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Church, Political Leaders Extend Prayers to Oklahoma Victims (2329)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan sends prayer and comfort, and President Barack Obama also offered his condolences and aid.

05/22/2013 Comment

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON — Following a devastating tornado in Oklahoma on May 20, Church leaders and national figures offered their prayers and condolences for those affected by the disaster.

“The experience of loss of family members, homes, neighborhoods and even the local hospital shows a devastation that impels us to stand with you and all the good people of Moore, both in prayer for comfort and in efforts for disaster relief to ease the suffering of those whose lives have been affected by this dreadful disaster,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York said to Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City in a May 21 letter.

“May the words of Jesus, ‘Behold I am with you always,’ and...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Could Give Landmark Ruling on Public Prayer (3286)

Alliance Defending Freedom will support the town of Greece on the historic practice of seeking Divine guidance at public meetings.

05/22/2013 Comments (7)

First prayer in Congress, September 1774, in Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia

WASHINGTON — In a move that could have national consequences for prayer in public life, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a federal case challenging the constitutionality of opening prayers at the town-council meetings in Greece, N.Y.

“It is perfectly constitutional to allow community members to ask for God’s blessing according to their conscience,” Brett Harvey, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, told Catholic News Agency on May 21.

“A Supreme Court ruling reaffirming this historic tradition and making clear that prayer-givers are permitted to pray consistent with the dictates of their own conscience would both uphold the original understanding of the...READ MORE

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Vatican Officials Repudiate Misinterpretation of Their Comments on Same-Sex Unions (3733)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia say they in no way endorse such illicit relationships and that their misinterpreted remarks were used by opponents of the Church.

05/22/2013 Comments (8)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn


VATICAN CITY — A handful of Vatican officials and even a cardinal have recently voiced opinions that appear to be supportive of civil unions between people of the same sex, despite the Church’s teaching being clearly against homosexuality and cohabitation/pre-marital sexual relations.

The majority of statements have been quickly repudiated by the archbishops in question, who have argued that their comments have been misinterpreted, but the Church’s opponents have capitalized on the confusion.

On April 8, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, reportedly told an audience in London that same-sex relationships should be respected and recognized in law.

“There can be...READ MORE

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President Guilty of Nothing Short of Blasphemy, the Songs of Angels and Much More! (4412)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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President Obama Guilty of Nothing Short of Blasphemy. Follow the link by George Weigel to read more.

Obama Guilty of Nothing Short of Blasphemy by George Weigel - BigPulpit.com

The Songs of the Angels - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Twelve Other Forms of Marian Piety - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis Calls for Natural Law and Ethics – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Lawrence C. McClarey: Requiescat In Pace - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Give Me Your Tired, Poor, but Not Your Homeschoolers – Joseph Knippenberg, First Things

Women: The Infallible Barometer - P. D. Yoko, Catholic Stand

Canon Law and False Abuse Allegations (II) - Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

What do Robin Hood and Pope Francis Have in Common? - Patti Maguire...READ MORE

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Oklahoma City Archbishop Assures Tornado Victims of His Prayers (2197)

'Be mindful of the suffering individuals and families and community of central Oklahoma,' Archbishop Paul Coakley says as he traveled to Moore, which was devastated by twisters this week.

05/21/2013 Comment
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Local news in Oklahoma City shows the devastation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City traveled to Moore today to give his support and prayers to those devastated by the tornado that swept through the town May 20.

“I feel, as the archbishop, as a shepherd, I need to be there,” Archbishop Coakley told Catholic News Agency while on his way to the suburb of Oklahoma City on May 21.

“I'm not sure …there's anything very practical I can do when I arrive, other than to show my pastoral concern and support and give the assurance of my prayers to those who are indeed suffering.”

He added, “People are in such shock right now, we just want to accompany them in their suffering at this point.”

The tornado, which was...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers Protest Boston College Commencement Honoree (4009)

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny’s introduction of a new abortion law made him a target of campus criticism.

05/21/2013 Comments (16)

Republic of Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Some 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees from Boston College on a balmy Monday, while a group of pro-lifers peacefully protested the Catholic university’s choice of Irish Prime Minster Enda Kenny as commencement speaker.

The protesters, who numbered about 60, gathered just off campus with prayers, signs, banners, bag pipes, drums and words to voice their opinion prior to May 20 commencement exercises in Alumni Stadium.

“Ireland is literally at the threshold of something terrible if Enda Kenny and his government do not rescind [the government’s plan to allow abortion] — if this law is enacted, we’re going down the wrong road,” said John...READ MORE

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Pope Praying for Children, Others Struck by Oklahoma Tornado (2157)

There are children among the dead, but officials said the death toll is expected to increase, in wake of tornado that hit the southern Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on May 20.

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Carlos and Kim Caudillo stand in the debris of their home after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20 in Moore, Okla.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis sent special condolences to those parents who lost their children in a tornado in Oklahoma.

“I am close to the families of all who died in the Oklahoma tornado, especially those who lost young children,” the Pope said on his Twitter account on May 21.

“Join me in praying for them,” he added.

Pope Francis also tweeted the same message in Spanish.

Earlier in the day, during his morning Mass in the Vatican, the Pope personally added a prayer intention for the tornado victims and those who are missing, especially the children.

The death toll keeps changing, as more are recovered following the tornado that hit the southern Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on...READ MORE

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Catholic, Pro-Life and Pro-Marriage Groups Also Targeted by IRS (7036)

The federal tax agency has already apologized for singling out groups that had ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their name, and one Catholic writer tells of her run-in with the taxman.

05/21/2013 Comments (9)

WASHINGTON — Catholic writer and professor Anne Hendershott wanted the public to know that Obamacare funds abortions.

So she wrote a series of articles critical of the Affordable Care Act in March of 2010.

In May of that year, the IRS called.

Hendershott finds herself among an emerging class of taxpayers who believe they were targets of special scrutiny and intimidation by the Internal Revenue Service for political reasons.

The federal government’s tax-collection agency apologized on May 10 for targeting groups with “tea party” and/or “patriot” in their names, but growing numbers of Catholics claim they were also singled out for pro-life activities.

The IRS didn’t tell...READ MORE

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