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In the Face of Horror, Faith in Action (8644)

A day after the massacre at Sandy Hook School, Newtown’s Catholic community gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church to offer prayers and support for the victims and their mourning families and for their heartbroken town.

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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — Nothing seemed different about the well-traveled two-lane route leading into this Connecticut community on Saturday. Newtown looked for all intents and purposes like the typical scenic, small New England town — the way it always did.

The turn at the town’s landmark flagpole quickly conducted local traffic past St. Rose of Lima Church to Interstate 8 a couple hundred yards further on, then into the village of Sandy Hook.

Nothing on the main road looked unusual, except for the big, hand-lettered sign in front of a business on the way into town that said, “Just Say a Prayer.”

That is exactly what people were doing as they silently entered St. Rose all day. They went...READ MORE

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Bishop Morlino Pushes "Ad Orientem" Worship, Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? and More! (3206)

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12/15/2012 Comment

Bishop Robert Morlino Pushes “Ad Orientem” Worship. Follow the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

A U. S. Bishop Pushes “Ad Orientem” Worship by Fr. John ZuhlsdorfBig Pulpit

Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

The Myth of Inevitability of Same-Sex “Marriage” – Luis Tellez, MercatorNet

Billboard Shows Pope Marrying Gays – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Helping the Disabled: Fact and Fiction – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Ashamed of the Cross - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Mystic Who Was Wrapped In Fire – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Preparing for Our Spouse – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Rose and Blue Vestments – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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Catholic Priests Respond Quickly to Conn. School Shooting (9063)

Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport rushed to the scene to comfort victims and their relatives.

12/14/2012 Comments (23)

Connecticut state police walk near the scene of the Dec. 14 elementary-school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., responded quickly to the mass murder of adults and schoolchildren at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, rushing to the scene to comfort victims and their relatives.

Brian Wallace, the diocese’s director of communications, said that priests from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the only Catholic parish in Newtown, are actively responding.

“The parish is huge and extremely active, and it’s just up the street,” Wallace told Catholic News Agency Dec. 14.

“Within minutes (of the shooting), the pastor, Msgr. Bob Weiss, was at the scene of the tragedy working with families,” he said.

“He quickly alerted...READ MORE

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Watch The Hobbit Like a Catholic, France to Crack Down on Catholic 'Extremists' and More! (2142)

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12/14/2012 Comment

Five Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic. Click on the link by Kevin Cotter to read further.

Five Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic – Kevin Cotter, Focus Blog

France Re-creates the Committee on Public Safety to Combat Catholic “Extremists” by Tristyn Bloom of the First Things websiteBig Pulpit

Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex “Marriage” – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Fr. Z Opines on the Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex "Marriage" - Fr. Z's Blog

Don’t Succumb to the Secular Tidal Wave – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Hallowed House and the Secular World – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

The Christian World of The Hobbit – Deborah Arca, Patheos/Take & Read

A High Altar Restored in Poland – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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San Francisco Officials Accused of Discouraging Pro-Life Rally (1986)

The city’s board of supervisors has approved a resolution to support a pro-abortion event on Jan. 26, the same day as the city’s Walk for Life West Coast.

12/14/2012 Comments (4)
West Coast Walk for Life

Pro-life supporters participate in the West Coast Walk for Life 2012.

– West Coast Walk for Life

SAN FRANCISCO — A move by San Francisco's city officials to support a celebration of the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S. has been interpreted by some as an attempt to discourage a local pro-life rally.

“San Francisco city government, as well as many local residents, cannot abide by the fact that the Walk for Life can attract over 40,000 participants annually to oppose a cause that their worldview holds as gospel,” said Vicki Evans, the respect life coordinator for the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Despite low attendance of a similar abortion-advocacy event last year, San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen and David Campos introduced a resolution to the city’s board of...READ MORE

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Catholics See Two Sides to Michigan’s New Union Limits (1867)

Some Catholic commentators warn that the law puts workers’ rights at risk, while others say the bill reflects workers’ individual choices.

12/14/2012 Comments (10)
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Union members from around the country rally at the Michigan State Capitol Dec. 11 to protest a vote on Right-to-Work legislation.

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LANSING, Mich. — Catholic commentators have weighed in on both sides of the controversial “right to work” labor bill in the longtime union stronghold of Michigan, with some warning that the law puts workers’ rights at risk while others say the bill reflects workers’ individual choices.

Dr. Maria Mazzenga, an education archivist at The Catholic University of America’s American Catholic History Research Center, said the passage of the law in Michigan is “a sign of labor’s declining power in the face of corporate interest.”

“Michigan has been a leader in unionization historically, and labor leaders and union workers might use this as an opportunity to rethink strategies, do some...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities, the Fiscal Cliff and Pope Benedict’s 'Motu Proprio' (1783)

Father Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA's president, on the record.

12/14/2012 Comments (3)

– Courtesy Catholic Charities USA

Since 2005, Father Larry Snyder has served as the president of Catholic Charities USA, the national office for about 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions. He also serves on the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which oversees the Church’s charitable activities around the globe.

He spoke in early December with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond amid Capitol Hill deficit-reduction talks that, if unresolved, could lead the federal government over the “fiscal cliff,” triggering massive cuts in government spending.

The interview also followed the release of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio “The Service of Charity,” which calls on bishops to strengthen the religious...READ MORE

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Pope Emphasizes Education of Youth in Response to Social Fractures (1101)

‘The future of humanity’ rests in ‘the relationship of children and young people with truth,’ the Holy Father tells new Vatican diplomats.

12/14/2012 Comments (3)
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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — As young people become more concerned with quick professional success and rely on social networks as a replacement for community, Pope Benedict XVI said that families and governments must work for the authentic education of students.

In a Dec. 13 address in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall to new ambassadors from Guinea, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia, the Pope turned the diplomats’ attention to the “unprecedented” rifts in society that need to be addressed.

“Family and school no longer seem to be the first and natural fertile ground where younger generations can receive the lifeblood of their existence,” Pope Benedict said.

The...READ MORE

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