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Obama Wants to Eliminate Catholic Education? (25150)

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06/21/2013 Comments (81)
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President Barack Obama meets June 17 with school children at Enniskillen Primary School in Northern Ireland.

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You may have seen the headlines: "U.S. President Undermines Catholic Schools After Vatican Prefect Praised Them." Or “Obama Offends Catholics in U.K.: Says Religious Schools Divisive.”

Well, let’s give the president the benefit of the doubt. He was speaking in notoriously divided Belfast, Northern Ireland, and said to his audience, “If towns remain divided — if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another, and fear or resentment are allowed to harden — that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.”

Let’s assume that he wasn’t exactly calling for an end to Catholic schools and that he wasn’t quite blaming...READ MORE

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Religious Orders Receive $23 Million for Retirement Aid (3570)

The USCCB’s National Religious Retirement Office distributed the funds to 439 religious communities throughout the country.

06/21/2013 Comments (5)
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WASHINGTON — More than $20 million has been distributed to U.S. religious communities to help care for their elderly and retired members this year.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of Catholics across the nation who faithfully support our senior religious each year,” said Sister Janice Bader, a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Mo., who serves as executive director of the National Religious Retirement Office.

“With this support, many religious communities have been able to transform their retirement crises into manageable concerns.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced on June 18 that the National Religious...READ MORE

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Congressman Attacks ‘Anemic’ U.S. Response to Christian Persecution (5272)

Rep. Frank Wolf, co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, urges the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities.

06/21/2013 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mideast, urging the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities.

“America has always been a friend to the oppressed, the persecuted, the forgotten. But, sadly, today, that allegiance is in question, as religious freedom and human-rights abuses around the globe increasingly go unaddressed and unanswered,” Wolf said June 17 during a discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

“Looking to the Middle East, there is often societal and communal violence and repression against religious communities, which...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Monsters University' (10761)

A charming but underachieving Pixar prequel coasts confidently to an unexpectedly thoughtful finale.

06/21/2013 Comments (23)

Revisiting the world of Monsters, Inc. in the prequel, Monsters University — set in the salad days of Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, who meet in college as fellow scaring majors — is perhaps a bit like pulling an old yearbook off the shelf. There are happy memories, pierced by regret and loss. We were young and foolish then, but vibrant and ambitious and full of promise. Not to mention thinner. What happened to our dreams?

A dozen years ago, Pixar was still a relatively new commodity. Before Pete Docter’s Monsters, Inc., their only non-Toy Story animated feature was the cheerfully competent A Bug’s Life, and their greatest triumphs were still ahead. Still, the studio exuded a...READ MORE

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10 Great Quotes From Pope Francis; New Fashion Trend: The Modest 50s Look Is Back and Much More! (7309)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/21/2013 Comment

10 Great Quotes from Pope Francis. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer of Shameless Popery blog to read more.

10 Great Quotes from Pope Francis by Joe Heschmeyer of Shameless Popery blog - BigPulpit.com

New Fashion Trend: The Modest 50s Look Is Back – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Has Post-Vatican II Catechesis of Catholic Youth Failed? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Pontifical Mass by Archbishop Sample at Madeleine Cathedral – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

The Duties of Friendship - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Church Architecture Refined In Italy – Mark Wilson, Catholic Lane

The Cross for Joyful Living - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Chant Throughout the Ages: Veni Creator Spiritus – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Insidious Nature of Sin of...READ MORE

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Pope: It’s Wrong to Think Our Enemies Must Go to Hell (5717)

The Holy Father reflects on how Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father.

06/20/2013 Comments (13)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis stressed that it’s false to think our enemies “must go to hell” during his daily Mass at the Vatican’s St. Martha House June 20.

“You cannot pray with enemies in your heart,” he said June 20. “With [both] brothers and enemies in your heart, you cannot pray.”

“They must go to hell, right? I will have nothing to do with them!” the Bishop of Rome said sarcastically.

The Pope told how Jesus noted, “If we do not forgive others, neither will the Father forgive us our sins.”

“It’s so hard to forgive others; it is really difficult because we always have that regret inside,” he said.

“We think: ‘You did this to me; you wait … I’ll repay him the favor.’”

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Bishop Paprocki to Catholic Media: ‘Be Strong With the Strength That Faith Gives!’ (3873)

In his June 19 homily at the 2013 Catholic Media Conference, the bishop echoes the powerful message that Blessed John Paul II delivered to the Polish people in 1979, as well as the wisdom of St. Thomas More, St. Paul and Christ himself.

06/20/2013 Comment

DENVER — Bishop Thomas Paprocki has been the shepherd of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., since 2010. He delivered the following homily at the Mass he celebrated June 19 at the Catholic Media Conference, which is currently under way at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

In the homily, Bishop Paprocki highlighted the timeliness and significance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” that the U.S. Catholic Church will observe starting tomorrow and ending on the Fourth of July.

Here is the text of Bishop Paprocki’s remarks:

 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

It is good for us to be here to celebrate this Mass in conjunction with the Catholic Media Conference. At the end of this week,...READ MORE

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The War Is In Your Soul, An Enemy Within; Dropped Into a World of Genuine Faith and Much More! (2233)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/20/2013 Comment

The War is in Your Soul; An Enemy Within. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD of Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

The War Is In Your Soul; An Enemy Within by Taylor Marshall PhD of Canterbury Tales blog - BigPulpit.com

‘Dropped Into a World of Genuine Faith’ – Sister Juliana, Catholic Herald

Girl Scouts USA Glosses Over Pro-Life Concerns – Sydney Volanski, Ignitum Today

‘With Blessed Joseph, Her Spouse’ - Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

Finding Faith at the Movies: Your Real Agenda - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Egypt: Kidnappings of Coptic Girls on the Rise - Marco Tosatti, Vatican Insider

The Psalm Prefigured The Sacraments – Stacy Trasancos PhD

School Pontifical Mass at the Little Oratory in London - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Have you Proclaimed The Whole Counsel of God?...READ MORE

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