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Obama Immigration Order Brings Relief to Some, but at What Cost? (4758)

The U.S. bishops back the move to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, but the action has deepened the nation’s polarization over immigration reform.

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WASHINGTON — Millions of undocumented immigrants found cause for relief after President Barack Obama gave a sweeping executive order protecting many families from breakup through deportation.

But the president’s unilateral decision and questions about its legality have dramatically intensified the country’s polarization on immigration and could scuttle the chance to reform the system.

On Nov. 20, President Obama delivered a prime-time address announcing that he was taking executive action that could shield perhaps as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work in the U.S. legally.

“If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have...READ MORE

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The Fruitful Complementarity of Man and Woman (5474)

An interview with Sister Mary Prudence Allen, author of ‘The Concept of Woman.’

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Pope Francis greets Religious Sister of Mercy Sister Mary Prudence Allen at the Humanum colloquium in the Vatican's Synod Hall on Nov. 17.

– Humanum.it

Sister Mary Prudence Allen is a religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Mich. A philosopher by training, she is the author of a multivolume scholarly work on “The Concept of Woman.”

In September, Pope Francis appointed Sister Mary Prudence to the International Theological Commission, where she is one of only five women on the commission. Formerly the chair of the philosophy department at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, she’s now a part of the chaplaincy team at Lancaster University in England.

This week, she presented at the Vatican-sponsored Humanum conference on the complementarity of man and woman. Sister Mary Prudence spoke with Register Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin...READ MORE

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Vatican Panel Will Address Backlog of Clergy-Abuse Cases (2767)

Experts agree the move to expedite the investigative process is warranted, but stress that justice and truth must always be served.

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Pope Francis speaks to six victims of clergy abuse at the Vatican on July 7, begging forgiveness for their suffering and the Church's failure to respond adequately to the issue.

– bbc.com

VATICAN — Pope Francis has created a new panel of cardinals and bishops who will work within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to help address the backlog of clergy-abuse cases awaiting appeals.

“Because of the number of appeals and the need to guarantee a more rapid examination of them,” Pope Francis has established a “college” within the CDF that will help streamline the process, explained a note from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, which was disclosed when the Vatican confirmed the news at a Nov. 11 press conference. The panel will also address other serious cases, including those dealing with the violation of the seal of confession.


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Cardinal O’Malley Expands on ‘Provocative’ '60 Minutes' Interview (3921)

He said questions on women’s ordination and Vatican investigations of Bishop Robert Finn and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious needed more discussion and nuance.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley's interview with 60 Minutes was broadcast Nov. 16.

– cbsnews.com

BOSTON — Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has clarified his recent 60 Minutes interview, saying its “difficult questions” on women’s ordination and Vatican investigations of a Missouri bishop and a women’s religious conference needed more discussion and nuance.

“The program’s interviews include difficult questions that are often on many people’s minds. For some people, being featured on 60 Minutes would be exhilarating, but television interviews are not at the top of my list of favorite things to do,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his Nov. 19 column for the Boston Pilot archdiocesan newspaper.

While he praised 60 Minutes reporters and the news show’s “trying to go deeper into the topics they...READ MORE

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Recovering Authentic Ecumenism (1708)

COMMENTARY on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s Unitatis Redintegratio

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Second Vatican Council

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Unitatis Redintegratio, the  landmark Second Vatican Council decree on ecumenism that was promulgated 50 years ago Nov. 21, represents the desire of the contemporary Church to realize again the Lord’s prayer in the Gospel according to St. John: “That they all may be one as you Father are in me and I in you” (John 17:21).

In 1964, this initiative was full of promise that the old enmities that had divided Christendom would finally be overcome, and both the Eastern rites and the Protestant churches would again be reunited with the Catholic Church. This represented a great sea change regarding the practice of the Church in her approach to other Christians, especially the Protestant sects....READ MORE

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Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft, and Denial; Catholic Social Thought, Beware the Signs and More! (2906)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Dear Islam, Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft, and Denial by Tania C. Mastrapa of Crisis Magazine link to read more.

Dear Islam, Return Our Churches: Murder, Theft, and Denial by Tania C. Mastrapa of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Pope Paul IV and Catholic Social Thought – Thomas D. Williams, Inside the Vatican

Beware the ‘Signs’ of the Times! – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Working versus Staying At Home: The Decisions Women Face - Susanna Spencer, Truth & Charity

Women Priests: A Mini-Debate by Father Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head - BigPulpit.com

The End of QE – David W. Cooney, Practical Distributism

The Chesterton Corner - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

The Rosary: A Prescription for Healing – Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange

Top Five Catholic Novels (other than the Lord of the Rings) by...READ MORE

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‘Lumen Gentium’ at 50 (3009)

Vatican II’s dogmatic constitution on the Church continues to shed light on the faith.

11/21/2014 Comment

Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations), the Second Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution on the Church, celebrates its golden anniversary on Nov. 21 and is no less relevant today than when it was issued in 1964, say scholars.

In the 50 years since its promulgation by Pope Paul VI, this document of Vatican II has made significant strides in what it set out to do, but in some important ways, its fulfillment is not completely realized, according to specialists on the Council.

Alan Schreck, chairman of the theology department at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of Vatican II: The Crisis and the Promise, explains that Lumen Gentium is “just as relevant and important today...READ MORE

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Bishops Back Federal Bill Protecting Pro-Life Conscience Rights (2490)

The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act would provide stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical-conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA).

“We want to underscore the increasingly urgent need for Congress to protect rights of conscience with regard to the taking of innocent human life,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston stated in a letter to all members of Congress.

Archbishop Lori chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Cardinal O’Malley heads the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“Government should not force hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers to stop...READ MORE

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