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Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Openly 'Gay' Members (2125)

The resolution, which allows 'gay' youth members, was passed with an over 60% majority of votes.

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WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America has voted in favor of a resolution that lifts the ban on openly "gay" members but will not allow "gay" adult troop leaders.

During its annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, some 1,400 Boy Scouts delegates voted on whether or not the group should lift its ban on openly homosexual youth members.

The resolution, which allows "gay" youth members, was passed with an over 60% majority of votes.

In a May 22 op-ed for USA Today, Boy Scouts of America's president, Wayne Perry, said the resolution to lift the ban on openly gay scouts “reinforces that scouting is a youth program and that any sexual conduct, heterosexual or homosexual, is contrary to the...READ MORE

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No Naysayers at NASA: A Response; Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body and Much More! (4111)

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05/24/2013 Comment

No Naysayers at NASA: A Response. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Strange Notions website to read more.

No Naysayers at NASA: A Response by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

Homosexuality & the Theology of the Body – Fr. Peter West, Catholic Lane

The Religious Art of Daniel Mitsui – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Léon Harmel: Pioneer of the Just Wage – Christopher O. Blum, Crisis

Fear Produces Satellite Christians - Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

How Wisdom Protects Us from Our Despoilers – Msgr. Charles Pope

Dan Brown’s Infernal Fiction – Anthony Esolen, The Catholic World Report

A New Catholic “Whistle-Blower” Group - Fr. Z’s Blog

5 Ways to Simplify Your Spiritual Life, Make It Beautiful – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

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Bishops’ Adviser on Sexual Abuse: ‘How Do We Get Children Safer?’ (3399)

Al Notzon III discusses the 2012 USCCB audit and recent high-profile court cases.

05/23/2013 Comments (4)
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Al Notzon III, chairman of the USCCB's National Review Board

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Al Notzon III is the chairman of the National Review Board that advises the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, guidelines and procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

The function of the board is to collaborate with the bishops’ conference “in preventing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the service of the Church.”

Notzon is also the former executive director of the Alamo Area Council of more than 100 local governments and agencies. He spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond on...READ MORE

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USCCB Reports Decline in Abuse Allegations (2559)

But the recent arrest of a Newark priest ordered to avoid contact with youth generates renewed concern.

05/23/2013 Comments (4)

NEWARK, N.J. — As the U.S. bishops marked the release of an annual report with “the fewest allegations and victims reported since the data collection for the annual reports began in 2004,” the May 20 arrest of a Newark, N.J., priest triggered headlines that fueled skepticism and frustration regarding the Church’s decade-long effort to protect children.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the findings of the 2012 audit of diocesan compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People on May 9, as Newark’s The Star-Ledger published a series of articles on Father Michael Fugee. Father Fugee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, resigned from ministry on...READ MORE

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10 Things Someone Should Have Told Me Before College; Catholic Radio: Faithful and Growing and More! (2996)

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05/23/2013 Comment

10 Things Someone Should Have Told Me Before College. Follow the link by Whiskey Catholic to read more.

10 Things Someone Should Have Told Me Before College by Whiskey Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Catholic Radio: Faithful, Interactive and Growing – Jim Graves, The Catholic World Report

The Man (Or Woman) Who Isn’t There - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Naming the Realities of Cohabitation and Marriage - Greg Forster, First Things/First Thoughts

Pondering Death – Rachel Zamarron, Ignitum Today

The Most Pro-Life Thing You Can Do – Christopher Check, Catholic Answers

The Fable of Can and Could – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Blind Pro-Life Activist Puts Feminists to Shame - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Verbum Prepares a Massive Patristic Collection - Thomas McDonald, Patheos/God and...READ MORE

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Jailed Pastor in Iran No Longer in Solitary Confinement (2884)

Pastor Saeed Abedini is an Iranian-born pastor, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran’s Evin Prison on charges of posing a threat to national security.

05/23/2013 Comment
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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family.

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WASHINGTON — American citizen and pastor Saeed Abedini has been released from his solitary confinement in an Iranian prison, and he sent a letter to his supporters in the U.S., thanking them for their prayers.

“You don’t know how happy I was in the Lord and rejoiced knowing that in my chains the body of Christ has chained together and is brought to action and prayer,” Abedini said.

“When someone’s life, like mine, is in danger, we realize how different we are in our opinions,” he added, “but that we are still united in one goal of praying for my freedom.”

The pastor is an Iranian-born pastor, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran’s Evin Prison on charges of posing a threat...READ MORE

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Pope: Ask If Your Life Promotes Unity or Division (3797)

The Pope explained that without the Holy Spirit the Church could not ‘accomplish the task that the risen Jesus has entrusted to her: to go and make disciples of all nations.’

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd at the May 22 general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — The Holy Spirit made it possible for everyone to hear the apostles in their own language on Pentecost, uniting people who were divided, Pope Francis said May 22, calling on Christians to witness to the faith in a way that reconciles and is forgiving.

“We should all ask ourselves: ‘How do I let myself be guided by the Holy Spirit so that my witness of faith is one of unity and communion? Do I bring the message of reconciliation and love that is the Gospel to the places where I live?’” the Pope said in his Wednesday general audience.

The descent of the Holy Spirit undid “the dispersion of peoples and the confusion of tongues” that began with the Tower of Babel, the Pope...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Ask Government to Reassess Drone Policy (2641)

Bishop Richard Pates noted that the United States and other countries have a right to defend themselves, but urged the organizations to consider the ‘serious moral questions’ raised by drone use.

05/23/2013 Comments (1)
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An unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone.

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WASHINGTON — In letters to top government officials, the U.S. bishops’ conference urged a public discussion on the use of unmanned targeted killings, also known as drones, and their moral implications.

“Targeted killing should, by definition, be highly discriminatory,” wrote Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, in the May 17 letter.

“The administration's policy appears to extend the use of deadly force to alleged ‘signature’ attacks and reportedly classifies all males of a certain age as combatants,” he asked.

“Are these policies morally defensible? They seem to violate the law of war, international human rights law and moral norms,” the bishop said.

Bishop Pates is the chair...READ MORE

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