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ACLU Lawsuit Puts U.S. Bishops’ Health-Care Directives on Trial (8970)

The legal action claims the directives interfered with proper treatment of a pregnant woman, but Catholic authorities insist they promote moral, high-quality medical care.

12/16/2013 Comments (23)

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit in federal court that holds the U.S. bishops, through their health-care guidelines, accountable for alleged negligent treatment of a pregnant woman at a Michigan Catholic hospital.

The lawsuit, Tamesha Means v. the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, claims that the plaintiff, who had begun to miscarry during her 18th week of pregnancy, was sent home twice and denied appropriate medical information and treatment because the U.S. bishops’ "Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs)" prevent Catholic hospital staff from providing abortion services or referrals, “even when doing so...READ MORE

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The Hobbit’s Pilgrimage of Grace (4317)

Book Pick on Bilbo’s Journey by Joseph Pearce.

12/14/2013 Comment


Discovering the Hidden Meaning in The Hobbit

By Joseph Pearce

Saint Benedict Press, 2013

120 pages, $12.95

To order: benedictpress.com


Like all great literature, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien speaks to readers on multiple levels, appeals to all ages and stands the test of time.

In the decades since the publication of Tolkien’s stories of Middle Earth, many books of commentary have deepened our appreciation of them. Now, Joseph Pearce, a self-taught scholar who is well-known for his “literary biographies,” has added his insightful analysis to this body of work.

But Pearce’s analysis is anything but a heavy tome of scholarly erudition. It is intended for the...READ MORE

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‘Am I Not Here Who Am Your Mother?’ (6181)

Remembering Newtown and the Precious Lives Lost

12/13/2013 Comments (9)
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Paper angels adorn a tree outside the St. Rose of Lima Catholic church Dec. 18, 2012, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

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Editor’s note: The following homily originally appeared Dec. 25, 2012, on the website of the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph. Dominican Father Peter John Cameron gave the homily Dec. 23, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn. On the one-year anniversary of the Dec. 14 tragedy, where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed by Adam Lanza, the message is no less relevant. It is reprinted with permission from the author.

December 14th — a day that we will never forget for the rest of our lives — is the feast day of St. John of the Cross. In one of his poems, which is really a prayer, St. John of the Cross says:

Where have You hidden,
Beloved, and...READ MORE

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Bishop Paprocki Defends Faith and Family in the Land of Lincoln (6616)

A conversation with the shepherd of Springfield, Ill.

12/13/2013 Comments (23)

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill.


On Nov. 20, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed same-sex “marriage” into law using President Abraham Lincoln’s desk and incorrectly citing Pope Francis.

Simultaneously, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., performed a minor exorcism at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

In his homily that day, the bishop also quoted Pope Francis — correctly. As cardinal of Buenos Aires, the Pope said that same-sex “marriage” legislation was a “move of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Bishop Paprocki, in his words and actions, has shown his people what he stands for, fulfilling the scriptural duties of a bishop, as outlined in Mark 3:14:...READ MORE

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Pa. Sexual Orientation Bill Could 'Coerce' Catholic Institutions (6858)

Religious liberty is under attack in a state bill that would prevent Catholic schools from enforcing the morals clause in teacher contracts.

12/13/2013 Comments (28)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Legislation introduced in Pennsylvania to prevent discrimination could end up prohibiting Catholic schools from requiring teachers to abide by Catholic teaching, religious-freedom advocates in the state are warning.

“The Church has been precise, in its moral teachings, in distinguishing between sexual orientation and sexual behavior. It has condemned all forms of hostility to any individual on the basis of her or his actual or perceived sexual orientation,” said Amy Hill, communications director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.

“However, the Church also teaches that sexual activity between persons of the same gender cannot be reconciled with its beliefs and...READ MORE

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Puerto Rico Layman Could Become Second Black Saint From the Americas (4121)

Discriminated against 'because of his race and his poverty,' Rafael Cordero Molina was renowned for his holiness and determination to fight racism and educate black children.

12/13/2013 Comments (3)

Rafael Cordero Molina, as depicted in La Escuela del Maestro Cordero (1890-92) by Francisco Oller

– Wikipedia

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Pope Francis has approved the heroic virtue of Servant of God Rafael Cordero Molina, a layman from Puerto Rico who dedicated his life to fighting racism and educating black children.

If canonized, Molina would be the second black layman from the American continent to be made a saint, following St. Martin de Porres.

Molina, whose beatification cause is now moving forward, devoted more than 58 years of his life to teaching. He founded a school to educate children in the principles of the Christian faith and morality.

Born on Oct. 24, 1790, Molina was educated by his parents, as black individuals at the time did not have the right to education, and his family...READ MORE

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Man With Disfigured Face Recalls Warmth of Encounter With Pope Francis (6499)

Oreste Tornani, shot in the face 30 years ago and left completely disfigured, said he felt very close to the Holy Father.

12/13/2013 Comments (4)
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Pope Francis meeting Oreste Tornani.

– Evandro Inetti/ZUMAPRESS.com

ROME — Oreste Tornani, a man with a severely disfigured face who was blessed by Pope Francis at a recent general audience, says he felt very close to the Holy Father at their encounter.

The two met briefly on Nov. 20, following the Pope’s address in St. Peter’s Square, as Pope Francis spent several minutes greeting the sick who were in attendance.

“The Pope speaks very simply, cordially and with a warm voice, and it’s nice to hear him,” Tornani told CNA.

“When I met him, he asked me how I was, how things were going, if I had any problems and where I was living,” he said.

During their encounter, Pope Francis kissed him and gave him a blessing, making a gesture towards heaven.


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Our Adoption Journey, Advent in Miniature, The Evangelization Imperative and Much More! (3553)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/13/2013 Comment

Why Max Weber was Wrong About the Protestant Work Ethic. Follow the link by Samuel Gregg to read more.

Why Max Weber was Wrong About the Protestant Work Ethic by Samuel Gregg - BigPulpit.com

Our Adoption Journey – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

What Pro-Lifers can Learn from “My Abortion” - Erin Karlovich, Ignitum Today

Why Pope Francis Is Time’s “Person of the Year” - John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

University Suspends Legion of Mary for Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality by Catholic World News - BigPulpit.com

The Evangelization Imperative – Russell Shaw, Aleteia

Getting ‘Theology of the Body’ Right - Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Stand

Balancing the Canonization of Nelson Mandela - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Messianic Prophecies: Zechariah...READ MORE

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