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U.K. Bishops Regret ‘Gay Marriage’ Approval (4175)

Queen Elizabeth II approves Parliament’s redefinition of marriage, which the Catholic Bishops' Concerence of England and Wales calls ‘a profound social change.’

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LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British Parliament’s “gay marriage” bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a “profound social change” that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.

“Marriage has, over the centuries, been publicly recognized as a stable institution which establishes a legal framework for the committed relationship between a man and a woman and for the upbringing and care of their children,” read a July 17 statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. “It has, for this reason, rightly been recognized as unique and worthy of legal protection.”

The law would allow the contracting of...READ MORE

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Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Turns 25 (11118)

The group that broke away from the Society of St. Pius X celebrates fidelity to liturgical traditions and papal authority.

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Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb., the home base for the North American district of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

– Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

On June 30, 1988, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, and his associate, Bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer, consecrated four bishops in defiance of the wishes of Pope John Paul II.

While Archbishop Lefebvre’s desire to preserve the traditional Latin Mass amidst the onslaught of liturgical abuses was shared by Father Josef Bisig, an SSPX priest at the time, there was sharp disagreement on the method of preservation. Father Bisig did not think acting against a papal command was the right way to bring this about.

Two days after the illicit consecrations, Father Bisig, a native of Switzerland, along with 11 other priests and about 20 seminarians, announced...READ MORE

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When Clowns Attack; Meek Pious and Brave as a Lion; Josquin: Not as Good as Byrd and Much More! (3245)

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When Clowns Attack. Follow the link by Father John Zuhlsdorf of the What Does The Prayer Really Say blog to read more.

When Clowns Attack by Father John Zuhlsdorf of the What Does The Prayer Really Say blog - BigPulpit.com

In Defense of Preserving Readings in Latin – Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Josquin: Not as Good as Byrd – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

On Friendship – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s “Demeaning” DOMA Ruling – Dr. T. David Gordon, Catholic Lane

Could The Catholic and Orthodox Churches Be Reconciled Soon? – Byz Pulpit

Baptism and the Roman Mystery Cults – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Quæritur: What Is a Diocesan “Chancellor”? - Fr. Z’s Blog

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Defending Marriage in the Trenches (3542)

Maggie Gallagher recalls key moments in the fight against the redefinition of marriage and urges perseverance.

07/17/2013 Comments (17)

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

– maggiegallagher.com

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on two landmark marriage cases dismayed many Catholic leaders and other Americans. The decisions, which struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismissed an appeal to a lower-court decision overturning California’s Proposition 8 voter initiative, surprised and disappointed Maggie Gallagher, the co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

An author of numerous books, papers and columns about the importance of building a marriage culture in the U.S., Gallagher became an “accidental” activist in the increasingly polarized debate on same-sex “marriage.” A commentator and debater, she has focused on a child’s...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Urges Ireland and Britain to Value Every Human Life (2253)

Papal Day of Life message was released shortly after the Irish Parliament’s lower house approved a bill liberalizing abortion access.

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Model of an unborn child displayed in a teacher's hand.

– dayforlife.org

VATICAN CITY — Ahead of Day for Life Sunday in Britain and Ireland, Pope Francis has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics encouraging them to promote the profound value of all human life in their societies.

“Calling to mind the teaching of St. Irenaeus, that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, the Holy Father encourages all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognize the inestimable value of all human life,” he said in his July 17 message.

“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever and...READ MORE

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Late-Term Abortions Face Challenges Across the Nation (3106)

In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial, pro-life state legislators across the nation have passed laws restricting late-term abortions and improving facility standards.

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Pro-life supporters pray in the Texas State Capitol July 1 prior to the vote to prohibit abortions in Texas after 20 weeks of a woman's pregnancy.

– Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

AUSTIN, Texas — Last month, when Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, launched a 12-hour filibuster to block passage of a bill restricting late-term abortions, NARAL Pro-Choice America and its allies lauded her as a hero.

But legislation banning abortions in Texas after 20 weeks was later approved in a special July session, after thousands of pro-life activists flooded the State Capitol in Austin to show support for the bill, and was signed into law July 18 by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Further, pro-life legislation in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin could make 2013 a banner year for the pro-life movement.

The American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL are expected to challenge...READ MORE

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Bishop Catechists for World Youth Day 2013 Revealed (3039)

Nine U.S. bishops are among the more than 250 from around the world who will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims.

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Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

– Facebook/WYD Rio de Janeiro 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO — During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims from July 24-26.

“At the catecheses, we will have to limit the number of entries,” Father Leandro Lenin, director of World Youth Day’s pastoral preparation department, announced July 15.

Each session will take place from 9am to 1pm and will conclude with a Mass said by the bishop catechist. Throughout the morning, young people will be able to go to confession and ask questions of the bishops.

“Each catechesis has been designed for a certain group of pilgrims, and we will avoid, if possible, overloading any catechesis session,”...READ MORE

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Military Archbishop Welcomes Religious Freedom Coalition (2769)

New group was announced last week as Congress moved forward with legislation protecting religious action and speech.

07/17/2013 Comments (6)

U.S. Army soldiers presents Colors at morning Grotto Mass in Lourdes, France, on May 25.

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WASHINGTON — Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious belief and action among service members advances in Congress.

“The archdiocese looks forward to working closely as an ally as all seek to ensure the continued protection of the First Amendment rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion of the men and women of the United States military,” the U.S. archbishop for the Military Services Archdiocese said in a July 11 statement.

“No one who raises a right hand to defend the Constitution should sacrifice one of its fundamental principles.”

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