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An ‘Easy Church’ Isn’t the Answer (5479)

Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin says the Church must continue to proclaim the truth on hot-button political issues like the HHS mandate and the definition of marriage.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin speaks June 8 at the Portsmouth Institute in Portsmouth, R.I.

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Last month, after years of leading a statewide effort to bar same-sex “marriage” from Rhode Island, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence watched as “marriage equality” forces finally attained political victory.

“I have been in the trenches,” Bishop Tobin acknowledged during a June 8 address at the Portsmouth Institute’s conference on “Catholicism and the American Experience” in Portsmouth, R.I.

Yet the defeat has not shaken this shepherd’s commitment to the defense of Church teaching on marriage, even as opinion polls chart a steady increase of support for same-sex “marriage” among Catholics and the public at large.

Bishop Tobin recounted an exchange between Pope...READ MORE

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Georgetown University Responds to Canon Law Petition, Vocation for Wives of Deacons and Much More! (3067)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Georgetown University Responds to Canon Law Petition. Follow the link by Tim Drake to read more.

Georgetown University Responds to Canon Law Petition by Tim Drake - BigPulpit.com

Vocation for the Wives of Deacons, M. Kaufmann MA, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Matt Birk #77 “Walks the Talk” - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Mother Teresa, Pope Francis & You: - Eric Neubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Why Godparents Matter - Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Of Latin and Sunday Collections - Fr. Z’s Blog

How Does a Person Accept God’s Mercy? - Fr John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

From “Gay Sex” to Marriage Equality - Mark S. Latkovic STD, Truth and Charity Forum

The Rights of Error & the Death of Tolerance - Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing


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Migrants on Mexico’s Border Face ‘Nightmares’ (2734)

As the U.S. Senate debates its immigration-reform bill, a priest who operates a Tijuana soup kitchen spotlights the suffering many migrants endure.

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A 2007 photo of the fence dividing the city of Tijuana from the United States.

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TIJUANA, Mexico — Harsh conditions and persecution confront migrants in Mexico, many of whom have been deported from the U.S., according to a Salesian priest who serves the population in the border town of Tijuana.

“This results in them being people with so many dreams that end up becoming nightmares,” Father Ernesto Hernández Ruiz, a member of the order founded by St. John Bosco to assist the young poor, told CNA in early June.

Father Ruiz operates the “Padre Chava” soup kitchen, which gives breakfast to some 1,200 people daily in the city across the border from San Diego. Most of them have faced deportation by the federal government, some after having lived in the U.S. for numerous...READ MORE

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Chile Proposes Financial Incentives for Childbearing (2396)

President Sebastian Pinera of Chile proposed a financial incentive to couples who have three or more children.

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President Sebastian Pinera of Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile — In an effort to reverse the country’s low birth rate, President Sebastian Pinera of Chile has announced a proposal to offer financial incentives to couples who have three or more children.

The measure, announced on May 21, would benefit all women regardless of income level and would entail a one-time payment of approximately $200 for a couple’s third child. It would increase to $300 for the fourth child and $400 for the fifth.

Catalina Siles, a researcher at the Institute for Societal Studies, told CNA the proposal brings to the forefront an issue that has been absent in the public debate and in the priorities of the government.

“The credit is not intended to solve...READ MORE

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Jesuit Writers Get Quick Answer to Papal Audience Request (3517)

Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), the Jesuit publication.

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Father Antonio Spadaro discusses La Civilta Cattolica with CNA during an April 2013 interview.

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ROME — Just one month after their request, Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), the Jesuit cultural review whose articles are approved by the Vatican’s secretary of state before publication.

The private audience has been officially scheduled for June 14, according to a Monday post on the magazine's Twitter feed.

The meeting will begin with Father Adolfo Nicolàs, superior general of the Society of Jesus, greeting the Pope in the name of the writers of La Civiltà Cattolica.

The gathering will also include a short speech by Pope Francis on the work of the Jesuit monthly magazine.

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Women’s Caucus to Connect Pro-Life Lawmakers Nationwide (2758)

The creation of the caucus was announced by the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that supports pro-life women in pursuing political office

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Gov. Janice Brewer of Arizona

WASHINGTON — A new nationwide caucus is seeking to organize and recruit pro-life women to run for political office and pass legislation that will defend human life from the moment of conception.

“We need strong, articulate women in Washington and in state legislatures who will boldly support policies that respect and promote life,” said Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. “I’m excited to support the National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus as it builds up the next generation of pro-life women leaders.”

The creation of the caucus was announced on June 10 by the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that supports pro-life women in pursuing political office.

The National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus will...READ MORE

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French Priest Suspended After Freemasonry Revealed (5533)

Father Pascal Vesin was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France.

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Freemason ring

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PARIS — Bishop Yves Boivineau of Annecy in southeastern France has barred a local priest from public ministry after he was exposed as an active Freemason.

Father Pascal Vesin, 43, was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France. He became a member in 2001, five years after his 1996 ordination as a Catholic priest, the French newspaper Le Figaro reports.

The priest served a parish in the Alpine ski resort of Megeve, and Bishop Boivineau suspended him at Rome’s request, his parish said.

Membership in Masonic societies has long been condemned by the Catholic Church. This condemnation was repeated in a 1983 document from the Congregation of the...READ MORE

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John XXIII Stressed Obedience as the Path to Peace, Pope Francis Says (4200)

On the 50th anniversary of the death of Pope John, Francis talks about his predecessor’s ‘gradual purification of the heart.’

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Pope John XXXIII

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said peace was the outward hallmark of Blessed Pope John XXIII, whose death 50 years ago this month provoked an outpouring of tributes from leading Catholic figures.

Others remembered him as a man of prayer, a great historian and a pope with the common touch who liked to be with people.

The Holy Father commemorated the golden anniversary with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica June 3, during which he called on the faithful to imitate Blessed Pope John by growing in obedience to God and self-mastery to achieve peace.

“If peace was the outward hallmark [of Pope John], obedience constituted his inner disposition,” he told pilgrims from  the Diocese of Bergamo in...READ MORE

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