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Holy See Accepts Resignation of German Bishop Accused of Luxurious Lifestyle (5359)

The continuing controversy over the allegations has impeded Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst’s ability to exercise his episcopal ministry, the Holy See stated.

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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst

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VATICAN CITY — In a March 26 statement, the Holy See announced its acceptance of the resignation of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst, noting that the situation in his diocese does not allow the full exercise of his ministry.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebarts-van Elst has until recently overseen the Diocese of Limburg, Germany, and has been on suspension while a Vatican commission investigated accusations of the German press that the bishop was leading a luxurious lifestyle, with some dubbing him the “bishop of bling.”

The Holy See has appointed Bishop Manfred Grothe, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Paderborn, as the diocese’s apostolic administrator.

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Pontifical Sex-Abuse Commission Member Was Also a Victim (4688)

Marie Collins is glad to be in a position to prevent the same thing that happened to her.

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Marie Collins

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VATICAN CITY — A woman who was sexually abused by a clergyman when she was a child is now in a position to prevent similar crimes against the young.

Marie Collins, who was sexually abused by a hospital chaplain in her native Ireland when she was 13, is one of eight experts from eight countries that Pope Francis has chosen to make up the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

“My appointment to the commission came as a complete surprise,” said Collins. “I felt strongly that survivors should have a voice on this commission, but had no idea I would be asked.”

The newly appointed members, who include Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, four women and two Jesuit priests, will...READ MORE

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Women Rally Outside Supreme Court for Religious Liberty (2706)

Women are just as concerned with the protection of religious freedom and employer’s conscience rights as men, rally participants affirmed.

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Women rally in the snow March 25 in support of religious liberty outside the Supreme Court building in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Women supporting employers challenging the government’s contraception spoke out in support of a vision of women’s equality that supports fertility and women’s role as employers, as the case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday.

“All issues are women’s issues,” said Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association, quoting an earlier statement by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.

“Women are just as entitled to religious liberty as any man, and women have as much of a stake in the outcome of this case as any man.”

McGuire was speaking at a March 25 demonstration in front of the Supreme Court building, as the high court heard oral arguments for two appeals challenging a mandate...READ MORE

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Searching for Clarity in Vocational Discernment; Confession: Slam Door to Satan This Lent and More! (3830)

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Searching for Clarity in Vocational Discernment – Fr. Bryce Sibley, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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“Our Schools Exist to Evangelize” – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

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Bishop Conley: Contraception Disrupts the ‘Language of Love’ (2941)

In a new pastoral letter, the shepherd of Lincoln, Neb., invites Catholic couples and medical professionals to consider the destructive immorality of contraception.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., hopes his new pastoral letter on the sacrificial “language of love” and the disruptive immorality of contraception will be received “with open hearts and open minds.”

“My hope is that people, Catholic couples especially, and also Catholic physicians and pharmacists, will be willing to look at this issue again,” he told CNA March 20.

“The Language of Love” is Bishop Conley’s pastoral letter on the sacrificial nature of love and on the destructive nature of contraception, officially promulgated March 25 — the feast of the Annunciation, when the Church celebrates Mary’s assent to becoming the Mother of God.

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Hobby Lobby Has Its Day in Court (4253)

Oral arguments over the HHS mandate's constitutionality for religious for-profit businesses hinted that the U.S. Supreme Court might issue a narrow ruling applying only to closely held family companies.

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WASHINGTON — A year and a half after they filed suit in federal court against the Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate, David and Barbara Green finally got their day before the justices who will decide whether the Oklahoma-based business owners and their company, Hobby Lobby, a large craft-store chain, can claim free-exercise rights to secure an exemption from the controversial federal law.

On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the closely watched case that has prompted an intense legal and political debate on whether constitutional and statutory religious-freedom protections apply to businesses as well as individuals.

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Hobby Lobby Case Seeks to Overcome the Administration’s Flawed Religious-Liberty Assumptions (2920)


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Why should the constitutional right to free exercise of religion depend on the type of entity exercising it?

This point may seem obvious to many U.S. citizens, but the current administration has fought hard across the country to isolate religious liberty into narrow categories.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in one of the most important religious-liberty cases in a generation: Hobby Lobby stores, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, want the high court to confirm established law and declare that the Constitution protects even for-profit businesses in the exercise of their religious liberty. Under the HHS mandate, which Hobby Lobby is challenging,...READ MORE

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Chile’s ‘Day of the Unborn Child’ to Recognize Pregnant Mothers (1626)

This year, Chile joins 16 other nations in honoring pregnant mothers and their unborn children.

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SANTIAGO, Chile — For the first time this year in Chile, March 25 is officially being celebrated as the "Day of the Unborn Child," recognizing the need to protect and care for expectant mothers and their children.

As part of the celebration which deliberately coincides with the Annunciation, the foundation Chile Unido and the Santiago subway system will hand out more than 3,000 white roses to pregnant women as a symbol of the purity of their unborn children.

The purpose of the initiative is to honor pregnant women and to raise awareness about the importance of caring for and protecting expectant mothers.

The flowers will be handed out March 25 at the Baquedano subway station in Santiago...READ MORE

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