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Socialist Politician Says Spanish Bishop Should Be ‘Muzzled’ (2867)

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba is attacked by a provincial government spokesman for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.

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Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain.

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MADRID — A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government.

In a Jan. 4 post on his personal blog, Vazquez labeled Bishop Fernandez “a true representative of religious fanaticism” and said that the prelate provokes “controversies that are at odds with the individual and collective rights embodied in the...READ MORE

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Cistercian Monastery Rediscovers the Traditional Cistercian Rite, The Liturgical Cliff and More! (2182)

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A Cistercian Monastery Rediscovers the Traditional Cistercian Rite. Follow the link by the blog Rorate Cæli blog to read more.

A Cistercian Monastery Rediscovers the Traditional Cistercian Rite by the blog Rorate CæliBig Pulpit

The Liturgical Cliff – David G. Bonagura Jr., The Catholic Thing

The Price of Beauty and Recollection: The Walk-Through – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Family, State, and Union: Pope Leo Was Right – Jason Hall, Ignitum Today

Book Review: The Cube and the Cathedral by George Weigel – Mary Hartwell, Integrated Catholic Life™

Biblical Guidelines to Christian Cheerfulness – Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

The First Form of Character Building – Momma Renee, Claytonopolis

Next Front in Religious Liberty Fight: Military Chaplains and “Ceremonies”? – Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote


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No Ordinary Year for the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate (7973)

2012 was full of milestones for the new ordinariate, and 2013 will feature more, including a February visit by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church in Houston, the principal church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.

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WASHINGTON — When Father Scott Hurd, vicar general of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — a home in the Catholic Church for former Episcopalians and Anglicans — reflects back on 2012, he points to a period of rapid and exciting growth marking its first year of existence.

On New Year’s Day 2012, Pope Benedict XVI erected the ordinariate, which allows former Anglicans to retain certain treasured traditions within the Catholic Church. It was created in accord with Anglicanorum Coetibus, the Pope’s apostolic constitution permitting former Anglicans to come into the Church corporately instead of as individuals.

On the same day, the Holy Father named Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson,...READ MORE

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L.A. Archdiocese to Release Documents as Part of Anti-Abuse Effort (1287)

Personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse will soon be released, cooperating with a judge’s order of that the files be disclosed without editing.

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LOS ANGELES — The personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse will soon be released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, cooperating with the order of county judge Emilie Elias that the files be released without editing.

“The Archdiocese will abide by Judge Elias’s decision. We are now working with all parties involved to facilitate the release of the documents as promptly as possible,” said a Jan. 7 statement from the archdiocese.

Carolina Guevara, associate director for media relations, added that the archdiocese “has been committed to the release of the files as part of our continued efforts to inform the public of what had occurred and our efforts to prevent abuse and protect...READ MORE

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Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Bill Stalls in Illinois Legislature (1636)

‘This is a tremendous victory for the grassroots in Illinois,’ according to National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois bill to redefine marriage came to a halt in the last days of the legislative session, leading marriage advocates to criticize the notion that same-sex “marriage” is inevitable.

“This is a tremendous victory for the grassroots in Illinois,” said National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown on Jan. 4.

“Thousands of people of faith telephoned, emailed and wrote to senators to oppose the redefinition of marriage,” he explained. “They overcome the machine that so often rules in Illinois politics, and they showed that nothing is inevitable about same-sex ‘marriage.’”

Brown praised the Illinois Senate for “resisting the push of political...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Embryonic Stem-Cell Funding (1754)

On Jan. 7, the high court declined to hear an appeal in a case charging that public funding of embryo-destroying stem-cell research violates federal law.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case from two adult stem-cell researchers challenging taxpayer funding of experimentation that destroys human embryos.

“Today’s refusals by the Supreme Court to hear our case is not the ending of our cause,” said Dr. James Sherley.

“Instead, it provides a new basis for educating the world that embryos are living human beings, worthy of all the safeguards provided to other human-research subjects.”

Researcher Theresa Deisher added that the legal fight, although unsuccessful, “brought adult stem cells to the forefront of many scientists’ minds and contributed significantly to the adult stem-cell progress and focus that many...READ MORE

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The Devil's Secret Silence, On Feasting and Fasting: It's Still Christmastime and More! (2432)

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Priests For Life Wins Battle to Stop H. H. S. Mandate’s Fines. Follow the link by Steven Ertelt to read more.

The Devil’s Secret Silence – Daniel Burke, Integrated Catholic Life™

On Feasting and Fasting: It’s Still Christmastime – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Archaeologists Unearth Myra: Home of St. Nicholas – Tristyn Bloom, First Things/First Thoughts

A Catholic Teaching Précis on Homosexuality and Homosexual Acts – Mark S. Latkovic S. T. D., Truth and Charity Forum

Why Does God Not Answer My Prayer? – Mystics of the Church

Dealing with Depression Via Your Catholic Faith – Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

The Sounds of Heaven: Five Examples of Gorgeous Christian Music – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Cultural Assimilation: A Threat to Catholic Identity – James Kalb,...READ MORE

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Legal Reform Emphasized During National Migration Week (669)

The U.S. bishops’ Migration Committee is calling for prayer and action during National Migration Week to ease the struggles of immigrants coming to America.

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USCCB prayer card requesting St. Juan Diego’s intercession on behalf of migrants and immigrants.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration is calling for prayer and action during National Migration Week to ease the struggles of immigrants coming to America.

“Catholics have a responsibility to welcome newcomers into our communities and parishes, help them integrate and provide material and spiritual support that will allow them to flourish,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the committee.

“National Migration Week is an opportunity for the Church to remember and reflect on these obligations,” he explained in a Jan. 2 statement.

Begun more than 25 years ago by the U.S. bishops, National Migration Week is observed in dioceses throughout America on...READ MORE

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