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Bishops’ Synod Head: October Meeting About More Than Divorce (1738)

Cardinal Baldisseri emphasizes that a wide range of issues affecting the family will be discussed, not just the question of Communion for divorced-remarried Catholics, and that changes to Church doctrine are not envisioned.

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Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused exclusively on the much-talked-about issue of Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics.

“I would like to remind you that the next assembly of the Synod of Bishops is titled ‘The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.’ So the synod will deal with the family in its various aspects — not with a single issue,” the cardinal said in a May 20 email interview with CNA.

“In my view, a good service for people would be that of giving each issue regarding the family the same ‘space’ for discussion.”

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Catholic Schools ‘Aren’t the Only Game in Town Anymore’ (7346)

A new report suggests that charter schools are one response to declining enrollment in diocesan schools, and says private-choice options are key to allowing Catholic education to compete.

05/21/2014 Comments (31)

INDIANAPOLIS — A new report from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice suggests that Catholic schools struggling to stay open with declining enrollments can stay afloat if they “convert” to public charter schools.

But, the report stresses, if Catholic schools are going to be able to compete with this charter-school challenge, private-choice funding options like vouchers and tax credits are essential.

The report’s authors examined Catholic schools that closed and became charter schools in the Archdioceses of Indianapolis, Washington and Miami. The authors said they found that the new charter schools’ enrollment immediately increased and that more minority students also began...READ MORE

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Gift of Knowledge Attunes Us to Vision of God, Pope Instructs (2430)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit at his weekly general audience.

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– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — During his general audience address on May 21, Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our human perspective and helps us to see God in the whole of creation.

“The gift of knowledge puts us in tune with God’s gaze on things and on people,” the Pope reflected, continuing his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

“Through this spiritual gift, we are enabled to see every person and the world around us in the light of God’s loving plan.”

Addressing the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father noted that “this knowledge does not limit itself to the human knowledge of nature,” but, instead, “allows us...READ MORE

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Ordination Stats Reflect Greater Need for Latino Representation (1987)

As the Hispanic Catholic population increases in the United States, so will the need for priests to minister to their community, Bishop Michael Burbidge says.

05/21/2014 Comment

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WASHINGTON — A survey of men to be ordained in the United States in 2014 shows a slightly younger ordination class, though the U.S. bishops still hope to increase the number of priests, and specifically Hispanic priests

“The number of new priests remains steady, and the quality of the new priests is stellar. They have a solid educational background to minister in the contemporary U.S. Church,” Bishop Michael Burbidge, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, said May 15.

“However, we need more priests, and we need them especially from the Hispanic community,” the Raleigh, N.C., bishop said, according to the U.S. bishops’ conference reports.

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Don't Turn Your Back on Fatima, Antonio Banderas to Play Role of Pope Francis and Much More! (3955)

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Cultivating Capitalism’s Compatibility With Catholicism (5126)

The Acton Institute’s Samuel Gregg promotes free markets as a means for genuine human development.

05/20/2014 Comments (8)

Samuel Gregg, director of research at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

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May 20 is the feast of St. Bernardine of Siena, a 15th-century Franciscan priest. The fact that he cared for the sick, especially those suffering from the plague, doesn’t come as a surprising course of action from a Franciscan, nor does the fact that he preached against luxury and immodest clothing. However, many people are unaware that St. Bernardine endorsed free markets.

The humble Franciscan knew the importance of personal initiative, identifying four gifts that the successful entrepreneur would make use of: efficiency, responsibility, diligence and risk-taking.

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Critics Warn of Bias in U.N. Anti-Torture Committee Member (2184)

Felice Gaer, an American who is the committee’s vice chair, is an abortion-rights proponent who has argued that laws prohibiting all abortions constitute torture.

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Felice Gaer, vice chair of the U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture

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NEW YORK — A U.N. committee member who insinuated that the Catholic position against abortion violates an anti-torture agreement signed by the Holy See should recuse herself or step down on account of bias, several critics have said.

Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the U.S.-based The Catholic Association, said American Felice Gaer should recuse herself from writing the U.N. Committee on the Convention Against Torture’s report on the Holy See because she is “clearly beholden to the interests of the abortion lobby” and has shown “she does not think the Church has a right to its religious teachings.”

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Catholic Bishops Voice Hope for India’s New Government (1584)

According to India’s bishops, the landslide victory by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies is not a threat to Catholics and other Christians.

05/20/2014 Comment
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Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

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NEW DELHI — Catholic bishops in India have said they have nothing to fear from the country’s new government, following the landside success of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies.

“It is true that sometimes small groups of fanatics can give us concern, but the Church will continue in its mission to pray for the new government and contribute to the common good of the nation, supporting democracy, respect for pluralism, the rights of all and a secular concept in the political agenda,” Archbishop Albert D’Souza of Agra, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, told Fides news agency.

He said the elections were “a great test of democracy,” and their result...READ MORE

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