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Notre Dame’s Plan for a Faithful Homosexual Outreach (8676)

The university’s administration outlines its plan for a student organization intended to address homosexual issues in an authentically Catholic manner, but some informed observers are skeptical it will respect Church teachings.

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The University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the forefront as well as the Golden Dome in the background.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After years of petitions, Notre Dame, the premier Catholic university in the United States, has announced it will create an official campus support group for homosexual students and their friends.

But Notre Dame has a more radical idea than the petitioners imagined: It plans to create a permanent student organization grounded fully in Catholic social and moral teaching.

Students and faculty at Notre Dame aggressively pressed Notre Dame’s administration and president, Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, to approve an official “gay-straight alliance” club on campus and add sexual orientation into the university’s legal protections.

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Gov. Jindal Draws Correction From Church for Contraception Op-Ed (12291)

In a Dec. 13 Wall Street Journal editorial, the Louisiana governor expresses support for over-the-counter access to birth control.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has voiced his support for over-the-counter access to birth control, a position that Church representatives say goes against Catholic teaching on contraception.

“The Archdiocese of New Orleans disagrees with Governor Jindal’s stance on this issue, as the use of birth control and contraceptives are against Catholic Church teaching,” Sarah Comiskey McDonald, communications director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, told EWTN News Dec. 14.

Robert Tasman, associate director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, also echoed the archdiocese’s statement.

Jindal, a Catholic, argued in a Dec. 13 editorial for The Wall Street Journal...READ MORE

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Pope ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Connecticut Shooting (1162)

The Holy Father expressed sorrow Dec. 16 over the Sandy Hook School shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims’ families.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook School shooting that massacred 20 children and six adults and offered prayers for the victims’ families.

“I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut,” said Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 16.

“I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer,” he told thousands gathered at St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer.

“May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain,” he said, adding that he “invoked God’s blessings upon those affected by this tragedy.”

Marking the Third Sunday of Advent, Pope Benedict spoke of the...READ MORE

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Contraception Mandate Challenge Reaches Appeals Court (2039)

In a case involving Belmont Abbey College, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate.

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate, as two religious colleges argue that their religious freedom is threatened by the rule.

“The decision from the D.C. Circuit will no doubt influence the decisions of others courts,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Duncan said shortly after the Dec. 14 hearing that the ruling in the case — brought by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College — could have important implications for the dozens of other lawsuits challenging the mandate.

The lawsuits revolve around a federal mandate that...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogosphere Reaction to the Connecticut Tragedy, A Future of Tradition and Much More! (2271)

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Catholic Blogosphere Reaction to the Connecticut Tragedy. Click on the link to read more.

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A Future of Tradition – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

We Three Kings of Orient Are – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Do “Peacemakers” Favor Abortion and Fake Marriage? Impossible, Says Pope Benedict XVI – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Have Yourself a Very Adult Christmas – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

On Talking in Church – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Distractions at Mass: Part II of II - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

An Interesting Claim about the Followers of @pontifex – Fr. Z’s Blog

Voice, in the Wilderness: Rise of a Pro-Life Youngster in...READ MORE

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Elementary School Massacre ‘Not Part of God’s Plan,’ Newtown Pastor Says (3261)

Msgr. Robert Weiss accompanied police while they informed parents of their children’s deaths following the Sandy Hook School massacre.

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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service Dec. 14 for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — The motive behind the gunman whose Dec. 14 shooting rampage took the lives of 28 people, including 20 children, is not something that can be answered, Newtown’s local Catholic parish priest said.

“This was not part of God’s plan,” Msgr. Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church told ABC News Dec. 15.

Msgr. Weiss, who accompanied police while they informed parents of their children’s deaths following the Sandy Hook School massacre, said gunman Adam Lanza’s actions show he was “a man who had serious issues in his life.”

“Why he’d want to destroy innocent children, no one can figure out.”

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In the Face of Horror, Faith in Action (8724)

A day after the massacre at Sandy Hook School, Newtown’s Catholic community gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church to offer prayers and support for the victims and their mourning families and for their heartbroken town.

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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — Nothing seemed different about the well-traveled two-lane route leading into this Connecticut community on Saturday. Newtown looked for all intents and purposes like the typical scenic, small New England town — the way it always did.

The turn at the town’s landmark flagpole quickly conducted local traffic past St. Rose of Lima Church to Interstate 8 a couple hundred yards further on, then into the village of Sandy Hook.

Nothing on the main road looked unusual, except for the big, hand-lettered sign in front of a business on the way into town that said, “Just Say a Prayer.”

That is exactly what people were doing as they silently entered St. Rose all day. They went...READ MORE

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Bishop Morlino Pushes "Ad Orientem" Worship, Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? and More! (3216)

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Bishop Robert Morlino Pushes “Ad Orientem” Worship. Follow the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

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Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

The Myth of Inevitability of Same-Sex “Marriage” – Luis Tellez, MercatorNet

Billboard Shows Pope Marrying Gays – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Helping the Disabled: Fact and Fiction – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Ashamed of the Cross - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Mystic Who Was Wrapped In Fire – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Preparing for Our Spouse – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Rose and Blue Vestments – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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