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Catholic Pardoned 200 Years Later (2896)

A look at anti-Catholicism in American history in light of recent Rhode Island decision.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNA) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed an official pardon on June 29 for an Irish Catholic man who was hanged in the state for a crime he didn’t commit in 1845.

The move closes an ugly chapter in the long history of discrimination against Catholics in the U.S. and follows the May 4 decision by the Rhode Island Legislature to pardon John Gordon, a 29-year-old Irish immigrant who was executed for a murder many say he was falsely accused of.

“Rhode Island is reaffirming its commitment to religious tolerance,” Nancy Schultz, Ph.D. of Salem State University in Massachusetts told CNA on June 29.

Schultz said the pardon is evidence of a growing consciousness about...READ MORE

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Adult Stem-Cell Experts Discuss Ethical Research (2211)

University of Notre Dame hosts conference.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNA) — Top medical experts at a University of Notre Dame conference this week are insisting on better alternatives to embryonic stem cells and pushing for more research in the adult stem-cell field.

“We think that it is crucial that ethical alternatives to embryonic stem-cell research be pursued,” Notre Dame law professor O. Carter Snead told CNA June 29.

The current seminar, “Workshop on Adult and Non-Embryonic Stem-Cell Research,” is being held on campus through July 2 and features authorities who hail from schools such as Columbia University as well as pontifical academy members.

“Our elite scholars, across a variety of disciplines — science, engineering, law and...READ MORE

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Oakland Bishop: New York Same-Sex 'Marriage' Undermines Common Good (2816)

U.S. bishops’ point man on the defense of marriage comments on recent legislation, praising the efforts of Catholics: 'Those courageous legislators and active citizens in New York who defended marriage should be applauded for their inspiring witness.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)— The New York Legislature’s recognition of same-sex “marriages” undermines the common good and will place officials in a position to “retaliate” against those who uphold basic truths about marriage, the U.S. bishops’ point man on the defense of marriage said.

“Making marriage law indifferent to the absence of either sex creates an institutional and cultural crisis with generational ramifications yet to be seen,” Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., said on June 28.

“To eliminate marriage’s very essence — its essence as the union of husband and wife — from its legal definition is to ignore not only basic anthropology and biology, but also the purpose...READ MORE

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Pope: Sts. Peter and Paul Show the Way to Christian Unity (2008)

Benedict XVI greeted an Eastern Orthodox delegation visiting Rome on June 29.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — In his pre-Angelus remarks on the June 29 feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI gave his special greetings to an Eastern Orthodox delegation visiting Rome and spoke about the importance of St. Peter’s primacy among the apostles.

“Witnessing the love and faithfulness of Sts. Peter and Paul enlightens the pastors of the Church on how to lead men towards the truth and educate them in the faith in Christ,” the Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. He emphasized that St. Peter, in particular, “represents the unity of the apostolic college,” which ensures the oneness of Christ’s Church.

The Pope, who marked his 60th year as a priest on the feast day,...READ MORE

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Marriage Preparation 2.0 (4776)

Preparing Catholic couples is a complex task in today’s society — and requires new strategies.

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BELLAIRE, Texas — Meeting with the wedding coordinator made it hit home. Like many young adults, Todd and Christa Chapman, both in their 20s, hadn’t attended Mass regularly during college. But when they started planning their wedding nearly three years ago, they realized they needed to get more involved in their faith.

“We did face the obstacle of saying, ‘We want to have a Catholic ceremony, so we need to be living what we say we believe in,’” said Christa, who lives with her husband in Bellaire, Texas. “It’s one thing to say I’m a Catholic, but it’s another to be a practicing Catholic.”

As Catholic marriage rates decline, many of the couples who do marry in the Church today are older...READ MORE

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Papa Bene's Possible Tweets, Bp. Trautman Did Good, Anglican-Catholic Dialogue, and much more! (2682)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bishop Donald W. Trautman may best be known for disallowing any college honors to pro-abortion supporters.

Other Possible Tweets by Papa Bene - Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester

A Pope, a Tweet, a New World - Brad Birzer, Catholic Vote

Bishop Trautman Might Be Most Known for Forbidding Honors to Pro-Aborts - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

The Difficult Dialogue Between Catholics & Anglicans - Alessandro Speciale, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

U.S.: Agenda Behind Botched Pledge Still a Mystery - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

Anniversary Gifts For Wymynpreests - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

San Diego Parish Incident of Funeral for Homosexual was a “Set-Up” - California Catholic Daily

Schism in New Jersey - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Afghanistan: Four Muslim...READ MORE

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Catholic Community 'Likes' News.va (2983)

Already an Internet hit, more features will follow.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — The new Vatican website News.va is already making a name for itself: After only a few hours of going live, the site already had more than 3,000 “friends” on Facebook and over 36,000 people following it on Twitter.

Pope Benedict issued the first tweet June 28 (see Edward Pentin’s take here, plus video). The site went live officially June 29.

The site brings together all the Vatican’s communication outlets into one online location for the first time. The list of agencies includes Fides News Agency, the newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See’s Press Office, the Vatican Information Service, Vatican Radio and the Vatican television service, CTV. Each will...READ MORE

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Saints Peter & Paul, Peter Always Was Slightly Nuttier, What's In a Name, and much more! (2454)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/29/2011 Comment

Saint Peter always was slightly nuttier.

The Primacy of Peter, Established by Christ & Confirmed by the Holy Spirit - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

The Solemnity Marks Pope Benedict’s 60th Anniversary as a Priest - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Saint Peter Always Was Slightly Nuttier - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Is Benedict Pointing Toward His Chosen Successor? - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org

Miracles in Soho - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

“Gendercide”: 160 Million Baby Girls Killed for Being Girls - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

What’s In a Name? - JoAnna, Catholic Phoenix

A Scholar & Pastor, An Interview with Cardinal Angelo Scola - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Today the Pope...READ MORE

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