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Pope Francis’ Curial Reform Ramping Up (3982)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Two significant appointments precede his October meeting with his hand-picked group of eight cardinals.

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VATICAN CITY — The past week has seen the first major movements of Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia, a process that is expected to begin in earnest in early October.

The Vatican announced a slew of appointments and confirmations Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, the most significant being the Pope’s confirmation of the prefects of two Vatican congregations.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller remains prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while Cardinal Fernando Filoni stays as the “red pope” — prefect at the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Both reappointments are significant, demonstrating the Holy Father’s confidence in both cardinals, as well as continuity...READ MORE

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Louisiana Diocese Gets a New Bishop From Pope Francis (4768)

A native son of Louisiana, Bishop Shelton Fabre gets ready to shepherd the flock in Houma-Thibodaux.

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Bishop Shelton Fabre will take over the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese on Oct. 30.

– Archdiocese of New Orleans

HOUMA, La. — Pope Francis appointed Bishop Shelton Fabre as head of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La., Monday, and he accepted the resignation of Bishop Sam Jacobs, who had turned 75 in March.

Bishop Fabre will be installed as bishop of Houma-Thibodaux on Oct. 30.

He was born in 1963 in New Road, La., and after high school, he entered seminary for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He studied at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana, and then he received a master’s degree in religious studies from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Bishop Fabre was ordained a priest in 1989. He served at several parishes, headed the diocesan black Catholic office and served in the...READ MORE

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Supreme Knight Rejects Idea of Contrast Between Francis and Benedict (5734)

Ironically, the mainstream media is more obsessed with abortion and contraception than Catholics, says Carl Anderson.

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Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus.

– Knights of Columbus

WASHINGTON — Media narratives about Pope Francis have led to a misunderstanding of his interview with Jesuit magazines, as well as a false perceived contrast between him and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, according to the leader of the Knights of Columbus.

“The media’s narrative of Francis is something else. We are told he is a progressive, taking the Catholic Church in a profoundly new direction —  uninterested in Church teaching on moral issues,” said Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, in a Sept. 22 essay in National Review Online.

“Benedict, we are told, is conservative, doctrinaire and old-fashioned — focused on moral issues. Neither narrative is true,...READ MORE

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Bishops Endorse New Marriage, Religious-Liberty Bill (5499)

The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced Sept. 19 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho

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WASHINGTON — American bishops have praised a recent bill in the House of Representatives that would protect those who share the Church’s understanding of marriage from penalties by the federal government.

The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the lower chamber of Congress on Sept. 19 by Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho.

“I strongly support the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, in a Sept. 20 statement.

“In a growing climate of intolerance against individuals and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, this act is an important...READ MORE

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U.S. Government Petitions Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in Key HHS Case (5896)

Experts say the high court will likely hear the matter, as the U.S. bishops debate a practical response to the health-care mandate deadline.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear an appeal to a legal challenge to the Health and Human Services' contraception mandate filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain. 

The Sept. 19 announcement marked the latest development in the legal challenges against the federal mandate filed by an estimated 30 for-profit employers. Rulings in several early cases have resulted in split decisions from appeals courts, increasing pressure on the Obama administration to seek a definitive judgment from the high court.

In June, the 10th Circuit ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, whose owners, the Green family, manage their company according to Christian principles and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Excommunicates a Priest, The Importance of Having Children at Mass and Much More! (15717)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Francis Excommunicates a Heretical Priest. Follow the link by Diane Korzeniewski OCDS to read more.

Pope Francis Excommunicates a Heretical Priest by Diane Korzeniewski OCDS – BigPulpit.com

The Importance of Having Children at Mass – Mike Eisenbath, Catholic Lane

Three Lessons and Two Tips From Audrey Assad - Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Challenges to Marriage: What Is Marriage? – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

The Big Interview of Pope Francis (Sunday Roundup of Links) - BigPulpit.com

Why Pope Francis Loves Moms (and Dads!) - Laura Kelly Fanucci, Catholic Mom

The Day the Air Conditioning Man Told Me He Got Fixed – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Don’t Say These Things to Families with Special Needs Children – William Van Ornum, Aleteia

A Pope Who’s Not About...READ MORE

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Pakistani Leaders and Pope Condemn Terror Attack Against Christians (5493)

Muslim militants killed at least 83 and injured nearly 200 others in a Sunday suicide bombing at All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar.

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Father Qaisar Feroz, OFM Cap.

Pakistani Christians protest Sept. 23 in Karachi against the Sept. 22 terror attack that killed more than 83 people at All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar.

– Father Qaisar Feroz, OFM Cap.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — It has become an all too familiar narrative: Muslim militants in some majority Islamic country going out of their way to kill and intimidate the local Christian populace.

What happened this past Sunday in Pakistan, however, has shocked even the most jaded and cynical observers.

Peshawar’s All Saints Church is an Anglican parish that has existed since 1893. Around noon, after services this past Sunday, two suicide bombers, each wearing 13 pounds of explosives, forced their way past two police guards and detonated their devices. At least 83 people have died from the blast, including 34 women and seven children, with more than 175 people injured. The attack decimated...READ MORE

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Report: Casinos Profit Most From Those With Least (2729)

‘Why Casinos Matter,’ released Sept. 17 by the Institute for American Values, argues such gambling serves to further separates the ‘haves’ from the ‘have-nots.’

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BOSTON — The bright, flashing lights of casinos draw crowds that disproportionately belong to society’s lowest income brackets, a new report on the gaming industry says.

Released Sept. 17, “Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions From the Health and Social Sciences” report states that casino gambling creates a stratified pattern in which women, low-wage workers and retirees contribute more, which further divides the “haves” from the “have-nots.” The allure of those lights also appeals to struggling state governments. Legislators want the promise of increased jobs and tax revenue and the votes that come with them.

Commercial casinos exist in 23 states already. Though...READ MORE

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