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In Memoriam: Richard Wilkins, a True Friend of the Family (1523)

COMMENTARY: Remembering a friend and colleague in the fight to preserve marriage.

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Richard Wilkins (1953-2012)

On a warm spring night in the year 1996, high in the mountains overlooking Provo, Utah, a man lay awake in his bed. He tossed and turned for hours. A voice was speaking to him.

And the voice said something like, “Arise from your bed and go to Istanbul. I and my people need you there.” In the words of the Psalmist, “deep called out to deep,” for it had to be the deep of God calling out to the depths of that man’s heart.

Richard Wilkins went to his boss, the dean of the Brigham Young University School of Law, and said, “There is a U.N. conference in Istanbul, and I think I am supposed be there.”

The dean asked him why he was supposed to go. Wilkins said, “I don’t really...READ MORE

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Include Mary in Advent Season, Archbishop Gomez Says (1547)

The archbishop of Los Angeles highlights the connection between December’s two major Marian holy days, the Dec. 8 feast of the Immaculate Conception and the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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– Catholic News Agency

LOS ANGELES — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles is describing Advent as “a season of Mary” and a time for Catholics to “turn to Mary in a new way.”

“We have to take Mary into our homes, into our lives. We need to love her and learn from her as our Mother. She was a perfect daughter of God, so we can learn from her how to act as God’s sons and daughters,” the archbishop said in his Dec. 7 column for The Tidings newspaper.

Two major Marian holy days are celebrated in December: the Dec. 8 feast of the Immaculate Conception, which honors Mary being conceived without sin, and the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which commemorates the appearance of Mary to St. Juan Diego in...READ MORE

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U.K. Catholics Decry Prime Minister’s Call for Same-Sex 'Weddings' in Churches (7435)

Bishop Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth warns that this would 'strangle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church in Britain to conduct its mission.'

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Bishop Philip Egan

– Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth, England

LONDON — Leaders of the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom have reacted strongly against the prime minister’s recent statement that he intends to support same-sex “marriages” in churches.

Prime Minister David Cameron “seems utterly determined to undermine one of the key foundations of our society. ... He is luring the people of England away from their common Christian values,” Bishop Philip Egan of the Diocese of Portsmouth said in a recent statement.

The bishop said Cameron is drawing the English from their “Christian patrimony” and is “forcing upon us a brave new world, artificially engineered.”

In a television interview Dec. 7, Cameron said he is an enthusiastic supporter of...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict, Cardinal Ouellet Address ‘Ecclesia in America’ Congress (1832)

The goal of the Dec. 9-12 congress, attended by more than 200 Catholic leaders from across the Americas, is to improve Church relationships between North, Central and South America and to discuss the New Evangelization.

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Cardinal Marc Ouellet celebrates Mass at the opening of the Ecclesia in America Congress.

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — The solution to the issues plaguing the American continent is to renew faith in Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said as he helped open a conference on the Church in the Americas.

“A renewed missionary spirit and zealous generosity in your commitment will be an irreplaceable contribution to what the universal Church expects and needs from the Church in America,” Pope Benedict said.

He made his remarks to participants in the Dec. 9-12 international Ecclesia in America Congress, who were gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica after the conference’s opening Mass.

The congress’ aim is to improve relationships between the Church in North, Central and South America and to discuss the...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogosphere Debates Hell, Guidelines for Giving Even When You're Broke and Much More! (2238)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Catholic Blogosphere’s Debates on Hell. Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington (DC) to read more.

The Catholic Blogosphere’s Debates on Hell by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington (DC)Big Pulpit

Guidelines for Giving. . .Even When You’re Broke – Zoe Saint-Paul, SlowMama

The Next Best Thing to Monastic Life – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

How Infallible Is the Magisterium? – Anthony Rosselli, Until We Rest in Thee

Distractions at Mass – Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Leo XIII: Taxing the Rich Does Not Help the Poor – Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Messianic Prophecies: Jonah 2:1 – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Former Episcopal Priest Grateful to Pope for Catholic Ordinariate – Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

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Parents’ Rights Groups Lead Successful Fight to Stop U.N. Disabilities Treaty in Senate (4249)

Along with fears the treaty would undermine parental authority, opponents argued that ratification would undermine U.S. national sovereignty and could advance abortion.

12/10/2012 Comments (19)

NEW YORK — A United Nations treaty guaranteeing rights to the disabled narrowly failed Dec. 4 to get the necessary two-thirds majority it needed in the U.S. Senate to become part of American law, thanks to intense lobbying by parents’ rights groups, home-schoolers, pro-life Catholics and an immovable minority of Republican senators.

Sixty-one senators, mostly Democrats, voted for ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Thirty-eight senators, all Republicans, voted against it.

But because international treaties require a two-thirds Senate supermajority to be ratified, those 38 votes were more than enough to at least stall the measure, which has...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Recommend '10 Prayers for the Year of Faith' (4232)

Catholic prayers, old and new, are offered by the USCCB.

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WASHINGTON — By working to enrich their prayer lives, Catholics can grow closer to Christ and more deeply live out the Year of Faith, said the U.S. bishops’ leader on matters of evangelization.

“The Year of Faith is about returning to the foundational teachings of the Church and drawing strength from them,” said Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

He pointed to the Nicene Creed, the official prayer of the Year of Faith, as expressing “the core of Christian belief.”

Announced by Pope Benedict XVI, the Year of Faith runs through Nov. 24, 2013, and is an opportunity for Catholics to renew their faith so that...READ MORE

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Congress Considering Abortion Support in Defense Bill (1812)

House Republicans are resisting the drive to expand access to abortion for military servicewomen.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed its version of the defense bill Dec. 4, which expands access to abortion for military servicewomen.

The amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, would end the existing ban on women in the military using their health insurance to procure abortions when they have been the victims of rape or incest.

The House’s version of the bill does not include the amendment, and the two have yet to be reconciled with one another.

The Senate bill, with the Shaheen amendment, was supported by Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, among others. The Dec. 4 vote in...READ MORE

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