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Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It; Beauty In Sacred Music and Much More! (4208)

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06/28/2013 Comment

Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It. Follow the link by Dr. Ed Peters to read more.

Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It by Dr. Ed Peters - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Says Do Not Masquerade as a Christian – Isobel Losseff, Catholic Herald

Jimmy Carter’s Profound Ignorance - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Benedict XVI & Beauty in Sacred Music – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Attack on Marriage: Thursday Special - BigPulpit.com

Why Isn’t Men’s Ministry More Vibrant? - R. Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

You Must Read This Book: The Christian West and Its Singers – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Fortnight For Freedom: We Need to Wake Up - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Christian Crisis in Syria Special - BigPulpit.com


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The Supreme Court’s Decisions Raise More Questions Than Answers (6381)


06/27/2013 Comments (20)

The results of the two marriage cases decided June 26 are already shrouded in the mists of history. What I mean is: The struggle over marriage in our society neither began nor will end with these decisions, and those carrying on the fight are arguing already about what these decisions mean for the future. This concern about portents is natural and fair enough. But in the rush to interpret and to prophecy, we risk losing track of what the court actually said.

Let’s start there.

One case is Perry v. Hollingsworth. It is almost universally referred to as the “Prop. 8” case, so named for the California ballot initiative that limited marriage to the union of a man and a woman and...READ MORE

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Catholic Analysts: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Isn’t Inevitable (2848)

Despite the adverse outcome of the Supreme Court's June 26 decisions, the national discussion on the controversial matter will continue.

06/27/2013 Comments (3)

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WASHINGTON — Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.

“Sociologically, it’s huge,” said Anne Hendershott about the Supreme Court’s two decisions, “but it doesn’t end the debate.”

Hendershott is a leading Catholic sociologist from King’s College in New York City and a current professor of sociology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

“People can persuade other people: It’s not inevitable,” she told Catholic News Agency.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as the union of one man...READ MORE

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It's Time to Join the Catholic Church Now! The Evidential Power of Beauty and Much More! (2578)

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06/27/2013 Comment

It’s Time to Join the Church, Now! Follow the link by Matt Fradd to read more.

It’s Time to Join the Church, Now! by Matt Fradd - BigPulpit.com

The Evidential Power of Beauty - Abp. Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, Catholic Exchange

The Shelby Decision and Uncle Toms – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

I Can’t Blame My Friends in Syria . . . - Fr. A. Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Attack on Marriage: Thursday Special - BigPulpit.com

Using Bad Faith Arguments to Support Immigration Reform – Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

St Philip’s Day at the Oxford Oratory - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Biotechnology & the Catholic Church – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Christian Crisis in Syria Special - BigPulpit.com

Many Studies Link Religious Education to...READ MORE

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Catholic-Anglican Dialogue: Cordial, but No Unity in Sight (5455)

Pope Francis met this month with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, but female and homosexual Anglican bishops frustrate any hope of institutional unity.

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Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury greets Pope Francis June 14 at the Vatican.

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LONDON — When Pope Francis met June 14 with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, it was evident that relations between the two new Christian leaders were warm, continuing the ongoing bridge-building between the two Churches.

Yet, for all that warmth, a number of issues are bubbling under the outwardly cordial relations. Proposals by the Church of England to create women bishops, the ordination of two actively homosexual bishops in the U.S. Episcopal Church, and the recent creation of the personal ordinariates to accommodate former Anglicans coming as groups into the Catholic Church all challenge the continuing dialogue.

Taking the issue of women bishops, Msgr. Mark Langham, outgoing...READ MORE

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Variety Gives Church Its Richness, Pope Francis Teaches (2819)

Pope Francis says the Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit in which God works.

06/27/2013 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis during his general audience. May 15, 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — The Church is the temple of God and its many and varied members enrich it, Pope Francis taught at his general audience this week at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
“It is, moreover, the Holy Spirit with his gifts, who designs the variety. This is important: what does the Holy Spirit do in our midst? He designs the variety,” the Bishop of Rome said June 26.
“The variety which is the richness of the Church and unites everything and everyone, so as to constitute a spiritual temple, in which we offer not material sacrifices, but us ourselves, our life.”
Noting that Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, calls the Church a temple, Pope Francis said this...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bars Dissident Priest From Speaking on Archdiocesan Property (6836)

The archdiocese would not allow a visiting priest to speak at a Catholic parish because the subjects of the talk are contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley speaks with CNA in Rome on Feb. 4.

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BOSTON — The Archdiocese of Boston verified that an Austrian priest will not be allowed to speak on archdiocesan property during a stop on his U.S. speaking tour due to his dissenting views on Catholic teaching.

“It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the generally accepted practice in dioceses across the country, not to permit individuals to conduct speaking engagements in Catholic parishes or at Church events when those individuals promote positions that are contrary to Catholic teachings,” spokesman Terrance Donilon said in a statement provided to CNA.

Father Helmut Schüller, who was set to speak at St. Susanna parish in Dedham, Mass., on July 17, is the founder of the...READ MORE

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Family Advocates Say Marriage Ruling Ignores Children (2539)

President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors said it is time for Christians ‘to rise up and renew their efforts to protect marriage and strengthen the families in their communities.’

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Rev. William Owens Sr., president of the Coalition of African-American pastors

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WASHINGTON — As the Supreme Court handed down its historic rulings on same-sex “marriage,” an array of family advocates are warning that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.

“The Supreme Court … neglected our most precious children, who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development,” William Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said June 26, shortly after the decisions were handed down.

“The African-American community has already been plagued with problems related to children growing up in single-parent households. This ruling will only accelerate the further erosion of our communities and...READ MORE

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