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Catholics Put Lens on Prism and U.S. Domestic Spy Program (2856)

Basic Catholic principles such as solidarity, subsidiarity and respect for human life and human dignity must be weighed in assessing Edward Snowden’s controversial revelations.

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NSA operations center in 2012

– National Security Agency

WASHINGTON — Is Big Brother watching you?

That’s the question that Catholics are debating with the recent revelations about Prism and other U.S. government surveillance tools allegedly collecting the Internet and phone data of U.S. citizens for the sake of foiling terrorist plots.

Leaks of classified government documents revealed to the public for the first time the existence of a highly classified program utilized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) called Prism, which allegedly seizes records from Internet companies and sifts through them for specific information.

Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor, leaked the hitherto secret program...READ MORE

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Traditionalists Indicate Definitive Break With Catholic Church (16447)

The Lefebvrist bishops announced that the dialogue with the Vatican is over.

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St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

– David Uebbing/CNA

VATICAN CITY — On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of St. Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church.

In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder, who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard the faith and the Catholic priesthood, did not hesitate to suffer the unjust accusation of disobedience."

The document — titled “Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations (30th June 1988 – 27th June...READ MORE

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Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It; Beauty In Sacred Music and Much More! (4278)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/28/2013 Comment

Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It. Follow the link by Dr. Ed Peters to read more.

Leaving the Church: Honesty Has Nothing To Do With It by Dr. Ed Peters - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Says Do Not Masquerade as a Christian – Isobel Losseff, Catholic Herald

Jimmy Carter’s Profound Ignorance - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Benedict XVI & Beauty in Sacred Music – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Attack on Marriage: Thursday Special - BigPulpit.com

Why Isn’t Men’s Ministry More Vibrant? - R. Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

You Must Read This Book: The Christian West and Its Singers – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Fortnight For Freedom: We Need to Wake Up - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Christian Crisis in Syria Special - BigPulpit.com


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The Supreme Court’s Decisions Raise More Questions Than Answers (6788)


06/27/2013 Comments (20)

The results of the two marriage cases decided June 26 are already shrouded in the mists of history. What I mean is: The struggle over marriage in our society neither began nor will end with these decisions, and those carrying on the fight are arguing already about what these decisions mean for the future. This concern about portents is natural and fair enough. But in the rush to interpret and to prophecy, we risk losing track of what the court actually said.

Let’s start there.

One case is Perry v. Hollingsworth. It is almost universally referred to as the “Prop. 8” case, so named for the California ballot initiative that limited marriage to the union of a man and a woman and...READ MORE

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Catholic Analysts: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Isn’t Inevitable (2972)

Despite the adverse outcome of the Supreme Court's June 26 decisions, the national discussion on the controversial matter will continue.

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WASHINGTON — Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.

“Sociologically, it’s huge,” said Anne Hendershott about the Supreme Court’s two decisions, “but it doesn’t end the debate.”

Hendershott is a leading Catholic sociologist from King’s College in New York City and a current professor of sociology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

“People can persuade other people: It’s not inevitable,” she told Catholic News Agency.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as the union of one man...READ MORE

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It's Time to Join the Catholic Church Now! The Evidential Power of Beauty and Much More! (2649)

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06/27/2013 Comment

It’s Time to Join the Church, Now! Follow the link by Matt Fradd to read more.

It’s Time to Join the Church, Now! by Matt Fradd - BigPulpit.com

The Evidential Power of Beauty - Abp. Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, Catholic Exchange

The Shelby Decision and Uncle Toms – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

I Can’t Blame My Friends in Syria . . . - Fr. A. Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

Attack on Marriage: Thursday Special - BigPulpit.com

Using Bad Faith Arguments to Support Immigration Reform – Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

St Philip’s Day at the Oxford Oratory - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Biotechnology & the Catholic Church – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Christian Crisis in Syria Special - BigPulpit.com

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Catholic-Anglican Dialogue: Cordial, but No Unity in Sight (5995)

Pope Francis met this month with Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, but female and homosexual Anglican bishops frustrate any hope of institutional unity.

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Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury greets Pope Francis June 14 at the Vatican.

– Facebook/The Archbishop of Canterbury

LONDON — When Pope Francis met June 14 with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, it was evident that relations between the two new Christian leaders were warm, continuing the ongoing bridge-building between the two Churches.

Yet, for all that warmth, a number of issues are bubbling under the outwardly cordial relations. Proposals by the Church of England to create women bishops, the ordination of two actively homosexual bishops in the U.S. Episcopal Church, and the recent creation of the personal ordinariates to accommodate former Anglicans coming as groups into the Catholic Church all challenge the continuing dialogue.

Taking the issue of women bishops, Msgr. Mark Langham, outgoing...READ MORE

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Variety Gives Church Its Richness, Pope Francis Teaches (3060)

Pope Francis says the Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit in which God works.

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Pope Francis during his general audience. May 15, 2013.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Church is the temple of God and its many and varied members enrich it, Pope Francis taught at his general audience this week at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
“It is, moreover, the Holy Spirit with his gifts, who designs the variety. This is important: what does the Holy Spirit do in our midst? He designs the variety,” the Bishop of Rome said June 26.
“The variety which is the richness of the Church and unites everything and everyone, so as to constitute a spiritual temple, in which we offer not material sacrifices, but us ourselves, our life.”
Noting that Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, calls the Church a temple, Pope Francis said this...READ MORE

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