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Law Must be Based in Truth, Archbishop Tells Judges (2811)

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski says the state justly favors stable marriages because they serve the common good as the optimal conditions for the raising of future generations of its citizens.

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Archbishop Thomas Wenski preaches the homily at the annual Red Mass for the Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild

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MIAMI — Discussing the push for same-sex “marriage,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami told judges and lawyers at the city’s 2013 Red Mass that freedom and law must be based on reality and objective truth.

“When a democracy bases itself on moral relativism and when it considers every ethical principle or value to be negotiable … it is already, and in spite of its formal rules, on its way to totalitarianism,” Archbishop Wenski preached during his homily on April 24.

“The might of right quickly becomes might makes right.”

The Red Mass is traditionally an annual Mass of the Holy Spirit for the sake of legal professionals. The Mass preceded a reception of the Miami Catholic Lawyers...READ MORE

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Colombian Senate Rejects Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ (2237)

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Cardinal Ruben Salazar, had issued a plea to lawmakers to consider the Church’s arguments on the question and to protect marriage.

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia — By a vote of 51-17, the Colombian Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the country.

The bill was proposed by Senator Armando Benedetti in August 2011. It received only a fraction of the 50 ‘Yes’ votes that would have been needed from the nation’s 98 senators in order to pass. 

Both supporters and opponents of the bill demonstrated outside the Senate building as lawmakers voted down the measure after several hours of debate on April 23.

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Cardinal Ruben Salazar, had issued a plea to lawmakers to consider the Church’s arguments on the question and to protect marriage as being a...READ MORE

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Vatican Official Cautions of ‘Subtle’ Religious Freedom Violations (3403)

Cardinal Giancarlo Ravasi says the restrictions on religious freedom ‘are not simply legal or political issues but a direct outrage on the human dignity of persons.’

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Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Pope's book launch Nov. 20 in Pius X Hall.

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VATICAN CITY — The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture cautioned that both “direct and indirect religious persecution” is growing in many areas of the world, even in democratic nations.

In remarks addressed to the TEDx conference on religious freedom held April 19 in the Vatican, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi lamented “the tragic and painful lack of religious liberty in different parts of the world today.”

In the modern “globalized world,” where various cultures and religions intermingle, “religious liberty is not a luxury ... but an imperative imposed on modern society for congenial living and progress,” he said.

The cardinal pointed to St. Peter’s statement before the...READ MORE

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Pope’s Plans for Encyclical, Travel Disclosed (2514)

Benedict XVI had already laid the groundwork for an encyclical on the virtue of faith in late 2012, and Pope Francis could easily revise it and add his own insights to the text, Vatican says.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis could issue his first encyclical this year, and, so far, he is only planning one international trip in 2013, according to Vatican Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi.

Father Lombardi said that he “would not exclude” the possibility of Pope Francis issuing his first encyclical “within this year,” Vatican Radio reported April 25.

The Vatican spokesman explained that Benedict XVI had already laid the groundwork for an encyclical on the virtue of faith in late 2012 and that Pope Francis could easily revise it and add his own insights to the text.

The encyclical was planned for release in early 2013, but the resignation of Benedict XVI caused the...READ MORE

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The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work, Music as a Character-Forming Force and Much More! (4616)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2013 Comment

The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work. Follow the link by Ryan Eggenberger to read more.

The Biggest Mistake a Catholic Can Make At Work by Ryan Eggenberger - Big Pulpit

Music as a Character-Forming Force – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Corpus Christi Watershed

This is Not Our First Rodeo - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

The End of “Homeschooling” in Germany & the U. S. – Rorate Cæli

The Third Rail of the Catholic Blogosphere: Crying Kids at Mass – Elaine Krewer, The American Catholic

A Catholic Response to Utopian Modernity - James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Feelings – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

E. F. Mass at Franciscan University of Steubenville – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Aridity & Progress, Divine Intimacy – Dan. Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Does Emergency Contraception Cause Early Abortions? (9589)

COMMENTARY: Part I, the conflicting opinions on emergency contraception’s effects.

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Part II of this essay can be read here.

At the end of February, the Catholic bishops of Germany released a statement saying that women who are victims of rape should receive care at Catholic hospitals in Germany as a matter of course and that “this can include the administration of a ‘morning-after pill’ to the extent that is has a preventative and not an abortifacient effect.” They stated clearly that medications “that cause the death of an embryo still may not be used.”

Although some Catholics, including the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, praised the decision as consistent with what the Catholic Church has taught for 50 years, others...READ MORE

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Franciscan University Forges Ahead With New President (6675)

Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan has been selected to succeed Franciscan Father Terence Henry as the university’s sixth president.

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Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Trustees at the Franciscan University of Steubenville have selected a new president to carry on the university’s mission to be the leading light of faithful Catholic higher education in the United States.

But the Franciscan friar chosen to take over the helm of the university also has a strong legal background that could prove invaluable as Franciscan University fights the federal government in court to retain its Catholic identity.

The university announced the selection of Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan to succeed Franciscan Father Terence Henry as the university’s sixth president. Father Henry served in the post since 2000, and he built upon the legacy of...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s 'Relief,’ Freedom and Predestination, Then Comes Marriage and More! (2914)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/25/2013 Comment

Pope Emeritus Benedict ‘Relieved.’ Follow the link by Tom Kington to read more.

Pope Emeritus Benedict ‘Relieved’ by Tom Kington - Big Pulpit

Freedom and Predestination - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

“Then Comes Marriage” - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Doctors of the Church and Perfection - Saint Etheldreda’s Place

How to Find Faith at the Movies: Crossing Your First Threshold – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

St. Anselm: Scholarship Rooted in Prayer - John P. Bequette, Crisis Magazine

Gosnell & the Nightmare of Pro-Aborts – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Dom Cassian Folsom on Forms of Eucharistic Reservation – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Pursuit of Beauty – Amanda Castro, The Patient Wanderer

The Cunning...READ MORE

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