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The 2013 ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ (8028)

Catholic Americans gear up for second annual event in support of religious liberty.

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MINNEAPOLIS — It’s been a rough period for Church leaders in Minnesota, where the state legislature approved the legalization of same-sex “marriage,” despite a two-year Church-led campaign of education and prayer.

But Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and other Minnesota bishops have not retreated from public engagement on the intertwined issues of life, marriage and religious freedom.

If anything, their sense of urgency has only intensified, with Catholic nonprofits facing an Aug. 1 deadline for compliance with the federal contraception mandate and the U.S. Supreme Court about to issue rulings on two landmark marriage cases that could directly...READ MORE

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New Translation Priest Survey Is Inaccurate; The Great Story of Jacob's Conversion and More! (2881)

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Survey of Priests on New Translation is Inaccurate. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

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The Remarkable Story of Jacob’s Conversion – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Boy Scouts: Newly “Out and Proud” – Mary Rice Hasson, Catholic Stand

Solemn Profession at Farnborough Abbey - Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

Love Conquers Death (Luke 7:11-17) - Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Catholicism Must Be a Sign of Contradiction - James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Pop Music as a Nauseating Attempt at Eternity (With Goats) – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Cult of Social Justice and the Idolatry in Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ – Saint Etheldreda's Place


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‘Nuns on the Bus’ 2 (7810)

Immigration reform tops the 2013 agenda of the politically activist sisters.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The religious sisters of the social-justice activist organization Network have hit the road again with their second “Nuns on the Bus” tour, this time touting immigration reform, an issue on which they and the U.S. bishops strongly agree.

In contrast to last summer’s tour, which coincided and appeared to compete with the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom,” the nuns and the bishops are on the same page this time, standing behind the “Gang of 8” immigration bill.

Last summer, while the bishops sought to spotlight religious-liberty concerns about the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, the sisters from the social-justice lobby were turning their...READ MORE

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Pope Stresses Threats to Human Person on Environment Day (2480)

The Holy Father says, ‘We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our human family.’

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The crowd of around 70,000 pilgrims at the June 5 general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day.

“The human person is in danger, this is certain; the human person is in danger today. Here is the urgency of human ecology!” exclaimed Pope Francis June 5 during his general audience.

“We are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our human family,” he told the estimated 70,000 pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis told the crowd that people are often driven by the pride of dominating things, having possessions and manipulation and exploitation.

“We do not care...READ MORE

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Expert Says Church’s Abuse Prevention Should Differ for Each Culture (2695)

Father Hans Zollner, head of the Centre for Child Protection, met with Pope Francis in Rome.

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Father Hans Zollner, SJ

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ROME — An expert on dealing with sexual-abuse cases within the Church says prevention guidelines being developed with Vatican oversight should vary from country to country.

“We’ve realized learning habits and how people respond to some questionnaires and comply to rules varies from country to country,” said Father Hans Zollner, a German Jesuit who heads the Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection.

“It is most interesting and most inspiring to see this across the different cultures,” Father Zollner told Catholic News Agency June 5.

He explained that some guidelines should apply to all countries equally, since “sexual abuse is sexual abuse, no matter what.”

“But in the...READ MORE

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Pope Says Lamenting Suffering Is Form of Prayer (5105)

The Pope advised people to pray for those who suffer, noting, ‘Here is the mystery of the communion of saints.’

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Pope Francis preaches at the June 5 morning Mass in St. Martha's House chapel.

– Vatican Radio

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, during a daily morning Mass this week, said lamenting suffering is a form of prayer and is not a sin.

“A priest I know once said to a woman who lamented to God about her misfortune, ‘But, madam, that is a form of prayer; go ahead with it,’” Pope Francis said in his June 5 homily.

“To lament before God is not a sin,” he added.

Pope Francis based his reflections on a reading from the third chapter of Tobit, which was read at Mass.

It tells the story of Tobit, who was blinded despite a life of good works, and Sarah, who married seven men who all died before their wedding night. They both pray to God to let them die.

“They are people in extreme...READ MORE

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George Weigel's Evangelical Catholicism, Review; Pope on the True Meaning of Poverty and More! (3351)

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George Weigel’s Evangelical Catholicism, A Book Review. Follow the link by William M. Briggs to read more.

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Pope Francis on the True Meaning of Poverty - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

John Henry Newman on the Psychology of Faith and Reason – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Evangelical Pastor Converts to Catholicism – William E. Kangas, The Orant

The Death of Willie Lincoln and God’s Purpose – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Sure Guide to Saint Augustine’s Thought and Theology – Jared Ortiz, The Catholic World Report

Fashion Choices Should Reflect Dignity, Beauty – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Francis: "The Food We Throw Away Is Stolen From the Poor" – Rocco Palmo, Whispers...READ MORE

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Texas Bible Converts 'You' to 'Y'all,' How to Write a Blog Post and More! (2753)

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06/05/2013 Comment

Texas Bible Converts “You” to “Y’all”. Follow the link by Matthew Schmitz of the First Things website to read more.

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How to Write a Blog Post – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Sistas

Vegetables and Purifying Pains - Dabs Q., Catholic Stand

Is Sex-Selective I. V. F. Harmless? - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

Pope: “War is Humanity’s Suicide” – EWTN News

The Idea of a Catholic Society - James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

Jesus Warned of Hell; A Catalogue of Jesus’ Warning Texts – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Honduran Bishop Brokers Gang Truce - Matthieu Rident, The Catholic Herald

Spiritual but Not Religious? Golden Calf Worshipers - Arman J. Partamian, Matins Musings

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