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Boston Pension Troubles (2862)

The Daughters of St. Paul have sued after failing to win permission to withdraw funds from Boston’s archdiocesan pension plan.

04/06/2011 Comments (3)
CNS photo/Bob Nichols

Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley lays his hands upon the head of Bishop Christopher Coyne during his ordination Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Indianapolis March 2. In the middle of a dispute with a religious order operating inn the archdiocese, Cardinal O'Malley has stated he will do "everything in my power to care for the thousands of people who have given their lives in the service of the Church.”

– CNS photo/Bob Nichols

BOSTON — Criticism of the Boston Archdiocese’s lay pension system escalated last week, first as a former chancellor called for an independent takeover, and then as mediation with an order of nuns suing the archdiocese failed.

The Daughters of St. Paul filed suit in December against Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the pension plan trustees. They had tried unsuccessfully for six years to withdraw the pension money of 44 of their lay employees from the archdiocesan fund.

The sisters are an international order with about 135 members in the United States. They run a multimedia publishing house, Pauline Books and Media, as part of their mission.

The Daughters had planned to establish a...READ MORE

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Our Lady of Penrhys, Jeff Miller's Conversion Story, God Made Me This Way, and much more… (2075)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/06/2011 Comment

Francis Cardinal Spellman may have served as the inspiration to the book and the movie of the same name, "The Cardinal".

Little Known Welsh Marian Shrine: The Shrine of Our Lady of Penrhys - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Atheist Convert: Jeff Miller (The Curt Jester) - Why I’m Catholic

God Made Me This Way - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

The Roman Canon, Part III (Communicantes) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Medieval Wisdom for Modern Universities - Matthew J. Milner, Public Discourse

We Shouldn’t Need Signs and Wonders - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

The Best Catholic Film of All Time (The Cardinal) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The First Three Stations of the Cross, with Saint Alphonsus - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

Lent And Holy Week...READ MORE

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Spiritual Roots of Overeating, Viva Cristo Rey, the Pope's Army, The Pill, Dogma, and more… (3666)

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04/05/2011 Comment

Blessed Miguel Pro is shown being executed by the Secularist and Marxist Mexican Government forces on November 23, 1927 A.D. at the age of 36 years old. Father Miguel Pro S.J. became another victim of the government crackdown on all Catholic Church activities. At the moment the guns were fired at his execution, Blessed Miguel Pro yelled out "Viva Cristo Rey!", which roughly translates into English as "Long Live Christ the King!"

The Spiritual Roots of Overeating - Patricia Coleman, CatholicAnchor.org

Catholic Church’s Top P.R. Man Retires! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Violence and Myth on the Costa del Sol - Ches, The Sensible Bond

The Pope’s Army Comes to New York, 1868 Anno Domini - Pat McNamara

Overprescribing the Pill - Elise Ehrhard, InsideCatholic

Getting Wound Up About “Taliban Catholicism” - Anthony S. Layne, The Impractical Catholic

Civil Unions Not about Love, Equality; They’re Doorways to “Gay Marriage” - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Archdiocese of Denver

Viva Cristo Rey - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

You Decide - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer...READ MORE

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Polls: Do the Numbers Lie? (7118)

Survey claims that more American Catholics are breaking with Rome over same-sex relationships.

04/05/2011 Comments (77)
2009 CNS photo/Greg Tarczynski

A new survey suggests that Catholics favor same-sex "marriage," but critics such as Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., advise caution. Bishop Cordileone, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, says, “The track record shows that polling data on this issue is not all that reliable. In state after state where this has been voted on by the people, the activists have cited polling data in their favor — but they have not won an election once."

– 2009 CNS photo/Greg Tarczynski

WASHINGTON — Recent headlines trumpeting Catholic support for “gay rights” suggest that the faithful reject Church teaching. But critics allege that the latest opinion research is part of a political strategy to promote same-sex “marriage” and should not be trusted.

When the Washington, D.C.-based Public Religious Research Institute published polling data on what they termed “Catholic attitudes on gay and lesbian issues,” the media jumped on the striking numbers. The Institute’s report, subtitled “A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent Research,”
was released in late March. Despite competition from the military crisis in Libya and Japan’s tsunami tragedy, PRRI’s study drew immediate media...READ MORE

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Spiritual Blindness, SSPX Personal Ordinariate, Spanish Civil War, French Revolution, & more… (3745)

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04/05/2011 Comment

Saint Josemaria Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, survived the Spanish Civil War.

What Sins lead to Spiritual Blindness? - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

Benedict XVI May Offer S.S.P.X. a Personal Ordinariate - Tancred, The Eponymous Flower

Confessions of a Former Contemporary Music Minister - April Yeager, Catholic Phoenix

Pope approves new ‘Blesseds’ from Spanish Civil War, French Revolution - Alan Holdren, Catholic News Agency

Faith-Based Filmmaking, Part One - Daniel McInerny, High Concepts

How Early can the Easter Vigil 2011 A.D. Begin? - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Influential Economist Who Tried to Change Birth Control Teaching - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

A Standoff for Life? - Matthew Archbold, Creative...READ MORE

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Anglo-Catholic Parish Jumps Tiber, 950th Year of Walsingham, Dorothy Day, Marriage, and much more… (2629)

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04/04/2011 Comment

The 950th Anniversary of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Anglicans Prepare for a Dive in the Dark - Mark Greaves, Catholic Herald

New Padre Pio Book: “He Invited Me to Partake of His Sorrows… - Francesco Castelli, Ignatius Insight

Walk in the Light - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Our Lady of Walsingham: 950th Anniversary - Jay Anderson, Pro Ecclesia

Dorothy Day: Comforter and Afflicter - Pat McNamara, Patheos

Time to Take Religious Freedom Seriously - Philip F. Lawler, Catholic World Report

The Joint Defense of Marriage and Democracy - Father Roger Landry, The Integrated Catholic Life™

“Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?” - Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

Fewer Children? Then Fewer Nuns… - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

The Puzzle...READ MORE

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Life Bill Passes in South Dakota (4342)

State requires all seeking abortion to visit a pro-life pregnancy center.

04/04/2011 Comments (14)
CNS photo/Juan Medina, Reuters

– CNS photo/Juan Medina, Reuters

PIERRE, S.D. — In a forceful indictment of the way abortions are done in South Dakota, the state has passed a law requiring women to consult with a pro-life pregnancy center before getting an abortion.

Based on testimony of women who now regret their abortions, the state Legislature found that “the overwhelming majority” of women arrange their abortions without seeing a doctor or receiving any counseling about side effects.

“Such practices are contrary to the best interests of the pregnant mother and her child,” the new law declares in its preamble.

Sioux Falls Bishop Paul Swain applauds the new law. “Anything we can do to ensure a fully informed decision, with the waiting period, the...READ MORE

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Should You Home School, Faith on the Job, Catholic Identity Matters, St. Isidore, and much more… (2168)

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04/04/2011 Comment

Saint Isidore of Seville.

Many Catholics Choose Homeschooling, Should You? - Theresa Thomas, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Keeping the Faith On the Job - CatholicExchange

Why Catholic Identity Does Actually Matter… - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Is a Free Market a Good Thing? - Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

Lenten Musical Themes - Robert R. Reilly, InsideCatholic

On the Gifts of Aging, A Meditation on the Inverse Proportionality of Physical Aging and Spiritual Vigor - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

For All The Saints: Isidore of Seville - Allison Salerno, Why I Am Catholic

Father Smith’s Mutual Enrichment Recipe - Charles Culbreth, The Chant Café

Parents of Children.  Love...READ MORE

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