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Thomas More's Legacy (3188)

Cardinal Raymond Burke recalls Christian witness of June 22's saint.

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ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — Cardinal Raymond Burke spoke with CNA about the inspiration he draws from the life and work of St. Thomas More, the patron of lawyers, whose feast day is June 22.

“I’ve always found him a font of courage,” said Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, the Vatican’s highest court.

“Oftentimes as a Christian — and especially as a priest or bishop — one is tempted by pressures to conform to society’s expectations instead of modeling oneself on the expectations of Our Lord.

“So St. Thomas More is really the example of how we need to — if we really want to do what is good and right — act according to Our Lord’s way and not...READ MORE

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Bloggers & The Church Should Learn From Each Other, The Importance of Centesimus, and much more! (1884)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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G.K. Chesterton’s Prophetic Voice is Still Relevant to the New Age.

Bloggers & Church Should Learn from Each Other - Diane M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudumas!

Your Online Guide to Understanding the New Roman Missal Translation - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

. . .free copy of Saint Therese of Lisieux book for your e-reader. . .

. . .Jeff Miller: how about Liturgical Wars?. . .

The Enduring Importance of Centesimus Annus - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

When Keith Olbermann Say Silly Things About the Church - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

French Revolution: Guillotined Sister Beatified, Refused to Deny Her Faith - Zenit

Social Contracts, Human Flourishing, and the Economy - Samuel Gregg, Public Discourse

In...READ MORE

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Obama and the United Nations (2163)

Is the current administration responsible for first U.N. homosexual-rights resolution?

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NEW YORK (CNA) — State Department officials say the United Nation’s first-ever resolution on “sexual orientation and gender identity” represents an international victory for the Obama administration’s policy agenda.

“This is really a paradigmatic example of using the U.N. system to advance one of President Obama’s top policy priorities,” said Suzanne Nossel, deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs, after the resolution’s passage on June 17. “We’ve been able to deliver on broad international support behind an agenda that we have set as a key goal for this administration.”

During the media briefing, the deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy,...READ MORE

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‘Gay Bashing’: Who’s Bullying Whom? (4051)

New York State may be homosexual rights activists' latest victory. A history of persuasion tactics. Keeping score ignores the deeper issues at stake.

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Marchers and protesters rally at the steps of Los Angeles City Hall in 2008 in protest of passage of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex 'marriage.' Some opponents of Prop. 8 have been accused of bullying supporters.

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WASHINGTON — Last year, a Rutgers University student committed suicide after “friends” live-streamed his sexual encounter with another man. His death prompted a slew of media headlines and surveys charting a rise in “gay bashing,” a trend that homosexual-rights activists blamed, in part, on political and religious opposition to “marriage equality.”

More recently, the “bully” label was applied to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), after the homosexual-rights group successfully lobbied a top law firm to drop its commitment to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A Washington Post editorial asserted that HRC “sullies itself and its cause by resorting to bullying tactics,” challenging a...READ MORE

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Pope: Psalms 'Are a School of Prayer' (2696)

Songs of praise draw us to God, the Holy Father said at his June 22 audience.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — The Book of Psalms can teach people how to pray and is the “prayer book ‘par excellence,’” Pope Benedict XVI said in his June 22 audience with pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“These inspired songs teach us how to speak to God, expressing ourselves and the whole range of our human experience with words that God himself has given us,” he said.

The Book of Psalms consists of 150 prayers traditionally ascribed to the authorship of King David.

The Pope explained that a whole range of human emotions are found in the Psalms, ranging from “joy and suffering” to the “fullness of life to fear of dying.”

“In these prayers, the Psalms are manifestations of the soul...READ MORE

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Renewing the Mission of Catholic Charities (10026)

Archbishop Chaput on Catholic identity and the future of the Church's social ministry.

06/22/2011 Comments (7)

The following is Archbishop Chaput’s June 21 address to the Catholic Social Workers Association.

We’re here today — or anyway, we should be here today — because we believe in Jesus Christ. Everything in Catholic social ministry begins and ends with Jesus Christ. If it doesn’t, it isn’t Catholic. And if our social work isn’t deeply, confidently and explicitly Catholic in its identity, then we should stop using the word “Catholic.” It’s that simple.

Faith in Jesus Christ — not as the world likes to imagine him, but the true Son of God as the Catholic Church knows and preaches him — is the only enduring basis for human hope. Real hope has nothing to do with empty political slogans. It has...READ MORE

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CUA to Be Sued Over Single-Sex Dorms? (2882)

D.C. professor threatens to bring suit against The Catholic University of America over recent housing decision.

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — The Catholic University of America says its plan to house men and women separately will withstand any legal challenge from John Banzhaf, known for his lawsuits over fast food and women’s bathrooms.

In a June 21 statement provided to CNA, the university said it “has not received service of any legal proceedings from professor John Banzhaf regarding the university’s plan to phase in single-gender residence halls.”

Earlier this week, a Fox affiliate in the District of Columbia reported that Banzhaf had issued the school an “intent to sue” notice because of the plan. The university, however, says it is still waiting to “review any legal documents if and when they are...READ MORE

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Needed: Real Faith (2111)

Archbishop Chaput says Catholics need to boldly live Church teaching to counteract increasing societal moves to discount religion.

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DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver warned Catholic social workers against the danger of Church institutions losing their religious identity amidst increasing hostility from the government and society.

“The more that Catholic universities or hospitals mute their religious identity, the more that Catholic social ministries weaken their religious character and the less useful to the Gospel they become,” he said June 21.

Archbishop Chaput delivered a dual message to Catholic social workers, urging them to not let their Christian identity wane and also stressing that the government has no right to impede the work of Catholic institutions.

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