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Olympian Becomes a Sister (9276)

London 2012 feature from our July 15 issue. Sister Catherine Holum says, 'I think this is a fantastic opportunity for England and all the Catholics in this country to really utilize the Olympics to share their faith.'

07/27/2012 Comment

Sister Catherine Holum, former Olympian

It has been said that Blessed John Paul was the world’s most famous — and perhaps unlikely — soccer goalkeeper, but even he never participated in the Olympics.

But a speed-skating sister has. A speed-skating sister may seem like a novelty, but she is certainly a reminder that sports and Catholicism have much in common.

Sister Catherine Holum of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Leeds, England, represented the United States at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, when she was a teenager.

Her interest in competition came from her family.

“My mother, Dianne Holum, was an Olympic speed skater and Olympic speed-skating coach,” says Sister Catherine. “She has four Olympic...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops’ Marriage Advocate to Lead San Francisco Archdiocese (4567)

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., the USCCB's leader on defense of marriage issues, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco.

07/27/2012 Comments (13)

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., the U.S. bishops’ leader on defense of marriage issues, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco.

“I am pleased to welcome Archbishop-elect Cordileone and to assure him of our prayers, loyalty, support and cooperation, as well as our friendship and affection,” said Archbishop George Niederauer, who offered his resignation as archbishop of San Francisco upon reaching the age limit of 75.

The appointment and resignation were both announced on July 27 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Known for his staunch defense of marriage as well as his...READ MORE

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Franciscan University Image Will Be Removed From Steubenville City Logo (3480)

University responds: 'We find it particularly troubling that an out-of-town and out-of-touch group targeted the university for removal from the logo solely because of our religious identity. For more than 65 years, Franciscan University of Steubenville has proudly served as an integral part of this community, and we were honored to have our chapel included in the new city of Steubenville logo.'

07/27/2012 Comments (32)

In response to a threatened lawsuit from an atheist group, the Steubenville, Ohio, city council says it will remove from its new city logo an image of the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s chapel.

The action drew criticism from Franciscan University’s vice president of advancement, Michael Hernon.

“We find it particularly troubling that an out-of-town and out-of-touch group targeted the university for removal from the logo solely because of our religious identity,” Hernon said July 25 on behalf of the university.

“For more than 65 years, Franciscan University of Steubenville has proudly served as an integral part of this community, and we were honored to have our chapel...READ MORE

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St. Anne Find Me a Man, What is the Difference between Desolation and Aridity, and Much More! (2990)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/27/2012 Comment

“St. Anne, St. Anne Find Me A Man”. Click on the link by J. Q. Tomanek to read more.

“St. Anne, St. Anne Find Me A Man” – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

What is the Difference between Desolation & Aridity? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Our Lady of Quito Prophesied 60s Church Collapse & Restoration – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

American Exorcist-in-Training Shares His Experience – David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

From “The Pulpit” to “Big Pulpit” – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Top 10 Signs Your Catholic Co-Worker is Expecting a Child – Andrew Sciba, Truth & Charity

You Can’t Vote for this Man & Call Yourself a Catholic by Django of Catholics Stand Up & Fight blog – Big Pulpit

Change in the World of Catholic Music – Jeffrey A....READ MORE

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Focus Bible Study Leader Heads to the Olympics (4709)

Mexican-American student Diego Estrada brings Catholic faith to London games

07/27/2012 Comments (2)

Diego Estrada takes the lead.

– Courtesy of Northern Arizona University Media Relations

Being an Olympic athlete and having his picture plastered on posters would probably fill most 22-year-olds with a healthy dose of confidence, if not arrogance.

But Diego Estrada, a distance runner who will be competing for Mexico at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, maintains a sense of humility and perspective, thanks to his deep Catholic faith.

“Catholicism and Christianity is a big part of my daily life. I wake up with prayer. I go to bed with prayer. Before a race, I pray. All around, it’s a big part of my life,” Estrada said in a recent phone interview.

“I was born to Catholic parents in Mexico. We’re very Catholic. From day one, attending Mass, being Catholic was...READ MORE

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SSPX Gives 3 Conditions for Reuniting With Rome (2901)

Society's letter indicates their continuing concerns.

07/26/2012 Comments (12)

ROME —The Society of St. Pius X's three conditions for reuniting with Rome have been revealed in a letter sent by their general secretary to the society’s superiors across the world.

“The freedom to accuse and even to correct the promoters of the errors or the innovations of modernism, liberalism and Vatican II and its aftermath” is listed as part of the first condition in the July 17 letter from Father Christian Thouvenot.

The interpretation and legacy of the Second Vatican Council, which took place from 1962-1965, now seems to be the major stumbling block for the society in their ongoing negotiations with the Vatican aimed at healing their 24-year rift.

The new prefect of the...READ MORE

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Melinda Gates and the Contraceptive Imperialists (7842)

Commentary: Imagine what impact Gates would have with Catholic teaching on her side.

07/26/2012 Comments (48)

Melinda Gates applauds at the London Family Planning Summit recently.

– WPA Pool/ Getty Images News

It was billed as a major clash: Melinda Gates — the Catholic woman whose husband, Bill, is one of the richest men on the planet — vs. the Pope.

But you may have noticed one thing missing. The stories all told us about Gates’ heroic stand promoting contraception. But none of them had an intelligent defense of the Church’s teaching on contraception and true development in poor countries.

That’s a shame, because the Church is very much in the right on this issue, and Melinda Gates and the contraceptive imperialists she has enriched are very much in the wrong.

The Gates Foundation gift was announced at the London Summit on Family Planning, which has three goals:

1. Convince the world...READ MORE

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds South Dakota Informed-Consent Rule (1325)

The law requires anyone who performs an abortion to obtain informed consent from a woman seeking an abortion, telling her about suicide risk. It also requires the woman to be informed that the abortion will end the life of 'a whole, separate, unique, living human being.'

07/26/2012 Comments (1)

A federal appeals court has upheld a South Dakota informed-consent rule requiring that abortionists warn women seeking abortions about the increased risk of suicide.

Leslee Unruh, president of the pro-life counseling group Alpha Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., backed the law and praised the July 24 ruling.

She said the decision is a victory for “all women who have ever been deceived into thinking that aborting their unborn children was the ‘only easy way out.’”

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the disputed portion of the 2005 informed-consent law by a vote of 7-4. The court said the law is not an “undue burden on abortion rights” or a violation of doctors’ free speech rights....READ MORE

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