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'Evangelii Gaudium': Church’s Teaching on Abortion Cannot Change (3293)

The Holy Father said solving problems by taking a human life is not “progressive,” but stressed the Church could do more to help mothers in crisis.

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VATICAN CITY — In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis explained that the Church can never change its teaching on abortion, which is part of a broader understanding of human dignity.

At the same time, he said in the document released Nov. 26, the Church must increase efforts to “accompany” women in difficult pregnancies.

“Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question,” the Pope said of abortion.

“I want to be completely honest in this regard,” he said. “This is not something subject to alleged reforms...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Backs Male Priesthood, Urges ‘Feminine Genius’ in the Church (11007)

The Holy Father said the male priesthood is not ‘open to discussion,’ but explained the need for a ‘more incisive female presence’ in the Church’s life.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reaffirmed Catholic teaching on male priesthood in his first apostolic exhortation, while calling for a broader application of the “feminine genius” in Church life.

“The reservation of the priesthood to males, as a sign of Christ the Spouse who gives himself in the Eucharist, is not a question open to discussion,” he said, “but it can prove especially divisive if sacramental power is too closely identified with power in general.”

The Pope’s words came in his new document, Evangelii Gaudium  (The Joy of the Gospel), released Nov. 26.  The apostolic exhortation is the fruit of the 2012 bishops’ Synod on the New Evangelization, which was held as part of the...READ MORE

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ENDA Poses Threat to Religious Freedom, U.S. Bishops Warn (4801)

The workplace anti-discrimination bill passed this month by the Senate, they say, also might further undermine the institution of marriage.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco

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WASHINGTON — The nation’s Catholic bishops oppose unjust discrimination of any kind, but they warn that a bill pending before Congress that purports to protect homosexuals from discrimination in the workplace could threaten religious liberty and further undermine the institution of marriage.

A letter sent to the U.S. Senate — signed by three committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) — says the Employee Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) makes no distinction between sexual conduct and sexual inclination, contains an inadequately narrow religious exemption and does not allow employers, in appropriate circumstances, to consider a job applicant’s sexual...READ MORE

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The Thrilling Tale of the Great Pope You've Never Herad Of, 105 English Martyrs and More! (3200)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Thrilling Tale of the Great Pope You’ve Never Heard Of. Follow the link by Brantly Millegan of the Aleteia website to read more.

The Thrilling Tale of the Great Pope You’ve Never Heard Of by Brantly Millegan of the Aleteia website - BigPulpit.com

An Ordinary Street in the London Suburb of Hanwell – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

The Best & Worst Catholic Flash Mobs of All Time – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

– Mark Lambert, De Omnibus Dubitandum Est

The Churching of Women: Postpartum Support Catholic Style – Joel & Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Filipinos Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Urgent Need of Help – The Catholic Herald

10 Signs You’re a Catholic Introvert - Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Our Failed Religious Freedom Policy – Thomas F. Farr, First...READ MORE

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Changes to China’s One-Child Policy ‘Too Little, Too Late’ (6991)

The Communist Party’s ‘tweaks’ will not prevent forced abortions or demographic disaster, critics contend.

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BEIJING — China is graying rapidly: By 2050, one-third of the country will be aged 60 years or older, and, before then, each Chinese worker will have to support two parents and four grandparents — one result of the official policy that, since 1979, has forbidden most Chinese couples from having more than one child and had seen hundreds of millions of women forcibly aborted and sterilized.

Another negative result is gender imbalance: There are at least 37 million more males in China than females, and, by 2020, the government expects to have at least 40 million men of marriageable age with no women to marry.

These dire demographics, according to analysts, are the most likely reason...READ MORE

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Make God’s Priorities Your ‘Bucket List,’ Author Says (2708)

‘Live like you’re loved’ by God, and make him your first priority, says Teresa Tomeo.

11/25/2013 Comments (2)
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Teresa Tomeo

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DENVER — Teresa Tomeo, author of the new book God’s Bucket List, says that she knows from her own life how “freeing” it is to put God’s priorities first.

“I always had my own bucket list. I had my own plan. But what I found was that was not necessarily aligned with God’s plan for my life,” she told CNA. “When I discovered God’s plan, it was a much better plan for me.”

God’s Bucket List is published by Image Books. The phrase “the bucket list” became popular after the 2007 movie of the same name about two elderly men dying of cancer who fulfill their dreams before they die.

Tomeo noticed that “everybody was talking about a ‘bucket list,’ but nobody was mentioning God.” Her new book...READ MORE

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Twitter Campaign Calls for Iran to Free Jailed Pastor (1822)

The #SaveSaeed campaign to free Pastor Saeed Abedini from a dangerous Iranian prison has already caught the attention of Iran’s news media.

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Supporters of Pastor Saeed Abedini kneel to pray at a prayer vigil and rally in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — More than 3,000 people used social media on Nov. 21 to call for the release of a pastor imprisoned in Iran, as part of a new campaign to support the pastor, a U.S. citizen and convert to Christianity.

“This represents a tremendous outpouring of concern for Pastor Saeed,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), in a statement.

“It is clear that the power of social media is significant and that thousands of people want to send a message directly to the leadership in Iran: Free Pastor Saeed — he is no threat to the security of Iran.”

Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran since September 2012. Charged with threatening...READ MORE

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Denver Archbishop: Year of Faith a Time ‘to Meet Jesus’ (1833)

Archbishop Samuel Aquila asked Catholics to continue to ‘move out of our comfort zones’ and witness to Jesus Christ.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila

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DENVER — Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver says the end of the Year of Faith should encourage Catholics to continue to grow from an encounter with Christ and to share their faith with others.

“The Year of Faith was not a marketing campaign for Catholics to get excited about; it was a time to meet Jesus and his Church, to come to know and love Jesus and his Church more deeply. It was a time to grow in intimacy with Jesus, to encounter the Lord in your heart,” the archbishop said in a Nov. 21 pastoral letter to his archdiocese.

“Our lives are forever changed, the more we fall in love with Jesus,” he said.

Archbishop Aquila said that Catholics should “courageously and joyfully” share...READ MORE

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