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New Bridgeport Bishop Calls for No Catholic Left Behind (5499)

Bishop Frank Caggiano encouraged his flock to invite fallen-away Catholics and non-Catholics to come home to the Church.

09/25/2013 Comments (14)
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Bishop Frank Caggiano

– Amy Mortensen/EWTN News

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Newly installed Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport told his new flock to “leave no one behind” and build bridges with non-Catholics and those who have left the Church.

“Leave no one to fend for themselves. Leave no one to be tossed into the shadows of our parishes, schools, neighborhoods and homes,” Bishop Caggiano said at his Sept. 19 installation Mass. “All have been called; all must be served; all must be strengthened in faith, hope and love.”

“For just as all earthly bridges are made up of stone, earth and mortar, the spiritual bridges God creates in us are made up of living spiritual stones — that’s you and me,” he said.

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Pope Francis Excommunicates Dissident Priest in Australia (33874)

Father Greg Reynolds supported women's ordination, same-sex "marriage" and offered illicit Masses.

09/25/2013 Comments (58)

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Pope Francis has ordered the excommunication of a Catholic priest in Australia who illicitly offered Mass, taught that women should be ordained priests and advocated for redefining marriage to include homosexual couples.

An Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman said the Pope had ordered the excommunication of Father Greg Reynolds, who has also been dismissed from the clerical state, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Australian newspaper The Age reported that Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne said the excommunication was due to the priest’s public celebration of Mass without faculties to do so and his preaching contrary to the teachings of the Church.


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New Catholic Voices Head Eager to Help Share Church’s Message (3783)

Scot Landry comes to the Catholic communications training group after serving as secretary for media at the Archdiocese of Boston.

09/25/2013 Comment

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WASHINGTON — The new head of a Catholic communications training group says he hopes to help the faithful present the complex truths of the Gospel in understandable ways amid a sometimes hostile modern world.

“I’m very excited to begin my work at Catholic Voices USA,” said Scot Landry, new executive director of the organization.

“Catholic Voices offers communication tools and approaches that allow laypeople to confidently share Catholic teaching on hot-button issues in a concise and compassionate manner,” he told CNA on Sept. 24.

“Given the speed of communications today and the shorter articles and attention spans common in new media, these tools for communicating a few key points...READ MORE

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Loyola Marymount Cancels Abortion Coverage Amid Faculty Protests (13541)

The decision is opposed by professors who insist that ‘obedience and conformity to Catholic doctrine’ contradicts LMU’s ‘Jesuit and Marymount traditions.’

09/25/2013 Comments (48)

LOS ANGELES — Abortion coverage in health-care plans is about to get the axe at Loyola Marymount University, but the step taken by the Jesuit college’s administration to follow Catholic teaching has raised protests from many of the faculty.

“LMU can either be a great American Catholic university in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions or it can be an institution that demands obedience to and conformity with Catholic doctrine; it cannot be both,” stated a letter written by a group of faculty to the school's president, David Burcham, and the board of trustees' chairwoman, Kathleen Aikenhead. The letter was an internal document anonymously obtained by the Register.

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Pier Giorgio Frassati: Archbishop Peter Sartain Interview, One Way Around Obamacare and Much More! (6243)

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Cardinal Burke Schools Nancy Pelosi – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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The Church’s Prime Minister of Mercy (5679)


09/24/2013 Comments (8)
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In his Sept. 19 interview with various Jesuit journals, Pope Francis said that religious “are called to be prophets,” and “being prophets may sometimes imply making waves … noise, uproar, some say ‘a mess.’”

The first pope to be a member of a religious order in 167 years has been showing that he certainly knows how to cause not just waves, but media tsunamis. And some are saying that he’s also making quite a mess for Catholics dedicated to upholding Church teachings on life and marriage.

Headlines in various secular newspapers declared that the Pope said too many Catholics were “obsessed” and spoke too much about homosexual persons, abortion and contraception. Articles claimed that he...READ MORE

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Bishop Hebda Appointed as Coadjutor of Newark Archdiocese (4102)

The former bishop of Gaylord, Mich., will be automatically appointed as archbishop of Newark following the retirement of current Archbishop John Myers.

09/24/2013 Comment
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Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor of Newark, speaking at a Sept. 24 press conference.

– Melissa McNally/Archdiocese of Newark

NEWARK, N.J. — Pope Francis today appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who had been serving as bishop of Gaylord, in northern Michigan, as coadjutor archbishop of Newark.

As coadjutor, Archbishop Hebda “possesses the right of succession” in the Archdiocese of Newark, according to canon law. This means he will be automatically appointed archbishop of Newark upon the retirement of the incumbent, Archbishop John Myers, who is now 72.

“Today’s news that the Holy Father has named me the coadjutor archbishop of Newark brings with it the sadness of having to leave the Diocese of Gaylord,” Archbishop Hebda wrote in a Sept. 24 letter to the people of the Diocese of Gaylord.

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Benedict XVI Publicly Responds to Atheist’s Critique (35147)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The pope emeritus’ 11-page letter was published in the same newspaper that printed Pope Francis’ recent responses about atheism and the Church.

09/24/2013 Comments (61)

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in writing a letter to a prominent Italian atheist in an attempt to engage nonbelievers in a dialogue about the faith.

The 11-page letter, extracts of which were published in Monday’s edition of the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica, is addressed to professor Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an Italian mathematician, popular science writer and a member of the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics.

The Pope Emeritus was responding to a book Odifreddi wrote in 2011 titled Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You. The book was a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in Benedict’s theological writings,...READ MORE

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