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Why We Serve: Religious Freedom and Catholic Service for the Poor (5169)


07/03/2014 Comments (8)

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As we come to the close of the "Fortnight for Freedom," I’m reminded of an interview with Christopher Hitchens that I saw years ago. For those of you who don’t know, Hitchens, who died in 2012, was an essayist, political commentator, cultural observer and avowed atheist. He was one of these new atheists, the kind that are not content with merely being atheists themselves, but insist that everyone else should be too.

The interview I saw took place because of his then-recent book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. That should probably give you a sense of Hitchens’ approach to life. The interviewer, Peter Robinson, asked Hitchens why he was insulted when people asked him, “If...READ MORE

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Council of Cardinals Zeroes in on Vatican Management and Finances (2556)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin was coinfirmed Wednesday as a full member of Pope Francis’ advisory board.

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin

VATICAN CITY — On the second of four days of meetings, the council of eight cardinals discussed the management of the Vatican City State and of the Curia, including the so-called “Vatican Bank,” whose process of reform is ongoing.

Pope Francis, along with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is involved in the meetings with the group of cardinals he selected last year to help in Church reform efforts.

The Pope was present at the entire meeting Wednesday morning, having suspended his Wednesday general audiences for a summer break.

Although no document has yet formalized Cardinal Parolin’s membership in the council, Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi...READ MORE

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Archbishop Coakley Asks Oklahoma City Civic Center to Reconsider Black Mass (12642)

He said July 1 that the event is a ‘Satanic inversion and distortion of the most sacred beliefs not only of Catholics, but of all Christians.’

07/03/2014 Comments (32)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Just a few months after a black mass reenactment was planned — and then canceled — at Harvard University, another has been scheduled to take place at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on Sept. 21, prompting calls for organizers to reconsider.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City issued a statement July 1, saying that the archdiocese is “astonished and grieved that the Civic Center would promote as entertainment and sell tickets for an event that is very transparently a blasphemous mockery of the Mass.”

“For more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide and more than 200,000 Catholics in Oklahoma, the Mass is the most sacred of religious rituals,” the archbishop said.

“It is...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Says It Again: Who Am I To Judge? Five Patron Saints of Beer and Much More! (4930)

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07/03/2014 Comments (2)

Follow Pope Francis Says It Again: “Who Am I To Judge?” by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Pope Francis Says It Again: “Who Am I To Judge?” by Thomas L. McDonald - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis and South Korea - John Paul Shimek, The Catholic World Report

Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, Martyrs for Catholic Church and Freedom – Don. R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Five Patron Saints of Beer – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

Confederate General Longstreet, Catholic Convert, Husband of The Fighting Lady - Don. R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Selling Our Sins – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Priest’s Sacrifice and Yours – Deacon Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Irish Govt Finalizes Terms of Inquiry Into Mother-Baby Homes - Michael Kelly, The Catholic Herald

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Revenge Only Perpetuates Violence, Jerusalem Bishop Observes (1486)

As tensions escalate following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to seek reconciliation, not retaliation.

07/02/2014 Comment
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Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem

– Paul Fifield/CNA

VATICAN CITY — In the wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has encouraged leaders to work for reconciliation rather than retaliation.

“We are against the killing of these three young Israeli men. It’s a homicide; it’s a crime against humanity,” the bishop said in comments made to CNA July 2.

“But at the same time, we should also look at the whole situation between Palestinians and Israelis [in order] to reach a reconciliation, so that such crimes are not repeated.”

Bishop Shomali, who serves as the auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem, spoke following the recent killing of three Israeli teenagers — Gilad...READ MORE

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Synod’s Working Document Addresses Priestly Education, Faithful Knowledge (4418)

NEWS ANALYSIS: On June 27, the Vatican released the instrumentum laboris for the October Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family.

07/02/2014 Comments (21)
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Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and general relator of the Synod on Marriage and the Family, speaks June 26 at the Vatican Press Office.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Synod of Bishops’ June 27 instrumentum laboris (working document) for the upcoming Synod on Marriage and the Family contained no doctrinal surprises, but it noted that neither the faithful nor the Church’s ministers are fully aware of the teaching of the Church.

Participants at the synod will use this document to prepare for the Oct. 5-16 gathering. Divided into three parts and based on the responses to the 38-question questionnaire sent to bishops’ conferences all over the world, the instrumentum laboris is a snapshot about the realities Catholics face in society today.

“The synod will represent an analysis of the pastoral and social situation,” said Cardinal Peter...READ MORE

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Toronto Cardinal: Catholic Teaching on Divorce ‘Not Open to Change’ (5304)

Civilly divorced-and-remarried Catholics will not be able to receive the sacraments, Cardinal Collins affirmed, but he also stressed that ‘we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation.’

07/02/2014 Comments (16)

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto

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TORONTO — Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is “not open to change,” as it is faithful to Jesus’ instruction on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage, but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto.

“Although it would not be right for them to receive the sacraments, we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation, to offer them loving assistance,” the cardinal said in an interview published on the Word on Fire blog June 25.

He said one form of help would be a wider realization that receiving Communion is not obligatory at Mass.

The cardinal said that if there were less pressure for...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ (13399)

Following The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Scott Derrickson’s new genre-blending tale of a Bronx cop and a Latino priest is part exorcism thriller, part police procedural.

07/02/2014 Comments (18)

Why would a mother at the zoo throw her toddler over a railing into the moat of a lion enclosure? That’s the kind of horrible question that can look very different if you are a police officer or a priest.

When Sgt. Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) skeptically tells Father Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez) that he thinks it’s crazy to “blame invisible fairies” for the bad things people do, it’s not hard to see his point of view. Ordinary depravity and ruthlessness as well as mental illness are daily experiences for beat cops like him.

But when Father Mendoza distinguishes between “secondary evil” (the bad things people do) and “primary evil” (malign spiritual forces), it’s not hard to see his point of view...READ MORE

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