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Catholics on the Ukraine-Russia Border Face Suffering and Uncertainty (2487)

The war with Russia has brought ‘incredible devastation’ to Odessa, Auxiliary Bishop Jacek Pyl said.

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Auxiliary Bishop Jacek Pyl of the Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol

– CNA/Aid to the Church in Need

ODESSA, Ukraine — For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said.

“We pray for a solution which would create a new civilization that does not turn to force to resolve problems, but finds ways through dialogue and mutual respect to build a new society,” Bishop Jacek Pyl, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, told Christian charity group Aid to the Church in Need Sept. 4.

“This war actually created unbelievable wounds within marriages and families — the society and the churches. So we pray for healing and reconciliation, because it...READ MORE

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Ten Commandments vs. the Establishment Clause (4641)

COMMENTARY: The endorsement test has proven itself unworkable in cases involving public displays of religion.

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The Ten Commandments monument in Bloomfield, N.M., is situated in a public park alongside several other monuments.

– adfmedia.org

The law governing religious freedom is a mess — and that’s bad for religion and U.S. government.

U.S. District Court Judge James Parker of the New Mexico Circuit ruled recently that the city of Bloomfield, N.M., had to remove a monument containing the text of the Ten Commandments, because its placement on public grounds violated the requirement of the Establishment Clause.

But as the judge candidly admitted, the case was a close call and could have easily gone the other way if the facts were only slightly different. The jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court regarding when it is constitutionally permissible to display a religious symbol on public property, Justice Clarence Thomas...READ MORE

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Irish Church’s New Primate ‘Humbled’ by Appointment (1467)

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh succeeds Cardinal Sean Brady as primate of Ireland, who resigned at the customary age of 75.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh

– armagharchdiocese.org

ARMAGH, Northern Ireland — As Cardinal Sean Brady resigns at the customary age of 75, newly appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland Eamon Martin says he is looking forward to shepherding his new flock.

“I genuinely feel honored to assume the role of ‘shepherd’ in the Archdiocese of Armagh. I look forward to serving the people of 61 parishes in the counties of Armagh, Derry, Louth and Tyrone,” Archbishop Martin said in a Sept. 8 statement announcing his appointment.

“I feel humbled to be following in the footsteps of St. Patrick, and like him, I pray for God’s strength to pilot me; God’s wisdom to guide me; God’s shield to protect me.”

Named a coadjutor of the Armagh...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Releases Official Prayer and Image for World Meeting of Families (4317)

Pope Francis is expected to attend the World Meeting of Families, set for Sept. 22-27, 2015.

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The World Meeting of Families’ official image


PHILADELPHIA — The official prayer and image for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year have been released to aid pilgrims in spiritual preparation for the upcoming event.

“The prayer and iconic image will inspire everyone as we continue to prepare for the 2015 World Meeting of Families,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia as he unveiled the prayer and image at a Sept. 7 Mass.

”With their focus on enriching and re-energizing the spiritual life of families — both Catholic and non-Catholic alike, I’m hopeful that this prayer and image can help all of us to examine our minds and hearts and deepen our relationships with God and our families in meaningful ways.”


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Papal-Blessing Proceeds Will Soon Go to Poor — Not Shopkeepers (2637)

Tha papal almoner said the Vatican will directly handle the certificates starting in January 2015.

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Papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski

– CNA/ANSA/L’Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Papal-blessing certificates, often bought to mark weddings and first Communions, will soon only be available for purchase directly from the Vatican, where the funds will be allocated to charity.

Come January 2015, local shops surrounding the Vatican will be prohibited from selling scrolls that have been blessed by the Pope.

Until now, shops have sold the scrolls to tourists and pilgrims for anywhere between 10 and 50 euros, with only three euros going to the Office of Papal Charities.

Last April, papal almoner Archbishop Kondrad Krajewski wrote a letter informing shopkeepers that the scrolls would no longer be available for purchase outside of the Vatican. The reason...READ MORE

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Suit to Restrict Pulpit Speech Dismissed (7624)

An atheist organization’s attempt to utilize the IRS to restrict clergy’s First Amendment right to preach against politicians and policies that contradict the Gospel appears to have misfired.

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WASHINGTON — The Constitution forbids restraint of speech. Nevertheless, clergy claim the Internal Revenue Service has a tool that restrains what gets preached from the pulpit.

It’s called fear.

“The IRS threatens the life of the church,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Blomberg represented Milwaukee’s Holy Cross Anglican Church and its pastor, Rev. Patrick Malone, in a high-profile, three-party lawsuit that also included the IRS and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF v. Koskinen). The FFRF wanted a federal court to force the IRS to penalize churches and clergy that tell members how they should vote.

The suit was...READ MORE

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The Rising, Dangerous Influence of Transgender Ideology; What Enables a Marriage to Endure and More! (3529)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the The Rising, Dangerous Influence of Transgender Ideology by Phil Lawler link to read more.

The Rising, Dangerous Influence of Transgender Ideology by Phil Lawler – BigPulpit.com

Go and Call Your Husband: What Enables a Marriage to Endure? – Dr. Peter Kahn, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Popular Pontificate of Pope Francis: Two Views – Fr. Z’s Blog

Giving Thanks for Our Meals Publicly, Don’t Shy Away – J. D. Mullane, OSV Newsweekly

Just Friends Is Just Stupid – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

The Beauty of Chastity Today – Carolyn Humphreys OCDS, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Ryan T. Anderson Responds to the Redefinition of Marriage – One Peter 5

New Cancer Study and the Media Can’t Handle the Truth – Meghan McNally, Catholic Vote

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The Matter of the Crux (6427)

Veteran Catholic journalist John Allen discusses his new venture with The Boston Globe.

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John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe

– Wikipedia

John Allen was the longtime Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and an author of nine books on Catholic subjects. He is now an associate editor of The Boston Globe and has helped to launch Crux — a Catholic website sponsored by the Globe that focuses on national and internal news and commentary — that went live Sept. 2.

As Pope Francis calls on the faithful to go to the “fringes” and engage alienated Catholics and others who are indifferent or skeptical of the Church’s claims, the Globe’s new initiative, with Allen in the driver’s seat, has drawn the support of Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, as well as Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Cardinal George Pell of...READ MORE

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