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‘Extreme’ Judicial Appointee Confirmed to Key Court Position (4205)

The confirmation of Judge Cornelia 'Nina' Pillard to the federal appellate court draws concern over her record on abortion and religious freedom.

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WASHINGTON — The confirmation of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has prompted concerns from critics worried about her “radical” views on abortion and religious freedom.

Ed Whelan, president of the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, criticized Pillard’s “manifest extremism on abortion” and “extremism against religious liberty.”

Whelan offered reflections on Pillard’s confirmation in two Dec. 13 posts at “Bench Memos” for National Review Online.

He pointed to the fact “that three reputedly moderate Democrats voted against the Pillard’s nomination,” saying that this is a...READ MORE

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What Does the Future Hold for the Legion of Christ? (11778)

Exclusive interview with its acting general director, Father Sylvester Heereman.

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Legionary Father Sylvester Heereman was born on Sept. 10, 1974, in Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany. He joined the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Germany in 1994, made his first religious vows in 1996 and his perpetual profession in 1999.

He was territorial secretary of Italy from 2001 to 2003 and a member of the formation staff of the Center for Higher Studies in Rome while studying theology. Ordained a priest on Dec. 23, 2006, Father Heereman was named territorial director for Germany in 2007. Not yet 40 years old, he was appointed vicar general of the beleaguered congregation on Feb. 16, 2012, by Cardinal Velasio de Paolis.

Cardinal de Paolis was appointed apostolic...READ MORE

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The Legion of Christ Contemplates Its Future (5085)


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Is the Legion of Christ reformed? What would reform even look like? A historic meeting in Rome that begins Jan. 8 hopes to provide some of those answers.

They are a long time coming. It has been five years since members of the Legion of Christ, founded in 1941, began privately admitting that their late founder, Father Marcial Maciel, had not been the saintly man they made him out to be: He had fathered children and was “probably” guilty of abusing seminarians.

I was executive editor of the Register (as well as a member of the Legion's closely associated lay movement Regnum Christi) when the news broke. I stopped attending Regnum Christi meetings immediately...READ MORE

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Bishops of Mexico City to Celebrate Christmas Mass in Prisons (1761)

The Masses are meant to encourage Christian hope and joy among inmates, especially the youth.

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MEXICO CITY — Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City inaugurated a series of Masses starting on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in Mexico’s capital.

The apostolic nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will help celebrate some of the Masses, along with six auxiliary bishops of Mexico City.

According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service, Cardinal Rivera has been celebrating prison Masses during Christmas over the last 18 years.

This year includes a Dec. 18 Mass at a juvenile detention center.

Archbishop Pierre will celebrate Mass at the Femenil Tepepan Prison on Dec. 20 and will launch a new outreach to...READ MORE

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Pope: A Christian Refusing to Serve Others Is ‘Pagan’ (2730)

The Holy Father asked the crowds in St. Peter’s also to repeat with him, “Jesus is God with us.”

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VATICAN CITY — In his Wednesday morning general audience, Pope Francis stressed the importance of humility and service in the Christian life, telling Christians that they must imitate God’s example in lowering himself to become man.

“It is an ugly thing when one sees a Christian who does not want to lower himself, who does not want to serve, a Christian who parades around everywhere. It’s terrible, no? That person isn’t a Christian: He is a pagan,” the Pope said on Dec. 18 in St. Peter’s Square. “The Christian serves [and] lowers himself.”

With Christmas approaching, Pope Francis focused on the great “gift” of God in sending his Son, who came humbly as a baby in Bethlehem.


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Why December 25? Your Ultimate Guide to Having the Perfect Family and Much More! (2698)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/19/2013 Comment

Why December 25? Follow the link by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers to know why.

Why December 25? by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

Your Ultimate Guide to Having the Perfect Family - Michelle, Catholic Sistas

The Lord’s Hidden Message - Sr. Lisa Marie, Ignitum Today

My Advent Parenting Fails – Cari Donaldson, Aleteia

Priest Shortage? Not Everywhere by Brad Noel of Southern Fried Catholicism - BigPulpit.com

Understand What’s at Stake, Divorce & Interesting Times - Dr. Ed Peters

Reasons to Love the Immaculata - Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ & Redefining the Greek: Malakoi & Arsenokoitai – Quartermaster of the Barque

Why You Need a Wish List . . . or Two - Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

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New York Catholic Nonprofits Win Permanent Injunction in HHS Case (4831)

A federal judge rules that the contraception mandate ‘burdens plaintiffs’ religion by coercing them into authorizing third parties to provide this coverage.

12/18/2013 Comments (4)

NEW YORK — Last year, when a slew of Catholic dioceses and nonprofits began to file legal challenges against the Health and Human Services' contraception mandate in courts across the country, a May 27 New York Times editorial dismissed the lawsuits as “a dramatic stunt, full of indignation but built on air.”

But a year and a half later, a federal district judge in Brooklyn took a very different view of the merits of one HHS lawsuit filed on behalf of the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Rockville Center and four Catholic nonprofits in the New York area.

On Dec. 13, Judge Brian Cogan ruled that the HHS mandate compelled the Catholic nonprofits “to perform acts that are contrary...READ MORE

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Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas; Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis Talks Beauty and More! (2737)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/18/2013 Comment

Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas. Follow the link by Foxfier of Catholic Stand to read more.

Catholicism & Conspiracies: Christmas by Foxfier of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis Talks of the Way of Beauty - David Clayton, By Way of Beauty

Asking for Directions on the Way to Holiness – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Spice Up Your Advent with “Driveway Dating” - Christi, Catholic Sistas

Our Vicars of Bray – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope Emeritus Benedict Defends Pope Francis on Markets & Ethics - Andrew M. Haines

A Biblical Look at Confession - Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

When I Will Concern Myself with the Roman Curia - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

My Journey as a Catholic So Far, Pt. 8: Church-Hopping – Jason Liske,...READ MORE

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