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Historian: Media's Charges of Bishops’ ‘Partisanship’ Is Misrepresentative (1374)

There’s no ‘left’ or ‘right,’ in the Catholic social doctrine, Matthew Bunson says.

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Matthew Bunson

– St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

DENVER — Critics who accuse the U.S. bishops of “partisanship” have misunderstood their motives by viewing religious questions in secular terms, supporters of the Catholic hierarchy say.

“The media has no quibble at all when the bishops issue a statement questioning some aspects of Paul Ryan’s budget, or when they express their support of recent decisions on the part of the Obama administration relating to immigration,” Church historian Matthew Bunson said. “It’s only when the bishops decide to exercise their authority in areas the media disagrees with” — such as the marriage, sexuality or theological orthodoxy — “that the bishops are suddenly ‘reactionary.’”

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John Paul I, Paul VI Beatifications Possible During Year of Faith (10622)

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Pope John Paul I

ROME, Italy — A former head of the Vatican’s congregation on saints’ causes said Pope Benedict XVI could beatify his predecessors Pope John Paul I and Pope Paul VI during the upcoming Year of Faith.

Although the process beatification is “generally very complex, in this case, the phases have been moving ahead,” Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, told Italian newspaper Corriere delle Alpi June 25.

After the beatification of John Paul II in May of 2011, Pope Benedict’s possible beatifications of John Paul I and Paul VI would be the first time in history that a Pope has beatified three of his predecessors.

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Mexico's New President: Return to Familiar Party, With a Difference (2442)

Enrique Peña Nieto brings fresh approach to Institutional Revolutionary Party.

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– Wikipedia

MEXICO CITY — The results of Mexico’s presidential elections, completed last week, have been a source of concern and even consternation for many, both among Mexicans themselves and foreign observers. The narrative, mimetically transmitted through the international media, is a deceptively simple one: The Leviathan party that ruled Mexico for more than 70 years, the legendary “perfect dictatorship,” has returned to power.

Indeed, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which had a stranglehold on Mexican politics for generations, quashing dissent through a combination of repression and graft, has earned its reputation for corruption, a reputation that it is finding difficult to shed....READ MORE

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Spiritual Combat: Battling Despair, The Lord of the World, Francis Thompson, and Much More! (2180)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Spiritual Combat: Battling Despair. Click on the link by Dan Burke to learn more.

Spiritual Combat: Battling Despair – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Lord of the World – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Crisis Magazine

Francis Thompson and the Hound of Heaven – Pat McNamara, Patheos/In Ages Past

Five Current Religious Who Truly Inspire Me by The Idler of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog – Big Pulpit

Meet Father Benedict Croell, O.P., & Be Inspired – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Many Disguises of Satan – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Revision of English “Liturgy of the Hours” to Begin – Fr. Z’s Blog

Mystery of Missing Shanghai Bishop Deepens – UCA News, ucanews.com

Nemi, Italy: B16’s Fond Memories of Vatican II – Alessandro...READ MORE

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No Vacation From Sunday Mass, Let's Move Beyond Preaching To The Choir, And Much More! (1733)

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No Vacation from Sunday Mass. Click on the link by Archbishop Thomas Wenski to read more.

No Vacation from Sunday Mass – Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archdiocese of Miami

Let’s Move Beyond Preaching to the Choir – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Archbishop Müller: Another Faulty Traditionalist Condemnation by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture – Big Pulpit

Google Starts Global Plan Against ‘Homophobic’ Countries – Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Pornography, Respect, and Responsibility: A Letter to the Hotel Industry – Robert P. George DPhil, Public Discourse

Cardinal Schönborn Speaks on Controversies – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

False Religion and the Olympics – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Quæritur: Music During the Consecration – Fr. Z’s Blog...READ MORE

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Republicans Introduce Bill to Repeal 'Tax' on Religious Employers That Resist HHS Mandate (2645)

Bill's author defends 'narrow' effort to block financial penalties for non-compliance as 'best shot' in present political climate.

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Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.

– 2009 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

WASHINGTON —When talks between the White House and the U.S. bishops stalled this spring, Church leaders focused on an array of legal and legislative remedies designed to repeal a coercive federal contraception mandate that  forced Catholic institutions to violate moral doctrine.

Now, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be evaluating a new proposal that is designed to "repeal" financial penalties that could be imposed on religious employers who fail to comply with the contraception mandate, but is not crafted with the intent of rescinding the mandate itself. Authored by two Republican lawmakers,  Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Diane Black, R-Tenn., the proposed Religious...READ MORE

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What Is Beauty?, Be as Cunning as Serpents and as Innocent as Doves Without Losing, and Much More! (2098)

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Holocaust Memorial Alters Wording on the Wartime Role of Pope Pius XII (4934)

Current scholarship contends that the Pope did exert his influence to save Jewish people from the ‘Final Solution.’

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Yad Vashem display on Pope Pius XII.

– Yad Vashem

VATICAN CITY — The decision of Yad Vashem’s Holocaust museum to alter a caption describing Pope Pius XII should be seen as evidence of “honesty and growing trust” among those researching the controversial record of the wartime Pope, the outgoing papal nuncio to Israel has said.

Speaking to the Register July 3, Archbishop Antonio Franco said the decision “is a demonstration of trust; not that the differences have been resolved, but that we can search and study in a peaceful way.” The papal nuncio said it also marks a “step forward” toward ending the controversy, though he did not know if that would happen soon.

Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum announced July 1 that it had altered...READ MORE

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