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Fight Against Secularism Unites Jews, Catholics, Pope Says (3548)

Pope Francis said the Vatican II document 'Nostra Aetate' is the Church’s ‘key point of reference for relations with the Jewish people.’

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Lauren Cater.

– Lauren Cater.

VATICAN CITY — Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person, Pope Francis told representatives of Judaism in a Vatican audience.

“Humanity needs our joint witness in favor of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God and in favor of peace, which is, above all, God’s gift,” the Bishop of Rome told members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations June 24.

“Friendly relations are, in a way, the basis for the development of a more official dialogue,” he added.

The audience with the Jewish leaders was also attended by Cardinal Kurt Koch,...READ MORE

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Catholics, Baptists Come Together Over Conscience-Rights Bill (3019)

Archbishop William Lori and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention are united by the belief that Congress must act to help preserve freedom of religion and conscience.

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Archbishop William Lori

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

WASHINGTON — Catholic and Baptist leaders are collaborating to ask national legislators to support a bill that would offer conscience protections to health-care workers across the country.

“While Catholics and Southern Baptists espouse different theological views, we are united by the belief that Congress must act to help preserve our freedom of religion and conscience,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention wrote in a June 21 letter to members of Congress.

“We urge you to do all that you can to ensure prompt enactment” of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, they said.

Archbishop Lori chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee...READ MORE

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Arizona Hermitage to Foster Deep Prayer and Priestly Renewal (2762)

Retreat center beckons priests for solitude.

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J.D. Long-Garcia/Catholic Sun

Father Eugene Florea stands in front of a newly built hermitage.

– J.D. Long-Garcia/Catholic Sun

PHOENIX  — Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix has established a local house of prayer for priests, where they can come for solitude with Christ and renew themselves for their ministry to the people of God.

Merciful Heart Hermitage is “a place of prayer for priests ... to be drawn into Jesus’ own heart and, through his heart, coming into deep relationship with the Father and the Father’s heart,” director Father Eugene Florea, director of the hermitage, told Catholic News Agency June 19.

“As priests are renewed here, and more deeply united to the heart of Christ, then they’re able to go back into their ministry more deeply united to the heart of Christ to bring to the people of God the...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Says Immigration Tests America's Identity (3115)

L.A.'s shepherd says: 'Immigration reform offers us a special moment as a nation.'

06/25/2013 Comments (14)
CNA/Patrick Novecosky, Legatus

– CNA/Patrick Novecosky, Legatus

The American dream is at stake in the debate over immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles told a group of journalists, saying the issue provides a chance for the nation to renew its soul.

“Our national debate about immigration is a great struggle for the American spirit and the American soul,” the Mexican-born American citizen said June 21 at the Catholic Media Conference in Denver.

“It’s also a defining historical moment for America, a moment for national renewal.”

He told those who are engaged in media as a “witness of service to the Church” that the need for immigration reform is, he believes, “the most pressing issue that we face in American public life.”


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Archbishop Myers: The Facts of the Father Fugee Case Aren’t Fully Known (13335)

Newark’s archbishop discusses the disturbing violation of a court agreement by an archdiocesan priest who is barred from ministering to minors.

06/25/2013 Comments (29)

Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J.

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Over the past three months, the Archdiocese of Newark has been at the center of the latest clergy abuse scandal, after local media reported that a troubled diocesan priest, Father Michael Fugee, participated in numerous youth retreats in direct violation of a court agreement that allowed him to return to ministry under restricted conditions that barred him ministering to minors.

In 2003, Father Fugee was convicted of sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy, but that decision was overturned on appeal in 2006 because of a judicial error.

The subsequent court agreement, a “Memorandum of Understanding,” required the Newark Archdiocese to oversee the priest’s compliance with the directive.


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Nancy Pelosi's Support for Abortion Tells a Larger Story; More Martyrs Today and Much More! (4416)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/25/2013 Comment

Nancy Pelosi’s Support for Abortion Tells Larger Story. Follow the link by R. Cort Kirkwood to read more.

Nancy Pelosi’s Support for Abortion Tells Larger Story by R. Cort Kirkwood - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: More Martyrs Today than in Early Centuries – Vatican Insider

Jimmy Carter Accuses Catholic Church of Human Rights Abuse – LarryD, The American Catholic

What is the Catholic Imagination? – Kevin Aldrich, Tuscany Press

The Church Should Rule the World – Matthew Olson, Ignitum Today

Innovative Apologetics – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

How Ani Difranco Enhanced My Catholic - Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

Arbhsihop Cordileone Support of Marriage Explained to the San Francisco Newspaper – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

St. Cyril of Alexandria: The “Seal of the Fathers”...READ MORE

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How Will Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Change Our Culture? (23378)

Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus discusses the potential consequences as the Supreme Court decides two landmark marriage cases.

06/24/2013 Comments (32)

Lesbian couple march in the San Francisco Pride 2004 demonstration.

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Mark Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a research associate of the university's Population Research Center.

An expert on sexual behavior and family formation, he ignited a furor after his research charting negative outcomes for adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships was published in the July 2012 issue of Social Science Research.

He is the author of Premarital Sex in America and Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers.

In late June, as the nation awaited the outcome of two landmark marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond asked...READ MORE

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How Do We Group Homosexuality; Vatican Official: Blind People Suffer from Book Famine and Much More! (2551)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/24/2013 Comment

How Do We Group Homosexuality? Help from St. Thomas Aquinas. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall to read more.

How Do We Group Homosexuality? Help from St. Thomas Aquinas by Taylor Marshall - BigPulpit.com

Vatican Official: Blind People Suffering From Book Famine – Clare Myers, Catholic Herald

Some Basic Combox Decency Guidelines - Anabelle Hazard Esq, Ignitum Today

Jesus and Marriage? A Theological Response - Jared Staudt PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Hornets & Lions – Paul McCusker, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

What Really Happened at the Komen Foundation – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Playing With a Full Deck - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Penance in a White Sheet – John Turner, First Thoughts

The Iridescent Chinese Dragon – Thomas M. Doran, The CWR Blog

The Sacred...READ MORE

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