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Book Review: John Allen's Take On the Catholic Church by Doctor Jeff Mirus - BigPulpit.com

Building Strong Marriages, One at a Time – Rachel Sheffield, Public Discourse

Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages – Meghan Garcia, Ignitum Today

Isn’t N.F.P. Just Catholic “Birth Control?” – Jenny Uebbing, Catholic Exchange

Reassurances for Anxiety for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints - Anna Rose Meeds, Catholic Stand

Isn’t Being Chaste the Same as Being a Prude? – The Chastity Project

Deepening Prayer Life Resource: Holy Summer Reading Program – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

More Ways to Block the Many Pathways to Hell - God Is At Work In You

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Media Coverage of St. Louis Archbishop Criticized as ‘Misleading’ (2354)

Reports suggesting Archbishop Carlson was unaware of the criminality of sexual relations with children were based on an ‘inaccurate’ account of his testimony in a Minnesota lawsuit.

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ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis criticized “inaccurate and misleading” reports suggesting that Archbishop Robert Carlson did not know sexual relations with children were illegal; the archdiocese said his deposition responses were instead focused on mandatory reporting laws.

“Contrary to what is being reported, Archbishop Carlson is and has been a leader in the Church when it comes to recognizing and managing matters of sexual abuse involving the clergy,” the archdiocese said in a June 11 statement.

It highlighted his 1980 letter on a sexually abusive priest, in which he said “this behavior cannot be tolerated.”

On June 9, attorney Jeff Anderson released a videotaped deposition...READ MORE

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Catholic Experts React to Historically Low Fertility Rate in America (8375)

Demographic and fertility authorities point to self-centeredness and marital instability as causes of the decline, and they warn of long-term consequences.

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WASHINGTON — A May report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) revealed that U.S. fertility rates have reached historic lows, but the development was not unexpected to Catholic experts who follow demographics and fertility.

“Frankly, I’m not surprised, but I find it very sad, for women, the culture and our Church,” said Mary Rice Hasson, a fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, who studies trends in sexuality and fertility in America.

The NCHS study found that, in 2013, there were 62.9 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15-44 years, a slight drop from 2012, although there was an increase in total births. Additionally, the total fertility rate, which measures...READ MORE

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In Oklahoma, Another Victory for Religious Liberty (2706)


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Another victory for religious liberty, while the nation waits for the Supreme Court to weigh the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate.

A federal judge in Oklahoma has granted an injunction preventing enforcement of the mandate against a number of Catholic institutions, including for-profit businesses and schools. The decision rejected the key arguments being used across the country by those supporting the mandate.

The newly formed Catholic Benefits Association joined with other Catholic entities to bring the case. They formed generally into three groups. The first are those that are not directly subject to the HHS mandate. The Catholic Benefits Association, for example, is...READ MORE

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Young Priest’s Murder Shocks, Grieves Arizona Community (17912)

Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Father Kenneth Walker, 28, was shot and killed during a June 11 burglary at his church in Phoenix.

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PHOENIX —  A 28-year-old priest was shot and killed, and another priest was critically wounded, at a Catholic church in Phoenix Wednesday night.

The Diocese of Phoenix released a statement early Thursday morning identifying the slain priest as Father Kenneth Walker, the associate pastor at the Mater Misericordiae (Mother of Mercy) Mission located near the Arizona State Capitol.

The pastor, Father Joseph Terra, 56, is in critical but stable condition. Both priests belong to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

“We are stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic assault perpetrated last night against Father Joseph Terra and Father Kenneth Walker,” the statement said. “We ask that...READ MORE

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Vatican to U.S. Bishops: Show People the Power of (Family) Love (2006)

The U.S. bishops must give people hope that they can ‘create joyful and solid families,’ said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family

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NEW ORLEANS — The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family urged the U.S. Catholic bishops to promote the message of the 2015 World Meeting of Families: that men and women are made for love.

“Please believe, and preach to your flocks, that it is most surely in the family that we see that our destiny is not loneliness, but rather love, mutually sustaining and fruitful,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia told the bishops, who were gathered for their Spring General Assembly in New Orleans on June 11.

“The Gospel is always the only answer to the crying need, all over the world, for love. The Gospel of Jesus, and of the family, must overcome the loneliness that excludes real love and that...READ MORE

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N.Y. Bishops Urge Cuomo to Enact Tax-Credit Bill (4444)

The move would allow more parents to be able to send their children to Catholic schools.

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An online petition at the website of Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino urges Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support a new state education tax credit.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s Catholic bishops, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “keep his word” and enact an education investment tax-credit bill that will help parents afford to send their children to Catholic and private schools.

Cuomo, a Democrat and son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, previously said he supported the bill, which he called “a no-brainer.” Majorities in both chambers of the New York Legislature are also reportedly on board, but the measure was dropped when lawmakers passed the state budget on April 1.

The Education Investment Tax Credit would create a new state tax credit for individuals and corporations that donate money to public...READ MORE

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Pope: May the World Cup Be a ‘Feast of Solidarity’ (1647)

In a video address aired on Brazilian television stations as the soccer tournament commences, Pope Francis outlined the importance of good sportsmanship.

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VATICAN CITY — In a video message Pope Francis sent for the start of the World Cup, he outlined the importance of good sportsmanship, stating that this attitude helps in building a more peaceful society.

“My hope is that, in addition to the feast of sports, this World Cup becomes the feast of solidarity between peoples,” the Holy Father stated in his June 12 video message.

Aired on Brazilian television stations, the Pope’s address was read in Portuguese in honor of the country where the games are taking place, beginning today with a match between Brazil and Croatia and concluding with the final game July 13.

Beginning his address, the Pope greeted “with great joy” all “lovers of soccer”...READ MORE

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