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Military Archdiocese Objects to Catholic ‘Extremist’ Label (4880)

U.S. Army Reserve training brief listed Catholics alongside ‘violent and extremist’ groups.

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U.S. Army chaplain Father Carl Subler celebrates Mass for soldiers in Badula Qulp, Afghanistan, on Feb. 21, 2010.

– USAF/Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services has said it is “astounded” at a U.S. Army Reserve training brief that listed Catholics alongside “violent and extremist” groups.

“The archdiocese calls upon the Department of Defense to review these materials and to ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform,” the archdiocese said April 4.

In its statement, the archdiocese noted that an investigation and reply from the Army chief of chaplains office said the training “appears to have been an isolated incident not condoned by the Department of the Army.”

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U.S. Calls for Investigation of Cuban Catholic Opposition Leader’s Death (4405)

New evidence in the death of Oswaldo Payá last summer in a fatal car crash has links to the Castro regime.

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Oswaldo Payá was received by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — When Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, 60, one of Cuba’s most famous — and intensely devout — Catholic activists was killed on July 22, 2012, his family, friends and human-rights advocates around the world considered the tragic death suspicious.

Now the U.S. State Department has called for an independent, international investigation into the circumstances of the accident.

Payá founded the Christian Liberation Movement (CLM) in 1988 to advocate for free speech, freedom of association, more private property rights and the right to have a voice in government decisions through elections in Cuba. The Register profiled Payá in a lengthy interview in 2010.

Calling for a national...READ MORE

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Episcopal Leader Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus, The Gospel and the Poor and Much More! (3941)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Episcopal High Priestess Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus. Follow the link by Msgr. Pope of the AOW blog to read more.

Episcopal Priestess Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus by Msgr. Pope of the AOW blog - Big Pulpit

The Gospel and The Poor: Léon Bloy/Pope Francis – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Lessons in Spiritual Warfare – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

If Francis Wants a Leaner Liturgy, We Need Music to Match – Fr. Z’s Blog

Faith at the Movies, Encountering Wise Ones – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Pope Picks Franciscan as Secretary of the Congregation for Religious - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Church Ahead of Mathematicians on Ecumenical Dialogue – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Fisking Fr. Thomas Reese SJ Response to My Statements – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law


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Fight Against HHS Mandate Draws Thanks From Bishops (2120)

Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, thanks all those who have challenged the HHS mandate in federal courts.

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Archbishop William Lori


WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have thanked organizations and entities for their courage in fighting a federal contraception mandate that forces employers to pay for services that violate their religious beliefs.

“Catholics in America have long been advocates for religious liberty, and we continue to affirm this basic right today,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

“We have consistently supported the rights of individuals not to act against their religious beliefs or moral convictions, especially when individuals seek to protect the dignity of human life,” he added.

Archbishop Lori serves as the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Finalizes Three Priests’ Ministry Removal (2785)

Archbishop Chaput is following up on then-archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali’s action that put 26 active diocesan clergy on leave in March 2011.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has finalized three priests’ removal from archdiocesan ministry: one who faces a “substantiated” allegation of abuse in a 40-year-old incident and two priests who have been accused of sex abuse or other misconduct.

The archbishop ruled that retired priest Msgr. Richard Powers, Father Joseph Gallagher and Father Mark Gaspar are “unsuitable for ministry.”

“After reviewing all the facts, as well as recommendations from competent external authorities, I made the decisions I feel are right and just,” Archbishop Chaput said April 7 regarding Fathers Gallagher and Gaspar.

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U.K. Bishops Mourn Loss of Margaret Thatcher (2223)

First female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died the morning of April 8 at the age of 87.

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Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan in 1981.

– White House Photographic Office/Wiki

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s Catholic bishops voiced grief and prayed for the soul of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, following a stroke.

“It was with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher, who served this country for many years both as a member of Parliament and as prime minister,” said Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster on behalf of the local bishops’ conference.
“We pray for the repose of her soul and for the intentions of her family and all those who now mourn for her.”

Thatcher died the morning of April 8 at the age of 87. She was the first female prime minister of the U.K. and the longest-serving one in the 20th...READ MORE

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For Egypt’s Christians, 1,374 Tough Years and Counting (5493)

Anti-Christian violence during the first weekend in April marked an alarming acceleration of the centuries-old persecution carried out by the country’s dominant Muslim community.

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AP Photo/Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes April 6 between Muslims and Christians in a Cairo suburb.

– AP Photo/Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

CAIRO — Tonight, an Egyptian Christian mother will lie awake, worrying if her kidnapped daughter was merely forced to marry a radical Islamist and convert or if her fate was much worse.

This Sunday, an Egyptian father will hitchhike more than 10 miles to the nearest church with his sons, not knowing whether the boys will be kidnapped by gunmen who don’t conceal their identities. Also uncertain is whether he and his fellow congregants will make it through Mass alive or whether extremists will set off explosives and shoot those inside.

Any day of any week, a priest in this ancient land will wonder how he can help his tiny flock survive against a system that basically says, “If you are...READ MORE

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Disney World and ‘C & E’ Catholics, The Primacy of the Spiritual and Much More! (3758)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Disney World and “C & E” Catholics. Follow the link by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website to read more.

Disney World and “C & E” Catholics by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website - Big Pulpit

The Primacy of the Spiritual: St. Nicholas of Flue – Christopher O. Blum, Crisis Magazine

Never Despair in God’s Mercy – Sr. Lisa Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

Ave Maria by Richard J. Clark – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Why We Are Made to Bear Children – Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Skip Starbucks, Go to St. James Coffee – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Gonzaga and the Knights of Columbus – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Christendom College Student Won’t Shut Up With The Latin Already – Eye of the Tiber

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