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Soap-Opera Economics (3210)

COMMENTARY: Why the idea of concrete love is useful to understanding Church teaching about the economy.

01/30/2014 Comment

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In a Jan. 9 homily, commenting on the Letter of St. John (4:11-18), Pope Francis said that “the love of which John speaks is not the love of which soap operas are made.” On the contrary, “Christian love is concrete. Jesus himself, when he speaks of love, tells us concrete things: Feed the hungry; visit the sick.” Indeed, “when this concreteness is lacking,” we end up “living a Christianity of illusions, for we do not understand the heart of Jesus’ message,” the Pope said. Love that is not concrete — soap-opera love — is “an illusory love.”

I find the idea of concrete love to be a useful key to understanding Church teaching about the economy.  Many millions of Catholics make their living...READ MORE

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Bishop Sees Europe Moving Away From ‘Culture of Death’ (2522)

A Spanish bishop pointed to recent events as signs that 'people are beginning to react’ against the assault on human dignity.

01/30/2014 Comments (1)
CNA/courtesy of Manif Pour Tous

A defense-of-marriage rally gathered in the streets of Paris.

– CNA/courtesy of Manif Pour Tous

MADRID — A series of recent pro-life and pro-marriage events show that Europe is reacting against the "culture of death," said Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alcala de Henares in Spain.

“Something is changing in Europe,” the bishop said in an article published in the Alpha and Omega Catholic weekly.

He pointed to events including the recent March for Life in Paris and defense-of-marriage demonstrations reportedly drawing more than 1 million participants, as well as the European Court of Justice’s ruling banning stem-cell patents when human embryos are destroyed.

He also noted the 2012 Council of Europe resolution against euthanasia and the “One of Us” campaign, a European citizens’...READ MORE

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Ireland’s Decision to Reopen Its Vatican Embassy May Signal Changing Diplomacy (1541)

NEWS ANALYSIS: International lecturer points to the election of Pope Francis as a possible turning point.

01/30/2014 Comment
CNA courtesy of Tom Haymes

A Celtic cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

– CNA courtesy of Tom Haymes

VATICAN CITY — Ireland’s decision to reopen its embassy at the Vatican may be part of a changing climate of diplomacy at the Holy See observed by a professor of international relations.

“Going back to Pope Francis’ election and the variety of statements in December and January … all point to a set of new emphases for the future — human trafficking, small arms [and] Syria,” Scott Thomas, senior lecturer of international relations at the University of Bath, England, told CNA Jan. 27.

Thomas cited the Holy See’s position during the Geneva II peace talks on Syria; Pope Francis’ address to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See; and the recent meeting between the Vatican and U.S....READ MORE

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Remembering Ralph McInerny (6176)

Dennis McInerny reflects on his brother’s intellectual legacy and other contemporary topics.

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Ralph McInerny

– Thomas Aquinas College

Philosophy professor and famed writer Ralph McInerny died four years ago on Jan. 29. His intellectual legacy, however, has not died; in fact, according to his brother Dennis, it has barely begun to be made manifest.

While Ralph McInerny was best known for his novels, his brother believes his true greatness can be found in his exposition of scholastic philosophy. Dennis “D.Q.” McInerny, himself a longtime adherent and expositor of scholasticism, has maintained his childlike enthusiasm for asking and answering the important questions about human life.

Dennis McInerny has been a professor for 43 years, the last 19 of which have been at the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s seminary in...READ MORE

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Colorado Kills Bill to Protect Religious Groups on Campus (5017)

Voted down in a committee hearing, the bill sought to protect groups that require student leaders to adhere to religious beliefs and standards of conduct from institutional retaliation.

01/30/2014 Comments (21)
Wayne Laugesen

Father Peter Mussett, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center pastor/director of campus ministry at the University of Colorado-Boulder, listens during a Jan. 27 state Legislature committee hearing on religious liberty.

– Wayne Laugesen

DENVER — In a state bitterly divided by partisan politics, the Colorado Legislature’s Democratic majority rejected a bill that intended to uphold moral standards among leaders of religious groups at state universities and colleges.

If passed, the bill would’ve changed state law to protect campus groups from being defunded or decommissioned for requiring group leaders to adhere to religious beliefs and standards of conduct. Colorado’s House Education Committee killed the bill Jan. 27 on a party-line 7-6 vote.

The vote followed hours of testimony. Advocates of the bill argued that religious campus groups are threatened by administrators and activists who believe religious teachings —...READ MORE

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Does NFP Ever Really Fail? The Real Scandal in Germany, A Sacrifice Freely Given and Much More! (3721)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/30/2014 Comment

Does NFP Ever Really Fail? Follow the link by Dr. Jean Rioux of Truth & Charity to read more.

Does NFP Ever Really Fail? by Dr. Jean Rioux of Truth & Charity - BigPulpit.com

The Real Scandal in Germany – Marie Meaney, Crisis Magazine

A Sacrifice Freely Given: A Homemaker’s Choice - Caitlin Marchand, Ignitum Today

Let’s Talk About Modesty - Kevin Tierney, Catholic Exchange

Truly Worthy of Man: Mature Purity & Custody of the Heart – Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Stand

Can You Be Good Without God? – Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part 2 – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Catholic Universities: Identity, Faith & Power – Dr. Eric Cunningham, The Catholic World Report

What Is Yoga? A Catholic Perspective (Part I) – Fr. Ezra Sullivan OP,...READ MORE

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Ban on Taxpayer Abortion Funding Passes U.S. House (2063)

The bipartisan legislation, however, has an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, where Democratic majority leaders oppose it.

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Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn.

– Addie Mena/CNA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation on Tuesday to restrict further federal abortion funding. 

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., a co-sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, praised the 227-118 vote in the House, which passed the bill on Jan. 28.

“This commonsense, bipartisan legislation will protect American taxpayers from footing the bill for the barbaric practice of abortion, in turn helping to protect women’s health and unborn life,” she said.

Black said her experiences as a nurse witnessing “countless” births, and also the loss of a woman’s life in an abortion, have informed her belief that all life is “a precious gift.”

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Teaching Sisters Share Joy of Faith Through Spiritual Motherhood (9248)

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist grow from four to 120 nuns in 17 years — and continue to attract abundant vocations.

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Courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, vocation director for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, with Pope Francis.

– Courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

A Catholic Schools Week Register feature interview.

Religious life in the United States has undergone a remarkable decline in the United States in the past 50 years, with once-dominant communities experiencing a dearth in new vocations and an average age well into the twilight years.

A handful of traditional communities are bucking the trend, however, and among the most notable is the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Cardinal John O’Connor of New York canonically established the community with four sisters on Feb. 9, 1997; today, there are 120 sisters whose average age is 29. Their apostolate is Catholic teaching; they operate the Spiritus...READ MORE

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