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Pope Says Biblical View of God Can Help Fatherhood Crisis (1919)

The Holy Father's Jan. 30 general audience

01/30/2013 Comment
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VATICAN — Pope Benedict XVI said the Bible can help clarify the true meaning of being a father during his general audience today.

“Despite the crisis of fatherhood in many societies, the Scriptures show us clearly what it means to call God ‘Father,’” he said Jan. 30 at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“For those who have had the experience of an overly authoritarian and inflexible father or an indifferent, uncaring, or even absent one, it is not easy to calmly think of God as a father or to confidently surrender themselves to him,” he told the crowd.

Pope Benedict pointed out that “it isn’t always easy today to speak about fatherhood, and, not having adequate role models, it even becomes...READ MORE

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Bishop Praises Catholic Schools for Role in Evangelizing (1723)

The chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education releases a statement commemorating Catholic Schools Week.

01/30/2013 Comment

WASHINGTON — In a statement commemorating Catholic Schools Week, Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, Pa., lauded Catholic schools for helping evangelize the nation.

“It is a challenging education in an atmosphere where Jesus Christ is the center,” the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education said Jan. 29.

“The unique atmosphere of our Catholic schools is a space and place where the New Evangelization can reach out to parents and children in a way that is respectful of the human person, presents the teachings of the Church and supports family life.”

He noted that Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to “recognize and support parents” as they exercise the...READ MORE

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Federal Ruling Repeats Call to Revise HHS Mandate (3086)

District court judge cites the Obama administration's promise to revise the mandate by March 31 to accommodate religious-freedom concerns.

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U.S. district Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling on a D.C.-area challenge to the Health and Human Services' contraception mandate places the burden on the government to address Catholic religious-freedom concerns in a timely manner.

“[W]e are hopeful that this ruling will ensure that Catholic and other religious entities will never be forced to engage in practices that violate our religious beliefs,” said the Archdiocese of Washington, a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The archdiocese said on Jan. 25 that, though its lawsuit was dismissed, it is important to note that the dismissal “was not based on the merits of our case.”

Rather, it explained, the ruling “places the onus squarely on the government...READ MORE

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Author Cheers Pope’s ‘Flurry’ of Social Media Outreach (2510)

Following up on last month’s creation of the Pope’s Twitter account, a new ‘Pope App’ for iPhones and iPads was launched last week.

01/30/2013 Comment

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A Catholic author and blogger says Pope Benedict XVI’s use of social networking has given the Church an example of how to better evangelize through the media.

“I’d say the most recent efforts are several steps in the right direction,” Brandon Vogt told CNA Jan. 29 — something he and other “tech-savvy Catholics” have been supportive of for some time.

Although Pope Benedict and his predecessor Pope John Paul II often stressed the importance of using new forms of media to evangelize, especially on the Internet, little action was taken to put such tools to use on the Vatican’s part.

However, events such as the creation of Pope Benedict’s Twitter account and the launch...READ MORE

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Vatican Seeks Treaties to Help Persecuted Christians (2900)

Hotspots for Christian persecution include Middle Eastern, Asian and South American countries, according to a Vatican official, as well as the U.K. and the U.S.

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VATICAN CITY — Church officials at the Vatican are seeking more treaties with governments worldwide to reduce the hostility Christians are experiencing in multiple countries and regions.

“Right now the Holy See is engaging in many different levels with world governments,” reported Father Cuong M. Pham, an official at the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the department that oversees the Church’s laws.

“We have a growing tension between world governments and the Church because there’s a lot of misunderstanding, and some see the Church as a threat,” said Father Pham, who is from the Diocese of Brooklyn and currently resides in Rome.

There are many international agreements...READ MORE

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Couples Postponing Childbirth, Why Marriage Matters, March for Marriage and More! (3284)

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Personnel Files Released in Los Angeles (7908)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Cardinal Mahony and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry discussed ways to keep sexual predators from legal scrutiny.

01/29/2013 Comments (74)

Archdiocese of Los Angeles Crest

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LOS ANGELES — In 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay out a reported $660 million to about 500 plaintiffs who alleged that they had been abused by Catholic priests.

Now, more than five years later, the local Church’s grim history of clergy sexual abuse is back in the news with the release of personnel files of 14 accused sexual predators dating back to the mid-'80s; the contents of at least 75 additional personnel files will be published in the weeks ahead.

The confidential files were made available to the public under the terms of the 2007 civil settlement. The documents reveal that Cardinal Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of Los Angeles, and his then-vicar of...READ MORE

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Republican Leadership Approves Ban on Planned Parenthood Funds (3506)

‘This abortion-centered business simply doesn’t need or deserve taxpayer dollars,’ agrees one pro-life leader.

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WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee passed a resolution to end “any and all” taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and divert the money to other women’s health organizations.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, praised the decision for “taking this pro-life stand to get taxpayers out of the abortion business.”

She noted that Planned Parenthood’s annual report showed it performed a record-high 333,964 abortions for fiscal year 2010-2011 while health services it provided for women decreased.

“This abortion-centered business simply doesn’t need or deserve taxpayer dollars,” Dannenfelser said.

The Republican resolution was sponsored by RNC...READ MORE

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