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Church vs. State (2488)

Fourth Catholic Charities agency joins lawsuit against Illinois.

07/27/2011 Comment
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Springfield, Ill. — The Diocese of Belleville announced July 26 that it will join three other Illinois dioceses in a lawsuit against the state, after its adoption and foster care programs face being shut down over a recent civil unions law.

Gary Huelsmann, director of Catholic Social Services affiliated with the Belleville diocese, said on Tuesday that halting these programs goes against “the best interest of the many children we serve and will deny vital choices for foster parents and children.”

The Belleville diocese joins Catholic Charities groups from the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria and Joliet in fighting the attempts of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Illinois...READ MORE

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Pro-Life America (1893)

‘Encouraging’ survey shows support of abortion restrictions.

07/27/2011 Comments (3)

Washington D.C. — A new survey suggests that “large majorities” of Americans favor several types of abortion restrictions, including waiting periods, parental notification and informed consent laws. However, they are less likely to support a ban on federal funds for abortion providers or opt-out laws for pro-life pharmacists and health providers.

“We have known for some time that the American public is supportive of restrictions and understand that those restrictions are necessary to protect women and the unborn,” said Mailee Smith, staff counsel for Americans United for Life.

It was “affirming and encouraging” that Americans support some of the restrictions, she added.

A July Gallup...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, americans united for life, mailee smith, public opinion

Nuncio Recalled from Ireland (2425)

Action over disputed Cloyne Report puts Irish-Holy See relations at low point.

07/27/2011 Comments (3)

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VATICAN CITY — As Irish-Holy See relations sank to their lowest ebb in July, the Vatican recalled to Rome the apostolic nuncio to Ireland, following the release of the Cloyne Report on clerical sex abuse, and an outspoken attack on the Holy See by Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

But the Vatican’s deputy spokesman, Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, asserted in an interview that the main reason for the recall was to obtain a better understanding of the crisis fuelled by the July 13 publication of The Cloyne Report, and not to signal the Holy See’s disapproval to the Irish government — often the principal reason behind such diplomatic actions.

The product of a judicial inquiry into...READ MORE

Filed under catholic church in ireland, clergy abuse in ireland, holy see, holy see recalls ambassador to ireland

What Are Attachments, Big Families Can Solve Our Economic Crisis, Redistributing Wealth, and more! (3557)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/27/2011 Comment

Want to know more about the Mystery of the Attempt on Blessed John Paul II's Life? Click on Andrea Tornielli's link to learn more.

What are Attachments, & What Are They Not? - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Lutheran Convert: JoAnna Wahlund - Why I’m Catholic

The Past and Future of the Graduale Simplex - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Vatican Bank President: Bigger Families are the Solution to Economic Crisis - Marianne Medlin, Catholic News Agency

Philosophy, Marriage, and Moral Grandstanding - Sherif Girgis, Public Discourse

From Hatred to Hope, One Man’s Journey into the Catholic Church - Catholic Spiritual Direction

First & Only Carthusian Monastery in America - Pat McNamara, Patheos/In Ages Past

Remembering First Woman Saint Of India - Vanessa Barnes

On Redistributing Wealth - Father...READ MORE

Filed under anders breivik, archbishop charles j. chaput, attachments, blessed john paul ii, carthusian monastery, conversion story, economics, graduale simplex, large families, marriage

A Pilgrim in Poland (2834)

Part 1 of Joan Frawley Desmond’s journal chronicling her travels as she followed in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II.

07/26/2011 Comments (3)

“There are no coincidences,” Blessed Pope John Paul II observed more than once. The insight reflected his belief that the central events and people that shaped his life and set him on the path to Rome were part of a divine plan revealed over time through the crucible of the cross.

This was the cross that cast its shadow on his own life and that of his beloved native land, forcing every believer to grapple with the mysterious purposes of a loving God who permits suffering, war and infirmity to serve as the “refiner’s fire,” silently and painfully advancing the pilgrim’s progress through the valley of death.

Yet, it’s one thing to read the statement — “There are no coincidences” — and...READ MORE

Filed under jasna gora, karol wojtyla, our lady of czestochowa, pilgrimage, pope john paul ii

Why God Allows Suffering, Spiritual Geography, How to Get My Focus Back, and much more! (3000)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/26/2011 Comment

Why then Pope John Paul II, now Blessed John Paul II, did not become Santo Subito!

Why Does God Allow Suffering? - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, The Integrated Cthlc Life™

Spiritual Geography - Joseph Bottum, Catholic Education Resource Center

How do I get my focus back? - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Why JP2 Did Not Become an “Instant Saint” - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Nun Honored for Civil War Service, 1910 A.D. - Pat McNamara

The Modal Connection: Gregorian & S.E.P. - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Does Religion Rots Teenagers’ Brains? - Denyse O’Leary, MercatorNet

California Referendum Launched to Halt Mandatory “Gay History” Law - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com

The Human Person in Hoarding’s Hellish Trap - Christina...READ MORE

Filed under "gay marriage", blessed john paul ii, california, fertility, gregorian chant, hoarding, laurie goodstein, new york times, oral contraception, pakistan

L.A. Pro-Life Clinic Founded by Actor Eduardo Verastegui Dedicated to St. Gianna (4551)

Saint's daughter, Dr. Gianna Emmanuela Molla, attended the opening on July 18.

07/26/2011 Comments (2)

St. Gianna

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LOS ANGELES (EWTN News) — The daughter of Italian saint Gianna Beretta Molla traveled to Los Angeles last week to attend the dedication of a pro-life clinic built in honor of her mother.

Dr. Gianna Emmanuela Molla attended the opening of the Guadalupe Pro-Life Clinic in Los Angeles on July 18. 

In September of 1961, her mother, a doctor, was diagnosed with cancer.  She opted to forgo medical treatment in order to increase the chances her daughter would survive. She died a week after Gianna Emmanuela was born. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1994 and canonized her on May 16, 2004.

The Los Angeles clinic was established by the organization Manto de Guadalupe, founded by Mexican actor...READ MORE

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Vatican Recalls Irish Nuncio After Cloyne Report (2200)

Holy See spokesman: Move shows the seriousness of the situation.

07/26/2011 Comments (1)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) —The Vatican has recalled its apostolic nuncio in Ireland to Rome for consultations after the release of the Cloyne report on priests’ abuse of minors in the Diocese of Cloyne. The recall is a sign of the Holy See’s seriousness in addressing the issue, a Vatican spokesman said.

The recall of Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza shows the seriousness of the situation and the desire of the Holy See to deal with it “objectively and with determination,” Father Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the Vatican Press Office, told journalists July 25.

He said the recall shows the “surprise and regret regarding some excessive reactions.”

Father Benedettini added that the nuncio’s...READ MORE

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