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French Priest Suspended After Freemasonry Revealed (5108)

Father Pascal Vesin was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France.

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PARIS — Bishop Yves Boivineau of Annecy in southeastern France has barred a local priest from public ministry after he was exposed as an active Freemason.

Father Pascal Vesin, 43, was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France. He became a member in 2001, five years after his 1996 ordination as a Catholic priest, the French newspaper Le Figaro reports.

The priest served a parish in the Alpine ski resort of Megeve, and Bishop Boivineau suspended him at Rome’s request, his parish said.

Membership in Masonic societies has long been condemned by the Catholic Church. This condemnation was repeated in a 1983 document from the Congregation of the...READ MORE

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John XXIII Stressed Obedience as the Path to Peace, Pope Francis Says (4008)

On the 50th anniversary of the death of Pope John, Francis talks about his predecessor’s ‘gradual purification of the heart.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said peace was the outward hallmark of Blessed Pope John XXIII, whose death 50 years ago this month provoked an outpouring of tributes from leading Catholic figures.

Others remembered him as a man of prayer, a great historian and a pope with the common touch who liked to be with people.

The Holy Father commemorated the golden anniversary with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica June 3, during which he called on the faithful to imitate Blessed Pope John by growing in obedience to God and self-mastery to achieve peace.

“If peace was the outward hallmark [of Pope John], obedience constituted his inner disposition,” he told pilgrims from  the Diocese of Bergamo in...READ MORE

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Is Pope Francis the Final Roman Pontiff? The Cause of Good Liturgy and Much More! (4110)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Is Pope Francis the Final Roman Pontiff? Follow the link by Tim Staples of Catholic Answers to read more.

Is Pope Francis the Final Roman Pontiff? by Tim Staples of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

The Cause of Good Liturgy – Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Review of Fr. Longenecker’s Book: Catholicism Pure & Simple – Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Gay Pride: A Politically Incorrect Dialogue – Howard Kainz, Crisis Magazine

Ordinary Time Needs Extraordinary Faith - Emmanuel Joseph, Catholic Stand

Bishop Christopher Coyne Celebrates Anglican Use Mass – St. Joseph of Arimathea Anglican Use Society

How to Drive Away Temptation - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Boy Scouts, “Bigotry” & the Catholic Culture Wars – Anne Hendershott, The Catholic World Report

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To Puff or Not to Puff (10478)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Catholic experts weigh in on the morality of legalized marijuana.

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DENVER — Lighting up pot has its moral pitfalls.

The dawning of legalized marijuana across the states in recent years has prompted Church experts to try to clear the haze about the much-debated drug.

Since last November’s elections, Colorado and Washington passed unprecedented laws making legal recreational use of marijuana, and lawmakers and state boards are formulating ways to shift it from a black market to a regulated and taxed commercial enterprise. Medical use alone has passed in 18 states from Alaska and Arizona to Delaware and Vermont.

These laws contradict federal law, but states are not obligated to enforce federal regulations on personal consumption. In addition,...READ MORE

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Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki; The Christian Filmmaker; Discernment and Communion and More! (1870)

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Whiskey Man: Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois. Follow the link via Whiskey Catholic to read more.

Whiskey Man: Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois via Whiskey Catholic - BigPulpit.com

The Christian Filmmaker & Bringing Faith to the Big Screen - Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

Discernment and Communion – Fr. Bryce Sibley, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Austerity Is Good For You – Julie Rodrigues, Catholic Stand

In Soccer Mom Era, Sports & Faith Go Head-to-Head - Maria Wiering, OSV Newsweekly

Prayer & First Amendment – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The French Spring: the March for Marriage in Paris – Marie Meaney PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

5 Literary Aids to Understanding Modern Atheism – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Second Baseman on the Gift of Life (10991)

Neil Walker lives his faith on and off the diamond.

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Neil Walker has been able to live out a childhood dream of playing for his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates.

After being taken in the first round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, he diligently worked his way through the minor leagues.

He made his major-league debut as a pinch hitter in September of 2009, and he has been the team’s second baseman since 2010.

Walker’s father, Tom, a former major-league pitcher, has been instrumental in his son’s baseball success, teaching him not only proper mechanics, but also a proper philosophy of play.

However, had Tom Walker followed through on a plan he had in 1972, his son’s story would never have happened.

Neil Walker spoke about his...READ MORE

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New iPad Story Draws Children Into the Life of Jesus (4428)

'Journey of Jesus: HIs First Miracle' was released on the Apple platform June 5.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A Christian game developer has released an interactive storybook application to help make the message of the Gospel more accessible for kids.

“For children, we really want them to be exposed to the life of Jesus in a way that they can enjoy and connect with,” Brent Dusing, Lightside Games founder and CEO, told Catholic News Agency on June 6.

The app, “Journey of Jesus: His First Miracle,” hit the iTunes store June 5 and features chapters of Jesus' public ministry from the Bible that engages children and helps relay the story to them.

Admittedly, Dusing said, there are other secular and Christian storybook applications on the market, but what sets this one...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Tells Pilgrims: God Forgives Sins That Wound (3374)

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus sets the tone for the whole month of June, the Holy Father says.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis yesterday emphasized the mercy of God, declaring that God always forgives those who show him the “inner wounds” of their sins.

“If we show our inner wounds, our sins, he always forgives us,” Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“Let us never forget this: He is pure mercy; let us go to Jesus!” he exclaimed during his Angelus noon prayer.

Pope Francis emphasized that we should not be afraid to approach Jesus, because he has a “merciful heart.”

The Church traditionally dedicates the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which reveals his infinite mercy towards people.

The Pope said that the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart,...READ MORE

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