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Vatican Releases Working Document for October Synod (3038)

The Vatican’s newly released outline for the Synod on the Family touches on the nature of families and the current challenges they face.

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June 26 press conference at the Vatican Press Office announcing the release of the instrumentum laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Divided into three parts, the Vatican’s newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face.

Reflecting on the theme of “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” the Oct. 5-19 third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops was called by Pope Francis last fall in order to prepare for the ordinary synod in 2015.

Present at the June 26 press conference announcing the instrumentum laboris was Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, and relator general of the third...READ MORE

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Major FBI Arrest Highlights Problem of Human Trafficking (2971)

The crackdown on sex trafficking in 106 U.S. cities was labeled 'Operation Cross Country VIII' and was part of an ongoing effort to stop the exploitation of minors.

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A suspect is taken into custody by FBI agents in Jackson, Miss., during Operation Cross Country VIII.

– CNA/Federal Bureau of Investigation

WASHINGTON — The arrest of nearly 300 suspected pimps and the rescue of 168 children in a national bust of child sex-trafficking rings across the country has drawn attention to the problem of modern slavery.

“These are not children living in some faraway place, far from everyday life,” said FBI Director James Comey during a June 23 press conference in Washington. “These are our kids on our street corners, our truck stops, our motels. These are America’s children.”

“The lesson of Operation Cross Country is that our children are not for sale,” he stressed.

The crackdown on sex trafficking in 106 U.S. cities was labeled “Operation Cross Country VIII” and was part of an ongoing effort to...READ MORE

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Studies: Religious Identity May Hurt Job Applicants’ Chances (3009)

Self-identified Catholics, atheists and Muslims ranked at the bottom of one study, while another showed that résumés that mentioned a religious affiliation were 25% less likely to generate a response from a prospective employer.

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HARTFORD — Two studies suggest that religious self-identification on a job applicant’s résumé can harm his or her job prospects, with Catholics receiving almost as few responses to job applications as Muslims in some parts of the United States.

“What we found is that, when applying for a job, it’s better not to mention religion at all — but employers really don’t want you to mention being a Muslim,” University of Connecticut sociology professor Michael Wallace told the UConn Today blog June 16.

Wallace is co-author of two studies on religious discrimination in job applications: one focused on New England and another on the South.

The Southern study, published in the journal Social...READ MORE

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What If Pope Francis Surprises Us Once More? Are We Living in the End Times? and Much More! (4886)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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What if Pope Francis Surprises Us Once More? by Andrea Gagliarducci - BigPulpit.com

Beauty for Truth’s Sake, A Book Linking Liturgy and Education - David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Are We Living in the End Times? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

What Is Distributism? An Alternative to Socialism and Plutocracy – Joseph Pearce, Aleteia

Two Simple Tips to Stop Losing Battles Over Marriage – David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Chapel Veils: A Re-Emerging Tradition – Veils by Lily

Street Preachers: Giving Christianity a Bad Name – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Why Catholic Faith Shutting Down in Europe and America - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Pope Francis La Vanguardia...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Massachusetts Buffer-Zone Ordinance (3526)

The high court’s narrow ruling in McCullen v. Coakley is welcome news to pro-lifers, but it may have limited application.

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WASHINGTON — On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts’s 35-foot “buffer zone” that separates pro-life counselors from the entrance to abortion facilities violates First Amendment free-speech rights.

“The buffer zones burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the commonwealth’s asserted interests,” stated Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in a unanimous decision.

Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas, wrote a concurring opinion that agreed with the majority’s judgment but was sharply critical of the reasoning behind the court’s narrow ruling, which will likely have limited application.

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IRS Ordered to Pay $50,000 to National Organization for Marriage (1714)

A federal court awarded the pro-marriage group the money due to the disclosure of confidential tax documents.

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WASHINGTON — A federal court has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to pay $50,000 to the National Organization for Marriage due to the leak of confidential tax documents, but the organization has called for further investigation to determine the extent of the wrongdoing.

“Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they, in fact, were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information,” National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman said June 24.

“While we are very pleased that the IRS has been exposed as being responsible for this leak of our confidential information to our political opponents, we believe the IRS may still be...READ MORE

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Democratic Lawmakers Push ‘Pro-Abortion Agenda on Steroids’ (7713)

Quiet support builds in the U.S. Senate and House for a bill that would override every pro-life law on the books.

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WASHINGTON — A boom in state laws restricting and regulating abortion over the past three years has some abortion advocates quietly building support to overturn all of them, with federal legislation far more sweeping than the original Roe v. Wade decision.

Since its first introduction by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the abortion-deregulation bill called the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) has gained 34 co-sponsors in the Senate and 116 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives — all of them Democrats.

The proposed law (S. 1696) involves such sweeping deregulation of the abortion industry that pro-life advocates dubbed it the “Gosnell Prerogative Act,” referring to abortionist...READ MORE

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Holy See Bolsters Financial Transparency in Agreement With Argentina (1854)

Vatican watchdog continues to strengthen.

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Rene Bruelhart (l), director of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, speaks at the Vatican Press Office.

– CNA/Daniel Ibanez

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s financial watchdog signed a memorandum of understanding with its Argentine counterpart Tuesday, extending and bolstering its anti-money-laundering reforms.

For the first time, the signing of such a memorandum took place within the Vatican. It was signed by the director of the Holy See’s Financial Information Authority, Rene Bruelhart, and the president of Argentina’s Unidad de Informacion Financera (AIF), Jose Sbattella, in Palazzo San Carlo, the AIF’s headquarters.

“We are very pleased to have signed this memorandum of understanding with Argentina today,” Bruelhart stated June 24. “This is an important step to further expand the network to support global...READ MORE

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