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Cardinal William Wakefield Baum Recalled as ‘Joy-Filled Priest’ (1342)

Remembering the longest-serving cardinal in U.S. history.

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Cardinal William Baum, 1926-2015.

– Archdiocese of Washington

WASHINGTON — Cardinal William Wakefield Baum, the third archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on July 23, at the age of 88.

“Cardinal Baum was a joy-filled priest with a firm personal commitment to serve the Lord, which he did faithfully for 64 years of ordained life,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington in a statement, following Cardinal Baum’s passing. “He will be remembered for his kindness and dedication to the ministry to which God called him.”

After a funeral Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on July 31, the cardinal will be laid to rest in the cathedral’s crypt, adjacent to the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Gay-Rights Advocate Wants to Win Religious-Liberty Fight Within Three Years (9099)

A CNA investigation has found that millions of dollars have been poured into efforts to combat religious-freedom exemptions in the United States.

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– CNA/Zack McCarthy via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

WASHINGTON — A leader in grant-making for “gender rights” organizations has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious-freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years.

And these words are not empty rhetoric. A CNA investigation has found that millions of dollars have been poured into efforts to combat religious-freedom exemptions in the United States.

“We are at a crossroads where the choices we make will mean we will fight religious exemptions for two to three years or have a protracted 20-year struggle on our hands,” Tim Sweeney told leading business executives and others attending the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates executive forum, held in San...READ MORE

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Could Implementation of ‘British Values’ Backfire on Catholic Education? (1242)

The U.K .government’s actions follow reports that extremist Muslim groups were trying to infiltrate schools.

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Caroline Farrow of Catholic Voices

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LONDON — Some Catholics in Great Britain are concerned the government’s push for “British values” in schools, meant to counter Islamist extremism, could instead harm sincere religious believers and burden Catholic schools.

In a July 20 speech at Ninestiles school in Birmingham, the British prime minister, David Cameron, said, “We believe in respecting different faiths but also expecting those faiths to support the British way of life. These are British values. … Our freedom comes from our parliamentary democracy.”

The speech was intended to lay down his administration’s strategy for tackling Islamist extremism in the country but could be construed so as to limit the ability of any...READ MORE

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Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!; Letting Go of Gay: Healing the Need to Be Out and More! (2477)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too! by John McNichol of Catholic Stand link to read more.

Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too! by John McNichol of Catholic Stand - Big Pulpit

We Christians and Jews are Bound Together by Spiritual DNA – Larry Peterson, It Makes Sense to Me

Understanding The Whole ‘Mary Thing’ – Mike Eisenbath, Catholic Stand

Contemplation Aboard the Dawn Treader – Connie Rossini, Contemplative Homeschool

More Than A Picture – Amanda Sloan, Ignitum Today

Secret to Praying Better: Do We Understand What We Are Asking? – Fr. Robert McTeigue SJ, Aleteia∝

8 Patron Saints for 8 Things Everybody Loves – John Paul Manfredi, Epic Pew

Letting Go of ‘Gay': Healing the Need to Be ‘Out’ – Deacon Jim Russell, Crisis Magazine

Understanding What Is ‘Gender Identity’...READ MORE

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Home-Schooling Movement Surges 62% in a Single Decade (5807)

Recent studies show the face of home schooling is changing, as online tools and better curricula make it easier for parents seeking a top-notch education for their children to make the leap.

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WASHINGTON — When Christina Banks, a Catholic mother of four, decided with her husband to educate her children at home instead of at the area’s Catholic school, they cited a variety of reasons.

“The first one would be to have them get an individualized education that meets the needs of each student; the second was that we were drawn to a classical curriculum; and the third would be flexibility in time with family,” said Banks, a resident of Fredericksburg, Va., who added that her elementary-age children went back and forth between home education and Catholic school over the past few years before they settled on home education.

Home schooling has experienced massive growth in the United...READ MORE

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The Disturbing Line Hillary Clinton Quoted from Her Favorite Book and Why It Matters, and Much More! (3232)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on The Disturbing Line Hillary Clinton Quoted from Her Favorite Book and Why It Matters by Matthew Becklo of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

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Pope Francis, Capitalism, and the Tradition of Catholic Social Teaching – Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

The Silence of Christ – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Summer Reading List – George Weigel, The CWR Blog

True Measure of Home Value – Dawn Carpenter, Catholic Stand

Quæritur: Can I Attend This Invalid Wedding? – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Resolving a Bible Difficulty: What Happened at St. Paul’s Conversion? – Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

The Dogmas and Failure of Rational Atheism – Carl E. Olson, Strange Notions

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'Shadow Council' Pushes Acceptance of Contraception, Homosexual Unions (7052)

NEWS ANALYSIS: This ‘narrative theology,’ based on lived experience — and the consequences of adopting it — is the real news of the May 25 closed-door meeting in Rome.

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Jesuit Father Alain Thomasset

– Lee Pellegrini, courtesy of Boston College Chronicle

ROME — A Catholic priest who participated in May’s closed-door meeting with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming synod on the family in October suggested that acts the Church considers intrinsically evil — contraception and homosexual activity — cannot be considered so, given the individual’s experience.

Jesuit Father Alain Thomasset was among approximately 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and select media representatives, who took part in the May 25 invitation-only gathering, at the behest of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier.

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Dialogue Not Death: Priest Calls for Discourse After Pakistan Suspends Asia Bibi’s Sentence (1359)

The Pakistani mother had been on death row for nearly five years, due to an accusation, which she denied, that she insulted Islam’s prophet Muhammad during an argument.

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Ashiq Mesih, the husband of Asia Bibi, meets with Pope Francis after the Holy Father's general audience on April 15.

– CNA/Service Photo Vatican

LAHORE, Pakistan — A Catholic priest in Pakistan has praised the nation’s Supreme Court for suspending the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, and has emphasized the importance of dialogue between Muslims and Christians.

“The Supreme Court of Pakistan has made a great move, as her death sentence was put aside,” Dominican Father James Channan said in a July 23 interview with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. “I firmly believe that justice will be done, that she will be proven innocent and that she will be released.”

“The blasphemy law was used (in Bibi’s case) to settle a personal score — the accusation was an act of revenge,”...READ MORE

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