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Denver’s Catholic Community Calls on the Faith for Support in Wake of Shootings (10943)

Victims include parishioners, whose lives inspired non-Catholics.

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Dede Laugesen

Alex Sullivan, who died in the Aurora shooting, is depicted in a memorial with his bride of one year.

– Dede Laugesen

AURORA, Colo. — Corey Callahan wept on Tuesday in front of 12 crosses at the memorial for victims of July 20’s massacre in Aurora, Colo.

On one cross was the name of his longtime best friend, 18-year-old A.J. Boik, who is one of at least two devout Catholics who were killed shortly after the 12:01am premiere of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

Callahan, a Buddhist, said Boik was a gifted and popular high-school baseball player who was known mostly for his uncompromising Catholic faith.

“He was the most faithful person I’ve known,” Callahan said. “Before every meal at school, he would always pray and cross himself.”

The two played baseball together from sixth grade...READ MORE

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Catholic Business Owners Seek Injunction to Halt HHS Mandate Compliance (6548)

Churches exempt, ministries in question, but this lawsuit asks: what about individual conscientious objectors?

07/24/2012 Comments (21)

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The federal courts may finally soon tackle the question of whether religious freedom is threatened by the federal government's mandate that employer-provided health-insurance plans cover contraceptives and abortifacients.

A motion hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, July 25, in U.S. District Court in Colorado, where a Catholic family that owns and operates a heating and air conditioning company is seeking an injunction to halt the controversial mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The U.S. government argues in court documents that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the Newlands’ family business, Hercules Industries, is a secular entity and thus does not...READ MORE

Filed under affordable care act, alliance defending freedom, barack obama, catholic business, congress, contraception, healthcare, hercules industries, hhs contraception mandate, newland v. sebelius

Phoenix Bishop: Hospital Remains Non-Catholic, Despite Collaboration With a Catholic University (4533)

Statement comes after St. Joseph's Hospital officially partnered with Creighton University. Bishop Olmsted does not have jurisdiction over the university or authority over its partnerships. But St. Joseph's Hospital, he stressed, remains disaffiliated from the diocese and the Church.

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Bishop Thomas Olmsted

Despite its collaboration with a Catholic university, St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix remains a non-Catholic institution due to dissent on abortion and medical ethics, Bishop Thomas Olmsted said July 23.

“Catholics and all people of good will are advised that they cannot be guaranteed authentic Catholic health care at St. Joseph's Hospital,” the bishop of Phoenix said in the statement, clarifying the hospital's status in response to its partnership with Nebraska's Creighton University.

Regardless of that collaboration, “St. Joseph's Hospital is not a Catholic institution” and “does not faithfully adhere to the (U.S. bishops') 'Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health...READ MORE

Filed under bishop olmsted, catholic health care, creighton university, st. joseph's hospital phoenix

Vatican's Faith Congregation Head: Church Teaching Not Up for Re-Negotiation (2315)

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller spoke about SSPX negotiations, saying, 'We cannot negotiate on revealed faith; that is impossible. An ecumenical council, according to the Catholic faith, is always the supreme teaching authority of the Church.'

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Although the new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is optimistic about reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X, he says that the teachings of the Church, including the dogmatic content of the Second Vatican Council, will never be up for re-negotiation.

“The purpose of dialogue is to overcome difficulties in the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council,” Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller told EWTN News July 20. “But we cannot negotiate on revealed faith; that is impossible. An ecumenical council, according to the Catholic faith, is always the supreme teaching authority of the Church.”

As prefect of the congregation, Archbishop Muller is also the...READ MORE

Filed under church teaching, second vatican council, sspx

Spiritual Direction in the Life of a Priest, New to the Shop: Fleur de Lis Throw, and Much More! (2274)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/24/2012 Comments (3)

Spiritual Direction in the Life of a Priest. Click on the link by Fr. Joseph J. Kelly to read more.

Spiritual Direction in the Life of a Priest – Fr. Joseph J. Kelly, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

New to the Shop: Fleur de Lis Throw – Mary, Catholic Embroidery

I Don't Wanna Mess This Thing Up - Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

Marriage, Religious Liberty, & the “Grand Bargain” – Robert P. George DPhil, Public Discourse

Cope, Avila Cathedral – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Therefore, It Is the Most Philosophical Town – Mark Misulia, First Things/First Thoughts

St. Bonaventure: Seeing the World in the Right Perspective – David Foote, Crisis Magazine

On Abortion and Automatic Excommunication – Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda’s Place

Quæritur: Can Catholics Join Rotary or the...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops' Relief Agency Defends Alliance With Aid Organization (2147)

'All of the CRS programs and all of the funds used by CRS are entirely consistent with Church teaching.'

07/23/2012 Comments (11)

WASHINGTON — Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief agency for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says that it worked with a leading Catholic bioethics group in conducting careful reviews to ensure that its funding decisions were in alignment with Church teaching.

"Catholic Relief Services, in communion with the Church, strictly upholds Catholic moral teaching,” the organization said.

“All of the CRS programs and all of the funds used by CRS are entirely consistent with Church teaching.”

In a statement provided to Catholic News Agency, the group responded to recent concerns raised about its funding of CARE, an international humanitarian organization that...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishops, care, catholic relief services, contraception, national catholic bioethics center

Battling for the Church's Universities (5932)

Report calls for renewing mandatum implementation.

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MANASSAS, Va. — Recent remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI about Catholic higher education spurred the Manassas, Va.-based Cardinal Newman Society to issue a special report on the status of the mandatum’s implementation in U.S. Catholic colleges and universities.

Titled “A Mandate for Fidelity: Pope Benedict Urges Compliance With Theologians’ Mandatum,” the report features several key Church leaders and scholars calling for a renewed commitment to the Church’s canon law mandatum requirement for theologians who teach at Catholic colleges and universities.

Pope Benedict addressed the topic of Catholic higher education on May 5, during the ad limina visit by the bishops of Alaska, Arizona,...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, cardinal newman society, cardinal raymond burke, catholic colleges and universities, ex corde ecclesiae, mandatum, pope benedict xvi, pope john paul ii, theologians

Colorado Catholics Gather to Pray for Shooting Victims and Comfort Survivors (1586)

Bishop Conley prayed at the community vigil, and parishes remembered fallen parishioners.

07/23/2012 Comments (1)

AURORA, Colo. — Bishop James Conley of Denver delivered the invocation at a nondenominational Sunday evening vigil for the victims of the Aurora theater shooting, telling attendees to ask God for hope amid the “darkness” of the crime.

“All of us in this local community were affected by what happened here on Friday; and we will never be the same,” he said July 22.

Bishop Conley, the auxiliary bishop of the Denver Archdiocese, encouraged the crowd to remember that human lives are “precious in God’s sight.”

“Let us glorify God in our love for one another. Let us glorify God by responding to all violence with peace and to all evil with love,” he said in his introductory remarks.


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