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Cardinal O’Malley: Cohabitation and Student Debt Threaten Marriage (6212)

The Boston archbishop pointed out that student debt is forcing young people to postpone not only marriage, but priestly and religious vocations as well.

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BALTIMORE — Cultural trends discouraging marriage are among the biggest challenges to the Church in the U.S., says Cardinal Seán O’Malley. However the Boston archbishop says he also sees signs of renewal and hope among young people.

“Concerns about marriage — people not getting married, falloff in Mass attendance, [and the] challenge of catechizing the young Catholics” are some of the more troubling trends facing Catholicism in the U.S., Cardinal O’Malley said.

Cardinal O’Malley is a member of the group of eight cardinals whom Pope Francis has asked to help reform the Roman Curia, as well as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee on pro-life activities.

The cardinal said that “the...READ MORE

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Domestic Church Key in Evangelization, Supreme Knight Says (2054)

Carl Anderson highlights the importance of family and motherhood, modeled on Mary, in drawing souls to Christ.

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Carl Anderson speaks Nov. 17 at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

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MEXICO CITY — Addressing a conference on the Church in the Americas, the head of the Knights of Columbus noted the importance of the family and motherhood, modeled on Mary, in drawing souls to Christ.

“On a continent where John Paul II told us the laity was largely responsible for the future of evangelization here, Our Lady of Guadalupe shows us the way not only as a member of the laity, but an example of the domestic Church: as a wife and as a mother,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Nov. 17.

Anderson made his remarks in Mexico City at the conference and pilgrimage “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization on the American Continent.”

During his talk, he noted that...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Names New Fort Worth Bishop (2693)

Msgr. Michael Olson, the current rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in the Dallas suburb of Irving, will shepherd the Texas diocese.

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Bishop-designate Michael Olson

FORT WORTH, Texas — Pope Francis has named Msgr. Michael Olson as the new bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, setting the priest on the path to become the second-youngest bishop to head a diocese in the U.S.

“I am very humbled and deeply moved by Pope Francis’ appointment of me to serve as the bishop of Fort Worth,” he said. “In a very special way, I am delighted to return home to the Diocese of Fort Worth to serve the priests, deacons, religious and all of the faithful as their bishop.”

Msgr. Olson, 47, is the current rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in the Dallas suburb of Irving. The seminary is associated with the University of Dallas.

Bishop-designate Olson addressed a Nov. 19 press...READ MORE

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Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit the Bus? Women Deserve Better Choices and Much More! (4785)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit The Bus? Follow the link by Frank Weathers to read more.

Is This Where Some Pope Francis Fans Exit the Bus? by Frank Weathers - BigPulpit.com

Women Deserve Better Choices - Brianna Heldt, Just Showing Up

This Is Fearlessness: Defending Church Teaching – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

10 Tips To Help You Stay a Sane & Effective Catholic - Nicole DeMille, Invisible Woman

Bishop Paprocki: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Exorcism - David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Reason Should be Open to God - Leonard Franchi, Mercatornet

On Teaching & Loving – Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Being, Miracles & God: Answering a Reasonable Atheist – Mark P. Shea, Strange Notions

Can You Imagine Hearing This in Church? - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel


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Church Teaching on Feminine Holiness Touches Hearts (3546)

How Blessed John Paul II’s writing reaches women through the Endow organization.

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Terry Polakovic, co-founder and president of Endow.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Burke interviewed Terry Polakovic on the Register Radio show Nov. 15.

Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is celebrating 10 years of teaching women about feminine dignity through small-group study courses for adult women as well as middle-school and high-school students, based on John Paul II’s Mulieris Dignitatem (The Dignity and Vocation of Women) and his “Letter to Women.”

With headquarters in Denver, the organization now serves more than 122 dioceses to transform the hearts and minds of women by inviting them into the joy, freedom and dignity that come from living out the gift of authentic femininity in Christ.   

In honor of the anniversary,...READ MORE

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Illinois Bishop to Lead Public Prayers in Reparation for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Law (2423)

Bishop Thomas Paprocki cites Pope Francis in the initiative, which will be held in the cathedral Nov. 20, coinciding with Gov. Pat Quinn’s signing of the bill.

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has scheduled prayers of supplication and exorcism in reparation for the state’s adoption of a law redefining marriage to accommodate same-sex couples.

“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the Pope to rationalize their actions, despite the clear teaching of the Church,” Bishop Paprocki said Nov. 14 in announcing the prayers.

“All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation,” he said. “We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated...READ MORE

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Latest Vatican Reform Has Scores of Priests Returning to Their Dioceses (12681)

At least 30 priests are expected to resume diocesan ministry after their service at the Vatican, according to sources.

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VATICAN CITY — At least 30 priests employed in Vatican departments may be removed from their posts and sent to dioceses in the following months, according to three different Vatican sources.

“The Congregation for Clergy will be the first of the list,” a Vatican source familiar with the congregation told CNA.

Four priests employed in the congregation have been called to serve in dioceses. Among them is Msgr. Luciano Alimandi, who had been private secretary for a number of years to the department’s former head, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos.

According to the source, Msgr. Alimandi and the other three were “all part of Cardinal Mauro Piacenza’s inner circle.” He was prefect of the...READ MORE

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U.S. Officially Designates Boko Haram as Terrorist Group (3543)

According to reports, the Nigeria-based Islamic group has been responsible for the deaths of an estimated 2,800 people.

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Islamist militia in Africa

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WASHINGTON — After lengthy advocacy from both human rights and Christian groups, the U.S. State Department has officially designated the Nigeria-based Islamist group Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization.

“The State Department is right to finally respond to the calls of many in the international community who see this designation as clearly needed,” said Benjamin Bull, chief counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Nov. 14. “Terrorist groups must not be allowed to engage in genocidal terror, especially when available steps can be taken to help curtail such violence.”

Boko Haram (“Western education is sinful”) seeks to overthrow the Nigerian government and impose sharia (Islamic...READ MORE

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