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Spiritual Generosity Is Form of Solidarity, Pope States (2951)

Pope Francis said that Jesus speaks in silence in the mystery of the Eucharist and following him means to ‘come out of ourselves and not make our life our possession, but a gift to him and to others.’

05/31/2013 Comment
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Pope Francis gives a homily at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall on April 15.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

ROME — Pope Francis says that even though solidarity is an idea “frowned upon by the world,” people need to practice it by spiritually feeding others.

“A keyword that we need not fear is ‘solidarity,’ that is, knowing how to make available to God what we have, our humble capacity, because only in the gift of sharing our lives will we be fruitful,” he said during his homily May 30 at Rome’s Basilica of St. John Lateran.

“The solution of Jesus goes in another direction, a direction that surprises the disciples — ‘You give them something to eat,’” he stated.

The Pope based his homily on the  reading from Luke 9, which tells how Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed...READ MORE

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Vatican Explains Availability of Pope’s Daily Homilies (3058)

Vatican Press Office reports that the full text of Pope Francis’ public events is made available, but the daily homilies are only summarized because of ‘the character of the situation and the spontaneity and familiarity of the Pope’s remarks.’

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L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis preaches April 17 in the chapel of St. Martha's residence.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is not publishing the full texts of the Pope’s daily homilies because it wants to avoid giving them a level of authority that is not intended.

“We must insist on the fact that, in all of the Pope’s activities, the difference between different situations and celebrations, as well as the different levels of authority of his words, must be understood and respected,” Vatican Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi said May 30.

He explained that, while the full text of Pope Francis’ public events is made available, the daily homilies are only summarized because of “the character of the situation and the spontaneity and familiarity of the Pope’s remarks.”


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Study Documents Abortion’s Global Health Threat to Women (3216)

Pro-life group suggests that the World Health Organization adopt measures that ‘protect women from abortion’ and work to ‘improve women’s health care.’

05/31/2013 Comments (5)
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– Hillary Senour/CNA

GENEVA, Switzerland — A new study released during the 66th annual World Health Assembly identified and exposed what it claimed to be the harmful and often overlooked impact that abortion has on women’s health.

Decades-long research analysis issued by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach and National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund makes the case that rather than being a routine medical procedure, abortion is detrimental to the health of women globally.

“The evidence is overwhelming: Abortion is dangerous for women,” executive director Scott Fischbach of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach said in a May 22 statement.

The analysis, “How Abortion...READ MORE

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Religious Differences Compatible With Freedom, Jewish Leader Says (2704)

Jewish leader said that being an American means both respecting the distinction between religious groups and standing for religious freedom for all members of American society.

05/31/2013 Comment
Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

– Courtesy of the American Religious Freedom Program

WASHINGTON — True religious liberty does not require religious individuals to minimize differences in the tenets of their faith, said Jewish Rabbi Meir Soloveichik.

Instead, he maintained, religious freedom demands that people of faith live “both as stranger and neighbor” within society.

“We do not need to deny our differences to achieve a covenant,” he emphasized.

Quoting Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of Great Britain, he explained that “utopias have no room for differences, and difference is what makes us human.”

Rabbi Soloveichik is a professor at Yeshiva College in New York, known for his writings on the relationship between Judaism, Christianity and society.


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U.S. Bishops Tap Maryland Jesuit to Guide Doctrine Initiatives (3351)

Father Peter Ryan’s appointment as the USCCB Secretariat of Doctrine’s executive director comes as the bishops’ conference steps up its engagement with theologians.

05/31/2013 Comments (11)

Jesuit Father Peter Ryan

WASHINGTON — Jesuit Father Peter Ryan has been named the new executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs.

The selection of a Jesuit spiritual director, teacher and scholar, who has defended Church teaching in his academic work, will draw renewed scrutiny of the U.S. bishops’ efforts to address problematic theological texts, while also recruiting academics to help advance the New Evangelization.

Father Ryan’s primary responsibility is to serve the USCCB doctrine committee, which provoked a furor among some American theologians after it issued a 2011 statement strongly criticizing a popular undergraduate textbook written...READ MORE

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Don't Give Away the Bride! The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Catholic Art and Much More! (3850)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2013 Comment

Don’t Give Away the Bride! Follow the link by Michelle Arnold of the Catholic Answers website to read more.

Don’t Give Away the Bride! by Michelle Arnold of the Catholic Answers website - BigPulpit.com

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Catholic Art – H. Reed Armstrong, Crisis Magazine

Pope Francis Knows the Difference Between Redemption and Salvation, Do You? - Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Views from the Choir Loft

Very Few Atheists in Fox Holes – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Catholic Blogger Invested into Pontifical Equestrian Order – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

An Explanation of the Internal Divine Relations – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Anna Karenina on Contraception – Just Thomism

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SDG Reviews 'Epic' (6631)

Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars by way of FernGully in a tale of good vs. evil with dazzling images and a so-so story.

05/30/2013 Comments (9)

In a gorgeously designed computer-animated action-fantasy film where striking visuals are the main selling point, one of the most memorable images isn’t one of fantastic creatures, pitched battles or dizzy flight sequences.

It’s a teenaged girl futilely trying to get the attention of her distracted father, who looms above her like a colossus, to whose eyes she is practically invisible. Later in the scene, he finally sees her, as if for the first time: a creature as strange to his eyes as a specimen in a jar — which, as it happens, is what she is.

It’s a remarkable image of domestic dysfunction, of broken family relationships. Epic is full of potent images; a better written film would have...READ MORE

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Christian Sportscasters Come Under Fire for Opposing Homosexuality (6389)

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is criticized but keeps his job, unlike a Canadian Catholic sports anchor who also defended traditional marriage.

05/30/2013 Comments (22)

NEW YORK — U.S. sportscaster Chris Broussard came under fire after condemning homosexuality recently in the context of the “coming out” of pro basketball player Jason Collins, but he appears to have weathered the storm.

Canadian sports anchor Damian Goddard suffered a very different fate: Last month, a Canadian human-rights tribunal upheld his firing in 2011 for tweeting support of traditional marriage two years ago.

Now, Goddard is urging American Christians to stand up for their rights, in order to prevent the United States from following Canada’s lead in enforcing politically correct views on homosexuality in the public square and the workplace.

The pitfalls for a sportscaster in...READ MORE

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