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Religious Orders to Release Records of Abusive Los Angeles Priests (2382)

Los Angeles County Superior Court set a September deadline for the public release of the documents.

05/30/2013 Comment
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles

– Archdiocese of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Catholic religious orders will soon release confidential files about priests accused of sex abuse who were assigned to work in Los Angeles, fulfilling part of a settlement agreement with victims.

The files involve orders including the Salesians, Vincentians and Marianists and will begin to be released as early as June. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias set a September deadline for the public release of the documents.

Victims’ attorney Raymond Boucher told the judge that most orders came forward “with a positive attitude,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “We want to get this behind us,” Boucher said, adding that the first records' release could happen in...READ MORE

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One Government’s War on Religion (9177)

A priest’s collection of Soviet propaganda posters offers lessons for contemporary America.

05/30/2013 Comments (16)
Deb DesMarteau

1930 anti-Christian Soviet propaganda poster

– Deb DesMarteau

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — While strolling through a popular flea market outside Moscow in 1999, Father Doug Grandon spied an old Soviet poster that spoke to him because it was about religion.

But it was a rabidly anti-religious broadside he had just found, a remnant from an intense, long-lasting effort by communist ideologues to drum religious devotion out of Russian lives.

Father Grandon’s collection of Soviet posters, produced between 1918 and 1983, grew to over 60, as he kept finding more exemplars on subsequent trips to Russia. 

Over the last eight months, he has helped organize several exhibits in Colorado for the public to experience these dramatic examples of a 20th-century war on...READ MORE

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Francis and 'Summorum Pontificum,' Beautiful St. Philip's Day Liturgy and More! (2729)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/30/2013 Comment

Pope Francis and the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. Follow the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

Pope Francis and the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum by Fr. Tim Finigan - BigPulpit.com

St. Philip’s Day at the London Oratory – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Brilliant Ages – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Why the Eucharist Came After the Incarnation – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Bill, We Will Miss You! - Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

Feast of Corpus Christi; Night Office Of Matins – Zephyrinus

Where Do Intellect and Will Come From? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Toothpick Bridges and Structures: An Easy Activity – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What. . .

Anti-Trad Bishops Want Msgr. Guido Marini Sacked; Pope Says No – Fr. Tim...READ MORE

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State-by-State Changes Sought in Limits on Sexual-Abuse Lawsuits (3606)

Church leaders are concerned about efforts to allow new civil claims in cases involving decades-old allegations.

05/29/2013 Comments (5)

California State Capitol

– Wikipedia

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sexual-abuse “window” legislation, similar to the law that led to diocesan payouts of over $1 billion in California in 2003, is snaking its way through state legislatures across the nation.

Senate Bill 131, which may go to the floor of the California Senate as early as today, could put the Catholic Church again in financial jeopardy by opening up yet another year in which civil cases alleging sexual abuse that happened decades ago could be filed in court.

“Our chief concern with this bill is that it goes backwards, that it opens up the statute of limitations all over again for one year in 2014,” said Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the California Catholic Conference.


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The Scandals Increased My Faith, I'm Starting a New Boy Scouts for Catholics and Much More! (2831)

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05/29/2013 Comment

The Scandals Increased My Faith in the Church. Follow the link by Jennifer Fulwiler to read more.

The Scandals Increased My Faith in the Church by Jennifer Fulwiler - BigPulpit.com

I’m Starting a New Boy Scouts for Catholics – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

We Need A Little Disney Every Now and Then – Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Plan Ahead to Oppose Cohabitating – Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

Why Do Philosophers and Scientists Ignore Catholic Theology – Stacy Trasancos PhD

A Priest Reacts to Priests Reacting to the New Translation – Fr. Z’s Blog

Einstein and God – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Sacrosanctum Concilium: What Happened? – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Refusing to Suffer is Refusing to Live – Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

Sinful Priest,...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Will Not Hear Planned Parenthood Defunding Case (2988)

Indiana Right to Life president said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case is ‘a defeat for all states that wish to pass laws regarding funds in their own states.’

05/29/2013 Comments (4)

U.S. Supreme Court


WASHINGTON — In a setback for state efforts to defund abortion providers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear Indiana’s appeal of a court ruling against its ban on Medicaid dollars for organizations that perform abortions.

“The court missed an opportunity to clarify, once and for all, that states may cut the abortion industry off from all sources of taxpayer funding,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, on May 28.

“Big Abortion has no constitutional right to force Americans to support its deadly industry with tax dollars,” she said.

Mike Fichter, Indiana Right to Life president and CEO, said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear...READ MORE

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Iranian Government Arrests Christian Pastor and Closes His Church (2534)

Iranian law does not recognize or protect members of Protestant Christian groups or some Catholic Christians.

05/29/2013 Comment

Pastor Saeed Abedini and Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani


WASHINGTON — The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Iran was arrested last week during a religious service, and the church has now been closed by government officials, according to news reports.

“These incidents appear to be an attempt to stop worship services from being conducted in Farsi, the language of the majority of Iranians,” said George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in the United States.

He explained to BosNewsLife, a Central European Christian news service, that such worship services “are allowed in Armenian, a minority language that most Iranians do not speak or even understand.”

The Central Assemblies of God church in Tehran was closed on May 27...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Lead Global Holy Hour (17099)

The period of Eucharistic adoration takes place to mark the Solemnity of Corpus Christi June 2.

05/29/2013 Comments (22)
Edward Pentin

Archbishop RIno Fisichella displays plans for the global Holy Hour June 2.

– Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — For the first time in the Church’s history, Catholics worldwide will be simultaneously participating in an hour of Eucharistic adoration on Sunday, led by Pope Francis.

The Holy Hour, to be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, will take place on June 2 from 5-6pm local time. Its theme, “One Lord, One Faith,” was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it, the Vatican says.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, told reporters May 28 that there had been an “incredible response” to the initiative, “going beyond the cathedrals and involving episcopal...READ MORE

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