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New Law Leads to Catholic Charities Casualty in Illinois (3815)

One agency breaks from diocese in order to continue adoptions and foster-care placement under civil union law, which prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples.

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Diocese of Belleville

Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville, Ill.

– Diocese of Belleville

CHICAGO — Since the 1920s, Catholic Charities of Illinois has contracted with the state to provide foster care and adoption services.

Now, Catholic Charities in the state has shuttered that part of its program after its legal challenge to the state’s new civil union law came to naught.

The law, which took effect on June 1, grants same sex couples “civil union” status and includes them as a protected group under state anti-discrimination statutes. That mean all Illinois foster care and adoption agencies must be willing to place children with same-sex couples, a violation of Catholic policy.

While the new law has forced Catholic Charities agencies affiliated with dioceses in Illinois to...READ MORE

Filed under adoption, catholic charities, catholic identity, civil unions, foster care, religious freedom, same-sex 'marriage'

Pope: Psalm 110 Paves the Way for Christ (2020)

Benedict said during his Nov. 16 audience that the Psalm’s prophecy 'is accomplished and the priesthood of Melchizedek is completed' in the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ, 'because it is rendered absolute and eternal, a reality that knows no sunset.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly General Audience to explain how Psalm 110 foreshadows the incarnation of Jesus Christ as Messiah, King and High Priest.

“The Church reads this Psalm as a prophecy of Christ, the messianic king and eternal priest, risen from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father,” said the Pope Nov. 16.

He explained that today would be the last time he focuses on a Psalm as part of his ongoing Wednesday general audience series on prayer. He said that he tried to focus on the “different situations in life and the various attitudes we may have towards God” in his remarks.

The Pope delivered his reflections for today on the “royal...READ MORE

Filed under christ's kingship, pope benedict xvi, prophecy, psalm 110

Pope Approves Date for American Ordinariate for Former Episcopalians (3508)

‘In 500 years, we will be reading about this in the history books,’ says one former Anglican priest.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington discusses the Anglican ordinariate that will be established in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2012.

– CNA photo by Michelle Bauman

BALTIMORE — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington announced Nov. 15 at the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Baltimore that the Anglican-use ordinariate for former Anglicans coming into the Catholic Church will be established in the United States on Jan. 1, 2012

The announcement comes almost two years after Pope Benedict XV’s apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus authorizing the creation of ordinariates, which are similar to dioceses, for former Anglicans. It allows groups of Anglicans to come into the Catholic Church while retaining elements of the Anglican heritage and liturgical tradition.

Episcopalians in the U.S. are part of the worldwide Anglican Communion centered on the archbishop of...READ MORE

Filed under anglican ordinariate, anglican use, anglicanorum cœtibus

Bishops Urge Senate to Stop Funding Abortions, New USCCB Appointments and Anglican Ordinariate News (2105)

'At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is especially egregious,' Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. bishops’ conference, said in a Nov. 14 letter to senators.

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The U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on the Senate to amend a bill whose abortion-funding provisions pose “a direct threat to innocent human life.”

Provisions in the current bill would allow taxpayer-funded elective abortions in the District of Columbia and would permit federal employee health plans to fund elective abortions. One provision would also permanently ban the Mexico City Policy that restricts U.S. funding for foreign groups involved in abortion.

“At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, legislations, pro-life, senate, usccb

Use More Video!, Parables Lost, Wasted for Love, Getting Out of Patterns of Sin, and much more! (2992)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Parables Lost: “Once Upon a Time. . . ” Click on the link by Sr. Jeannine Marie OCD to learn more.

Want to Spread the Faith? Use More Video - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Parables Lost: “Once Upon a Time. . . ” - Sr. Jeannine Marie OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Wasted for Love - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, VirtuousPla.net

How Can I Get Out of Patterns of Sin!? - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Sacrament Houses: Fürstenwalde Cathedral - Gregor Kollmorgen, New Theological Movement

Catholic Charities: The Bishop of Springfield Gets it Right - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Jesus and Mithras, Debunked - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

St. Albert the Great and the Philosopher’s Stone - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Primetime Blues - Arland...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop-emeritus john francis donoghue, catholic blogosphere, fürstenwalde cathedral, health and human services, jesus, mithras, parables, philosopher's stone, st. albert the great

Blesseds John Paul II and Marianne Cope Added to U.S. Proper of Saints (2479)

More from the USCCB meeting.

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The U.S. bishops approved adding optional memorials for Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Marianne Cope to the U.S. Proper of Saints calendar.

The memorials were discussed and approved on Nov. 15 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during their fall General Assembly, which was held in Baltimore.

By a vote of 154-2, the bishops approved placing a memorial for Blessed John Paul II on the calendar for Oct. 22, the anniversary of his election as Pope in 1978.

At the time of his death on April 2, 2005, devotion to Pope John Paul II was already widespread and cries of “Santo Subito!” (Saint Now!) were heard in St. Peter’s Square following his passing.

He was beatified by Pope...READ MORE

Filed under blessed john paul ii, blessed marianne cope, proper of saints, usccb

U.S. Bishops Establish Permanent Subcommittee on Health Care Issues (1970)

More on Nov. 14 USCCB vote.

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BALTIMORE (EWTN News/CNA)—The U.S. Catholic bishops have voted to establish a permanent Subcommittee on Health Care Issues to address ongoing concerns about one of the country’s most politically charged and debated topics.

The bishops overwhelmingly approved the subcommittee by a vote of 214-15 on Nov. 14, the first day of their fall General Assembly in Baltimore. The new subcommittee will fall under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Doctrine.

As head of the doctrine committee, Cardinal Donald Wuerl will appoint the chairman of the new subcommittee.

The creation of a permanent subcommittee was recommended by a task force on health-care issues, which held its last meeting in June 2011....READ MORE

Filed under health care, religious freedom, usccb

New Jersey's 'Nurses of Conscience' (3063)

Congressman Chris Smith urges the University of Medicine and Dentistry to allow health-care professionals to opt out of abortions.

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New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith joins nurses in front of the hospital where they've been required to assist at abortions.


NEWARK, N.J. — The head of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus warned that a university hospital in his state is in violation of federal and state conscience-protection laws.

And the attorney for 12 nurses suing the hospital vowed to fight a new policy that requires all nurses to train for and assist in abortions.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Matt Bowman, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, joined some of the 12 nurses at a press conference yesterday, Nov. 14, outside of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

The nurses are suing the University of Medicine and Dentistry after a change in policy requires them to participate in abortions. Previously,...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, alliance defense fund, congress, congressional pro-life caucus, healthcare, matt bowman, rep. chris smith, r-n.j.

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