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Hundreds of Thousands to Flood Paris in Support of Marriage (3607)

A national rally has been organized in opposition to French President Francois Hollande’s draft law to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.

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PARIS — Supporters of traditional marriage expect hundreds of thousands of marchers to turn out for an upcoming national rally in opposition to President Francois Hollande’s “Marriage for all” proposal.

Set to go before France’s parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.”

The law would also allow “married” same-sex couples to adopt children while also replacing gender definitive titles such as “Mother” or “Father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”

Some opponents of the proposal say doing so would strip society of sexual differences and would create a framework for a “new...READ MORE

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Pro-Adoption Ad Campaign Reaches Women Nationwide (2613)

The campaign aired 45 spots over a four-week period on the Oxygen Network during the reality TV show ‘I’m Having Their Baby.’

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A scene from Heroic Media's national ad campaign.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A national ad campaign that promotes adoption as an alternative to abortion has reached hundreds of women and has helped many of them arrange adoptions for their babies.

The campaign, organized by the Austin, Texas-based Heroic Media in partnership with the Michigan-based Bethany Christian Services, aired 45 spots over a four-week period on the Oxygen Network during the reality TV show I’m Having Their Baby.

The ads featured a pregnant woman who told viewers why she plans to put her unborn child up for adoption.

“The commercial has already impacted lives across the country, and we will continue to air it in hopes of connecting women with adoption resources in...READ MORE

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New York Auxiliary Bishop Picked to Shepherd Camden (1696)

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Dennis Sullivan to lead the New Jersey diocese, succeeding retiring Bishop Joseph Galante.

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Bishop Dennis Sullivan

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CAMDEN, N.J. — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed auxiliary Bishop Dennis Sullivan of New York to lead the Diocese of Camden, N.J., accepting the resignation of his predecessor.

In a Jan. 8 statement, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised Bishop Sullivan, calling him “one of the finest bishops I know” and describing him as “an invaluable help” and “my right hand.”

The bishop’s years of service have given him “a special closeness and dedication to the immigrant community, particularly the Latino and Asian population,” the cardinal reflected, adding that he has always treated “every situation with the heart and mind of a pastor, always asking how we can do more for the people.”


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Socialist Politician Says Spanish Bishop Should Be ‘Muzzled’ (3070)

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba is attacked by a provincial government spokesman for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.

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Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain.

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MADRID — A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government.

In a Jan. 4 post on his personal blog, Vazquez labeled Bishop Fernandez “a true representative of religious fanaticism” and said that the prelate provokes “controversies that are at odds with the individual and collective rights embodied in the...READ MORE

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Cistercian Monastery Rediscovers the Traditional Cistercian Rite, The Liturgical Cliff and More! (2304)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Cistercian Monastery Rediscovers the Traditional Cistercian Rite. Follow the link by the blog Rorate Cæli blog to read more.

A Cistercian Monastery Rediscovers the Traditional Cistercian Rite by the blog Rorate CæliBig Pulpit

The Liturgical Cliff – David G. Bonagura Jr., The Catholic Thing

The Price of Beauty and Recollection: The Walk-Through – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Family, State, and Union: Pope Leo Was Right – Jason Hall, Ignitum Today

Book Review: The Cube and the Cathedral by George Weigel – Mary Hartwell, Integrated Catholic Life™

Biblical Guidelines to Christian Cheerfulness – Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

The First Form of Character Building – Momma Renee, Claytonopolis

Next Front in Religious Liberty Fight: Military Chaplains and “Ceremonies”? – Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote


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No Ordinary Year for the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate (8676)

2012 was full of milestones for the new ordinariate, and 2013 will feature more, including a February visit by Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church in Houston, the principal church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.

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WASHINGTON — When Father Scott Hurd, vicar general of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — a home in the Catholic Church for former Episcopalians and Anglicans — reflects back on 2012, he points to a period of rapid and exciting growth marking its first year of existence.

On New Year’s Day 2012, Pope Benedict XVI erected the ordinariate, which allows former Anglicans to retain certain treasured traditions within the Catholic Church. It was created in accord with Anglicanorum Coetibus, the Pope’s apostolic constitution permitting former Anglicans to come into the Church corporately instead of as individuals.

On the same day, the Holy Father named Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson,...READ MORE

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L.A. Archdiocese to Release Documents as Part of Anti-Abuse Effort (1432)

Personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse will soon be released, cooperating with a judge’s order of that the files be disclosed without editing.

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LOS ANGELES — The personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse will soon be released by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, cooperating with the order of county judge Emilie Elias that the files be released without editing.

“The Archdiocese will abide by Judge Elias’s decision. We are now working with all parties involved to facilitate the release of the documents as promptly as possible,” said a Jan. 7 statement from the archdiocese.

Carolina Guevara, associate director for media relations, added that the archdiocese “has been committed to the release of the files as part of our continued efforts to inform the public of what had occurred and our efforts to prevent abuse and protect...READ MORE

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Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Bill Stalls in Illinois Legislature (1841)

‘This is a tremendous victory for the grassroots in Illinois,’ according to National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois bill to redefine marriage came to a halt in the last days of the legislative session, leading marriage advocates to criticize the notion that same-sex “marriage” is inevitable.

“This is a tremendous victory for the grassroots in Illinois,” said National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown on Jan. 4.

“Thousands of people of faith telephoned, emailed and wrote to senators to oppose the redefinition of marriage,” he explained. “They overcome the machine that so often rules in Illinois politics, and they showed that nothing is inevitable about same-sex ‘marriage.’”

Brown praised the Illinois Senate for “resisting the push of political...READ MORE

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