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New Catholic Website With John Allen; Patriarch: ISIS Invasion Is Attempted Genocide and Much More! (1158)

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09/10/2014 Comment

Follow the New Catholic Website with John Allen, Crux Magazine by Tito Edwards link to read more.

New Catholic Website with John Allen, Crux Magazine by Tito Edwards – BigPulpit.com

Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan: Islamic State Invasion Is Attempted Genocide – Doreen Abi Raad, The Catholic Herald

Moral of the Story: You Will Fail Without Prayer – Alex Johannigman, All That Catholic Jazz

Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq Chronicles ISIS Takeover, Expresses Fears and Frustrations – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report Blog

The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy – Editor, ChurchPOP

Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants are Now Possible – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

The University Needs the Monastic Spirit More Than Ever – Kenneth J. Howell PhD, Crisis...READ MORE

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Dawkins and Down Syndrome: Rants and Reason (1287)

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Author and atheist extraordinaire Richard Dawkins tweeted himself into a morally relativistic corner last week.

In a Twitter debate with a woman over abortion, she brought up the tough case of deciding whether to give birth to a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome. Dawkins replied, “Abort the baby and try again,” adding that “it would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

When queried whether that view held if the baby had autism, Dawkins replied, “People on that spectrum have a great deal to contribute, maybe even an enhanced ability in some respects. DS not enhanced.” In Dawkins’ godless universe, a baby is only worthy of being born if her or she will “contribute”...READ MORE

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Cardinal: Synod’s Tone Will Make It More Dynamic (1227)

The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will be held Oct. 5-19 at the Vatican.

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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

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VATICAN CITY — The upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will be set on a more informal tune, said the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, in an article published in the Sept. 10 issue of L’Osservatore Romano, explained how the coming synod may be considered different from its predecessors, as well as the ongoing process of reform of the synod, whose members were made public Sept. 9.

The synod — on “The Challenge of Family in the Context of the New Evangelization” — will be held Oct. 5-19, and is but the first of two paired synods.

In 2015, an ordinary synod of bishops on the family will be held, and will carry to conclusion the process...READ MORE

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Pope: The Church Teaches Us Works of Mercy (1179)

The Gospel impels us to love others, even our enemies, and especially those in need, the Holy Father taught on Sept. 10.

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VATICAN CITY -- During his general audience on Sept. 10, Pope Francis continued to reflect on the Church as a mother, explaining that she teaches us by example how to go to the essential point of the Gospel, which is mercy.

“Like a good mother and educator, she focuses on what is essential; and the essential, according to the Gospel, is mercy. But the Church’s teaching is not something merely theoretical; it doesn’t give lectures, but, rather, transmits through setting an example,” the Bishop of Rome told pilgrims.

Speaking to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he recalled, “In our previous catechesis, we reflected on the Church as a mother who nurtures us in the faith, guides us on...READ MORE

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Lay Catholics Urged to Take Greater Role in Promoting Religious Freedom (1089)

Alan Sears, president of Alliance defending Freedom, emphasized this role at the eighth annual Catholics in the Public Square conference.

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Alan Sears speaks at the Catholics in the Public Square Conference in Phoenix on Sept. 6.

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PHOENIX — As domestic religious freedom threats reach unprecedented levels, the lay faithful must play an active role in promoting and defending religious liberty, said speakers at a recent conference.

“Religious freedom is under legal assault as never before, in 238 years as a nation, in ways that are chilling and unimaginable,” said Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defending Freedom and an authority in legal issues regarding religious liberty.

Sears spoke at the eighth annual Catholics in the Public Square event, held Sept. 6 in Phoenix.

The gathering convoked hundreds of lay Catholics and leading religious freedom experts to discuss and reflect upon current threats to religious...READ MORE

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Eight Ways to Die from a Bible Misprint, Ethnic Cleansing in Iraq, Time Alone with My Son and More! (2147)

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09/09/2014 Comment

Follow the Eight Ways to Die From a Bible Misprint by Laura McAlister of Catholic Craving link to read more.

Eight Ways to Die From a Bible Misprint by Laura McAlister of Catholic Craving – BigPulpit.com

Amnesty International: Ethnic Cleansing in Iraq – John Burger, Aleteia∝

Time Alone With My Son – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

Do The Rapes of Rotherham Tell a Tale of Conquest? – Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress

Demons, The Eucharist and Unknowing Catholics – Steve Skojec, One Peter Five

The “O” Word, Obedience – Brother Tomás Martín Rosado, Catholic Exchange

On Lying – Father James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

The Roots of the Political Use and Abuse of the Bible – Leroy Huizenga PhD, The Catholic World Report

“You are Peter”: Getting Papal Authority Straight – Father Thomas...READ MORE

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Cardinals Collaborate on Book to Defend Church Doctrine on Divorce, Remarriage (1493)

Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church will be published next month by Ignatius Press.

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VATICAN CITY — Five members of the College of Cardinals have joint-authored a book defending Church doctrine regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, affirming that it is the most merciful approach.

Set to be published in English this October, the book is entitled Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church. It offers a response to Cardinal Walter Kasper's call for the Church to open its doors to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist.

According to publisher Ignatius Press, the book will outline both biblical arguments in support of current Church doctrine as well as the teachings and practices of the early Church.

In its...READ MORE

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Catholics on the Ukraine-Russia Border Face Suffering and Uncertainty (758)

The war with Russia has brought ‘incredible devastation’ to Odessa, Auxiliary Bishop Jacek Pyl said.

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Auxiliary Bishop Jacek Pyl of the Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol

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ODESSA, Ukraine — For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said.

“We pray for a solution which would create a new civilization that does not turn to force to resolve problems, but finds ways through dialogue and mutual respect to build a new society,” Bishop Jacek Pyl, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, told Christian charity group Aid to the Church in Need Sept. 4.

“This war actually created unbelievable wounds within marriages and families — the society and the churches. So, we pray for healing and reconciliation, because it...READ MORE

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