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Pope’s Message to Germans Strikes Chord in U.S. (4584)

News Analysis: The U.S. is not much different from a secularized Germany that doubts the value of Christianity.

09/28/2011 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI gives a historic speech at the Bundestag Sept. 22 in Berlin. This was the first occasion ever that a pope has addressed the Bundestag in person.

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WASHINGTON — Though crafted for his secularized countrymen, the muscular defense of Catholicism and natural-law principles that defined Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany resonates with American Catholics.

During his four-day state visit, Pope Benedict took every opportunity to openly engage a skeptical culture that questions the very existence of objective truth, repudiates Germany’s Christian heritage as irreparably tainted, and discourages the faithful from advancing the mission of the Church.

The acceptance of secularism and an attendant hostility toward religious authority must be re-examined, he warned, before the nation loses its way, courting a reprise of the neo-pagan ideology...READ MORE

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Pastoral Response to Homosexuality, Origin of Monasticism, St. Wenceslas, and much more! (4298)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2011 Comment

St. Wenceslas, Martyr. Click on the link by Mary Kochan to learn more about this royal saint.

Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business - Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

Investigating Federal Funding, Non-Reporting of Sex Trafficking - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The Pastoral Response to Homosexuality - Melinda Selmys, First Things/On the Square

Fr. Ray Blake Under Fire - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Gospel & the Origin of Christian Monasticism - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Tyburn Tree Bears Abundant Fruit - Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

St. Wenceslas, Martyr - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

The Crown of St. Wenceslas - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Time for USCCB to Stop Private Negotiations &...READ MORE

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Pope Recalls Successful Trip to Germany (2155)

Benedict XVI 'was happy to see that the faith in my German homeland has a young face, that it is alive and has a future.'

09/28/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI said he “was happy to see that the faith in my German homeland has a young face, that it is alive and has a future.” The Pope made his comments at his weekly Wednesday audience held in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.

“This apostolic trip to Germany provided me with an opportunity to meet the faithful of my own homeland, to confirm them in faith, hope and love, to share with them the joy of being Catholic,” said the Pope Sept. 28.

“But my message was also addressed to the German people as a whole, inviting them to look to the future with trust. It is certain that ‘where God is, there is a future.’”

Pope Benedict’s four-day visit, which concluded...READ MORE

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Bishops Speak Out Against HHS Mandate and Urge Faithful to Do Likewise As Deadline Looms (8894)

Update: Bishop Conley writes column in opposition. Comments deadline is Sept. 30.

09/28/2011 Comments (31)

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New HHS rules mandating contraception and sterilization insurance coverage could cause the ‘persecution’ of Catholic institutions, Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of Denver has said. However, Catholics should imitate the Christian leadership of Vietnamese Bishop Nguyen Van Thuan, who used his unjust imprisonment to witness to the Gospel.

“In opposing unjust laws, we can positively articulate the truth we have been given. In the weeks and months to come, we can witness to the Catholic belief that sexual relations are a beautiful and integral part of marriage, and that contraceptives rob them of their true and full meaning,” he said in his latest Denver Catholic Register column.

If a new...READ MORE

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Catholics Called to Action in Bishops' Respect Life Month Letter (2277)

Cardinal DiNardo: 'Catholics must not shrink from the obligation to assert the values and principles we hold essential to the common good, beginning with the right to life of every human being and the right of every woman and man to express and live by his or her religious beliefs and well-formed conscience.'

09/28/2011 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News)—Respect Life Month is a time for prayer, reflection and action to advance the right to life and to resist efforts to “silence” moral truth and violate religious liberty, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has said.

“We will voice our opposition to the injustice and cruelty of abortion on behalf of those victims whose voices have been silenced,” he said. “At the same time, we will remind the living victims of abortion — the mothers and fathers who grieve the loss of an irreplaceable child — that God’s mercy is greater than any human sin.”

“Catholics must not shrink from the obligation to assert the values and principles we hold essential to the common...READ MORE

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National Organization for Marriage Names John Eastman Chairman of the Board (4582)

The constitutional scholar took the reins Sept. 22.

09/28/2011 Comments (5)

Constitutional scholar John Eastman was just named chairman of the board for the National Organization for Marriage. A former dean of Chapman University Law School and the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Eastman spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the new appointment.

What expertise will you bring to the position?

I’m a constitutional scholar and a former Supreme Court law clerk. I’ve been involved in some 60 cases before the high court, a number of which have focused on religious freedom, the 14th Amendment and equal protection. I have also been heavily involved in the structure of the Constitution regarding federal law vs. the states,...READ MORE

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The Crown and the Cross, Liturgy Answers Evil, Social Justice, Catholic New Media, and much more! (3855)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2011 Comment

Catholic in the NFL: A Philip Rivers Interview. Click on the link by Eric Porteous to read on this faithful Catholic.

The Crown and the Cross: Royal Families and Their Religion - Rome Reports

The Liturgy Answers the Problem of Evil - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Social Justice is About Redemption, Not Mandating Contraception - Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

Natural Family Planning with a “Contraceptive Mentality”? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Conversion Envy - Joseph, VirtuousPla.net

Madrid Profits over $200 million from World Youth Day - Catholic News Agency

A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty - Tobias Winright, Catholic Moral Theology

When Bush put JP2’s Letter on the Side Table without Opening It - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Is Catholic New Media Really...READ MORE

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No More Foster Care for Illinois Catholic Charities? (2751)

A local judge refused to change his ruling that the state has the right to stop referring children to charities in four dioceses.

09/27/2011 Comments (11)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News)—Illinois Catholic Charities’ foster-care services may eventually cease to exist after a local judge refused to change his ruling that the state has the right to stop referring children to charities in four dioceses.

“If you don’t have new referrals, the system basically just atrophies,” Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Illinois Catholic Conference, told CNA on Sept. 27.

“We can’t continue to fight this in court if there are no children in the system.”

On Sept. 26, Illinois Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt reiterated his Aug. 18 ruling, which held that “no citizen has a recognized legal right to a contract with the government.”

Because of this,...READ MORE

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