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St. Louis Archbishop: The Issue Is Bigger Than Ferguson, America (8209)

Without the love of Jesus Christ changing hearts in society, ‘Tragedies and chaos will occur again and again.’

08/25/2014 Comments (23)
Archdiocese of St. Louis

Archbishop Robert Carlson

– Archdiocese of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Amid the inflamed passions in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer, the Church has given a prayerful presence for peace and justice. Its chaplains have ministered to protesters and police alike.

But St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has a message for the rest of the country: The issues in this St. Louis metropolitan community go far beyond this tiny town of 21,000 and demand that Church and society work toward resolving them — or else “tragedies and chaos will occur again and again.”

The events surrounding the death of Michael Brown, 18, by Officer Darren Wilson, 28, are still unclear, and the work for justice and peace in Ferguson...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Build Rock-Solid Faith Like St. Peter (1466)

In his Angelus address, the Holy Father challenged the faithful to build up the Church ‘in every part of the world.’

08/25/2014 Comments (2)
CNA/Marianne Medlin

– CNA/Marianne Medlin

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of St. Peter’s recognition of Jesus as the Lord, urging those present to honestly evaluate their own faith.

“Brothers and sisters, what happened in a unique way in St. Peter also takes place in every Christian who develops a sincere faith in Jesus the Christ,” he told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday for his Angelus address on Aug. 24.

“Today’s Gospel challenges each of us: How is your faith? Let each of us answer in our heart. How is your faith? How is it? What does the Lord find in our hearts: a firm heart, like a rock? Or a heart like sand, that is, doubtful, mistrustful, unbelieving?”

The Pope drew his remarks...READ MORE

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Patriarch Sako: Christian Militias Would Escalate Iraq Crisis (2916)

NEWS ANALYSIS

08/25/2014 Comments (18)
CNA/Aid to the Church in Need

Archbishop Louis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church

– CNA/Aid to the Church in Need

ROME — Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako I has drawn criticism from some quarters for insisting that, although Iraqi Christians have an absolute right to self-defense, protection must come from the state — despite the Baghdad government failing to provide adequate security.

Fides news agency, quoting Lebanese sources, said the Baghdad-based patriarch believes defense of the attacked is an absolute right, but only “the forces of the state should take charge of this defense.” The creation of differentiated militia on an ethno-religious basis “can destroy Iraq,” he said.

The patriarch, speaking last week in Erbil, the capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, was responding to...READ MORE

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Cincinnati's 'Ice-Bucket Challenge' Supports John Paul II Institute (4441)

The archdiocese encouraged participants to donate to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which promotes ethical research.

08/25/2014 Comments (3)
CNA/Getty Pictures

– CNA/Getty Pictures

CINCINNATI — Chances are you’ve viewed at least one video this week of someone dumping a bucket of ice water over his head and challenging others to do the same.

The now-viral “ice-bucket challenge” was started by the ALS Association, a leader in funding research for prevention, treatment and an eventual cure of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative condition for which there are no proven treatments or cure.

But when Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, accepted the ice-bucket challenge Aug. 20, the archdiocese announced its donations would be going toward the John...READ MORE

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‘Marriage Equality’ (7079)

A REGISTER EDITORIAL

08/25/2014 Comment

Over the past year, the cascade of federal court rulings that favor same-sex “marriage” has lent credence to the view that progress is on the side of “marriage equality.” Now, 19 states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex couples to marry.

“More than two dozen federal and state court rulings since the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision in June 2013 have successfully challenged and/or nullified bans,” noted an Aug. 11 Time magazine report, which referenced the high court’s landmark Windsor decision that struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

Not so fast. A circuit court in Tennessee issued an Aug. 5 decision that found the...READ MORE

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree; Only Dead Christians; SNAP and More! (2695)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/25/2014 Comment

Follow the The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree by Quartermaster of the Barque link to read more.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree by Quartermaster of the Barque – BigPulpit.com

How to Confront Evil (ISIS) in the World – Dr. Robert Fastiggi, OSV Newsweekly

Only Dead Christians – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Elderly Iraqi Christians Defy Islamic State Terrorists – Simon Caldwell, The Catholic Herald

SNAP Lies About Status of Priest To Create Media Hysteria by David F. Pierre, Jr., of TheMediaReport.com – BigPulpit.com

Barbarians (ISIS) at the Gate – Greg Erlandson, OSV Newsweekly

NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy? – Jo Anna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

10 Reasons Every Christian Should Have a Garden – Rachel Lu, ChurchPOP

Dear...READ MORE

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Two Kids Book Picks, Contemporary Christian Worship, The Situation in Iraq and Much More! (2225)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2014 Comment

Follow the Chart Decodes Hand Gestures in Contemporary Worship via ChurchPOP link to read more.

Two Kids’ Book Picks: One Light, One Heavy – Karee Santos, Can We Cana?

Vietnam: A Franciscan Friar Tackles the Improbable, Part II – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

A Chilling Warning to the West from Mosul Archeparch – Father James V. Schall SJ, Aleteia∝

U. S. Chaldean Cthlc Eparchy Offers Help to Iraqi Christians – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

A Catholic Student’s Four Ways to Evangelize a College Campus – Saint Peter's List

Chart Decodes Hand Gestures in Contemporary Worship via ChurchPOP - BigPulpit.com

Best Images of Pope Francis’ Trip to South Korea – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Spayed Sentiments and Sterilized Sex: Catholic Dating – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to...READ MORE

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19 Most Refreshingly Commonsensical G.K. Chesterton Quotes, Depression, Despair, and Hope and More! (4127)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/23/2014 Comment

Click on the 19 Most Refreshingly Commonsensical G. K. Chesterton Quotes via ChurchPOP link to read more.

19 Most Refreshingly Commonsensical G. K. Chesterton Quotes via ChurchPOP – BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: I Would Visit to Iraq to Help Stop Violence – Francis X. Rocca, The Catholic Herald

Depression, Despair, and Hope – J. C., Ignitum Today

Priest’s Eye-Witness Account of Fleeing the Islamic State – Gelsomino del Guerico, Aleteia∝

Not the Ultimate Sacrifice, But Sacrifice None the Less – Greg Yoko, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Has Created an Incredible Opening for Catholicism in Asia – The Catholic Herald

Let There Be Ice Cream In Cones: Determinism & Miracles – Stacy Trasancos PhD

When the Game Stands Tall a Great Family Film – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Angels, Anointing, and...READ MORE

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