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What is Authentic Catholic Charity? (4036)

COMMENTARY: Cardinal Robert Sarah of Cor Unum offers some guidelines.

09/16/2013 Comments (11)

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I must admit at the outset that I am highly skeptical of grandiose schemes for remaking society. This skepticism grows out of my experience in China, where a messianic leader who ostensibly set out to eliminate poverty and create a perfect society instead wound up purging — through famine, torture and firing squad — over 10% of the population. Today, Mao Zedong’s successors continue to abort 13 million children a year under an equally grandiose and misguided scheme to jump-start economic development, commonly known as the one-child policy.

Yet it is just such sweeping and dangerous ideas — of extirpating poverty for all time, of controlling population growth, of fundamentally remaking...READ MORE

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Canadian Charter Sparks Fears Over Threats to Religious Freedom (3464)

Religious-freedom scholar Paul Marshall warns that Quebec’s proposal could echo through all institutions in the province.

09/16/2013 Comments (7)

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QUEBEC CITY, Canada — The Canadian province of Quebec announced that the new Charter of Quebec Values defines Quebec as a secular state, but a religious-freedom scholar warns that the government’s declaration poses a grave concern for religious liberty.

“The situation in Quebec in Canada is now very worrying,” said Paul Marshall, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, in an interview with CNA.

“It’s a very dangerous, radical kind of secularization, which is seeking to drive religion anywhere outside of the public square,” he said.

The proposed charter is a new declaration of the province’s ideology, and it would also change parts of the Quebec Charter...READ MORE

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Sex-Selective Abortion and Abuse of Women Linked, Says Panel (7423)

A House panel of experts said the gender imbalance in India is linked to sex trafficking and other sexual abuses faced by women.

09/16/2013 Comments (13)
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Dr. Sabu George (l) listens as Jill McElya (r), a human-rights lawyer with the Invisible Girl Project, speaks.

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WASHINGTON — A recent hearing before members of the U.S. House of Representatives examined the gender imbalance in India and its connection to human trafficking and mistreatment of women in the country.

“Sex-selective abortion and female infanticide have led to lopsided sex ratios,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. “In parts of India, for example, 126 boys are born for every 100 girls.”

“This in turn leads to a shortage of women, which then leads to trafficking in persons, bride selling and prostitution,” he said.

Smith leads the House congressional panel that oversees global health and human rights. He chaired a Sept. 10 hearing on the sex-ratio disparity in India, the first of its...READ MORE

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Forgiveness Is the ‘Joy of God,’ Pope Says (3755)

The Holy Father reflected on the Parable of the Prodigal Son in his Sunday Angelus.

09/16/2013 Comments (4)
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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus, the Holy Father said the “joy of God” is ultimately found in pardoning another for his wrongdoing, just as in the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

“What is the joy of God? It is to forgive!” the Pope told pilgrims Sept. 15, explaining that, in this teaching, “is the whole Gospel; it is all of Christianity!”

Forgiveness, he warned, “is not a sentiment — it is not ‘feeling good’ — on the contrary, mercy is the true force that can save man and the world from the cancer that is sin, bad morality or bad spirituality.”

“Only love fills up the emptiness, the negative chasms that evil opens in hearts and in history,” continued the Holy Father.

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Requiem for a Son (4463)


09/15/2013 Comments (26)
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Paradiso, from Dante’s 'Divine Comedy'

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Why? It’s one of the questions peculiar to humanity.

Animals are curious about “where,” “who,” “what” and “when,” but I don’t suspect they puzzle out “Why?” when going about their everyday lives. My dogs, for example, are content with my company, a bowl full of food, periodic walks and the occasional belly rub.

They don’t ask, “Why?” Only humans ask, “Why?”

The car driving Gian Paolo Stagnaro and his three football buddies crashed shortly before 4pm on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, on Schultz Hill Road, approximately a half mile between Route 199 and Johnny Cake Hollow Road. Unsafe speed and reckless driving were contributing factors in the crash. He and his friend Zachary Pruner, 16, of...READ MORE

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Saints Teach Us Piety by Their Example (5111)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit

09/14/2013 Comments (4)

Detail of St. Francis Before the Sultan by Giotto (1267-1337)

When we talk about the gift of piety, it is often easiest to get the hang of it by talking about what it looks like. Like most things having to do with God or any other personal relationship, piety is often a thing easier caught than taught. Seeing a saint makes it easier to understand sanctity than merely reading about it, just as you more easily learn to ride a bike or throw a football by watching others and doing it than you do by just reading an instruction manual.

This is one of the reasons that the Church gives us saints to venerate — and why some of the most beloved saints were not necessarily big on book learning themselves.

Take St. Francis of Assisi. This is a man who was...READ MORE

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Capturing a Political and Spiritual Moment (5880)

Book Review of Michael Novak’s "Writing from Left to Right"

09/14/2013 Comments (3)

Writing from Left to Right:

My Journey from Liberal to Conservative

By Michael Novak

Image Books, 2013

$24, 336 pages

To order: RandomHouse.com


At the ripe age of 80, Michael Novak has written a new book, Writing From Left to Right: My Journey From Liberal to Conservative

Although the author probably would not agree, his book is both a memoir and a conversion story. In the decades ahead, it may rate a spot beside Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain and Whittaker Chambers’ Witness as capturing a certain political and spiritual moment in the United States.

Novak’s era incorporates the last half of the 20th century and the early years of the new millennium.

As Novak...READ MORE

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New Shepherd in Connecticut: 'Witness Is the Most Powerful Vehicle for Conversion' (12490)

Bishop Frank Caggiano will be installed as bishop of Bridgeport on Sept. 19.

09/13/2013 Comments (5)
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Bishop Frank Caggiano

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Pope Francis recently appointed Brooklyn, N.Y., auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano to be the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., which had been vacant since Bishop William Lori was appointed to the Archdiocese of Baltimore in March 2012.

The Bridgeport Diocese, which has produced two cardinals and an archbishop, includes more than 460,000 registered Catholics, representing 45% of Fairfield County’s total population.

Bishop Caggiano was born less than 70 miles away in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn on Easter Sunday 1959, the second of two children. His parents emigrated from Italy a year earlier. He grew up in an overwhelmingly Italian and Italian-American neighborhood.


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