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State-by-State Changes Sought in Limits on Sexual-Abuse Lawsuits (3792)

Church leaders are concerned about efforts to allow new civil claims in cases involving decades-old allegations.

05/29/2013 Comments (5)

California State Capitol

– Wikipedia

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sexual-abuse “window” legislation, similar to the law that led to diocesan payouts of over $1 billion in California in 2003, is snaking its way through state legislatures across the nation.

Senate Bill 131, which may go to the floor of the California Senate as early as today, could put the Catholic Church again in financial jeopardy by opening up yet another year in which civil cases alleging sexual abuse that happened decades ago could be filed in court.

“Our chief concern with this bill is that it goes backwards, that it opens up the statute of limitations all over again for one year in 2014,” said Kevin Eckery, spokesman for the California Catholic Conference.


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The Scandals Increased My Faith, I'm Starting a New Boy Scouts for Catholics and Much More! (2863)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/29/2013 Comment

The Scandals Increased My Faith in the Church. Follow the link by Jennifer Fulwiler to read more.

The Scandals Increased My Faith in the Church by Jennifer Fulwiler - BigPulpit.com

I’m Starting a New Boy Scouts for Catholics – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

We Need A Little Disney Every Now and Then – Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Plan Ahead to Oppose Cohabitating – Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

Why Do Philosophers and Scientists Ignore Catholic Theology – Stacy Trasancos PhD

A Priest Reacts to Priests Reacting to the New Translation – Fr. Z’s Blog

Einstein and God – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Sacrosanctum Concilium: What Happened? – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Refusing to Suffer is Refusing to Live – Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

Sinful Priest,...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Will Not Hear Planned Parenthood Defunding Case (3384)

Indiana Right to Life president said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case is ‘a defeat for all states that wish to pass laws regarding funds in their own states.’

05/29/2013 Comments (4)

U.S. Supreme Court


WASHINGTON — In a setback for state efforts to defund abortion providers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear Indiana’s appeal of a court ruling against its ban on Medicaid dollars for organizations that perform abortions.

“The court missed an opportunity to clarify, once and for all, that states may cut the abortion industry off from all sources of taxpayer funding,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, on May 28.

“Big Abortion has no constitutional right to force Americans to support its deadly industry with tax dollars,” she said.

Mike Fichter, Indiana Right to Life president and CEO, said the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear...READ MORE

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Iranian Government Arrests Christian Pastor and Closes His Church (3068)

Iranian law does not recognize or protect members of Protestant Christian groups or some Catholic Christians.

05/29/2013 Comment

Pastor Saeed Abedini and Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani


WASHINGTON — The pastor of a Pentecostal church in Iran was arrested last week during a religious service, and the church has now been closed by government officials, according to news reports.

“These incidents appear to be an attempt to stop worship services from being conducted in Farsi, the language of the majority of Iranians,” said George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in the United States.

He explained to BosNewsLife, a Central European Christian news service, that such worship services “are allowed in Armenian, a minority language that most Iranians do not speak or even understand.”

The Central Assemblies of God church in Tehran was closed on May 27...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Lead Global Holy Hour (17719)

The period of Eucharistic adoration takes place to mark the Solemnity of Corpus Christi June 2.

05/29/2013 Comments (22)
Edward Pentin

Archbishop RIno Fisichella displays plans for the global Holy Hour June 2.

– Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — For the first time in the Church’s history, Catholics worldwide will be simultaneously participating in an hour of Eucharistic adoration on Sunday, led by Pope Francis.

The Holy Hour, to be broadcast from St. Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, will take place on June 2 from 5-6pm local time. Its theme, “One Lord, One Faith,” was chosen to testify to the deep unity that characterizes it, the Vatican says.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, told reporters May 28 that there had been an “incredible response” to the initiative, “going beyond the cathedrals and involving episcopal...READ MORE

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Into the Boy Scout Controversy; Living Together Before Marriage, Why I'm Waiting and Much More! (3773)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/29/2013 Comment

A Few Days into the Boy Scout Policy Controversy. Follow the link by Dr. Edward Peters to read more.

A Few Days into the Boy Scout Policy Controversy by Dr. Edward Peters - BigPulpit.com

Living Together Before Marriage, Why I’m Waiting – Patrick Padley, A Couple of Catholics

How To Do Good on the Internet - Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

Should We Bring Back Young Marriage? – Leslie Fain, The Catholic World Report

Like Most of America, Catholics Heading South – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Holiness Now - Fr. Ed Broom, Catholic Exchange

Graces Given by God – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Real Men Grow and Pick Lilies – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Notes about Polyphony at the Colloquium – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café


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Bishop Barber: First Jesuit Appointed Bishop by a Jesuit Pope (6291)

At his installation Mass, the former Navy chaplain and seminary spiritual director pledges ‘to do for Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the whole Church.’

05/28/2013 Comments (10)

Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland, Calif.

– oakdiocese.org

OAKLAND, Calif.  — Bishop Michael Barber scanned the packed congregation at Oakland’s modern Cathedral of Christ the Light on May 25, and he then issued his pledge to his new flock: “I would like to do for Oakland what Pope Francis is doing for the whole Church.”

“My vision is this: The priests take care of the people,” added the newly installed shepherd of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif. “The bishop takes care of the priests. And we all take care of the poor, the sick and the suffering.”

Bishop Barber is the first Jesuit to be appointed a U.S. bishop by Pope Francis, who is also a member of the Society of Jesus.

Over the past decade, the bishop served as the spiritual director for...READ MORE

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Medieval Christians Were the First to Pursue Knowledge for God’s Glory (3574)

COMMENTARY: A Register Series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

05/28/2013 Comments (1)

As we noted last time, Jesus teaches us that when you seek first the Kingdom of heaven, all sorts of earthly goods are added to you, as well. A classic case in point is the birth of science, due to the Church’s pursuit of the gift of knowledge to the glory of God.

Most ancients had no confidence that nature made sense. Sumerians, for instance, believed the gods were chaotic, so there was no point in trying to figure out the chaos of nature. For the Romans, nature was a thing to be occasionally exploited, but they undertook no sustained program of trying to analyze it. In pagan antiquity, science, as such, did not exist.

There were, to be sure, all sorts of attempts to make connections...READ MORE

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