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

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04/09/2013 Comment

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 (2878)

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 (3353)

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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U.K. Bishops Mourn Loss of Margaret Thatcher (2780)

First female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died the morning of April 8 at the age of 87.

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Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan in 1981.

– White House Photographic Office/Wiki

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s Catholic bishops voiced grief and prayed for the soul of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, following a stroke.

“It was with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher, who served this country for many years both as a member of Parliament and as prime minister,” said Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster on behalf of the local bishops’ conference.
“We pray for the repose of her soul and for the intentions of her family and all those who now mourn for her.”

Thatcher died the morning of April 8 at the age of 87. She was the first female prime minister of the U.K. and the longest-serving one in the 20th...READ MORE

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For Egypt’s Christians, 1,374 Tough Years and Counting (6095)

Anti-Christian violence during the first weekend in April marked an alarming acceleration of the centuries-old persecution carried out by the country’s dominant Muslim community.

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AP Photo/Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes April 6 between Muslims and Christians in a Cairo suburb.

– AP Photo/Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

CAIRO — Tonight, an Egyptian Christian mother will lie awake, worrying if her kidnapped daughter was merely forced to marry a radical Islamist and convert or if her fate was much worse.

This Sunday, an Egyptian father will hitchhike more than 10 miles to the nearest church with his sons, not knowing whether the boys will be kidnapped by gunmen who don’t conceal their identities. Also uncertain is whether he and his fellow congregants will make it through Mass alive or whether extremists will set off explosives and shoot those inside.

Any day of any week, a priest in this ancient land will wonder how he can help his tiny flock survive against a system that basically says, “If you are...READ MORE

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Disney World and ‘C & E’ Catholics, The Primacy of the Spiritual and Much More! (3867)

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Disney World and “C & E” Catholics. Follow the link by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website to read more.

Disney World and “C & E” Catholics by Randy Hain of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website - Big Pulpit

The Primacy of the Spiritual: St. Nicholas of Flue – Christopher O. Blum, Crisis Magazine

Never Despair in God’s Mercy – Sr. Lisa Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

Ave Maria by Richard J. Clark – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Why We Are Made to Bear Children – Dominic Pedulla MD, Catholic Stand

Skip Starbucks, Go to St. James Coffee – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Gonzaga and the Knights of Columbus – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Christendom College Student Won’t Shut Up With The Latin Already – Eye of the Tiber

Are Atheists Dogmatic? A.C. Grayling’s...READ MORE

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Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’  Dies (3894)

COMMENTARY: The former British prime minister contributed to the downfall of Soviet communism in the 20th century.

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– Wikipedia

In losing Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost a great one. She was another of the giants who will go down in history for the way they peacefully closed the 20th century’s longest-running conflict: the epic battle against militant, murderous, atheistic Soviet Communism. Her allies in that effort will not be forgotten: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel. All combined to play critical and integral roles in taking apart a genuinely evil empire.

Much, of course, is being said of Thatcher now. She was the heralded Iron Lady who faced down not only the Soviets, but the fierce public-sector unions that had grinded Britain’s economy to a...READ MORE

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Tens of Thousands Beat Deadline to Protest HHS Mandate (4802)

The Obama administration is overreaching its authority and forcing religious employers to violate their fundamental beliefs, they assert.

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WASHINGTON — More than 85,000 parties have filed comments ahead of today’s 11:59pm Eastern time deadline to respond to the federal government about the latest version of its mandate that forces employers to provide contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization in their employee health-insurance plans.

“There is still a lot of energy behind this in the Catholic community,” said Anthony Picarello Jr., associate general secretary and general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which urged Catholics and people of good will to submit their comments with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 147,000 comments — most critical of the mandate — were...READ MORE

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