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Variety Gives Church Its Richness, Pope Francis Teaches (2593)

Pope Francis says the Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit in which God works.

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Pope Francis during his general audience. May 15, 2013.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Church is the temple of God and its many and varied members enrich it, Pope Francis taught at his general audience this week at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
“It is, moreover, the Holy Spirit with his gifts, who designs the variety. This is important: what does the Holy Spirit do in our midst? He designs the variety,” the Bishop of Rome said June 26.
“The variety which is the richness of the Church and unites everything and everyone, so as to constitute a spiritual temple, in which we offer not material sacrifices, but us ourselves, our life.”
Noting that Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, calls the Church a temple, Pope Francis said this...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bars Dissident Priest From Speaking on Archdiocesan Property (6564)

The archdiocese would not allow a visiting priest to speak at a Catholic parish because the subjects of the talk are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks with CNA in Rome on Feb. 4.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA.

BOSTON — The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic teaching.

“It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at Church events when those individuals promote positions that are contrary to Catholic teachings,” spokesman Terrance Donilon said in a statement provided to CNA.

Father Helmut Schüller, who was set to speak at St. Susanna parish in Dedham, Mass., on July 17, is the founder of the...READ MORE

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Family Advocates Say Marriage Ruling Ignores Children (2265)

President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors said it is time for Christians ‘to rise up and renew their efforts to protect marriage and strengthen the families in their communities.’

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Rev. William Owens Sr., president of the Coalition of African-American pastors

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

WASHINGTON — As the Supreme Court handed down its historic rulings on same-sex “marriage,” an array of family advocates are warning that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.

“The Supreme Court … neglected our most precious children, who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development,” William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said June 26, shortly after the decisions were handed down.

“The African-American community has already been plagued with problems related to children growing up in single-parent households. This ruling will only accelerate the further erosion of our communities and...READ MORE

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We Need a Humanae Vitae for Marriage (10708)


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Pope Paul VI

– Wikipedia

Forty-five years ago, on July 25, 1968, the Roman Catholic Church, and specifically Pope Paul VI, shocked the world with a beautifully bold document: Humanae Vitae.

As the world — and especially the West — went full throttle ahead in a hysterical push for birth control, abortion and various other “progressive” nostrums, the document stood athwart history, yelling, “Stop!”

Here, said the magisterium, was one Church, one institution that would not swim along with the cultural tide. The rest of the world might madly and heartily embrace this or that new “freedom,” new “right,” new so-called “good,” but the Church founded 2,000 years ago by Jesus Christ was not going to do so.


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Dr. Peter Kreeft on Catholic Phony, Ugliness and Disorder Can Enhance the Whole Beauty and More! (4211)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Dr. Peter Kreeft on Catholic Phony. Follow the link by Ben of Two Catholic Men and a Blog to read more.

Dr. Peter Kreeft on Catholic Phony by Ben of Two Catholic Men and a Blog - BigPulpit.com

Ugliness and Disorder Can Enhance the Whole Beauty - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Guess Who’s Back Professing? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Power Is Made Perfect in Weakness - Sr. Theresa Noble, Pursued by Truth

Attack on Marriage: Punditry and Analysis Roundup Special - BigPulpit.com

Who is Obsessed With Sex? - Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Being Selfish and the New Evangelization - Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Purity Culture and Abstinence Only Sex Ed. – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Catholic School Incisive, Not Divisive - Tom Purcell, Catholic Lane


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Attack on Marriage: A Roundup of the Best Punditry and Analysis in the Catholic Blogosphere (3213)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/26/2013 Comment

Attack on Marriage: A Roundup of the Best Punditry and Analysis in the Catholic Blogosphere

Cardinal Dolan: Striking Down D. O. M. A. a “Profound Injustice” - Matthew Schmitz, First Thoughts

Fr. Joseph Fessio Laments SCOTUS Rulings: God Help Us - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Supreme Mistake: The Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Unions - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (DC) Blog

The Supreme Court on 'Gay Marriage': A Quandary of Confusion - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Further Thoughts on “What Is Marriage?” - John S. Hamlon, The CWR Blog

What Price Marriage? - John S. Hamlon, The Catholic World Report

The Aggrandizing Court - David Mills, First Thoughts

Windsor and Perry - Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice

Homosexuality and Doctrine - Ron...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Personally Initiated Vatican Bank Commission (2576)

Pope Francis appointed a 'board' of five members to report to him about the legal position and the activities of the Religious Works Institute in order to 'harmonize the institute with the universal mission of the Apostolic See.'

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Lauren Cater

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 5.

– Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — The appointment of a new pontifical commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican Bank, was desired expressly by the Pope, local sources say.

This was “Pope Francis’ personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, told Catholic News Agency on June 26.

The possibility of a reform or even of an abolition of the Institute for Religious Works was raised during the pre-conclave meetings of cardinals in March.

Once elected pope, Francis followed some of the suggestions that emerged during the pre-conclave...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Overturns Part of DOMA, Dismisses Proposition 8 Case (8734)

In a pair of 5-4 decisions, the court delivers two legal blows against the traditional definition of marriage.

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WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 decision on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling that it denied legally married same-sex couples equal protection under the law.

In a separate 5-4 decision on the Proposition 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the high court found that the citizens’ group that appealed a lower-court ruling striking down the 2008 California voter initiative that defined marriage as between one man and one woman did not have standing to bring the case to the Ninth Circuit. The justices directed that the case be remanded to the San Francisco district court that ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

The rulings were not a...READ MORE

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