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What If Pope Francis Surprises Us Once More? Are We Living in the End Times? and Much More! (4921)

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06/27/2014 Comment

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Beauty for Truth’s Sake, A Book Linking Liturgy and Education - David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Are We Living in the End Times? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

What Is Distributism? An Alternative to Socialism and Plutocracy – Joseph Pearce, Aleteia

Two Simple Tips to Stop Losing Battles Over Marriage – David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Chapel Veils: A Re-Emerging Tradition – Veils by Lily

Street Preachers: Giving Christianity a Bad Name – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Why Catholic Faith Shutting Down in Europe and America - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Pope Francis La Vanguardia...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Massachusetts Buffer-Zone Ordinance (3590)

The high court’s narrow ruling in McCullen v. Coakley is welcome news to pro-lifers, but it may have limited application.

06/26/2014 Comments (7)

– 40daysforlife.com

WASHINGTON — On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts’s 35-foot “buffer zone” that separates pro-life counselors from the entrance to abortion facilities violates First Amendment free-speech rights.

“The buffer zones burden substantially more speech than necessary to achieve the commonwealth’s asserted interests,” stated Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in a unanimous decision.

Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy and Clarence Thomas, wrote a concurring opinion that agreed with the majority’s judgment but was sharply critical of the reasoning behind the court’s narrow ruling, which will likely have limited application.

Still,...READ MORE

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IRS Ordered to Pay $50,000 to National Organization for Marriage (1740)

A federal court awarded the pro-marriage group the money due to the disclosure of confidential tax documents.

06/26/2014 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — A federal court has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to pay $50,000 to the National Organization for Marriage due to the leak of confidential tax documents, but the organization has called for further investigation to determine the extent of the wrongdoing.

“Thanks to a lot of hard work, we've forced the IRS to admit that they, in fact, were the ones to break the law and wrongfully released this confidential information,” National Organization for Marriage Chairman John Eastman said June 24.

“While we are very pleased that the IRS has been exposed as being responsible for this leak of our confidential information to our political opponents, we believe the IRS may still be...READ MORE

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Democratic Lawmakers Push ‘Pro-Abortion Agenda on Steroids’ (7813)

Quiet support builds in the U.S. Senate and House for a bill that would override every pro-life law on the books.

06/26/2014 Comments (32)
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WASHINGTON — A boom in state laws restricting and regulating abortion over the past three years has some abortion advocates quietly building support to overturn all of them, with federal legislation far more sweeping than the original Roe v. Wade decision.

Since its first introduction by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the abortion-deregulation bill called the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) has gained 34 co-sponsors in the Senate and 116 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives — all of them Democrats.

The proposed law (S. 1696) involves such sweeping deregulation of the abortion industry that pro-life advocates dubbed it the “Gosnell Prerogative Act,” referring to abortionist...READ MORE

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Holy See Bolsters Financial Transparency in Agreement With Argentina (1950)

Vatican watchdog continues to strengthen.

06/26/2014 Comment
CNA/Daniel Ibanez

Rene Bruelhart (l), director of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, speaks at the Vatican Press Office.

– CNA/Daniel Ibanez

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s financial watchdog signed a memorandum of understanding with its Argentine counterpart Tuesday, extending and bolstering its anti-money-laundering reforms.

For the first time, the signing of such a memorandum took place within the Vatican. It was signed by the director of the Holy See’s Financial Information Authority, Rene Bruelhart, and the president of Argentina’s Unidad de Informacion Financera (AIF), Jose Sbattella, in Palazzo San Carlo, the AIF’s headquarters.

“We are very pleased to have signed this memorandum of understanding with Argentina today,” Bruelhart stated June 24. “This is an important step to further expand the network to support global...READ MORE

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Vatican to Appoint Adviser for Legionaries of Christ (3080)

The congregation, recovering from the scandal surrounding its founder, concluded a general chapter in February.

06/26/2014 Comments (1)
CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi speaks with reporters.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñez

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Wednesday that an adviser will be appointed to assist the Legionaries of Christ in the revision of their newly drafted constitutions.

Having received numerous questions from journalists regarding the state of the Legionaries in light of the congregation’s recently concluded general chapter, Father Federico Lombardi published the answers he received from speaking with Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who are currently overseeing the process.

Cardinal Braz de Aviz serves as prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and Archbishop Rodriguez is the congregation’s...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Marriage and Things Jesus Does Not Like, How to Recognize the Anti-Christ and More! (5003)

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06/26/2014 Comment

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Redemption in Tragedy: Father Kenneth Walker - Sister Theresa Noble, Pursued by Truth

The Myth of 100% Certain on Marrying Him - Amanda Sloan, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis Condemns “Throw-Away Culture” – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Nancy Pelosi and the Dereliction of Bishops – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

What’s Behind Nancy Pelosi’s Attack on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone? – Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine

The Century of the Self: We the Sheeple – Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Bill Maher’s Bible Problem – Father Robert Barron, Aleteia

How to Recognize the Anti Christ –...READ MORE

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Pope’s Mafia ‘Excommunication’ Is a Call to Conversion (1886)

Italian priests explain that the Holy Father’s June 21 condemnation of organized crime leaders was a theological reflection, not an application of canon law.

06/25/2014 Comments (1)
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– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ statement Saturday that mafiosi (mafia leaders) are “excommunicated” was a reflection of theology rather than canon law and acted as a call to conversion for those in organized crime, priests have said.

Pope Francis visited the Diocese of Cassano all’Jonio, in the southern Italian region of Calabria, June 21. The diocese has been profoundly affected by its local organized crime group, the ‘Ndrangheta. Cassano all’Jonio was the scene of a feud between mafia clans in the 1990s and 2000s.

The Pope preached during a Mass in Sibari, saying that, “when adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens up to personal interest. When one...READ MORE

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