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Illinois Dioceses Drop Lawsuit Against State and Shut Down Adoption Services (2677)

'The decision not to pursue further appeals was reached with great reluctance, but was necessitated by the fact that the state of Illinois has made it financially impossible for our agencies to continue to provide these services,' said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News)—Bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they have dropped their lawsuit against the state and will shut down their adoption and foster-care programs, after a civil-union law required them to provide their services to same-sex couples.

“The decision not to pursue further appeals was reached with great reluctance, but was necessitated by the fact that the state of Illinois has made it financially impossible for our agencies to continue to provide these services,” said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.

“Since we now need to close offices and lay off employees,...READ MORE

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Marriage on the Rocks? (3253)

Rhode Island could mark end of civil unions.

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The same-sex “marriage” movement could be at a crossroads after a new civil-union law in Rhode Island failed to generate any interest among the homosexual community.

Barely more than a dozen couples obtained licenses under the new law, which went into effect in July.

The law granted same-sex couples the same benefits as married couples in Rhode Island without using the word “marriage” to describe their relationship. In the first two months after the law was enacted, only 14 couples sought civil unions — the worst response among any state that has passed a same-sex “marriage” or civil-union law, according to a report issued this fall by the Rhode Island ACLU.

The tepid response to the...READ MORE

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How to Prepare for Advent, Does Coffee Break Eucharistic Fast, Catholic Family Circus, and more! (3125)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/15/2011 Comments (5)

Quæritur: Does Coffee Break the Eucharistic Fast? Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to learn more.

How Should I Prepare for Advent? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Quæritur: Does Coffee Break the Eucharistic Fast? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

That Ginormous Catholic Family Circus - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

New Yorkers May Get to ‘Choose Life’ - Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Daily Take

New Media and the 2011 Fall General Assembly - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

First American Saint - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

St. Joseph Pignatelli, Restorer of the Jesuits - Archbishop Terry, The Journey of a Bishop

Free Enterprise & the Church: Morality of Business & Work - Fr. John Flynn LC, Crisis Magazine

What Does it Mean to Fear the Lord? - Msgr. Charles...READ MORE

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Domestic Church Prepares for the New Missal (2324)

Practical ways parents are helping their children understand the upcoming Mass changes. Nov. 20 issue feature.

11/14/2011 Comments (1)
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As parishes across the country get ready to implement the new English translation of the Roman Missal on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, some parents have been teaching their children about the changes and practicing them at home.

Joel and Joan Recznik of Toronto, Ohio, were able to get enough cardstock copies of changes months ago from their parish for everyone in the family. The Reczniks have 12 children who range in age from 4 to 23.

“We started to talk about the changes and have the kids basically recite the responses just like we taught them any other prayers, so that when the new translation goes into effect, they won’t be totally new to it,” Joel explained. “It’s a good...READ MORE

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Former Adviser to U.S. Bishops Explains His Resignation (5380)

Daniel Avila says he resigned from his position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of his 'desire to see the bishops continue their effective and courageous witness without distraction.'

11/14/2011 Comments (24)

WASHINGTON — Daniel Avila says he resigned from his position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of his “desire to see the bishops continue their effective and courageous witness without distraction.”

Avila stepped down Nov. 4 as policy adviser for marriage and family after a column about the causes of same-sex attraction that he wrote for The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston’s newspaper, made national headlines. Avila had written that God does not cause such attraction and attributed its existence to Satan — an explanation that Avila now admits was “incomplete” and led to misunderstanding.

In a statement released exclusively to the Register (see below), Avila explained the...READ MORE

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Live From the U.S. Bishops' General Assembly: Religious Freedom Surfaces as a Key Issue (2738)

Archbishop Dolan gives a bold opening address.

11/14/2011 Comments (3)

Washington has begun to take note of the U.S. bishops’ more assertive tone on religious-freedom issues. Last week, a group of Republican senators criticized in a letter the controversial decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to deny funding to the highly rated U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ program for trafficking victims’ assistance.

Yesterday, Nov. 13, a Washington Post story, “U.S. Bishops Prepare Fight For Religious Exceptions Over Gay Marriage,” signaled that partisan “Democrat Catholic” groups are stepping up to provide their own spin on the bishops’ more assertive response to actions they judge to pose a serious and growing threat to religious freedom at...READ MORE

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The Actress and the Bishop, Vatican and ASCR, Is Theology all Greek, and much more! (3142)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/14/2011 Comment

The Actress and the Bishop! Click on the link by Richard Collins to find out who they are.

Diagnosis - Michael Baruzzini, Dappled Things

Music to Make You Happy - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

The Actress and the Bishop! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Not One Thin Dime - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Why does God Give to Some 5 & to Others Only 1 Talent? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Vatican Hosts Internat’l Conf. on Adult Stem Cell Research - Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

Is Theology All Greek? - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Our Lady of the Seven Veils (St. Alphonsus & St. Pio) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

New Roman Missal Translation In a Nutshell - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Talk on Potential...READ MORE

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Pope: Use Your God-Given Talents (2939)

Benedict's Nov. 13 Angelus address.

11/13/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI used his Sunday Angelus address Nov. 13 to remind people that God has given everyone both talents and a mission in life.

“God calls all men to life and bestows him with talents, while entrusting him with a mission to accomplish,” said the Pope from the window of his Apostolic Palace to the crowds gathered below in St. Peter’s Square.

“It would be foolish to think that these gifts are due to us, just as our failing to use them would be a dereliction of the goal of our very existence.”

The Pope drew his observations from Sunday’s Gospel passage from St. Matthew in which Jesus tells the parable of the master who goes on a long journey and gives talents to three servants....READ MORE

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