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A Gospel Tune for Motown’s Bankruptcy Blues (3938)

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit discusses his city’s economic plight, and the hope instilled by the local Church.

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Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit.

– EWTN News

The city of Detroit announced in July that it would go into bankruptcy, setting in motion the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit is the spiritual leader of an estimated 1.3 million Catholics. He was installed as the archbishop of Detroit in 2009, a year after General Motors declared bankruptcy.

In the 1950s, the Detroit area boasted the highest median income and highest rate of home ownership of any city in the nation. Over six subsequent decades, the city’s residents witnessed the exodus of half its population, leaving whole city blocks with shuttered homes that cannot be sold. Forbes reported that, over the past 13 years, local...READ MORE

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North Carolina Law’s Pro-Life Provisions Praised (2402)

Nevertheless, the bishop of Raleigh says ‘there is more to be done’ to build a culture of life in the Tar Heel State.

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The seal of the State of North Carolina

– NC.gov

RALEIGH, N.C. — Pro-life advocates have praised North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for signing into law a multipart bill that increases abortion safety regulations in the state.

“While we pray for the day when there is no longer a need for any clinic that performs abortions, this bill is a positive step,” Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh said.

Bishop Burbidge also described the bill as “pro-woman.”

“It is designed to ensure the health and well-being of all those involved, but most importantly the women,” he said, “to guarantee that required care that is needed is present at all times.”

The new bill McCrory signed into law bans sex-selection abortions, in which an unborn child is...READ MORE

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Vatican Bank’s New Website Aims for Transparency Amid Scandal (1703)

The new site means to keep the Church, the public and the media apprised of the bank's work and reform efforts.

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The Institute for Religious Works, also known as the Vatican Bank.


VATICAN CITY — The Institute for Religious Works, informally known as the Vatican Bank, has launched a new website that marks a new chapter of transparency for the embattled institute, which is struggling to emerge from controversy and scandal.

The institute’s president, Ernst von Freyberg, said the website is intended “to tell our customers, the Church, the interested public, what we are doing, how our reform efforts are progressing and what the scope of our work is.”

“It is an important part of transparency to launch a website,” he told Vatican Radio.

The Vatican Bank serves as a central financial body of the Holy See, with 114 employees. It receives and administers assets for...READ MORE

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Meet the Bold ‘New Feminists’ (18050)

Modern women proclaim the ‘feminine genius’ — and stand up for true freedom and happiness.

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Helen Alvare

– EWTN News

Editor's note: This story has been updated post-rally, since the original Aug. 1 version.

WASHINGTON — In a fiery political protest against the federal mandate requiring religious employers to pay for contraceptives and abortion drugs, hundreds of “new feminists” attended a  rally here on Aug. 1 across from the White House.

Gathered in Lafayette Square, the crowd of some 200 women from 20 states spoke out boldly through bullhorns against the agenda of the “old feminists,” who continue to claim abortion and the pill have set women “free.”

“There is no war on women; there’s a war on mothers,” shouted Washington lawyer Cynthia Wood, whose remarks sparked cheers from the crowd.


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The Evidence Is on Our Side, Contribution of Catherine Pickstock to Liturgical Renewal and More! (3496)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Evidence Is on Our Side. Follow the link by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers blog to read more.

The Evidence Is On Our Side by Jon Sorensen of Catholic Answers blog - BigPulpit.com

Contribution of Catherine Pickstock to Liturgical Renewal - Jeffrey A. Tucker, New Liturgical Movement

Totus Tuus Again . . . and Again - Sr. Lisa Marie FDCC, Ignitum Today

Silver Fish Prize Awarded to Best Catholic Film - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Are World Leaders Homosexualizing? - A. Elizabeth, Defénde Nos Proélio

Will Francis Have an Impact on Catholic-Jewish Relations? - Yoel Cohen, Aleteia

Quæritur: Genuflecting When Blessed Sacrament is Exposed - Fr. Z’s Blog

Interesting Premise in Universalist/Pessimist Controversy - James Chastek PhD PhL, Just Thomism

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Pope Cries With Brazilian Child Who Wants to Be a Priest (15987)

ʻAs of today, your vocation is set,ʼ Pope Francis tells little Nathan de Brito.

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Pope Francis embraces Nathan de Brito during World Youth Day.

– Radio FM Cancao Nova

RIO DE JANEIRO — Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on July 26, when the boy broke past barriers to deliver an important message to the Holy Father.

“Your Holiness, I want to be a priest of Christ, a representative of Christ,” de Brito whispered into the ear of Pope Francis. De Brito, 9, had jumped hurdles and made his way to the popemobile wearing his Brazilian national soccer team jersey. The boy later told reporters about the emotional exchange, which was also captured on video.

“I am going to pray for you, but I ask you to pray for me,” Pope Francis told him.

“As of today, your vocation is set,” said...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate Challenges Headed to Supreme Court? (4892)

Split appeals-court decisions increase the likelihood the high court will rule on religious freedom cases involving for-profit employers.

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PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, ruled that the Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. must comply with the federal contraception mandate and cover co-pay-free Plan B and Ella in its employee health plan.

The Third Circuit’s recent ruling in the closely watched case, one of about 30 legal challenges to the Health and Human Services’ mandate filed by for-profit employers, increases the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately rule on this issue.

The 10th Circuit had already decided that another legal challenge filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain, would likely win on the merits and ordered a lower court to approve a restraining order...READ MORE

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Francis Has Not Contradicted Benedict’s Reforms, Say Franciscans of the Immaculate (15646)

The order’s spokesman said the danger of 'heresy and disobedience,' not the traditional Latin Mass, deserves blame for the Vatican decree.

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Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in a liturgical procession.

– MaryMediatrix.com

ROME — The Vatican congregation in charge of religious life has issued a decree appointing a commissioner with the approval of Pope Francis to resolve the internal divisions plaguing the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI) but has touched off a firestorm of controversy by restricting the order’s celebration of the Mass in the extraordinary form.

However, FFI leaders dispute allegations that Pope Francis is rolling back Pope Benedict’s liturgical reforms, and they say the decree is a necessary, temporary measure.

“More than 80% of the friars appreciate the intervention of the Church,” Father Alfonso Bruno, a spokesman for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, told Catholic...READ MORE

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