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Cardinal O’Malley: We Can Win the Fight Against Euthanasia (4649)

An interview with the archbishop of Boston.

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston is leading a statewide fight to defeat the Death With Dignity Act, a November 2012 ballot measure that would legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts.

He has outlined the Church’s underlying moral concerns regarding the threat to human dignity and patients' rights posed by assisted suicide in a video homily broadcast at Boston-area Catholic churches. He's also writing a series of columns critiquing the measure, and he has worked with the Massachusetts Catholic Conference to form the Committee Against Physician-Assisted Suicide, a coalition that includes religious, medical and disability groups across the state.

During the final weeks before the...READ MORE

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Loyset Compere, Study Finds Abortion Linked to Short Lifespan of Mother, Former Catholics, and More! (2310)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/21/2012 Comment

Introducing Loyset Compère (1445-1518). Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to listen to beautiful and Sacred Music.

Introducing Loyset Compère (1445-1518) – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Study Finds Abortion Linked to Shortened Lifespan of Mother – Michael Cook, LifeSiteNews

Former Catholics; This Article is from the Forget The Roads Just Follow The Way! blog - Big ulpit

Religious Freedom vs. Aggressive Secularism – George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

God’s Gift to Women - Nekeisha Christopher, Ignitum Today

Apple and Cooperation – Sardonicus, Sardonic Ex Curia

Lessons from Central Europe: Memory of the Lack of Religious Freedom – Joseph Wood, The Catholic Thing

The Latin Mass: Why You Can’t Have It – David L. Alexander, Man With Black Hat

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Bishop Vann to Lead Fastest-Growing U.S. Diocese (4054)

Pope Benedict named the Fort Worth, Texas, shepherd to succeed Bishop Tod Brown.

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Bishop Kevin Vann

– Roman Catholic Diocese of Forth Worth, Texas

WASHINGTON — Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, has been named the fourth bishop of Orange, Calif., by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Vann will succeed Bishop Tod Brown, who offered his resignation to Pope Benedict earlier this year upon reaching the age limit of 75.

The appointment and resignation were both announced Sept. 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Vann will shepherd the nation’s 10th largest and fastest-growing diocese.

The diocese’s total population is 3.2 million, 41% of whom are Catholic.

Bishop Brown recently purchased the famous Crystal Cathedral from an evangelical church, and it will become the cathedral...READ MORE

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Euthanasia Opponents in Boston Gird for Ballot Battle (4638)

Church leaders mobilize campaign to draw Catholics into the fight against the ballot initiative “Prescribing Medication to End Life” — which Massachusetts voters will decide this November.

09/21/2012 Comments (5)

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Last April, Father Roger Landry, a priest from the Fall River, Mass., Diocese, returned to his alma mater, Harvard University, to educate students about a ballot measure — “Prescribing Medication to End Life” — which Massachusetts voters will decide this November.

The measure would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state, and supporters say it offers a compassionate response to the pain and suffering of terminally ill patients.

But Father Landry challenged that assertion during an address that outlined long-standing moral opposition to euthanasia, explained the cultural context for recent efforts to legalize such practices, and noted the particular concerns posed by the...READ MORE

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Pew Study: Hostility Towards Religion on the Rise (1762)

The study found that 75% of the global population was living in a region in which religious restrictions were 'high' or 'very high.' In the United States, both government restrictions and social hostilities increased for the first time in the four-year period studied.

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Hostility towards religion has risen globally, both in the form of government restrictions and social attitudes, determined a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Released Sept. 20, a report from the center's Forum on Religion & Public Life warned that a “rising tide of restrictions on religion spread across the world between mid-2009 and mid-2010.”

The study found that 75% of the global population was living in a region in which religious restrictions were “high” or “very high,” up from 70% the prior year.

The report marks the third time the Pew Forum has recorded levels of religious limitations around the globe. It examines government restrictions and social hostilities...READ MORE

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L.A. Archdiocese Suspends Priest for Promoting Same-Sex 'Marriage' (3735)

The priest has had his faculties removed, so he is unable to say Mass or distribute the sacraments, may not wear a Roman collar and cannot in any way present himself as a priest in public.

09/21/2012 Comments (21)

Suspended priest Father Joseph Palacios

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LOS ANGELES -- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has suspended local priest Father Joseph Palacios from ministry over his promotion of same-sex “marriage.”

Tod Tamberg, director of media relations for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, confirmed to Catholic News Agency Sept. 20 that Father Palacios was put on inactive leave in June.

Because he has had his faculties removed, he is unable to say Mass or distribute the sacraments, may not wear a Roman collar and cannot in any way present himself as a priest in public.

Father Palacios is a founding member of Catholics for Equality, a group which advocates for same-sex “marriage” and other social benefits for "gay, lesbian, bisexual and...READ MORE

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Band of Brothers (3514)

Part 6 of a Register series on friendship.

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'The Synaxis of the Holy and the Most Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles,' from the 14th century.

– Moscow Museum/Wikipedia

In Henry V, Shakespeare has Henry steel his men for battle against the overwhelming odds of 10,000 French to a few hundred English troops by telling them “the fewer men, the greater share of honor” and reminding them that he regards them not as servants, nor as mercenaries for hire, nor as subjects, but as: “We few, we happy few; we band of brothers; /for he today that sheds his blood with me/shall be my brother.”

This speech, which still has the power to move us at a distance of five centuries, is deeply rooted in the Christian conception of friendship. And such friendship is how both the Incarnation and the Resurrection, as well as the mission of the Church, begin.

The meeting of...READ MORE

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Father's Role Crucial in a Child's Life, Game of Thrones—The Worst in Culture, and More! (6162)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/21/2012 Comment

The Father’s Role in a Child’s Life is Crucial. Click on the link by Thomas J. Neal Ph.D. to read more.

The Father’s Role in a Child’s Life is Crucial – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

What Game of Thrones Says About Where Our Culture Has Gone by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog - Big ulpit

NFP and the Key to Happiness - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Lane

Parents Militant: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Catholic Dads and The Domestic Church – Eneubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

St. Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary for All Time – Brennan Pursell, Crisis Magazine

Allowing Kids to be Adopted by SSA ‘Parents’ is Not in Their Best Interests – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

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