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U.K. Drops Anti-Catholic Rule of Succession (2721)

Recently, the British government did away with its more than 300-year-old law that stated that a member of the royal family would lose his place in the line of succession if he married a Catholic. From our Dec. 4 issue.

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DISPENSING WITH AN ANCIENT BIAS. Pilgrims wave the flags of England and the Vatican as they wait for a prayer vigil led by Pope Benedict during his 2010 visit. The British government did away with its more than 300-year-old law that stated that a member of the royal family would lose his place in the line of succession if he married a Catholic.

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LONDON — Catholic leaders and commentators in the U.K. have welcomed a change in the law regarding the royal succession but have expressed reservations that it does not go far enough.

Following the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, attended by the 16 nations of which Queen Elizabeth II is monarch — including Canada and Australia — it was announced that members of the royal family would no longer lose their place in the succession for marrying a Catholic.

In addition, the new constitutional rules will give a female child the same rights as that of a male. Thus, if the first child of the recently married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a daughter, then her place in the royal...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Tells the Faithful to Pray Like Jesus (1993)

The Pope reflected on Christ's prayer life during his Nov. 30 general audience: He 'shows us perfectly how to pray as children of the heavenly Father.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI used his Nov. 30 general audience to discuss Jesus’ prayer life and how it challenges Christians to faithfully devote time to prayer.

The Pope told pilgrims in the Paul VI Hall that Jesus, “by his own example, most fully reveals the mystery of Christian prayer.” The Lord’s own prayer life, he said, was like “a hidden canal irrigating his life … and guiding him with increasing firmness to the total gift of self, in keeping with the loving plan of God the Father.”

Pope Benedict initially focused on the prayer of Jesus at the time of his baptism in the River Jordan.

He explained that Christ, who was without sin, chose to be baptized to show his...READ MORE

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Complaint Against CUA's Single-Sex Dorm Policy Dismissed (2357)

The D.C. Office of Human Rights said arguments were based on 'conjecture and speculation.' Said Catholic University of America's president, John Garvey, 'We were confident from the beginning that our actions were entirely legal.' The university continues to implement its residence-hall policy.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The D.C. Office of Human Rights has dismissed a complaint that The Catholic University of America’s single-sex dorm policy constitutes unlawful discrimination under the district’s Human Rights Act.

“We were confident from the beginning that our actions were entirely legal,” said John Garvey, president of Catholic University of America, on Nov. 30.

John Banzhaf, a law professor at George Washington University, filed the legal complaint in response to an op-ed that Garvey wrote in The Wall Street Journal in June announcing that the university would be implementing single-sex housing in hopes of fighting binge drinking and hooking up.

On Nov. 29, the D.C. Office...READ MORE

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Texas Showdown Headed for High Court? (3238)

Extent of church involvement in politics is at issue in protest against domestic partner legislation.

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EL PASO, Texas — A showdown over First Amendment rights of free speech and religion could make its way from this West Texas border city to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case involves the constitutionality of a Texas election law and the extent of churches’ legal involvement in politics.

It’s the outgrowth of an earlier battle in state court in which El Paso Mayor John Cook brought charges against citizens trying to oust him and two other officials from office.

Cook’s suit alleged that signatures for the recall election should be invalidated because petitioners may have gathered some of them on church property, a violation of a state law that carries third-degree felony charges.

The...READ MORE

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Jesus First Disciple, Former Actress Now Cloistered Nun, Books for Christmas, and much more! (3226)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Cloistered Nun and Former Actress to Tell Story of Hollywood and Faith. Click on the link by Kevin J. Jones to learn more.

The Costs of Taking Conscience - Michael Fragoso, Public Discourse

Who was the First Disciple of Jesus? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Cloistered Nun & Former Actress to Tell Story of Hollywood & Faith - Kevin J. Jones, Cthlc News Agency

Books for Christmas - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

Prophecies Fulfilled - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

What would Jesus Occupy? - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Some advice from Lech Walesa for Occupy Wall Street - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Struggle for Holiness: My Year with St. Therese of Lisieux - Heather King, Dappled Things

St. Joseph is Waiting, Too - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

The...READ MORE

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Mail Bomb Prompts Mexican Archdiocese to Call for Increased Security (1832)

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Mexico City, Mexico (CNA) — The Archdiocese of Mexico is calling on local officials to improve security after a package containing explosives was mailed to the archdiocesan chancery.

“We will take basic security measures,” Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the archdiocese, said. “This can’t be taken lightly as this is a threatening situation.”

On Nov. 25, Mexico City police investigated and removed the package, which appears to have been sent by local anarchist group Liberacion Total. The same group was responsible for setting an armored car on fire in the Mexican capital on Nov. 5.

Father Valdemar reported that the archdiocese’s Cardinal Norberto Rivera is unshaken by the incident....READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: End the Death Penalty (6620)

The Holy Father encouraged countries to end the policy during his Nov. 30 audience.

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Pope Benedict XVI encouraged countries around the world to end the death penalty as a legal sanction at his Nov. 30 general audience.

Addressing a group of pilgrims gathered in Rome for an international conference on the controversial topic, the Pope said he hopes that their deliberations “will encourage the political and legislative initiatives being promoted in a growing number of countries to eliminate the death penalty.”

The conference was organized by the Italian-based Sant’Egidio Community under the theme of “No Justice Without Life.” The Pope told them that he applauded “the substantive progress made in conforming penal law both to the human dignity of prisoners and the effective...READ MORE

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Scorsese to Adapt Catholic Film, Abortion Zip Codes, Changing God Lobby, Easy Believism, and more! (4681)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Scorsese to Adapt Jesuit-Drama "Silence". Click on the link by Matthew to learn more.

Scorsese to Adapt Jesuit-Drama “Silence” - Matthew, By Way of Beauty

Abortion According to Zip Codes: Startling Discovery in New York - Fr. John Leies SM, HLI America

That Changing God Lobby in DC - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Universalism, True and False - Fr. James V. Schall, The Catholic Thing

The Problem with “Easy Believism” - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

New Translation Critics: It’s Not About You - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Planned Parenthood’s 1969 Jaffe Memo: Frightful Mission - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Authority to Kill - Joseph Bottum, Public Discourse

The Myth Of Being Non-Judgemental - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

SSPX Asks Rome for...READ MORE

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