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A Fisherman’s Feast (2556)

St. Louis priest Father Joe Classen’s Alaskan wildlife adventures are now a pastoral mission.

11/30/2012 Comment

'St. Mary's Bear' makes an appearance.

– Father Joe Classen

After eight years of parish work in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Father Joe Classen answered another call in 2011: serving the faithful in Alaska. America’s northernmost state is always in need of priests, so Father Classen, who has enjoyed outdoor adventures his whole life, jumped at the opportunity to voyage north for domestic missionary work. And not just face-to-face, either; soon after his arrival, he helped to launch a local Catholic station that is now broadcasting Seattle-based Sacred Heart Radio to Alaskan listeners.

Father Classen has written four books, the most recent of which is The Essentials of Catholic Spirituality: Living and Breathing Our Faith (Alba House, 2011)....READ MORE

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Plaintiffs Seek to Block California Law Banning ‘Reparative Therapy’ for Minors (4125)

State law’s supporters say therapy to change orientation is dangerous, but plaintiffs allege that the ban violates the rights of minors who seek help with unwanted same-sex attraction.

11/30/2012 Comments (15)

Aaron Bitzer

– PacificJustice.org

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Throughout adolescence and much of college, Aaron Bitzer did not openly acknowledge his sexual attraction to men, and when in his 20s he finally revealed the truth to a church minister, he found it tough to get the support and guidance he needed.

Now, Bitzer is one of three plaintiffs challenging California’s new law that prohibits licensed mental-health professionals from helping minors change or reduce their same-sex attraction.

The lawsuit alleges that the banning of “sexual-orientation change efforts” for minors, irrespective of their wishes or beliefs — or those of their parents or of their chosen therapists — constitutes a violation of constitutionally...READ MORE

Filed under first amendment, persecution of christians, same-sex attraction, theology of the body, u.s. constitution

Consecrating Our Lives to God, Tea and Christianity, Where are Demons Located and Much More! (2322)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/30/2012 Comment

Consecrating Our Lives to God. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blog to read more.

Consecrating Our Lives to God by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blogBig Pulpit

Tea and Christianity – Karen Anderson, Crisis Magazine

Where are Demons Located? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Most Powerful Bible Resource Ever Available – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Ten Things Needed from Priests During Year of Faith – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Advent, the Reason for the Season – Randy Hain, The Integrated Catholic Life™

iPope Becomes @Pope: Coming Soon, A Tweeting Benedict – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

The Real St. Nicholas – Fr. Lawrence Farley, Orthodox Church in America

“Vatican 2? We’ve Got an app for That!” – David L....READ MORE

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Missouri Business Granted Injunction Against HHS Mandate (4163)

The company’s Catholic owner says the contraceptive mandate violates his religious freedom by forcing him to provide insurance coverage for morally objectionable drugs and procedures.

11/29/2012 Comments (9)

ST. LOUIS  — A federal appeals court on Nov. 28 granted a Catholic business owner in Missouri an injunction against the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that he says violates his religious freedom by forcing him to provide insurance coverage for morally objectionable drugs and procedures.

“The order sends a message that the religious beliefs of employers must be respected by the government,” said Francis Manion, senior counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice.

The center is representing Frank O’Brien and his St. Louis-based business O’Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC, which operates many businesses in ceramic materials exploration, mining and processing.

“We...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, contraception, first amendment, hhs contraception mandate, obamacare, religious persecution, u.s. constitution

Artist Praises Family as He Receives Vatican Award (2397)

The father of six says that if he has a masterpiece, ‘it would for sure be my family.’

11/29/2012 Comment

– davidlopezribes.com

VATICAN CITY — Artist David Lopez Ribes noted the importance of his wife and children in his life as he received the award in the category of painting from the Pontifical Academies at the Vatican.

The Spanish father of six told Catholic News Agency after the Nov. 21 event that although he does not have one particular masterpiece among his work, “If there were one, it would for sure be my family.”

Lopez Ribes is a multidisciplinary artist devoted to painting, sculpture and video art; he is collaborating with Kiko Arguello — the founder of the Neocatecumenal Way — on an aesthetics project for liturgical spaces around the world.

He said a large part of his work “is putting this at the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic artists, catholic faith, family values, pope john paul ii, vatican city

Interfaith Leaders: Dialogue Helps Overcome Secularism (2906)

Dialogue between faiths ‘can serve our nation and the world in ways that professional diplomats cannot,’ said auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of Washington.

11/29/2012 Comments (3)

Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout

– Archdiocese of Washington

WASHINGTON — Participants at a recent interfaith conference in the nation's capital discussed how interreligious dialogue can play an important role in establishing peace and fighting secularization in America.

Dialogue between faiths “can serve our nation and the world in ways that professional diplomats cannot,” said auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of Washington, who delivered the keynote address at the event.

He explained that a shared “commitment to an authentic and robust dialogue will foster understanding and peaceful coexistence.”

Held Nov. 10 at St. Paul’s College in Washington, the “Generations of Faith” conference was the second of its kind sponsored by the U.S. Conference...READ MORE

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Brother Joseph of Molokai, Begin the Apocalypse, a Music Set Apart and Much More! (998)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/29/2012 Comment

Brother Joseph of Molokai. Click on the link y Br. Daniel “Bruno” J. Heisey, O.S.B., to read more of this fascinating worker for Christ.

Brother Joseph of Molokai – Br. Daniel “Bruno” J. Heisey OSB, On The Square

Begin the Apocalypse! by Elizabeth Scalia of First ThingsBig Pulpit

A Music Set Apart – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Crisis Magazine

Abortion C. E. O. Admits Fewer Abortions after Sonogram Law – Rachel Bohannon, Texas Right to Life

Pre-Marital Counseling - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

A Practical Guide to Exploring the Signs of Heaven at Home – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Adventhology – Dorian Speed, Dappled Things

Franciscan University Changes Course Description – The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Requiem, St. Gregory’s, Cheltenham – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Baby-Boom...READ MORE

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New York Archdiocese Could Close 26 Schools (3459)

More than 5,000 of the 50,000 students in local Catholic schools could be affected.

11/29/2012 Comments (6)

NEW YORK — The Archdiocese of New York has announced that 26 of its 159 elementary schools are at risk of closing this June, affecting more than 5,000 of the 50,000 students in local Catholic schools.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York regretted the “very somber news” on his blog, The Gospel in the Digital Age.

“I dread this! I’d rather be opening new schools, not closing some!” he wrote Nov. 28.

The cardinal expressed sorrow to those whose schools had closed, especially individuals who had just changed schools after previous closures. However, he encouraged parents to enroll their children in other nearby Catholic schools that are “eager to welcome every student from a closing...READ MORE

Filed under archdiocese of new york, cardinal timothy dolan, catholic education

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