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Commentary: The Decline of the Working Class and the New Evangelization (4193)

Charles Murray’s new study of white America, Coming Apart, offers a chance for the Church to find new avenues for spreading the Gospel.

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American Enterprise Institute

Charles Murray

– American Enterprise Institute

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve yesterday released its Survey of Consumer Finances, a report that found that the median U.S. family income plunged about 40% over the past three years.

The Fed’s data also confirm that the incomes of affluent Americans have fallen rapidly, reducing income inequalities somewhat.

That news is unlikely to silence the Occupy Wall Street movement and others who allege that disparities in wealth are the result of the exploitative practices of the nation’s top banks and corporations.

Meanwhile, Charles Murray, the libertarian sociologist, offers a different take on the haves and have-nots in his new bestseller Coming Apart: The State of White America...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted’ (4893)

The Central Park Zoo escapees’ third outing tops the box office … but parents may want to think twice before they ‘move it’ to theaters with the kids.

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I blame the penguins for Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.

The smugly unflappable Skipper (co-director Tom McGrath) and his three penguin cohorts were clearly the best thing about DreamWorks’ original Madagascar, and they went on to star in an ongoing series on Nickelodeon. In the same way, Scrat the saber-squirrel was arguably the best thing about Ice Age (though Sid the sloth gave him a run for his money), and he has gone on to star in a series of animated shorts. Likewise, Mater the tow truck was, well, certainly not the best thing about Cars, but the breakout supporting character who went on to have his own TV show, Mater’s Tall Tales, and largely took over the disappointing sequel....READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Highlights Role of Laity in Fortnight For Freedom (2185)

'It is the laity who are the ones that bring about the just and tranquil society,' says chairman of bishops' religious freedom committee.

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CNA US Catholic News

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore speaks during the 2012 National Religious Freedom award dinner May 24.

– CNA US Catholic News

Washington D.C. —  Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore stressed the importance of laity involvement in efforts to defend religious freedom from the ongoing threats in the U.S.

“It’s important, of course, for bishops to be teachers and leaders.” But “it is crucial for lay men and women, mothers and fathers of families, lay leaders in all walks of life to advocate for freedom and justice in our society,” Archbishop Lori told CNA on June 9.

“Without those voices and without the involvement of the laity, we just won’t get very far,” he added.

“In the Church’s understanding,” he explained, “it is the laity who are the ones that bring about the just and tranquil society. It is the laity...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, archbishop william lori, bishops, contraception, fortnight for freedom, religious freedom, religious liberty

One Thousand More Syrian Christians Flee After Ultimatum (2338)

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FJuez/CNA World Catholic News

Syrian refugees

– FJuez/CNA World Catholic News

Beirut, Lebanon — An ultimatum from the Syrian armed opposition’s military chief caused over 1,000 Christians to flee the west Syrian town of Qusayr, adding to fears that believers may be forced out of Syria.

“The Christian communities fear being targeted, destroyed or driven out,” said Neville Kyrke-Smith, Aid to the Church in Need’s U.K. director. “We all need to stand in prayer and solidarity now.”

Kyrke-Smith, who returned from Lebanon on June 11, told CNA that the report of Christian flight echoes the concerns he heard from bishops, priests, and religious communities concerned about Christians’ fate in neighboring Syria.

“The message time and again was ‘please do not forget the...READ MORE

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Eucharistic Congress Opens With Reflection on 'Treasure of the Church' (1447)

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CNA US Catholic News

Cardinal Marc Ouellet

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Dublin, Ireland — The Church has nothing greater to offer than Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, Cardinal Marc Ouellet said as he celebrated the June 10 opening Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

“Our gathering is an act of faith in the Holy Eucharist, the treasure of the Church, which is essential to her life and to our communion as brothers and sisters in Christ,” said the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, who is representing Pope Benedict as Papal Legate at the celebration in Ireland.

The Church, he told pilgrims gathered at the Royal Dublin Society Arena, “draws her life from the Eucharist,” and “receives her own identity from the gift of...READ MORE

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Pope Stresses Importance of Fidelity for Vatican Employees (1418)

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CNA Vatican News

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica

– CNA Vatican News

Vatican City — Pope Benedict XVI told the Vatican’s diplomatic school that “faithfulness” is a key virtue for anybody working in the service of the Holy See.

“Certainly, this is something which ought to apply to every Catholic, and even more to every priest. Yet for those who work in the Holy See, it is of particular importance, since they spend much of their energy, their time and their daily ministry in the service of the Successor of Peter,” he told the students and staff of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy on June 11.

The Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy is the training school for the Vatican’s diplomatic service. In recent months the internal bureaucracy of the Holy See has...READ MORE

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Catholic Lawmaker Seeks Colleagues' Support for HHS Mandate Suits (1711)

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Congressman Jeff Landry speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

– Gage Skidmore/CNA US Catholic News

Washington D.C. — A Catholic congressman from Louisiana is organizing an effort to have lawmakers file legal briefs in favor of lawsuits against the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate.

“It’s one way that members of Congress can get involved,” said Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.).

He told CNA on June 6 that as a lawyer, he understands the effect of amicus briefs filed by members of Congress. While such legal briefs are not binding, they “show the support” of U.S. legislators, he said.

The D.C.-based American Center for Law and Justice is helping draft the briefs, which should be finalized in the coming weeks.

Members of Congress will be able to sign on to the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, congress, contraception, obama, religious freedom, religious liberty, rep.jeff landry

Chaldean Archbishop: True Christianity Is a Persecuted Christianity (11695)

Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil discusses the plight of the faithful in the Middle East.

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Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda


Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda serves the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1993 and joined the Redemptorist order. He became archbishop in 2010. He recently spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the violence facing Christians in the Middle East and the primary concerns of Catholics in Iraq.


Where are you from originally? Has your family always been Catholic?

I grew up as a Chaldean Catholic in Baghdad. The Christian roots of my family go very deep.


When were you ordained?

I entered seminary in 1981 at the age of 12. After finishing high school, I was ordained in 1993. I joined the Redemptorists in 1995...READ MORE

Filed under iraqi christians, middle east christians, persecuted church, religious violence

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