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Little Sisters Get Temporary Relief From HHS Mandate While Supreme Court Mulls Their Case (3135)

On Aug. 21, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Little Sisters will not be subject the mandate’s requirements or the fines associated with resisting it.

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A resident and a sister arrange flowers at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Mullen Home in Denver.

– CNA/El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca

WASHINGTON — The Little Sisters of the Poor have received temporary protection from the federal contraception mandate until the Supreme Court decides whether or not it will hear their case.

On Aug. 21, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Little Sisters will not be subject to the mandate’s requirements or the fines associated with resisting it. The court order lasts until the Supreme Court announces whether it will take up the sisters’ appeal. If the court agrees to hear the case, the protection from the mandate will last until it issues a final ruling.

For 175 years, the Little Sisters have cared for the elderly poor and dying throughout the world.

However, they say that...READ MORE

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Corporate and State Financial Fallout Hits Planned Parenthood (6318)

As more videos reveal Planned Parenthood’s role in the fetal-tissue trade, the abortion giant faces funding losses from states and a number of corporations distancing themselves.

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Protesters call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood at a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 28. A similar nationwide rally will be held at 300 Planned Parenthood sites this weekend to increase public awareness about the organization’s abortion-related activities.

– Facebook/Students for Life of America

WASHINGTON — Facing intense scrutiny over its role as a go-between for scientists desirous of fetal tissue from aborted unborn children for research, Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have seen increased pressure on its funding from states and corporations.

On Wednesday, the organization was hit with the seventh video from the Center for Medical Progress, which raises the specter that the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act may have been violated. The testimony in the video indicates some of the aborted children may have been still alive — their hearts still beating — when their organs and tissues were removed by tissue-procurement specialists.

“The [state and federal] funding...READ MORE

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Speaking the Truth in Love: Courage Helps Frame Synod’s Homosexuality Discussion (3272)

The Catholic apostolate’s first international conference, held this month in Michigan, offered perspectives on how to best accompany families that include persons with homosexual tendencies.

08/21/2015 Comments (14)
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– YouTube/Invited to Courageous Love

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — “The distinguishing characteristics of human intimacy — love and life — are not just protections from harm, but they mark out the path to fulfillment,” said Father Paul Check. “This is the way the human heart is designed by God.”

The executive director of Courage International spoke to the Register last week, laying out the rationale for his apostolate’s first international conference. “We want to be of service to the Church,” he explained, “in her reflections on Christian anthropology and her reflections on pastoral care.”

More than 400 clergy and lay professionals gathered in Plymouth, Mich., Aug. 10-12 to consider ways to welcome and accompany brothers and sisters in...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Archdiocese Announces Priestly Discernment Program as Vocations Soar (3260)

“It is extraordinarily gratifying to see these young men choosing a life of service to Jesus Christ and the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia,’ said Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Senior, the rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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Seminarians attend Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

– Archdiocese of Philadelphia/HeedtheCall.org

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is an exciting place these days: There’s the World Meeting of Families next month that will include a visit from Pope Francis and, now, a sizeable increase in vocations to the priesthood.

On Aug. 19, the archdiocese announced that, in the upcoming academic year, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary will have the highest enrollment numbers in more than 10 years, with 20 new seminarians and 145 total seminarians.

“With the servant-leadership example of Pope Francis and Archbishop [Charles] Chaput, these young men are once again experiencing the freedom that comes from this choice over a society that is increasingly secular and experiencing the...READ MORE

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Elderly Woman Attacked in Omaha Church Responds With Forgiveness (2842)

The 76-year-old Iowa woman was reading a parish bulletin in the cathedral lobby on Sunday when one man approached her from behind.

08/21/2015 Comments (4)

– YouTube

OMAHA, Neb. — Police have arrested one suspect in the assault and robbery of a 76-year-old woman at Omaha's Catholic cathedral — and the woman is asking for prayers for her attackers.

“She is doing well and recovering at a friend's house,” Father James Netusil, an associate pastor at St. Cecilia's Cathedral, said on the cathedral's Facebook page Aug. 18.

“She is grateful for all of your prayers, and her hope is that you will pray for her attackers. What a witness to Christian forgiveness. God bless her!”

The 76-year-old Iowa woman was reading a parish bulletin in the cathedral lobby on Sunday when one man approached her from behind. He grabbed her purse and ran out the door. A second man...READ MORE

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#LoveMatters as We Prayerfully Protest Planned Parenthood (3776)

COMMENTARY: A week’s worth of prayer and fasting is scheduled to begin Aug. 22, in reparation for all of the victims of abortion.

08/21/2015 Comments (3)

For decades, African-American communities have been devastated by a form of institutional racism that kills innocents and spreads hopelessness. Our people have been disproportionately victimized and brutalized. It’s past time that our leaders and our nation acknowledge that a systemic and systematic, government-approved practice is destroying African-American lives.

While the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray and many others are surely part of the landscape, there is something deeply insidious that reaches far beyond what we are being trained to see.

In a world where all lives should matter, the lives of black women, including Tonya Reaves and Lakisha Wilson, and...READ MORE

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A Model Letter on the Restoration of All-Male Altar Service, Seven Things I Love About NFP and More! (3194)

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A Model Letter on the Restoration of All-Male Altar Service by Peter Kwasniewski, Ph.D., of New Liturgical Movement - Big Pulpit

Closed-Door Discussions are Published and Synod Storm Gathers – Mary Jo Anderson, The Catholic World Report

A New Stripping of the Altars? - Nicholas Senz, Catholic Stand

Is Your Parish Like a Convenience Store? – Fr. Robert McTeigue SJ, Aleteia∝

Seven Things I Love About Natural Family Planning (NFP) - Jessica McAfee, Epic Pew

Communist China’s Hideous Persecution of Christians Should Not Go Unchecked – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald Magazine

Heavenly Bodies: On the Resurrection of the Flesh – Nicene Guy, Ignitum Today

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Eleven Cardinals Tackle Key Marriage and Family Issues in Pre-Synod Book (1794)

In an upcoming Ignatius Press release, an impressive international roster of red hats offer doctrinally sound pastoral perspectives on how to address key marriage and family issues.

08/20/2015 Comments (1)
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Participants assemble in the Vatican's Synod Hall for a session of the Synod on the Family on Oct. 10, 2014.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — With the 2015 Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral perspective of the issues at stake, while reaffirming the truth of the Gospel on family and marriage issues.

The book is titled Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and Family and will be published in English by Ignatius Press. An Italian edition will also be published.

It is curated by Father Winfried Aymans, a German canon law professor and expert. It includes contributions by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna; Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India; Cardinal Paul Joseph Cordes, president emeritus of...READ MORE

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