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Vatican’s Economy Secretariat Advances Financial Transparency (1688)

A new manual that outlines the new economic policies will take effect Jan. 1.

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Cardinal George Pell is prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s new financial management policies focused on accountability are described in a handbook delivered by the Secretariat for the Economy last week, an internal bulletin of the secretariat announced on Wednesday.

“Having sound and consistent financial management practices and reporting helps provide a clear framework of accountability for all those entrusted with the resources of the Church,” said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, according to the Nov. 5 bulletin.

The new policies will come into effect Jan. 1, 2015. In the run-up, the Secretariat for the Economy will provide training and support to Vatican and Holy See offices to...READ MORE

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Increase of Occult Activity Sparks ‘Pastoral Emergency,’ Specialists Say (4952)

The International Association of Exorcists met for its 12th annual conference in Rome, from Oct. 20-25.

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ROME — Catholic specialists in the occult say occult activity and the resulting need for exorcisms has reached a critical level.

Just prior to the season of all things supernatural, the International Association of Exorcists (AIE) met for its 12th annual conference in Rome, from Oct. 20-25.

According to AIE spokesman Walter Cascioli, an increasing number of bishops and cardinals asked to participate in the conference due to an increase in demonic activity.

“It’s becoming a pastoral emergency,” Cascioli told CNA. “At the moment the number of disturbances of extraordinary demonic activity is on the rise.”

The rise in demonic activity can be attributed to a decreasing faith among...READ MORE

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Bizarre Lifestyle Tips from the Medieval Era, Aquinas' Proof for God's Existence and More! (5727)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Election 2014: Pro-Life Wins Big (4365)

The Nov. 4 election saw both ups — including a bipartisan pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate — and downs in legislative prospects for issues affecting Catholic social teaching.

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Saira Blair, an 18-year-old pro-life Catholic, became the nation's youngest legislator with her election to West Virginia’s House of Delegates.

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WASHINGTON — Voters decided on a variety of issues related to Catholic social teaching on Nov. 4. There were a number of pro-life victories, although immigration reform is more uncertain than ever.

Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with nine pro-life candidates winning their races against Democratic opponents who support legal abortion.

“We made great gains in the Senate,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee.

With seven newly elected pro-life senators, and a possible eighth in Alaska, once the vote count is finished, the Senate will have a bipartisan pro-life majority, not simply Republican control.

Pro-lifers regard this as...READ MORE

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Assessing the Synod’s Final Report (3487)


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VATICAN CITY — The English translation of the final report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was published Oct. 30, nearly two weeks after the synod’s conclusion.

Although many have expressed satisfaction with the document, from which most of the controversial aspects of the interim report have been removed, a couple of contentious paragraphs reached a synodal consensus of a two-thirds majority and remain in the text. As well, other contentious paragraphs that failed to get the required two-thirds consensus will remain in discussion as the synodal process continues, according to the Vatican.

Questions were also raised as to why the report, published in Italian on Oct....READ MORE

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For German Bishops, Sacramental Mercy Has a Price (7520)

Since 2012, critics note, the German bishops have denied the sacraments to those who opt out of paying Germany’s ‘church tax.’

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising is the president of the German Bishops’ Conference.

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BERLIN — As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later today, some are accusing him and his episcopal colleagues of Germany of hypocrisy.

The critics point out that while Cardinal Kasper and most of his fellow German bishops have been leading the charge to allow those in “irregular” marital situations — those who are divorced and remarried — to receive Communion, they have simultaneously denied the sacraments, including confession, to those who opt out of paying Germany’s “church tax.”

In both cases, the German position is at odds with Church teaching: admitting to Communion those formally not allowed and forbidding...READ MORE

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U.K. Push to Ban Sex-Selective Abortions Hailed (3985)

'It is a woman’s right to give birth to her daughter,' said Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers.

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WASHINGTON — The British Parliament’s move to ban sex-selective abortion is a move to defend women’s rights — including the right to be born — say supporters of the legislation.

“Sex-selective abortion is violent discrimination against females,” Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, told CNA Nov. 5.

“The message of sex-selection abortion is that girls do not deserve to live,” she stressed. It is impossible to support women’s rights without supporting the right of females to be born.”

On Nov. 4, members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament voted 181-1 to clearly declare sex-selective abortions illegal. Though the bill is not yet an act, and may not...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Big Hero 6’ (6920)

The year’s best Hollywood cartoon is a rollicking superhero adventure that doesn’t skimp on brains or heart.

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At the intersection of Disney and Marvel, in a pan-Pacific megalopolis spanning San Francisco and Tokyo, in a world with one foot in science fiction and one in superhero adventure, is Big Hero 6.

By my lights, this is a very good place to be.

Big Hero 6 might be the geekiest Hollywood cartoon of all time, eclipsing the goofy science enthusiasm of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, the video-game nostalgia of Wreck-It Ralph and the sci-fi worlds of Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet and Robots. Well, maybe the time-bending Meet the Robinsons gives it a run for its money, but Big Hero 6 is a better film.

Like Disney’s mega-hit Frozen, Big Hero 6 is about siblings and superpowers, except the...READ MORE

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