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Four State Battles Over Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Highlight Dueling Church Strategies (3391)

Dioceses in some states work with campaign organizations that face well-funded opponents; in others, the local bishop keeps politics at arm’s length.

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– preservemarriagewashington.com

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — As the volunteer regional director for Preserve Marriage Washington in Whatcom County, Wash., Linda Morrell adheres to individual parish policies that welcome — or bar — campaign activities.

While some pastors in Bellingham, a part of the Seattle Archdiocese, allow campaign representatives like Morrell, a Catholic, to distribute materials or raise funds, others don’t. In fact, the archdiocese has provided no funds for the campaign to defeat same-sex “marriage,” while the state’s two other dioceses allowed parishioners to collect money for that purpose.

“It depends on what part of the state you are standing in. When you go to [the Dioceses of] Spokane and Yakima,...READ MORE

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Faith Isn't Just a Private Matter, Pope Benedict Reflects (1154)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father highlights Christianity's communal character and prays for Americans affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Although faith is intensely personal, it is necessarily transmitted and lived through relationships with others, Pope Benedict XVI said at his general audience on Wednesday.



“I cannot build my personal faith in a private dialogue with Jesus, because faith is given to me by God through a community of believers,” the Pope said in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square Oct. 31. 

“The Church and I become part of the multitude of believers in a community that is ... rooted in the eternal love of God.”



Responding to the question of whether or not an individual can live his faith in isolation, the Holy Father said the answer is found in the sacrament of baptism, where the...READ MORE

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Why I Wrote The Catholic Tide Continues To Turn, Abbaye Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, and More! (1762)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why I Wrote The Catholic Tide Continues To Turn. Click on the link by Dave Hartline to read more!

Why I Wrote The Catholic Tide Continues To Turn – Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Stunning Abbaye Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Decline of the Diocese of Albany by Fr. Z – Big Pulpit

Artists Should be Guardians of Beauty, Not Purveyors of the Voyeuristic – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

The Smiling Pope’s Letter to Mark Twain: Humor, Hitler, and Three Different Johns - Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Catholics Can’t Comply with the HHS Mandate – Michael Gorman, First Things/On the Square

Thomas Friedman and the Pro-Life Movement – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

Of Processions, Flower Girls, Quzzing Altar Boys. . . – Fr....READ MORE

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Road Map for the New Evangelization (3194)

In its final document, the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization calls for a Church commission to protect religious liberty.

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization Oct. 28.

– Anne Hartney/Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — The establishment of a special Church commission to defend religious liberty, a pastoral document on how to encounter Jesus Christ and a new apologetics of Christian thought are just some of the fruits that came out of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization that ended Oct. 28.

The suggestions, listed among 58 propositions submitted to Pope Benedict XVI, were presented Oct. 27 at a Vatican press conference. Although the propositions were confidential, the Pope allowed them to be unofficially translated and made public. They were agreed upon by “90%-95%” of the synod’s participants, according to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, the synod’s relator general.

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North Dakota Bishop Stands by Pastoral Letter on Election (2787)

His call to vote in accordance with a properly formed conscience wasn’t directed against specific candidates, Bishop Kagan explains.

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Bishop David Kagan

– Diocese Bismarck, N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. — Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, N.D., defended his letter on the election, which was read this weekend at parishes in North Dakota, against demands by a state senator that it be withdrawn or changed.

“It’s with a properly formed conscience, which we regularly nourish with prayer, the sacraments and continued study, that we can ... set a good example, which ultimately isn’t about you or me,” Bishop Kagan told Catholic News Agency Oct. 30.

The example we set, he emphasized, presents Christ to other people.

Bishop Kagan is the ordinary of Bismarck and is serving as the apostolic administrator of Fargo while the see is vacant. As part of his role, Bishop Kagan issued...READ MORE

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Catholic Latino Group Backs Calif. Death Penalty Repeal (1236)

The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders has endorsed Proposition 34, advocating the repeal of the death penalty.

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SAN ANTONIO — The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders has endorsed the California ballot measure Proposition 34, advocating the repeal of the death penalty.

“We truly believe strongly that capital punishment's day is over. There was a time and a place for that. It is no longer that time, and it is no longer that place,” association president and CEO Robert Aguirre told EWTN News Oct. 30.

“We really encourage the people of California to help lead the nation to the elimination of capital punishment.”

The proposal would replace California's death penalty with a sentence of life in prison without parole. If it passes, the sentences of almost 725 convicted death-row inmates will be...READ MORE

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Campaign 2012 — What Voting Means (3513)

The voting booth isn’t the confessional. But like the confessional, it should be entered after serious moral reflection and prayer.

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American political campaigns have never been for the squeamish. With the sole exceptions of George Washington’s two uncontested elections, every presidential campaign has seen its share of vulgarity, skullduggery and personal disparagement.

Those who imagine that “going negative” is the invention of today’s polls and focus groups haven’t read very much about the rhetorical character of the senior Adams-Jefferson battle of 1800, the younger Adams-Jackson contest of 1824 or the Blaine-Cleveland fight of 1884, not to mention the dubious goings-on in Illinois and Texas in 1960 or in Florida in 2000.

American presidential politics is a contact sport, and while we may wish it were not so —...READ MORE

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The Long Arm of the Bishops, Kurt Cardinal Koch: Lutheran Ordinariate a Possibility, and Much More! (2595)

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University of Notre Dame Fr. Richard McBrien: Long Arm of Bishops Can’t Reach Me. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

University of Notre Dame Fr. Richard McBrien: Long Arm of Bishops Can’t Reach Me by Matthew Archbold – Big Pulpit

Vatican Cardinal Opens Door to Lutheran Ordinariates – Fr. Z’s Blog

New Catholic Podcast Announced for the New Evangelization – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Lumen Christi: A New Pew Book for the Ordinary Form – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Bishop David Ricken: This Could Put Your Own Soul in Jeopardy – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Dancing with Death: “Totentanz” and “Dies Irae” – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

How do the Natural, Preternatural, and Supernatural Realms Relate to Demons? - Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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