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Fla. Planned Parenthood Lobbyist Was on Catholic Charities Board (5107)

Alisa Lapolt Snow resigned from Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida before starting a consulting relationship with Planned Parenthood.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — A Planned Parenthood lobbyist who appeared to endorse infanticide at a March hearing in the Florida Legislature is a former board member of a local Catholic Charities affiliate, a spokeswoman said.

Alisa Lapolt Snow had served on Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida-Tallahassee’s board of directors, Peggy DeKeyser, director of communications for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., confirmed to Catholic News Agency April 9.

“She was vetted before she applied for the board of directors,” DeKeyser said. “There was nothing indicated that would have prevented her from becoming a board of directors' member at the time.”

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Pope Celebrates Mass With America’s Highest-Ranking Latino Bishop (3464)

Archbishop José Gomez, originally from Mexico and the current Los Angeles archbishop, concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s House.

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L'Osservatore Romano

Archbishop Jose Gomez meets with Pope Francis in St. Martha's House.

– L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — The Pope celebrated Mass with Archbishop José Gomez, the highest-ranking American bishop of Hispanic origin, on the feast of the Lord’s Annunciation.

“It was a very special Eucharist for me because we were celebrating the Annunciation, and I was ordained a bishop in Denver on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 2001,” Archbishop Gomez said in an April 8 Facebook post.

“During the Mass,” the archbishop added, “I was praying for Pope Francis and the Church, but especially for our great Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

“After Mass I told Pope Francis that all the faithful of Los Angeles love him and that we are praying for him and his ministry and that he has our loyalty. He...READ MORE

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Parent of Same-Sex Attracted Child Literally Says It; Active Participation and Singing and More! (5221)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Parent of Homosexual Kid Literally Says It. Follow the link by Mark Shea to read more.

Parent of Homosexual Kid Literally Says It by Mark Shea - Big Pulpit

Five Senses in Which the Eucharist is the Host – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

All Your Children Are Belong to Us - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Active Participation and Singing – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

The Conceit of Denying God - Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

Rebuilding Catholic Culture: A New Gem of Apologetics – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

How is Your Prayer Life? – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Margaret Thatcher Was Close to St. Francis – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Poll: 1/3 in U.S. Want Christianity as Official Religion – Mark Movsesian, First Things/First...READ MORE

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Military Archdiocese Objects to Catholic ‘Extremist’ Label (5153)

U.S. Army Reserve training brief listed Catholics alongside ‘violent and extremist’ groups.

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USAF/Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

U.S. Army chaplain Father Carl Subler celebrates Mass for soldiers in Badula Qulp, Afghanistan, on Feb. 21, 2010.

– USAF/Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services has said it is “astounded” at a U.S. Army Reserve training brief that listed Catholics alongside “violent and extremist” groups.

“The archdiocese calls upon the Department of Defense to review these materials and to ensure that taxpayer funds are never again used to present blatantly anti-religious material to the men and women in uniform,” the archdiocese said April 4.

In its statement, the archdiocese noted that an investigation and reply from the Army chief of chaplains office said the training “appears to have been an isolated incident not condoned by the Department of the Army.”

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U.S. Calls for Investigation of Cuban Catholic Opposition Leader’s Death (5004)

New evidence in the death of Oswaldo Payá last summer in a fatal car crash has links to the Castro regime.

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Oswaldo Payá was received by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — When Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, 60, one of Cuba’s most famous — and intensely devout — Catholic activists was killed on July 22, 2012, his family, friends and human-rights advocates around the world considered the tragic death suspicious.

Now the U.S. State Department has called for an independent, international investigation into the circumstances of the accident.

Payá founded the Christian Liberation Movement (CLM) in 1988 to advocate for free speech, freedom of association, more private property rights and the right to have a voice in government decisions through elections in Cuba. The Register profiled Payá in a lengthy interview in 2010.

Calling for a national...READ MORE

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Episcopal Leader Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus, The Gospel and the Poor and Much More! (4068)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Episcopal High Priestess Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus. Follow the link by Msgr. Pope of the AOW blog to read more.

Episcopal Priestess Denies Bodily Resurrection of Jesus by Msgr. Pope of the AOW blog - Big Pulpit

The Gospel and The Poor: Léon Bloy/Pope Francis – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Lessons in Spiritual Warfare – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

If Francis Wants a Leaner Liturgy, We Need Music to Match – Fr. Z’s Blog

Faith at the Movies, Encountering Wise Ones – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Pope Picks Franciscan as Secretary of the Congregation for Religious - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Church Ahead of Mathematicians on Ecumenical Dialogue – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Fisking Fr. Thomas Reese SJ Response to My Statements – Dr. Edward Peters, In the Light of the Law


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Fight Against HHS Mandate Draws Thanks From Bishops (2872)

Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, thanks all those who have challenged the HHS mandate in federal courts.

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Archbishop William Lori


WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have thanked organizations and entities for their courage in fighting a federal contraception mandate that forces employers to pay for services that violate their religious beliefs.

“Catholics in America have long been advocates for religious liberty, and we continue to affirm this basic right today,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

“We have consistently supported the rights of individuals not to act against their religious beliefs or moral convictions, especially when individuals seek to protect the dignity of human life,” he added.

Archbishop Lori serves as the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Finalizes Three Priests’ Ministry Removal (3350)

Archbishop Chaput is following up on then-archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali’s action that put 26 active diocesan clergy on leave in March 2011.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has finalized three priests’ removal from archdiocesan ministry: one who faces a “substantiated” allegation of abuse in a 40-year-old incident and two priests who have been accused of sex abuse or other misconduct.

The archbishop ruled that retired priest Msgr. Richard Powers, Father Joseph Gallagher and Father Mark Gaspar are “unsuitable for ministry.”

“After reviewing all the facts, as well as recommendations from competent external authorities, I made the decisions I feel are right and just,” Archbishop Chaput said April 7 regarding Fathers Gallagher and Gaspar.

Archbishop Chaput’s decision was informed by the...READ MORE

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