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U.S. Bishops Pray for Norway (1673)

Archbishop Dolan: 'The almost unfathomable tragedy and the deaths of so many innocent people touch the hearts of people all around the world and call us to special prayer for the victims, their families and the people of Norway especially.'

07/28/2011 Comment
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WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — The U.S. Catholic bishops have offered their prayers and “deepest condolences” to the people of Norway in the aftermath of the bombing and mass-murder spree which killed dozens.

“The assault on government buildings in Oslo and a neighboring youth camp reminds us again of the fragility of life and the challenge to overcome evil in its many forms,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York said in a July 26 letter to Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, who heads the Scandinavian Episcopal Conference, and Bishop Bernt Ivar Eidsvig of Oslo.

“The almost unfathomable tragedy and the deaths of so many innocent people touch the hearts of people all around the world and...READ MORE

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Youth Speak Up for Morality at the U.N. (2172)

'Statement of Youth to the U.N. and the World' met with applause at United Nations' General Assembly.

07/28/2011 Comment
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NEW YORK (CNA) — “Usually when that sort of thing is read, there’s booing or hissing. But it was all applause,” said Tyler Ament, director of the International Youth Coalition, about the initial reaction to the presentation of his group’s “Statement of Youth to the U.N. and the World” at the U.N.’s General Assembly on July 25.

“There was a voice missing from the discussion when this (U.N.) International Year of Youth started,” said Ament at a July 26 press conference. “We wanted to make sure, through the International Youth Coalition, that the voice which promotes life and family and integrity would be heard in the conversation.”

The International Youth Coalition gathered in New York from...READ MORE

Filed under “statement of youth to the u.n. and the world”, international youth coalition, united nations, youth

Why is Francis Xavier Ford Not a Saint?, Youth Get Set for Madrid, Why We Need NFP, and much more! (3016)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/28/2011 Comments (2)

Bishop Francis Xavier Ford was a Maryknoll Missionary to Communist China where he was tortured to death by the Communist Authorities and died a martyr. To learn more about him, click on George Weigel's link.

Why Hasn’t Francis Xavier Ford Been Beatified? - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver

The Beautiful Youth Get Set for Madrid - Antonine-Marie Izoard, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Why We Need Natural Family Planning - H.L.I. America

The Extraordinary Challenge of Being Counter-Cultural - Pat Lencioni, The Integrated Catholic Life™

One Man, One Woman, & the Common Good: Marriage’s Public Purpose - Austin R. Nimocks, Public Discourse

Self-Forgetting Love (Gospel of Saint Matthew 14:13-21) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Catholic Faith Will Not Disappear from Ireland - Mary Kenny, The Daily Telegraph

A Saint Who Had an Abortion - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com

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Filed under anders breivik, catholic blogosphere, dorothy day, francis xavier ford, ireland, marriage, natural family planning, new media, world youth day 2011

Church Leaders: Budget Cuts Hurt the Poor (4501)

As default looms, fiscal conservatives stress wealth creation over redistribution.

07/27/2011 Comments (12)

Courtesy of the Office of Rep. John Boehner

WASHINGTON — An alliance of American churches, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with President Obama last week, urging that programs aiding the poor be exempted from any spending cuts.

The ecumenical appeal was cast as a non-partisan initiative, but some critics viewed it as a wrong-headed measure that will keep taxes high and prevent investments by small businesses that would lead to job creation.

After meeting with Obama, the group held a teleconference with members of the media emceed by John Carr, the executive director of the USCCB’s Department of Justice Peace and Human Development. He called the alliance “unprecedented,” adding, “Across a broad...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, budget defecit, congress, john boehner, politics, robert sirico

A Defense of Speaker Boehner (2754)

Careless references to Catholic social teaching confuse rather than enlighten.

07/27/2011 Comments (9)
Courtesy of the Ethics and Public Policy Institute

James C. Capretta

– Courtesy of the Ethics and Public Policy Institute

In May, a group of academics wrote an open letter that was highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner, who was scheduled to address Catholic University’s graduates and receive an honorary degree. 

Boehner’s offense?  According to those who wrote the letter, he violated the principles of Catholic social teaching by pushing for budget policies that cut spending for a number of domestic programs, some of which are aimed at low-income households.

But is it really a violation of Catholic social teaching for a leading national politician, in good conscience, to support a budget plan that tightens the government’s belt — even if it means reducing funds for some programs that aid the poor?

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Filed under budget talks, catholic charities, catholic social justice, speaker boehner, welfare reform

Before There Was Gregorian Chant There Was Roman Plain Chant, The Bridgettine Order, and much more! (2635)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/27/2011 Comment

Communist Vietnam Re-Education Agents Re-Arrests Ailing Father Van Ly. Click on the link to learn more.

The Pope’s Latest Encouragement to Mercy and Spiritual Direction - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Before There Was a Gregorian Chant, There Was Roman Plain Chant - The Catholic Knight

What do the Standard English Propers Sound Like in Real Life? - Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

A Commentary on the First Spiritual Truth of Courage, the Catholic Apostolate - Lisa Graas

The Bridgettine Order - Alberto Carosa, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

True Nature of the Kingdom - Doctor Edward Sri, The Integrated Catholic Life™

The New Evangelization in Europe - Archbishop Rino Fisichella, News.va/L’Osservatore Romano

Poland Abortion Ban Complies with International/European Law - Grégor Puppinck Ph.D.,...READ MORE

Filed under bishop tod brown, bridgettine order, catholic blogosphere, crystal cathedral, fr. van ly, mercy, new evangelization, robert cardinal sarah, roman plain chant, spiritual direction

Church vs. State (2397)

Fourth Catholic Charities agency joins lawsuit against Illinois.

07/27/2011 Comment
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Springfield, Ill. — The Diocese of Belleville announced July 26 that it will join three other Illinois dioceses in a lawsuit against the state, after its adoption and foster care programs face being shut down over a recent civil unions law.

Gary Huelsmann, director of Catholic Social Services affiliated with the Belleville diocese, said on Tuesday that halting these programs goes against “the best interest of the many children we serve and will deny vital choices for foster parents and children.”

The Belleville diocese joins Catholic Charities groups from the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet in fighting the attempts of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Illinois...READ MORE

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Pro-Life America (1839)

‘Encouraging’ survey shows support of abortion restrictions.

07/27/2011 Comments (3)

Washington D.C. — A new survey suggests that “large majorities” of Americans favor several types of abortion restrictions, including waiting periods, parental notification and informed consent laws. However, they are less likely to support a ban on federal funds for abortion providers or opt-out laws for pro-life pharmacists and health providers.

“We have known for some time that the American public is supportive of restrictions and understand that those restrictions are necessary to protect women and the unborn,” said Mailee Smith, staff counsel for Americans United for Life.

It was “affirming and encouraging” that Americans support some of the restrictions, she added.

A July Gallup...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, americans united for life, mailee smith, public opinion

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