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Pope: Find the Courage to Accept God’s Boundless Mercy (2877)

The bishop of Rome officially took possession of St. John Lateran April 7.

04/08/2013 Comment
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ROME — Pope Francis took possession of his cathedral as bishop of Rome and spoke about how God’s mercy and patience should challenge everyone to find the courage to accept his love.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he began his homily, “let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in his patience, which always gives us more time. Let us find the courage to return to his house, to dwell in his loving wounds, allowing ourselves to be loved by him and to encounter his mercy in the sacraments.”

The Pope’s installation in the cathedra (seat) in the Basilica of St. John Lateran April 7 signaled that he is now officially taking up his duties as the bishop of Rome.

When he arrived at...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints Top Franciscan to Religious Life Department (2862)

Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo appointed secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

04/08/2013 Comment
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Father José Rodríguez Carballo

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made his first appointment within the Roman Curia, choosing his friend, Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo, to help run the Vatican’s congregation for consecrated religious.

The Vatican announced April 6 that Pope Francis appointed Father Carballo to serve as secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, simultaneously raising him to the level of archbishop and giving him the titular see of Belcastro, in southern Italy.

Archbishop-designate Carballo was born in 1953 in Lodoselo, Spain. He speaks Spanish, Galician, Italian, French, English and Portuguese and also knows Latin, biblical Greek and...READ MORE

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‘The Ugliest Form of Misogyny’: Sex-Selective Abortions and the War on Baby Girls (7891)

Documentary shown at the U.N. highlights the issue of ‘gendercide.’

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Reggie Littlejohn testifies at the emergency congressional hearing regarding Chen Guangcheng of May 3, 2012, before the Congressional Executive Commission on China.

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NEW YORK — Every year in India and China, more baby girls are killed by abortion and infanticide than are born in the United States. According to a documentary called It’s a Girl, shown at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York last month, the U.N. has estimated that 200 million girls are missing worldwide due to sex-selective abortion and infanticide.

Reggie Littlejohn, a litigation lawyer who founded the California-based Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF), addressed the U.N. commission, whose theme was violence against women and girls, and showed the award-winning documentary to highlight “gendercide”— the systemic and deliberate killing of baby girls in...READ MORE

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U. S. Army Classifies 'Catholicism' as a Religious Extremist Group and Much More! (5715)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/08/2013 Comments (1)

U. S. Army Classifies “Catholicism” as Religious Extremist Group. Follow the link via the Creative Minority Report (CMR) blog to read more.

U. S. Army Classifies “Catholicism” as Religious Extremist Group via Creative Minority Report (CMR) - Big Pulpit

Music for Eastertide: Reigina Caeli – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

People Who Hate Chastity Secretly Love It – Arleen Spenceley. Ignitum Today

Learning Styles in the {Catholic} Homeschool – RaisingSaints, Catholic Sistas

Why I Could Never Be a Priest – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Easter Drinks: Mississippi Mud – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

The Problem of Porn – Marsh Fightlin, Catholic Stand

The Primacy of Peter – Matt Fradd

Would There Be Science Without Christianity? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Yertle in Babylon – Connie Rossini, Contemplative...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Talk Focused on Women: Feminists Not Happy, A Special Vocation & Much More! (7953)

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04/06/2013 Comments (1)

Popes Francis’ Talk Focused on Women: Feminists Won’t Be Happy. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

Popes Francis’ Talk Focused on Women: Feminists Won’t Be Happy via Fr. Z's Blog - Big Pulpit

A Special Vocation: To Show People How To Love – Dana Dillon, Catholic Moral Theology

Liberated From the Women’s Movement – Miriam F. Brower, Ignitum Today

13 Videos from the Dominican Friars – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

All Happy Trails Lead West (II) – Michael Platt, Crisis Magazine

Peanuts Cartoon on Abortion – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Tensions Rise As North Korea Threatens To Deploy L. C. W. R. Nuns – Eye of the Tiber

A Time to Sing and A Time to Drink – Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

U. S. C. C. B.: Mandate Still Unprecedented Religious Libertiy Violation...READ MORE

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Critics Slam Drastic Widening of Morning-After Pill Access (2367)

Federal judge’s order mandating over-the-counter provision of the drug to women of all ages is described as ‘a recipe for disaster.’

04/05/2013 Comments (3)

BROOKLYN — A federal judge’s order to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription to people of any age has drawn sharp criticism and concern from public figures throughout the country.

“This is just a recipe for disaster,” Dennis Poust, communications director for the New York State Catholic Conference, told Catholic News Agency April 5.

In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a federal judge in Brooklyn, Edward Korman, ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription to people of any age.

Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, said...READ MORE

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Will Pro-Abortion-Rights Scholar Direct Loyola Marymount’s Bioethics Institute? (7045)

College alumni and donors have expressed concerns about the views of some candidates being considered to fill the key faculty post.

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LOS ANGELES — Officials at Loyola Marymount University will soon select a new director of the university’s Bioethics Institute, but the search process has some alumni and donors concerned that officials could settle for a candidate whose views conflict with Catholic teaching on abortion.

The LMU search committee is seeking to fill the vacancy in the bioethics director position left by Jeffrey Wilson. According to information obtained by the National Catholic Register, at least two out of three candidates under active consideration by the LMU search committee have views favorable to abortion that conflict with Church teaching. Loyola Marymount is one of 28 institutions of the Association...READ MORE

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Archdiocese, George Washington Students Rush to Chaplain’s Defense (6787)

The Archdiocese of Washington states that ‘priests have a commitment to educate people in the truths of our faith, regardless of the current cultural trend.’

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Editor's note: This article was updated on April 10, 2013]

WASHINGTON — Father Greg Shaffer, a Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, has been the subject of attacks by two university students who have same-sex attraction and charge that his “anti-gay” and “anti-abortion” positions have “alienated” a number of students.

On April 4, the George Washington University student newspaper, The Hatchet, reported that the students were upset with Father Shaffer’s “counseling sessions [in which he] advises students who are attracted to members of the same sex to remain celibate for the rest of their lives.” The students say that such counsel, among other issues, has been emotionally...READ MORE

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