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New Mexico Court Decision Leaves Religious Businesses Open to Attack (6478)

Analysis of the state ruling that a Christian photographer could not refuse to photograph a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony.

08/23/2013 Comments (36)

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The collision between religious freedom and the demands of equality continues, this time in New Mexico.

In Elane Photography v. Willock, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Aug. 22 that Elane could not refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding. Since Elane was a business that provided photography services to the general public, it could not, under New Mexico’s Human Rights Act, refuse to provide such services to any of the classes of persons protected under that law.

The court recognized the gravity of its decision; in a “special concurrence,” Justice Richard Bosson wrote, “[t]hough the rule of law requires [ruling against Elane], the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible...READ MORE

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Air Force Sergeant: I Was Punished for Opposing Marriage Redefinition (5200)

The senior master sergeant has filed a formal complaint after allegedly being removed from his position for expressing support for traditional marriage.

08/23/2013 Comments (26)

Airmen participate in the Basic Military Training graduation parade at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

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WASHINGTON — An Air Force senior master sergeant has filed a formal complaint after allegedly being relieved of his duties for admitting that he opposes a redefinition of marriage.

“We are hoping that the Air Force in particular, and all the military services, will honor the law that was passed by Congress last year that provides a right of conscience protection for our military personnel,” said Ron Cruise of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

He told EWTN News on Aug. 21 that “those serving to protect religious liberties” should have their own religious liberties secured as well.

Sgt. Phillip Monk, a member of the Air Force for 19 years and a member of the 37th Training...READ MORE

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Senate Bill Would Aid Religious Minorities in Middle East (3818)

Legislation would create special envoy post.

08/23/2013 Comments (5)
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Destruction in protest camp after violence erupted Aug. 14.

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WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East.

“The continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly disturbing and flies in the face of the religious freedoms and fundamental values that Americans hold dear,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in an Aug. 21 press release.

“I urge Majority Leader [Harry] Reid to allow a vote on this bipartisan legislation, which would call attention to all religious minorities and demonstrate to leaders in the region that the United States takes religious freedom seriously.”


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Pope Requests That Vatican Experts Address Modern Slave-Trade Scourge (8688)

November gathering will discuss ways to combat 'terrible offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights.'

08/23/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — At Pope Francis' request, Vatican experts will gather this upcoming November with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking.

“We must be grateful to Pope Francis for having identified one of the most important social dramas of our time and that he has had enough trust in our Catholic institutions to ask us to arrange this working group,” said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The bishop's academy, along with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, will meet to discuss a Vatican action plan to help combat what is often referred to as the...READ MORE

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Looking at the Good Fruit of World Youth Day Denver '93 (8053)

Twenty years later, local Catholics — and countless others elsewhere — remain inspired by the unexpected success of the city’s transformational World Youth Day.

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Pope John Paul II greets a girl at World Youth Day 1993 in Denver.

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DENVER — It was an event bigger than Woodstock, and it featured a man who captivated the hearts and minds of youth who came from all over the world. Looking back at this historic event, World Youth Day in 1993 changed the culture and defied expectations of political, religious and secular establishments.

“Imagine Woodstock with all of the good and none of the bad,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who managed communications for Denver’s World Youth Day. “It was an event of more than 100,000 young people that changed society, but there was no marijuana; no beer bottles on the ground.”

As the event unfolded, the media came to describe Pope John Paul II as a “rock star,” due to his magnetic...READ MORE

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Nashville Dominican Sisters Coming to Scotland, Should Pope Francis Take on Birth Control? and More! (4041)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/23/2013 Comment

Booming Nashville Dominican Sisters Move to Scotland. Follow the link by Madeleine Teahan to read more.

Booming Nashville Dominican Sisters Move to Scotland by Madeleine Teahan – BigPulpit.com

Cognitive Dissonance on Marriage and Procreation - Bill Maguire, The CWR Blog

Should Pope Francis Take on Birth Control? – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Christian Homes in Egypt Marked with Black X’s – Dcn. Nick Donnelly, Protect the Pope

Euthanize Your Autistic Kid! - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope Francis: Faith & Violence are Incompatible! - Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire

Hey, We Have a Vocation Too! – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Sin, Pope Francis, and Baseball – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

E. F. Nuptial Mass - Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement


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In Catholic Church Architecture, Tradition Shouldn’t Be Ignored (14193)

Some American architects are looking to the past in order to remedy the defects of the modernistic designs of recent decades.

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courtesy Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Mass being celebrated at the central altar of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Littleton, Colo.

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WASHINGTON — When a ranking Vatican official criticized modernistic church architecture in June, James McCrery was glad to hear it. An architect who works just blocks from the White House, McCrery devotes his career to reversing a trend he describes as decades of church design that does little to glorify God or inspire the faithful.

“It’s a big-time problem,” McCrery said of architecture that dismisses centuries of Tradition and most symbolism of the Catholic religion.

He spoke with the Register after Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, expressed similar concerns.

“The lack of integration between the architect and the faith community has...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Celebrate Fatima and Vatican II Anniversaries (10320)

The Holy Father will give a catechesis on Mary in St. Peterʼs Square to pilgrims honoring Our Lady of Fatima.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis plans to take part in a mid-October Marian celebration that will commemorate the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 51st anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization organized a Marian weekend for Oct. 12-13, upon the request of then-Pope Benedict XVI.

This event will mark the 51st anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, as well as the date of the last apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal.

On Oct. 13, 1917, at Cova da Iria, Mary appeared for the sixth time to three shepherd children: Lucia Santos and her cousins, Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto....READ MORE

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