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Attack on Marriage: A Roundup of the Best Punditry and Analysis in the Catholic Blogosphere (3456)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/26/2013 Comment

Attack on Marriage: A Roundup of the Best Punditry and Analysis in the Catholic Blogosphere

Cardinal Dolan: Striking Down D. O. M. A. a “Profound Injustice” - Matthew Schmitz, First Thoughts

Fr. Joseph Fessio Laments SCOTUS Rulings: God Help Us - Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Supreme Mistake: The Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Sex Unions - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (DC) Blog

The Supreme Court on 'Gay Marriage': A Quandary of Confusion - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Further Thoughts on “What Is Marriage?” - John S. Hamlon, The CWR Blog

What Price Marriage? - John S. Hamlon, The Catholic World Report

The Aggrandizing Court - David Mills, First Thoughts

Windsor and Perry - Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice

Homosexuality and Doctrine - Ron...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Personally Initiated Vatican Bank Commission (3021)

Pope Francis appointed a 'board' of five members to report to him about the legal position and the activities of the Religious Works Institute in order to 'harmonize the institute with the universal mission of the Apostolic See.'

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Lauren Cater

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 5.

– Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — The appointment of a new pontifical commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican Bank, was desired expressly by the Pope, local sources say.

This was “Pope Francis’ personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, told Catholic News Agency on June 26.

The possibility of a reform or even of an abolition of the Institute for Religious Works was raised during the pre-conclave meetings of cardinals in March.

Once elected pope, Francis followed some of the suggestions that emerged during the pre-conclave...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Overturns Part of DOMA, Dismisses Proposition 8 Case (10176)

In a pair of 5-4 decisions, the court delivers two legal blows against the traditional definition of marriage.

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WASHINGTON — In a 5-4 decision on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling that it denied legally married same-sex couples equal protection under the law.

In a separate 5-4 decision on the Proposition 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the high court found that the citizens’ group that appealed a lower-court ruling striking down the 2008 California voter initiative that defined marriage as between one man and one woman did not have standing to bring the case to the Ninth Circuit. The justices directed that the case be remanded to the San Francisco district court that ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

The rulings were not a...READ MORE

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Turning the Dream of Vatican II Into Reality (7463)

Father Robert Barron says the Second Vatican Council envisioned imbuing Catholics with a new missionary spirit.

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Father Robert Barron

– wordonfire.org

DENVER — New-media evangelist Father Robert Barron says the dream of Vatican II is still unrealized: that Catholics in every walk of life embrace the missionary call to proclaim Jesus Christ to the world outside their doorsteps.

Father Barron, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, theologian and the founder of the media apostolate Word on Fire Ministry, has followed up his 10-part award-winning documentary series Catholicism.

The second part, called Catholicism: The New Evangelization, will debut this fall and addresses both the challenges the Catholic Church faces in bringing the Gospel to contemporary society and the innovative ways Catholics are helping others encounter Jesus...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8 (4043)

In a June 26 ruling, the court said that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection guarantees.

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U.S. Supreme Court

– Chris Phan (CC BY 2.0).

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the federal government must recognize “gay marriages” accepted by individual states.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act — known as DOMA — “violates basic due process and equal-protection principles applicable to the federal government,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority.

In a June 26 ruling, the court said that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection guarantees.

“The avowed purpose and practical effect of the law here in...READ MORE

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DOMA’s Demise: The Battle Over the Definition of Marriage (5984)

A timeline of how homosexual activists have pressed their case to legitimize homosexual relationships as being legally and socially equal to traditional marriage.

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Homosexual activist celebrates June 26 outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The history of the battle over the definition of marriage is part of a larger movement to change laws and public opinion on homosexuality. The issue is complex because the wording of laws on marriage, the rules for amending the state constitutions, the various court precedents and the wording of proposed laws and amendments differ from state to state.

Those desiring to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples have focused their efforts on the courts and liberal-leaning legislatures, while the defenders of marriage as the union of one man and one woman have been most successful when the issue is put to the people through a referendum process.

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Toddler’s Encounter With Pope ‘Unforgettable,’ Dad Says (4279)

The daughter of Alan Holdren, head of CNA’s Rome bureau, meets Pope Francis.

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Stefano Dal Pozzolo

Alan Holdren, CNA Rome bureau chief, and his daughter Isabel greet Pope Francis in Vatican City June 23.

– Stefano Dal Pozzolo

ROME — The 2-year-old daughter of a Catholic News Agency bureau chief shared a brief but intimate greeting with Pope Francis on Sunday, leaving the girl and her father all smiles.

“She was right at home with the Holy Father,” Alan Holdren, the head of CNA’s Rome bureau, said June 24.

Isabel accompanied Holdren, who was covering a special trip for disadvantaged children organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and Trenitalia, an Italian train service. The children were brought in on a high-speed train “for the extraordinary experience of leaving their home cities” to meet Pope Francis.

Holdren said he brought Isabel along with him on assignment, knowing there would be other...READ MORE

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Facing Risk of Death, Syrian Priests Remain Faithful (3353)

The Syrian conflict has dragged on for 27 months, since demonstrations sprang up nationwide on March 15, 2011, protesting the rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president and leader of the country's Ba'ath Party.

06/26/2013 Comment
UN Photo/David Manyua

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the heavy attack leveled on the city on June 11, 2012.

– UN Photo/David Manyua

ROME — As civil war rages in Syria, priests are choosing to stay with their people and continue pastoring them, even as a monk was killed during a raid on a monastery in the north of the country on June 23.

Father Francois Mourad died at the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony of Padua in a village near Jisr Ash-Shughur. The town had been under attack by Islamist rebels for a few weeks, and local Christians sought refuge in the monastery.

Catholic News Agency spoke with another priest, who is from Aleppo, on June 18, who said, “I try to live this war with the people, not abandon them.”

The Syrian conflict has dragged on for 27 months, since demonstrations sprang up nationwide on...READ MORE

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