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Expert Says Church’s Abuse Prevention Should Differ for Each Culture (2202)

Father Hans Zollner, head of the Centre for Child Protection, met with Pope Francis in Rome.

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Father Hans Zollner, SJ

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ROME — An expert on dealing with sexual-abuse cases within the Church says prevention guidelines being developed with Vatican oversight should vary from country to country.

“We’ve realized learning habits and how people respond to some questionnaires and comply to rules varies from country to country,” said Father Hans Zollner, a German Jesuit who heads the Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection.

“It is most interesting and most inspiring to see this across the different cultures,” Father Zollner told Catholic News Agency June 5.

He explained that some guidelines should apply to all countries equally, since “sexual abuse is sexual abuse, no matter what.”

“But in the...READ MORE

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Pope Says Lamenting Suffering Is Form of Prayer (4757)

The Pope advised people to pray for those who suffer, noting, ‘Here is the mystery of the communion of saints.’

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Pope Francis preaches at the June 5 morning Mass in St. Martha's House chapel.

– Vatican Radio

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, during a daily morning Mass this week, said lamenting suffering is a form of prayer and is not a sin.

“A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune, ‘But, madam, that is a form of prayer; go ahead with it,’” Pope Francis said in his June 5 homily.

“To lament before God is not a sin,” he added.

Pope Francis based his reflections on a reading from the third chapter of Tobit, which was read at Mass.

It tells the story of Tobit, who was blinded despite a life of good works, and Sarah, who married seven men who all died before their wedding night. They both pray to God to let them die.

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George Weigel's Evangelical Catholicism, Review; Pope on the True Meaning of Poverty and More! (3203)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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George Weigel’s Evangelical Catholicism, A Book Review. Follow the link by William M. Briggs to read more.

George Weigel’s Evangelical Catholicism, A Book Review by William M. Briggs - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis on the True Meaning of Poverty - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

John Henry Newman on the Psychology of Faith and Reason – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Evangelical Pastor Converts to Catholicism – William E. Kangas, The Orant

The Death of Willie Lincoln and God’s Purpose – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Sure Guide to Saint Augustine’s Thought and Theology – Jared Ortiz, The Catholic World Report

Fashion Choices Should Reflect Dignity, Beauty – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Francis: "The Food We Throw Away Is Stolen From the Poor" – Rocco Palmo, Whispers...READ MORE

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Texas Bible Converts 'You' to 'Y'all,' How to Write a Blog Post and More! (2596)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Texas Bible Converts “You” to “Y’all”. Follow the link by Matthew Schmitz of the First Things website to read more.

Texas Bible Converts “You” to “Y’all” by Matthew Schmitz of the First Things website - BigPulpit.com

How to Write a Blog Post – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Sistas

Vegetables and Purifying Pains - Dabs Q., Catholic Stand

Is Sex-Selective I. V. F. Harmless? - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

Pope: “War is Humanity’s Suicide” – EWTN News

The Idea of a Catholic Society - James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Jesus Warned of Hell; A Catalogue of Jesus’ Warning Texts – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Honduran Bishop Brokers Gang Truce - Matthieu Rident, The Catholic Herald

Spiritual but Not Religious? Golden Calf Worshipers - Arman J. Partamian, Matins Musings

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Abortion Battle Kicks Into High Gear in New York (6194)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduces his bill to further entrench abortion in a state where a third of all pregnancies already end in abortions.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduces his Women's Equality Act June 4 in Albany, N.Y.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — This year’s legislative battle over abortion in New York enters its final phase, now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revealed the Women’s Equality Act, which includes provisions that the Catholic Church and its pro-life allies say will greatly expand abortion in the state.

With less than three weeks to go before the New York Legislature wraps up its session, Cuomo unveiled the full text of legislation Tuesday, which reflects the 10-point "Women’s Equality" agenda he set forth in his January State of the State Address.

However, at Tuesday’s news conference with the governor and his Women’s Equality Coalition, Cuomo made it clear that changing New York’s abortion law was...READ MORE

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Advocate Says Fight to Defend Marriage in Illinois Continues (2258)

The same-sex 'marriage' bill wasn’t defeated outright before the local House of Representatives adjourned, but the deadline was extended to vote on it.

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Illinois State Capitol Building

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CHICAGO — An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state’s failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes.

“We need to redouble our efforts to contact lawmakers and express opposition to that bill. Not only that, but we also need individuals contacting other people in districts,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Illinois Catholic Conference.

Gilligan said the bill wasn’t defeated outright on the evening of May 31 before the local House of Representatives adjourned. Rather, the deadline was extended to vote on it. The bill could be heard in a potential special summer session...READ MORE

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International Bishops Urge G8 Leaders to Remember the Poor (2246)

The G8 — or Group of Eight — is a forum of major industrialized countries that meet to discuss issues of international concern, such as global security, economic growth and terrorism.

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WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops from across the world joined together to ask leaders of the G8 nations to consider the needs of the poor in developing countries across the globe.

In a June 3 letter, the bishops encouraged the national leaders to work in their upcoming meeting to “take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency policies for the common good of all.”

The G8 — or Group of Eight — is a forum of major industrialized countries that meet to discuss issues of international concern, such as global security, economic growth and terrorism. Its members include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom...READ MORE

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Professor Says Religion, Private Life Are Public Concerns (2319)

Professor Susan Hanssen argued that the private bonds of religion and family life are the root of public relations and should be protected by law.

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Susan Hanssen at the Catholic Information Center on June 4

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WASHINGTON — In a talk in the nation’s capital, a U.S. scholar argued that so-called private entities — such as the family, religion and interpersonal interactions — involve and are in fact the core of public society.

“Religion itself is a rational insight into what it means to be human: what it means to live in a particular place, to speak a particular language, to have particular family members, to be here and now,” said Susan Hanssen, an associate professor of history at the University of Dallas.

“If religion is the primary rational insight into our human condition, then it has to be also central to our public discourse; these are all public relations,” she noted.

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