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In Synod-Related Effort, Homosexual-Rights Activists Target Eight U.S. Bishops (12918)

A coalition of well-funded groups is lobbying against prominent bishops in hopes of changing Church doctrine and practice.

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Synod-related Human Rights Campaign poster

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ROME — The start of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family has triggered a wave of activism from well-funded LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) activist groups in the U.S., who are targeting “outspoken” Catholic bishops in hopes of changing Catholic practice and moral doctrine.

“Most important is the opportunity to create a precedent for change,” the Human Rights Campaign said in its pamphlet on the synod.

The LGBT group has announced an activist effort targeting eight bishops in a pamphlet that labels them as “the best of the worst Catholic bishops across the country.”

Its campaign will target Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper Continues Campaign to Allow Communion for Divorced and Remarried (6912)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The retired German archbishop claims a ‘growing majority’ favor an ‘opening’ in the area of allowing the divorced and remarried to receive the Eucharist.

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Cardinal Walter Kasper

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he thinks a “growing majority” of the synod members are in favor of his proposal to allow some divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion.

Speaking to the Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin as he came out of Tuesday evening’s small working-group discussions, the German cardinal said the “growing majority are in favor of an opening.”

“I saw it [an opening] — but it’s more of a feeling,” he said, adding that the synod has yet to vote on it. He added that the Holy Father has been “silent” about his opinion and “has listened very carefully” during the synod, “but it’s clearly what he wants, and that’s evident,” he...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Be Joyful Witnesses of Christian Hope (892)

“Christian hope, then, is our joyful expectation of the Lord’s coming and the fulfillment of his saving plan for the human family,” the Holy Father explained at his general audience on Oct. 15.

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VATICAN CITY -- In his Wednesday general audience address on Oct. 15, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian hope, saying that it consists in our joyful expectation of the return of its source, Jesus Christ.

“Christian hope encompasses the whole person, so it is not a mere desire or an optimism, but the full realization of the mystery of divine love, in which we have been born and in which we already live,” the Pope told those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope continued his catechesis on the Church, turning this week to the theme of Christian hope as the fulfillment of God’s promises in Christ at the end of time.

In the Book of Revelation, the faithful read about this...READ MORE

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Burke: Kasper Urging Direction Not Taken in Church History; The Apostle of the Poor and Much More! (2905)

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Click on Cardinal Burke: Cardinal Kasper Is Urging a Direction Never Taken in the Whole History of the Church by Susan E. Wills of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Cardinal Burke: Cardinal Kasper Is Urging a Direction Never Taken in the Whole History of the Church by Susan E. Wills of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: Uniter or Divider? – Tom Hoopes, Aleteia∝

When Pope Francis Met Evita – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Saint Vincent de Paul, Apostle of the Poor - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

End Times Catechesis (Left Behind Movie Theology) by Paul Zummo of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

How I Failed My Medical Career & Found My Love of Motherhood - Karen Reep, Seton Magazine

The Catholic Church Is All About Rules! – Todd Nolan, Catholic Stand

10 Quotes from St. Therese of Lisieux on Mary – Tom Perna

Synod on the...READ MORE

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Sharing the Secret to Longevity in Major League Baseball (1559)

Cal Ripken Jr.’s athletic trainer speaks of three decades with the Baltimore Orioles and his spiritual awakening.

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Baltimore Orioles athletic trainer Richie Bancells talks with an Orioles player.

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BALTIMORE — Many people know about Cal Ripken Jr.’s record-breaking endurance, but few know about one of the men who helped the modern-day Iron Man break Major League Baseball’s consecutive-games-played record.

Athletic trainer Richie Bancells was hired by the Orioles on the same day the team drafted Ripken in 1978. While Ripken would make the majors before Bancells, they reunited in 1984 and worked together for the remainder of Ripken’s career, which ended in 2001.

Bancells enjoyed his time with baseball’s Iron Man, but a couple of years later, he experienced serious anxiety that led to a hospital visit and a re-prioritization of his life. He started to see what could be set aside and...READ MORE

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Nine Alternative Bible Translations to Spice Up your Devotional Life, Free Will and Much More! (1423)

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Click on Nine Alternative Bible Translations to Spice Up Your Devotional Life Courtesy ChurchPOP link to read more.

Nine Alternative Bible Translations to Spice Up Your Devotional Life Courtesy ChurchPOP - BigPulpit.com

Lest They Receive the Holy Eucharist in Vain - R. Thomas Richard PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Free Will & Divine Providence – Bob Kurland, Catholic Stand

Bill Gates Foundation Targets Newman Society - Catholic Education Daily

Hey, Remember What That Nutjob Santorum Said? by Matthew Archbold of Creative Minority Report - BigPulpit.com

Things We Need to Start Saying in Same-Sex "Marriage" Debate – Tom Hoopes, Aleteia∝

An Interview with Alanna Boudreau – Olivia Spears, Ignitum Today

Book Review: The Race To Save Our Century – Stephen Herreid, Catholic Vote

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Synod Secretariat: ‘Relatio’ Is Just a Working Document (3970)

The clarification came in answer to the strong, and mostly negative, response among synod fathers to media reports about the mid-synod report.

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Bishops participating in the Oct. 5-19 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family

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VATICAN CITY — The secretariat of the Synod of Bishops on Tuesday stressed the interim report on the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family is solely a “working document,” which is not the interpretation that is being attributed to it by many commentators following its publication on Monday.

The Vatican issued the statement as it emerged that the mixed-and-strong reaction to the report — called a relatio post disceptationem — took the synod participants by surprise.

“In response to reactions and discussions following the publication of the relatio post disceptationem, and the fact that often a value has been attributed to the document that does not correspond to its nature,” the...READ MORE

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Father Groeschel Laid to Rest in Newark (1216)

The body of the Capuchin friar, who died Oct. 3 at the age of 81, was placed in the crypt of the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary after his funeral Mass.

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Franciscan Father Benedict Groeschel, 1933-2014

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NEWARK, N.J. — Family and friends of the gray-habited friar Father Benedict Groeschel bid farewell to him Oct. 12, as he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary after his funeral Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J.

The priest, who was an author, former EWTN host and one of the founders of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, passed away at 11pm on Oct. 3, at the age of 81.

Father Groeschel was one of eight Capuchin friars in New York City who helped found the Franciscan Friars, which is committed to poverty and evangelization.

Known for his love of the poor, he founded the St. Francis House for the homeless and Good...READ MORE

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