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Vatican Spokesman Calls China’s Suspension of Bishop ‘Serious’ (1081)

The Chinese government suspended Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, after he resigned his position in the government-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association.

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VATICAN CITY — The Chinese government has suspended a Catholic bishop who resigned from the government-run Catholic association, leading the Vatican’s spokesman to describe the Holy See as deeply concerned.

The controversy comes after the government-run Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church of China – which is not recognized by the Vatican — revoked auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s appointment as coadjutor bishop of Shanghai.

Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Vatican’s position was “authoritatively expressed” in a recent article by Cardinal Fernando Filoni in Tripod, a quarterly published by the Diocese of Hong Kong’s Holy Spirit Study Centre.

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Supreme Court Set to Hear Prop. 8 and DOMA Cases (2472)

Both sides in the struggle over the legal definition of marriage are enthusiastic about their courtroom prospects, but the high court could steer clear of passing definitive judgment on the issue.

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WASHINGTON — Ending months of intense speculation, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed on Dec. 7 that it would take up two high-profile “marriage equality” cases, a move that could result in the legalization of same-sex “marriage” across the nation.

The court’s decision to address challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex “marriage,” prompted enthusiasm and dueling predictions from experts on both sides of the issue.

John Eastman, chairman of National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and a law professor at Chapman University in California, said he was “very pleased that the court has taken up both the DOMA case and the Prop. 8...READ MORE

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The Five Best Christmas Movies, The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Wedding: Church or Garden and More! (2064)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Five Best Christmas Movies and the Gift of Grace and Renewal. Follow the link by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson to read more.

The Five Best Christmas Movies and the Gift of Grace and Renewal by Dr. Mark W. HendricksonBig Pulpit

The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Today – Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Wedding. . .Church or Garden? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Will Hobbits Save the World? – Philip Kosloski, Into the West

Christmas Caroling Outside Abortion Clinics: A Pro-Life Tradition – John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews

Byzantine Catholic Rapture? – J. Andrew, Prayer of St. Ephrem

Monogamy, Celibacy, and Fatherhood – Dr. Joel I. Barstad, Southern Byzantine

Book Review: Catholic Spiritual Practices – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Rorate Cæli Desuper – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

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New Project Allows Members of Congress to Adopt Conscience Prisoners (1474)

‘We must shine a light on these prisoners of conscience until they are free,’ said Katrina Lantos Swett, who chairs the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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WASHINGTON — A new initiative in the nation’s capital invites members of Congress to “adopt” international prisoners of conscience to advocate for their release and to highlight the importance of human rights and religious liberty.

“We must shine a light on these prisoners of conscience until they are free,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, who chairs the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

At a Dec. 6 press conference, she explained that the Defending Freedoms project will encourage legislators to “stand in solidarity” with conscience prisoners, work for reform in their countries and send a message to the world about the importance of fundamental human freedoms.

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In Memoriam: Richard Wilkins, a True Friend of the Family (1554)

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 (1569)

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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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 (7459)

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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– 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 (1842)

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.

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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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