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DOMA and Prop. 8: 2 Defeats for Marriage This Week (1653)

It’s looking more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon be asked to decide the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue.

06/07/2012 Comments (43)

Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote a blistering appeal in which he said the appeals court had declared that “animus must have been the only conceivable motivation for a sovereign state to have remained committed to a definition of marriage that has existed for millennia.”

Two recent legal court rulings may increase the likelihood that the issue of same-sex “marriage” will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

On June 5, the Alliance Defense Fund, a coalition of Christian attorneys, asked the Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision to not reconsider a February ruling by a federal three-judge panel that struck down Proposition 8.

In 2008, 52% of Californians voted to approve Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that legally defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In 2010, a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco said the law was unconstitutional, a ruling that was later backed...READ MORE

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The Sacred Heart as a Model for Your Heart, Helping Sex Abuse Victims Find Peace, and much more! (1680)

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06/07/2012 Comment

The Sacred Heart as a Model for Your Heart. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

The Sacred Heart as a Model for Your Heart - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Helping Sex Abuse Survivors Find Peace and Healing - Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Newsweekly

What is Happening in the Vatican? by Robert de Mattei of Rorate Cæli - Big Pulpit

Sons of Cain: An Excerpt - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Sistas

Reason for Protestant Pastors Conversions? Authoritative Truth - Marcus Grodi, From Our Back Porch

Obama Working Willfully To Undermine Hierarchical Catholic Church - Tim Shipe, The American Catholic

Islamists Film Horrific Beheading of a Christian Convert in Tunisia - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

How NFP will Help Us Survive the Zombie Apocalypse -...READ MORE

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Prenda and Live Action Videos Amplify the Conversation About Sex-Selective Abortions in the U.S. (3816)

Group continues undercover videotaping, as Congress fails to pass law prohibiting procedure.

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Meiqian He, a graduate student in Boston, estimates that more than 99% of her classmates in Lanzhou, China, came from families where they were the only child. She remembers the excitement in high school once, when there was a boy with a brother.

“Wow, that’s so amazing, you have [a] brother,” said He. “We just admire this person — just for having another brother.”

The People’s Republic of China and their one-child-per-family policy is a common association that U.S. Americans have with sex-selective abortions, even though, technically, the practice is illegal in that country. In contrast, there is no federal protection against abortions on the basis of gender in the United States.

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Expert Advice on "Breastfeeding", A Martyr Pope Concerned about Chapel Veils, and more! (1239)

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06/07/2012 Comment

Expert Advice on “Breastfeeding”. Click on the link by Dr. Stacy Trasancos PhD to read more.

Expert Advice on “Breastfeeding” - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Saint Linus: A Martyr Pope Concerned about Chapel Veils - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Vatileaks?: Nothing but Cardinal Burke's Analysis of the NeoCatechumenal Way by Dylan Parry of A Reluctant Sinner - Big Pulpit

Teaching Prayers to Young Children - Rachel M, Catholic Sistas

Summer Reading - Anna Williams, Ignitum Today

Keeping Faith with Your Grandchildren - Bill Dodds, Catholic Lane

Shadows Fall (Mark 14:12-25) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Challenges Bishops To Revive Christian Culture - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

The Cristeros and Us - George...READ MORE

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Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls? Part 2 (11912)

As the U.S. bishops take up an inquiry, parents continue to be concerned about the organization. Boys who 'identify' as girls are welcome to join in Colorado.

06/07/2012 Comments (43)

Quo vadis, Girl Scouts of America?

After years of on-going concerns about the organization’s direction, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken up the question of whether its current program is at all good for girls.

The bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, chaired by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., will address “possible problematic relationships with other organizations, the issue of problematic programmatic materials and resources and other matters of concern.”

Yesterday, we looked at how part of the problem may stem from the fact that councils are free to set their own agenda, rather than strictly follow a national policy.

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Pope: 'In the Family We Discover Our God-Given Vocation to Love' (1237)

The Holy Father reflected on World Meeting of Families in Milan at June 6 general audience.

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Pope Benedict XVI says he saw an “inspiring witness” during his three-day apostolic visit to the June 1-3 World Meeting of Families in Milan.

“This joyful international gathering was an inspiring witness to the rich and varied identity of the family as a communion of love based on marriage, a sanctuary of life, a domestic church and the primary cell of society,” he told pilgrims at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square on June 6.

The international gathering in Milan brought together families from more than 150 countries to the northern Italian city to pray, celebrate and study marriage and family life. The theme for this year’s event was “The Family: Work and Celebration.”...READ MORE

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Priests for the New Evangelization, The Perils of Polygamy, House on Fire, and much more! (2823)

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Priests for the New Evangelization. Click on the link by Fr. Roch Kereszty O. CIST. to read more.

Priests for the New Evangelization - Fr. Roch Kereszty O CIST, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Perils of Polygamy - Christopher Kaczor, Public Discourse

House on Fire! - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What An Ex-Communist Can Teach Us About False Catholics by R. J. Stove of Crisis Magazine - Big Pulpit

Defending and Defining Words of Wisdom - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Yahoo!: “The Catholic Church Is Dangerous & Should Dissolve” (by the Yahoo! website) - Tim Shipe, The American Catholic

Where to find Catholics in the States - Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda's Place

There's Only One God, M'am - Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Surviving Hitler: A Memoir of the...READ MORE

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Marriage, Bible Under Assault in 'Gay' Debate (2479)

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Recent events illustrate the strides homosexual activists have made. Several incidents have come to national attention that would have been unthinkable a generation ago — or even a few years ago.

The best known is President Barack Obama’s May 9 endorsement of homosexual “marriage.”

Homosexual activists hailed Obama’s endorsement as “historic,” and it was. At no previous time in U.S. history has a sitting U.S. president, much less one running for re-election, endorsed the idea of treating homosexual unions as marriages.

Another noteworthy incident occurred just days earlier, when, on April 28, homosexual activist Dan Savage addressed a national conference of high-school journalism...READ MORE

Filed under church teaching on marriage, defense of marriage act, formation of conscience, homosexuality, natural law ethics, same-sex "marriage"

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