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Immigration, Patriotism and the Common Good (7432)

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An opponent of allowing undocumented migrants to remain in the United States engages with a counter-protestor during a July 4 protest in Murrieta, Calif. Earlier, protesters turned away buses carrying about 140 immigrants who had been apprehended in Texas.

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Earlier this week, Fox News was kind enough to publish a commentary by me and my co-author, Jason Jones, where we wrote:

Today we face a moral and political crisis on our borders, where the well-being and even the lives of innocent children are endangered, along with the principles of national sovereignty and public order. Responses across the political spectrum have been at best bumbling, and at worst profoundly cynical.

We must be completely blunt about the real-world, often-selfish interests that underlie the public positions presented on this issue. In the spirit of St. Augustine, who candidly called pagan Roman rulers “a band of robbers” who had robed themselves in law, let me call...READ MORE

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What the Singing-Sensation Nun Can Teach Us About Evangelization (4341)

Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example for the faithful about how to share the Gospel with the world.

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ROME -- A priest at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has said Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example of how the Church must go out to the existential peripheries.

"What Sister Cristina has done can be considered going out to the peripheries, because she has gone to a different stage to bear witness to her choice of life, and in this sense, I think she has hit the target," Father Alejandro Diaz, a Colombian, said in a recent interview with CNA.

Like Sister Cristina, he explained, "we have to come out of ourselves to speak of God to others, not in the abstract, but about what God has done in our lives."

At the beginning of June, the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell Announces Vatican Financial Reforms (3548)

Appointing a new director of the Vatican Bank and the hiring of a British peer to consult on Vatican media operations are among the developments in the ongoing reform of the Roman Curia.

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Cardinal George Pell

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VATICAN CITY — The first significant developments in Pope Francis’ efforts to reform the Roman Curia were revealed at the Vatican Wednesday, including the appointing of a new president of the Vatican Bank and the hiring of a British peer to advise on reforming the Vatican’s media operations.

The initial reforms, announced by Cardinal George Pell of Australia, will focus on: the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), which handles assets belonging to the Holy See, the Holy See’s media operations, the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican Bank, and the Vatican pension fund.

“A vast amount of planning has been done,” Cardinal Pell, who is...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal george pell, catholic faith, financial tranparency, pope francis, roman curia, vatican bank

Cardinal Dolan: N.Y. Times Adds to Long History of Anti-Catholic Bigotry in the U.S. (16389)

The New York archbishop said in a July editorial that the ad suggests that the justices’ Catholic faith makes it impossible for them ‘to protect the cherished Constitution they have sworn on a Bible to uphold.’

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

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NEW YORK — A New York Times ad criticizing Catholic Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious-freedom case is part of a long history of anti-Catholic bigotry in the U.S., Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said.

“In keeping with a long, shadowy, legacy of antipathy, justices who happen to be Catholics … are branded and bullied by a group who only succeed in providing the latest example of a prejudice that has haunted us for centuries,” Cardinal Dolan said in his July 3 column for Catholic New York.

The cardinal facetiously thanked the Freedom From Religion Foundation for giving him “yet another handout” for his talks on anti-Catholic bigotry in the United...READ MORE

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Study Urges Education About Down Syndrome to Further Acceptance (3270)

The vast majority of prenatal diagnoses of the genetic disorder result in abortion, and the authors of the study hope to change that.

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Boy with Down syndrome in a classroom

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WASHINGTON — A new study examines society’s response to Down syndrome and offers recommendations, particularly education in the medical field, to improve the lives of individuals with the genetic condition.

“Ninety-nine percent of individuals diagnosed with Down syndrome report being happy with their lives. Studies also show that their joy has a ripple effect in their families and communities,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which published the study.

The Lozier Institute is the education and research arm of the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List.

“The impact of these unique men and women has recently been spotlighted in the media — everywhere...READ MORE

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When Hipsters Go to Church: Say Millenial in Latin? Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem and More! (3751)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow When Hipsters Go to Church: Say Millenial in Latin? by Nicholas G. Hahn III to read more.

When Hipsters Go to Church: Say Millenial in Latin? by Nicholas G. Hahn III - BigPulpit.com

The Sacred Heart and the Purifying of Our Emotions – Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem - Jo Anna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

The Counter-Culture - David Warren, The Catholic Thing

Three Fallacies in the “Dress Code Debates” by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

Neo Beuronese Sacred Art from San Diego – David Clayton, Way of Beauty

The Importance of Play – Autumn Jones, Catholic Stand

Confessions of a Catholic Convert – Haley Stewart, Catholic Exchange

Charles Carroll of Carrollton-Faith and Freedom - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Provides Temporary Reprieve to Wheaton College in HHS Case, Stirring Attacks (3841)

The high court issued a temporary injunction until the Illinois college’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate is resolved, but three female justices sharply attacked the decision.

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WASHINGTON — On July 3, four days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two for-profit employers who argued that the Department of Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate violated their free-exercise rights, six justices approved a temporary injunction in another HHS lawsuit brought by Wheaton College, sparking applause and outrage.

“On the eve of Independence Day, we are grateful to God that the Supreme Court has made a wise decision in protecting our religious liberty — at least until we have an opportunity to make our full case in court,” Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, said in a statement.

But partisan groups opposed to exemptions for religious employers...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Leader Believes Tide Is Turning in Europe (4903)

Luca Volonte, the former chairman of the Popular Christian Democrats to the Council of Europe, said pro-life marches on the continent are slowly achieving their desired effect.

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Luca Volonte

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ROME — One of Europe’s leading pro-life figures believes a sea change in public opinion in favor of a culture of life is under way, but the momentum needs to be maintained, primarily by younger generations.

In an interview with the Register, Luca Volonte, a former Italian parliamentarian and chairman of the Popular Christian Democrats to the Council of Europe, says the increase in popularity for pro-life marches on the continent has been an unexpected boon of the past five years.

Volonte, who has been at the forefront of campaigns to uphold natural marriage and the family in Europe, was interviewed during a break at a conference on the Church’s approach to poverty and her “preferential...READ MORE

Filed under capitalism, catholic social teaching, culture of life, europe, pope francis, post-christian europe, pro-life march, st. john paul ii

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