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Louisiana Supreme Court Raises Seal of Confession Worries (9002)

The state high-court ruling over a sex-abuse victim’s confessions has alarmed the local Church, but the case may not yet be a religious-liberty issue.

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BATON ROUGE, La. —  The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a trial court may admit a girl’s testimony about sacramental confessions in a lawsuit accusing a priest and the Church of failing to report her sexual abuse at the hands of a now-dead parishioner.

But the high court’s ruling has set the Diocese of Baton Rouge on edge with its mandate that the trial court discover whether the girl made a sacramental confession or that the priest’s knowledge of the abuse came about in some other way.

The high court reversed the decision of an appellate court, which last year threw out a lawsuit against Father Jeff Bayhi and the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The suit, filed in 2009, claims the priest...READ MORE

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Bishop Says Kneel Not Bow, Finding New Ways to Defend Marriage, The Jesus Labyrinth and Much More! (5746)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/15/2014 Comment

Follow the Bishop Says Ditch The Bow for Kneeling by Patrick Archbold of Creative Minority Report link to read more.

On Your Knees, Punk! Bishop Says Ditch The Bow by Patrick Archbold of Creative Minority Report - BigPulpit.com

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Rick Santorum: Find New Ways to Defend Marriage – Mark Stricherz, Aleteia

The Jesus Labyrinth - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

The Catholic Culture Wars Continue and That’s a Good Thing - Anne Hendershott, The Catholic World Report

Know Your Enemy by Anthony Esolen of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Explaining the Trinity – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

Whatever Isn’t Love – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

The Miracle of Fulton J. Sheen – Patricia Treece, Catholic Exchange

Understanding God’s Love: A Primer on Mercy and Justice – Eduardo...READ MORE

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The Catholic Boys of Summer (4294)

Former major-league first baseman Mike Sweeney is teaching kids how to combine faith and baseball.

07/14/2014 Comments (3)
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SEATTLE — July 15 marks the 81st annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. While ballplayers in both the American and National Leagues take a few days of much-needed rest, there are hundreds of “minor leaguers” who are eager to learn what it takes to be an all-star on the field and off.

Ranging from age 8 to 16, these players are hoping to improve their baseball skills and deepen their Catholic faith, thanks to the Yes of former longtime Kansas City Royal firsbaseman and devoted Catholic Mike Sweeney.

“In 2003, God put it in my heart to start a Catholic baseball camp,” the five-time MLB All-Star recalled. “However, everyone said a ‘Catholic camp’ would isolate a lot of people. They...READ MORE

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Ibrahim Case Reflects Deeper Problems in Sudan, Says Bishop (1731)

‘There is no genuine freedom of religion and conscience in the country,’ Bishop Edward Kussala told Aid to the Church in Need.

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Bishop Edward Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, South Sudan

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YAMBIO, Sudan — The “disgraceful case” of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim is only one of many examples of discrimination and harassment faced by Christians in Sudan, a bishop in the region has said.

“Christians in Sudan can attend divine service unmolested, but there is no genuine freedom of religion and conscience in the country,” Bishop Edward Kussala told Aid to the Church in Need July 10.

Bishop Kussala heads the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan, a country that became independent from its northern neighbor in 2011. The region suffered a bloody civil war from 1983 to 2005.

Ibrahim, who was born to a Muslim father but raised a Christian, was sentenced to death in May for...READ MORE

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New Pastoral Frontier: Baptisms of Children to Same-Sex Couples (15253)

Same-sex unions present tough challenges to pastors when it comes to baptizing their children.

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Editor's note: This article was updated on July 16.

MADISON, Wis. — In the 21st century, the Church is encountering requests for children’s baptism from parents in same-sex relationships. But few dioceses have actual policies in the area, which requires a great deal of pastoral attention and no one-size-fits-all answers.

In the Diocese of Madison, the vicar general, Msgr. James Bartylla, sent out a May 10 email to pastors asking them to “please seek consultation and coordination” with his office on requests for baptism of children to same-sex couples. The email stated that each case “must be evaluated individually,” because of difficulties in same-sex unions that “touch upon theology,...READ MORE

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Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Government Rescue of Schoolgirls (1939)

The archbishop of Jos said the government and military have to concretely act on promises to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.

07/14/2014 Comment
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Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria

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VATICAN CITY — Amid government reports that the nearly 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok could be home soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called the country’s leaders to follow through with their promises.

“At the conclusion of the National Council of States Meeting … there was news that it will just be a matter of time before the girls are released,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama told CNA.

“That is good news, we hope. But we will have to see how far it goes, how concrete that news will be. As I said, there’s a lot of promises,” Archbishop Kaigama continued, adding, “Promises are not enough. We just want to see concrete action and the fruit of whatever the government is doing, along...READ MORE

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New Health-Care Resource Links Catholic Patients, Providers (6271)

A huge demand for health care based on Catholic values has inspired a new Web portal to meet that need.

07/14/2014 Comments (4)

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NEW YORK — A new health-care website hopes to link together Catholic patients and health-care providers in order to address the cultural challenges facing Catholics around the country.

“There’s more to being Catholic … than simply, ‘We don’t use birth control,’” psychologist Dr. Greg Bottaro said, explaining how the faith affects participation in the health-care industry.

“There’s an integration between our faith and our professional life as a health-care provider, where we treat the person differently from the start.”

Bottaro is the founder of WellCatholic, a website he hopes will link Catholic patients with doctors who uphold Catholic values in their health practices across all medical...READ MORE

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Excommunication After Abortion and Absolution, Longing for Love, Living for the Eucharist and More! (6006)

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07/14/2014 Comment

Follow the Excommunication After Abortion and Absolution via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

Excommunication After Abortion and Absolution via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

I Didn’t Want to Live Anymore, Then I Met Him; The Eucharist - Carly Andrews, Aleteia

Dear Robert Tracinski: Sola Pecunia – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Building a Civilization of Truth and Love – Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Crisis Magazine

500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity by David L. Gray - BigPulpit.com

Chesterton, Shaw and the Effect of Laughter on Insult – Marc Barnes, Strange Notions

Longing for Love – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

You Can Make A Lifetime Marriage – Doctor Gregory Popcak, Catholic Exchange

The Pope Is Never Sick Until He’s Dead – John L. Allen Jr., The Boston...READ MORE

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