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Charles LiMandri: Lawyer on the Front Lines of the Culture Wars (4682)

The counselor who defended the Proposition 8 petition drive and the Mount Soledad Cross case in court takes the helm of his own firm.

08/12/2013 Comments (4)

Charles 'Chuck' LiMandri

– LiMandri.com

SAN DIEGO — The culture wars that continue to rage in the U.S., fanned by legal battles over the redefinition of marriage or religious symbols and speech in the public square, can make for unpredictable bedfellows.

Take Charles “Chuck” LiMandri, a San Diego trial lawyer whose specialty includes religious-freedom litigation. Once the West Coast counsel for the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center, LiMandri is now the president and chief counsel of his own public interest firm, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund.

Over the past decade, he has been involved in a slew of high-profile cases, from Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that had effectively banned same-sex...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, eucharistic adoration, mount soledad cross, proposition 8, religious freedom, u.s. constitution, u.s. politics

'Disinformation' and a Dubious Source (14263)

BOOK REVIEW Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa's story defames a legendary Vatican diplomat and undermines positive Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations.

08/10/2013 Comments (34)
CNSAS/ Romanian archives of Securitate

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa (right) months before he defected to the U.S. in 1978.

– CNSAS/ Romanian archives of Securitate

Editor's note: A letter to the editor by Father Peter Gumpel was received contesting use of his quote in this review. The letter, the editor's response and the writer's response are posted at the end of the review.



Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom

By Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ronald Rychlak

WND Books, 2013

350 words, $25.95

To order: www.wnd.com


The Soviet era is a deeply tragic chapter in the Catholic Church’s history.

Though Christianity triumphed — the Gospel view of individual dignity trounced Marx’s materialism and class struggle — we lost so much: thousands of devout Christians, including bishops murdered and...READ MORE

Filed under book review, pacepa, victor gaetan

Mercy and Love Central to Church Teaching on Abortion, Says Project Rachel Founder (7824)

Vicki Thorn said Pope Francis is following the ʻstep-by-step' approach taken by Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

08/09/2013 Comments (4)
CNA/Project Rachel

Vicki Thorn

– CNA/Project Rachel

SAN ANTONIO — A message of healing and compassion should always be at the center of the abortion debate and is the basis of Church teaching on the issue, according to the founder of the post-abortion apostolate Project Rachel.

“We always need to speak the healing message,” Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, told EWTN News, because “this question of God’s mercy and love: It really is the message of the Church.”

Thornʼs comments came a day after Cardinal Seán OʼMalley of Boston delivered an address at the Knights of Columbus' annual convention in which he said Pope Francis “speaks of love and mercy to give people the context for the Churchʼs teaching on abortion.”

Some news...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, culture of life, healing after abortion, jesus christ, project rachel

A Look at Online Dating for Catholics: Benefits, but Also Risks (13483)

Couples weigh the promise and pitfalls of new-media courtship.

08/09/2013 Comments (21)

– Shutterstock

ST. LOUIS — She was in her 30s, and eligible Catholic men seemed increasingly scarce. He had been burned by one broken marriage that ended with an annulment, and, as he entered his 40s, he was hesitant to meet someone new.

They both lived in the St. Louis area, but it took CatholicMatch.com to bring Ann Campbell and Dan Clegg together in early 2004. After 10 months of in-person dating, they married in 2005. 

Over roughly the last decade, online dating has gone from stigma to social norm.

Today, the most often-cited meeting place for singles (21%) is online, according to a Match.com survey published in USA Today last year.

In terms of Catholic sites, Catholic Match says it has...READ MORE

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U.S. Ambassador Demands Investigation Into Catholic Cuban Dissident's Death (3718)

A chorus of voices have demanded an independent investigation into the 2012 vehicle crash that killed Cuba's leading dissident voice against the Castro government.

08/09/2013 Comments (3)
U.S. State Department

Ambassador Samantha Power

– U.S. State Department

HAVANA — Samantha Powers, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has called for an investigation into the death of Catholic Cuban dissident Oswaldo Payá, the founder of the Christian Liberation Movement, who died in Cuba last year under mysterious circumstances.

Diplomatic sources said Ambassador Power spoke with the Cuban chancellor, Bruno Rodriguez, during a lunch hosted on Tuesday by Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for the delegations that took part in the U.N. Security Council debate.

News of Power's conversation with Rodriguez follows claims by Spanish political operative Ángel Carromero that Paya was deliberately killed by Cuban secret service agents rather than in an...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, catholic faith, communism, cuba, religious persecution

Pope Francis' Summer Break Includes Impromptu Visits to Vatican Workers (6145)

The Holy Father is also forming his plan for Curial reform, according to a Vatican source.

08/09/2013 Comments (2)
CNA/L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis visits with Vatican workers on Aug. 9.

– CNA/L’Osservatore Romano

ROME — This summer, the Vatican is finding out what it’s like to have a pope in residence during the hottest weeks of the year, which, for Francis, seems to include visiting workers and planning for the fall.

On Aug. 9, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to the area of Vatican City known as the industrial area for the small city state that involves a power plant, carpentry shop, warehouse, metal-working shop and the offices of the newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, among other things.

He arrived shortly after 9am, greeting each worker with "buongiorno” (good morning) and a smile, according to the Vatican’s newspaper.

Then he asked how the work is done, how the machines function and how...READ MORE

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Flawed Legal Theory Behind Vatican Sex-Abuse Suits, Lawyer Says (5875)

Efforts to sue the Vatican claim Holy See controls all priests, receives information about all priests’ activities and makes ‘specific decisions’ about their placement.

08/09/2013 Comments (24)

PORTLAND, Ore. — After the withdrawal of yet another abuse lawsuit against the Vatican, the Holy See’s lawyer said that such efforts are based on “erroneous ideas about the Catholic Church” that unravel under close scrutiny.

Jeffrey Lena, the U.S. counsel for the Holy See, said the case John V. Doe v. Holy See is “the third case of its kind against the Holy See to disintegrate in the face of legal and factual challenge.”

He said the lawsuit “should never have been filed” and that it was based on “factual misstatements and fallacious syllogisms that misled the public for years.”

He said other cases against the Vatican begin with “very strong complaints” stating apparent facts about...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, catholic church, catholic faith, jesus christ, priests, sex abuse scandal, vatican city

Before Pope Francisʼ Election, Conclave Warned of Europeʼs Dying Faith (5237)

Cardinal Prospero Grech told cardinals the conclave was both a ‘strong moment of grace’ and ‘the maximum responsibility.’

08/09/2013 Comments (3)

Cardinal Prospero Grech

– Augustinians.net

VATICAN CITY — When cardinal electors met at the beginning of the 2013 conclave, they received a sober warning from their fellow Cardinal Prospero Grech. The non-elector cardinal told them that the Church needed the New Evangelization more than ever in the face of Europeʼs loss of faith and a pope who could keep the Church together in the face of crisis.

“In the West, at least in Europe, Christianity itself is in crisis,” Cardinal Grech told the 115 cardinal electors in the Vaticanʼs Sistine Chapel March 12. “There is a rampant secularism and agnosticism which has diverse roots.”

“You feel, therefore, the urgency of the New Evangelization, which begins with the pure kerygma (Gospel...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, papal conclave, pope francis, post-christian europe, second vatican council, secularism

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