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Superior General Discusses the Women’s Religious Plenary Assembly (3077)

The media-generated controversy regarding the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious was a minor issue for most participants.

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Congregation of Jesus Sister Jane Livesey

– corew.org

VATICAN CITY — The plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) wrapped up May 8 with a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall.

Over the previous week, 800 participants shared insights, best practices and discussions on the theme “The Service of Leadership at the Service of  the Gospel.”

In his address to the women religious, the Holy Father underlined the importance of poverty, chastity and obedience, and  he spoke of “feeling” with the Church, expressed through fidelity to the magisterium. He also alluded to the maternity of consecrated life, stressing that women religious are mothers, not “spinsters,” who bear spiritual...READ MORE

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Bangladesh Tragedy Sparks Catholic Calls for Clothing Retail Accountability (4293)

Justice for oppressed foreign workers is an issue that U.S. importers have a moral obligation to address, Catholic economics experts suggest.

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An aerial view of the eight-story commercial building, Rana Plaza, that collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh.

DHAKA, Bangladesh — After the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, which killed at least 1,127 workers, demands for better oversight from Western retailers as well as local manufacturers have been widespread.

“The question is whether U.S. importers have an obligation to do something about working conditions in other countries,” Edward O’Boyle, senior research associate with Mayo Research Institute, told Catholic News Agency May 14.

He pointed to John Paul II’s 1981 encyclical Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), where the late Pope said that labor’s effect on the worker is more important than both its effect on the product and on profits.

“We cannot purchase imported goods at...READ MORE

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Keep Faith Real: How Catholics Don't and It's Killing Us; Come, Holy Spirit and Much More! (3361)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Keep Faith Real: How Catholics Don’t and It’s Killing Us. Follow the link by Marc Cardaronella to read more.

Keep Faith Real: How Catholics Don’t and It’s Killing Us by Marc Cardaronella - Big Pulpit

Beautiful Music: Come, Holy Spirit – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Our Lady’s Three Rosaries - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

How to Choose a Painting for Catechesis - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

“Miscarriage” and “Stillbirth” Why I Hate those Words - Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

Same Sex Parenting: What Do the Children Say? – Robert Oscar Lopez, Catholic Exchange

Kermit Gosnell Trades Appeal for Two Life Sentences - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Saint Thomas Aquinas on Buying and Selling – Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

A Catholic in Good Standing – Jeffrey...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Star Trek Into Darkness' (12851)

With rousing set pieces, a stronger story and a bit of moral heft, the new Enterprise crew plots an entertaining course to a familiar destination.

05/15/2013 Comments (33)

Star Trek Into Darkness outdoes its predecessor in most respects, except creative ambition. J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot bowled me over with its audacious, energetic reinterpretation of Gene Roddenberry’s universe, and it took me a while to fully digest what a mess the film is beneath its surface charm. Into Darkness combines the same charm with a stronger (though still flawed) story, a somewhat better villain and a level of thematic and moral awareness absent in the first film.

Its main drawback is this. Into Darkness is so wedded to specific elements of existing mythology, drawn both from the original TV series and the previous films, that it plays more like a freewheeling remake...READ MORE

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Youth's Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life; Why the Vatican II Hymnal Is the Best and More! (2651)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Young People’s Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life. Follow the link by Emily Stimpson to read more.

Young People’s Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life by Emily Stimpson of O. S. V. Newsweekly - Big Pulpit

Why the Vatican II Hymnal is the Best Hymnal of All Time – Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed

Its the Devil, Stupid; Continued - Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Find Your Spiritual Idiolect – Connie Rossini, Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network

I. R. S. Scandal: Pro-lifers Were Targets – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Early Church: The Martyrs – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

The Latest Articles on Kermit Gosnell from the Catholic Blogosphere - Big Pulpit

Who ‘Blocked’ Romero’s Cause? – Polycarpio

Towards a Masculine Spirituality – Tim...READ MORE

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Gallup Poll Confirms Strong Abortion Opposition (3816)

Of those polled, only 26% supported legalized abortion under 'any circumstances,' while 13% said it should be legal in 'most circumstances.'

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Protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON — A new Gallup poll released on May 10 shows that the majority of Americans oppose legal abortion in all or most circumstances, in keeping with trends over recent years.

Of those polled, 58% said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Only 26% supported legalized abortion under “any circumstances,” while 13% said it should be legal in “most circumstances.”

According to Gallup, these results “are similar to what Gallup has found for most of the past decade” and are in line with “nearly every Gallup measure of this question since 1975.”

Conducted May 2-7, the survey also indicated that the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell “has not swayed public...READ MORE

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Minnesota Redefines Marriage Despite Religious-Freedom Warnings (3150)

The Minnesota Catholic Conference will ‘continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.’ The state is the 12th to change its definition of marriage.

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National Organization for Marriage rally against same-sex 'marriage' July 28, 2010, in St. Paul, Minn.

– Fibonacci Blue via Flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)

ST. PAUL, Minn.— The state of Minnesota has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples, despite concerns over social well-being and religious liberty raised by Catholics and other faith leaders. 

A statement from the Minnesota Catholic Conference said that the bill’s passage, “though expected, is no less disappointing.”

“The full social and legal effects of marriage redefinition will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead,” the conference cautioned.

“The Church, for its part, will continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.”


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Pontificate of Pope Francis Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima (3196)

Cardinal Jose Polycarpo celebrated the consecration at the Portuguese shrine dedicated to Our Lady, with thousands of the faithful present.

05/15/2013 Comment

– Juntas/Wiki

LISBON, Portugal — At the Holy Father’s personal request, Cardinal José Polycarpo, the patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day, May 13.

Addressing Our Lady of Fatima during the ceremony, Cardinal Polycarpo said, “Grant [Pope Francis] the gift of discernment to know how to identify the paths of renewal for the Church; grant him the courage to not falter in following the paths suggested by the Holy Spirit; protect him in the difficult hours of suffering, so that he may overcome, in charity, the trials that the renewal of the Church will bring him.”

In statements to Catholic News Agency, Vatican spokesman Father...READ MORE

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