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Thousands of Prayerful Witnesses Dwarf Black Mass Turnout in Oklahoma City (2765)

Bishop Edward Slattery of neighboring Tulsa also held a Eucharistic procession, as well as exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Family Cathedral in his diocese, for reparation against blasphemy.

09/24/2014 Comment
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Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City carries the Eucharist in procession Sept. 21 to counter a black mass held at the city's civic music hall.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Thousands of Catholics across Oklahoma responded to a sparsely attended "black mass" in Oklahoma City with prayers, Eucharistic processions and demonstrations, as the city’s archbishop emphasized God's love and mercy.

“We are gathered as witnesses to hope at a time when darkness seems to be gaining ground both here and around the world,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a homily for a Holy Hour at Oklahoma City’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish on the afternoon of Sept. 21, which was attended by more than 2,000.

“We know that Christ is victorious! He has conquered Satan. He has destroyed the reign of sin and the power of death through his holy cross and glorious resurrection.”...READ MORE

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Ireland 2014: A Challenging Landscape for the Church (4158)

NEWS ANALYSIS: As a new national primate takes office, the local Church must address rampant secularization and the legacy of a series of clergy sexual-abuse scandals.

09/24/2014 Comments (23)
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St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, seat of the archbishop of Armagh, primate of all Ireland.

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DUBLIN — “In the name of the Most Holy Trinity, from whom is all authority and to whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and states must be referred, we, the people of Éire, humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our divine Lord, Jesus Christ, who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial ...”

These are the opening lines of the Irish Constitution. They imply that Ireland is a largely devout Catholic nation with a robust and healthy Church. But as a new archbishop of Armagh takes over as national primate, how accurately does this reflect the reality on the ground in 2014?

For most of the 20th century, the Church in Ireland looked very healthy, at least on the outside....READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Boxtrolls’ (6045)

The latest work of stop-motion creepiness from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman is an unpleasant slog embracing the worst clichés of contemporary family films.

09/24/2014 Comments (32)

The Boxtrolls is so defiantly weird and bleak, so committed to the bitter end to its grotesque aesthetic and chilly story, that even as the film crashes and burns you can’t help being moved by the hardworking stop-motion animators’ devotion to their craft.

There is very little here for viewers to love, but clearly the filmmakers loved it all: every crooked tread in every skewed staircase; every corrugation of the battered cardboard accouterments of the title creatures; every swollen pustule on the alarmingly inflamed face of the cheese-allergic villain.

Yet the lessons that should have learned from making Coraline and ParaNorman haven’t been learned. The crew at Laika have crafted a world...READ MORE

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Midterm Elections 2014: ‘Battle of the Brands’ (2849)

Political observers say there’s no clear-cut issue that stands out to galvanize voters for the November elections.

09/23/2014 Comments (10)

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State’s atrocities against Christians and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, as well as Russian aggression in Ukraine, have catapulted foreign policy into the fore as a leading issue for Catholics — as for other voters — in the 2014 midterm elections.

“This particular midterm election has several very dramatic issues that are hanging in the air, those being immigration, ISIS and the Ukraine, and these are not issues that will necessarily unite Catholic voters in a certain direction,” said Deal Hudson, the former director of Catholic outreach for the Republican National Committee under President George W. Bush.

Hudson told the Register that the traditional...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Rumor Mill Seeks to Undermine Synod on the Family (14894)

Media outlets with a bias against the Church are fueling expectations of a change in Church teaching, ‘which is impossible,’ the cardinal said.

09/23/2014 Comments (42)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA Sept. 15.

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VATICAN CITY — Next month’s synod on the family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church’s highest court.

“I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this synod,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura — the office which, among other things, handles annulment cases in the Church.

In particular, he told CNA in a recent interview, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favor of allowing holy Communion to be distributed to those who are...READ MORE

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Criticism of Abortion Funding in Obamacare Crosses Party Lines (2979)

Legislators on both sides of the aisle criticized the lack of transparency in the Affordable Care Act.

09/23/2014 Comments (6)
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Protesters stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Pro-life Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced condemnation for the findings of a recent report showing that federal subsidies are funding abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

“All of this is completely unacceptable,” stated Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., co-chairman of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

“Now, we see that provisions that were included in the law in regard to taxpayer funding of abortion and the promise of every American having the ability to purchase a plan on the exchange that didn’t cover abortion have not been implemented.”

The report was released Sept. 15 by the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan government watchdog. It...READ MORE

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Christians and Muslims Can Bring Light to Middle-East Darkness (3350)

Coptic Pope Tawadros II’s representative at the In Defense of Christians summit lays out what must be done to bring healing and reconciliation to end the persecutions and hatreds fueling the region’s conflicts.

09/23/2014 Comments (13)
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Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church

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WASHINGTON — Egypt’s Christians bring a valuable perspective when it comes to building bridges with Muslim leaders and working for peace, reconciliation and religious equality in the Middle East. They have faced down extremist violence and worked successfully with Muslim leaders in ways that could give hope to the rest of the Middle East.

Pope Tawadros II’s personal representative, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church, spoke to the Register in a wide-ranging interview after the historic inaugural summit held Sept. 9-11 in Washington. The summit was sponsored by the advocacy organization In Defense of Christians.

Bishop Angaelos addressed vital questions touching on the historic...READ MORE

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Ex-Imam: God Saved Me from Death after Christian Conversion; The Cry of the Poor; Francis and More! (2786)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2014 Comment

Click on Ex-Imam: God Saved Me from Death after Christian Conversion via CNA link to read more.

Ex-Imam: God Saved Me from Death after Christian Conversion via CNA – BigPulpit.com

Nun: Misery of Iraqi Christians Pierced My Heart Like a Knife – Doreen Abi Raad, The Catholic Herald

The Cry of the Poor – Melissa Seihan, Ignitum Today

Front Row With Pope Francis: The Church and Mercy – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Lane

'Gay Marriage' Affects You Personally, Even If You're Not Gay Nor Married by Joshua Bowman - BigPulpit.com

Sean Cardinal O’Malley: Pope Francis Brings Hope – Michael O’Loughlin, Crux

Killer Grandparents – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Saint John Chrysostom and Pope Francis: What They Have in Common – Jessica Archuleta, Catholic Exchange

Four Reasons Why...READ MORE

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