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Bishop Lori: Religious Liberty: 'The Pre-Eminent Social Justice Issue' of Our Time (5766)

A new game plan for defending the free exercise of religion in the public square.

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Bishop William Lori

– Courtesy of the Diocese of Bridgeport

Bishop William Lori is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, established this fall to direct and fortify the Church’s response to the “erosion of freedom of religion in America,” arising from immediate threats — at both the federal and state level — to the free exercise of religion by Catholic institutions.

Bishop Lori, a former auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C., who has led the Bridgeport, Conn., Diocese since 2001, has already testified on Capitol Hill at congressional hearings on this issue, but he’s impatient to mobilize the faithful to engage both legislative and cultural forces that seek to expel the Church from the public...READ MORE

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During Advent, the Domestic Church Is the School of Love (3083)

Reflections on Christian family life to mark the 30th anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio.

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Advent, and its ensuing Christmas season, is a time for families, an opportunity to share in the celebration of deeply abiding mysteries, along with fun and lots and lots of food. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), and we’re thus reminded of the great call to the family to “be what you are.”

Though 30 years old Nov. 22, this document offers an abundance of wisdom, and no wonder, as the “bright spots and shadows for the family” are virtually the same today as they were then. The bright spots include the growing “awareness of personal freedom,” the quality...READ MORE

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A Culture of Vocations, Solidarity and Subsidiarity, Preferential Option for the Poor, and more! (2668)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Mother Teresa's Work with the Poor: "She did it for Jesus". Click on the link by Msgr. Leo Maasburg to read more.

Abp. Dolan: Building a Culture of Vocations - Matthew E. Bunson, Our Sunday Visitor (link fixed)

Mother Teresa’s Work with the Poor: “She did it for Jesus” - Msgr. Leo Maasburg, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Understanding Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity & Subsidiarity - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Thoughts On Preferential Option for Poor & Vulnerable - Teresa Rice, Catholibertarian

Peter Kreeft Calls a Spade a Bloody Shovel - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Catholics and Freedom - George Weigel, NRO

Can Priests Go Hunting? The Council of Trent Has an Answer - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Why Didn’t Jesus Tell Us the Day & the Hour of His Return? - Fr. Ryan...READ MORE

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Defending Religious Liberty and the Good (2335)

Dec. 4 issue editorial.

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Once upon a time, the U.S. bishops tackled important social issues like war and peace and economic injustice, rightly earning accolades for their prophetic witness. Now, according to an emerging narrative advanced in recent media coverage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2011 fall meeting in Baltimore, the bishops have “turned inward.” Instead of making the needs of the poor a key priority, they have expended their energies with a defense of the free exercise of religion by Catholic universities, social agencies and hospitals.

On Nov. 14, readers of The Baltimore Sun learned that “Catholic leaders, had fail[ed] to put society’s main problems front and center,” according to a...READ MORE

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Memo Outlines Procedure Regarding Use of Pope's Signature on Vatican Documents (2102)

Documents signed by the Holy Father require 'careful review' to uphold integrity of papal teaching.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The release of all documents bearing the Pope’s signature must follow certain procedures to defend the integrity of papal teaching, says a new memo from the Vatican Secretariat of State to the cardinals and archbishops who head the Roman Curia’s congregations, tribunals, pontifical councils and offices.

Archbishop Angelo Maria Becciu, the present head of the secretariat’s First Section, said in the Nov. 4 memo that the circulation of unrevised or improperly released texts could harm the integrity of papal teaching.

When a document signed by the Pope is published, the document must be sent in printed form and with an electronic backup to the Secretariat of...READ MORE

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Why Father Jenkins Was Chosen for Presidential Debate Commission (9765)

‘Gracious handling’ of Obama commencement speech controversy was not the reason, says former Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry.

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Holy Cross Father John Jenkins

– University of Notre Dame

When Father John Jenkins was elected to the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates, the University of Notre Dame president owed the honor to a speech he had delivered.

Entitled “Passionate Convictions and Respectful Conversations: Faith in a Pluralistic Society,” Father Jenkins’ remarks in April at Emory University attracted the notice of Mike McCurry, the former Clinton White House press secretary who serves as Democratic co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). (His Republican counterpart is Frank Fahrenkopf, former head of the Republican National Committee.)

McCurry, a Methodist layman who studies theology at the Wesleyan Theological Seminary...READ MORE

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Carved Gospel Cover, Vainglory, Healing Denominationalism, Medievel Sword Fighting, and much more! (1962)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Carved Gospel Book Cover. Click on the link by David Clayton to learn more.

Former Slave & Convert: Julia Greeley - Nissa LaPoint, Catholic News Agency

Vainglory: Seeking the Praise of Men - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Healing the Scandal of Denominationalism - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Should I Teach the Kids Medieval Sword Fighting? - David Werling, Ars Orandi

A Carved Gospel Book Cover By Andrew Gould & Jonathan Pageau - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Philosophy, the Handmaid of Judicial Review - Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing

The Man who Kept the Latin Mass Alive in England & Wales - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Flight (poem) - J. B. Toner, Dappled Things

CTS People’s Edition of the Roman Missal (“hand...READ MORE

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Presidential Hopefuls: Herman Cain (1975)

Embattled candidate has interesting ideas. How much longer will he be able to talk about them?

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Republican presidential candidate former CEO of Godfather's Pizza Herman Cain is introduced prior to a debate at Constitution Hall Nov. 22 in Washington.

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — As his campaign is engulfed by new accusations of sexual misbehavior, Herman Cain, at least for the time being, continues his gaffe-riddled candidacy. Cain has managed to be confusing on many issues, from his private life to his stance on abortion.

The rumors of sexual misconduct swirling around Cain, who is reportedly reassessing his candidacy in the light of fresh allegations, have many asking questions about whether a candidate’s private life should be open to public scrutiny.

Some have argued that being put under a microscope can keep good people out of politics. But writing in Commentary, Jonathan Tobin says that such intrusions are justified.

“As brutal as this is...READ MORE

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