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Hate Group’s Presence Shocks Attendees at Priest’s Funeral (7638)

Protest brings dismay.

06/24/2014 Comments (16)
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Funeral Mass of Father Kenneth Walker of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Paxico, Kan., June 20.

– CNA/Kate Veik

SALINA, Kan. — People who attended the funeral for Father Kenneth Walker were dismayed at the presence of picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church on June 20 near Paxico, Kan.

As mourners filed into Sacred Heart Catholic Church, members of the hate group stood nearby holding signs and singing songs in order to broadcast their message, which is often vulgar.

A priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter, Father Walker, 28, was shot and killed while coming to the aid of Father Joseph Terra at their parish, Mater Misercordiae Mission, in Phoenix on June 11. Father Terra, 56, suffered several injuries but was released from the hospital on June 16.

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Massachusetts Monks’ Brewery Preserves Roots and Helps Others (6787)

‘Spencer Trappist Ale’ is getting a lot of attention.

06/24/2014 Comments (6)
Justin Bell

Spencer Brewery director Father Isaac stands in front of cases of Spencer Trappist Ale, the first certified Trappist beer made outside of Europe.

– Justin Bell

SPENCER, Mass. — The new brew from St. Joseph’s Abbey has been highly rated by beer aficionados, earning praise at such venues as RateBeer.com.

“Spencer Trappist Ale” made its commercial debut earlier this year as part of Spencer Brewery; it is the first certified Trappist beer made outside of Europe.

The certification comes from the International Trappist Association, a group started by the eight Trappist breweries in Europe in 1997 to safeguard the “Trappist” name and establish standards for monastic communities to follow.

 

Getting Started

So how did these monks get into the beer-making business?

The story started in 2009.

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Pope Francis on Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics, Vocations: The Elijah's Cup and More! (5792)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/24/2014 Comment

Follow Pope Francis: Rigid Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics "Aren't Really Catholics" by Kathy Schiffer link to read more.

Pope Francis: Rigid Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics "Aren't Really Catholics" by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

The Perfect Movie for Dads and Sons – John Zmirak, Aleteia

Vocations: The Elijah’s Cup – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Meet the Pope’s Unlikely Celebrity Fans – Madeleine Teahan, The Catholic Herald

Worshiping Together – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

A Black Catholic Church: Fighting for Relevance and Survival – David L. Gray, Aleteia

Can Prayer Bring World Peace? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

The Resurrection of Jesus: How Can We Know It’s True - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Is Spain Regaining Its Faith? – Filip Mazurczak, First Things

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Kidnapping of Israeli Teens Is Another Difficult Situation for Holy Land Christians (2972)

Palestinian Christians remain caught in the middle between the actions of Palestinian extremists and the Israeli government’s attempts to combat them.

06/23/2014 Comments (1)
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A printer makes posters of the three missing teenagers at his workshop on June 23 in Jerusalem. Israeli soldiers have so far detained more than 300 suspects in the search for three teenagers who went missing in Jewish settlements in the West Bank on June 12.

– Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

JERUSALEM — Palestinian Christians say a massive search-and-rescue operation being carried out by Israeli security forces in search of three missing Israeli teenagers believed to have been kidnapped in the West Bank is causing them, like all Palestinians, a great deal of anxiety.

“We Christians are Palestinians, and so we feel what all Palestinians are feeling,” Bishop William Shomali, the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told the Register. “While our Christian communities and institutions have not been directly affected” by the military raids, “there is a general feeling of unrest. All of us feel the situation is deteriorating.”

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A Solemnity of Life, Light and Love (1690)

COMMENTARY: 750 Years of the Feast of Corpus Christi

06/23/2014 Comments (1)
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St. Juliana of Liege was instrumental in the establishment of the feast of Corpus Christi.

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The annual celebration of Corpus Christi — the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ — which the Church celebrated on Sunday, marks 750 years since it was extended to the whole Church.

Corpus Christi originated through Our Lord’s communication with St. Juliana of Liege. Soon after, on Sept. 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV, a former archdeacon of the Belgian Diocese of Leige, made it a universal feast on the occasion of the Eucharistic miracle of Orvieto-Bolsena.

In his general audience conference on Nov.17, 2010, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI described St. Juliana’s Eucharistic focus, called it a veritable “Eucharistic Upper Room” and presented it as a model Eucharistic diocese for our times.

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Presbyterian Denomination's Marriage Redefinition Draws Criticism (2149)

The critics predict this departure from Christian orthodoxy will accelerate the continuing decline in Presbyterian church membership.

06/23/2014 Comments (9)

DETROIT — The general assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to allow its ministers to perform same-sex “marriages” and to redefine marriage as a “commitment between two people,” drawing objections that it is moving away from Christian orthodoxy.

“Only declining denominations reject historic Christian standards, and in nearly every case, that rejection reinforces the decline,” Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy said June 19.

“Who respects a church that only echoes the secular world?” asked Tooley, whose interdenominational organization aims to support orthodox theology and practice in mainline Protestant denominations.

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French High Court to Hear Euthanasia Case (1666)

The government recommends that Vincent Lambert, 39, severely injured six years ago, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him alive.

06/23/2014 Comments (1)
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France's national emblem

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PARIS — An official with France’s highest court has said that a minimally conscious, severely injured man should be denied food and hydration, countering prior rulings that doing so would violate his right to life.

Remi Keller, public rapporteur with France’s Council of State, issued a recommendation that Vincent Lambert, 39, had no hope of recovery or enjoying a positive effect from the food or hydration that is keeping him alive.

Keller’s recommendation now goes to the court’s highest panel, composed of 17 judges. They will issue a final decision Tuesday concerning whether to end Lambert’s life, the BBC reported.

Lambert was incapacitated in a car accident six years ago.

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Pope Francis: ‘Excommunicated’ Mafia Adore Evil and Must Be Fought (3713)

The Holy Father went into mafia-controlled Calabria to say adoring Jesus in the Eucharist is key to fighting evil and injustice.

06/23/2014 Comments (2)
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– Sabrina Fusco/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made a day trip Saturday into Italy’s Calabria region, a fearsome mafia stronghold, where he denounced the crime lords and their servants as “excommunicated” and “adorers of evil,” during his evening Mass homily, condemning them for their dishonesty and violence.

“When adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens to personal interest. ... When one does not adore the Lord, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live by dishonesty and violence,” Pope Francis said June 21 at the outdoor Mass in Sibari, Italy.

“Your land, so beautiful, knows the signs of the consequences of this sin. The Ndrangheta [Calabrian mafia] is...READ MORE

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