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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8 (3157)

In a June 26 ruling, the court said that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection guarantees.

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U.S. Supreme Court

– Chris Phan (CC BY 2.0).

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the federal government must recognize “gay marriages” accepted by individual states.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — known as DOMA — “violates basic due process and equal-protection principles applicable to the federal government,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority.

In a June 26 ruling, the court said that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection guarantees.

“The avowed purpose and practical effect of the law here in...READ MORE

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DOMA’s Demise: The Battle Over the Definition of Marriage (5551)

A timeline of how homosexual activists have pressed their case to legitimize homosexual relationships as being legally and socially equal to traditional marriage.

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Homosexual activist celebrates June 26 outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The history of the battle over the definition of marriage is part of a larger movement to change laws and public opinion on homosexuality. The issue is complex because the wording of laws on marriage, the rules for amending the state constitutions, the various court precedents and the wording of proposed laws and amendments differ from state to state.

Those desiring to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples have focused their efforts on the courts and liberal-leaning legislatures, while the defenders of marriage as the union of one man and one woman have been most successful when the issue is put to the people through a referendum process.

In 1969, the Stonewall...READ MORE

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Toddler’s Encounter With Pope ‘Unforgettable,’ Dad Says (3471)

The daughter of Alan Holdren, head of CNA’s Rome bureau, meets Pope Francis.

06/26/2013 Comment
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Alan Holdren, CNA Rome bureau chief, and his daughter Isabel greet Pope Francis in Vatican City June 23.

– Stefano Dal Pozzolo

ROME — The 2-year-old daughter of a Catholic News Agency bureau chief shared a brief but intimate greeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, leaving the girl and her father all smiles.

“She was right at home with the Holy Father,” Alan Holdren, the head of CNA’s Rome bureau, said June 24.

Isabel accompanied Holdren, who was covering a special trip for disadvantaged children organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and Trenitalia, an Italian train service. The children were brought in on a high-speed train “for the extraordinary experience of leaving their home cities” to meet Pope Francis.

Holdren said he brought Isabel along with him on assignment, knowing there would be other...READ MORE

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Facing Risk of Death, Syrian Priests Remain Faithful (2649)

The Syrian conflict has dragged on for 27 months, since demonstrations sprang up nationwide on March 15, 2011, protesting the rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president and leader of the country's Ba'ath Party.

06/26/2013 Comment
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A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack leveled on the city on June 11, 2012.

– UN Photo/David Manyua

ROME — As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as a monk was killed during a raid on a monastery in the north of the country on June 23.

Father Francois Mourad died at the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony of Padua in a village near Jisr Ash-Shughur. The town had been under attack by Islamist rebels for a few weeks, and local Christians sought refuge in the monastery.

Catholic News Agency spoke with another priest, who is from Aleppo, on June 18, who said, “I try to live this war with the people, not abandon them.”

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A Reflection on the Vanishing of Europe, The Human Family and the Family of God and Much More! (3386)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/26/2013 Comment

A Reflection on the Vanishing of Europe. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

A Reflection on the Vanishing of Europe by Msgr. Charles Pope - BigPulpit.com

The Human Family and the Family of God – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report

Jimmy Carter, Anti-Catholic Bigot, Attacks Blessed John Paul II – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Habit, A Nun & a Conversion – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Keep Your Catholicism a Secret! - Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Conversion Story & Book Review: A Marian Thriller – Julia Willis, Arlington Catholic Herald

What Was She Wearing? - Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

Curial Reform? Emergency Meeting of Cardinals Right Now. . . – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

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‘Arab Spring’ Marks Rise in Threats to Religious Freedom (3077)

Congressional hearing and new Pew study expose heightened government restrictions and social hostilities.

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U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., speaks at a June 25 hearing about the plight of religious minorities in Syria.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees global human-rights issues, called on the Obama administration this week to defend the rights of Syrian Christians, caught between the opposing forces of the nation’s protracted civil war.

Of the estimated 4.25 million Syrians displaced by the war, and millions more fleeing to neighboring countries, “one in five [are] Christian, although Christians in Syria make up one in 10 of the pre-war population of 22 million people,” said Smith in an opening statement at a June 25 joint hearing, “Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle.”

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Photo of Pope Francis and the Bones of St. Peter; Conversion Story: Marian Thriller and Much More! (2842)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/25/2013 Comment

Photo: Pope & the Bones of Saint Peter. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall of Canterbury Tales to read more.

Photo: Pope & the Bones of Saint Peter by Taylor Marshall of Canterbury Tales - BigPulpit.com

Conversion Story & Book Review: A Marian Thriller – Julia Willis, Arlington Catholic Herald

The Secularist’s Astroturf War Against the Church – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Greater “What If?” of the Catholic Imagination - Ann Frailey, Tuscany Press

Fashion Resources for Women Wanting to Dress Modestly – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Little World of Don Camillo - CatholicFiction.net

Holy Spirit Stories: The Smile That Made a Family – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Tri-Color Tortellini With Roasted Veggies – Celeste, Catholic Sistas

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Archbishop Chaput: Catholics Should Live Their Faith ‘All In’ (4620)

Archbishop Chaput encourages Catholics to reconfigure their lives to understanding and acting on the New Evangelization.

06/25/2013 Comments (10)
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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia

– Matthew Rarey/CNA

MALLORCA, Spain — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has called on Catholics to be “active witnesses” of their faith, taking inspiration from the 17th-century missionary Blessed Junipero Serra.

Rejecting the idea that the Christian faith is “a useful moral code” or “an exercise in nostalgia,” he stressed that the Christian faith is “a restlessness, a consuming fire in the heart to experience the love of Jesus Christ and then share it with others — or it’s nothing at all.”

“Young or old, we need to live our faith as Junipero Serra did — all in, 100%, holding nothing back, with charity, endurance, passion and hope,” Archbishop Chaput said. “That kind of faith changes lives and...READ MORE

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