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Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Bill Stalls in Illinois Legislature (1563)

‘This is a tremendous victory for the grassroots in Illinois,’ according to National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois bill to redefine marriage came to a halt in the last days of the legislative session, leading marriage advocates to criticize the notion that same-sex “marriage” is inevitable.

“This is a tremendous victory for the grassroots in Illinois,” said National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown on Jan. 4.

“Thousands of people of faith telephoned, emailed and wrote to senators to oppose the redefinition of marriage,” he explained. “They overcome the machine that so often rules in Illinois politics, and they showed that nothing is inevitable about same-sex ‘marriage.’”
 


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Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Embryonic Stem-Cell Funding (1634)

On Jan. 7, the high court declined to hear an appeal in a case charging that public funding of embryo-destroying stem-cell research violates federal law.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case from two adult stem-cell researchers challenging taxpayer funding of experimentation that destroys human embryos.

“Today’s refusals by the Supreme Court to hear our case is not the ending of our cause,” said Dr. James Sherley.

“Instead, it provides a new basis for educating the world that embryos are living human beings, worthy of all the safeguards provided to other human-research subjects.”

Researcher Theresa Deisher added that the legal fight, although unsuccessful, “brought adult stem cells to the forefront of many scientists’ minds and contributed significantly to the adult stem-cell progress and focus that many...READ MORE

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The Devil's Secret Silence, On Feasting and Fasting: It's Still Christmastime and More! (2405)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Priests For Life Wins Battle to Stop H. H. S. Mandate’s Fines. Follow the link by Steven Ertelt to read more.

The Devil’s Secret Silence – Daniel Burke, Integrated Catholic Life™

On Feasting and Fasting: It’s Still Christmastime – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Archaeologists Unearth Myra: Home of St. Nicholas – Tristyn Bloom, First Things/First Thoughts

A Catholic Teaching Précis on Homosexuality and Homosexual Acts – Mark S. Latkovic S. T. D., Truth and Charity Forum

Why Does God Not Answer My Prayer? – Mystics of the Church

Dealing with Depression Via Your Catholic Faith – Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

The Sounds of Heaven: Five Examples of Gorgeous Christian Music – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Cultural Assimilation: A Threat to Catholic Identity – James Kalb,...READ MORE

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Legal Reform Emphasized During National Migration Week (652)

The U.S. bishops’ Migration Committee is calling for prayer and action during National Migration Week to ease the struggles of immigrants coming to America.

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USCCB prayer card requesting St. Juan Diego’s intercession on behalf of migrants and immigrants.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration is calling for prayer and action during National Migration Week to ease the struggles of immigrants coming to America.

“Catholics have a responsibility to welcome newcomers into our communities and parishes, help them integrate and provide material and spiritual support that will allow them to flourish,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the committee.

“National Migration Week is an opportunity for the Church to remember and reflect on these obligations,” he explained in a Jan. 2 statement.

Begun more than 25 years ago by the U.S. bishops, National Migration Week is observed in dioceses throughout America on...READ MORE

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Pope Asks Diplomats to Seek Peace, Appeals for Syria (1227)

On Jan. 7, representatives from nearly 180 countries gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia to hear the Holy Father’s traditional address to Vatican diplomats.

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual address to Vatican ambassadors Jan. 7.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter” in Syria and stressed the “grave responsibility” to work for peace around the word.

On Jan. 7, ambassadors and diplomats from nearly 180 countries gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia to hear the Pope’s traditional address to members of the diplomatic corps who are accredited to the Holy See.

The Pope lamented the “dreadful suffering” of civilians in Syria, a country he said is “torn apart by endless slaughter.”

“I renew my appeal for a ceasefire and the inauguration as quickly as possible of a constructive dialogue aimed at putting an...READ MORE

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Texas Ban on Planned Parenthood Funds Takes Effect (2681)

The abortion-related move follows the state’s dispute with the Obama administration that resulted in a denial of millions of dollars in federal funds for a Texas women’s health initiative.

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AUSTIN, Texas — A new Texas law that bars state funds for organizations that perform or promote abortion, including Planned Parenthood, took effect in the state Jan. 1.

The move follows the state’s dispute with the Obama administration that resulted in a denial of millions of dollars in federal funds for a Texas women’s health initiative.

On Dec. 31, a state district judge rejected a Planned Parenthood request for a temporary restraining order against the law, which the state Legislature passed in 2011.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who signed the bill into law, praised the decision.

He said the ruling “finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed...READ MORE

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Pledge to Pray Daily Rosary Draws 80,000 Signatures (1112)

More than 80,000 people have made the pledge, with their names recorded in a book presented to Pope Benedict XVI.

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Father John Phalen presents a book of Rosary pledge names to Pope Benedict XVI.

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BOSTON — More than 80,000 people have pledged to pray the Rosary daily, with their names recorded in a book presented to Pope Benedict XVI in December.

Father John Phalen said the presentation was “a special opportunity.”

“It was an honor to present His Holiness with the book and ask his apostolic blessing on our ministry,” he said in a Jan. 3 statement.

The book contains the names of those from around the world who have pledged to pray the Rosary daily.

“There are even pledges in languages we can't understand, like some of those from India and Bangladesh,” Father Phalen said.

Family Rosary, a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries, marked its 70th anniversary in 2012. It...READ MORE

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Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: 'We Were Wrong', and More! (3129)

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Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: We Were Wrong. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson to read more.

Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: We Were Wrong by Carl E. OlsonBig Pulpit

Can I Trust Opus Dei? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Legislation Creating “Same-Sex Marriage”: What’s At Stake? – Francis Cardinal George O. M. I.. Truth and Charity Forum

Theology of Waiting: Why We Should Embrace Delayed Gratification – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Interview: Singer-Songwriter Audrey Assad – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Modern Man Has Lost His Way: Western Heritage of Christ and Socrates – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

A Different Kind of Sex – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Spanking and Abortion – Donald R. McClarey,...READ MORE

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