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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Cardinal Dolan Defends Invitation to Obama for Al Smith Banquet (6500)

New York cardinal says the invitation affirms the importance of civility and dialogue, but acknowledges concerns that gesture could cause 'scandal.'

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Then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, the nominees for president in 2008, joined Cardinal Edward Egan at the 2008 Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

– Andrew Theodorakis-Pool/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York defended his decision to invite President Barack Obama to the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner, but acknowledged, and even sympathized with, the concerns of his critics who said the president’s appearance at the Catholic fundraiser would be a cause for “scandal.”

“Some have told me the invitation is a scandal,” the cardinal said in a blog post on the website of the Archdiocese of New York. “That charge weighs on me, as it would on any person of faith, but especially a pastor, who longs to give good example, never bad. So I apologize if I have given such scandal. I suppose it’s a case of prudential judgment: Would I give more scandal by...READ MORE

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Claims that Pius XII Was Framed Gaining Support, Part 2 (4519)

Former Romanian spy chief discusses how the myth of 'Hitler's Pope' started with Stalin.

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Yesterday, former head of the Romanian intelligence service Ion Mihai Pacepa discussed with the Register how the Soviets framed Pope Pius XII as an anti-Semitic Nazi sympathizer.

Efforts to muddy Pius’s reputation began in Moscow in a bid to discredit the Catholic Church in Ukraine very soon after World War II. During the Cold War, that campaign of disinformation became known as “Operation Seat 12.”

Pacepa, who defected to the United States in 1978, first made the claims in 2007. He asserts that Rolf’s Hochhuth’s 1963 play The Deputy was used by Soviet intelligence as part of this wider plot to frame Pius. Now, Pacepa is writing a book with on the Soviet plot, called...READ MORE

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The Mystery of Relics, Truthful Surrender, Culture of Death at Olympic Closing Ceremonies, and More! (2541)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Unpacking the Mystery Relics and St. Stephen of Hungary’s Hand. Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to read more.

Unpacking the Mystery of St. Stephen of Hungary’s Hand – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Olympics Closing Ceremony is Emblematic of the Culture of Death by Joseph Pearce of the StAR blog – Big ulpit

Becoming a Catholic can be a Spur to Overcoming Addiction – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

The Marriage Debate: Lessons and Prospects – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Parental Rights (Homeschooling) Denied in Catholic Austria – Robert F. Cassidy, Crisis Magazine

Virtuous Pedophiles? – Jennifer Mazzara, Ignitum Today

A Bishop Explicitly Charges All His Seminarians to Learn the E.F....READ MORE

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Leadership Conference of Women Religious Meet Amid Vatican Dialogue (4657)

Sisters promise to 'proceed with these discussions ... but will reconsider if LCWR is forced to compromise the integrity of its mission.'

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Sisters attending the LCWR gathering in St. Louis at prayer.

– Lisa Johnston for CNA

ST. LOUIS — When the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) met Aug. 7-10, anticipation was high that the sisters would announce whether or not they would cooperate with reform of their organization mandated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

Throughout the annual four-day assembly in St. Louis, LCWR leaders sent mixed signals, but in the end, they made no decision and opted instead to keep “dialoging” with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle.

Archbishop Sartain had been appointed by the CDF to oversee the reform of the LCWR that was announced April 18. He was given the mandate to revise LCWR statutes, review its plans and programs, create materials...READ MORE

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Nellie Gray, ‘Rock-Like’ Presence at the March for Life, Dead at 88 (2353)

Led an event that has drawn hundreds of thousands to Washington, D.C., each January and spawned similar marches worldwide.

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Nellie Gray at the 2012 March for Life

– Jeff Bruno

WASHINGTON — As the pro-life movement mourns the death of Nellie Gray, whose name became synonymous with the March for Life, some veteran pro-lifers are remembering where it all began: in Gray’s Capitol Hill dining room.

Gray heard that a small group of New York friends planned to come to town to mark the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in 1973. Appalled by the ruling, Gray, a government lawyer and convert to Catholicism, who had been told that her friends needed a local address to obtain the necessary permits to march, graciously opened her house to them.

“You need to be careful who you invite into your dining room,” Gray...READ MORE

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The Collapse of Europe, Child Abandonment and the Hope of the Church (5779)

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Julian the Apostate was the first emperor to be impressed by Christian charity.

– Wikipedia

As the economy in Europe worsens, babies are being abandoned at an increasing rate, so much so that charitable institutions have reintroduced a very old device, “the baby hatch.” Desperate mothers and fathers place their infants in the hatch at an agency, orphanage or church, an electric sensor goes off, and caregivers come to the rescue.

Something much like this was used in the Middle Ages, and for a significant time after — a secret door at a monastery, convent, hospital or church, where children whose parents could not care for them would be left (anonymously) and be cared for.

Child abandonment is nothing new. A little history lesson will go a long way in understanding today’s...READ MORE

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Modest Swimwear, Five Latin Hyms You Should Know, Hammer Falls on Xavier University, and Much More! (2398)

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Modest Swimwear, Dipping into a Contentious Subject. Click on the link provided by Etheldreda’s Place blog.

Modest Swimwear, Dipping into a Contentious Subject – Etheldreda’s Place

5 Latin Hymns You Should Know- C. L. Davis, Saint Peter’s List

Hammer Comes Down on Xavier University of Cincinnati – Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

Caution on Excluding All Future Electronic Devices from Liturgy - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

So You Still Think Homosexuality Is Sinful? Debunking a Facebook Graphic by Marc Barnes of Patheos' Bad Catholic blog – Big ulpit

Pope Leo XIII: Out-of-Control Welfare State Leads to Out-of-Control Spending – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Archbishop Lori: Catholics Shouldn’t Vote for Those Who Supports Evil – Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

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Youth Complete Pro-Life Walk Across America (2602)

Crossroads' 18th annual cross-country trek ended over the weekend.

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More than 40 young people who walked across the U.S. for pro-life service, advocacy and witness held a rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to mark the end of the 18th annual cross-country trek run by the group Crossroads.

“Even though the walks are over, we still need to continue on and let the Lord work, to continue that mission of transforming the culture of death into a culture of life,” Jim Nolan, Crossroads' national director, told EWTN News Aug. 13.

Walk participants began on the West Coast on May 19. They passed through 40 states, visiting hundreds of churches and standing outside of dozens of abortion businesses, where they prayed and offered pro-life counseling.

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