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Go-To Investigator on the Dallas Charter (7885)

Archbishop Chaput discusses his approach to combating sexual abuse.

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Priests aren’t being “thrown under the bus,” if the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” is followed correctly, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver affirmed.

During their spring general meeting last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved minor changes to the charter, known popularly as the Dallas Charter, and related norms. The bishops, meeting in Seattle, resisted calls by some victims’ groups for a broader review of their framework for guarding against child sexual abuse by priests and other Church personnel.

Bishop Blase Cupich, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, argued that the recent John Jay...READ MORE

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How to Appeal to the Catholic Voter (1842)

The impact and infuence of the faithful on America's elections.

06/21/2011 Comments (2)

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NEW ORLEANS (CNA) — While Gov. Haley Barbour has told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference that primary voters should not expect a “perfect candidate” or demand “purity,” commentator Deal Hudson says Republicans must have a “pro-life and pro-marriage” nominee to attract Catholic voters.

“It’s not a matter of demanding ‘purity’ from a candidate, but, rather, a matter of expecting principle and prudence. It’s a matter of principle because the Catholic Church teaches, and most Americans agree, that unborn life should be protected and that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Hudson said.

Selecting such a nominee is also a matter of “political prudence” because a nominee who is...READ MORE

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‘God’ Is Alive (in the Pledge of Allegiance) (2931)

Supreme Court turns down latest attempt to dereligionize American oath.

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WASHINGTON — God was put into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 at the urging of the Knights of Columbus. So when Michael Newdow sought Supreme Court standing to remove the Almighty, the Knights girded for legal battle — and won.

“We are very happy,” said Knights’ vice president Patrick Korten. “This is a victory for human rights.”

The Supreme Court decided June 13 simply not to consider an appeal by Newdow of a New Hampshire case he has argued in before the First Circuit Court of Appeals for parents objecting to their children being forced to witness classmates saying the pledge. The Knights decided to join in the case as a co-defendant.

Newdow, who first gained prominence when he won...READ MORE

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NBC Apologizes for Omitting 'Under God' From Pledge (2520)

Mishap happened during coverage leading up to the U.S. Open championship.

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Washington (EWTN News) — The TV network NBC apologized for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage leading up to the U.S. Open championship.

The June 19 program featured a group of children saying the pledge before the sports event at the Congressional Country Club, but the network edited out the words “under God” from the pledge twice.

Reacting to immediate criticism, NBC issued an on-air statement saying the intent was to include “a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship.”

“Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out,” network officials said. “It was not done to upset...READ MORE

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'Marriage Equality Act' Vote Delayed in New York (2657)

State's Catholic Conference urges citizens to tell their senators to vote against the measure: 'It's too late for writing; it's too late for anything much other than calling and prayer.'

06/21/2011 Comments (5)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (EWTN News/CNA) — New York state senators did not reach a conclusion about homosexual “marriage” as the Senate met before its summer recess on June 20.

“Every day that goes by and the bill does not pass is a good day, (but) we are realistic enough to know that this is a very serious danger,” said Dennis Poust, New York
Catholic Conference director of communications in a June 20 interview with EWTN News.

The issue was delayed along with other topics, including rent control and property tax in New York, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Conference is doing its best to convince senators that the homosexual “marriage” bill is not a good idea for...READ MORE

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Blogging Bishops, For Those Called to Marriage, True Causes of Schism, and much more! (3216)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/21/2011 Comment

Clergy meet the new media.

New Translation:  Blessed Are You, Lord - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

The Informality of Blogging Bishops - Patrick Brennan, Mirror of Justice

Earthly Treasures vs. Heavenly Treasures - Maurice Blumberg, Catholic Lane

Asceticism and the Consumer Society - Metropolitan Jonah, Acton Institute

For Those Called to Marriage - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

The Political Economy of Distributism - John Médaille, The Distributist Review

Planned Parenthood Funding:  Madison & Subsidiarity vs. Obama - Paul Kengor, Catholic Vote

Famous Welsh Statue of Our Lady Missing - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The True Causes of Schism - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard...READ MORE

Filed under asceticism, black sheep dog, blogging bishops, consumer society, deepak chopra, distributism, earthly treasures, fr. john corapi, heavenly treasures, planned parenthood

Pope Benedict Marks World Refugee Day (2473)

Global leaders urged to help the displaced and distressed.

06/20/2011 Comments (1)

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN NEWS) — Pope Benedict stressed the importance of global leaders welcoming refugees in light of recent violence that has displaced thousands of people in Africa and the Middle East.

“I invite the civil authorities and all people of good will to ensure refugees are welcomed and given dignified living conditions as they await the chance to return freely and safely to their own countries,” he said before praying the Angelus on Sunday, June 19.

World Refugee Day is celebrated annually on June 20.

The celebration this year coincides with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the adoption of the 1951 Geneva Convention...READ MORE

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New Mass Music Coming to a Church Near You (3729)

Parishes will learn settings ahead of full-scale missal implementation, bishops decide.

06/20/2011 Comments (4)

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WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Diocesan bishops will be allowed to gradually introduce the musical settings for Mass parts from the new Roman Missal beginning in September, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans announced June 16.

“I ask you to encourage this as a means of preparing our people and helping them embrace the new translation,” Archbishop Aymond told the bishops during their spring assembly near Seattle.

This announcement primarily affects the Gloria, the Holy, Holy, Holy and the Memorial Acclamations of the liturgy. The change will allow parish communities to learn the various parts of the new translation “in a timely fashion and an even pace.”

The bishops’ Committee on...READ MORE

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