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Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design; Modesty Is Honesty; The IRS and Pro-Lifers and More! (2507)

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Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design. Follow the link by Jimmy Akin of Strange Notions website to read more.

Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Jimmy Akin of Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

Modesty is Honesty – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

I. R. S. Scandal: I. R. S. Agent Lays Down the “Law” to Pro-lifers – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Spirituality for Widows - Ronda Chervin PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Relativism: Missing The Truth - Patrick Pierce, Catholic Stand

The Eucharist is Not a Pagan Invention – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

The Power of Communication: A Reflection on Euphemism - Ashley Noronha, Truth and Charity Forum

The Conspiracy of Pornography Exposed - Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Of Requiem Masses, Death, Prudence and...READ MORE

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Scottish Adoption Agency Celebrates Despite Closure Threat (2135)

St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society is in danger of closing due to its policy of placing children only with a married mother and father.

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St. Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland.

– Raymond McCrae via Flickr

GLASGOW, Scotland — Friends of the St. Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society gathered at Glasgow’s cathedral on June 9 to commemorate its years of service and to support the society’s adoption agency against the threat of forced closure.

Ronnie Convery, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland, said there was “a mood of celebration” at the annual Mass and reception at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.

“Of course this year there is a storm cloud on the horizon, namely the threat from secularists to try to have the agency closed down,” Convery told CNA June 11.

“That galvanizes people, they feel bad that the service they have enjoyed from St. Margaret’s — and...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Church Rich in Praise, Not Wealth (2185)

Pope Francis based his homily on Matthew's Gospel where Jesus said: ‘freely you have received, freely give.’

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Pope Francis preaches at the June 5, 2013 morning Mass in St. Martha's House chapel.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis pointed out that St. Peter did not have a bank account, as he warned against the dangers of a Church that finds its security in resources instead of the free gift of the Gospel.
“St. Peter did not have a bank account, and when he had to pay taxes, the Lord sent him to the sea to catch fish and find the money in the fish to pay,” said the Pope during Mass in the chapel of Saint Martha’s House.
“Philip, when he met Queen Candace’s finance minister, did not think ‘ah, good, let’s set up an organization to support the Gospel,’” he added during his June 11 homily.
Instead, the Holy Father noted, Philip “preached, baptized and left.”
Pope Francis made his...READ MORE

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Opponents Claim Calif. Abuse Bill Targets Catholic Schools (2067)

The Legislation is supposed to protect victims, but the proposed law does not apply to public schools or other government agencies that may have been negligent towards abuse allegations.

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– Emory Maiden via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

LOS ANGELES — Critics say a proposed Calif. bill lifting the statute of limitations on some child sex abuse lawsuits threatens the Catholic Church and its schools, failing to allow suits for similar abuse in public schools.
“The bill itself is just unfair on its face,” Kevin Eckery, a spokesman for the California Catholic Conference, told CNA June 11.
“Legislation is supposed to protect victims. The only thing (this bill) does is eliminate the statute of limitations for a year and revive a lot of old claims, but it only does so against private organizations.”
Eckery said private schools, organizations like the YMCA, and Catholic dioceses and schools are “concerned about the fact that...READ MORE

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IRS Scandals Raise Doubts Over HHS Mandate Judgment (2410)

The way the regulation is written, it is the IRS that determines whether an organization qualifies for full exemption from the HHS mandate.

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Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association

WASHINGTON — The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.

“The HHS mandate hinges on what constitutes a religious entity,” said Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association and editor of AltCatholicah, a Catholic women’s web magazine.

McGuire explained to CNA during a May 10 interview that the IRS has “authority in determining what a religious entity is” for purposes of deciding which employers must comply with the controversial mandate.

Issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, the mandate requires employers to...READ MORE

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Venezuelan Educator Calls Condoms ‘Russian Roulette’ for Youth (2863)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of a group of factories to produce millions of condoms in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro

– Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

CARACAS, Venezuela, — An official with the Venezuelan bishops’ conference has warned that a proposal by the country’s president to establish condom factories will entail a huge “social cost” for the nation’s youth.
“Installing a condom factory in Venezuela at best will lower the cost of a product, but at a great social cost,” Jose Villamizar, education director for the bishops’ conference of Venezuela, said June 9.
On June 6, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of “a group of factories here to produce millions of condoms” and charged the movement Young People for the Homeland with distributing the condoms and “shielding the country from unwanted pregnancies.”...READ MORE

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Modest Is Not 'Hottest'; Pope Francis: You Cannot Serve Two Masters and Much More! (4045)

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Modest is Not Hottest. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic blog to read more.

Modest Is Not Hottest by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic blog - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: You Cannot Serve Two Masters, Serve the Lord or Serve the World – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Girl Scouts: A “Groundbreaking” Feminist Moment - Mary Rice Hasson, Catholic Stand

Does Marriage Change People? – Barb Lishko, Catholic Lane

So-Called Same-Sex Marriage, Dr Who, And An Admission – LarryD, The American Catholic

Unpacking the First Cause Argument for God – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Strange Notions

How to Drive Away Temptation – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Whiskey Talk with Dr. Peter Kreeft – Whiskey Catholic

Pope Francis on Corruption, ‘Gay Lobby’ in Roman Curia – John Thavis,...READ MORE

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An ‘Easy Church’ Isn’t the Answer (5147)

Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin says the Church must continue to proclaim the truth on hot-button political issues like the HHS mandate and the definition of marriage.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin speaks June 8 at the Portsmouth Institute in Portsmouth, R.I.

– Rick Snizek/Rhode Island Catholic

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Last month, after years of leading a statewide effort to bar same-sex “marriage” from Rhode Island, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence watched as “marriage equality” forces finally attained political victory.

“I have been in the trenches,” Bishop Tobin acknowledged during a June 8 address at the Portsmouth Institute’s conference on “Catholicism and the American Experience” in Portsmouth, R.I.

Yet the defeat has not shaken this shepherd’s commitment to the defense of Church teaching on marriage, even as opinion polls chart a steady increase of support for same-sex “marriage” among Catholics and the public at large.

Bishop Tobin recounted an exchange between Pope...READ MORE

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