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Briefing at the USCCB: The ‘Real Synod’ Stands Up (3745)

Four U.S. bishop delegates to last month’s synod in Rome address media-generated misconceptions and discuss the road ahead for the synodal process.

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BALTIMORE — The U.S. Catholic bishops received firsthand accounts of last month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome from participating American bishops, who said it differed greatly from the media’s presentation of those two weeks.

Speaking during the first day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore, USCCB president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., along with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop William Skurla of the Eparchy of Pittsburgh, gave the bishops their report from the synod.

“There must have been two synods, and the four of us must have happened to be at the...READ MORE

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Does Minimum Wage Equal Just Wage? (1382)


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The current administration is again advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage. Also, voters in five states — Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota — approved raising wages in state ballot measures at the Nov. 4 midterm elections. Many Catholics, along with the U.S. bishops, support the increase. Some Catholics, however, are asking whether this is a prudent move for the nation’s recovering economy and, more importantly, for the poor.

Recent studies suggest that an increase would do little good and, perhaps, more harm. Surprisingly, principles of Catholic social teaching lend credit to that finding.

The argument in favor of an increase in the minimum wage is...READ MORE

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Nuncio to U.S. Bishops: American Youth Are ‘Crying Out’ (1108)

‘We have to let our young people know that their lives are worth living and that they were born for eternal life, not for glamour or guns or sensationalism,” Archbishop Vigano said.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano addresses the U.S. bishops at their 2013 plenary assembly.

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BALTIMORE — Young people are “crying out” for a challenge, and the Church must answer through saintly witness, the apostolic nuncio to the United States insisted to the nation’s bishops on Monday.

“We should ask ourselves,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said, “why young people, submerged into the culture of these times, so often called the ‘culture of death,’ are setting among the most excessive and challenging experiences which some of them imagine themselves to find, even as far as the aberrations of ISIS.”

“Obviously, young America is searching for something, or perhaps someone, to lead them beyond the frustrations they experience every day. They are looking well beyond just so-called...READ MORE

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‘Women’s Issues,’ Politics and the Church (2756)


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Two and a half years ago, Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University, kicked the “War on Women” campaign into high gear against Catholic and pro-life opponents of abortion and contraception, testifying before Democratic lawmakers that women need free birth control to thrive.

Fluke quickly emerged as an icon for supporters of the Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate, which was approved by the Obama administration in January 2012 and is still being litigated in the courts.

But on Election Day this month, she lost her bid for the California Senate by a whopping 22 points. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor of Texas — who sparked headlines for her...READ MORE

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USA Today Corrects Inaccurate Synod Report on Archbishop Chaput (2562)

The newspaper acknowledges that it misrepresented the Philadelphia archbishop’s comments about ‘confusion’ generated by inaccurate media reports.

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The newspaper USA Today has corrected an erroneous report that claimed Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia criticized the recent extraordinary Synod on the Family, rather than misleading media coverage of the event.

A correction to a USA Today story said that the Nov. 2 article erroneously reported that Philadelphia’s Archbishop Chaput said October’s synod caused “confusion.”

“The story did not include that Chaput said he believed confusion stemmed from news reports on the conference, not the conference itself,” the USA Today correction read.

The Nov. 2 newspaper story, titled “Pope Francis agitates conservative U.S. Catholics,” suggested that the archbishop was...READ MORE

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In Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Reflect on Recovery One Year Later (581)

Gratitude trumps grief in Philippines as communities remember devastating storm.

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Men work to rebuild homes in Visayas, Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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MANILA, Philippines — A sign hangs outside a newly re-opened storefront in Tacloban.

It reads “Thank you to our ‘not so’ foreign friends,” referencing the thousands of aid workers who rushed to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan just one year ago.

“It’s really gratifying to encounter this level of sincerity in our work,” said Josh Keller, coordinator of Catholic Relief Services’ emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan. “I can’t count the number of signs on the road and on homes that say “thank you”; to the world, to the donors, to the workers, you name it.”

Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The typhoon was the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, with...READ MORE

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‘We Need Bridges, Not Walls!’ Pope Says on Berlin Wall Anniversary (1235)

Nov. 9 Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square

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VATICAN — On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pope Francis said that the collapse only happened through a long, painful struggle, and he warned that there are still many walls that divide the world today.

“Wherever there is a wall, there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!” the Pope said during his Nov. 9 Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square.

He recalled how, for many years, the Berlin Wall had divided the city in two as a sign of the “ideological division” not only of Europe, but of the whole world.

When the wall fell, it happened suddenly, the Holy Father observed, saying that although it happened fast, it was only made possible “by the long and arduous...READ MORE

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Your Wife Is Wearing What? Men, Veils, and the Mystery of Femininity, Aquinas on Purgatory and More! (3128)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Your Wife Is Wearing What? Men, Veils, and the Mystery of Femininity by Tyler Blanski of The Catholic Gentleman link to read more.

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Did a Doctor of the Church Prescribe Abortifacients? – Medical Matins

Saint Thomas Aquinas on Purgatory – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: Dialogue Cannot Substitute for Mission – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

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A Silent Priest is a Dead Priest – Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington (DC)

Theology from the Floor: Humility and Toddlers – Luke Arredondo, Ignitum Today

Religious Liberty and the Bullies – Jim Tonkowich, Juicy Ecumenism

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