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Sainthood Cause Moves Forward for Priest-Founder of Boys Town (1582)

The Omaha Archdiocese closed the diocesan phase of the investigation into the life of Servant of God Father Edward Flanagan with a June 18 Mass.

06/24/2015 Comment

– Wikipedia

OMAHA, Neb. — The case for the sainthood of Servant of God Father Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska’s famous Boys Town community for orphans and other boys, is now headed to Rome.

“More than being just a humanitarian, he was a man driven by his love for Jesus Christ to care for children who were forgotten and abused,” said Omar Gutierrez of the Archdiocese of Omaha. “He is a great model for the priesthood and for what Catholic social teaching looks like in the real world.”

Gutierrez, who served as notary for the diocesan tribunal investigating the priest’s sainthood cause, said he was particularly struck by the stories of past Boys Town residents, now elderly men, who knew...READ MORE

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Vatican Sets Stage for Tradition and Controversy at October Synod (4676)

NEWS ANALYSIS: According to one priest, the working document, issued Tuesday, reflects fidelity to the Church’s traditional teaching and the diversity of opinions within the Church today regarding hot-button issues.

06/24/2015 Comments (17)
CNA/Daniel Ibañez

A scene from the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family in Rome.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — A highly anticipated working document for the upcoming synod on the family, published by the Vatican on Tuesday, pushes back on same-sex relationships, reaffirms much of the traditional Church’s teaching on the family, but controversially offers an opening for divorced-and-civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

Although praised for being attentive to a diversity of opinions within the Church on a wide variety of issues to do with marriage and the family, the instrumentum laboris has also been criticized for including a number of proposals that were rejected in the final report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Marriage and the Family in 2014.


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The Abolition of Man ... and Woman (2950)

COMMENTARY: The campaign for same-sex ‘marriage’ presents the next ‘clash of absolutes’ between two worldviews with very different definitions of the human person.

06/24/2015 Comments (5)

– Shutterstock

For the power of man to make himself what he pleases means, as we have seen, the power of some men to make other men what they please.

— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

In the last century, sexual revolutionaries litigated and legislated to remove three pillars of marriage law: first, permanence; second, exclusivity; and third, procreation. The first pillar fell when California Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the Family Law Act of 1969, and 48 states followed with their own no-fault divorce statutes. The second pillar fell when the vast majority of states adopted versions of the 1971 Model Penal Code, which eliminated legal penalties for fornication and adultery. The third pillar fell when the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Families: Address Your Wounds Directly or They Will Worsen (4336)

The Holy Father’s address was the latest in a series of instruction dedicated to the family.

06/24/2015 Comments (4)
CNA/Daniel Ibañez

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his general audience on June 24.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said. He encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.

“We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another,” the Pope told pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square for his June 24 general audience.

The resulting wounds “come from words, actions and omissions which, instead of expressing love, hurt those nearest and dearest, causing deep divisions among family members, above all between husband and wife,” he noted.

Hiding these hurts “only deepens...READ MORE

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FSSP: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations; The Magisterium Had Final Say on Encyclical and More! (3077)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/24/2015 Comment

Click on The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report link to read more.

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter: Traditional Liturgy, Booming Vocations by Jim Graves of The Catholic World Report - Big Pulpit

The Magisterium, Not Secret Authors, Had the Final Say on (Laudato Si') Encyclical - Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency

Biblical Typology: The Best Method To Read Scripture - Ray Sullivan, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis’ Encyclical May Have Problems, But We Need to Interpret It Faithfully - Leroy Huizenga, The CWR Blog

25 Popes Who Just Can’t Even Right Now by Ryan Mayer of Epic Pew - Big Pulpit

The Ecology Encyclical: Six Steps to Intelligent Comment – Quartermaster of the Barque

Too Anxious to Function – Theresa Williams, Ignitum Today


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Mass. Court Stays Order for Catholics to Vacate Closed Church (4527)

A decade-long dispute over the fate of an Archdiocese of Boston church remains unresolved.

06/23/2015 Comments (10)
Christine M. Williams

Maryellen and Jon Rogers stand with Janie Avery (c), holding the most recent protest quilt outside the former St. Frances Cabrini parish in Scituate, Mass., which protesters have occupied for more than 10 years.

– Christine M. Williams

SCITUATE, Mass. — For more than a decade, Catholics have occupied the church building that was once St. Frances X. Cabrini parish in Scituate, Mass. They turned the confessional into a guest room and the vestibule into a living room. Someone has kept vigil at the church 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for more than 10 and a half years.

They appealed the closure all the way to the Vatican’s highest court, but the Archdiocese of Boston’s decision prevailed. When the Friends of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, as the community calls itself, continued their vigil in spite of the final ruling, the archdiocese sought recourse in civil court. Initially, the Massachusetts court issued an order for the...READ MORE

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Remembering Sister Nirmala, Successor of Mother Teresa: ‘She Was a Great Soul’ (3932)

Tributes and messages praise her service to the poor.

06/23/2015 Comments (2)
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– Rome Reports social media

Catholics around the world are mourning the death of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who passed away Tuesday. Sister Nirmala succeeded Blessed Teresa of Calcutta as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, serving in that capacity from 1997 to 2009.

Sister Nirmala, who was 81, had suffered ill health for some years and was hospitalized and then brought home a few days ago, dying at a Missionaries of Charity home in the early hours of June 23.

“All people in India, and especially the Archdiocese of Calcutta, is saddened with this great loss of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who was very close and dear to us,” Father Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, told CNA.

“She was...READ MORE

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Growing Pains at Ave Maria University (5756)

Under President James Towey’s leadership, the young Catholic university has made solid progress, but some on campus are concerned about an alleged weakening of its Catholic identity.

06/23/2015 Comments (37)

AVE MARIA, Fla. — Like most 12-year-olds, Ave Maria University is growing and developing, in a sometimes painful manner.

Founded in 2003 by Catholic philanthropist and Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, this small liberal arts university in southwest Florida enrolled more than 1,000 students this past academic year for the first time in its short history. Under the leadership of President James Towey, Ave Maria University is becoming financially self-sustaining and no longer reliant on Monaghan’s financial support.

With the names of two of St. John Paul II’s key papal documents — Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) and Ex Corde Ecclesiae (The Heart of the Church) — prominently...READ MORE

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