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Hundreds of US Priests Ask Synod to Affirm Church Teaching on Marriage and the Family (3279)

Among the signees are seven bishops.

05/18/2015 Comments (13)
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Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver on Jan. 17.

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WASHINGTON — Nearly 1,000 U.S. priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming synod that was originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests.

The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and it urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

The organization Credo Priests has been circulating the petition and collecting online signatures, which are verified as U.S. Catholic clergy before appearing on the site. The signatory priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, said they wished to “re-state our...READ MORE

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Junipero Serra: Pope Francis Ruffles Some Feathers; 2015: 20% Increase Ordained Priests and More! (2597)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/18/2015 Comment

Click onJunipero Serra: Pope Francis Ruffles Some Feathers by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic link to read more.

Junipero Serra: Pope Francis Ruffles Some Feathers by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic - Big Pulpit

Report: 20% Increase in the Number of Men to be Ordained Priests in 2015 - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Quiz: Which American Shrine Should You Visit? - Tatiana Federoff, Epic Pew

The Coming Persecution: The Ascendancy of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Militancy – Steve Skojec, One Peter 5

Why Sleepy Prayers Have Value – Michele Chronister, Ignitum Today

Debunking the Conspiracy Theory: Why Jesus’ Disciples Didn’t Lie – Peter Kreeft PhD, Strange Notions

Conspiracies and Catholicism: Angels – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like? – Monsignor Charles Pope


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For Arab Christianity, New Women Saints Provide Encouraging Example (1111)

Sts. Mariam Baouardy, founder of the Discalced Carmelites of Bethlehem and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, founder of the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, were canonized in Rome on Sunday.

05/18/2015 Comment
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Tapestry of Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas at St. Peter’s Basilica on May 16.

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VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church’s celebration of the canonization of two new women saints from Palestine on Sunday helps recognize both women’s important role in Arab culture and Arabs’ important role in Christianity.

“These two humble and simple women, consecrated women, give us encouragement to pray for peace,” said Father Rifat Bader, general director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Amman, Jordan.

He was in Rome for the May 17 canonizations of Sts. Mariam Baouardy and Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas. The Palestinian women were canonized alongside two others: St. Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve (1811-1854) and St. Maria Cristina Brando (1856-1906), from France and Italy,...READ MORE

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From the White House to the Courthouse, Reparative Therapy Is Under Attack (4167)

Doctors discuss the uphill battle they face in treating men, women and children for disorders related to same-sex attraction.

05/18/2015 Comments (25)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Thomas Schmierer thought he was just a normal marriage and family therapist “flying under the radar” in Riverside, Calif.

But Schmierer’s work with clients who seek him out for therapy for their unwanted same-sex attraction landed him in the crosshairs of homosexual-rights groups.

The Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies for same-sex “marriage” and homosexual causes, wrote a letter to Psychology Today in February demanding that the magazine remove Schmierer from its professional referral service. The magazine complied, and it no longer accepts advertising from Schmierer, who says the listing is essential for his private practice, Vatican Values Counseling, to be...READ MORE

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The Eucharist Which I Was Denied, Women Need to Embrace the Empowering Veil Again and Much More! (2321)

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05/17/2015 Comment

Click on The Eucharist Which I Was Denied by Jessica McAfee of The Dead Philosophers Society link to read more.

The Eucharist Which I Was Denied by Jessica McAfee of The Dead Philosophers Society - Big Pulpit

Women Need to Embrace the Empowering Veil Again – Mary O’Regan, Catholic Herald Magazine

Catholic Joy? – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

I Love the Movie ‘Little Boy – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Quæritur: Can Non-Catholics Go to Confession? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Do ‘the Dead Know Nothing?’ – Tim Staples, Catholic Answers

God on His Terms, Not Ours – Monsignor Charles Pope

Why Surrogacy Violates Human Dignity – Arland K. Nichols MDiv, Crisis Magazine

Rod Dreher Should Come Back to the Catholic Church – Ed Peters JD, Canon Law Blog

Time to Bring Back Triumphalism? – Russell...READ MORE

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LCWR President Discusses Long Road to Final Agreement on Vatican Reforms (3525)

An Interview with Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Sharon Holland

05/16/2015 Comments (19)

Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Sharon Holland

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On April 16 of this year, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) accepted a joint statement from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the three bishops mandated by the CDF to help reform the LCWR: Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., and Archbishop Leonard Blair of Hartford, Conn.

That statement acknowledged the agreement of LCWR to make corrections defined in a 2012 CDF mandate that was based on a doctrinal assessment of the organization. When the agreement was accepted last month, the CDF asked all parties to wait at least 30 days before speaking to the press.

The LCWR officers issued a “Statement of the...READ MORE

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Star With Down Syndrome Charms and Inspires in ‘Where Hope Grows’ (2239)

Inspirational movie shows how a young man named “Produce” makes a big impact on those around him.

05/16/2015 Comments (2)

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Where Hope Grows (which opened May 15) is the story of a washed-up, major-league baseball player with a drinking problem

But that’s where its similarity to other movies ends.

The film throws a curve ball when the catalyst for change turns out to be a young man with Down syndrome, played by a young man who actually has it.

Calvin Campbell (Kristoffer Polaha) drinks to soothe his feelings of inadequacy, as a player and as a man. His career with the Detroit Tigers struck out when he choked at the plate before millions of fans. Years later, as a single dad, he watches his 17-year-old daughter, Katie (McKaley Miller), run around with Cole (Michael Grant), knowing the...READ MORE

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Top German Lay Catholic Group Pushes Communion for Civilly Divorced-Remarried and More (5821)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau called the appeal from the Central Committee of the German Catholics ‘incomprehensible.’

05/15/2015 Comments (39)
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Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops’ conference, issued a statement May 15 saying “several claims” made in the ZdK statement were “theologically unacceptable.”

– Wikipedia Commons

PASSAU, Germany — A public dispute has broken out between Germany’s top lay Catholic organization and a German bishop, after the organization issued a statement calling for a raft of new pastoral practices, which the bishop and other critics say are opposed to Church doctrine.

The Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (Central Committee of the German Catholics, or ZdK)  issued a statement Sunday calling for the admittance of civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion, acceptance of all forms of cohabitation, the blessing of same-sex couples and the reconsideration of the Church’s teaching on contraception.

The organization is heavily financed by the German bishops and overseen...READ MORE

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