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Catholic University of America Leaders Reject Criticism of Koch Grant (3087)

The criticism came from a Democratic-leaning lobby group that opposes the U.S. bishops on life and marriage issues.

02/24/2014 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America’s president and business-school dean say criticism of a $1-million grant from the Koch Foundation is unfounded and treats debatable positions as official Church teaching.

“We think the groups complaining about the Koch Foundation gift are suggesting a litmus test that neither we nor they would want to apply to other cases,” John Garvey, university president, and Andrew Abela, dean of the university’s School of Business and Economics, said in a Feb. 20 Wall Street Journal essay.

“We welcome constructive criticism, but we believe it would be a mistake to stifle debate by pretending that genuinely controversial positions are official Church...READ MORE

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Teaching Kids the 5 Steps to a Good Confession; Raise Prudent Kids, Not Independent Kids and More! (7024)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/24/2014 Comment

For the Teaching Kids The 5 Steps To A Good Confession follow the link to read more.

Christianity, Islam & The Middle East - BigPulpit.com

Teaching Kids The 5 Steps To A Good Confession - Lacy, Catholic Icing

Raise Prudent Kids, Not Independent Kids – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Does Compromise Apply to Annulment’? – Dr. Edward Peters, Canon Law Blog

What Is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part II) - Fr. Ezra Sullivan, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Pentecostals. . . – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Dignity in Death - Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass Isn’t Fad or Fashion – Susanna Spencer, Truth & Charity

Liberalism, Capitalism & Pluralism: Catholic Wars - Bonchamps, The American...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and One Joy, Pope Francis Calls for End of Ukraine Violence and Much More! (2199)

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02/23/2014 Comment

For the New York City Cabbie: Pope Francis & One Joy, follow the link by Jamey Brown to read more.

New York City Cabbie: Pope Francis & One Joy - Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis Leads Calls for an End to Violence in The Ukraine – The Catholic Herald

Bishop R. Malone Lambasts Kennedy Flip on Abortion – BigPulpit.com

The Sweetest Heart of Jesus - Donna Sue Berry, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting - Bridget Green, Truth & Charity

St. Silouan the Athonite – Jason Liske, Unblack

High School Q&A: Engagement & Prayer - Andrew Sciba, Truth & Charity

In Other News, Water Is Wet - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

‘Cause You Can’t Eat Flowers: Relationship Advice - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

The Sheer...READ MORE

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60,000 Unaccompanied Minors Could Arrive in U.S. in 2014, Warns Bishops’ Report (9693)

The report predicts that violence and lawlessness in parts of Mexico and Central America will drive an unprecedented influx of young migrants to the American border.

02/21/2014 Comments (10)
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SAN FRANCISCO — Julio Escobar, the restorative-justice coordinator for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has devoted much of the past decade to assisting young people in trouble.

Some of those young people are undocumented minors from Mexico and Central America, and, in recent years, Escobar has witnessed a sharp increase in their numbers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“Families have sent young people to the U.S. alone, while others have been trafficked,” reported Escobar, noting the danger of forced prostitution and other unanticipated problems that await many young migrants who arrive here without papers.

Escobar’s account echoes reports from Church-affiliated outreach groups...READ MORE

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Cardinal Entreats Consistory to Proclaim ‘Gospel of the Family’ (3416)

Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke Feb. 20 to a gathering of about 150 cardinals, after Pope Francis addressed 'the beauty of family and marriage.'

02/21/2014 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Walter Kasper urged the Extraordinary Consistory on the Family to rediscover and proclaim the “gospel of the family.”

Cardinal Kasper spoke to about 150 Catholic cardinals on the morning of Feb. 20, after brief remarks by Pope Francis, who discussed “the beauty of the family and marriage,” as well as the family’s joys, hopes, struggles and sufferings.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, summarized the cardinal’s speech, the text of which will not be released.

Father Lombardi said the cardinal discussed everything that is beautiful about the family, without avoiding its problems, Vatican Radio reported. The cardinal...READ MORE

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With New Cardinal and New Martyrs, Church Is Growing in South Korea (5107)

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, who will receive the red hat tomorrow from Pope Francis, shepherds one of Asia’s most vibrant Catholic communities.

02/21/2014 Comments (2)

Cardinal-elect Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul

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SEOUL, South Korea — Although Catholics make up only 11% of South Korea’s largely secular population, a convergence of events this year promises to raise the Church’s profile in the small Asian nation.

Tomorrow, Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul will receive the red hat from Pope Francis, as he joins the College of Cardinals at the consistory in Rome.

Last week, the Vatican announced that the Pope has approved the martyrdom of 124 Koreans who were killed during persecutions in the 18th and 19th centuries, paving the way for their beatification.

And, later this year, Pope Francis may preside at those beatifications when he travels to South Korea for an August youth event as...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: ‘Faith Is a Meeting With Jesus Christ’ (4444)

The Holy Father said at Mass on Feb. 21 that Christian belief without works is lifeless.

02/21/2014 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis centered his daily homily today around the importance of Christians having a living, rather than merely theoretical, faith.

“Even we make this mistake many times: ‘But I have a lot of faith,’ we hear it said. ‘I believe everything, everything ...’ And maybe the person who says this has a tepid, weak life. His faith is like a theory, but it is not alive in his life,” said Pope Francis on Feb. 21 in the chapel of the St. Martha residence.

“The apostle James, when he speaks of faith, speaks properly of doctrine, of that which is the content of faith. But you can know all the commandments, all the prophecies, all the truths of the faith, but if this doesn’t...READ MORE

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Abortions Down but So Are Births, and Cause Is Unknown (5659)

A new report shows a 13% decrease in the rate of abortions, but whether the drop is caused by a decline in abortion providers, shifts in public opinion or the increase in long-acting contraceptives is under dispute.

02/21/2014 Comments (16)

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. abortion rate is as low as it has been since 1973. But the reasons for the downward trend are unclear and in dispute, as the birth rate also continues to drop, raising questions as to whether the United States is actually shifting in a pro-life direction or is instead becoming ever more reliant on contraception.

The Guttmacher Institute, an abortion research firm with historical ties to Planned Parenthood, reports that the abortion rate dropped 13% over a period of three years to 16.9 abortions in 2011 for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15-44. The annual number of children aborted in the U.S. dropped to under 1.06 million in 2011 from 1.21 million in 2008, when...READ MORE

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