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Cardinal Dolan: N.Y. Times Adds to Long History of Anti-Catholic Bigotry in the U.S. (16506)

The New York archbishop said in a July editorial that the ad suggests that the justices’ Catholic faith makes it impossible for them ‘to protect the cherished Constitution they have sworn on a Bible to uphold.’

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

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NEW YORK — A New York Times ad criticizing Catholic Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious-freedom case is part of a long history of anti-Catholic bigotry in the U.S., Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said.

“In keeping with a long, shadowy, legacy of antipathy, justices who happen to be Catholics … are branded and bullied by a group who only succeed in providing the latest example of a prejudice that has haunted us for centuries,” Cardinal Dolan said in his July 3 column for Catholic New York.

The cardinal facetiously thanked the Freedom From Religion Foundation for giving him “yet another handout” for his talks on anti-Catholic bigotry in the United...READ MORE

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Study Urges Education About Down Syndrome to Further Acceptance (3347)

The vast majority of prenatal diagnoses of the genetic disorder result in abortion, and the authors of the study hope to change that.

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Boy with Down syndrome in a classroom

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WASHINGTON — A new study examines society’s response to Down syndrome and offers recommendations, particularly education in the medical field, to improve the lives of individuals with the genetic condition.

“Ninety-nine percent of individuals diagnosed with Down syndrome report being happy with their lives. Studies also show that their joy has a ripple effect in their families and communities,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which published the study.

The Lozier Institute is the education and research arm of the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List.

“The impact of these unique men and women has recently been spotlighted in the media — everywhere...READ MORE

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When Hipsters Go to Church: Say Millenial in Latin? Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem and More! (3779)

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Follow When Hipsters Go to Church: Say Millenial in Latin? by Nicholas G. Hahn III to read more.

When Hipsters Go to Church: Say Millenial in Latin? by Nicholas G. Hahn III - BigPulpit.com

The Sacred Heart and the Purifying of Our Emotions – Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem - Jo Anna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

The Counter-Culture - David Warren, The Catholic Thing

Three Fallacies in the “Dress Code Debates” by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

Neo Beuronese Sacred Art from San Diego – David Clayton, Way of Beauty

The Importance of Play – Autumn Jones, Catholic Stand

Confessions of a Catholic Convert – Haley Stewart, Catholic Exchange

Charles Carroll of Carrollton-Faith and Freedom - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Provides Temporary Reprieve to Wheaton College in HHS Case, Stirring Attacks (3893)

The high court issued a temporary injunction until the Illinois college’s legal challenge to the HHS mandate is resolved, but three female justices sharply attacked the decision.

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WASHINGTON — On July 3, four days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two for-profit employers who argued that the Department of Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate violated their free-exercise rights, six justices approved a temporary injunction in another HHS lawsuit brought by Wheaton College, sparking applause and outrage.

“On the eve of Independence Day, we are grateful to God that the Supreme Court has made a wise decision in protecting our religious liberty — at least until we have an opportunity to make our full case in court,” Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College, said in a statement.

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Pro-Life Leader Believes Tide Is Turning in Europe (5065)

Luca Volonte, the former chairman of the Popular Christian Democrats to the Council of Europe, said pro-life marches on the continent are slowly achieving their desired effect.

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Luca Volonte

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ROME — One of Europe’s leading pro-life figures believes a sea change in public opinion in favor of a culture of life is under way, but the momentum needs to be maintained, primarily by younger generations.

In an interview with the Register, Luca Volonte, a former Italian parliamentarian and chairman of the Popular Christian Democrats to the Council of Europe, says the increase in popularity for pro-life marches on the continent has been an unexpected boon of the past five years.

Volonte, who has been at the forefront of campaigns to uphold natural marriage and the family in Europe, was interviewed during a break at a conference on the Church’s approach to poverty and her “preferential...READ MORE

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Vatican Bank Releases Balance Sheet (1857)

The publication of its 2013 financial statement concludes the first step of an ongoing reform to improve financial transparency at the Vatican.

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The Institute for Religious Works, popularly known as the Vatican Bank

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VATICAN CITY — The Institute for the Works of Religion, informally known as the “Vatican Bank,” published its 2013 financial statement Tuesday, concluding the first step of an ongoing reform to improve financial transparency at the Vatican.

The issuance of the balance sheet closed Phase 1 of the reform of the Vatican Bank, the Italian acronym for which is IOR.

“As set out in May 2013, we have focused on making the IOR compliant with financial regulation, safer and more transparent, so as to create options for the Holy Father to decide on the future of the Institute,” Ernst von Freyberg, president of the board, said July 8. “Through this work, we have laid the ground for a new team to make...READ MORE

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Calabrian Police Take Anti-Mafia Stand Following Pope’s Visit (8442)

After a Marian procession paused to bow in front of the house of a local mafia leader, police accompanying the procession left and reported the incident to anti-mafia prosecutors.

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Italian Carabinieri police participate in a June 6 audience with Pope Francis.

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VATICAN CITY — Two weeks after Pope Francis’ harsh condemnation of mafia corruption in the Italian region of Calabria, police abandoned a Marian procession that paused to bow in front of the house of a mafia leader.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, anti-mafia activists in southern Calabria have officially opened an investigation regarding a July 2 procession in the town of Oppido Mamertina that involved carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary.

In the midst of the route, the procession paused in front of the home of local mafia leader Peppe Mazzagatti, 82, who is currently serving a life sentence and is under house arrest due to health reasons. Those bearing the Marian statue made a...READ MORE

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Global Rosary Relay Unites Faithful in Prayer for Priests (2167)

Over the course of 24 hours, faithful in churches and shrines in 46 countries prayed for holy priests.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics throughout the world joined together on June 27 to ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother in a 24-hour Rosary initiative for World Priest Day.

“Be assured that I will offer my praying of the holy Rosary for the sanctification of priests,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, wrote in announcing that he would participate in the day of prayer.

“The sanctification of priests is a daily intention in my prayers, and, therefore, I am happy to participate in this global prayer for priests,” he added.

The Annual Global Rosary Relay is an initiative for World Priest Day, a day of prayer and sanctification established by...READ MORE

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