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Reparative Therapy on Trial (4712)

Two federal judges issue conflicting preliminary rulings in lawsuits filed against California’s new law, which bans 'sexual-orientation-change efforts' for minors.

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Gov. Jerry Brown of California is named as a defendant in a lawsuit against the banning of "reparation" therapy.

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[EDITOR'S NOTE:  This article is an updated version of the Nov. 30 article "Plaintiff Seeks to Block California Law Banning 'Reparative' Therapy for Minors."] 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Throughout adolescence and much of college, Aaron Bitzer did not openly acknowledge his sexual attraction to men, and when in his 20s he finally revealed the truth to a church minister, he found it tough to get the support and guidance he needed.

Ultimately, Bitzer was helped by one form of “reparative” or “conversion” therapy, designed to change or reduce unwanted same-sex attraction, and now hopes to be trained to provide this service for others.

He is one of three plaintiffs who have challenged a new...READ MORE

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The Flowering of Traditional Church Architecture, How to Establish a Family Altar and Much More! (1761)

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The Flowering of Traditional Church Architecture. Click on the link by Denis McNamara of Sacred Architecture magazine.

The Flowering of Traditional Church Architecture – Denis McNamara, Sacred Architecture

How to Establish a Family Altar and the Family Rosary During Advent by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blogsBig Pulpit

When Priest Wanders from the Pulpit, He Often Strays From Faith – Relieved Debtor, Architecture + Morality

Healed by Sticks (Or Why I Love Going to Confession) – Ryan M., Ignitum Today

What is the Solution to our Stressful and Anxious Lives? – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

New York Time Readers: Do Not Go Forth and Multiply – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Floor Tiles from Cleve Abbey in Somerset – David Clayton, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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Mexican Babies Rescued From Abortion Receive Baptism (2071)

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City recently baptized 21 children between the ages of 2 and 6 who were saved from abortion.

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Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City.

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MEXICO CITY — Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City recently baptized 21 children between the ages of 2 and 6 who were saved from abortion.

According to the news service of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Cardinal Rivera presided at the ceremony with the friends and family members of the children, as well as with members of the National Pro-Life Committee, who reached out to the mothers to help them continue with their pregnancies.

The event took place at the local parish of Our Lady of Peace on Nov. 27.

During his homily, Cardinal Rivera spoke of the responsibility parents and godparents have to raise and educate their children, and he stressed that now that their...READ MORE

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Palestinian Christians Hail U.N. Resolution (2182)

Holy See urges Israelis and Palestinians to work to recognize the legitimate aspirations of both peoples.

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JERUSALEM — Palestinian Christians and Church officials have welcomed the United Nations’ Nov. 29 resolution to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to that of a non-member state.

The vote occurred exactly 65 years after the United Nations voted to establish one Jewish and one Palestine state in what was then called Palestine. While Israel accepted U.N. Resolution 181, Arab nations rejected it and tried to destroy Israel. During the war, hundreds of thousands of Arab Palestinians became refugees.

The Holy See, which also has non-member state status with the United Nations, said the vote “should be placed within the context of the efforts of giving a definitive solution, with the support...READ MORE

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Vatican Judges Find Computer Tech's Testimony Not Credible (2171)

The computer technician was convicted last month of aiding and abetting Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele, in his theft of sensitive documents.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican court said in a detailed sentence issued Dec. 1 that the testimony given by computer technician Claudio Sciarpelletti was neither “credible” nor “truthful.”

The court found the computer technician guilty of aiding and abetting the former butler to Pope Benedict XVI, Paolo Gabriele, in his theft of sensitive documents.

The sentence was handed down Nov. 10 and was filed Dec. 1 as the final installment of the “Vatileaks” saga. It is not unusual for Italian courts to deposit sentences weeks after the handing down of a verdict.

Sciarpelletti was originally sentenced to four months in prison, but his sentence was reduced two months due to extenuating...READ MORE

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Archbishop Tobin Asks Catholics to Evangelize With Passion (2341)

At his installation Mass, the new archbishop of Indianapolis calls on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Archbishop Joseph William Tobin was installed as the sixth archbishop of Indianapolis on Monday, calling on Catholics to live the Gospel as a personal encounter with Jesus.

“What we will do together as a Church we will do with passion, the passion that characterized our patron, St. Francis Xavier,” he said at the Dec. 3 installation Mass at Indianapolis’ Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.

“We will do whatever the Lord asks us to do in bringing the Good News, especially to those who have the least chance of doing it, for those who live on the margin of things, for those who have been hurt by the Church, for those who feel themselves to be forgotten,” Archbishop Tobin told...READ MORE

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Two Mass Obligations Means Two Masses But, Promoting the Angelus as an Advent Devotion and More! (1490)

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Two Mass Obligations Means Two Masses But. Follow the link by Canon Lawyer Dr. Ed Peters to read more.

Two Mass Obligations Means Two Masses But by Canon Lawyer Dr. Ed PetersBig Pulpit

Promoting the Angelus as an Advent Devotion – Edward Looney, Catholic Lane

John Lennon and Bob Marley Embraced Traditional Faith Late in Life – Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker – Thomas Storck, Distributist Review

Secular Society Should be Grateful for Confession (Australia Especially) – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Memo to Catholics: Gregorian Chant Belongs to You – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Anxiety Remains Well After the Election - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Angelic Liturgy – Blog of the Dormition


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Pope Benedict XVI Takes to Twitter (3291)

More than 200,000 have signed on to follow @Pontifex, the Holy Father’s handle. His first official 'tweet' will be Dec. 12.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s own personal Twitter account has been created to help the Church directly engage with believers and nonbelievers and to encourage the faithful already using and considering using new social media, the Vatican said Dec. 3.

The Pope’s new Twitter handle is @Pontifex, the Vatican announced today, adding that he will be penning his first tweet from that account during his weekly general audience on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 12.

Until then, Twitter users can also ask the Holy Father questions on matters of faith, using the #askpontifex handle. The Pope is then expected to reply personally to a selected number of questions.

The Pope’s...READ MORE

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