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Public Adoption Ceases in Rockford Diocese (2730)

State’s new civil-union bill prompted the decision.

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Rockford, Ill. (EWTN News) — The Diocese of Rockford, Ill., is ending its publicly funded adoption and foster-care services, citing the lack of religious-conscience protections in a state law that established same-sex civil unions on June 1.

The State of Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act does not allow child welfare agencies to restrict their adoption and foster-care work to married heterosexual couples, even in cases where these agencies partner with religious groups.

Rather than face lawsuits or violate Catholic teaching, the diocese will permanently stop all state-funded adoptions and foster-care placements.

At a May 26 press conference, diocesan...READ MORE

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Pray Like Moses (2069)

Pope Benedict XVI discusses intercessory prayer at his general audience.

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Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI said at the June 1 general audience that intercessory prayer helps us to grow in deeper knowledge of God and his mercy and makes us more capable of loving others in a self-sacrificial way.

Drawing upon the life of Moses, the Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that the Old Testament prophet not only led his people out of slavery in Egypt but also gave them — and us — an example of how to offer prayers of intercession.

“Even when the people at Sinai asked Aaron to make the golden calf, Moses prays, and this is very emblematic of his role as intercessor,” the Pope said.

The Pope identified various aspects of the intercessory prayer of...READ MORE

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'Bring the Wounded to the Church for Healing' (2023)

Project Rachel founder Vicki Thorn, newly appointed to the Vatican's Academy for Life, speaks about cultural need for post-abortion help.

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Milwaukee (CNA) — Vicki Thorn, a Wisconsin-based mother of six and recently appointed member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, says that the Church must defend the sanctity of life and bring healing to those who have experienced the trauma of an abortion.

“Millions of men and women have experienced abortion loss across the world,” she said. “When they are ready to heal the wound, the Church needs to be there.”

The faith community, she said in a May 25 interview with CNA, needs to be a “prophetic voice” heralding the sanctity of life, as well as a source of comfort for those affected by the trauma of abortion.

Thorn has reached international recognition for founding Project Rachel from...READ MORE

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How Do Americans View Moral Issues? (3502)

New Gallup poll finds acceptance of divorce and premarital sex.

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Princeton, N.J. (CNA/EWTN News) — A recent Gallup poll found that while Americans remain largely split on several moral issues, the majority in recent years have become increasingly accepting of what were once considered social taboos, such as divorce and sex outside of marriage.

“Americans in 2011 widely view divorce, the death penalty, gambling, embryonic stem-cell research, and premarital sex as morally acceptable,” said researcher Lydia Saad in the study, published on May 31.

According to the poll, 69% of the nation’s citizens view divorce as permissible, while just 31% are morally opposed to it.

Additionally, 60% of respondents found premarital sex as morally acceptable, and 36%...READ MORE

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The Register and CNA 'a Perfect Fit' (1625)

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The Imitation of Christ, Blessed Peter To Rot, Atheist Convert, Mary Mediatrix, and much more! (4333)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Blessed Peter To Rot of Papua New Guinea, Defender of Matrimony.

The Imitation of Christ, the Perfect Book for the Soul! - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Papua New Guinea: Blessed Peter To Rot, Defender of Matrimony - Michael J. Miller, Catholic Lane

Catholics Are At Forefront of Revived Pro-Life Movement in U.K. - Ben Quinn, Guardian

Is Mary the Mediatrix of All Graces? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Atheist Converts After Mock Prayer to Win $1m Lottery is Answered - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Saint Germanus, Bishop - Catholic Lane

Various Approaches To Theology - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Oh Joy! The Circus Mass!!! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Why Are Catholics So “Cold?” - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless...READ MORE

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State Abortion Laws Save Lives (3555)

Expert: Local pro-life legislation makes a significant impact at the federal level.

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The Alabama Senate just voted for a bill that would opt the state out of funding abortions under the new federal health-care bill. Several states, including Indiana, Kansas and Texas, have moved to prohibit the government from giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. Nebraska legislators passed a bill requiring teenagers to get parental consent before obtaining an abortion.

These are not isolated incidents, but represent a trend. As pro-life legislation on the federal level often fails to make it out of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, such legislation is making more headway on the state level.

Michael New says that such laws have a far-reaching effect. New,  an...READ MORE

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Was St. Joseph at the Visitation?, How to Help the Poor, Good Samaritans Swarm Joplin, and more! (2445)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Saint Joseph and Mary on their wedding day.

Was Saint Joseph Present at the Visitation? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

. . .Blessed John Henry Newman on the Visitation. . .

. . .more from The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma here. . .

Not Whether to Help the Poor, But How - Father Robert A. Sirico, Crisis Magazine

Disaster Aftermath: Who’re These Good Samaritans? - Bobby Ross Jr., Get Religion

Liberal Arts and Sexual Morality - Doctor Peter Kreeft, The Integrated Catholic Life™

$1 Billion Members Worldwide! - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Saint Felix I, Pope and Martyr - Catholic Lane

Americans Believe: More Homosexuals Than Catholics in U.S. - Joe Carter, First Things/First Thoughts

Russia to Restrict Abortion -...READ MORE

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