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Solutions for Strengthening Marriage in America (4245)

Aquinas College and Ruth Institute plan conference, featuring Janet Smith, Jennifer Roback Morse and Bradford Wilcox, to strengthen marriage in a hostile world.

02/21/2011 Comments (4)

NASHVILLE — Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., and the Ruth Institute, a San Marcos, Calif.-based institute promoting marriage, have teamed up to host a conference to answer the challenges marriage faces today.

Called “Love and Life in the Divine Plan and in Real Life,” the two-day conference Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, takes its inspiration from the U.S. Bishops’ 2009 pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.

In order to prepare and equip people to defend the truth about marriage, the conference will focus on the four threats to marriage identified in the bishops’ pastoral letter: contraception, divorce, cohabitation and same-sex unions. The conference will also...READ MORE

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Bernard Nathanson Dead at 84 (41871)

‘I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.’ After putting thousands of unborn children to death, he became one of the great leaders of the pro-life movement.

02/21/2011 Comments (126)

REPENTED. Dr. Bernard Nathanson in an undated photo.

– Wikipedia

NEW YORK — Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, an obstetrician who oversaw the performance of about 75,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith, died at his home in New York Feb. 21 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 84.

After performing his last abortion in 1979 and declaring himself to be pro-life, Nathanson produced the 1985 film The Silent Scream, which shows sonogram images of a child in the womb shrinking from an abortionist’s instruments, and the documentary film Eclipse of Reason, which displays and explains various abortion procedures in graphic detail. Both films had a significant impact on the abortion debate, solidified his...READ MORE

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Confession App-propriate (5170)

A Register editorial

02/20/2011 Comments (3)


Society is right to be obsessed with the sacrament of confession.

News item: “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” tops all “Lifestyle” apps (digital distribution applications for users of Apple’s electronic mobile devices) at Apple’s App Store. As the Register went to press, “Confession” not only was No. 1 in the “Lifestyle” category, it was also in the Top 100 of all Smartphone applications from Apple.

The mainstream media responded as only it can. An Associated Press video clip showed a reasoned explanation from a Catholic priest and the developer of the application, but given more prominence were people on the street decrying the Vatican’s approval of virtual confession. Kyra Phillips...READ MORE

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American Sanctity: Father Nelson Baker (6027)

When they moved the body of this indefatigable, untiring priest from Buffalo, they found his blood still in ‘pristine condition.’

02/18/2011 Comments (5)

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. — Msgr. Nelson Baker could possibly become the third America-born saint and the first American-born male — and priest — saint.

He came a step closer to canonization Jan. 14, when Pope Benedict XVI declared him “Venerable Nelson Baker.”

To mark the completion of this first step in the canonization process, Buffalo, N.Y., Bishop Edward Kmiec and Msgr. Paul Burkard, head of the Our Lady of Victory Institutions, announced the news at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, N.Y.

“Pope Benedict has recognized the exemplary life led by Father Baker, a simple diocesan priest, whose devotion to Our Lady of Victory and service to the least among us was extraordinary,” Bishop...READ MORE

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Priests in Limbo (29508)

Not all clergymen accused of sexual abuse are guilty. But wrongly accused priests have a tough time clearing their name.

02/17/2011 Comments (27)
CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

Attorney Thomas Neuberger speaks alongside victims of clergy sexual abuse during a press conference Feb. 3, the day after a $77.4 million settlement agreement was reached with the Diocese of Wilmington, Del. A priest sex-abuse case against the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, the order that operates Salesianum School, goes to trial Feb. 27, Neuberger said.

– CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

Part II in a look at the problems facing falsely accused priests.

WASHINGTON — New allegations of clerical abuse have revived public outrage regarding weak oversight in U.S. chanceries, but there’s another related concern that worries priests: accused clerics denied due process by their own Church.

The explosive clergy sex abuse scandal and the U.S. hierarchy’s uphill struggle to regain credibility with the faithful and the public at large have resulted in pleas for forgiveness, promises of reform and financial settlements for thousands of victims.

But advocates for accused priests contend that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s “zero tolerance” policy has also spawned an unjust...READ MORE

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Will Christians Survive in the ‘New Egypt’? (7853)

Copts wonder what the post-Mubarak era will bring. Egypt’s original Christian community hopes for end of bombings, killings, while Evangelical Christians long for an end to official harassment.

02/16/2011 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Dylan Martinez, Reuters

COMMON CAUSE. A Muslim man holding the Koran and a Coptic Christian man holding a cross were carried through demonstrators in Tahrir Square in Cairo Feb. 6.

– CNS photo/Dylan Martinez, Reuters

CAIRO — Egyptian Christians and their friends abroad are anxiously waiting to see whether the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime will benefit them or harm them.

Comprising roughly 10% of Egypt’s 84 million citizens, many Christians — the community includes an estimated 250,000 Catholics — actively took part in the demonstrations that ultimately led to the ouster of the longtime Egyptian leader.

Now that Mubarak is gone, it remains to be seen what kind of government will be formed in the coming months, and whether, as some predict, Islamic political parties will play a larger role in the future.

Christian leaders in Egypt say they are both hopeful and anxious about their...READ MORE

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A Catholic on National Talk Radio (6321)

Allen Hunt says he’s engaging the culture: ‘Let’s talk and have a civil conversation.’

02/16/2011 Comments (9)
The Allen Hunt Show

– The Allen Hunt Show

A scan on the radio dial at just about any time of the day will surface a handful of radio talk shows with hosts clamoring to be the voice of reason and to have the answers to solving problems of all types.

One host, however, is very confident that he truly does have something to offer as he unabashedly gives his Catholic take on today’s headline issues. His name is Allen Hunt, and his show, the Allen Hunt Show can be heard each weeknight on 150 stations across the nation.

His viewpoint wasn’t always Catholic, however. He recently sat down to talk about his conversion to the Catholic faith and how it has shaped his radio platform.

Tell me about your journey from Methodist pastor for...READ MORE

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent? (7050)

There’s no quick fix when clergy abuse cases are dismissed. Many priests cleared of allegations ‘retire’ in good standing rather than go back to working with children.

02/15/2011 Comments (18)
CNS photo/Matthew Gambino, Catholic Standard & Times

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announces a new report Feb. 10 by a grand jury investigating clergy sex abuse.

– CNS photo/Matthew Gambino, Catholic Standard & Times

WASHINGTON —  In 2002, the U.S. bishops’ groundbreaking “zero tolerance” policy for clerical perpetrators won broad support, but the new era of aggressive accountability has made it tough for accused priests that have been cleared of abuse charges and seek to return to parish work.

Fresh allegations of abuse and curial negligence, incomplete media coverage of new and historical cases, the difficulty of establishing guilt, the drumbeat of outrage from victims’ rights groups, and ongoing financial settlements have led the public, and some Church leaders, to question whether any priest linked to a “credible allegation” — whatever the outcome of subsequent investigations — should be allowed...READ MORE

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