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New York Archdiocese Could Close 26 Schools (3644)

More than 5,000 of the 50,000 students in local Catholic schools could be affected.

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NEW YORK — The Archdiocese of New York has announced that 26 of its 159 elementary schools are at risk of closing this June, affecting more than 5,000 of the 50,000 students in local Catholic schools.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York regretted the “very somber news” on his blog, The Gospel in the Digital Age.

“I dread this! I’d rather be opening new schools, not closing some!” he wrote Nov. 28.

The cardinal expressed sorrow to those whose schools had closed, especially individuals who had just changed schools after previous closures. However, he encouraged parents to enroll their children in other nearby Catholic schools that are “eager to welcome every student from a closing...READ MORE

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Support for Teen Emergency-Contraception Access Deemed ‘Foolish’ (1740)

Medical experts and pro-life advocates warn that distribution of these drugs will promote risky behaviors and that the drugs have abortifacient effects and could harm girls who use them.

11/29/2012 Comments (3)

DENVER — Doctors and pro-life advocates warn that the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation of emergency contraceptives for teenage girls promotes unwise and “risky behaviors.”

“It is beyond belief that the AAP would make this statement, which is not in the best interest of teens … but in fact encourages them to initiate sexual activity and to do more risky behaviors. It’s very foolish,” pro-life obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Donna Harrison told Catholic News Agency on Nov. 27.

A policy statement released Nov. 26 by the American Academy of Pediatrics aims to “encourage routine counseling and advance emergency-contraception prescription as one part of a public-health strategy...READ MORE

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Atlanta Falcons’ Coach Has a Special Team at Home (5854)

Special-teams coach Eric Sutulovich speaks of his journey of faith.

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– Atlanta Falcons

When he went away to college nearly 20 years ago, Eric Sutulovich thought he had found a good crowd to hang out with. The name of the group made it sound like he would fit right in, since it included three important aspects of his life: Christianity, athletics and camaraderie. However, there was one large problem with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Those in the group weren’t shy about telling him that, as a Catholic, he was going to hell.

Sutulovich knew they were wrong, but couldn’t explain why in detail. It wasn’t until a few years later that he would be able to do that, in large part because of Catholic Answers Live, the popular radio program. This was the springboard for...READ MORE

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Catholics United vs. the Knights of Columbus, Gifts for Musicians and Priests and Much More! (2907)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/29/2012 Comment

Catholics United v. The Knights of Columbus. Follow the link by Kieran Raval to read more.

Catholics United v. The Knights of Columbus by Kieran Raval - Big Pulpit

Gifts for Musicians and Priests – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Church is No Enemy of Science or the Infertile – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Laudamus Te, The Magazine of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Liturgy of the Roman Rite – Fr. Z's Blog

Endgame (Luke 21:25-38) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Ad Orientem in Veneto – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Forgotten Men and Women of America – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Is “Same-Sex Marriage” Inevitable? – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

A Rational Basis for Marriage between One Man and One Woman – Bill...READ MORE

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Yad Vashem Honors Italian Cardinal Who Rescued Jews (3032)

Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa is declared ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for his help in rescuing hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution.

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Cardinal Elia Dall Costa

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JERUSALEM — Israel’s official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem has named the World War II-era archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, as “Righteous Among the Nations” for his help in rescuing hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution.

Yad Vashem said on Nov. 26 that the cardinal “played a central role in the organization and operation of a widespread rescue network.”

The Nazis began to deport Jews after the German occupation of Italy in September 1943. A major rescue effort in Florence was begun by the city’s Jewish leader, Rabbi Nathan Cassuto, and Jewish resistance fighter Raffaele Cantoni. The operation soon became a joint Jewish-Christian effort, with the cardinal offering...READ MORE

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Pope Counsels Parents to Share Faith With Joy, Dialogue (2060)

Parents are ‘the first messengers of God,’ the Holy Father says, and the family is ‘the first school to communicate the faith to new generations.’

11/28/2012 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — Sharing the faith with children and others should be done in a joyful, clear and simple manner, Pope Benedict XVI said at his Wednesday general audience.

“In our time, a special place to talk about God is the family, the first school to communicate the faith to new generations,” Pope Benedict said Nov. 28 in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.

He delivered his remarks, which are part of an ongoing weekly series on faith, to thousands of pilgrims who were gathered in the hall.

“The Second Vatican Council,” he noted, “speaks of parents as the first messengers of God, called to rediscover their mission, taking responsibility in educating.”

“They are called to open...READ MORE

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Parents vs. The State, More Women Die from Legal Abortions, The UK Anglican Ordinariate and More! (1349)

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11/28/2012 Comment

Parents vs. the State. Click on the link by M. D. Aeschliman, Ph.D. to read more.

Parents vs. the State – M. D. Aeschliman PhD, Crisis Magazine

Italian Theologians: Holy See Should Issue Fornication Dispensation by Larry DBig Pulpit

Report: Number of Women Dying From Legal Abortions Doubles – Steven Ertelt, Life News

The Story of You: A Letter to My Unborn Child – Kristin Detloff, Ignitum Today

My Porn Addiction – John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews

News and Pics from the UK Anglican Ordinariate – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How Many Minor Basilicas Does Brooklyn Want? – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Catholics Must Face Squarely the Dire Threat to Religious Liberty – Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

One of Rome’s Oldest Running...READ MORE

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Leader of Anglican Ordinariate Recalls Joy of First Year (2652)

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the shepherd of the new Anglican communities that are coming into the Catholic Church, says the past months have been showered with blessings.

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Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

WASHINGTON — Almost a year after being appointed to shepherd Anglican communities seeking to join the Catholic Church, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson says the past months have been showered with blessings.

“I think the real joys have been to see communities that have struggled with the decision of discerning whether to become Catholic and have made that choice, and they have come in,” he told Catholic News Agency in a November interview.

He described “the joy on their faces” as they enter the Catholic Church and said, “That’s the thing that sticks in my mind the most.”

Msgr. Steenson leads the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which was canonically erected on Jan. 1, 2012....READ MORE

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