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6 More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have Kids, Is This the Best Crib in the Land and Much More! (3405)

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12/24/2013 Comment

6 More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have Kids. Follow the link by T. J. Burdick of Ignitum Today to read more.

6 More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have Kids by T. J. Burdick of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Is This the Best Crib in the Land? – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The First Day of Sledding & Isaiah 40 – Stacy Trasancos PhD

St. Anastasia & the Second Mass of Christmas – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, New Liturgical Movement

Christmas Eve Special: Pope Francis - BigPulpit.com

My Journey as a Catholic So Far, Pt. 10: I Just Want To See – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

St. Peter Faber: Model for a New Reformation – William Doino Jr., First Thoughts

Humanae Vitae: Bonding & Babies – Kevin Aldrich, Catholic Stand


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Pope and Pope Emeritus Exchange Christmas Greetings (4693)

Pope Francis visited Benedict’s residence at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, where the two men prayed briefly together in the chapel before meeting privately.

12/23/2013 Comments (2)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis praying together in the Mater Ecclesiae Chapel, Dec. 23, 2013.


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis paid a visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Moday evening to exchange Christmas greetings. (See video here.)

In a short statement released Dec. 23, the Vatican said the pope emeritus received the Holy Father at the entrance of his residence, the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, at 5pm.

“After a brief moment of prayer together in the chapel, a private meeting took place in the lounge of the residence that lasted around half an hour,” the statement said. “Then Pope Francis, accompanied by his personal secretaries, greeted the other members of the ‘family’ of the pope emeritus,” the Vatican added.

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Archbishop Wenski Cautiously Supportive of U.S. Budget Plan (1916)

The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Sevelopment calls it ‘an important first step,’ but says ‘more needs to be done’ to help working families.

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.

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WASHINGTON — A federal budget framework resulting from dialogue and compromise in Washington drew both praise and caution from the head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

“Millions of working families across the country and around the world struggle to survive and achieve stability,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, after the House approved the bill. “While this agreement is an important first step to accomplishing that, more needs to be done.”

The Senate approved the plan on Dec. 18, sending the bill to President Barack Obama, who voiced his support. The budget plan had previously passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin,...READ MORE

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Ohio Lawmaker Backs Off ‘Worst Ever’ Home-School Law (3968)

Public uproar forces a state senator to suspend a bill that would have required child-welfare officers to vet prospective home-schooling families.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio anti-child abuse bill, dubbed by opponents as the “worst-ever home-school law proposed,” has been suspended after a wave of outrage erupted over provisions that would have granted child protective services, not parents, the final say in the decision to home school their child.

State Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, proposed Senate Bill 248, or “Teddy’s law,” on Dec. 3, in response to the horrible torture and murder of 14-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Foltz-Tedesco at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend, Zaryl Bush. Teddy’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, had removed the teenager from public school after teachers reported his abuse, alleging that she was going to...READ MORE

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Help Purify Legion of Christ, Cardinal Tells New Priests (1979)

According to Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the new priests’ preparation for ordination coincided with the religious order’s ‘path of purification and renewal.’

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ROME — Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the papal delegate overseeing the reform of the Legion of Christ, told 31 new priests of the Legion of Christ that their perseverance shows “the love of Christ” that can overcome the past scandals of their congregation and purify and renew it.

“You have suffered, and you have realized the suffering that other Legionaries — beginning with the founder — have caused in the lives of others. And the suffering of others has helped you to understand and carry your own suffering,” the cardinal said in his homily before the priestly ordinations Dec. 14 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

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CUA: Koch Grant Consistent With Church Teaching (3408)

The group that criticized the university for accepting the grant has lobbied to undermine the U.S. bishops on abortion, the redefinition of marriage and the HHS mandate.

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WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America has defended a $1-million gift from the Koch brothers against “presumptuous” criticisms that accepting the grant would cause scandal and obscure Church insight on economics.

“The aim of the Charles Koch Foundation grant — to support research into principled entrepreneurship — is fully consistent with Catholic social teaching,” the university said in a Dec. 16 statement.

“The negative attention to the grant has all been externally driven by organizations with a political agenda,” the university later continued.

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Archbishop Kurtz: ‘Faith Enriches Public Life’ (4184)

The new president of the U.S. bishops’ conference applauds his predecessor, outlines the conference’s current priorities, and discusses Pope Francis’s influence on the Church.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the 2013 annual meeting of the nation’s largest religious body. He served as vice president of USCCB from 2010-2013 during the presidency of Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Before coming to Louisville, Archbishop Kurtz served as a bishop of Knoxville, Tenn., from 1999-2007. Earlier, he was a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Pa., for 27 years, with a special focus in social services.

On Dec. 13, Archbishop Kurtz spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about Cardinal Dolan’s legacy, his own commitment to the defense of religious freedom, and Pope...READ MORE

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What Attracts Young Men to the Priesthood, Without Dogma Science Is Lost and Much More! (4933)

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12/23/2013 Comment

What Attracts Young Men to the Priesthood. Follow the link by Leslie Fain to read more.

What Attracts Young Men to the Priesthood by Leslie Fain - BigPulpit.com

Horrible Video: Abortion Supporters Attack Praying Catholics – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Without Dogma Science Is Lost – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The New Homophiles - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Playing with Dolls & Delayed Motherhood - Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

5 Ways Catholics Can Make a Real Difference - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Singles! Advent Is Our Time - Elynne Whaley, Ignitum Today

Providing Intellectual Ammunition for New Evangelization – John Burger, Aleteia

Francis Pharcellus Church, the Little Girl & Santa Claus – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic


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