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Obama’s Executive Order Tramples Values of Faith-Based Agencies (7581)

COMMENTARY: Severing the Roots of the Tree of Liberty

07/28/2014 Comments (16)
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U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order on workplace discrimination July 21 at the White House in Washington. The executive order bars workplace discrimination in the federal government and its contracting agencies on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Thirty-eight years ago, U.S. Reps. Bella Abzug and Edward Koch of New York introduced the Equality Act, a bill that sought to include homosexuals as protected classes under federal civil-rights laws. It did not pass that year or ever.

In 1994, the Equality Act morphed into the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Gerry Studds and Sen. Ted Kennedy, both of Massachusetts. ENDA has now been proposed in 10 sessions of Congress. It also has never passed.

On July 21, President Obama sidestepped Congress and signed a version of ENDA into law. His executive order bars federal contractors, including faith-based agencies, from discriminating based on sexual...READ MORE

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Evangelicals Praise Pope Francis’ Promotion of the Gospel (6881)

As Pope Francis makes a historic visit to a Pentecostal church in Italy, U.S. evangelicals reflect on the Pope’s challenge to all Christians to have an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.

07/28/2014 Comments (11)
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WASHINGTON — As Pope Francis visits a evangelical Protestant church in Italy today and is expected to offer an apology for the sins of Catholics, evangelical leaders in the United States who met him recently have praised him for promoting a deeper understanding between Christians and a focus on having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis is set to  preach at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, a church about 130 miles south of Rome, which is run by pastor Giovanni Traettino, whom he knew from Buenos Aires,.

After the visit was announced, Brian Stiller, global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), revealed on his blog that the Holy Father...READ MORE

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U.S. Foreign Policy Must Change to Solve Migrant Crisis, Says Bishop (1946)

Subsidized agriculture exports, the demand for illegal drugs and unregulated mining companies are U.S. contributions to the root causes of the recent migration crisis, said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

07/28/2014 Comments (10)

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.


WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. bishops’ International Justice and Peace committee urged Secretary of State John Kerry to utilize U.S. foreign policy to address the “root causes” of child migration from Central America.

“The crisis on our borders will not be minimally resolved until drugs and arms flows, harmful trade provisions and other critical economic policies that contribute to violence are addressed and rectified,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, said in a July 24 letter to Secretary Kerry.

Bishop Pates wrote the letter after his “solidarity trip” to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — the origin countries of many of the 57,000 unaccompanied child migrants coming to...READ MORE

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U.N. Agency Criticized for Efforts to Push Abortion on Ireland (3603)

The legal adviser for the pro-life group Family & Life, said, ‘There is no such thing as a right to abortion in international human-rights law, whether as an explicit right or as an adjunct to other rights. Any statement to the contrary displays either an ignorance of international human-rights law or a cavalier and manipulative attitude towards genuine human rights.'

07/28/2014 Comments (21)
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A Celtic cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

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GENEVA — Assertions by members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Irish abortion law violates international human-rights agreements is erroneous and exceeds its authority, one observer has said.

“No U.N. [agreement] or any other kind of treaty or understanding supports the notion that there is a human right to abortion,” Austin Ruse, president of the New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, told CNA July 24.

“Only one treaty even mentions ‘reproductive health,’ but even that treaty does not call for a right to abortion,” he added. “This idea is made up out of whole cloth by the sexual left. And it is an idea that is even losing ground at the U.N. and around the...READ MORE

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ESPN Blasts Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter; NFP Saved My Life and Marriage and More! (4426)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/28/2014 Comment

Follow the ESPN Blasts Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter via Creative Minority Report link to read more.

ESPN Blasts Team for Hiring Traditional Marriage Supporter via Creative Minority Report - BigPulpit.com

Intelligence Failure: Nostra Aetate on Islam – William Kirkpatrick, Crisis Magazine

NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Can Pope Francis be Protector of Persecuted Christians? – Luke Coppen, The Catholic Herald

Knock: What the Apparitions Point To by Beverly De Soto of Regina Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Parsing J. R. R. Tolkien’s Letter on Love and Romance – Kevin O'Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

10 Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

When People Become Things, God Becomes a Thing – Kevin...READ MORE

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The Arabic Writing on the Wall, False Teachers Are Like Brute Beasts, Discovering Joy and Much More! (1912)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/27/2014 Comment

Follow the The Arabic Writing on the Wall by Joseph Pearce of Crisis Magazine link to read more.

The Arabic Writing on the Wall by Joseph Pearce of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

False Teachers Are Like Brute Beasts – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Discovering Joy Inspite of Myself - Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

Archbishop Cordileone: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn't Receive Communion – John Westen, LifeSiteNews

Anglicans: Don’t Give Up On Us; After Woman 'Bishop' Vote by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

Cranmer Redivivus – Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment

On Thomas, Doubt and Being an Outsider – Olivia Spears, Ignitum Today

It’s a Setup: The Note that Saved a Marriage from Adultery at 30,000 ft – Marisa Pereira, Aleteia

Sexual Immorality,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and Economic Justice (24296)

This address was delivered at the Napa Institute conference July 26.

07/26/2014 Comments (80)

NAPA, Calif. — I’m a Capuchin Franciscan, and I’ve often found that people think of Francis of Assisi as a kind of 13th-century flower child. St. Francis was certainly “countercultural,” but only in his radical obedience to the Church and his radical insistence on living the Gospel fully — including poverty and all of its other uncomfortable demands. Jesus, speaking to him from the cross of San Damiano, said, “Repair my house.”  I think Pope Francis believes God has called him to do that as pope, as God calls every pope.  And he plans to do it in the way St. Francis did it.

Pope Francis took the name of the saint of Christian simplicity and poverty. As he has said, he wants “a Church that...READ MORE

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The Complaint That Mass Is Boring, Study Offers Strategies for Increasing Vocations and Much More! (4237)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/26/2014 Comments (2)

Follow the Common Complaint: Mass Is Boring by Father Dwight Longenecker link to read more.

Common Complaint: Mass Is Boring by Father Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Study Offers Strategies for Increasing Vocations – Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

Salvation: Waiting in the Aqua Room - Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

Teaching by Word and Example: St. Norbert of Xanten – Brian Fitzgerald, The Standard Bearers

The Little Ones, The Hidden Ones, The Saints – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today

Passing Along All that Is Noble and Worthwhile – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Married Clergy, Monastic Celibacy: The Eastern Balance – Benjamin Mann, Catholic Exchange

Winning at Supreme Court, Losing in Court of Public Opinion – Pete Spiliakos, First Things

The Inanity of Reunion with the...READ MORE

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