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Boy Scouts’ Policy Change Shifts the Scouting Landscape (13533)

Some Catholics are fine with the BSA decision to admit openly homosexual youth, while others have expressed their discontent by forming a rival scouting organization.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — This past New Year’s Day was a historic turning point for youth scouting across the nation.

At Boy Scouts of America (BSA) headquarters in Irving, Texas, the century-old organization’s new policy of allowing openly homosexual youths into their ranks became official.

And, in turn, that decision has prompted the growth of a Florida-based alternative group that remains dedicated to the moral underpinnings that, until last year, had impelled the BSA to resist pressure from homosexual-rights lobbyists to adopt a policy of accepting openly homosexual members.

The policy change was originally announced on May 23, 2013, stating that, after “the most comprehensive listening...READ MORE

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Francis Documentary Will Be Shown at John Paul II Film Festival (1912)

It will be the first big-screen presentation of Francis: The Pope From the New World, a Knights of Columbus-produced film about Pope Francis.

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MIAMI — The documentary Francis: The Pope From the New World will be shown on the big screen for the first time during the John Paul II International Film Festival, being held April 3-12 in Miami.

Produced by the Knights of Columbus, the documentary recounts the life of Pope Francis from his childhood, including his role in the Church in Argentina and his election as the supreme leader of the Catholic Church.

“The film brings to life the story few people know — the story of Jorge Bergoglio, who came from humble beginnings and relative obscurity and is now the leader of the Catholic Church,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, one of the documentary’s executive producers.

“It is fitting...READ MORE

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Catholic Church Highlights the Human Side of Immigration Reform (3244)

From a Mass at the U.S.-Mexican border to a papal visit with the president, Church officials are stepping up their efforts to bring about changes to immigration policy consistent with Catholic teaching.

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Jersey Vargas stands in St. Peter's Square March 26, 2014, the day she met there with Pope Francis during his weekly general audience.

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NOGALES, Ariz. — When Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston celebrated a Mass at the U.S.-Mexico border on April 1, he reflected on the lawyer who tried to publicly antagonize Jesus by asking, “And who is my neighbor?” That “marvelous question,” the cardinal said, set the stage for one of the “most beautiful parables in the Gospel,” the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Backdropped by the closely set brownish planks of steel that stretch as high as 30 feet into the air and separate the U.S. from Mexico, the cardinal proposed his own answer to the lawyer’s question, echoing the parable.

“We know that the border is lined with unmarked graves of thousands who have died alone and nameless,” he said....READ MORE

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Pittsburgh’s Bishop Zubik Rejects Common Core (17667)

‘Our Catholic identity is the core of our curriculum,’ Bishop Zubik emphasized in a public letter released last month.

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PITTSBURGH — With a growing number of Catholic-school educators and parents raising concerns about the Common Core education curriculum, Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik penned a March 18 letter that assures Catholics the schools in his diocese are not using it.

Common Core critics hope it’s a sign their campaign against the curriculum may be gaining ground.

“Be assured that our Catholic identity is the core of our curriculum,” Bishop Zubik wrote. “Our Catholic faith guides the selection of all curricula, goals, textbooks and other resources.”

Bishop Zubik began his statement by explaining that parents have been asking whether diocesan schools had adopted Common Core, a non-mandatory...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Reaffirms Importance of Vatican Bank’s Mission (2997)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The yet-to-be detailed proposal would seem to involve the wider reform of the Holy See’s financial departments.

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The Institute for Religious Works is commonly known as the 'Vatican Bank.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis approved a proposal April 7 on the future of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the “Vatican Bank,” affirming its importance for the good of the Church.

“The IOR will continue to serve with prudence and provide specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide,” read a statement from the Holy See Press Office released April 7.

“The valuable services that can be offered by the institute assist the Holy Father in his mission as universal pastor and also aid those institutions and individuals who collaborate with him in his ministry.”

The proposal has not been detailed, but seems to deal with the insertion of the Vatican Bank among...READ MORE

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Jesuit Priest Murdered in Syria Witnessed to Christ’s Love (4817)

Father Frans van der Lugt of the Netherlands was caring for the fewer than 30 Christians that remained in a city that was blockaded by the Syrian government nearly two years ago.

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Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt

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HOMS, Syria — A Jesuit priest who refused to leave his flock in the Syrian city of Homs was murdered by an unknown gunman April 7.

Father Frans van der Lugt, a native of the Netherlands, was caring for the fewer than 30 Christians who remain in the Old City district of Homs, which has been blockaded by the Syrian regime for nearly two years.

“Where people die, their faithful shepherds also die with them,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said April 7 in response to the death of Father van der Lugt.

Father Lombardi said the slain priest “died as a man of peace” and acted “with great courage in an extremely dangerous and difficult situation.”

Father  Ziad Hillal, a fellow Jesuit...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Religious-Freedom Photography Case (2965)

The Christian photographers were found guilty of discrimination and ordered to pay nearly $7,000 in compensation for declining to photograph a same-sex 'commitment ceremony' in 2006.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to weigh in on a case involving a small Christian-owned photography business that declined on religious grounds to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006.

The court announced its decision April 7. It did not give a reason for declining to hear the case.

“Only unjust laws separate what people say from what they believe,” said senior counsel Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, owners of Elane Photography.

“The First Amendment protects our freedom to speak or not speak on any issue without fear of punishment,” he added in an April 7 statement.

“We had hoped the U.S....READ MORE

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Four Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics, Immigration Reform and Much More! (5059)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Four Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics link by Brantly Millegan to read more.

Four Things Catholics Do that Rightly Scandalize Non-Catholics by Brantly Millegan - BigPulpit.com

Foot Fetishes & Holy Thursday (Bishop Morlino Vindicated) - Lætificat

My Decision to Wear a Veil - Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

Immigration Reform Becomes a Catholic ‘Pro-Life’ Cause - John L. Allen Jr.

The Intolerance of Homosexual Activists – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Marriage, Reason & Religious Liberty: About Sex, Not to Do with Race - Ryan T. Anderson

Humanitas Program Offers Catholic Liberal Arts at University of Kansas by Kelly Conroy - BigPulpit.com

Media Goes Silent As Abuse Allegations Fall - David F. Pierre Jr., TheMediaReport.com

The Silencing of Sister Jane -...READ MORE

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