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Canada’s Catholic Leaders Issue Wake-Up Call on Religious Liberty (5570)

Letter on ‘most fundamental right’ seen as sign that bishops are becoming ‘bellicose.’

05/31/2012 Comments (3)

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OTTAWA — Canada’s Catholic bishops have called on the country to recover its respect for freedom of religion and conscience — much battered in recent years by government policies and judicial rulings that treat religion as a private matter people should keep to themselves.

In a May 14 pastoral letter, the nation’s bishops affirmed freedom of religion and conscience is a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of democracy.

“[T]he right to religious freedom is ‘the litmus test for the respect of all the other human rights.’ Where it is protected, peaceful coexistence, prosperity and participation in cultural, social and political life flourish. But when it is threatened, all other...READ MORE

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Planting the Modesty Seed in Our Children, Fundamentalist Baptist Converts, and much more! (2337)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/30/2012 Comment

Planting the Modesty Seed in our Children. Click on the link by Lisa Schmidt to read more.

Planting the Modesty Seed in our Children - Lisa Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

Fundamentalist Baptist Jumps the Tiber - Jillian, Coming Home

Western Civilization End Game: World Meeting for Families War - Hilary White, LifeSiteNews

New Video Clips From For Greater Glory - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Converting to Paganism - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Scientistic Dogma and the Soul - J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Spiritual History 101: Medieval Christian Synthesis through the Present - Dr. Peter Kreeft, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Sinn Fein Not Really Catholic - The Pulpit

Georgetown Professor: Medieval Universities Not Really Catholic - Charlotte Hays, The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: 'Amen' Expresses Trust in God (1416)

Christians must do God's will and transform our lives like St. Paul, the Holy Father said May 30.

05/30/2012 Comment

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When Christians say, “Amen,” they are expressing their trust in the loving promise of God manifested in Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict said during his general audience on Wednesday, May 30.

“The Spirit, poured forth into our hearts, leads us to the Father, constantly making present God’s Yes to us in Christ and in turn enabling us to say our Yes –- Amen! –- to God,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“Our use of the word 'Amen,' rooted in the ancient liturgical prayer of Israel and then taken up by the early Church, expresses our firm faith in God’s word and our hope in his promises.”

Pope Benedict's remarks continued his catechesis on Christian prayer...READ MORE

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Mary Ann Glendon Appointed to U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (1092)

Harvard law professor has new liberty-focused role.

05/30/2012 Comments (1)

Mary Ann Glendon, who served as the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Glendon told EWTN News on May 29 that she was “deeply honored” by the appointment, “particularly at this moment when religious liberty in all its aspects is in special need of defense at home and abroad.”

The appointment, made by the Senate's minority leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was announced on May 23.

A law professor at Harvard University, Glendon has written extensively on political theory, human rights and comparative constitutional law. She served as the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2008 to 2009 and has also served...READ MORE

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Bishops Defend Legal Strategy as HHS Mandate Emerges as Election-Year Issue (5779)

In the wake of 43 Catholic groups filing legal challenges, media coverage targets internal tensions over strategy.

05/30/2012 Comments (17)

Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

– DIocese of Oakland, Calif.

WASHINGTON — Last September, the U.S. bishops struggled to raise awareness about an “interim final rule” for co-pay-free contraception, approved by the Obama administration in August 2011.

Now, in the wake of 43 Catholic groups filing 12 lawsuits across the nation on May 21, recent polling confirms that the controversial federal rule, approved Jan. 20, has emerged as an election issue. Public opposition has mounted against the controversial rule, while partisan forces and their media allies argue that Catholic leaders are “carrying water” for the GOP.

Last week, when Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., expressed alarm about the danger of politicizing the Church’s First...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'For Greater Glory' (33856)

¡Viva Cristo Rey! Epic film celebrates a historic Catholic struggle for religious freedom that resonates with our own times.

05/29/2012 Comments (57)
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Andy Garcia as the conflicted Cristero leader Gorostieta in For Greater Glory.

– ARC Entertainment

For Greater Glory tells a story of religious freedom and oppression that is far too little known, and that would be important and worthwhile at any time, but is strikingly apropos in our cultural moment.

The Cristero War or Cristiada of 1926 to 1929 was one of the largest insurgencies in Western history. Yet Americans in general, even Catholics and those of Mexican heritage, remain largely ignorant of this period of brutal suppression and desperate resistance, not to mention the long and contentious history of church-state antagonism in Mexico surrounding it.

For Greater Glory (Cristiada in Mexico) redresses this neglect. One of the most lavish and ambitious films ever produced in Mexico,...READ MORE

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The Hour of the Laity (2795)

June 3 issue editorial on laypeople's role in the HHS fight.

05/29/2012 Comment
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– St. Peter's List Facebook

This October, the Church will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. In that three-year period from 1962 to 1965, the bishops and their collaborators strove to bring the Church into the modern world so that the message of Christ could be heard more clearly and spread more effectively.

A better understanding of the role of the laity was high on the agenda. “The laity, by their very vocation, seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God,” declared Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations), Vatican II’s dogmatic constitution on the Church.

“They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social...READ MORE

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Portland’s Bishop Malone Named to Diocese of Buffalo (1004)

He succeeds the retired Bishop Edward Kmiec.

05/29/2012 Comments (2)

Bishop Richard Malone

– Diocese of Portland, Maine

VATICAN CITY — Bishop Richard Malone has been appointed as the new head of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y.

“I am most grateful to our Holy Father for his trust in appointing me bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo,” he said in a May 29 statement.

Although he is saddened to leave the faithful of his current diocese in Portland, Maine, Bishop Malone said he looks forward “with enthusiasm” to taking up his responsibility in Buffalo.

Bishop Malone was installed as the 11th Bishop of Portland in March 2004. Prior to his assignment in Maine, he was ordained in 2000 as an auxiliary bishop for the Boston archdiocese.

The new appointment comes after Bishop Edward Kmiec of Buffalo submitted his...READ MORE

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