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Cultivating Capitalism’s Compatibility With Catholicism (5159)

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

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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.

Despite his rejection of excess, St. Bernardine supported the right to private property, one of the topics addressed in his...READ MORE

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Critics Warn of Bias in U.N. Anti-Torture Committee Member (2196)

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 (1592)

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.

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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.

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In Advance of Papal Visit, Jewish Extremists Target Christian Properties (4602)

Earlier this month, extremists defaced the Vatican-owned Notre Dame Center with graffiti stating, ‘Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel.’

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Graffiti scrawled by Jewish extremists on a column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem.

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JERUSALEM — Catholic leaders in the Holy Land have demanded the Israeli government do more to ensure that Pope Francis’ May 24-26 pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian-ruled West Bank will not be marred by actions carried out by Jewish extremists.

The demand for tighter security around Christian holy sites followed an escalation of months of vandalism against Christian churches and mosques and Arab-owned property in Israel. Non-Orthodox synagogues and Israeli military bases have also been targeted.

Earlier this month, graffiti stating, “Death to Arabs and Christians and all those who hate Israel” was spray-painted in Hebrew on a column of the Office of the Assembly of Bishops...READ MORE

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Report: Vatican Has Strengthened Its Financial Oversight (1885)

New report shows promising results.

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Rene Brülhart, director of the Vatican's Financial Information Authority

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VATICAN CITY — The Authority for Financial Information’s second annual report presents an increasing number of suspicious transactions reported — a reflection of stronger oversight of Vatican finances.

"In 2013, we had taken further decisive steps to foster the legal framework and, at the same time, to make it work in practice," said Rene Brülhart, director of the AIF, at a May 19 presentation of the report at the Holy See Press Office.

"Today, we have a proper and equivalent system in place to prevent and fight financial crime — a system that is well in line with international standards."

The annual report is divided into three parts: The first presents the legal, institutional and...READ MORE

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You Thought the Crusades Were Evil, Until You Read This; Divorced are Called to Heroism and More! (7405)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow You Thought the Crusades Were Evil, Until You Read This by Paul F. Crawford to read more.

You Thought the Crusades Were Evil, Until You Read This by Paul F. Crawford - BigPulpit.com

Cardinal Burke on Faith, The Right to Life, and the Family – Izabella Parowicz, LifeSiteNews.com

Debate Continues: Catholic Social Teaching, Markets & Morality – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Divorced and Remarried are Called to Heroism. . . - R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine

. . .But Should They Live Together? - Eric Johnston, Crisis Magazine

Which Is Real, Science or God? – Bob Kurland PhD, Catholic Stand

The Shame of the Catholic Subculture - John Zmirak PhD, The Catholic Thing

Someone, Please, Like Me. . . – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Nation’s Withering Soul – Lawrence P....READ MORE

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New CDF Appointment Shows Vatican’s Concern About Clergy Abuse (2469)

The appointment of Archbishop Jose Mollaghan confirms Pope Francis’ commitment to continuing the response that began under St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ appointment Monday of Archbishop Jose Mollaghan of Rosario, Argentina, as a member of the Vatican’s doctrine office confirms the Holy See’s continuing response to the clergy sexual-abuse crisis.

The Argentine bishop was appointed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he will be responsible for a commission, which is being set up, to examine appeals by clergy accused of delicta graviora (more grave crimes).

Delicta graviora are the most serious crimes in the Church and most notably include offenses against morality: the sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric; or the acquisition, possession or distribution of child pornography by a cleric.


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A Bitter Pill to Be Avoided (4335)

COMMENTARY: The midterm elections may be voters’ last opportunity to turn away the federal government’s abortion and contraception mandate.

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It is crucial for voters who care about the dignity of human life to go to the polls in November.

We need a pro-life Senate.

By 2016, it might be too late to reverse the deadly momentum of the Affordable Care Act and its contraception and abortion mandate, so it is no overstatement to say the 2014 midterms might be our last chance to overturn it. This November, voters will choose 36 Senate seats.

Most of the seats are held by incumbents looking for an easy win, but Catholics — if they make the life issue their No. 1 priority — have the power in numbers to make sure no abortion-loving politician of either party coasts to a new six-year term.

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