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Defending Marriage in the Trenches (3718)

Maggie Gallagher recalls key moments in the fight against the redefinition of marriage and urges perseverance.

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Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on two landmark marriage cases dismayed many Catholic leaders and other Americans. The decisions, which struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismissed an appeal to a lower-court decision overturning California’s Proposition 8 voter initiative, surprised and disappointed Maggie Gallagher, the co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

An author of numerous books, papers and columns about the importance of building a marriage culture in the U.S., Gallagher became an “accidental” activist in the increasingly polarized debate on same-sex “marriage.” A commentator and debater, she has focused on a child’s...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Urges Ireland and Britain to Value Every Human Life (2372)

Papal Day of Life message was released shortly after the Irish Parliament’s lower house approved a bill liberalizing abortion access.

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Model of an unborn child displayed in a teacher's hand.

– dayforlife.org

VATICAN CITY — Ahead of Day for Life Sunday in Britain and Ireland, Pope Francis has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics encouraging them to promote the profound value of all human life in their societies.

“Calling to mind the teaching of St. Irenaeus, that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, the Holy Father encourages all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognize the inestimable value of all human life,” he said in his July 17 message.

“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever and...READ MORE

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Late-Term Abortions Face Challenges Across the Nation (3491)

In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial, pro-life state legislators across the nation have passed laws restricting late-term abortions and improving facility standards.

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Pro-life supporters pray in the Texas State Capitol July 1 prior to the vote to prohibit abortions in Texas after 20 weeks of a woman's pregnancy.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Last month, when Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, launched a 12-hour filibuster to block passage of a bill restricting late-term abortions, NARAL Pro-Choice America and its allies lauded her as a hero.

But legislation banning abortions in Texas after 20 weeks was later approved in a special July session, after thousands of pro-life activists flooded the State Capitol in Austin to show support for the bill, and was signed into law July 18 by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Further, pro-life legislation in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin could make 2013 a banner year for the pro-life movement.

The American Civil Liberties Union and NARAL are expected to challenge...READ MORE

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Bishop Catechists for World Youth Day 2013 Revealed (3132)

Nine U.S. bishops are among the more than 250 from around the world who will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims.

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Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, more than 250 bishops from around the world will preside at catechetical sessions for pilgrims from July 24-26.

“At the catecheses, we will have to limit the number of entries,” Father Leandro Lenin, director of World Youth Day’s pastoral preparation department, announced July 15.

Each session will take place from 9am to 1pm and will conclude with a Mass said by the bishop catechist. Throughout the morning, young people will be able to go to confession and ask questions of the bishops.

“Each catechesis has been designed for a certain group of pilgrims, and we will avoid, if possible, overloading any catechesis session,”...READ MORE

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Military Archbishop Welcomes Religious Freedom Coalition (2901)

New group was announced last week as Congress moved forward with legislation protecting religious action and speech.

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U.S. Army soldiers presents Colors at morning Grotto Mass in Lourdes, France, on May 25.

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WASHINGTON — Archbishop Timothy Broglio has welcomed a coalition for religious freedom in the U.S. military as legislation aiming to protect religious belief and action among service members advances in Congress.

“The archdiocese looks forward to working closely as an ally as all seek to ensure the continued protection of the First Amendment rights of free speech and the free exercise of religion of the men and women of the United States military,” the U.S. archbishop for the Military Services Archdiocese said in a July 11 statement.

“No one who raises a right hand to defend the Constitution should sacrifice one of its fundamental principles.”

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The Bishop's Dice Game (Tarot Series); Josquin: What Greatness and Beauty Sound Like and More! (2877)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Bishop’s Dice Game [Tarot Series]. Follow the link by Thomas L. McDonald of God and the Machine blog to read more.

The Bishop’s Dice Game [Tarot Series] by Thomas L. McDonald of God and the Machine blog - BigPulpit.com

Josquin: Reminding Us What Greatness and Beauty Sound Like – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Dying to Self Feels Like Dying Sometimes – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

A New Anglican Ordinariate Parish Commissioning Chalice and Paten in Traditional English Design – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

A Warning From History – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Do Faith and Science Contradict? Interview with Catholic Physicist Dominique Lambert – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Why I Struggle with the Catholic Church – Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

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Bethlehem Christians Empathize With Their Beleaguered Brethren (3398)

Palestinian faithful are keeping their eyes and prayers on those affected by the strife in Syria and Egypt.

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Syrian children fill cans with water June 28 at a Syrian refugee camp in Baalbek, Lebanon.

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Palestinian Christians are watching the civil war in Syria and the unrest in Egypt with great concern, not out of fear for their own safety, but for the safety of their brethren.

While the Christian minority has always been vulnerable in the predominantly Muslim Middle East, the volatility that has shaken the region during the past two to three years has unleashed even more attacks against them.

Many Christians are among the millions of Syrians who have been forced out of their homes, an estimated 1 million of whom are now refugees outside the country, most of them in Jordan and Lebanon.

The Syrian crisis, in particular, has drawn both the world’s attention...READ MORE

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Proposition 8 Still Applies in California, Backers Say (4356)

A legal brief filed by Alliance Defending Freedom alleges that state officials acted incorrectly in response to the recent Supreme Court decision.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Proposition 8 backers have filed a legal brief saying that the ballot measure defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman still has legal force in California, alleging that state officials acted incorrectly in response to the recent Supreme Court decision on it.

“The U.S. Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, and the district court’s injunction does not apply statewide; therefore, county clerks should abide by the state Constitution,” said Austin Nimocks, senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, on July 15.

The group said that the registrar does not have the authority to make such orders to county clerks and California...READ MORE

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