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U.S. Bishops Ask Government to Reassess Drone Policy (2303)

Bishop Richard Pates noted that the United States and other countries have a right to defend themselves, but urged the organizations to consider the ‘serious moral questions’ raised by drone use.

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USAF photo by Lance Cheung

An unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone.

– USAF photo by Lance Cheung

WASHINGTON — In letters to top government officials, the U.S. bishops’ conference urged a public discussion on the use of unmanned targeted killings, also known as drones, and their moral implications.

“Targeted killing should, by definition, be highly discriminatory,” wrote Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, in the May 17 letter.

“The administration's policy appears to extend the use of deadly force to alleged ‘signature’ attacks and reportedly classifies all males of a certain age as combatants,” he asked.

“Are these policies morally defensible? They seem to violate the law of war, international human rights law and moral norms,” the bishop said.

Bishop Pates is the chair...READ MORE

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New Education Program Puts Nuns in Online Classroom (3200)

Cloistered sisters now can obtain a classical education through the Institute of Catholic Culture’s Magdala Apostolate.

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Magdala Apostolate website

Magdala Apostolate helps provide classical Catholic education to sisters who often are in rural areas and have limited access to Catholic educational opportunities.

– Magdala Apostolate website

MCLEAN, Va. — The walls of the convent or cloister pose no barrier to Catholic women religious seeking to obtain a classical Catholic education, thanks to a new online program from the Virginia-based Institute of Catholic Culture.

The Magdala Apostolate is an educational program that connects Catholic nuns and religious sisters through Web-conferencing technology into an online classroom. The women religious learn seminary-level courses, taught in real time by a live, orthodox Catholic professor, without having to leave the motherhouse.

“We are serving these sisters, some of whom might be out in the middle of nowhere, by giving them an opportunity to get a seminary-level education...READ MORE

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Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Unit Nets Suspicious Activity (2617)

The Financial Information Authority was set up to help combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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Estefania Aguirre/CNA

Rene Brulhart, director of the Vatican Financial Information Authority, speaks to the press about the Vatican's finances on May 22.

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican revealed that its enhanced procedures have enabled it to flag more suspicious transactions in 2012 than it did in 2011.

“I’m not saying that everything is great and perfect, but that a lot of progress has been made in the last two years,” said Rene Brülhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, at the Vatican Press Office.

“It’s important that we’re setting a system here to protect the Holy See,” he added.

The Vatican’s Financial Information Authority made the statistics public at a May 22 press conference, where it made its first-ever annual report available.

The report shows that in 2012 there were six reports of suspicious activity, versus...READ MORE

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I Decided to Come Out as a 'Gay' Priest; Catholics, Atheists, and Digital Arena and More! (5877)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/23/2013 Comment

Why I Decided to Come Out as a ‘Gay’ Priest. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic to read more.

Why I Decided to Come Out as a ‘Gay’ Priest by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Catholics, Atheists, and the “Digital Areopagus” – The CWR Blog

The Ethics of Your Wedding Dress - Siobhan Benitez, Ignitum Today

Pentecost Vestments – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Saving the World One Baby at a Time – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: 'The Lord has Redeemed All of Us. . .Even the Atheists’ – John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

After the Coming Storm; John 16:1-15 – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Francis Versus Lucifer? – Adfero, Rorate Cæli

Dr. Ed Peters on the Suicide at Notre-Dame de Paris – Fr. Z’s Blog

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UNICEF Blamed for Decline in International Adoptions (14514)

Critics say the U.N. agency’s priorities have played a major role in the steep drop over the last decade.

05/22/2013 Comments (19)

NEW YORK — For decades, international adoptions in the United States had been climbing. They peaked at nearly 23,000 children in 2004. Then, the numbers plummeted.

By 2011, just 9,319 children were adopted, U.S. State Department data shows.

Many adoption advocates blame that decline on the very international agency charged with safeguarding the welfare and well-being of children: the United Nations Children’s Fund, better known as UNICEF.

“I think UNICEF and other organizations like Save the Children, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child and other self-styled child-rights organizations are the primary driving force for the elimination of international adoption,” Harvard law...READ MORE

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Catholicism in America: In Progress or Regress? (4588)

BOOK PICK: Russell Shaw’s latest work chronicles the Church in the United States.

05/22/2013 Comments (22)

In American Church: the Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, published by Ignatius Press, Russell Shaw has written a timely and insightful account.

This book is the one we have been waiting for to chronicle our corner of the universal Church. It covers Church history in the U.S. from the post-Civil War period up to the present — and a little beyond.

On a side note, be sure to read Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput’s foreword first. In my opinion, he is on the short list for the best bishop writing today — clear about the crisis, yet encouraging about the future.

American Church is compact and full of strong opinions backed up by...READ MORE

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How to Speak With an Atheist; Long Island's Bishop Murphy: Fighting the Good Fight and More! (2441)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/22/2013 Comment

How to Speak with an Atheist Friend. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

How to Speak with an Atheist Friend by Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - BigPulpit.com

Long Island’s Bishop Murphy: Fighting the Good Fight – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

What If I Were Drunk All The Time? - Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Some Parents Don’t Always Know Best - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

She Told Us So - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

How to Quote the Bible Like a Pro - Jim Blackburn, Catholic Answers

inding a Supercharged Faith – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Yes, Confession is a Must-Do - Matthew Olson, Answering Protestants

Ramifications of the New Normal - Fr. Z’s Blog

Scientism and God’s Existence (Video) - Fr....READ MORE

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What Is the American Church? (3365)

Russell Shaw’s new book was 40 years in the making.

05/22/2013 Comments (10)
Ignatius Press

Russell Shaw

– Ignatius Press

Russell Shaw, who once served as the spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is an influential author, commentator and educator.

His professional work, following his graduation from Georgetown University in 1956, has spanned an era when the previously marginalized Church in the United States secured mainstream status through the election of a Catholic U.S. president and the cultural assimilation of Catholics was celebrated as a success story.

But a half century later, Shaw also witnessed the clergy-abuse crisis, which galvanized the U.S. hierarchy to change its handling of abuse allegations and also to take stock of other challenges, including the rapid secularization...READ MORE

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