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Boy Scouts Lauded for Continuing Ban on Openly Homosexual Members (3339)

07/26/2012 Comments (24)
Cherie Cullen/US Catholic News

Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree on Fort AP Hill, Va.

– Cherie Cullen/US Catholic News

WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America has drawn praise for upholding a policy of prohibiting openly homosexual leaders and members, in order to align with its founding principles and respect the role of parents in educating their own children.

“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive.

On July 17, the Boy Scouts announced that it would continue its long-standing policy of banning “open or avowed homosexuals” in order to support the group’s values, avoid distractions from its...READ MORE

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On Judging Others, If Theologian Were Beers: Round Two, Are Catholics Christians?, and Much More! (2280)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/26/2012 Comments (3)

Here Comes the Judge! (On Judging Others). Click on the link by Charla to read more.

Here Comes the Judge! (On Judging Others) – Charla, Catholic Sistas

If Theologians Were Beers: The Second Round – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Are Catholics Christians? – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

The Most Beautiful Sound I Ever Heard – Father Zelonis’ Corner

Viewing the Holy Shroud When There’s No Ostension – Domenico Agasso Jr, La Stampa/Vatican Insder

The Economy of Communion in Africa – David Lutz, Crisis Magazine

Opposing Both State and Church – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Quæritur: Returning to the Church after Joining another Church for Many Years – Fr. Z’s Blog

Government and the Pursuit of Happiness: Is It a Good Thing? – Kate...READ MORE

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Can Heather Have 2 Mommies and 2 Daddies? (4831)

California bill creates new rules for legal parents allowing more than 2

07/25/2012 Comments (31)
Courtesy of Mark Leno

Sen. Mark Leno

– Courtesy of Mark Leno

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would allow more that two “parents” per child has passed the California state Senate and gone on to the state Assembly.

S.B. 1476 “brings California into the 21st century by recognizing that there are more than ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ families,” said state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who proposed the legislation.

The bill, which the Senate passed by a 24-13 vote, would amend California’s family code so a judge could allow a child to have more than two parents where “the best interests of the child” require it. The new rules would cover a situation, for example, in which a man begins dating a woman while she’s pregnant and then they marry. Three people...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila Recognizes Courage of Shooting Victims (1508)

'Christ himself is the one who has conquered sin. He has conquered death,' the archbishop said. 'By recognizing that, one’s heart can be moved to forgive the perpetrator of this kind of violence.'

07/25/2012 Comments (1)
Denver Archdiocese Facebook

Archbishop Aquila was ready to comfort mourners at July 20 Mass for the victims.

– Denver Archdiocese Facebook

Those who offered their lives to save their loved ones in the recent Colorado theater shooting exemplified the Christian virtues of courageous sacrifice and selfless love, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver.

Such acts of courage testify to “the natural goodness that is present within the human person,” he told EWTN News July 24.

Stories of heroism are beginning to emerge from Aurora, Colo., where one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history took place early on July 20.

Twelve people were killed and 58 more injured when a gunman entered the theater during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire on the crowd.

Reports have emerged that four of...READ MORE

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Pope's Vacation Reflects Purpose of Rest (1612)

Bishop of Castel Gandolfo, Italy, says having the Pope so close during the summer months 'is a great joy.' He says the Pope puts an emphasis on the value of time off, which should be for recreation for the heart, the spirit and the mind.

07/25/2012 Comment

Castel Gandolfo

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Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Castel Gandolfo, Italy, said that with the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for his summer vacation, the happiest time of the year begins for the diocese.

In a July 15 interview with CNA, Bishop Semeraro reflected that having the Pope so close during the summer months “is a great joy.”

“The people of Castel Gandolfo feel it is like having someone from the family visit who fills us with affection,” he said. “Obviously, for us, this time when he is physically present makes our prayers that much more intense.”

Bishop Semeraro said that this summer the Pope will devote the month of July to working on the third volume of his discourse on the life of Jesus and that...READ MORE

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Major League Soccer All-Star Rediscovers Beauty of Catholic Faith (11257)

Columbus Crew midfielder Eddie Gaven pursues soccer career with proper perspective.

07/25/2012 Comments (13)
Courtesy of Eddie Gaven

Eddie Gaven holds newly baptized son while St. Joseph looks on.

– Courtesy of Eddie Gaven

Eddie Gaven is in his 10th season of Major League Soccer. His career includes an MLS All-Star Game appearance in 2004 and an MLS Cup victory with the Columbus Crew in 2008. These are impressive accomplishments for anyone, but what makes them even more so is that Gaven is only 25.

In 2003, the Hamilton Township, N.J., native was the youngest player up to that point to sign an MLS contract. He was only 16 at the time. While Gaven’s soccer career was pursued with youthful zeal, his Catholic faith was left to decay.

The restoration of his faith started when his beloved game of soccer was briefly taken away from him. He was out with an injury, which left him with plenty of time to think...READ MORE

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Defense Bill Supports DOMA (1320)

House amendment will prohibit the use of military facilities or funding for military chaplains to perform same-sex 'marriages.'

07/25/2012 Comments (4)

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment to the 2013 defense appropriations bill that would ban money from being used in violation of federal law prohibiting same-sex "marriage" in the military.

The amendment was introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who said that it is “a much-needed solution to a problem started by an administration that's prone to ignoring the law.”

In a statement released shortly after the legislation passed, King explained that his amendment “prohibits the use of both military funds and facilities for same-sex marriages.”

“The military is an entity of the federal government, and federal law states that marriage is between a man and a woman,”...READ MORE

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Msgr. William Lynn Gets 3-6 Years for Role in Philadelphia Sex-Abuse Cases (2644)

District attorney hopes case will be a warning to others; archdiocese says lesson has already been learned.

07/25/2012 Comments (12)

Msgr. William Lynn

– Reuters/Scott Anderson

PHILADELPHIA — Msgr. William Lynn, the 61-year-old Philadelphia priest at the center of a landmark sexual-abuse court case, was sentenced to three-six years in prison for his role in the archdiocese-wide scandal.

The July 24 sentence drew criticism from the defendant’s lawyer as extreme. It is close to the maximum three and a half to seven years requested by Philadelphia’s District Attorney Seth Williams. Both Msgr. Lynn’s attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, and a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said they thought the sentence was too harsh.

A jury June 22 found Msgr. Lynn guilty on one of two counts of child endangerment for knowingly placing minors in danger when he reassigned...READ MORE

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