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'Under God' Remains in Pledge of Allegiance (3538)

Supreme Court rejects atheist’s latest challenge to remove phrase.

06/16/2011 Comments (7)

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — On June 13, the Supreme Court ruled against atheist activist Michael Newdow’s latest attempt to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court has again rejected the argument that saying the pledge of your own free will creates an official state religion,” said attorney Eric Rassbach, litigation director at the religious-liberty defense group the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

“The words ‘one nation under God’ make clear the bedrock American principle that our rights come not from the state, but are endowed by our Creator.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected Newdow’s appeal from the First Circuit Court of...READ MORE

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Conflict of Interest in Prop. 8 Ruling? (1813)

Federal judge: Homosexual judge who overturned measure defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman did not have to recuse himself. But traditional marriage groups disagree.

06/16/2011 Comments (1)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CNA) — A homosexual judge who overturned California’s 2008 ballot measure defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman had no obligation to remove himself from the case because of a possible conflict of interest, a federal judge said on June 14.

me“The ProtectMarriage.com legal team obviously disagrees with today’s ruling,” said Charles Cooper of Cooper & Kirk, lead counsel for Proposition 8 backer ProtectMarriage.com. “Our legal team will appeal this decision and continue our tireless efforts to defend the will of the people of California to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”

Judge Vaughn Walker, a George H.W. Bush appointee, invalidated...READ MORE

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The Dallas Charter Didn't Invent Victims' Services (1805)

Something to consider as the U.S. Bishops ponder changes to the 2002 document.

06/16/2011 Comments (6)

In Philadelphia, we have two grand jury reports and — in the eyes of the public — two failed attempts to get things right. I have been engaged in victim assistance work for 30 years, and I have never seen as much pain as I have in the last four months. It’s emanating from the victims’ experience, the added pain of failing to get it right, and Catholics’ feeling of confusion and betrayal.

While I cannot address any specific cases, my tenure at the archdiocese has provided some insight into how the Church provides victim assistance and how those services could be improved.

Society is still grappling with the sexual abuse of children. The Church is dealing with an issue that the larger...READ MORE

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Helping Widows, The Importance of Fathers, Saying "I Believe in Public", and much more! (2280)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/16/2011 Comment

Is there an animus towards Christians at Google?

Church’s Ministry to Widows: The Opportunities, Challenges - Emily Stimpson, Our Sunday Visitor

The Importance of Fathers in Our Search for God - Archbishop Charles Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Catholic Lane

Hungary’s New Constitution Protects Life from Conception - CatholicCulture.org

What?! Pope Benedict’s Berlin Mass Moved to Nazi Olympic Stadium!? - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Catholic League Responds to David Letterman’s Remark About Priests - Lisa Graas

Google Holidays Revisited - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Philadelphia Catholic Clergy Abuse Trial Update - TheMediaReport.com

Cardinal Ratzinger: A Liturgy With No Kneeling is. . . - Father Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine


Filed under cardinal ratzinger, catholic league, david letterman, dignity, fathers, google, hungary, kneeling, liturgy, modernity

Pope: Follow Elijah's Example (2331)

'Let us be ever more convinced of the power of intercessory prayer, so that we can help all people to know the one true God, to turn away from every form of idolatry, and to receive the grace offered to us on the wood of the cross and in the fire of the Holy Spirit,' Benedict said.

06/15/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — “When God disappears, man falls into the slavery of idolatry,” Pope Benedict XVI said at his June 15 general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the sixth Wednesday audience delivered by the Holy Father on the topic of prayer.

This phenomenon, he said, is clearly “shown by the totalitarian regimes of our time and with various forms of nihilism, which make man dependent on idols and idolatry, which enslave.”

The Pope said that this “seduction” of “the illusion of being able to ‘serve two masters’” has been a “constant temptation to believers” throughout salvation history.

To make his case, Pope Benedict drew upon the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah....READ MORE

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Rules for Chaste Dating, 100 Year Old Prophecy, Massive Christ of the Pacific Statue, and much more! (3381)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/15/2011 Comment

A massive 'Christ of the Pacific' statue will be unveiled in Lima, Peru on June 29 of this year. It will be similar in size and scope to that of the 'Christ the Redeemer' statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dating Rules: 10 Rules for Chaste Dating - Father C. John McCloskey, Catholic Lane

I Have Seen the Future of the English Catholic Church & it’s in Soho - Damian Thompson, The Telegraph/Holy Smoke

Another Great Convert & a 100 Year Old Prophecy - Richard Collins, The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Why Tongues of Fire? - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

Three Personalities in God, an I of the Father & an I of the Son & an I of the Holy Ghost - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Official Center for English-Speaking Pilgrims at World Youth Day, Madrid - Knights of Columbus

The Future of Catholic Schools Depends on Bold & Creative Initiatives - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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New York Marriage Vote Looms (2095)

Archbishop Dolan is concerned lawmakers might 'reinvent the very definition' of the God-designed institution.

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NEW YORK (CNA) — New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is concerned that state senators might “reinvent the very definition” of marriage — society’s basic institution — as five more lawmakers pledged to support a same-sex “marriage” bill.

“Not every desire, urge, want or chic cause is automatically a ‘right,’” the archbishop explained in his June 14 blog post titled “The True Meaning of Marriage.” True freedom, he said, is not “the license to do whatever we want, but the liberty to do what we ought.”

Later that day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented the “Marriage Equality Act” to the state Legislature after a key Republican senator voiced support for it. Four Democrats who previously voted...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop timothy dolan, definition of marriage, gov. andrew cuomo, marriage, new york state, same-sex 'marriage', same-sex couples

John Paul II Relic Comes to Krakow (2330)

New blessed's blood finds home in city where JP2 served as archbishop.

06/15/2011 Comment

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KRAKOW, Poland (CNA) — A reliquary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s blood has been placed in the altar of a new church in Krakow named for him.

Krakow is the city where he rose from being a parish priest to archbishop.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow said in a Mass that the blood recalls the sacrifice John Paul II made in serving Christ when he was shot by a Turkish gunman in 1981.

He also invoked Pope John Paul II’s slogan: “Be not afraid!”

Leading churchmen in attendance at the ceremony included apostolic nuncio Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, Cardinal Franciszek Marcharski and Cardinal Stanslaw Nagy, according to the John Paul II Institute.


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