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3 Lies that Built the Same-Sex Revolution, Homeschooling Under Fire at Home and Abroad and More! (4250)

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3 Lies that Built the Same-Sex Revolution. Follow the link by Michael Cook to read more.

3 Lies that Built the Same-Sex Revolution by Michael Cook – BigPulpit.com

Homeschooling: Under Fire at Home & Abroad – Anne Hendershott, The Catholic World Report

Don’t Plan a Perfect Wedding - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

What Sort of Music Befits Eternity? – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Anxiety and the Simple Life – Byz Pulpit

Patience. . . The Need to Trust the Slow Work of God – Msgr. Charles Pope

Adele Brise and the Sign of the Cross - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Pope Gives to “Mooncake Fund” for Chinese Prisoners – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Pope Francis Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

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As Same-Sex Couples in the Military Win Benefits, the Church Issues Guidelines (3023)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services publishes pointers for Catholic chaplains and commanders.

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Archbishop Timothy Broglio

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration has moved swiftly to provide spousal benefits for servicemen and servicewomen in legal same-sex “marriages,” including housing subsidies, health-care coverage and separation pay.

The expanded benefits and the recent practice of some military chaplains presiding at the weddings of same-sex couples have raised questions about the right of Catholic chaplains and lay commanders to refuse to participate in programs and rituals or facilitate benefits that appear to challenge Church teaching on marriage and sexual ethics.

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Pope Francis Gives Major Interview to the Jesuits (16039)

The wide-ranging interview was simultaneously published in 16 Jesuit publications, including America magazine.

09/19/2013 Comments (68)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has given a very revealing and characteristically frank interview with Father Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit editor of La Civiltà Cattolica.

The interview, originally given in Italian, was simultaneously published in 15 other Jesuit publications today, and it can be read here in America magazine.

One particularly interesting passage is when the Holy Father explains his perceived reticence to discuss issues such as abortion, contraception and the redefinition of marriage.

His answer is naturally more nuanced than his reply to a question on the issue on the press conference on the flight from Rio de Janeiro.

Pope Francis says:

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Philippine Church Helps During Rebel Attacks (3544)

The Archdiocese of Zamboanga is assisting thousands of residents displaced by a violent Muslim rebellion that has killed nearly 100 people.

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A 2-year-old boy is carried by his father Sept. 17 after a rescue mission by state security forces freed him from Muslim rebels in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga.

– Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Amid the deadly urban fighting that has broken out between armed rebels and government police and military forces in the southern Philippines, the Catholic Church in Zamboanga City has struggled to shelter and feed thousands of displaced residents while calling for peace.

Nearly 100 people have been killed and hundreds more have been held hostage or used as human shields since a rebel Muslim group began hostilities in early September. Among the first hostages taken were a priest and a local police chief, who later were released.

Hundreds of persons have sought temporary shelter in the walled complex of the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate...READ MORE

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‘Smiling Priest’ Among Hundreds of Martyrs to be Beatified in Spain (6580)

Father Josep Pujol was remembered for giving away everything he had, even his own life, for the Gospel.

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In a manifestation of their hatred for the Catholic faith, Republican militiamen shoot at the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Cerro de los Ángeles, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War.

– Wikipedia

MADRID — Father Josep Guardiet Pujol, known as the “smiling priest,” will be among the 522 Spanish Civil War martyrs to be beatified in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 13.

A pastor of the Catalan parish of Sant Pere de Rubi, Father Pujol was martyred on Aug. 3, 1936, in the northern Spanish town of Sant Cugat del Valles.

“Josep Guardiet Pujol was an exemplary pastor throughout his life and at the time of his martyrdom as well,” Maria Pilar Adin, the postulator of the priest’s cause, told the Spanish bishops’ news agency SIC.

The priest “died forgiving those who killed him,” she said. He pleaded that his killers not shoot two other laymen from the town of Rubi, but they also died with him....READ MORE

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Novak and Weigel Discuss Iraq 2003 and Syria 2013 (5517)

Two prominent Catholic supporters of military intervention a decade ago outline their stances on intervention, then and now.

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George Weigel

WASHINGTON — When President Obama addressed the nation on Sept. 10 to explain his response to a reported chemical-weapons attack in Syria, he vowed not to repeat the mistakes made by his predecessor, George W. Bush, who has been vilified for approving the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which is still mired in political violence a decade afterwards.

Thus the president defended his new two-track Syria policy — which includes an agreement to place President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons under international control — and a backup plan for a “narrow” military strike to deter future use of chemical weapons as evidence of his prudent style of leadership. His remarks sought to tamp down public...READ MORE

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Cuba's Bishops Call for Political Freedom and New Relations With U.S. (2312)

In a new pastoral letter, they urge updating of the communist state's laws to allow Cubans to exercise ‘responsible freedom.’

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HAVANA — In a new pastoral letter, the Cuban bishops said that in “the hope for a better future,” their government should begin political reform, and the U.S. should adopt “an inclusive policy” towards their country.

“Cuba is called to be a pluralistic society … Cuba is the nation of all Cubans, with their differences and aspirations, although it has not always been this way,” the bishops wrote in “Hope Does Not Disappoint,” a pastoral letter delivered to the government and read in parishes Sept. 15.

“There should be a right to diversity with regards to thought, to creativity, to the search for truth,” they said. “Out of diversity comes the need for dialogue.”

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Our New Albigensian Age; Adoption Language; Unequal Treatment of Sex Abuse Scandals and More! (3657)

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09/19/2013 Comment

Our New Albigensian Age. Follow the link by Stephen M. Krason of Crisis Magazine to read more.

Our New Albigensian Age by Stephen M. Krason of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

We Had to Adopt :: Adoption Language – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us - Matthew Olson, Ignitum Today

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Uncommon Nonsense - Emma Fitzpatrick, The Civilized Reader

9 Foundational Habits Young Men Should Start – BigNewsWonk.com

Unequal Treatment on Sex Scandals - Greg Forster, First Thoughts

What Catholic Foreign Policy Looks Like - Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: The Church Is Like a Mother - Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire

Black Catholic Democratic National Committee Staffer Quits - God & Caesar

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