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Francis and the Secret Vatican 'Gay Lobby'; Casual Dress and the Body of Christ and More! (4538)

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06/13/2013 Comment

Pope Francis and the Secret Vatican 'Gay Lobby'. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

Pope Francis and the Secret Vatican 'Gay Lobby' by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Casual Dress and the Body of Christ: A Plea for Bathrobes – Collin Garbarino, First Things/First Thoughts

A Discourse on Wanting to Shake Descartes – Stacy Trasancos PhD

You Want the Straight Dope on Homeschooling? – Matt Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Crash, Divine Providence? - Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

Modesty Sets Fire – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Rudyard Kipling, Boots - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Marriage is a Marathon, Not a Sprint – Barb Lishko, Catholic Lane

What Happens to Art When Belief in God has Withered Away – Francis Phillips,...READ MORE

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Zach Sobiech’s Simple Message — in Song — Affects Millions Worldwide (6852)

The musical lessons of one short life.

06/12/2013 Comments (1)
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Zach Sobiech

– Wikipedia

LAKELAND, Minn. — Zach Sobiech was virtually unknown in 2009, when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that took his life at age 18 on May 20.
 
But the Lakeland, Minn., teen’s positive attitude about facing death, humility and kindness touched millions of people across the globe, largely through his farewell song Clouds, which quickly became a YouTube sensation, garnering more than seven million views and capturing the No. 1 spot on iTunes the week after his death.
 
More than a thousand people attended his funeral at the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater, Minn. They joined his parents, Rob and Laura, and three siblings in singing the song that...READ MORE

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Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design; Modesty Is Honesty; The IRS and Pro-Lifers and More! (2412)

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Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design. Follow the link by Jimmy Akin of Strange Notions website to read more.

Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Jimmy Akin of Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

Modesty is Honesty – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

I. R. S. Scandal: I. R. S. Agent Lays Down the “Law” to Pro-lifers – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Spirituality for Widows - Ronda Chervin PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Relativism: Missing The Truth - Patrick Pierce, Catholic Stand

The Eucharist is Not a Pagan Invention – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

The Power of Communication: A Reflection on Euphemism - Ashley Noronha, Truth and Charity Forum

The Conspiracy of Pornography Exposed - Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Of Requiem Masses, Death, Prudence and...READ MORE

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Scottish Adoption Agency Celebrates Despite Closure Threat (1913)

St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society is in danger of closing due to its policy of placing children only with a married mother and father.

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St. Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland.

– Raymond McCrae via Flickr

GLASGOW, Scotland — Friends of the St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society gathered at Glasgow’s cathedral on June 9 to commemorate its years of service and to support the society’s adoption agency against the threat of forced closure.

Ronnie Convery, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland, said there was “a mood of celebration” at the annual Mass and reception at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

“Of course this year there is a storm cloud on the horizon, namely the threat from secularists to try to have the agency closed down,” Convery told CNA June 11.

“That galvanizes people, they feel bad that the service they have enjoyed from St. Margaret’s — and...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Church Rich in Praise, Not Wealth (1905)

Pope Francis based his homily on Matthew's Gospel where Jesus said: ‘freely you have received, freely give.’

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Pope Francis preaches at the June 5, 2013 morning Mass in St. Martha's House chapel.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis pointed out that St. Peter did not have a bank account, as he warned against the dangers of a Church that finds its security in resources instead of the free gift of the Gospel.
“St. Peter did not have a bank account, and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to the sea to catch fish and find the money in the fish to pay,” said the Pope during Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House.
“Philip, when he met Queen Candace’s finance minister, did not think ‘ah, good, let’s set up an organization to support the Gospel,’” he added during his June 11 homily.
Instead, the Holy Father noted, Philip “preached, baptized and left.”
Pope Francis made his...READ MORE

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Opponents Claim Calif. Abuse Bill Targets Catholic Schools (1947)

The Legislation is supposed to protect victims, but the proposed law does not apply to public schools or other government agencies that may have been negligent towards abuse allegations.

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– Emory Maiden via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

LOS ANGELES — Critics say a proposed Calif. bill lifting the statute of limitations on some child sex abuse lawsuits threatens the Catholic Church and its schools, failing to allow suits for similar abuse in public schools.
“The bill itself is just unfair on its face,” Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the California Catholic Conference, told CNA June 11.
“Legislation is supposed to protect victims. The only thing (this bill) does is eliminate the statute of limitations for a year and revive a lot of old claims, but it only does so against private organizations.”
Eckery said private schools, organizations like the YMCA, and Catholic dioceses and schools are “concerned about the fact that...READ MORE

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IRS Scandals Raise Doubts Over HHS Mandate Judgment (2098)

The way the regulation is written, it is the IRS that determines whether an organization qualifies for full exemption from the HHS mandate.

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Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association

WASHINGTON — The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.

“The HHS mandate hinges on what constitutes a religious entity,” said Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association and editor of AltCatholicah, a Catholic women’s web magazine.

McGuire explained to CNA during a May 10 interview that the IRS has “authority in determining what a religious entity is” for purposes of deciding which employers must comply with the controversial mandate.

Issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, the mandate requires employers to...READ MORE

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Venezuelan Educator Calls Condoms ‘Russian Roulette’ for Youth (2280)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of a group of factories to produce millions of condoms in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro

– Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

CARACAS, Venezuela, — An official with the Venezuelan bishops’ conference has warned that a proposal by the country’s president to establish condom factories will entail a huge “social cost” for the nation’s youth.
“Installing a condom factory in Venezuela at best will lower the cost of a product, but at a great social cost,” Jose Villamizar, education director for the bishops’ conference of Venezuela, said June 9.
On June 6, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of “a group of factories here to produce millions of condoms” and charged the movement Young People for the Homeland with distributing the condoms and “shielding the country from unwanted pregnancies.”...READ MORE

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