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Survey Reveals Strong U.S. Connection to Local Churches (2754)

Numbers show how Americans prioritize religion.

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WASHINGTON — A new survey reports that Americans feel more connected to their local church than to any other institution in society.

According to Rasmussen Reports, “nothing else comes close” to the bond between Americans and their local religious institutions.

A Rasmussen survey released March 3 found that 54% of U.S. adults feel somewhat or very connected to their local church or religious organization, with 34% saying they are “very connected.” The survey did not ask respondents’ religious affiliation.

Local charities and local recreational groups, including sports leagues or theater groups, tied for second place, with 12% feeling very connected.

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‘Strength in Christ’ Needed for Scotland Church’s Recovery (2731)

The faithful are reminded to trust Jesus.

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Archbishop Philip Tartaglia


– Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

GLASGOW, Scotland — The resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien following accusations of sexual misconduct is an opportunity to renew faith in Jesus for the Church in Scotland, says a local archbishop.

“We will draw what conclusions and lessons we can from it, and, if anything, we will learn to trust even more fully in Jesus Christ, who is alone the Lord of the Church,” said Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow and apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

In his homily for a March 4 Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow, the archbishop, who will manage the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh until a new leader is appointed, noted that the...READ MORE

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Argentinian Cardinal: ‘God Spoke Through Pope Benedict’ (2880)

Cardinal Esteban Karlic believes Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s decision to resign is a message of God’s love.

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Cardinal Esteban Karlic

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ROME — Cardinal Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the retired archbishop of Parana, Argentina, said that God used Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy to speak a message of love to his people.

In a Feb. 27 interview, Cardinal Karlic said that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s decision to resign “is a message, a grace.” 

“God is calling us again through him,” the cardinal said. “It is the sign of a grace that is being given to us to love God and all mankind.”

Being Catholic, he continued, means being a brother to all the nations of the world. 

“If there is one thing that really brings me joy, it is not feeling like a stranger or a foreigner in any part of the world, because God is our...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley Lists Sex Abuse, Curia Reform as Priorities (4802)

Boston archbishop also says this week 'needs to be like the novena before Pentecost, so that the Holy Spirit can pour over us to help us find our new Peter.'

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ROME — Cardinal Sean O’Malley listed clerical sex abuse, reforming the Church’s administration and Christian persecution as some of the issues he thinks the next pope will have to tackle.

“The new pope will also need to face the sexual-abuse crisis that is really worrying our people,” he stated in a March 4 interview with Catholic News Agency.

Another issue on his radar is the need to improve the relationships between the various departments of the Church’s central governing body, as well as with the universal Church.

“The relationship between the Church and the Muslim world is very important as well as the Church’s persecution in many countries and the lack of education in others,”...READ MORE

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Obama’s Immigration Plan Faces Obstacles (5932)

Republican concerns about border security threaten bipartisan support, and a push for including same-sex partners has generated widespread opposition.

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WASHINGTON — A comprehensive immigration-reform bill may pass through Congress this year, but significant obstacles remain, including the Obama administration’s intent to extend the bill’s legal protections to same-sex couples.

The proposed frameworks for immigration reform that have emerged thus far from the White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators share many of the same basic components. Both plans include the so-called pathway to citizenship — which critics decry as amnesty — that would grant legal residency to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

“We’re very optimistic that something is going to be done, finally. I think both sides have...READ MORE

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White House: Prop. 8 Based on ‘Impermissible Prejudice’ (4053)

Supreme Court will hear oral arguments later this month, and the U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to pray and fast for an outcome that protects traditional marriage.

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WASHINGTON — On Feb. 28, the Obama administration filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that attacked Proposition 8, California’s voter initiative that banned legal marriage for same-sex couples, as evidence of “impermissible prejudice.”

The brief filed by the Department of Justice claimed that Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause. It asked the high court to overturn the California law and also to scrutinize laws in the seven states that now allow civil unions for same-sex couples, with the implication that they should be replaced with legal marriage.

It was the latest milestone in the president’s “evolving” view of same-sex "marriage," and legal...READ MORE

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Marriage, the Ultimate Human Right … for Children (5867)

Catholics for the Common Good issues a ‘playbook’ for true marriage to combat attempts to redefine the institution.

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Pope Benedict XVI may no longer be occupying the Chair of St. Peter, but his far-reaching effects on the Catholic Church are just beginning. Take, for instance, his defense of marriage.

In his Christmas address to the College of Cardinals, the Pope highlighted the stress the prevailing culture currently places on the very definition of the nature of men and women and the essence of marriage.

Driving the point home, he  posited how “the manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on, there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to...READ MORE

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Helping Priests Who Have No One Else; More Phony Vatican News and Much More! (4387)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Helping Priests Who Have No One Else. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read and view more.

Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Helping Priests Who Have No One Else via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

More Phony Vatican News – Austin Ruse, First Things/First Things

Prelude to The Agony and the Ecstasy – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

What Western Christians Can Learn from the Fig Tree – Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Integrated Catholic Life™

Life in the Fasting Lane – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

President Obama’s War on Marriage - George Neumayr, Crisis Magazine

The Cost of Silence – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Who Said This Amazing Pro-Catholic Quote? – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The New York Times Catholics are Anything but Catholic – Daniel McInerny,...READ MORE

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