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Marriage Breakdown Threatens Society, Religious Leaders Stress (2590)

At the March for Marriage, participants highlighted the costs of defining marriage away from its traditional focus on the welfare of children.

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone speaks with Archbishop Carlo Vigano, the apostolic nuncio to the United Sates, at the 2014 March for Marriage.

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WASHINGTON — The redefinition of marriage and movement from its focus on children affects not only families but also entire communities and all of society, religious leaders warn.

“People see marriage as a relationship between adults rather than a man and a woman coming together to bond and produce children. Rather than being a child-centered institution, it’s an adult-centered institution,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco told CNA at the March for Marriage June 19.

This focus on adults rather than children leads to “broken families” and a host of other social struggles, the head of the U.S. bishops’ defense-and-promotion-of-marriage committee continued.

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St. John Paul II Relic to Tour East Coast (3779)

The first stop will be Saturday in Boston.

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BOSTON — A relic of St. John Paul II will begin a tour of the U.S. in Boston on Saturday, giving the Catholic faithful in several major cities the chance to venerate one of the Church’s newest saints.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said St. John Paul II “meant so much to the people of the Archdiocese of Boston and around the world, enlivening in them the presence of God’s grace and love.”

The relic, a vial of St. John Paul II’s blood, will be displayed for veneration at Boston’s Holy Cross Cathedral June 21 from 3 to 4:30pm and after the 4:30pm anticipated Mass.

On June 22, veneration of the relic will take place after the 11:30am Mass, said by Cardinal O’Malley.

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Ratzinger Prize Honorees Reflect Intellectual Vitality, Cardinal Says (2012)

Female Scripture scholar and Polish monsignor are the 2014 recipients.

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Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, speaks at the June 17 press conference on the Ratzinger Prize.

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Camillo Ruini praised the two winners of the 2014 Ratzinger Prize for their academic accomplishments and their commitment to the faith.

At a June 17 press conference announcing the prizes, the vicar general emeritus of the Diocese of Rome, said Scripture professor Anne-Marie Pelletier is a person of “great importance” in French Catholicism today, saying she “brings together an earned scientific prestige with a great and versatile cultural vitality and a genuine dedication to causes very important for Christian witness in society.”

He praised Msgr. Waldemar Chrostowski, a Polish biblical scholar, for combining “academic rigor with passion for the word of God in...READ MORE

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‘Fortnight for Freedom’ Issues a Call to Serve (4812)

The Church’s service to the poor and vulnerable, and leadership by laypeople in promoting religious liberty, feature prominently in this year’s event.

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BALTIMORE — The “Fortnight for Freedom” has launched into its third year in the United States. But the two weeks of the year dedicated by the U.S. bishops to religious liberty have made the greatest impact in places where laymen and women have seized the initiative with the support of their bishops behind them.

Hillary Byrnes, an attorney for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom, told the Register that the levels of participation in 2014’s Fortnight for Freedom (from June 21 to July 4) are on track to match the past two years. At least 80% of the dioceses from all over the country are participating, according to the latest USCCB figures.


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Bishop Schneider: We are in the Fourth Great Crisis of the Catholic Church; How to Forgive and More! (4546)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Bishop Athanasius Schneider: We Are in Fourth Great Crisis of the Catholic Church by Sarah Atkinson to read more.

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Saving the Catholic Internet From Itself – Kevin M. Tierney, Catholic Lane

Selfie Sex and Neo Narcissism – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

10 Ways to Open Up to the Holy Spirit – Fr. Ed Broom, Catholic Exchange

What Every Catholic Marriage Prep Program Ought to Include – Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

God’s Design for the Family - Mitchell Kalpakgian PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

How to Forgive – Fr. Michael Najim, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Marriage Takes a Beating – Kenneth D. Whitehead, Crisis Magazine

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Marriage Gives Society Needed Stability, Activists Say (1849)

Speakers at the second annual March for Marriage in the nation’s capital emphasized that a child needs both his mother and father.

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Participants in the 2014 March for Marriage stand outside the Supreme Court building in Washington on June 19.

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WASHINGTON — Political leaders told crowds at the March for Marriage on Thursday not to be afraid to speak the truth about marriage and that both a father and a mother play a unique and essential role in a child’s life.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told CNA during the June 19 March for Marriage in Washington that supporters of marriage should “reclaim marriage” and be “proclaiming marriage for the public good it is.”

“Marriage is a unique bond between a man and a woman,” he said, noting its “stabilizing” benefits not only for children, but for society as a whole.

The march, which was the second national demonstration recognizing marriage’s unique role as an institution that...READ MORE

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Affront to Freedom (5031)


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On June 17, U.S. district court Judge Callie Granade of Mobile, Ala., struck a blow against the free-exercise rights of faithful Catholics when she issued an opinion that denied EWTN Global Catholic Network protection from the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate.

Granade’s decision reflects a misunderstanding of EWTN’s primary objection to the mandate, which requires the Catholic media network to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in its employee health plan. But this ruling also highlights the broad confusion in the courts and our culture regarding the meaning and purpose of conscience rights and the proper interpretation of laws enacted to...READ MORE

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From Racial Hatred to Rational Love (2236)

An Interview With Author Joseph Pearce

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Joseph Pearce, author of the bestselling book Race With the Devil: My Journey From Racial Hatred to Rational Love, recently returned from a brief speaking tour in Spain promoting the Spanish edition of his book.

This is an interview that he gave to the Spanish Catholic magazine Misión, the most widely read magazine among Catholic families. It has been translated with permission from the original Spanish.


You make an interesting point about your book: It is not a biography; it is, rather, the story of a conversion. That is an important nuance, don’t you think?

Yes, the book tells the story of a journey from childhood innocence into the abyss of relativism and racial hatred; and then,...READ MORE

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