their federal money in grants, not contracts.

However, the nation’s Catholic bishops and legal observers believe the executive order —...READ MORE

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Australians Mourn and Pray for MH17 Victims (993)

One of their own, Sister Philomene Tiernan, was among those who died in the tragic crash

07/23/2014 Comment
Kincoppal-Rose Bay School

Sister Philomene Tiernan

– Kincoppal-Rose Bay School

SYDNEY -- In the wake of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Australians have been mourning the loss of the 298 persons aboard the flight, particularly their 27 nationals, one of whom was a religious sister.

Sister Philomene Tiernan was an Australian member of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart; she was a teacher and boarding director at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, a girls' boarding school located in a Sydney suburb.

“We are devastated by the loss of such a wonderfully kind, wise and compassionate woman, who was greatly loved by us all,” Hilary Johnston-Croke, principal of  Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, told CNA July 23.

She “contributed...READ MORE

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Black Mass OK in OKC? (4840)

According to Oklahoma City officials, they can’t intercede to stop the Sept. 21 event because doing so would violate the First Amendment rights of the event’s Satanist organizers.

07/23/2014 Comments (17)
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OKLAHOMA CITY — A staffer at the archdiocesan offices in Oklahoma City was surfing the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall website, checking out the city-owned and city-operated facility’s upcoming events. What was listed? Musical after musical, a Shakespeare production, a famous folk music trio and the "Black Mass of Oklahoma."

That’s where the surfing stopped, and the situation got serious. The staffer printed out information about the black mass — a devil-worshipping ritual that is an profanation of the Catholic Mass — and shared it with Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley.

“I was astonished,” said the archbishop in an interview with the Register. “Horrified. This is not what...READ MORE

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'Desire of the Everlasting Hills' Provides Potent Witness to Truth of Catholic Teaching (5221)

ANALYSIS: In a new documentary, Courage International tells the stories of three people with same-sex attraction who chose a life of chastity.

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– http://everlastinghills.org

In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, the most powerful moments occur when the action of grace breaks through and changes a life. In a film that’s attempting to change the ground on which the discussion of same-sex attraction in the Church takes place, these little epiphanies are a potent witness to the truth of Catholic teaching.

Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a 60-minute documentary from Courage International, the apostolate helping people with same-sex attraction to live chaste lives. The film was showcased at Courage’s national conference, July 17-20, in Philadelphia.

It is part of a two-pronged strategy to deliver the Good News. Desire does it by avoiding controversies and loaded...READ MORE

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Islamic Militant Group Boko Haram Captures Key Nigerian Town as Fighting Escalates (1306)

The commercially significant town of Damboa is 53 miles from the capital city.

07/23/2014 Comments (3)

ABUJA, Nigeria — Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people.

The vigilante force defending the town fled when it ran out of ammunition. Damboa is one of the biggest towns in Borno state and a significant trading center, the BBC reported.

Fighting around the town has damaged electricity stations, leaving the regional capital of Maiduguri without power for three weeks. The capital is about 53 miles from the captured area.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has led an insurgency with the goal of creating an Islamic state. It drew international attention earlier this year when it kidnapped hundreds of...READ MORE

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Church in Mexico Helps Collect Weapons for Disarmament Program (542)

The program allows residents to anonymously turn in firearms and ammunition to help reduce violence in the capital.

07/23/2014 Comments (3)

MEXICO CITY — For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital.

Rosa Icela Rodriguez of Mexico City’s Secretariat for Social Development said the program would not be possible without the assistance of local officials, the defense ministry and the Church.

“We are very happy because society has responded positively to this call,” she said.

The program is based at Mexico City’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In Mexico, it is illegal to have a gun without a permit, but the program covers legal, illegal and antique firearms, as well as grenades and ammunition.

The public...READ MORE

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Finger-Pointing The 'Sins' of Pope Francis, Praying to Mary for My Vocation and Much More! (3092)

The Best of Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Finger-Pointing The 'Sins' of Pope Francis by Melanie Jean Juneau of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Finger-Pointing The 'Sins' of Pope Francis by Melanie Jean Juneau of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Praying Daily to Mary for My Vocation – Tom Perna™

What Pope Francis Really Said about the U. S.-Mexican Border Crisis – Catholic Vote

How Will Pope Francis Solve the ‘Celibacy Problem’? by Father Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Father (Parenting) Rules – Catholic Lane

Spiritual Director or Shrink? How Does One Discern? – Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Bad Ideas to Help the Poor Is the Problem – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Aleteia

Catholicism and Freemasonry – Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Iraq’s Yezidi Minority Suffering More Than Christians – Mark Pattison, The...READ MORE

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Vietnamese Sisters Find a Home in the United States (1914)

Four religious sisters recount their families’ departure from Vietnam.

07/22/2014 Comments (2)
2012 photo from the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres

Members of the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres pose with then-Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., at their District Assembly.

– 2012 photo from the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres

BALTIC, Conn. — The end of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces nearly 40 years ago brought significant changes to the Catholic Church in the United States, particularly in the West.

As U.S.-born vocations to the priesthood and religious life declined during this time, many Vietnamese Catholics answered the call; and, today, they make up a significant portion of priests and religious sisters in many dioceses.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website, Vietnamese men make up 12% of American seminarians, and there are between 450-500 Vietnamese priests in the United States.

Bishop Dominic Luong, auxiliary bishop of the...READ MORE

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