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Pope Urges Christians to Remember Final Judgment (3913)

The Holy Father dedicated his Wednesday audience address to a phrase from the Nicene Creed, continuing a Year of Faith series started by Benedict XVI.

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Pope Francis gives his blessing at the Wednesday general audience on April 24.

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VATICAN CITY — Christians should not be frightened of the Final Judgment, but should let it affect how they live, Pope Francis told the 100,000 pilgrims who filled St. Peter’s Square April 24 for his general audience.

“Human history begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with the final judgment of Christ. We often forget these two poles of history, and, above all, faith in the return of Christ and the Final Judgment is sometimes not so clear and strong in the hearts of Christians,” Pope Francis said.

The crowd that turned out for the Wednesday audience was one of the largest yet, with the attendance reportedly surpassing expectations...READ MORE

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Mother Bonzel Miracle Confirmed in Colorado Springs (4124)

Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel will be beatified in November, following Vatican investigation of a 1999 healing attributed to her intercession.

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Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1863 in Olpe, Germany.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Vatican knows a lot about 18-year-old Luke Burgie of Colorado Springs, Colo.

His life will play an important role in the pending beatification of Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, founder of the Sisters of Mount St. Francis — a religious order that has established Catholic hospitals, schools, orphanages and nursing homes around the world.

On March 27, the Vatican confirmed that Burgie is alive and well because of a miracle requested through intercessory prayer to the late Mother Bonzel for an immediate cure of his severe and possibly life-threatening stomach condition.

Mother Bonzel founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1863 in Olpe,...READ MORE

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Theologian: Same-Sex Civil Unions Discriminate Against Married Couples (3915)

Ethics professor cautions equating homosexual unions to marriage because the legal system starts to transform the nature of marriage as a social and legal institution.

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Father Martin Rhonheimer

– Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome

ROME — After a Vatican official stated that the Church could support same-sex civil unions as “private law solutions” for protecting people’s rights, a Swiss theologian is saying that if they are equated with marriage these unions discriminate against married heterosexual couples.

“Besides containing an erroneous moral message, it actually means to objectively discriminate against married people, who intentionally have engaged in a union ordered towards the task of the transmission of human life, accepting all the burdens and responsibilities of this task,” said Swiss theologian Father Martin Rhonheimer.

“Conferring legal equality to same-sex unions signifies to publicly establish, in...READ MORE

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Debate, Protests Mark Legalization of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in France (3968)

The new law allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

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La Manif Pour Tous

Le Grande Armee gathered in the streets of Paris on March 24.

– La Manif Pour Tous

PARIS — After months of debate and massive protests, the National Assembly in France passed President Francois Hollande’s “marriage for all” bill into law on April 23.

With 331 votes in favor to the 225 votes against, the lower house approved Hollande’s draft law, which now legalizes same-sex “marriage,” allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

This vote comes after months of protests, which saw unprecedented crowds taking to the streets on several occasions to condemn the bill.

Opponents say they have no plans to end the protests.

One group, La Manif Pour Tous (March for All), has organized many of the events and reported...READ MORE

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Lessons From Bruising Passage of Kentucky Religious-Freedom Bill (5490)

A veto override allowed the bill’s passage, but the battle marked the growing clout of homosexual-rights activists.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In early 2013, Kentucky state Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, stepped up to sponsor a religious-freedom bill after the state Supreme Court issued a 2012 ruling that required Amish residents to put bright safety triangles on their buggies.

A veteran legislator in a Bible-belt state, Damron has sponsored more than 100 bills, and he expected this one to win easy passage.

But it didn’t turn out that way.

Last month, when the proposed legislation, backed by the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, finally came to the floor of the Democrat-controlled House, Damron and other supporters of the bill encountered an unexpected wave of opposition that led Kentucky’s Democratic...READ MORE

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About Rod Dreher's 'Sex After Christianity,' New Evangelization: Holiness and More! (3329)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/24/2013 Comment

About Rod Dreher’s Sex after Christianity. Follow the link by Dr. Ed Peters of the Canon Law Blog blog to read more.

About Rod Dreher’s Sex after Christianity by Dr. Ed Peters of the Canon Law Blog blog - Big Pulpit

The New Evangelization: Holiness - Msgr. Michael F. Hull STD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

What Type of Spiritual Poverty Do You Suffer From? – Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Nostra Aetate Prudently Analyzed – David G. Bonagura Jr., First Things/On the Square

France Legalizes Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ - Big Pulpit

Baptism by Beer, a 13th Century Practice Condemned – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Google Worships Their God - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

(Video) Interview with Dr. Taylor Marshall, On Origins of Catholicism – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

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Guns vs. Gun Control (14687)


04/23/2013 Comments (76)

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Although there was a time when the old men at a local gun club used to flatter my dad by telling him that I was a better shot than any of the boys in my 4-H club, I am not a gun enthusiast.

Nevertheless, as a Catholic theologian, I am troubled by accounts suggesting that Catholics who don’t support the U.S. bishops on gun control are akin to Catholics who disagree with fundamental moral teachings like contraception, abortion and marriage.

Regardless of the passion of some gun-control advocates, there exist clear distinctions between these issues. Let’s go back to the basics.

Blessed John Paul II articulated the foundation of the Church’s moral teaching in the encyclical Veritatis...READ MORE

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Women and Men Not Equal, Begin Your Day With Morning Prayer and Much More! (3201)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/23/2013 Comment

Women are Not Equal. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog to read more.

Women are Not Equal by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog - Big Pulpit

Begin Your Day With a Morning Offering - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

John Gielgud as the Grand Inquisitor – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Night Is as Clear as the Day – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Cafe

God & Teachers: A Mutual Understanding – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

The Higher Our Tech, the Ruder We Get - Tom Purcell, Catholic Lane

Passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Jason Hall, Catholic Stand

A Bishop’s Questionable Expertise on Gun-Control Legislation – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/The City Gates

The Hypocrisy Fallacy - William M. Briggs,...READ MORE

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