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'Unexpected Gift': Philadelphia Chosen to Host 2015 World Meeting of Families (3198)

News lifts a local Church struggling to resolve clergy abuse cases and 'deficit spending.'

06/06/2012 Comment
World Meeting of Families 2012/CNA

Pope Benedict XVI meets with young confirmands, or candidates for confimation, at the San Siro stadium during the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan.

– World Meeting of Families 2012/CNA

PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia welcomed the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to hold the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia as a moment of “grace” that will provide an important opportunity for families to celebrate and share their distinctive role as the domestic Church.

The archdiocese had just released a financial report confirming a $12.3 million budget deficit for the last fiscal year, and it is still grappling with multi-million dollar payments for internal clergy abuse investigations and legal bills, including the defense of a former senior archdiocesan official now on trial for child endangerment.

Yet the city’s new archbishop expressed...READ MORE

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Special Corpus Christi Plenary Indulgence, Teen Girls Need Real Love: On Chastity, and much more! (2097)

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06/06/2012 Comment

Special Corpus Christi Plenary Indulgence This Week. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

Special Corpus Christi Plenary Indulgence This Week - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Teen Girls Need Real Love: A Talk About Chastity - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Jesuit Fr. James Martin Defends Sr. Margaret Farley by Fr. Z - Big Pulpit

First World Dating Problems of a Single Black Catholic - L. T. Horton, A Black Catholic

Consecrating Yourself to Jesus through Mary, Mobile Style - Adfero, Rorate Cæli

Sr. Margaret Farley Fires Back - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

9 Statements by Papa Bene on St. Thomas Aquinas - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Did Augustine Deny that the Church Gave Us the Scriptures? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Adult Stem Cells...READ MORE

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Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls? (18341)

U.S. bishops’ committee for laity looking into ‘possible problematic relationships with other organizations,’ materials and resources. Part 1 of 2.

06/06/2012 Comments (72)
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Washington, D.C., area Girl Scouts attend Girl Scouts At 100: The Launch of ToGetHerThere on Capitol Hill on Feb. 1.

– Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Girl Scouts of America

After years of questions and concerns about the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is conducting an inquiry into the organization and its relationship with the Catholic Church.

In a recent letter, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, briefed the country’s bishops on the committee’s “ongoing consideration” of the issue.

The main focus, Bishop Rhoades observed, is “possible problematic relationships with other organizations, the issue of problematic programmatic materials and resources and other matters of concern.”

There are more than 3 million Girl...READ MORE

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The Modern Mind As It Were, Marriage is Both Biblical and Natural, Sr. Farley's Book, and more! (273)

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06/05/2012 Comments (2)

Quæritur: Is Water Blessed with the Newer Rites really Holy Water? Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

The Modern Mind, As It Were - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Marriage is Both Biblical and Natural - Dr. Donald DeMarco, Integrated Catholic Life™

CDF Condemns Sr. Margaret A. Farley's Book - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Dear Planned Parenthood by Marc Barnes - Big Pulpit

Should A Christian Support Obama? - L. T. Horton, Ignitum Today

Major Networks Ignore Planned Parenthood Sex-Selection Investigation - Paul Wilson, LifeSiteNews

Paul Jernberg: The Logos of Sacred Music - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Merry England Fights Over Gay Marriage - Greg Daly, Catholic World Report

Chinese Natural Law - Zac Alstin, Crisis Magazine

Help a Young Lady to Wear...READ MORE

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How the U.S. Church Can Revive Christian Culture (765)

The priest behind the recent ad limina visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the American Church to help fight secularization.

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The priest behind the recent ad limina visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the U.S. Catholic Church to help rescue and revive Christian culture.

“The Holy Father spoke of the challenges in marriage, in family life, in growing secularization, in education, but I think there was a common theme amidst all the challenges: that where God does not exist, where he is taken out of culture, civilization itself begins to disintegrate,” Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo told EWTN News in Rome.

Over the past six months, Msgr. Figueiredo has led the organization of 15 visiting delegations from the U.S. consisting of 258 bishops.

“It was a very, very intense time of...READ MORE

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Asia Bibi to Hang, The Hobbit in One Picture, Why Sexual Integrety is Not Out of Date, and more! (2415)

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06/05/2012 Comment

Asia Bibi to Hang. Click on the link by Royce Hood to read about this tragic story out of Pakistan.

Asia Bibi to Hang - Royce Hood, Ignitum Today

The Hobbit: In One Picture - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Why Sexual Integrity Isn’t Out-of-Date - Nathaniel Peters, Public Discourse

Is anti-Catholicism on the Rise? by Stephen Kokx of Catholic Vote - Big Pulpit

Naked Men - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

If Everyone Thought Like Catholycs - The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

A Film For Our Time, and All Times - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What Does the Church Say about Private Revelations? Part I of II - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Bp. Davies Defends Marriage: Politicians Need to Act Now - Fr. Z's Blog

Demography Is (Not Quite) Destiny - Matthew...READ MORE

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Rallying Cry for Religious Freedom Goes Out This Friday (4392)

Bill of Rights’ birthday to be celebrated in opposition to Obamacare.

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Michelle Bauman/CNA

Organizers of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally are hoping for an even bigger turnout than they had in March. This is a scene from that round of rallies, in Washington, D.C.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

On Friday, June 8, the 223rd anniversary of James Madison’s introduction of the Bill of Rights to the first Congress, tens of thousands of people are expected to publicly defend a chief guarantee of the Bill of Right’s First Amendment, the free exercise of religion — and that in its fullest sense: not forcing people to violate their religious beliefs.

At noon local time, the second Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will be held in more than 130 cities nationwide at federal buildings, congressional offices and historic sites. It is being staged in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s expected ruling in late June on the Affordable Care Act, including the controversial Department of...READ MORE

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Vatican Publishes Judgment Against Sexual Ethics Book (5042)

Sister Margaret Farley’s text ‘cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching,’ states a notification likely to fuel debate over the obligations of Catholic women religious.

06/04/2012 Comments (28)
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Sister Margaret Farley

– CNA US Catholic News

WASHINGTON — The Vatican today issued a strongly worded critique of a sexual ethics text written by Mercy Sister Margaret Farley, a retired Yale Divinity professor.

The five-page notification from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) regarding Just Love: A Framework for Christian Social Ethics, published in 2006, determined that the book departed from key principles of Catholic sexual ethics and thus “cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.”

On March 16, Pope Benedict XVI approved the notification and ordered its publication.

Released June 4, the official statement...READ MORE

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