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Euthanasia Opponents in Boston Gird for Ballot Battle (4598)

Church leaders mobilize campaign to draw Catholics into the fight against the ballot initiative “Prescribing Medication to End Life” — which Massachusetts voters will decide this November.

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Last April, Father Roger Landry, a priest from the Fall River, Mass., Diocese, returned to his alma mater, Harvard University, to educate students about a ballot measure — “Prescribing Medication to End Life” — which Massachusetts voters will decide this November.

The measure would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state, and supporters say it offers a compassionate response to the pain and suffering of terminally ill patients.

But Father Landry challenged that assertion during an address that outlined long-standing moral opposition to euthanasia, explained the cultural context for recent efforts to legalize such practices, and noted the particular concerns posed by the...READ MORE

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Pew Study: Hostility Towards Religion on the Rise (1741)

The study found that 75% of the global population was living in a region in which religious restrictions were 'high' or 'very high.' In the United States, both government restrictions and social hostilities increased for the first time in the four-year period studied.

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Hostility towards religion has risen globally, both in the form of government restrictions and social attitudes, determined a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Released Sept. 20, a report from the center's Forum on Religion & Public Life warned that a “rising tide of restrictions on religion spread across the world between mid-2009 and mid-2010.”

The study found that 75% of the global population was living in a region in which religious restrictions were “high” or “very high,” up from 70% the prior year.

The report marks the third time the Pew Forum has recorded levels of religious limitations around the globe. It examines government restrictions and social hostilities...READ MORE

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L.A. Archdiocese Suspends Priest for Promoting Same-Sex 'Marriage' (3701)

The priest has had his faculties removed, so he is unable to say Mass or distribute the sacraments, may not wear a Roman collar and cannot in any way present himself as a priest in public.

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Suspended priest Father Joseph Palacios

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LOS ANGELES -- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has suspended local priest Father Joseph Palacios from ministry over his promotion of same-sex “marriage.”

Tod Tamberg, director of media relations for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, confirmed to Catholic News Agency Sept. 20 that Father Palacios was put on inactive leave in June.

Because he has had his faculties removed, he is unable to say Mass or distribute the sacraments, may not wear a Roman collar and cannot in any way present himself as a priest in public.

Father Palacios is a founding member of Catholics for Equality, a group which advocates for same-sex “marriage” and other social benefits for "gay, lesbian, bisexual and...READ MORE

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Band of Brothers (3481)

Part 6 of a Register series on friendship.

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'The Synaxis of the Holy and the Most Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles,' from the 14th century.

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In Henry V, Shakespeare has Henry steel his men for battle against the overwhelming odds of 10,000 French to a few hundred English troops by telling them “the fewer men, the greater share of honor” and reminding them that he regards them not as servants, nor as mercenaries for hire, nor as subjects, but as: “We few, we happy few; we band of brothers; /for he today that sheds his blood with me/shall be my brother.”

This speech, which still has the power to move us at a distance of five centuries, is deeply rooted in the Christian conception of friendship. And such friendship is how both the Incarnation and the Resurrection, as well as the mission of the Church, begin.

The meeting of...READ MORE

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Father's Role Crucial in a Child's Life, Game of Thrones—The Worst in Culture, and More! (6139)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Father’s Role in a Child’s Life is Crucial. Click on the link by Thomas J. Neal Ph.D. to read more.

The Father’s Role in a Child’s Life is Crucial – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

What Game of Thrones Says About Where Our Culture Has Gone by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog - Big ulpit

NFP and the Key to Happiness - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Lane

Parents Militant: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Catholic Dads and The Domestic Church – Eneubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

St. Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary for All Time – Brennan Pursell, Crisis Magazine

Allowing Kids to be Adopted by SSA ‘Parents’ is Not in Their Best Interests – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Holy Madness, Top Ten Fools For...READ MORE

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How to Listen to Your Children, Makers vs. Takers, Answering the Protestant Canon, and Much More! (1726)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/20/2012 Comment

How to Truly Listen to Your Children. Click on the link by Fathers for Good to read more.

How to Truly Listen to Your Children - Fathers for Good, Catholic Lane

Makers vs. Takers – Anna Williams, First Things/On The Square

Why Not 66: Answering Brian Edward’s Protestant Canon by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blog – Big ulpit

Until Death Do Us Part – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, The Deacon’s Heart Blog

Vocation Encouragement from St. Thomas More and Rudy – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

“Know Your Role” in Vocational Discernment – Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis, Shipwrack-Harvest

Murray Rothbard and Catholic Political Thought – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

How In God’s Name Did I Become Catholic?, Part II, Part III – Marcus Allen Steele, MarcusAllenSteele.com


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Cardinal Dolan Talks Catholicism, Humor With Stephen Colbert at Fordham (12454)

G.K. Chesterton famously said, “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." The archbishop and the television comedian put that saying into practice at Fordham University.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Stephen Colbert

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Fordham University students were treated to a rare opportunity last week when they packed an auditorium to hear Cardinal Timothy Dolan and television comedian Stephen Colbert trade jokes and discuss faith.

Cardinal Dolan told Colbert that “part of my admiration for you is that, while you often tease and joke about your faith and the Church, there’s no denying that you take your faith seriously, and look to the Church as your spiritual family.”

“In fact, when I met you last spring at a very glitzy gathering where you were the MC, the first thing you said to me was, ‘Cardinal Dolan, tomorrow night I’ll be with my son as he receives the sacrament of confirmation. Say a prayer for him,...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Launch Spanish Facebook Page (2483)

As the Catholic Hispanic community continues to grow, so does the need for faithful new media outlets.

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WASHINGTON — As new statistics show the accelerated growth of the Hispanic population in many areas of the country, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a Spanish-language Facebook page.

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Communications Committee and is a consultant to the Committee on Migration, explained that “Hispanics make up 16% of the total U.S. population, almost 40% of U.S. Catholics, and 50% of U.S. Catholics under age 25.”

“It is critically important to engage this demographic, especially through the expanding field of social media, and provide them with accurate, quality information that encourages them to grow in their faith,”...READ MORE

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