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Catholic Charities Prepares Long-Term Aid for Colorado Flood Victims (3911)

Thousands have been evacuated, and many do not have flood insurance to rebuild their damaged and destroyed homes.

09/17/2013 Comment
Sgt. Joseph Vonnida/released to CNA

Colorado National Guardsmen assist Boulder County authorities in evacuating residents of Lyons, Colo.

– Sgt. Joseph Vonnida/released to CNA

DENVER — Catholic relief agencies in Colorado are assembling to provide long-term assistance for victims of the massive floods that have struck the state’s Front Range in the past week.

“It’s just been devastating,” said Geoff Bennett, vice president of shelter and community outreach for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver.

“It’s sad to see people losing their homes and in some cases people losing their lives. They’ve been in our prayers, and we’re trying to figure out how to best assist,” he said.

Bennett told CNA that the agency is reaching out to parishes in affected areas “just to assess what the need is and how we can provide assistance.”

Many parishes are hosting...READ MORE

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Pope Calls Faithful to Participate Actively in Politics (6572)

Catholics also should pray for political leaders, the Holy Father instructs, petitioning that they govern with humility and love.

09/17/2013 Comments (6)
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– Lauren Cater/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Catholics should not be indifferent to politics, Pope Francis said, but they should offer their suggestions, as well as prayers, that their leaders may serve the common good in humility and love.

In his Sept. 16 daily homily at St. Martha House, the Pope rejected the idea that “a good Catholic doesn’t meddle in politics.”

“That’s not true. That is not a good path,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. “A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern.”

“None of us can say, ‘I have nothing to do with this; they govern,’” Pope Francis told those present for the Mass. Rather, citizens are responsible for participating...READ MORE

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California and New York: A Tale of Two Abortion Expansions (10325)

The Catholic and pro-life response to recent pro-abortion bills has been quite different in the two states — and so has the legislative outcome.

09/17/2013 Comments (8)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California abortion providers are getting ready for the biggest increase in their industry, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill allowing nurses and midwives to perform first-trimester abortions.

But the win for abortion providers in California contrasts sharply with the recent loss in New York, where an inventive alliance of the Catholic Church, evangelical Protestants and pro-life groups thwarted another popular Democratic governor’s plans to expand abortion in that state.

Ironically, for the Church in California and its pro-life allies, their only hope to defeat A.B. 154 is Brown, a former Jesuit who calls himself “pro-choice.”

And convincing Brown to veto the...READ MORE

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The Perils of a Prophetic Pope, Cultivating a Spirit of Clothes Detachment and Much More! (8935)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/17/2013 Comment

The Perils of a Prophetic Pope. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Aleteia website to read more.

The Perils of a Prophetic Pope by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Aleteia website - BigPulpit.com

Cultivating a Spirit of Clothes Detachment - Deanna Bartalini, CatholicMom.com

On Managing Facebook and Other Things - Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Very Sad Childfree Life - Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Stump the Priest: The Problem of Evil - Byz Pulpit

One Missionaries’ Honest Reflection in Calcutta - Family Missions Company

Series on the Sacraments Part 1: Baptism - Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: “The Evil One Is Smart, He Dupes Us. . . ” - Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Analyzing the Seven Deadly Sins, Pt. 4: Envy - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

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Leaders Call for Prayer After D.C. Shooting Leaves 13 Dead (1557)

‘I join people of all faiths across our community in praying for the people killed and wounded in the attack,’ said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

09/16/2013 Comment
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Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond Sept. 16 to shots at the Washington Navy Yard.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. leaders are offering prayers for the nation following a shooting at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington that left 13 dead and about a dozen more injured.

“I join people of all faiths across our community in praying for the people killed and wounded in the attack at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, adding that he is also praying for first responders and for family and friends of the victims. 

“While many facts are still unknown, our most powerful tool right now is prayer,” the Washington cardinal said in a Sept. 16 statement. “The Church always calls us to prayer, particularly in moments of crisis. It is what we do best, because it is...READ MORE

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How Many Masses It Takes to Become Catholic, Mom Sues Docs Who Advised Abortion and Much More! (2239)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/16/2013 Comment

How Many Masses It Takes to Become Catholic. Follow the link by Brantly Millegan of the Aleteia website to read more.

How Many Masses It Takes to Become Catholic by Brantly Millegan of the Aleteia website - BigPulpit.com

Mom Sues Docs Who Advised Abortion - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Analyzing the Seven Deadly Sins, Pt. 2: Wrath - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Marriage vs. Shamarriage - Fr. O, An Irish Ordinariate

Richard Dawkins and “Mild Pedophilia” - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The No-Gum Rule - Peggy Frye, Catholic Answers

The End of the Papist Cult - David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Bedbugs, Possums & “Pink” - Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

Invite the Cherubim! - Mary Jane Ballou, The Chant Café

A Postmodern Christianity? - Fr. Joseph R. Laracy,...READ MORE

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Defender of the Faith (3206)

Notre Dame’s Father Bill Miscamble promotes Catholic identity on the college's South Bend campus.

09/16/2013 Comments (3)
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Holy Cross Father William Miscamble, the author of For Notre Dame: Battling for the Heart and Soul of a Catholic University.

– Courtesy of Father Miscamble

Father Bill Miscamble has been a Holy Cross priest for 25 years and a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame since 1988. During that time, he has served as chair of the history department and rector of Moreau Seminary.

Most notably, however, he has been one of the chief defenders and promoters of Notre Dame’s commitment to its Catholic identity.

His most recent book, For Notre Dame: Battling for the Heart and Soul of a Catholic University, recounts many of these efforts — both on campus and beyond — to preserve Notre Dame’s commitment to the Catholic faith.

Father Miscamble spoke with the Register about his new book, the current state of affairs at Notre Dame and his...READ MORE

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What is Authentic Catholic Charity? (4556)

COMMENTARY: Cardinal Robert Sarah of Cor Unum offers some guidelines.

09/16/2013 Comments (11)
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Cardinal Robert Sarah

– Wikipedia

I must admit at the outset that I am highly skeptical of grandiose schemes for remaking society. This skepticism grows out of my experience in China, where a messianic leader who ostensibly set out to eliminate poverty and create a perfect society instead wound up purging — through famine, torture and firing squad — over 10% of the population. Today, Mao Zedong’s successors continue to abort 13 million children a year under an equally grandiose and misguided scheme to jump-start economic development, commonly known as the one-child policy.

Yet it is just such sweeping and dangerous ideas — of extirpating poverty for all time, of controlling population growth, of fundamentally remaking...READ MORE

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