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Archbishop Parolin: Pope’s Reforms a Return to Catholic Basics (4655)

The new Vatican secretary of state stresses the Holy Father’s reform efforts stem from fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin

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VATICAN CITY — New Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis’ reform efforts are not revolutionary, but stem from a fidelity to Christ and continuity with foundational Church teachings.

In an interview with the Venezuelan daily El Universal, he said that the Pope’s vision does not include “returning to the past” in external ways, but “returning to the fundamental principles of the Church.”

Archbishop Parolin, who was until now the apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will assume his new post as the Vatican’s secretary of state on Oct. 15, succeeding Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

In his remarks to the paper, he said he wanted “to underscore the question of...READ MORE

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Two Pro-Abortion State Senators Recalled in Colorado (4317)

The major issue was the politicians’ support for gun control, not their abortion support, but pro-lifers are encouraged by the outcome of the Sept. 10 special elections.

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Former Colorado Senate President John Morse, who was recalled as a result of a Sept. 10 special election.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Viewed nationally as exclusively a blowback against anti-gun laws, this week’s recalls of Colorado Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, played out locally as battles also involving abortion.

The Sept. 10 special elections replaced two pro-abortion-rights Democrats with self-professed pro-life Republicans, in dramatic defiance of Colorado’s decade-long political drift toward left-of-center social policies.

“I think it is very, very promising,” said Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, regarding the pro-life stands of his area’s new senators.

Bishop Sheridan’s cathedral and diocesan headquarters sit...READ MORE

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Common Core Commotion: Is New Curriculum Catholic-School Friendly? (26299)

Catholics remain divided over the new nation-wide school standards.

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CINCINNATI — When Jim Rigg, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, began implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Cincinnati Catholic schools in 2011, he never dreamed that a firestorm was about to erupt.  

Now, Rigg, like other Catholic schools superintendents across the nation, finds himself caught up in a fierce debate over whether Common Core — federal education standards embraced by 45 states and about 100 Catholic dioceses — are appropriate for Catholic schools.

The battle lines are so clearly drawn that one Catholic family made news in the secular press when it took its daughters out of a Catholic elementary school in Roseto, Pa., because the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Church Nurtures and Loves Like a Mother (2940)

The Holy Father reminded Christians to remember the day of their baptism and to bring others into the life of the Church.

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Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told thousands gathered for his weekly general audience that the Church is like a mother, who gives life to and nurtures the faithful.

“Today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image used by the early Fathers and the Second Vatican Council: the Church as our Mother,” the Holy Father said. “By reflecting on the human experience of maternity, we understand that the Church is like our own mothers.”

During his Sept. 11 audience, Pope Francis said in his first point that, as a mother, “the Church gives us the gift of life.”

He stated the importance of remembering the day when one was baptized, because that is the day one enters...READ MORE

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Day of the Unborn Child Passed by Chile's Lawmakers (5122)

Lawmakers said the South-American country’s pro-life constitution inspired the law, which celebrates the unborn child’s right to life and adoption.

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Petr Kratochvil

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SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean House of Representatives has approved a new law with a vote of 59-27 that establishes March 25 as the “Day of the Unborn Child and of Adoption.”

Although the proposal was granted initial approval on May 14, the congressional Human Rights Committee then introduced a modification to instead call it the “Day for Pregnant Women and Adoption.” The request was declared inadmissible by the president of the House of Representatives.

Sen. Jaime Orpis of the Independent Democratic Union party sponsored the measure to set aside March 25 as the day to honor the unborn and adoption in Chile. Orpis said the idea was to protect human life from the moment of conception....READ MORE

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California Legislature Passes Bill Lifting Statute of Limitations (12899)

The bill, which allows sexual-abuse victims to sue the private and religious employers of alleged perpetrators, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a blow to Catholic dioceses, schools and nonprofit youth-serving agencies in California, the state Senate narrowly passed a bill, S.B. 131, that would lift the statute of limitations on historic child sexual-abuse cases for one year.

The legislation allows victims to again sue the employers of the alleged perpetrators, and a range of religious and private colleges and universities will likely face a fresh round of lawsuits regarding allegations that may date back 40 years.

Church leaders in the Golden State mounted an intense effort to defeat the bill, which now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who must act on it by Oct. 13. Opponents of the measure are expected to...READ MORE

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Stockton Diocese Faces Possible Bankruptcy Over Abuse Lawsuits (3065)

Bishop Stephen Blaire advises his flock that all funds for settling abuse claims have been expended.

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Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif.

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STOCKTON, Calif. — The bishop of Stockton, Calif., has told his parishioners that all the funds for settling sexual abuse lawsuits have been used, and that bankruptcy may be the only option for financial reorganization.

“We continue to investigate our options, and no final decisions have been reached. I feel, however, that it is important to tell you that options other than filing for bankruptcy protection have not emerged,” Bishop Stephen Blaire said in a Sept. 6 letter to the diocese.

In the last decade, the diocese has spent nearly $20 million on sex abuse lawsuits.

If Stockton decides to file for bankruptcy, it will be the tenth diocese to do so, after the Diocese of Gallup,...READ MORE

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Keeping Our Youth in the Church and Active in It; Moral Healthcare for Women and Much More! (3239)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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80% of Catholic Youth Leave the Church and How to Fix It. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

80% of Catholic Youth Leave the Church and How to Fix It by Dr. Taylor Marshall – BigPulpit.com

No More Tears: Moral Healthcare for Women – Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Nun: “Footage of Chemical Attack in Syria Is Fraud” – Byz Pulpit

Just How Effective Is Natural Family Planning? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Analyzing the 7 Deadly Sins: Lust - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Francis’ Letter to Non-Believers – Irene Niravalambana, EyeBeLeave

Secrets of Confession – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Is Pope Francis Welcoming Liberation Theology? – Elise Hilton, Acton Institute

Homosexual “Marriage” = The Divorce Culture – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum...READ MORE

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