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Defusing the Powder Keg of Racial Tensions (1639)

The violence in Ferguson, Mo., highlighs the need to seek ways to replace confrontation with reconciliation.

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Protest march in Ferguson, Mo., following the August death of Michael Brown, who was fatally shot during a confrontation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

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FERGUSON, Mo. — Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Mo., are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the Church has an opportunity to be at the forefront of reconciliation.

“This has been a long time in the making, especially the St. Louis area,” said professor Norm White, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at St. Louis University.

White spoke with CNA on the recent violence in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, leading up to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, in August.

Wilson shot Brown multiple times following a confrontation with...READ MORE

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Church Leaders in India Aghast Over Sterilization Deaths (2901)

The shocking deaths of 14 young mothers in the Indian state of Chattisgarh is part of a pattern of medical misconduct targeting India’s poorest citizens, they charge.

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RAIPUR, India — Following shocking deaths from botched sterilization surgeries in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Church officials have expressed anguish and concern over medical abuses of the poor and the target-oriented population control being quietly implemented in India.

“Poor people are being treated like animals here,” Archbishop Victor Henry Thakur of Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state in central India, told the Register Nov. 20.

“How else can they conduct surgeries in unhygienic conditions and send them home with spurious drugs?” said Archbishop Thakur, who heads the Church in one of India’s poorest states.

Fourteen young mothers — most of them illiterate —...READ MORE

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Be Brothers and Sisters for Peace, Pope Tells Europe (1840)

Pope Francis addressed representatives of Council of Europe institutions yesterday in Strasbourg.

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Pope Francis addresses the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

STRASBOURG, France — Pope Francis said Tuesday that brotherhood and a spirit of mutual service are needed to overcome conflict, telling the Council of Europe that both the continent and Christianity have special roles to play in this work.

“The royal road to peace — and to avoiding a repetition of what occurred in the two world wars of the last century — is to see others not as enemies to be opposed, but as brothers and sisters to be embraced,” Pope Francis said Nov. 25.

Pope Francis said achieving peace calls for the banishment of “a culture of conflict” aimed at “fear of others” or “marginalizing those who think or live differently than ourselves.”

“It is true that conflict cannot be...READ MORE

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Washington State Matchup: Religious Liberty vs. Plan B (2106)

‘The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs,’ said a lawyer with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state regulations cannot constitutionally require pharmacies and pharmacists to dispense abortion-causing contraceptives, said lawyers leading a legal challenge to the rules.

“The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs,” Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said Nov. 20. “We’re optimistic that the court will not permit the government’s naked discrimination against people of faith.”

The plaintiffs include the Stormans family grocery store and two pharmacists, Margo Thelen and Rhonda Mesler. The grocery store and the jobs of the two pharmacists are threatened by state...READ MORE

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Pope: The Church Is on Pilgrimage to Heaven (1329)

The Holy Father encourages the faithful to be signs of hope in his general audience on Nov. 26.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, in his weekly general audience, said that the Church on earth is on a pilgrimage to heaven guided by the Lord, who will lead us to the fullness of joy and truth at the end of time.

“In today's catechesis, we reflect on the Church (that is) on a pilgrimage to the kingdom [of God],” the Pope told those present in St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 26.

“As was well affirmed in the Second Vatican Council, the Church is not a static reality, but continually journeys throughout history to the final and marvelous goal, which is the kingdom of heaven.”

The Church, the Pope continued, is not an end in herself, but is, rather, the “seed and beginning” of what will be...READ MORE

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Courage Film Stirs Dialogue, Offers New Direction for Outreach (7669)

Desire for the Everlasting Hills could be a game changer for how the Church engages people with same-sex attraction.

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Paul Darrow is one of three individuals whose stories are profiled in the film Desire of the Everlasting Hills.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Paul Darrow looked out into the audience gathered for the Nov. 21 screening of Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a documentary film shown during the annual Faith Formation Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

“Each person is a unique and unrepeatable manifestation of God’s love,” Darrow told his audience, echoing the central message of the new film produced by Courage, an international Catholic apostolate for people with same-sex attraction who seek to live chaste lives, in accordance with Catholic teaching.

Darrow, one of three Courage members profiled in the film, participated in a post-screening panel discussion at the Santa Clara conference, which typically draws...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop salvatore cordileone, courage apostolate, desire of the everlasting hills, father paul check, joan frawley desmond, paul darrow, same-sex attraction

Pope Francis, The Francis Effect, and The Media; How Well Do You Know Saint John Paul II and More! (3406)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Pope Francis, The Francis Effect, and The Media link to read more.

Pope Francis, The Francis Effect, and The Media - BigPulpit.com

Keeping Christ in Advent – Debbie, Saints 365

How Well Do You Know Saint John Paul II? – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Front Row With Francis: On the Role of the Bishop - Allison Gingras, Catholic Lane

Restoring a Sense of the Sacred to the Mass by Brian Williams of One Peter 5 - BigPulpit.com

Streamlining Annulments – Fr. Mark A. Pilon, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Cardinal Newman’s Theory of Development of Doctrine – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Road to Hell Is Paved with Indifference – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (DC)

Issues Arising from the Synod on the Family - BigPulpit.com

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Scholars: No, Benedict XVI Doesn’t Support Cardinal Kasper in Synod Debates (2406)

The pope emeritius has spoken decisively against reception of Communion for the divorced and remarried on several occasions, reversing a different theological opinion he offered in 1972.

11/25/2014 Comments (7)
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Pope Benedict XVI in 2012

– Anne Hartney/CNA

VATICAN CITY — A new volume of Benedict XVI’s collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had suggested that the divorced and remarried could receive Communion — but the pope had long since abandoned that position, scholars noted.

“In his book The Gospel of the Family, Cardinal Walter Kasper cites a 1972 essay by Joseph Ratzinger. … It is unfortunate that Cardinal Kasper failed to mention that Ratzinger retracted the proposal or vorschlag outlined in his 1972 essay,” Nicholas Healy, an assistant professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington told CNA on Nov. 24.

As a priest of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising,...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, cardinal kasper, cardinal ratzinger, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, divorced and remarried catholics, familiaris consortio, father vincent twomey, nicholas healy, reception of communion

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