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The Catholic Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty (3355)

Address to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at their June meeting.

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Thomas Farr



Cardinal Dolan, Bishop Pates, eminences, excellencies and assembled guests: It is an honor to be invited to appear before this convocation. I am grateful for the opportunity to address you on the subject of religious freedom — a matter of increasing importance to the Church and to the world.

I have been privileged to spend the last 13 years of my life reflecting, writing and acting on the subject of religious liberty, both here and abroad. Those years have convinced me of three propositions that will frame my remarks today:

First, both history and modern scholarship demonstrate that a robust system of religious liberty in both law and culture is indispensible to individual human...READ MORE

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'Examination of Conscience': U.S. Bishops Review Progress Report on Sex-Abuse Crisis (5307)

The National Review Board report confirms a steady fall in new cases, but warns against 'complacency.' Bishop Conlon notes that the bishops approved plans for a review of the charter and that the board's recommendations would be considered.

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Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, chairman of the bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, said the bishops conference would consider recommendations made by the National Review Board.

– Diocese of Joliet

ATLANTA — The National Review Board, formed to advise the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ response to the clergy sex-abuse crisis, released its report today at the bishops’ meeting in Atlanta.

The report, described by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the USCCB's president, as an “examination of conscience,” charted the steady decline in new cases of clergy sexual abuse and defended the zero-tolerance policy adopted by the bishops in the wake of the 2002 crisis. It also noted difficulties with boundary violations involving international priests and a lack of reporting about the presence of accused religious priests in a diocese without the knowledge of the local ordinary.


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Society of St. Pius X Leader Meets With Cardinal Levada; Reunion Imminent? (1602)

A consultor to the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith says Pope Benedict's response to the document that would bring about reconciliation should be received by the SSPX superior general very soon.

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VATICAN CITY — Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, arrived at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this evening amid speculation that Pope Benedict XVI has decided on the latest terms for the traditionalist society’s reconciliation with the Church.

According to Catholic News Service, Bishop Fellay arrived at the CDF at 5pm this afternoon Rome time. If the speculation is correct, prefect Cardinal William Levada will have handed the SSPX leader the Pope’s response to the doctrinal preamble that forms the basis of reconciliation. It will then be up to the SSPX’s leader to give final assent to the document, leading to an official announcement.


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Pope Benedict: God Works Wonders Through Prayer (1768)

The Holy Father continued his dicsussion of St. Paul's life on June 13.

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Pope Benedict XVI says that the life of St. Paul shows that God can work wonders through those who grow ever closer to him in prayer.

“As our union with the Lord grows and our prayer becomes more intense, we too come to focus on the essential and to understand that it is not the power of our own means that creates the Kingdom of God, but God who works miracles through our very weakness,” the Pope during the June 13 general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Continuing his recent weekly exploration of the lessons taught by the prayer life of St. Paul, Pope Benedict turned to the apostle’s experience of contemplative prayer, as recorded in his Second Letter to the Corinthians. He...READ MORE

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120-Plus Countries Represented at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (1482)

The archbishop of Dublin says that in a spirit of repentance, the Church in Ireland is on the road to renewal but the Gospel needs to be preached courageously.

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Pilgrims attend a talk at the Royal Dublin Society June 11 during the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.

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DUBLIN, Ireland — The 50th International Eucharistic Congress opened in Ireland on June 10 with a parade made up of pilgrims from more than 120 countries.

As part of the opening ceremony, Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, who is representing Pope Benedict XVI at the Congress. Concelebrants included Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Pontifical Committee for Eucharistic Congresses, Archbishop Robert Le Gall of Toulouse, France, and Cardinal Thomas Collins, archbishop of Toronto, Ontario.

Delivering the opening greeting to 12,500 pilgrims, Archbishop Martin said, “The Church is not ours...READ MORE

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Christlike Correction (1711)

June 17 issue editorial

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Recently, a Register reader, after perusing our online coverage of Catholic or Vatican objections to the practices of the Girl Scouts and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, stated: “The Inquisition continues! First the nuns; now the Girl Scouts.”

Indeed, the latest round of news reports has fueled the partisan spin that the Catholic hierarchy is waging a “war on women.” The Vatican has appointed two U.S. bishops to help reform the LCWR and, in a separate action by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, released a statement repudiating a text by Mercy Sister Margaret Farley, a retired Yale Divinity School professor, stating that its doctrinal errors could cause “grave...READ MORE

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New Letter Opposes HHS Mandate's Distinctions for Religious Groups (4450)

June 11 letter was signed by evangelicals and Catholics and a variety of faith-based organizations.

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More than 150 faith-based organizations have spoken out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate because it creates class distinctions for religious groups. The mandate and its narrow exemption create a “two-class scheme” of religious organizations that “honors acts of worship while burdening those whose faith leads them to service in our common life,” they argued.

In a June 11 letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, the leaders voiced “grave concern” over the two-class concept of religious organizations that was “embedded in federal law” in February, when the mandate was finalized in its original form.

The letter was organized by the...READ MORE

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Christians Help Israel's Poor by Practicing the Biblical Mandate of Gleaning (3581)

Pilgrims get to know the land where Christ walked — and help provide meals.

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Courtesy of Leket Israel

A growing number of Christian pilgrims volunteer to harvest fruits and vegetables in the Holy Land during their pilgrimages.

– Courtesy of Leket Israel

Janara Walker, 30, wanted her first-ever visit to the Holy Land to be about giving, not receiving. So last October she and 11 other members of the non-denominational Vineyard Columbus Church in Ohio flew to Israel and drove just over an hour to the Palestinian-ruled West Bank.

Once in Bethlehem, the group met up with the Holy Land Trust, a Palestinian non-governmental organization that, among other things, recruits volunteers to assist Palestinian farmers during olive-picking season.

Covered in sunscreen to protect against the strong Middle Eastern sun, Walker and her friends spent most of their pilgrimage picking olives from about 8:30am until 3:30pm. During their free time, the Holy...READ MORE

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