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Pope: 'In the Family We Discover Our God-Given Vocation to Love' (1201)

The Holy Father reflected on World Meeting of Families in Milan at June 6 general audience.

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Pope Benedict XVI says he saw an “inspiring witness” during his three-day apostolic visit to the June 1-3 World Meeting of Families in Milan.

“This joyful international gathering was an inspiring witness to the rich and varied identity of the family as a communion of love based on marriage, a sanctuary of life, a domestic church and the primary cell of society,” he told pilgrims at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square on June 6.

The international gathering in Milan brought together families from more than 150 countries to the northern Italian city to pray, celebrate and study marriage and family life. The theme for this year’s event was “The Family: Work and Celebration.”...READ MORE

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Priests for the New Evangelization, The Perils of Polygamy, House on Fire, and much more! (2759)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/06/2012 Comment

Priests for the New Evangelization. Click on the link by Fr. Roch Kereszty O. CIST. to read more.

Priests for the New Evangelization - Fr. Roch Kereszty O CIST, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Perils of Polygamy - Christopher Kaczor, Public Discourse

House on Fire! - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What An Ex-Communist Can Teach Us About False Catholics by R. J. Stove of Crisis Magazine - Big Pulpit

Defending and Defining Words of Wisdom - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Yahoo!: “The Catholic Church Is Dangerous & Should Dissolve” (by the Yahoo! website) - Tim Shipe, The American Catholic

Where to find Catholics in the States - Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda's Place

There's Only One God, M'am - Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Surviving Hitler: A Memoir of the...READ MORE

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Marriage, Bible Under Assault in 'Gay' Debate (2392)

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Recent events illustrate the strides homosexual activists have made. Several incidents have come to national attention that would have been unthinkable a generation ago — or even a few years ago.

The best known is President Barack Obama’s May 9 endorsement of homosexual “marriage.”

Homosexual activists hailed Obama’s endorsement as “historic,” and it was. At no previous time in U.S. history has a sitting U.S. president, much less one running for re-election, endorsed the idea of treating homosexual unions as marriages.

Another noteworthy incident occurred just days earlier, when, on April 28, homosexual activist Dan Savage addressed a national conference of high-school journalism...READ MORE

Filed under church teaching on marriage, defense of marriage act, formation of conscience, homosexuality, natural law ethics, same-sex "marriage"

'Unexpected Gift': Philadelphia Chosen to Host 2015 World Meeting of Families (3203)

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

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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.

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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! (2101)

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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? (18352)

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

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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.

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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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