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Pope ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Connecticut Shooting (1152)

The Holy Father expressed sorrow Dec. 16 over the Sandy Hook School shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims’ families.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook School shooting that massacred 20 children and six adults and offered prayers for the victims’ families.

“I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut,” said Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 16.

“I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer,” he told thousands gathered at St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer.

“May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain,” he said, adding that he “invoked God’s blessings upon those affected by this tragedy.”

Marking the Third Sunday of Advent, Pope Benedict spoke of the...READ MORE

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Contraception Mandate Challenge Reaches Appeals Court (2001)

In a case involving Belmont Abbey College, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate.

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate, as two religious colleges argue that their religious freedom is threatened by the rule.

“The decision from the D.C. Circuit will no doubt influence the decisions of others courts,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Duncan said shortly after the Dec. 14 hearing that the ruling in the case — brought by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College — could have important implications for the dozens of other lawsuits challenging the mandate.

The lawsuits revolve around a federal mandate that...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogosphere Reaction to the Connecticut Tragedy, A Future of Tradition and Much More! (2262)

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12/17/2012 Comment

Catholic Blogosphere Reaction to the Connecticut Tragedy. Click on the link to read more.

Catholic Blogosphere Reaction to the Connecticut TragedyBig Pulpit

A Future of Tradition – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

We Three Kings of Orient Are – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Do “Peacemakers” Favor Abortion and Fake Marriage? Impossible, Says Pope Benedict XVI – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Have Yourself a Very Adult Christmas – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

On Talking in Church – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Distractions at Mass: Part II of II - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

An Interesting Claim about the Followers of @pontifex – Fr. Z’s Blog

Voice, in the Wilderness: Rise of a Pro-Life Youngster in...READ MORE

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Elementary School Massacre ‘Not Part of God’s Plan,’ Newtown Pastor Says (3235)

Msgr. Robert Weiss accompanied police while they informed parents of their children’s deaths following the Sandy Hook School massacre.

12/16/2012 Comments (17)

Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service Dec. 14 for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — The motive behind the gunman whose Dec. 14 shooting rampage took the lives of 28 people, including 20 children, is not something that can be answered, Newtown’s local Catholic parish priest said.

“This was not part of God’s plan,” Msgr. Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church told ABC News Dec. 15.

Msgr. Weiss, who accompanied police while they informed parents of their children’s deaths following the Sandy Hook School massacre, said gunman Adam Lanza’s actions show he was “a man who had serious issues in his life.”

“Why he’d want to destroy innocent children, no one can figure out.”

Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, Conn., called the shooting “a...READ MORE

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In the Face of Horror, Faith in Action (8540)

A day after the massacre at Sandy Hook School, Newtown’s Catholic community gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church to offer prayers and support for the victims and their mourning families and for their heartbroken town.

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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — Nothing seemed different about the well-traveled two-lane route leading into this Connecticut community on Saturday. Newtown looked for all intents and purposes like the typical scenic, small New England town — the way it always did.

The turn at the town’s landmark flagpole quickly conducted local traffic past St. Rose of Lima Church to Interstate 8 a couple hundred yards further on, then into the village of Sandy Hook.

Nothing on the main road looked unusual, except for the big, hand-lettered sign in front of a business on the way into town that said, “Just Say a Prayer.”

That is exactly what people were doing as they silently entered St. Rose all day. They went...READ MORE

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Bishop Morlino Pushes "Ad Orientem" Worship, Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? and More! (3196)

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Bishop Robert Morlino Pushes “Ad Orientem” Worship. Follow the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

A U. S. Bishop Pushes “Ad Orientem” Worship by Fr. John ZuhlsdorfBig Pulpit

Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

The Myth of Inevitability of Same-Sex “Marriage” – Luis Tellez, MercatorNet

Billboard Shows Pope Marrying Gays – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Helping the Disabled: Fact and Fiction – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Ashamed of the Cross - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Mystic Who Was Wrapped In Fire – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Preparing for Our Spouse – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Rose and Blue Vestments – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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Catholic Priests Respond Quickly to Conn. School Shooting (9043)

Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport rushed to the scene to comfort victims and their relatives.

12/14/2012 Comments (23)

Connecticut state police walk near the scene of the Dec. 14 elementary-school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., responded quickly to the mass murder of adults and schoolchildren at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, rushing to the scene to comfort victims and their relatives.

Brian Wallace, the diocese’s director of communications, said that priests from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the only Catholic parish in Newtown, are actively responding.

“The parish is huge and extremely active, and it’s just up the street,” Wallace told Catholic News Agency Dec. 14.

“Within minutes (of the shooting), the pastor, Msgr. Bob Weiss, was at the scene of the tragedy working with families,” he said.

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Watch The Hobbit Like a Catholic, France to Crack Down on Catholic 'Extremists' and More! (2129)

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Five Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic. Click on the link by Kevin Cotter to read further.

Five Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic – Kevin Cotter, Focus Blog

France Re-creates the Committee on Public Safety to Combat Catholic “Extremists” by Tristyn Bloom of the First Things websiteBig Pulpit

Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex “Marriage” – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Fr. Z Opines on the Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex "Marriage" - Fr. Z's Blog

Don’t Succumb to the Secular Tidal Wave – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Hallowed House and the Secular World – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

The Christian World of The Hobbit – Deborah Arca, Patheos/Take & Read

A High Altar Restored in Poland – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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