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Anti-Family Legislation Sweeps Across the Country (4265)

Adoption, marriage and school curricula are at stake.

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Office of Gov. Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who once spent time in a Jesuit seminary, recently signed legislation requiring public schools to include homosexuals in their history curricula. It's just one example of many laws that are chipping away at traditional concepts of family in America.

– Office of Gov. Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Blessed Junipero Serra and his fellow Spanish missionaries first brought Catholicism to California in 1769, and nearly a third of the state is today Catholic. 

But, despite its Catholic roots, an increasing number of its laws are hostile to families and opposed to Catholic morality, contends Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and his brother bishops in California.  And, while California is arguably the most egregious example, many other states are following California’s lead.

The archbishop made national news in July, when, in his archdiocesan newspaper, The Tidings, he specifically pointed to two such state laws. The first, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry...READ MORE

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Vatican Reaffirms Inviolability of Seal of Confession (3304)

Official reiterates Church teaching in wake of proposed Irish law that would imprison priests who do not inform civil authorities about cases of sexual abuse revealed to them in the confessional.

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Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

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Rome, Italy, Aug 1, 2011 / 05:56 pm (EWTN News/CNA) — The regent of the apostolic penitentiary, Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, firmly stated that the Catholic Church will never divulge the confession of a penitent.

“Ireland can pass whatever laws it wants, but it must know that the Church will never submit to forcing confessors to inform civil officials,” said Archbishop Girotti in July 27 statements to Il Foglio.

On July 14, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny promised to introduce a new law that would establish a prison sentence of five years for priests who do not inform civil authorities about cases of sexual abuse revealed to them in confession.

The proposed law contradicts canon law,...READ MORE

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St. John of Avila a New Doctor of the Church?, Euouae, St. Bridget of Sweden, and much more! (2788)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/02/2011 Comment

Saint John of the Cross may be declared a Doctor of the Church at World Youth Day in Madrid this month. Click on Dylan Parry's article to learn more.

St. John of Avila: Likely to be Declared a Doctor of the Church during World Youth Day in Madrid - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Every Dioceses Should Have an Episcopal Vicar for Online Ministry - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Guinness Record for Catholic Chant: Euouae - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

‘School of Life’ is Path to Freedom & Peace for Addicts - Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

This Tryst Paid for by U.S. Taxpayers Like You - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

. . . HLI America: Sebelius Wastes No Time Making Costly Birth Control Free . . .

. . . Matt Bowman: Mandating culture of death . . .

. . . Mary DeTurris Poust: Birth...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Loaves-and-Fishes Miracle Reminds Us to Feed the Hungry (2321)

Holy Father highlights plight of drought-stricken Africa and reminds the faithful to always help those in need during July 31 Angelus.

08/01/2011 Comments (2)

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI’s Sunday Angelus address highlighted the plight of those affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

“One thinks of the many brothers and sisters these days, in the Horn of Africa, who suffer the dramatic consequences of famine, exacerbated by war and the lack of strong institutions,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, 15 miles south of Rome. 

The Horn of Africa refers to the group of countries situated on the Somali peninsula in the northeastern part of the continent. These include Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia itself. All three states, plus Kenya, which...READ MORE

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The Good Confessor, Great Catholic Migration, Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey, and much more! (2647)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/01/2011 Comments (2)

Read about the Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey by Therese Rita.

The Good Confessor, According to St. Alphonsus - Father Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

. . . Catholic Lane: St. Alphonsus Liguori . . .

On the Great U.S. Migration of Catholics & What it Means for Parishes - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Venerable Father Solanus Casey - Therese Rita, Community of Catholic Bloggers

Conquering Toddler Antics at Mass - Dr. Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

The Roles of Men and Women - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Why Is Obeying the Church Not Easy for Us? - Father R. Tomasek SJ, Zeal

Evil and the Empty Soul (Anders Breivik) - Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Unlike Art, Icons are to be Adored - Christopher...READ MORE

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Immigration and the 'Next America': Perspectives From Our History (10854)

08/01/2011 Comments (45)

Our political debate about immigration in America frustrates me. Often, I think we are just talking around the edges of the real issues.

Both sides of this argument are inspired by a beautiful, patriotic idea of America’s history and values. But, lately, I’ve been starting to wonder: What America are we really talking about?

America is changing, and it has been changing for a long time. The forces of globalization are changing our economy and forcing us to rethink the scope and purpose of our government. Threats from outside enemies are changing our sense of national sovereignty.

America is changing on the inside, too.

Our culture is changing. We have a legal structure that allows,...READ MORE

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Wadowice: Pope John Paul II’s First ‘Seminary’ (3017)

Part 2 of Joan Frawley Desmond’s journal about her pilgrimage to Poland.

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Part one of this series appeared July 26.

Our pilgrim group, organized by Franciscan University at Steubenville and headed by Bishop Zubik of Pittsburgh, wended our way to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Jozef Wojtyla, the Polish boy would become Pope John Paul II.

Born in 1920, he lived in this small city during his childhood and adolescence, until 1938, when he entered the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Suffering and loss soon entered the life of the small family, with the death of Karol’s mother in 1929, and then his older brother in 1932. Yet a deep faith and sense of hope — rather than desolation and bitterness — pervaded the Wojtyla home, a spiritual perspective fostered by...READ MORE

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Dawn Eden's Teatime With Archbishop Sambi (2003)

Convert recalls late papal nuncio's love for the Jewish people and all people: 'The way that the archbishop was so warm, so fatherly and personable, it felt like he was conveying the Holy Father's love for each one of us, which is, of course, an extension of God’s love for each one of us.'

08/01/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (CNA) — Author and Catholic convert from Judaism Dawn Eden remembers Archbishop Pietro Sambi as a pastoral leader with a “fatherly” heart who shared a special connection with her over his deep affection for the Jewish faith.

Archbishop Sambi, the Pope’s diplomatic representative to the U.S., died on Wednesday, July 27, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after lung-surgery complications.

Eden, known for her 2006 bestseller The Thrill of the Chaste, remembers a unique and surprising series of events with the late archbishop that are forever branded in her memory.

In a July 29 interview with CNA, she recalled meeting Archbishop Sambi for the first time in 2007 at a dinner...READ MORE

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