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Debate, Protests Mark Legalization of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in France (3437)

The new law allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

04/24/2013 Comments (18)
La Manif Pour Tous

Le Grande Armee gathered in the streets of Paris on March 24.

– La Manif Pour Tous

PARIS — After months of debate and massive protests, the National Assembly in France passed President Francois Hollande’s “marriage for all” bill into law on April 23.

With 331 votes in favor to the 225 votes against, the lower house approved Hollande’s draft law, which now legalizes same-sex “marriage,” allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

This vote comes after months of protests, which saw unprecedented crowds taking to the streets on several occasions to condemn the bill.

Opponents say they have no plans to end the protests.

One group, La Manif Pour Tous (March for All), has organized many of the events and reported...READ MORE

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Lessons From Bruising Passage of Kentucky Religious-Freedom Bill (5204)

A veto override allowed the bill’s passage, but the battle marked the growing clout of homosexual-rights activists.

04/24/2013 Comments (8)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In early 2013, Kentucky state Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, stepped up to sponsor a religious-freedom bill after the state Supreme Court issued a 2012 ruling that required Amish residents to put bright safety triangles on their buggies.

A veteran legislator in a Bible-belt state, Damron has sponsored more than 100 bills, and he expected this one to win easy passage.

But it didn’t turn out that way.

Last month, when the proposed legislation, backed by the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, finally came to the floor of the Democrat-controlled House, Damron and other supporters of the bill encountered an unexpected wave of opposition that led Kentucky’s Democratic...READ MORE

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About Rod Dreher's 'Sex After Christianity,' New Evangelization: Holiness and More! (3241)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/24/2013 Comment

About Rod Dreher’s Sex after Christianity. Follow the link by Dr. Ed Peters of the Canon Law Blog blog to read more.

About Rod Dreher’s Sex after Christianity by Dr. Ed Peters of the Canon Law Blog blog - Big Pulpit

The New Evangelization: Holiness - Msgr. Michael F. Hull STD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

What Type of Spiritual Poverty Do You Suffer From? – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Nostra Aetate Prudently Analyzed – David G. Bonagura Jr., First Things/On the Square

France Legalizes Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ - Big Pulpit

Baptism by Beer, a 13th Century Practice Condemned – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Google Worships Their God - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

(Video) Interview with Dr. Taylor Marshall, On Origins of Catholicism – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Latest...READ MORE

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Guns vs. Gun Control (12128)

COMMENTARY

04/23/2013 Comments (76)
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Although there was a time when the old men at a local gun club used to flatter my dad by telling him that I was a better shot than any of the boys in my 4-H club, I am not a gun enthusiast.

Nevertheless, as a Catholic theologian, I am troubled by accounts suggesting that Catholics who don’t support the U.S. bishops on gun control are akin to Catholics who disagree with fundamental moral teachings like contraception, abortion and marriage.

Regardless of the passion of some gun-control advocates, there exist clear distinctions between these issues. Let’s go back to the basics.

Blessed John Paul II articulated the foundation of the Church’s moral teaching in the encyclical Veritatis...READ MORE

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Women and Men Not Equal, Begin Your Day With Morning Prayer and Much More! (3115)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/23/2013 Comment

Women are Not Equal. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog to read more.

Women are Not Equal by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog - Big Pulpit

Begin Your Day With a Morning Offering - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

John Gielgud as the Grand Inquisitor – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Night Is as Clear as the Day – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Cafe

God & Teachers: A Mutual Understanding – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

The Higher Our Tech, the Ruder We Get - Tom Purcell, Catholic Lane

Passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Jason Hall, Catholic Stand

A Bishop’s Questionable Expertise on Gun-Control Legislation – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/The City Gates

The Hypocrisy Fallacy - William M. Briggs,...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Support Gang of Eight’s Immigration-Reform Bill (3350)

But they also recommend improvements to the bill, which proposes measures to secure borders while providing a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

04/23/2013 Comments (19)
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks as (l-r) Sens. Chuck Schumer, John McCain, Bob Menendez and Michael Bennet listen at an April 18 news conference in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and two fellow bishops praised a new immigration-reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, but also suggested several improvements that should be added to the final legislation to protect human dignity and rights.

Speaking with reporters during an April 22 conference call, Cardinal Dolan, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, framed the immigration issue within the Catholic Church’s long history of welcoming and integrating successive waves of immigrants into American society.

“Perhaps more than any other religion in the United States, we are a faith of immigrants. We’ve been a nation of immigrants,...READ MORE

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Florist Faces Second Lawsuit Over ‘Gay Wedding’ Refusal (4817)

A florist in Washington now faces two lawsuits, one from the Washington state attorney general and another from the American Civil Liberties Union.

04/23/2013 Comments (17)
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– Alena Kratochvilova (CC0 1.0)

SEATTLE — A florist in Washington state is being sued for a second time after choosing not to provide flower arrangements for a customer’s upcoming same-sex “wedding.”

Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland now faces two lawsuits, one from the Washington state attorney general and another from the American Civil Liberties Union, for turning away business for a same-sex couple’s “wedding.”

When frequent customer Curt Freed approached Stutzman about providing arrangements for his September ceremony with Rob Ingersoll, the florist said she could not provide services due to her religious beliefs.

On the company’s Facebook page, Stutzman described the incident after...READ MORE

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Pope Responds to Bishops’ Kidnapping With ‘Intense Prayer’ (7112)

Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yagizi of the Greek Orthodox Church were kidnapped April 22 near Aleppo, Syria.

04/23/2013 Comments (9)
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel.

– CTV

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is responding to the kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria with “intense prayer” for their health and release.

The Pope “was informed of this serious new act, which adds to the growing violence in recent days and a humanitarian emergency of vast proportions,” Vatican Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said in an April 23 statement.

The Holy Father is following the events “closely and with intense prayer for the health and the release of the two kidnapped bishops,” Father Lombardi reported.

Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yagizi of the Greek Orthodox Church were kidnapped April 22 near Aleppo,...READ MORE

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