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SNAP, Media Spotlight Role of Psychiatrist Who Evaluated Troubled KC Priest (3334)

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(Editor’s note): This is an update of a story that first appeared Dec. 1, 2011):

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Star newspaper and the Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) raised questions about whether the psychiatrist who evaluated Father Shawn Ratigan, a priest charged with possession of child pornography, could be impartial in his professional assessment because of his association with a Catholic lay organization, Opus Bono Sacerdotii.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, who denies the accusations, is an adjunct professor at the John Paul Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. He is also the...READ MORE

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New Report: Irish Catholic Church Is Dedicated to 'Complete Transparency and Accountability' (1904)

Reviews of six Irish dioceses show 'a huge leap forward in this, and full credit goes to the bishops and their diocesan teams who are implementing the standards for safeguarding children in the Church.'

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DUBLIN (EWTN News/CNA) — New reviews of six Irish dioceses show that the Catholic Church in Ireland is dedicated to “complete transparency and accountability” about allegations of clerical sex abuse and that its child-protection systems are improving, an official with the independent review board says.

“(W)e have seen a huge leap forward in this, and full credit goes to the bishops and their diocesan teams who are implementing the standards for safeguarding children in the Church,” Ian Elliot, chief executive of Ireland’s National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, told Vatican Radio.

On Nov. 30 the board published its reviews of six Irish dioceses and how they...READ MORE

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Civil Religion in US, CUA Single Sex Dorms Not Discriminatory, Abortion & Cancer Link, and more! (2669)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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CUA Single-Sex Dorms Ruled Not Discriminatory. Click on the link by the Cardinal Newman Society to learn more.

Responding to Negative Reviews of the New Translation - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Next Step for Reformers - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Civil Religion in America Then and Now - Margarita A. Mooney, First Things/First Thoughts

Against Heresies: On Divisiveness, Nuance & Dialogue - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

A Catholic Shift on Sexual Abuse? - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

More Thoughts on Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized - Jay Boyd, Philothea on Phire

CUA Single-Sex Dorms Ruled Not Discriminatory - Cardinal Newman Society

Fundamental Freedoms of Free Speech Compromised at UN - Piero A. Tozzi JD, Turtle Bay and...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, atheism, breast cancer, catholic blogosphere, natural law, new translation, primacy of conscience, religious authority, sexual abuse, single-sex dorms

U.K. Drops Anti-Catholic Rule of Succession (2626)

Recently, the British government did away with its more than 300-year-old law that stated that a member of the royal family would lose his place in the line of succession if he married a Catholic. From our Dec. 4 issue.

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DISPENSING WITH AN ANCIENT BIAS. Pilgrims wave the flags of England and the Vatican as they wait for a prayer vigil led by Pope Benedict during his 2010 visit. The British government did away with its more than 300-year-old law that stated that a member of the royal family would lose his place in the line of succession if he married a Catholic.

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LONDON — Catholic leaders and commentators in the U.K. have welcomed a change in the law regarding the royal succession but have expressed reservations that it does not go far enough.

Following the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, attended by the 16 nations of which Queen Elizabeth II is monarch — including Canada and Australia — it was announced that members of the royal family would no longer lose their place in the succession for marrying a Catholic.

In addition, the new constitutional rules will give a female child the same rights as that of a male. Thus, if the first child of the recently married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a daughter, then her place in the royal...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholicism, u.k.

Benedict XVI Tells the Faithful to Pray Like Jesus (1937)

The Pope reflected on Christ's prayer life during his Nov. 30 general audience: He 'shows us perfectly how to pray as children of the heavenly Father.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his Nov. 30 general audience to discuss Jesus’ prayer life and how it challenges Christians to faithfully devote time to prayer.

The Pope told pilgrims in the Paul VI Hall that Jesus, “by his own example, most fully reveals the mystery of Christian prayer.” The Lord’s own prayer life, he said, was like “a hidden canal irrigating his life … and guiding him with increasing firmness to the total gift of self, in keeping with the loving plan of God the Father.”

Pope Benedict initially focused on the prayer of Jesus at the time of his baptism in the River Jordan.

He explained that Christ, who was without sin, chose to be baptized to show his...READ MORE

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Complaint Against CUA's Single-Sex Dorm Policy Dismissed (2268)

The D.C. Office of Human Rights said arguments were based on 'conjecture and speculation.' Said Catholic University of America's president, John Garvey, 'We were confident from the beginning that our actions were entirely legal.' The university continues to implement its residence-hall policy.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The D.C. Office of Human Rights has dismissed a complaint that The Catholic University of America’s single-sex dorm policy constitutes unlawful discrimination under the district’s Human Rights Act.

“We were confident from the beginning that our actions were entirely legal,” said John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America, on Nov. 30.

John Banzhaf, a law professor at George Washington University, filed the legal complaint in response to an op-ed that Garvey wrote in The Wall Street Journal in June announcing that the university would be implementing single-sex housing in hopes of fighting binge drinking and hooking up.

On Nov. 29, the D.C. Office...READ MORE

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Texas Showdown Headed for High Court? (3114)

Extent of church involvement in politics is at issue in protest against domestic partner legislation.

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EL PASO, Texas — A showdown over First Amendment rights of free speech and religion could make its way from this West Texas border city to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case involves the constitutionality of a Texas election law and the extent of churches’ legal involvement in politics.

It’s the outgrowth of an earlier battle in state court in which El Paso Mayor John Cook brought charges against citizens trying to oust him and two other officials from office.

Cook’s suit alleged that signatures for the recall election should be invalidated because petitioners may have gathered some of them on church property, a violation of a state law that carries third-degree felony charges.


Filed under el paso, first amendment, marriage, politics, same-sex 'marriage', supreme court

Jesus First Disciple, Former Actress Now Cloistered Nun, Books for Christmas, and much more! (3165)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/01/2011 Comment

Cloistered Nun and Former Actress to Tell Story of Hollywood and Faith. Click on the link by Kevin J. Jones to learn more.

The Costs of Taking Conscience - Michael Fragoso, Public Discourse

Who was the First Disciple of Jesus? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Cloistered Nun & Former Actress to Tell Story of Hollywood & Faith - Kevin J. Jones, Cthlc News Agency

Books for Christmas - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

Prophecies Fulfilled - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What would Jesus Occupy? - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Some advice from Lech Walesa for Occupy Wall Street - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Struggle for Holiness: My Year with St. Therese of Lisieux - Heather King, Dappled Things

St. Joseph is Waiting, Too - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire


Filed under catholic blogosphere, catholic holocausts, conscience, jesus, ku klux klan, mother dolores hart, occupy wall street, prophecies, religious liberty, st. joseph

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