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Human Sexuality & The Catholic Church, Mormons At Your Door, Cardinal Scola Interview, and more! (3885)

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Mormons at Your Door?: What to Expect and Do.

Interview with the New Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Scola - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa

Human Sexuality & The Catholic Church: The Conjugal Act as a Personal Act - Donald P. Asci, Ignatius Insight

Mormons at Your Door: What to Expect - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

A Dangerous Freedom - Rodney Howsare, First Things/On the Square

Gender Matters - Barbara Curtis, Arlington Catholic Herald

. . .gender confusion in boys: how to help. . .

Obama’s Obsession with Sexual Orientation - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

What the Pope Fears - Doctor Robert Moynihan, Catholic Lane

Defense of Marriage in Minnesota - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

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Christians Are Staying in the Holy Land (5025)

Pontifical Mission director says number of faithful in the region has stabilized and may even be increasing.

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ROME (EWTN News) — After years of decline, Christian numbers in the Holy Land have stabilized and may even be on the way up, according to the Pontifical Mission’s director for Israel and Palestine.

“In recent years I think we have not witnessed any waves of emigration out of the Holy Land,” Sami El-Yousef told EWTN News while on a visit to Rome.

“Actually, we have heard of some Christian families who had emigrated in recent years to the U.S. and Europe for economic reasons that have now actually returned to the Holy Land,” he said.

The Pontifical Mission is the papal organization that supports Christians in a region that has often seen them face poverty, uncertainly and hostility from...READ MORE

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Federal Judge Restores Planned Parenthood Funding (2818)

But Indiana case is a partial victory for court’s recognition of human life beginning at conception.

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Indianapolis — A federal judge has temporarily restored taxpayers’ dollars to Planned Parenthood Indiana (PPIN).But pro-life lawyers and organizations say they are confident the state government’s appeal with prevail, even if it has to go to the Supreme Court.

Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, applauded the decision of federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt both because her temporary injunction restored a reported $ 1.6 million in annual funding that allowed it to keep open eight businesses in the state and also because the decision was an early indication PPIN could get Indiana’s law thrown out when it returns to court for a permanent injunction.

“This ruling means we can resume providing pap...READ MORE

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The Pope's Tweet, West Point is the Worlds Best Seminary, Cardinal Scola, and much more! (2924)

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06/30/2011 Comment

The Medium is the Message, Pope Benedict's Historic Tweet.

The Pope’s Tweet: The Medium Is the Message - Tom Hoopes, Crisis Magazine

Church of Milan Helped Me Grow in Life & in Faith (Cardinal Angelo Scola) - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Zimbabwe’s “Surprising” AIDS Success - Matthew Hanley, The Catholic Thing

U.S. Military Academy Chaplain: “West Point is One of the World’s Best Seminaries” - Beth Griffin, Catholic News Service

The Church in China Needs Heroes, The Heroes in China Need Prayers - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Father Stefano Gobbi Has Passed Away - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Will Someone Please Remind Me Again Why I Find Militant Secularism. . . - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop...READ MORE

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State Department vs. Catholic Countries (3221)

Response to the U.S. foreign-policy agenda on homosexual rights in the wake of recent speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has praised State Department action on “LGBT” rights which include support for “Gay Pride” marches and a Lady Gaga concert in Rome. But two critics said U.S. advocacy is “far beyond the mainstream” and risks alienating the Church from social life in Catholic countries.

“The administration has made the LGBT agenda one of the cornerstones of their foreign policy,” said Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. “They have directed their embassies everywhere to monitor and assist domestic homosexual movements whether the host country and their people accept it or not.”

“The U.S. is very powerful and...READ MORE

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Catholic Pardoned 200 Years Later (2697)

A look at anti-Catholicism in American history in light of recent Rhode Island decision.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNA) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an official pardon on June 29 for an Irish Catholic man who was hanged in the state for a crime he didn’t commit in 1845.

The move closes an ugly chapter in the long history of discrimination against Catholics in the U.S. and follows the May 4 decision by the Rhode Island Legislature to pardon John Gordon, a 29-year-old Irish immigrant who was executed for a murder many say he was falsely accused of.

“Rhode Island is reaffirming its commitment to religious tolerance,” Nancy Schultz, Ph.D. of Salem State University in Massachusetts told CNA on June 29.

Schultz said the pardon is evidence of a growing consciousness about...READ MORE

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Adult Stem-Cell Experts Discuss Ethical Research (2102)

University of Notre Dame hosts conference.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNA) — Top medical experts at a University of Notre Dame conference this week are insisting on better alternatives to embryonic stem cells and pushing for more research in the adult stem-cell field.

“We think that it is crucial that ethical alternatives to embryonic stem-cell research be pursued,” Notre Dame law professor O. Carter Snead told CNA June 29.

The current seminar, “Workshop on Adult and Non-Embryonic Stem-Cell Research,” is being held on campus through July 2 and features authorities who hail from schools such as Columbia University as well as pontifical academy members.

“Our elite scholars, across a variety of disciplines — science, engineering, law and...READ MORE

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Oakland Bishop: New York Same-Sex 'Marriage' Undermines Common Good (2632)

U.S. bishops’ point man on the defense of marriage comments on recent legislation, praising the efforts of Catholics: 'Those courageous legislators and active citizens in New York who defended marriage should be applauded for their inspiring witness.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)— The New York Legislature’s recognition of same-sex “marriages” undermines the common good and will place officials in a position to “retaliate” against those who uphold basic truths about marriage, the U.S. bishops’ point man on the defense of marriage said.

“Making marriage law indifferent to the absence of either sex creates an institutional and cultural crisis with generational ramifications yet to be seen,” Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., said on June 28.

“To eliminate marriage’s very essence — its essence as the union of husband and wife — from its legal definition is to ignore not only basic anthropology and biology, but also the purpose...READ MORE

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