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Catholic Leaders Decry U.S. Arms to Syrian Rebels (8533)

Christians, Minorities Caught in Crossfire

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Bishop Nicholas Samra, head of the Melkite Catholic Church in the United States.

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WASHINGTON — Church leaders warned that more blood, martyrs and the end of the Church in Syria is the price Syria will pay if the U.S. decides to go ahead with plans to arm the rebel forces.

Syria’s two-year civil war between forces allied with ruling President Bashar al-Assad and the rebel opposition has devolved into a sectarian Shia-Sunni conflict with Christians and other minorities caught in the crossfire.

“We’re seeing what looks like an extermination of Christianity,” Bishop Nicholas Samra, head of the Melkite Catholic Church in the United States, told the Register. “It’s not a healthy situation to help either side militarily at this point.”

Bishop Samra said that Syria’s...READ MORE

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The Judicial Outcome on Prop. 8: A Fundamental Attack on Democracy? (3746)

The popular will of the people of California on marriage was thwarted because of the refusal of state officials to defend the ballot initiative in court.

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Pro- and anti-Proposition 8 protesters rally in front of the San Francisco City Hall in 2009 as the California Supreme Court holds a session to determine the definition of marriage.

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WASHINGTON — Executive branch officials at the state and federal government levels are increasingly ignoring laws they dislike, especially those pertaining to the defense of marriage.

This trend places citizens who support existing laws that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman in a bind because they may not have legal standing to defend those laws in court when their elected officials refuse to do so.

“This is a devastating trend across the courts on a wide array of legal issues,” Peter Breen, executive director and legal counsel of the Thomas More Society, told the Register.

In decades past, executive-level leaders would refuse to enforce laws only for grave...READ MORE

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How to Avoid Cooperating With Evil in Public Life, God in a Meaningless Universe and Much More! (2629)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/01/2013 Comment

How Catholics Can Avoid Cooperating with Evil in Public Life. Follow the link by James Kalb, JD, to read more.

How Catholics Can Avoid Cooperating with Evil in Public Life by James Kalb, JD - BigPulpit.com

God in a Meaningless Universe – James Chastek PhL, Just Thomism

Five Books for Summer – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Is Chivalry for Men Passé? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Fortnight for Freedom: John Carroll’s Prayer – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

On “Severe Penances” – Fr. James V. Schall SJ PhD, The Catholic Thing

The De-Funding of Planned Parenthood - Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Foolishness! – Stephen Bullivant, Strange Notions

Why Read the Church Fathers? – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

We Need to Pray for Our Clergy – Amanda...READ MORE

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Navy Chaplain Honored in Vietnam Despite Communist Objections (4938)

Bishop Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri of Da Nang said Mass in honor of Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno’s 55th anniversary of priestly ordination.

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Ted Bronson and Bishop Joseph Tri stand in front of a banner of Servant of God Father Vincent Capodanno in Vietnam, June 2013.

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DA NANG, Vietnam — Bishop Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri of Da Nang recently said Mass in honor of Father Vincent Capodanno, a U.S. chaplain killed during the Vietnam War, and he encouraged his people to ask the priest’s intercession.

Ted Bronson, a retired Navy Captain, told Catholic News Agency June 26 that Bishop Tri “is a brave bishop, fostering Capodanno under the umbrella” of Vietnamese communism.

The Mass, said on June 14, marked the 55th anniversary of Father Capodanno’s priestly ordination. Father Capodanno was ordained for the Maryknoll Missionary order, and he later became a chaplain for the U.S. Navy.

While with Maryknoll, Father Capodanno served in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and then...READ MORE

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Jesus Does Not Want ‘Remote-Controlled’ Christians, Pope Tells Pilgrims (3962)

June 30 Angelus in Rome

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VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus address to thousands of pilgrims, Pope Francis said that Jesus does want Christians to succumb to either extreme of being self-absorbed or overly dependent.

“Jesus wants neither selfish Christians, who follow their egos and do not speak with God, nor weak Christians, without will, ‘remote-controlled,’” he said.

The latter are “incapable of creativity ... seek ever to connect with the will of another and are not free,” he told the crowds packed into St. Peter’s Square on June 30.

The Pope based his remarks on Luke 9, which tells how Jesus made the concrete decision to travel to Jerusalem, where he would be crucified.

“Jesus, in his earthly...READ MORE

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Assessing Father Serra, Three Centuries Later (3470)

A biographer of the famous California missionary discusses his life and legacy, as the Church celebrates the 300th anniversary of Blessed Junipero’s birth on July 1.

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July 1 is the feast day of Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-84), California’s most famous Catholic missionary. The Church also celebrates the 300th anniversary of the humble friar’s birth this year — and the 25th anniversary of his beatification.

Revered by some, reviled by others, the dedicated Franciscan friar launched California’s mission system in 1769 and oversaw the founding of the first nine missions. Twenty-one missions would be founded by the Spanish priest in all.

Junipero Serra was born on the island of Majorca, a Spanish island possession off the eastern coast of Spain, and he joined the Franciscan order at age 17. He quickly distinguished himself for both his piety and...READ MORE

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Hijacking Holy Communion Is Very, Very Serious; Marriage: Getting There; Good Dogma! and Much More! (4783)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/01/2013 Comment

Hijacking Holy Communion Is Very Serious. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters of the Canon Law Blog to read more.

Hijacking Holy Communion Is Veru, Very Serious by Dr. Edward Peters of the Canon Law Blog - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: It Is Only Natural for Men to Desire Fatherhood – Mary Katherine Haley, The Catholic Herald

Marriage: Getting There – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

The Mass Is Source and The Summit of a Catholic Campus – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Catholic Education Daily

This Is Starting to Sound Elizabethan – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Good Dogma! – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Fortnight For Freedom: Lincoln on Liberty of Conscience – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The First Italian Righteous Gentile to be Beatified – Carly Andrews, Aleteia

Pray for...READ MORE

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‘We Need to Be Active Witnesses of Our Faith’ (4669)

‘Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today’: Address of Philadelphia’s shepherd at the Serra International Convention.

06/30/2013 Comments (12)

Archbishop Charles Chaput gave the following address at the Serra International Convention in Mallorca, Spain, on June, 22.

 

St. Paul once wrote that, If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, [then] we are of all men most to be pitied” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19).

Those are strong words for a happy gathering like this one, on a beautiful day, on a vacation island like Mallorca, in a year dedicated to the virtue of faith. 

But they’re exactly the right words to begin our discussion today. Francis of Assisi was not a man known for...READ MORE

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