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Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Cases on DOMA, Prop 8 (2938)

12/07/2012 Comments (8)


WASHINGTON — In a move that could have wide-reaching consequences, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases involving the redefinition of marriage next year.

The court announced on Dec. 7 that it will hear cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California’s Proposition 8.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for all federal policies.

Last year, President Barack Obama instructed the Department of Justice to stop defending the law in court.

While the majority of U.S. states...READ MORE

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Wine in the Gospel of Saint John, I've Been Excommunicated! Are We in End Times? and More! (3146)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/07/2012 Comment

Wine in the Holy Gospel of Saint John. Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Wine in the Holy Gospel of Saint John – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

I’ve Been Ex-communicated! by Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blogBig Pulpit

Quæritur: Are We Now in the End Times? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Some Things We Can Do to Re-Christianize Christmas - Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Jarring Secular Santa – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Selfing Others Right in the Face – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Divorce: A Widely Ignored Self-Inflicted Tragedy – Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Reviving the TLM in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

The Book of...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Creates ‘GLBTQ’ Student Organization (4237)

A critic of the decision says the organization is 'astonishingly extensive' and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching.

12/07/2012 Comments (25)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame has established a “GLBTQ” student organization.

Notre Dame's president, Father John Jenkins, on Dec. 5 accepted the Office of Student Affairs’ recommendation to “expand and enhance the support and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ).” The recommendation includes the creation of a university-recognized student organization.

One critic says the organization is “astonishingly extensive” and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching.

William Dempsey, president of the Sycamore Trust, said the university opposed a homosexual student...READ MORE

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Stand for Catholic Identity Pits University of San Diego President Against Faculty (11852)

After President Mary Lyons disinvites a dissenting British theologian, some faculty collectively rebuke her for ‘compromising campus academic freedom.’

12/07/2012 Comments (152)

SAN DIEGO — A textbook case of division over campus Catholic identity is continuing at the University of San Diego, where a significant step undertaken to promote Catholic fidelity has generated fierce controversy.

Earlier this fall, USD’s president, Mary Lyons, denied a British theologian — who is openly at odds with some of the Catholic Church’s most fundamental moral teachings — her upcoming status as a “visiting fellow” at the university. The firestorm of debate over academic freedom that has ensued pits Lyons against many of her own faculty and has now involved the university’s board of trustees, too.

British Catholic theologian Tina Beattie, the director of the Digby Stuart...READ MORE

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Criticisms of Bishop Finn Described as Misleading, Dishonest (3205)

A recent media report was ‘inaccurate’ in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a diocesan spokesman says.

12/07/2012 Comments (7)

Bishop Robert Finn

– Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Calls for the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., that have gained media attention are exaggerated and do not depict the real situation in the diocese, according to local Catholics.

Jack Smith, interim director of communications for the diocese, said that a Dec. 2 article by The New York Times was “inaccurate” in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop.

The New York Times said that it had obtained 32 responses from a survey of priests conducted by a consulting firm hired by the diocese and that “half of them seriously doubted whether the bishop should continue as their leader, and several suggested that he resign.”


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The Real St. Nicholas: Not Fat and Jolly, In Praise of the Modern Atheist, and Much More! (2676)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/07/2012 Comment

Father Z and Mickey V. Follow the link by a Catholic in Brooklyn blog to read more.

The Real St. Nicholas: Not Fat and Not Very Jolly Either – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

In Praise of the Modern Atheist – Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

Yes, Virginia, There Was A Santa Claus – Nicholas Frankovich, First Things/On The Square

The Secret Society of St. Nick – Rebecca Frech, Shoved to Them

Civil Society is Solidarity’s Natural Home – Stephen White, Catholic Vote

Vatican Office to Launch Pope Smartphone App – Catholic News Agency

Get Ready to Celebrate St. Lucia’s Day! – Catholic Sistas

Messianic Prophecies: Malachi 3:1-5 – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Pope’s Latest Motu Proprio Signals an End to Dissent in the Church – Dylan Parry,...READ MORE

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Remembering Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck (2997)

Even before the musician ‘joined the Catholic Church’ in 1980, faith imbued his work.

12/06/2012 Comments (4)

Dave Brubeck in 2005

– Wikipedia

NORWALK, Conn. — Fans worldwide are paying tribute to Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died of heart failure on Dec. 5 in Norwalk, Conn., just one day before his 92nd birthday.

His legendary career as a jazz musician spanned over six decades, beginning during his time as a member of a military band in World War II while under the command of Gen. George Patton.

Rising to popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s by touring college campuses, Brubeck was well known for his unique timing signatures and unorthodox rhythm.

His music is often recognized as the defining sound of “cool” or “West Coast” jazz, a term referring to the relaxed tempos found in the new style of music, as...READ MORE

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Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope, Were There Marian Devotions in the Early Church? And More! (1391)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/06/2012 Comment

Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read further.

Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Was There Marian Devotion in First Three Centuries of the Church by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blogBig Pulpit

Modernity is an Attack on Being – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Subsidiarity in the Tradition of Catholic Social Doctrine – Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Bread in the Old Testament – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Jesuit Priest Celebrates Mass With Woman, Priestly Faculties Suspended – Joseph Fromm, Good Jesuit Bad Jesuit

The Dating of Christmas – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Witness – Brianna Hedt, Ignitum Today

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