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The Church and Science: The Right Place at the Right Time (4348)

Vatican stem-cell conference sheds light on ‘hand of God’ and dignity of life and Catholic teaching.

04/25/2013 Comments (5)

Editor's Note: On Register Radio April 26, Jeanette DeMelo will talk with Teresa Tomeo about the Vatican's Adult Stem Cell Conference. Listen here after 2pm Eastern Friday.

It made perfect sense to me as a practicing Catholic. 

What better place than the Vatican to hold the “Second Annual Conference on Adult Stem Cell Research” on regenerative medicine?  

After all, we as Catholics believe the Church contains the fullness of the truth, as revealed by God.   

We understand that we were made in God’s image and likeness, as revealed in Genesis. Every person is sacred and has dignity.

We also know God is the Great Physician and the Great Scientist. He created us, as it says in Psalm...READ MORE

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Columbus Diocese Takes Heat for Firing Lesbian Teacher (15818)

The lawyer for the fired gym teacher has filed an anti-discrimination complaint with the city’s Community Relations Commission and might also file a lawsuit.

04/25/2013 Comments (138)

St. Joseph's Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bishop Frederick Campbell and other school officials in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, could face criminal charges under the city of Columbus’ anti-discrimination laws for upholding the Church’s moral teachings on sexuality by firing a lesbian gym teacher.

The diocese has come under fire for terminating the contract of Carla Hale, 57, a physical education teacher employed for 19 years at Bishop Watterson High School, after learning of Hale’s “spousal relationship” with another woman. The diocese fired Hale after an unnamed Bishop Watterson parent forwarded to diocesan officials a local obituary for Hale’s mother Jeanne Roe, which listed Hale’s lesbian companion, Julie,...READ MORE

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JRR Tolkien: Three Amazing Quotes; Book Review: Jacob's Ladder by Dr. Peter Kreeft and More! (3941)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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J. R. R. Tolkien: Three Amazing Quotes by Matt Fradd of Catholic Answers website - Big Pulpit

Book Review, Jacob’s Ladder by Dr. Peter Kreeft: 10 Steps to Truth – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

What Makes a University “Catholic” – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Attacking the Roots of Abortion – Don Murray, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Remembering the Armenian Genocide - Big Pulpit

3 Prophetic Insights from Pope Leo XIII – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Pope Leo & St. Michael the Archangel – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Catholic Church in Africa: Vibrant, Young & Resilient – William L. Patenaude, The Catholic World Report

France and Same-Sex...READ MORE

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Eden Foods Sues HHS, Prompting Media Attacks and Boycott (6959)

The Michigan-based natural and organic food company’s Catholic president angers some liberal critics by filing suit against the HHS mandate.

04/24/2013 Comments (38)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Not every “crunchy” producer of organic foods is a social liberal, and this “shocking” truth has prompted calls for a boycott of Eden Foods, which has been accused of advancing a stealth “right-wing” agenda.   

Last month, Eden Foods, which dubs itself “the oldest natural and organic food company in North America,” and its Catholic president/co-founder, Michael Potter, filed suit in a Michigan federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services.

The suit charges that the federal contraception and abortifacient mandate “forces employers and individuals to violate their religious beliefs” and “attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Six-Figure Grant to ‘Catholics United’ Tried to Recruit Clergy (2554)

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave the Catholics United Education Fund $116,000 to recruit Catholic clergy to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

04/24/2013 Comments (4)

SAN FRANCISCO — The education fund of Catholics United, a Democrat-leaning group that has clashed with the U.S. bishops on several prominent issues, received a grant worth almost its entire 2011 budget to recruit Catholic clergy in key swing states to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave a $116,000 grant to the Catholics United Education Fund in November 2011 “to recruit and engage Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota” in support of the EPA’s “regulatory authority.”

The Catholics United Education Fund’s 2011 tax forms show total revenue of $116,200 for the year.

James Salt, executive director of the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Honored by Evangelicals for Leadership (2739)

Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview is recognizing Cardinal Dolan for his advocacy for religious freedom.

04/24/2013 Comment

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York.

NEW YORK CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will receive the 2013 William Wilberforce Award this weekend from a group of Christians for his leadership in standing up for religious freedom.

“I resonate with Cardinal Dolan as much as any public religious leader in our country today,” Timothy George, chairman of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, which is bestowing the award, told Catholic News Agency April 16.

“Cardinal Dolan has just been tremendous; he’s one of the major leaders, not just of the Catholic Church in the United States today, but of all Christians, and really all people of goodwill.”

George, who is also a Baptist minister and dean of Beeson Divinity...READ MORE

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Vatican Approves Miracle to Make John Paul II a Saint, The Boston Bombing Hidden Victim and More! (3521)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Vatican Approves Miracle to Make John Paul II a Saint. Follow the link by Andrea Tornielli to read more.

Vatican Approves Miracle to Make John Paul II a Saint by Andrea Tornielli - Big Pulpit

The Boston Bombing’s Hidden Victim - Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

Oh What A Tangled Web They Weave – Debi Vinnedge, Catholic Stand

A Pope Francis Sampler - John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Silence the Voices - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Really Old Medieval Cookbook Found - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Galloping Historical Illiteracy – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Beautiful Adoramus Te - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Santa Maria Assunta, Torcello, Italy – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Thomistic Analysis of Your 11 Passions – Taylor Marshall...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Christians to Remember Final Judgment (3261)

The Holy Father dedicated his Wednesday audience address to a phrase from the Nicene Creed, continuing a Year of Faith series started by Benedict XVI.

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Pope Francis gives his blessing at the Wednesday general audience on April 24.

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VATICAN CITY — Christians should not be frightened of the Final Judgment, but should let it affect how they live, Pope Francis told the 100,000 pilgrims who filled St. Peter’s Square April 24 for his general audience.

“Human history begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with the final judgment of Christ. We often forget these two poles of history, and, above all, faith in the return of Christ and the Final Judgment is sometimes not so clear and strong in the hearts of Christians,” Pope Francis said.

The crowd that turned out for the Wednesday audience was one of the largest yet, with the attendance reportedly surpassing expectations...READ MORE

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