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Bishop Criticizes ‘Gay Marriage’ Approval in New Zealand (3045)

The Pacific island nation became the first country in the region and the 13th country in the world to grant legal recognition to same-sex ‘marriage.’

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, president of the Bishops’ Conference of New Zealand, has expressed profound sadness over the authorization of “gay marriage” by the country’s Parliament on April 17.

“We find it bizarre that what has been discarded is an understanding of marriage that has its origin in human nature and is common to every culture,” said Archbishop John Dew, according to CathNews.

He also voiced concern that “almost all references to husband and wife will be removed from legislation referencing marriage.”

“We know many New Zealanders stand with us in this,” he said.

By a vote of 77-44, New Zealand became the first country in the Pacific...READ MORE

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Gosnell Trial Highlights Media and Regulatory Failure to React to Abortion Abuses (6221)


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Kermit Gosnell

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Editor's Note:  On Register Radio April 19, Jeanette De Melo spoke with Register blogger and correspondent Matt Archbold, who has covered the Gosnell Trial.  The show airs Fridays at 2 pm Eastern on EWTN Radio stations with encores at 7pm Eastern on Saturdays and 11am Eastern on Sundays.  Listen online here.

PHILADELPHIA — Body parts in orange juice cartons and cat food tins. Jars of severed baby feet in the closet. Bags of medical waste, seeping blood and a foul stench. Foot stirrups caked in dried blood. Dirty and unsanitary medical instruments.

Most horrifying of all, hundreds of newborns with their throats slit, their skulls crushed and their spines cut from their heads with...READ MORE

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Gosnell Trial, Long Ignored by the Media, a Potential Game Changer (6605)


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The gruesome details of the Kermit Gosnell murder trial are beginning to soak into the minds of Americans who read the belated news reports on the trial of the Pennsylvania doctor who performed late-term abortions.

Gosnell is charged with murder, in the deaths of a female patient and seven babies prosecutors say survived late-term abortions. As one column noted this week, the facts of the case are so grisly that an online fact-checking site was forced to confirm that the murders actually happened.

Any person who examines the Gosnell case understands that this has the potential to be a game changer for the way much of the culture views abortion in America. The Gosnell case is one that...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI's First Convert, Hand to Plow, The Heroic Minute, Playing Mass and Much More! (3980)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Benedict XVI’s “First Convert”. Follow the link by Roger Dubin of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI’s “First Convert” by Roger Dubin of The Catholic World Report website - Big Pulpit

Hand to the Plow – Sr. M. Regina Van Den Berg FSGM, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Heroic Minute – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Just Too Cool: Playing Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Men That Fought At Minden – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Boston Bomb Massacre: What Would Jesus Say? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Chesterton, New Evangelization & Cheese – Edmund Mitchell, Catholic Stand

Bostonians Reflect – Nicholas/Andrew/Michael, Whiskey Catholic

France: Endless Pro-Marriage Demonstrations Everywhere – Tiberge, GalliaWatch

New Sheep Smell – Amanda...READ MORE

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Christendom College Celebrates 35 Years of ‘Truth Exists; the Incarnation Happened’ (2328)

The lay-run campus encourages students to be part of the New Evangelization.

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CHANTILLY, Va. — “Truth exists; the Incarnation happened.”

Those words formed the motto of Warren Carroll, the late founder of Christendom College, and stood at the heart of celebrations surrounding the lay-run Catholic college’s 35th anniversary earlier this month.

More than 300 hundred donors, alumni and VIPs gathered April 6 for Christendom’s 35th anniversary gala at the Westfields Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Va., to celebrate the college’s legacy of providing Catholic education since 1977 and raise funds for student financial aid.

“This is so important to us, as we do not accept and will not accept any federal aid when it comes to the support for our students and our program at...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Welcomes Immigration Reform Proposal (2245)

Archbishop Gomez encourages an immigration reform 'that restores the rule of law in a humane and just manner.'

04/18/2013 Comments (3)

Archbishop José H. Gomez

WASHINGTON — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles applauded the introduction of legislation to change the U.S. immigration system, while pledging the bishops’ help in reviewing and improving the proposal.

“The U.S. bishops look forward to carefully examining the legislation and working with Congress to fashion a final bill that respects the basic human rights and dignity of newcomers to our land — migrants, refugees and other vulnerable populations,” he said April 17.

Archbishop Gomez, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, refrained from commenting on specific details of the bill — which is more than 800 pages in length — until the U.S. bishops’ conference can...READ MORE

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Liberal Arts College Slated to Open in Kansas City (3591)

Christ College is a project of the Walsingham Society and will begin with a pilot program this fall.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is set to become the home of Christ College, a new Catholic liberal arts school inspired by the thought of Blessed John Henry Newman.

“He’s really the guiding intellectual light of what we’re trying to do,” Brinton Smith, president of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization, told EWTN News on April 17.

“His work has been an inspiration, and we look to his The Idea of a University as one of our primary texts, in how we see things and what we’d like to accomplish as a Catholic liberal arts college.”

Christ College is a project of the Walsingham Society, which is based in Dallas. The college...READ MORE

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Author Calls for U.S. ‘Catholic Subculture’ to Regain Identity (7708)

Russell Shaw, in his new book, American Church, argues that there are large amounts of “Catholics in name only,” due to the cultural assimilation of Catholics into the mainstream.

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Russell Shaw

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DENVER — To counter decades of Catholics becoming absorbed into secular American culture, noted author and journalist Russell Shaw is proposing a new Catholic “subculture” committed to evangelization.

“We're no longer evangelizing the culture; we’ve been evangelized by it. And it’s not good for the secular culture, and it’s destroying us as a religious community,” Shaw told Catholic News Agency on April 16.

“My critique of Americanism and of cultural assimilation is very real,” he explained. “What has happened has turned out not to be in the best interest of the Catholic Church in the U.S., but no one started out with bad intentions.”

Shaw is the author of American Church: The...READ MORE

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