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Pope Francis Tells Pilgrims: God Forgives Sins That Wound (3412)

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus sets the tone for the whole month of June, the Holy Father says.

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CNA/Stephen Driscoll

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis yesterday emphasized the mercy of God, declaring that God always forgives those who show him the “inner wounds” of their sins.

“If we show our inner wounds, our sins, he always forgives us,” Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“Let us never forget this: He is pure mercy; let us go to Jesus!” he exclaimed during his Angelus noon prayer.

Pope Francis emphasized that we should not be afraid to approach Jesus, because he has a “merciful heart.”

The Church traditionally dedicates the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which reveals his infinite mercy towards people.

The Pope said that the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart,...READ MORE

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Surrogate Pregnancy Bill in D.C. Draws Criticism (2637)

Women and children are exploited through this popular ‘rent-a-womb’ practice, Jennifer Lahl charges.

06/10/2013 Comments (5)

Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network

WASHINGTON — A lack of information about the dangers of surrogate pregnancy could soon allow the practice to become legal in Washington, D.C., warned the founder of one bioethics organization.

“These issues aren’t on anyone’s radar,” said Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture. “By and large, people have accepted third-party reproduction. It’s not seen as controversial … because people are woefully misinformed.”

Lahl told Catholic News Agency that the average person sees nothing wrong with surrogacy, which is the practice of a woman carrying and delivering a baby for someone else. This could explain the lack of opposition to a new bill in the nation’s...READ MORE

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St. Gertrude Reports That Jesus Sang Mass Propers; The Wittiest Man in Europe and Much More! (3088)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/10/2013 Comment

St. Gertrude Reports that Jesus Sang Mass Propers. Follow the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

St. Gertrude Reports that Jesus Sang Mass Propers by Jeffrey A. Tucker - BigPulpit.com

The Wittiest Man in Europe: Fr. Ronald Knox - Br. Charles Shonk OP, Dominicana

Why Don’t They Come Here Legally? - Jason Hall, Catholic Stand

Christopher Dawson’s Christendom & Catholic Intellectual Life - Bradly J. Birzer, The Catholic World Report

NFL Player Snubs President Because He Said God Bless Planned Parenthood - Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Ad Orientem in the Ordinary Form - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Scientists Study the Clinging “Belief in Science” – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Pope Francis: Church is a Love Story Not an Institution - Taylor Marshall PhD,...READ MORE

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Transform Your Free-Standing Altar! Pope Francis Recognizes Spanish Civil War Martyrs and Much More! (3800)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/08/2013 Comments (2)

Transform Your Free-Standing Altar! Follow the link by Jennifer Donelson to view the rest.

Transform Your Free-Standing Altar! by Jennifer Donelson - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Recognizes Spanish Civil War Martyrs - Carol Glatz, The Catholic Herald

Two Great Pseudo-Authors: Dionysius and Macarius - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Francis on “Culture of Waste” Including Relationships - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Power of Love and the Love of Power - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Ohio State University President Who Offended Catholics Resigns – Tim Drake, Catholic Education Daily

On the Great Migration of the Church in this Land - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

John Henry Newman: Real, Rational, Religion - Daniel McGiffin, Strange...READ MORE

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Losing Families, Losing Faith (3284)

Book review of How the West Really Lost God by Mary Eberstadt.

06/07/2013 Comments (9)


A New Theory of Secularization

By Mary Eberstadt

Templeton Press, 2013

268 pages, $24.95

To order: (800) 621- 2736


Mary Eberstadt engages one of the most significant questions of our day in her latest book, How the West Really Lost God.

In her characteristically methodical fashion, and employing an impressive amount of research, Eberstadt adds new considerations to the debate over how and why Christianity has really come to decline in important parts of the West. Her argument remains intriguing until the last page.

She begins by establishing the timeliness of her examination, noting that, “some time back, the great majority of people...READ MORE

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Lesbian Teacher Wins $170,000 Court Award From Cincinnati Archdiocese (4768)

Jury disregards morals clause in her employment contract, ruling she was wrongfully dismissed after becoming pregnant through artificial insemination.

06/07/2013 Comments (28)

CINCINNATI — The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has been ordered to pay more than $170,000 in back pay and damages to a former Catholic schoolteacher who sued the archdiocese for firing her after she became pregnant through artificial insemination.

The archdiocese said it was enforcing a morals clause in an employment contract that requires archdiocesan employees to “comply and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

However, Christa Dias and her attorney argued that the archdiocese violated her rights under federal pregnancy anti-discrimination laws when it fired her from her teaching job in October 2010. A jury agreed,...READ MORE

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Global Contraception Push Aims to ‘Eliminate Motherhood’ (2772)

Head of an international charity says the best solution to reduce the maternal death rate is to help support mothers during pregnancy, delivery and recovery.

06/07/2013 Comment
Mater Care International

Kenyan family

– Mater Care International

NEWFOUNDLAND, Canada — The head of an international charity called the billions of dollars funding “reproductive health” in the developing world an effort to do away with motherhood rather than shrink the maternal mortality rate.

“The objective is not to reduce maternal mortality, but to eliminate motherhood,” Dr. Robert Walley of the Canada-based MaterCare International told Catholic News Agency June 3.

Of the more than 300,000 maternal deaths that take place in the developing world each year, the majority of them occur in the last three months of pregnancy, during delivery or shortly after, Walley said — while a very small percentage of those deaths are abortion-related.

Mothers,...READ MORE

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Chicago Archdiocese Launches Massive Formation Campaign (2502)

The ‘To Teach Who Christ Is’ campaign will provide need-based scholarships for archdiocesan Catholic schools and parishes.

06/07/2013 Comments (1)

CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George of Chicago announced a $350-million fundraising effort to support Catholic education, religious education for children and teens and adult faith formation in the archdiocese.

“The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and our faith-formation programs make their case in the lives of those transformed by them,” Cardinal George said June 5.

He added that the “To Teach Who Christ Is” campaign is “well-named” and reflects the core mission of the archdiocese.

The campaign aims to provide $150 million in need-based scholarships for archdiocesan Catholic schools, $150 million for parish-specific needs, $30 million for capital needs in Catholic...READ MORE

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