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Ohio Lawmaker Backs Off ‘Worst Ever’ Home-School Law (4011)

Public uproar forces a state senator to suspend a bill that would have required child-welfare officers to vet prospective home-schooling families.

12/23/2013 Comments (7)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio anti-child abuse bill, dubbed by opponents as the “worst-ever home-school law proposed,” has been suspended after a wave of outrage erupted over provisions that would have granted child protective services, not parents, the final say in the decision to home school their child.

State Sen. Capri Cafaro, D-Hubbard, proposed Senate Bill 248, or “Teddy’s law,” on Dec. 3, in response to the horrible torture and murder of 14-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Foltz-Tedesco at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend, Zaryl Bush. Teddy’s mother, Shain Widdersheim, had removed the teenager from public school after teachers reported his abuse, alleging that she was going to...READ MORE

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Help Purify Legion of Christ, Cardinal Tells New Priests (2027)

According to Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the new priests’ preparation for ordination coincided with the religious order’s ‘path of purification and renewal.’

12/23/2013 Comments (2)

ROME — Cardinal Velasio de Paolis, the papal delegate overseeing the reform of the Legion of Christ, told 31 new priests of the Legion of Christ that their perseverance shows “the love of Christ” that can overcome the past scandals of their congregation and purify and renew it.

“You have suffered, and you have realized the suffering that other Legionaries — beginning with the founder — have caused in the lives of others. And the suffering of others has helped you to understand and carry your own suffering,” the cardinal said in his homily before the priestly ordinations Dec. 14 at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

“By your decision and by your faithfulness, by your suffering...READ MORE

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CUA: Koch Grant Consistent With Church Teaching (3477)

The group that criticized the university for accepting the grant has lobbied to undermine the U.S. bishops on abortion, the redefinition of marriage and the HHS mandate.

12/23/2013 Comments (8)

WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America has defended a $1-million gift from the Koch brothers against “presumptuous” criticisms that accepting the grant would cause scandal and obscure Church insight on economics.

“The aim of the Charles Koch Foundation grant — to support research into principled entrepreneurship — is fully consistent with Catholic social teaching,” the university said in a Dec. 16 statement.

“The negative attention to the grant has all been externally driven by organizations with a political agenda,” the university later continued.

In January 2013, The Catholic University of America created a separate business school, drawing business, finance and...READ MORE

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Archbishop Kurtz: ‘Faith Enriches Public Life’ (4328)

The new president of the U.S. bishops’ conference applauds his predecessor, outlines the conference’s current priorities, and discusses Pope Francis’s influence on the Church.

12/23/2013 Comments (4)
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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the 2013 annual meeting of the nation’s largest religious body. He served as vice president of USCCB from 2010-2013 during the presidency of Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Before coming to Louisville, Archbishop Kurtz served as a bishop of Knoxville, Tenn., from 1999-2007. Earlier, he was a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Pa., for 27 years, with a special focus in social services.

On Dec. 13, Archbishop Kurtz spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond about Cardinal Dolan’s legacy, his own commitment to the defense of religious freedom, and Pope...READ MORE

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What Attracts Young Men to the Priesthood, Without Dogma Science Is Lost and Much More! (4986)

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12/23/2013 Comment

What Attracts Young Men to the Priesthood. Follow the link by Leslie Fain to read more.

What Attracts Young Men to the Priesthood by Leslie Fain - BigPulpit.com

Horrible Video: Abortion Supporters Attack Praying Catholics – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Without Dogma Science Is Lost – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The New Homophiles - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Playing with Dolls & Delayed Motherhood - Julie Machado, Catholic Stand

5 Ways Catholics Can Make a Real Difference - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Singles! Advent Is Our Time - Elynne Whaley, Ignitum Today

Providing Intellectual Ammunition for New Evangelization – John Burger, Aleteia

Francis Pharcellus Church, the Little Girl & Santa Claus – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic


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Pope: Contemplate St. Joseph’s ‘Greatness of Soul’ (3456)

In his weekly Sunday Angelus prayers, the Holy Father reflected on the heroic Christian witness of the foster father of Jesus.

12/22/2013 Comments (1)
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VATICAN CITY — In his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Christian witness of St. Joseph, who was faithful to God’s call despite impossible circumstances.

St. Joseph “was not stubborn in following his own life plans, he did not allow resentment to poison his soul, but he was prepared to make himself disposed to the news that, in a disconcerting way, was presented to him,” said the Pope on Dec. 22.

Referring to the Gospel story that recounts St. Joseph’s plans to divorce Mary quietly after learning about her pregnancy, and his subsequent dream regarding the miracle of the Incarnation, Pope Francis reflected on “the greatness of St. Joseph’s soul.”

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Veni, Veni, Emmanuel; How a Subculture can Brainwash; Joyful Waiting and Much More! (5586)

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12/21/2013 Comments (3)

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel. Follow the link by Zephyrinus to read more.

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel - Zephyrinus

How a Subculture Brainwashed America by Thomas M. Doran of The CWR Blog - BigPulpit.com

Putting the Squeeze on Bob Newhart, Duck Dynasty - William M. Briggs PhD

Joyful Waiting – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Should Catholic Schools Be Allowed to Discriminate? - Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson & Same-Sex Attraction - BigPulpit.com

Vandals Trash Brighton Church, Destroy Painting Of Pope Francis - Fr. Z's Blog

Why Aren’t They Preaching What I Think Is Important? - Kevin Tierney, Catholic Lane

Oh Silent Night - Jason Theobald, Ignitum Today

Hegelianism & Naturalism - James Chastek PhL, Just Thomism

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Duck Dynasty Debate; A Miracle or Coincidence? and Much More! (6388)

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12/20/2013 Comments (2)

Homosexuality & the Duck Dynasty Debate. Follow the link by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers to read more.

Homosexuality & the Duck Dynasty Debate by Trent Horn of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

A Miracle or Coincidence? - Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson, Catholic Lane

My Journey as a Catholic: Over-Zealous Convert Syndrome – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Just Bring It, Pope Francis’ Action Plan & Birthday Wish – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson & Same-Sex Attraction - BigPulpit.com

Context: God’s Great Liberating Event - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

The Importance of Brightness in Christmas - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Fear Not: Angels We Have Heard On High - Diane McKelva, Catholic Stand

Day 3: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse) - Joe...READ MORE

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