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New Pastoral Frontier: Baptisms of Children to Same-Sex Couples (16453)

Same-sex unions present tough challenges to pastors when it comes to baptizing their children.

07/14/2014 Comments (36)

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Editor's note: This article was updated on July 16.

MADISON, Wis. — In the 21st century, the Church is encountering requests for children’s baptism from parents in same-sex relationships. But few dioceses have actual policies in the area, which requires a great deal of pastoral attention and no one-size-fits-all answers.

In the Diocese of Madison, the vicar general, Msgr. James Bartylla, sent out a May 10 email to pastors asking them to “please seek consultation and coordination” with his office on requests for baptism of children to same-sex couples. The email stated that each case “must be evaluated individually,” because of difficulties in same-sex unions that “touch upon theology,...READ MORE

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Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Government Rescue of Schoolgirls (2037)

The archbishop of Jos said the government and military have to concretely act on promises to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.

07/14/2014 Comment
Aid to the Church in Need

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria

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VATICAN CITY — Amid government reports that the nearly 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok could be home soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called the country’s leaders to follow through with their promises.

“At the conclusion of the National Council of States Meeting … there was news that it will just be a matter of time before the girls are released,” Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama told CNA.

“That is good news, we hope. But we will have to see how far it goes, how concrete that news will be. As I said, there’s a lot of promises,” Archbishop Kaigama continued, adding, “Promises are not enough. We just want to see concrete action and the fruit of whatever the government is doing, along...READ MORE

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New Health-Care Resource Links Catholic Patients, Providers (6569)

A huge demand for health care based on Catholic values has inspired a new Web portal to meet that need.

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– WellCatholic.com

NEW YORK — A new health-care website hopes to link together Catholic patients and health-care providers in order to address the cultural challenges facing Catholics around the country.

“There’s more to being Catholic … than simply, ‘We don’t use birth control,’” psychologist Dr. Greg Bottaro said, explaining how the faith affects participation in the health-care industry.

“There’s an integration between our faith and our professional life as a health-care provider, where we treat the person differently from the start.”

Bottaro is the founder of WellCatholic, a website he hopes will link Catholic patients with doctors who uphold Catholic values in their health practices across all medical...READ MORE

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Excommunication After Abortion and Absolution, Longing for Love, Living for the Eucharist and More! (6109)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/14/2014 Comment

Follow the Excommunication After Abortion and Absolution via Fr. Z’s Blog link to read more.

Excommunication After Abortion and Absolution via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

I Didn’t Want to Live Anymore, Then I Met Him; The Eucharist - Carly Andrews, Aleteia

Dear Robert Tracinski: Sola Pecunia – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Building a Civilization of Truth and Love – Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Crisis Magazine

500 Years of Protestantism: The Cycle of Insanity by David L. Gray - BigPulpit.com

Chesterton, Shaw and the Effect of Laughter on Insult – Marc Barnes, Strange Notions

Longing for Love – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

You Can Make A Lifetime Marriage – Doctor Gregory Popcak, Catholic Exchange

The Pope Is Never Sick Until He’s Dead – John L. Allen Jr., The Boston...READ MORE

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How to Support a Friend's Vocation to the Priesthood, Rules for Reading the Bible and More! (3556)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/13/2014 Comment

Follow the Saint Augustine’s Two Rules for Reading the Bible by Doctor Jeffrey Mirus link to read more.

Saint Augustine’s Two Rules for Reading the Bible by Doctor Jeffrey Mirus - BigPulpit.com

How to Support a Friend’s Vocation to the Priesthood – Fr. Z’s Blog

Preaching The Word Must Proceed From Love – Jason Liske, Catholic Stand

Marginalizing Catholic Teaching One Grant at a Time – Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine

Do You Know Your Shepherd? – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Why Everyone Should Oppose Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ - Matthew Olson, Catholic Analysis

The Obama Doctrine: Promoting Homosexuality – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Vatican Theologians: Don’t Confuse Sensus Fidelium with Majority Opinion - Cindy Wooden, The Catholic Herald

On Inequality; Envy – Fr. James V. Schall SJ,...READ MORE

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Why Is Catholicism In Decline? Make-Up and Martyrdom and Wake-Up Calls and Much More! (4866)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/12/2014 Comment

Follow the Why Is Catholicism In Decline? by David Carlin of Aleteia link to read more.

Why Is Catholicism In Decline? by David Carlin of Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

“Making Gay Okay” Is a “Very Important” and “Searingly Effective Book” – Ignatius Insight Scoop

Make-Up and Martyrdom and Wake-Up Calls – Richard G. Evans, Catholic Stand

Life on the Academic Animal Farm – Robert Oscar Lopez, Crisis Magazine

Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s The Wizard Knight – J. C., Ignitum Today

On the Indoctrination of Children – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

God Is a Four Letter Word – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The Quran and Christianity - Michael Coren, The Catholic World Report

Soren Kierkegaard Meets G. K. Chesterton – Benjamin Mann, Catholic Exchange

Damage Control: Pope...READ MORE

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Bishop Elizondo: ‘Our Broken Immigration System Is Not Working in a Humane Way’ (6672)

In an exclusive Register interview, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration discusses the hot-button immigration issues that are generating national controversy.

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Archdiocese of Seattle

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo

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Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration. This week, as the Obama administration and local law enforcement sought to address the growing humanitarian crisis posed by an unprecedented surge in undocumented minors crossing the border, Bishop Elizondo  addressed the July 7-10 National Migration Conference in Washington, sponsored by the bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Catholic Charities USA.

The conference addressed a host of issues, from the desperate plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of a brutal civil war to the scourge of...READ MORE

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CEO Lays Out Blueprint for Operating a Catholic Diocese (3699)

Michael Caspino, CEO of Busch & Caspino, enumerates some of the sound business practices that can aid bishops in operating the temporal side of their dioceses.

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Michael Caspino, CEO of Busch & Caspino

As Pope Francis acts to reform the Vatican Curia and financial institutions to improve transparency and more effectively respond to the needs of the universal Church, U.S. dioceses are also re-evaluating their own policies and practices to determine how they can better support the mission of the local Church.

Michael Caspino is a lawyer and the CEO of Busch & Caspino, a legal consulting group, which, among other services, helps bishops develop a road map for the renewal of diocesan institutions and practices, from social outreach and fundraising to teacher contracts.  

During an interview with Joan Frawley Desmond, the Register’s senior editor, Caspino explained how some 21st-century...READ MORE

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