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Delaware Marriage Redefinition Lamented as ‘Serious Injustice’ (4418)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco insists ‘marriage cannot be redefined because its unique meaning lies in our very nature.’

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WASHINGTON — A leader of the U.S. bishops on defense and support of marriage issues has decried a new Delaware law redefining marriage as “unjust” for children and society.

“The claim of this bill to redefine marriage is in vain; marriage cannot be redefined because its unique meaning lies in our very nature,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

“It is also a serious injustice to the most vulnerable among us: children.”

The archbishop, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, offered his comments one day after Delaware became the 11th state to redefine marriage to include...READ MORE

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Boston College Invite to Irish Prime Minister Protested (3980)

Pro-lifers condemn the commencement honors for Enda Kenny, in light of his current push for legal abortion.

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BOSTON — Boston College’s invitation to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree is drawing opposition from pro-lifers who call the invitation “unconscionable” in light of the politician’s push for legal abortion.

“After our painful experience for the past 40 years, we know what legal abortion will do to Ireland,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.

In a May 7 statement announcing a new pro-life initiative, Hawkins warned that legalized abortion in America “has led to the deaths of over 55 million preborn baby girls and boys, the victimization of millions of women and the crumbling of families.”

Students for...READ MORE

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Pope Leo's Ideal Was Not State Control; Go Ahead and Chant, It's Ascension and Much More! (2829)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/09/2013 Comment

Pope Leo’s Ideal Was Not State Control. Follow the link by Anthony Esolen of Crisis to read more.

Pope Leo’s Ideal Was Not State Control by Anthony Esolen of Crisis - Big Pulpit

Go Ahead and Chant, It’s Ascension! – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

A Case Against Abstinence - Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Popes’ Great Address to International Leaders of Women Religious – Fr. Z's Blog

My Encounter with God - Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

Do Catholics Represent Evangelicals in U. S.’s Legal Elite? – Mark Movsesian, First Things/First Thoughts

Gendercide Must Be Protected as Matter of Women’s Rights – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Why It’s Harder to Become a Catholic Than a Protestant – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

The “God-of-the-Gaps” – Trent Horn, Catholic...READ MORE

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Pope to Women Religious: Unity With the Church Is Part of Your Vocation (5739)

The Holy Father addressed religious superiors May 8.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of the Church.

“Your vocation is a fundamental charism for the Church’s journey, and it isn’t possible that a consecrated woman or man might ‘feel’ themselves not to be with the Church,” he told around 800 religious superiors on May 8.

The International Union of Superiors General has been meeting for its general assembly in Rome since May 3.

In attendance this year were more than 150 U.S. sisters, some of whom also belong to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which has had a strained relationship with the Vatican since the Congregation for...READ MORE

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Knowledge Without Love Deadly to the Soul (4368)

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

05/08/2013 Comments (3)

Personifcation of Knowledge, Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey

– Wikipedia

In Scripture, knowledge and knowing have connotations that don’t make knowledge seem like a promising gift of the Holy Spirit.

One thing that makes knowledge an unlikely gift in the eyes of some in our sex-obsessed culture is the fact that “to know” has, in Scripture, a distinctly intimate connotation, as in “Adam knew his wife.” So, to some, it seems at first blush like somebody made a mistake somewhere in listing it as a gift of confirmation, since it might more fittingly be attributed to the sacrament of marriage.

Beyond this are more sinister associations of “knowledge” with something bad. Paul tells us, for instance, that “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians...READ MORE

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Do You Practice Gaining Indulgences? What Does a Typical Priest Look Like? and Much More! (2362)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/08/2013 Comments (1)

Do You Practice Gaining Indulgences? Follow the link by Native Catholic to read more.

Do You Practice Gaining Indulgences? - Native Catholic

What Does a Typical Priest Look Like? by Francis Phillips of the Catholic Herald website - Big Pulpit

Truth, Responsibility, and Love - Ryan T. Anderson

20 Gen Y-aged Saints, Blesseds, and Venerables – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Our God is Love and Light - DabsQ, Catholic Stand

Quæritur: I’ve Tried to Get an Imprimatur For My Book - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Self-Defeating Argument About Intelligence - Stacy Trasancos PhD

How Organ Plus Mixed Voices Changes Chant - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

One More From Japan: Tokyo - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Must Bishops be the Husband of One Wife? - Tim Staples,...READ MORE

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Obama Administration Backtracks in Tyndale House HHS Case (2956)

The government’s appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to the Illinois-based Bible publisher.

05/08/2013 Comment

WASHINGTON — An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate court to dismiss its challenge to a preliminary injunction.

Matthew Bowman, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the publisher, told Catholic News Agency that the move indicates “that the government knows it is taking an extremist view against religious freedom, and it is afraid to defend that in court.”

As a result of the court order, the Bible publisher will remain protected by a temporary injunction and will therefore be able to conduct its business free from the demands of the federal...READ MORE

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Franciscan President Recalls 13 Years Battling Culture of Death (4152)

Father Terence Henry is passing on the torch of leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Franciscan Father Terence Henry.

– Franciscan.edu

Franciscan Father Terence “Terry” Henry is wrapping up a 13-year tenure as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Having built upon the legacy of Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, Father Henry now leaves Franciscan in the strongest position in its history, as he passes on the torch this June to his successor, Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan.

In this interview with Register correspondent Peter Jesserer Smith, Father Henry discusses how fighting the culture of death was the core of his mission and comments on the grave danger of the federal contraception mandate. He also talks about the addition of NCAA sports, a new friary on campus and G.K. Chesterton, as he gets ready...READ MORE

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