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The Hour of the Laity (2327)

June 3 issue editorial on laypeople's role in the HHS fight.

05/29/2012 Comment
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– St. Peter's List Facebook

This October, the Church will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. In that three-year period from 1962 to 1965, the bishops and their collaborators strove to bring the Church into the modern world so that the message of Christ could be heard more clearly and spread more effectively.

A better understanding of the role of the laity was high on the agenda. “The laity, by their very vocation, seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God,” declared Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations), Vatican II’s dogmatic constitution on the Church.

“They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social...READ MORE

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Portland’s Bishop Malone Named to Diocese of Buffalo (880)

He succeeds the retired Bishop Edward Kmiec.

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Bishop Richard Malone

– Diocese of Portland, Maine

VATICAN CITY — Bishop Richard Malone has been appointed as the new head of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y.

“I am most grateful to our Holy Father for his trust in appointing me bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo,” he said in a May 29 statement.

Although he is saddened to leave the faithful of his current diocese in Portland, Maine, Bishop Malone said he looks forward “with enthusiasm” to taking up his responsibility in Buffalo.

Bishop Malone was installed as the 11th Bishop of Portland in March 2004. Prior to his assignment in Maine, he was ordained in 2000 as an auxiliary bishop for the Boston archdiocese.

The new appointment comes after Bishop Edward Kmiec of Buffalo submitted his...READ MORE

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Joy Overcomes Denver's Archbishop-Designate (3372)

'I never dreamed I would return here,' Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila says.

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Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila

– Diocese of Fargo

DENVER — As Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D. assumes his role as Denver’s new shepherd, the former Coloradan brings with him a love for the priesthood, a passion for pro-life advocacy and a heart for the youth.

“I never, ever dreamed that I would ever return here,” he said. “And now in the Father’s providential plan and in his love, I’m now the archbishop.”

“It’s amazing,” he said, overcome with emotion.

Archbishop-designate Aquila will be installed as head of the archdiocese on July 18 at Denver’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Filling a position left vacant for over eight months, Archbishop-designate Aquila was announced on May 29 as the Denver...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints Fargo Bishop to Lead Denver Archdiocese (2599)

Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila will be installed July 18.

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Bishop Samuel Aquila

– David Kerr/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Filling a post vacant for over eight months, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D., as the new Archbishop of Denver.

Archbishop-designate Aquila, 61, was announced May 29 as the Denver archdiocese’s new leader by nuncio Archbishop Carlo Vigano, the Pope’s representative to the United States.

Archbishop-designate Aquila succeeds Archbishop Charles Chaput, who led Denver-area Catholics for 14 years and was installed as head of the Philadelphia archdiocese in September 2011.

Bishop James Conley, the archdiocese's apostolic administrator, will introduce Archbishop-designate Aquila at a press conference at noon Eastern time. 

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FDA-Approved Fetal Stem-Cell Treatment for Eye Disease Being Tested for Spinal Injuries (5570)

Company calls them ‘tissue-derived adult stem cells,’ but human fetuses are the source.

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– Wikipedia

Stem cells derived from human fetuses will be injected into the eyes of a dozen patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, under a clinical trial approved early this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In mid-May, StemCells Inc. reported preliminary success in clinical safety trials with the same product on European patients with spinal injuries — the holy grail of potential stem-cell treatments. These trials are designed only to determine if the stem cells trigger tumors or immune reactions.

But the California-based, publicly traded firm isn’t touting the source of its designer stem cell, HuCNS-SC. On its website, it describes the product as “tissue-derived...READ MORE

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Head of Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Remembers Soldiers’ Sacrifices (5237)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio sees courageous Catholics as most faithful citizens.

05/28/2012 Comments (5)
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– Archdiocese for the Military Services USA

Religious faith is seen by some people as poisonous to good citizenship. One’s religious beliefs are expected to be kept private if they are not in conformity with the secularist mindset. Matters such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate are seen as demands to which any good citizen would acquiesce.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio could not disagree more.

Citing the examples of Servants of God Emil Kapaun and Vincent Capodanno, the Ohio native sees those who live their Catholic faith as most loyal citizens.

In 35 years of priesthood, Archbishop Broglio has witnessed the close connection between love of God and love of country. He has seen this most strikingly in...READ MORE

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Bringing the Cristero War to the Big Screen (8567)

For Greater Glory's producer talks about the religious-liberty-focused film.

05/28/2012 Comment

Pablo Jose Barroso is a real-estate developer, but, more recently, he has become a film producer. In 2005, he produced Guadalupe. Last year, he produced the animated movie The Greatest Miracle. His most recent work, For Greater Glory, tells the story of the Cristero War in Mexico. The film features actors Andy Garcia, Peter O’Toole, Eva Longoria and Eduardo Verastegui. It opened April 20 in Mexico and will debut June 1 in the U.S. Barroso spoke about the movie before the film’s debut.

What prompted you to make For Greater Glory?

I’ve always been Catholic. I’m a real-estate developer who had an encounter to be closer to God. Through that, I learned that the way to share God’s message...READ MORE

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Father Jordan’s Nightmare (3336)

May 20 issue column on the fight for the World Trade Center cross.

05/27/2012 Comment
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– Wikipedia

Father Brian Jordan is finally emerging from a nightmare. For months, he had been named as a defendant in a suit brought by atheists who protested him praying before the “Trade Center Cross” after Sept. 11. The atheist group recently dropped their attack against Father Jordan — for now.

But the case continues, and it raises troubling questions about the emerging anti-religious, and specifically anti-Catholic, prejudices in American society, a prejudice only compounded by the Obama administration’s insistence on forcing Catholic institutions to violate their beliefs through the provision of health insurance for contraception services, including abortion-inducing drugs.

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