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Vatican ‘Ready to Cooperate’ in Investigation of Accountant (2707)

Vatican accountant was arrested June 28 for allegedly trying to move 20 million euros from Switzerland illegally into Italy.

06/28/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said it is ready to collaborate in the investigation of one of its accountants who was arrested today over allegations of corruption and slander.

“The Holy See has not yet received any request from the competent Italian authorities on the matter, but it confirms its willingness to cooperate fully,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office.

Msgr. Nuncio Scarano was arrested June 28 for allegedly trying to move 20 million euros — $26 million U.S. dollars — from Switzerland illegally into Italy, involving the Vatican's so-called bank, the IOR or Institute for Religious Works.

The arrest happened just days after Pope Francis...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke on the DOMA Decision:  ‘A Very Serious Matter’ (6185)

Speaking from Rome, the U.S. cardinal calls the decision a significant step down a path that ‘will destroy our culture.’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke delivers an address June 15 at the Evangelium Vitae conference in Rome.

– David Uebbing/Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and the former archbishop of St. Louis, continues to monitor events closely in his native America.

On June 28, Cardinal Burke spoke briefly with Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin about the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, calling it “one more step” down a destructive path that eventually “will destroy our culture.”

Here is the full text of the interview:


How serious a threat to marriage and society is the Supreme Court decision on DOMA?

Without being able to go into the actual text...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Moves Forward in Seeking Mandate Reprieve (2499)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals granted en banc consideration of Hobby Lobby’s appeal and reversed a lower district court’s ruling from last December.

06/28/2013 Comment
Courtesy of the Becket Fund

Hobby Lobby

– Courtesy of the Becket Fund

DENVER — A federal appeals court has paved the way for arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby to pursue an injunction that would block devastating fines while it continues its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate.

“Today marks a milestone in Hobby Lobby’s fight for religious liberty,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is defending Hobby Lobby, in a June 27 press release.

“This is a tremendous victory not only for the Green family and for their business, but also for many other religious business owners who should not have to forfeit their faith to make a living.”

Since founding Hobby Lobby in an Oklahoma City garage in...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Court Ruling Cannot Change Essence of Marriage (5043)

Bishops called the rulings ‘a profound injustice to the American people’ and urged a renewed effort to proclaim the truth about marriage.

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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan

– Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the bishops of the U.S. are calling on the faithful to work to strengthen marriage and witness to its true meaning.

“While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

Cardinal Dolan is the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Cordileone chairs the conference’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

In a joint statement, they called the rulings “a...READ MORE

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Charity’s Rapid Growth Could Be Due to Pope’s Influence (3288)

Mary’s Meals vision for the future is that every child in the world should be able to receive at least one good meal every day.

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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday, May 19

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The founder of a charity that feeds nearly 1 million children worldwide said its rapid growth could be partly due to Pope Francis’ particular emphasis on caring for the impoverished.

“The work of Mary’s Meals is growing very fast, and I’m sure that the hugely encouraging words of Pope Francis and the fact that he keeps pointing us back to the poor and our obligation to serve the poor is making us all think of those things more than we did before,” said founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow.

MacFarlane-Barrow met Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square during his last general audience before he heads to Rio di Janeiro next month for World Youth Day.

The Holy Father had heard...READ MORE

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Catholics Put Lens on Prism and U.S. Domestic Spy Program (2855)

Basic Catholic principles such as solidarity, subsidiarity and respect for human life and human dignity must be weighed in assessing Edward Snowden’s controversial revelations.

06/28/2013 Comments (3)
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NSA operations center in 2012

– National Security Agency

WASHINGTON — Is Big Brother watching you?

That’s the question that Catholics are debating with the recent revelations about Prism and other U.S. government surveillance tools allegedly collecting the Internet and phone data of U.S. citizens for the sake of foiling terrorist plots.

Leaks of classified government documents revealed to the public for the first time the existence of a highly classified program utilized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) called Prism, which allegedly seizes records from Internet companies and sifts through them for specific information.

Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor, leaked the hitherto secret program...READ MORE

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Traditionalists Indicate Definitive Break With Catholic Church (16397)

The Lefebvrist bishops announced that the dialogue with the Vatican is over.

06/28/2013 Comments (123)
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St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

– David Uebbing/CNA

VATICAN CITY — On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of St. Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church.

In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder, who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard the faith and the Catholic priesthood, did not hesitate to suffer the unjust accusation of disobedience."

The document — titled “Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations (30th June 1988 – 27th June...READ MORE

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Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It; Beauty In Sacred Music and Much More! (4276)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/28/2013 Comment

Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It. Follow the link by Dr. Ed Peters to read more.

Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It by Dr. Ed Peters - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Says Do Not Masquerade as a Christian – Isobel Losseff, Catholic Herald

Jimmy Carter’s Profound Ignorance - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Benedict XVI & Beauty in Sacred Music – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Attack on Marriage: Thursday Special - BigPulpit.com

Why Isn’t Men’s Ministry More Vibrant? - R. Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

You Must Read This Book: The Christian West and Its Singers – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Fortnight For Freedom: We Need to Wake Up - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Christian Crisis in Syria Special - BigPulpit.com


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