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Lesbian Teacher Wins $170,000 Court Award From Cincinnati Archdiocese (4342)

Jury disregards morals clause in her employment contract, ruling she was wrongfully dismissed after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination.

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CINCINNATI — The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has been ordered to pay more than $170,000 in back pay and damages to a former Catholic schoolteacher who sued the archdiocese for firing her after she became pregnant through artificial insemination.

The archdiocese said it was enforcing a morals clause in an employment contract that requires archdiocesan employees to “comply and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

However, Christa Dias and her attorney argued that the archdiocese violated her rights under federal pregnancy anti-discrimination laws when it fired her from her teaching job in October 2010. A jury agreed,...READ MORE

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Global Contraception Push Aims to ‘Eliminate Motherhood’ (2309)

Head of an international charity says the best solution to reduce the maternal death rate is to help support mothers during pregnancy, delivery and recovery.

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Kenyan family

– Mater Care International

NEWFOUNDLAND, Canada — The head of an international charity called the billions of dollars funding “reproductive health” in the developing world an effort to do away with motherhood rather than shrink the maternal mortality rate.

“The objective is not to reduce maternal mortality, but to eliminate motherhood,” Dr. Robert Walley of the Canada-based MaterCare International told Catholic News Agency June 3.

Of the more than 300,000 maternal deaths that take place in the developing world each year, the majority of them occur in the last three months of pregnancy, during delivery or shortly after, Walley said — while a very small percentage of those deaths are abortion-related.

Mothers,...READ MORE

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Chicago Archdiocese Launches Massive Formation Campaign (1965)

The ‘To Teach Who Christ Is’ campaign will provide need-based scholarships for archdiocesan Catholic schools and parishes.

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CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George of Chicago announced a $350-million fundraising effort to support Catholic education, religious education for children and teens and adult faith formation in the archdiocese.

“The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and our faith-formation programs make their case in the lives of those transformed by them,” Cardinal George said June 5.

He added that the “To Teach Who Christ Is” campaign is “well-named” and reflects the core mission of the archdiocese.

The campaign aims to provide $150 million in need-based scholarships for archdiocesan Catholic schools, $150 million for parish-specific needs, $30 million for capital needs in Catholic...READ MORE

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New Pro-Life Coalition Aims to ‘Stop the Gosnells’ (1520)

‘Stop the Gosnells’ is a group of national pro-life organizations dedicated to exposing the atrocities of the abortion industry and demanding that Congress take action.

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WASHINGTON — A new group of pro-life organizations across the country is working to expose and fight abuses such as infanticide and health violations in later-term abortion facilities.

The organizations are uniting in a coalition called “Stop the Gosnells,” named after Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia late-term abortionist who was recently convicted of murdering babies who survived abortions, along with several other crimes.

Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, argued that, despite the narrative promoted by members of the abortion industry, “there surely are more Gosnell-style houses of horror throughout the country.”

“The Stop the Gosnells coalition is...READ MORE

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‘I Didn’t Want to Be Pope,’ Francis Tells Children (4106)

The Holy Father met June 7 with students at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis meets with Italian and Albanian students June 7 at the Vatican.

– Vatican Radio/Facebook

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told thousands of children who gathered at the Vatican on Friday, July 7, that he did not want to be the head of the Church before his election.

“Someone who wants, who has the desire to be pope, doesn’t love themselves, but I didn’t want to be pope,” he said at a June 7 meeting in Paul VI audience hall.

“Do you know what it means if someone doesn’t love themselves very much [who think of others]?” he asked the 7,000 children from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in response to a girl’s question.

The students were accompanied by their teachers and family members, as well as alumni of the schools, on the trip to the Vatican.

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Pope Francis Will Brave Rome’s Summer Heat (2643)

The Holy Father plans to stay home for the summer, just making short trips to Castel Gandolfo.

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The papal residence in Castel Gandolfo

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VATICAN CITY — Breaking with the practice of his predecessors, Pope Francis will not take a long summer vacation and will stay in Rome, just making short trips to Castel Gandolfo.

In two announcements issued by the Vatican on June 6, the pontifical household shed light on the Pope’s summer plans.

Though he will make at least a one-day visit to Castel Gandolfo, the pontifical residence 15 miles outside of Rome, Pope Francis will continue living at St. Martha’s House during the summer.

He will lead the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo on July 14, prior to spending the last week of the month in Brazil for World Youth Day.

While Pope Francis’ decision is in keeping with his practice in...READ MORE

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Valedictorian Breaks Rules, Recites Our Father; Turning the Problem of Evil On Its Head and More! (4156)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Valedictorian Breaks Rules, Recites Our Father. Follow the link by Tristyn K. Bloom to read more.

Valedictorian Breaks Rules, Recites Our Father by Tristyn K. Bloom - BigPulpit.com

Turning the Problem of Evil On Its Head – Joe Heschmeyer, Strange Notions

Father Ranger – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is Lying Ever Justified? - Scott P. Richert, Crisis Magazine

Neuroscientists Scooped By Catholic Church – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Pope Francis Renews His Appeal for Peace in Syria – The Catholic Herald

Protecting Life in a Neonatal Wing – Melanie J. Juneau, Catholic Stand

Corpus Christi Procession at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini – Greggory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Quæritur: Does Registering in a Parish Mean Anything? – Fr. Z’s Blog

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The 2013 ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ (6753)

Catholic Americans gear up for second annual event in support of religious liberty.

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MINNEAPOLIS — It’s been a rough period for Church leaders in Minnesota, where the state legislature approved the legalization of same-sex “marriage,” despite a two-year Church-led campaign of education and prayer.

But Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and other Minnesota bishops have not retreated from public engagement on the intertwined issues of life, marriage and religious freedom.

If anything, their sense of urgency has only intensified, with Catholic nonprofits facing an Aug. 1 deadline for compliance with the federal contraception mandate and the U.S. Supreme Court about to issue rulings on two landmark marriage cases that could directly...READ MORE

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