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Vatican Calls for Reform of the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women’s Religious (6702)

Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain is appointed to oversee the renewal.

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Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain

– Archdiocese of Seatle

WASHINGTON — The Vatican called for reform amid a doctrinal “crisis” within the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), appointing Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to lead renewal efforts.

The appointment was made as the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith revealed the findings of its multi-year doctrinal assessment of the women’s conference, which has more than 1,500 members throughout the country.

The assessment document explained, “It is clear that greater emphasis needs to be placed both on the relationship of the LCWR with the Conference of Bishops, and on the need to provide a sound doctrinal foundation in the faith of the Church.”


Filed under apostolic visitation of women's religious communities, cardinal william levada, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, women religious

Bishops Appeal Court Ruling, Attempt to Restore Government Contracts for Trafficking Program (2499)

Archbishops Gomez and Lori warn that other faith-based programs will be affected by the ruling.

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Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Faith-based service providers are "threatened" by a court ruling restricting the U.S. bishops' anti-trafficking program, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration.

– Archdiocese of Los Angeles

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is appealing a recent federal court ruling that deemed its government contract to provide relief to trafficking victims to be unconstitutional. The federal contract, which has not been renewed, called for the USCCB agency, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), to serve as a general contractor for a network of services throughout the nation.

The reason given for the ruling: The MRS contract with the federal government barred referrals of abortion and contraceptive services to trafficking victims.

The USCCB filed its notice of appeal April 17 and is requesting that a federal appeals court stay the lower court’s ruling until issuing its own...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishops, contraception, migration and refugee services, religious freedom, religious liberty, trafficking victims, usccb

The Passion of Cesar Chavez, Talking About "Gay Marriage", For the Anxious, and much more! (2445)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Passion of César Chávez. Click on the link by Chris Shannon to read more.

The Passion of César Chávez - Chris Shannon, Crisis Magazine

Talking About “Gay Marriage” - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Four Lessons from Emmaus Road for Discouraged and Anxious - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Vatican & S.S.P.X Confirm First Step in Reunion - ThePulp.it

Saint Cleophas: Christ's Uncle and Father and Grandfather of four Apostles - Dr. Taylor Marshal, Canterbury Tales

College: Building Character While Developing the Intellect - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Religion, Religioff - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

How Did This All Begin? - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Nunspeak

13th Century Chasuble of the Archbishop of Toledo - Shawn...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Interns Serve Pro-Abortion Organizations? (3990)

A university spokesman says Notre Dame will 'review all internships as part of a comprehensive review.'

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Catholic News Agency

– Catholic News Agency

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame is allegedly paying students to spend their summers advocating for homosexual and abortion rights.

The news, reported by the Cardinal Newman Society, suggests the university administration’s efforts to improve the school’s Catholicity are being undermined by particular departments.

“Catholic universities have a sacred obligation to students and families, but also to the Church to be faithful to its teachings,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.

Students in Notre Dame’s gender studies department not only served as summer interns at organizations such as the Minnesota Women’s Consortium (whose members include...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholic identity, ex corde ecclesiae, planned parenthood, university of notre dame

Pope: Prayer Strengthens the Church (1666)

'We too,' said Benedict on April 18, 'must bring the events of our daily lives into our prayer, in order to seek their most profound significance.'

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The example of the early Church should inspire 21st-century Christians to pray during tough times in the trust and knowledge that Jesus is “the hope which does not disappoint,” Pope Benedict XVI said.

“May we learn to see that God is present in our lives, even at moments of difficulty, and that everything, even things incomprehensible, is part of a plan of love in which the final victory over evil, sin and death is truly that of goodness, grace, life and God,” he said April 18.

Pope Benedict was addressing more than 25,000 pilgrims gathered in the sunshine of St. Peter’s Square during the traditional Wednesday general audience. Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer, the Pope...READ MORE

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Santorum's Contribution (2911)

April 22 issue editorial on how the former GOP candidate lived his Catholic faith on the campaign trail.

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Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces the suspension of his campaign during a press conference April 10 at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa.

– Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

He may have been an underdog. He may have run a disorganized, underfunded campaign. He may have let loose a few comments that caused his supporters embarrassment.

But Rick Santorum provided a stirring example of what a Catholic running for elected office can be.

While many self-identified Catholics in the nation’s political leadership have adopted a “personally opposed but …” position on abortion and set aside Catholic teaching and natural law tradition on marriage, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania offered an unapologetic, morally consistent articulation of the inalienable dignity of human life from conception to natural death and defended the right of children to have a...READ MORE

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'Hunger Games': Warning for Our Culture, Opportunity for Christians (11451)

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Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss in 'The Hunger Games.'

– Lionsgate Films' Facebook page

“I just want them to know that they don’t own me. If I’m going to die, I want to still be me.”

– Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games

Those are chilling words for readers of young-adult fiction. The whole premise of young people forced to kill each other for sport is disturbing. It echoes the days of the Roman Empire, which pitted gladiators and wild animals against Christians in the Colosseum for the citizens’ entertainment. The Hunger Games, both the books and movie, is an eerie reminder of where we’ve been — and that we are capable of going there again.

In his YouTube commentary on the film, Father Robert Barron calls it a “dangerously prophetic story.” I agree: It is what our culture...READ MORE

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First Virtue: Humility, Half of Anglicans Seek Conversion, Cohabitations Dirty Secret, and more! (3614)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/18/2012 Comment

Humility: The First of the Lively Virtues. Click on the link by Anthony Esolen to read more.

Humility: The First of the Lively Virtues - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Survey: Half of Anglicans Want Reunion with Rome - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Cohabitation’s Dirty Little Secret - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Unconfirmed Reports of the S.S.P.X.'s Positive Response to Reunion - ThePulp.it

Where was Jesus during the Forty Days after Easter? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Purgatory: Who Holds the Key to the Gates? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Don't Step on the Crack, You'll Break Your Mother's Back - Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today T

he Resurrection in Medieval Art - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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