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Population Control Has China Headed for ‘Demographic Disaster’ (6750)

Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers discusses 35 years of the nation’s one-child policy.

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Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers

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ROME — The Chinese Communist Party will never end the “one-child policy” because the policy is effectively terrorizing the Chinese people into keeping the Communist Party in power, according to Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, who gave testimony on April 30 to the U.S. Congressional Executive Commission on China on the effects of the country’s population-control measures.

The 35th anniversary of the policy, which continues to impose forced abortions on countless Chinese mothers, will be marked on Sept. 25. In this May 8 interview with the Register in Rome, Littlejohn explains in more detail what is keeping the policy in place, why reports about China ending the policy...READ MORE

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Beware of Indirect, ‘White-Gloved’ Terrorism, Pope Tells Middle-East Religious (2148)

The Holy Father told the women religious that Christians are ‘driven from their homes, from their lands. … It is hidden, but it is done.”

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Tapestries in St. Peter's Square show four saints canonized May 17: Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve, Maria Cristina Brando and Mariam Baouardy.

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VATICAN CITY — One day after canonizing the first two Palestinian saints since the early days of Christianity, Pope Francis met with a group of sisters from the Holy Land — urging them to pray for peace against “white-gloved terrorism” and persecution.

Speaking of the newly canonized women, Sts. Mariam Baouardy and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, the Holy Father said: “I give you a mission: Pray to the two new saints for peace in your land, in order that this never-ending war may end and that there may be peace among your people.”

He made these remarks during a May 18 audience with members of the Religious Carmelites of Bethlehem and the Middle East and the Sisters of the Rosary of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Stresses Formation of the Laity for Their Mission in the World (1334)

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? (7642)

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

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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! (3474)

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 (1661)

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

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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’? (5069)

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.

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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 (3259)

Among the signees are seven bishops.

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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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