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Demographer: Population Fears Ignore History’s Evidence (2544)

Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt rejects the gloom-and-doom projections advanced by ‘contraceptivists’ on World Population Day.

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School assembly in Karnataka, India.

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WASHINGTON — While many population-control advocates spend World Population Day deeply concerned about projected growth trends, an economist says such unchecked anxiety is misguided.

“To have sort of an unmitigated fear of the population future … is to ignore the evidence of the economic history that we and our parents and grandparents have lived through,” Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and demographer at the American Enterprise Institute, told EWTN News July 10.

“To have a more balanced view of the situation, one has to be a bit more nuanced and see how population change is affecting opportunities and constraints,” he added.

“And you don’t get that with people who see it...READ MORE

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Why the World Needs Lumen Fidei (6112)

COMMENTARY: Peter strengthens his siblings with the light of faith.

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One of the Pope’s most important duties is to implement Jesus’ command to Peter to strengthen his brothers and sisters in the faith (Luke 22:32).

That’s one of the reasons why it is particularly striking that, in the Year of Faith, we have an encyclical on faith written, as Pope Francis said, by “four hands” — his and Benedict XVI’s — and fittingly signed on the feast of St. Peter. The didactic duet and distinguished date suggest that Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) is less the act of a particular pope and more the faithful exercise of the Petrine office in apostolic succession.

Pope Francis dramatically reinforced this impression by publishing it on the same day he approved the...READ MORE

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Four Ways That Same-Sex 'Marriage' Affects You, After Architectural Modernism and More! (4093)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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4 Ways that Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Will Affect You. Follow the link by Todd Aglialoro of Catholic Answers blog to read more.

4 Ways That Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Will Affect You by Todd Aglialoro of Catholic Answers blog - BigPulpit.com

After Architectural Modernism - Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

W. W. J. D. About Sweatshops? - Francis, Catholic Stand

How to Revive a Dying Parish – Fr. Z’s Blog

Hollywood’s War on Heteronormativity – God & Caesar

Essential Parenting – Dr. Gary L. Welton, Catholic Lane

A Tale of Three Choices – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Do You Have Real Friends? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

The Old Evangelization – Byz Pulpit

Benedictus: A New Catholic Liberal Arts College in London – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

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Pope’s Legal Changes Respond to Globalization of Crime (2354)

Vatican’s legal code is modernized to explicitly list child abuse and genocide as crimes, as well as enable prosecution of offences committed elsewhere.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis took a step forward in modernizing the Vatican’s legal code today by explicitly listing certain acts as crimes — such as child abuse and genocide — and enabling the Holy See to prosecute any of its officials who commit crimes outside its walls.

“In our times, the common good is increasingly threatened by transnational organized crime, the improper use of the markets and of the economy, as well as by terrorism,” Pope Francis said in the opening line of his July 11 motu proprio declaration.

“It is therefore necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities by promoting international...READ MORE

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Catholic Health Association ‘Pleased’ With HHS Mandate Rule (7963)

In a step with unpredictable consequences, the CHA took its public stance before the U.S. bishops indicated their own response to the White House’s religious ‘accommodation.’

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WASHINGTON — The Catholic Health Association signaled this week that it would accept the White House’s “accommodation” for religious employers that opposed the federal contraception mandate on moral grounds but were not exempt from compliance with the law.

Taking a step with unpredictable consequences for ongoing efforts to secure legal and legislative remedies to the Health and Human Services' mandate, CHA expressed satisfaction with the outcome of its negotiations with the White House.

“HHS has now established an accommodation that will allow our ministries to continue offering health-insurance plans for their employees as they have always done,” read the opening statement...READ MORE

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WYD Cross and Marian Icon Arrive in Rio de Janeiro (3477)

The large youth event with the Pope is only days away.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The World Youth Day cross and icon of the Virgin Mary arrived July 6 in Rio de Janeiro, where they will remain until the conclusion of the July 23-28 gathering of young people and Pope Francis.

Some 1,500 young people from the Diocese of Itaguai carried the two World Youth Day symbols in procession to Rio de Janeiro, where they were met at the Church of St. Joseph by the head of the World Youth Day organizational committee.

Archbishop Orani Tempesta presided at a special Mass, and, afterwards, the two symbols were taken to the Cathedral of St. Sebastian.

The two symbols “have crossed the world, and since September of 2011, they have traveled throughout Brazil,...READ MORE

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Report Sees New Hostility to Religion in U.S. Military Policy (6151)

The Family Research Council's report notes that pressure to impose ’a secular, anti-religious culture’ has intensified over the last six years.

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WASHINGTON — The Family Research Council has said that there is a “growing hostility” to religion in the U.S. armed forces, including “concerted efforts to scrub the military of religious expression.”

“The climate of intimidation that began in the Air Force is bleeding over into every branch — leading even military chaplains to wonder about their security in referencing the Bible,” said Family Research Council's president, Tony Perkins, July 9.

The D.C.-based Christian-advocacy organization’s report, “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military,” documents what Perkins called a “wave of hostility toward religious expression in the military.”

The...READ MORE

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Cardinal Văn Thuận: Vietnam’s Witness to Hope (7565)

Overshadowed by the news of the upcoming canonization of two popular popes was the advancement of the cause of a heroic Vietnamese bishop.

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Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận.

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VATICAN CITY — Last week’s major news stories announcing the canonizations of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII, and the release of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, eclipsed another important news item that day: the completion of the diocesan phase of the beatification cause of Vietnamese Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyễn Văn Thuận.

Although not beatified, the heroic life story of the cardinal, who died in 2002 at the age of 76, merits wide attention.

On April 24, 1975, six days before the city fell to the North Vietnamese army, Father Van Thuận was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Saigon. It led to his subsequent arrest by the new communist regime, which sent him to...READ MORE

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