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Bishop Conley Comments on America's Hostility to Religion (3006)

'God, not government, is the only sure guarantee of human rights and the blessings of our liberty. We need to live as if we believe that,' the bishop said at a recent pro-life dinner.

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DALLAS (EWTN News/CNA)—Increasing hostility to religion and growing restrictions on religious expression are “the biggest challenge the pro-life movement faces,” Bishop James Conley told a benefit for a Dallas pro-life group.

“If we think it’s been hard over these past four decades, I think the biggest challenges we face lie ahead of us,” the apostolic administrator of the Denver Archdiocese said Nov. 5.

“America today is becoming what I would call an atheocracy — a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers. And I might add — the faith that our society is most hostile toward is Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular.”

The bishop’s...READ MORE

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Pope: Church Must Defend Truth and Values (2149)

Benedict to German ambassador: 'The Church is aware, thanks to her faith, that she knows the truth about man and thus that she is obliged to protect those values which are valid for mankind as such, over and above individual cultures.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI told Germany’s new ambassador to the Holy See on Nov. 7 that the Catholic Church has the duty to defend “truths and values that are under threat,” especially those values basic to human dignity.

At the Monday audience, the new German ambassador, Reinhard Scheppe, presented his official letters of credence.

Pope Benedict told the ambassador that his September visit to Germany provided him the chance to reflect on how the Catholic Church and the Holy See can be of service in a pluralistic society.

“Many of our contemporaries see the influence of Christianity, and of other religions, as a way of imposing a specific culture and lifestyle upon...READ MORE

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Syriac Catholic Patriarch Warns West of Sectarian Violence in Middle East (3723)

Don’t be ‘naive’ about Arab Spring, says Ignatius Joseph III Younan of Antioch.

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Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan of Antioch

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Syria is in the throes of an eight-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. But does the so-called “Arab Spring” bode well for Christians in the Middle East?

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan of Antioch is not so sure. He has been deeply concerned by the uprising and increasing violence in Syria.

A native of Hassakeh, Syria, Patriarch Younan is the shepherd of approximately 150,000 Syriac Catholics worldwide, with about 30,000 to 40,000 in Syria, about 50,000 in Iraq and some 25,000 in the United States and Canada.

In 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him as the first bishop of the newborn diocese of Our Lady of Deliverance for Syriac Catholics in the...READ MORE

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Peter Kreeft's Conversion Story, Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe and The Jesuits, and much more! (4948)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/08/2011 Comment

Hauled Aboard the Ark: My Conversion Story. Click on the link by Peter Kreeft to read his conversion story.

They Shall Be Called Anglo Catholics - The Catholic Knight

Hauled Aboard the Ark:  My Conversion Story - Peter Kreeft, The Coming Home Network International

The Time Steve Jobs called the Pope - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Shakespeare and the Jesuits - Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review

The Problem with Pleasure - Joseph Koss, VirtuousPla.net

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jesuits - Pat McNamara, Patheos/In Ages Past

Karol Wojtła: Bishop - Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

The Recovery of Reason - George Neumayr, Catholic World Report

Limbo is a Reason to Hope - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

U.S.: Priesthood Experiencing Renewal - Cardinal...READ MORE

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Great Mass Resource for Kids, Siena Cathedral, How to Free a Soul from Purgatory, and much more! (4980)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/07/2011 Comment

Siena Cathedral. To view the beautiful pictures of this Cathedral, click on the link by Gregor Kollmorgen.

A Great Mass Resource for Kids (updated) - Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Daily Take

Another Day at Tyburn Tree - David L. Alexander, Man with Black Hat

The Coming Cultural Crisis - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

The New Roman Missal: “And with Your Spirit” - Dr. Edward Sri, Catholic Lane

Criticism of Obamacare is a Little Late in the Process, No? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Consolation and Desolation: What Does It Really Mean? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Siena Cathedral - Gregor Kollmorgen, New Liturgical Movement

Forbes Magazine: B16 is 7th Most Powerful Person in the World - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

How to Free a Soul from Purgatory, It’s Not...READ MORE

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U.S. Nuncio Looks Forward to His New Post (3692)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò reflects on appointment and America days before he comes to the States.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

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The Pope’s new representative to the United States says the youth of the country’s Catholic Church are a beacon of hope to the rest of the Catholic world, especially in Europe.

“It is very exciting,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò told EWTN News on Nov. 3.

“I know the United States is the greatest country in many ways, but also from the Church point of view, because there are many young religious institutions and many young people. Europe has become an ‘old continent,’ but the United States has a youth that is brilliant and enthusiastic. I hope to be able to work with them in my new position,” he said.

Archbishop Viganò will take up his new post as the papal nuncio to the United States...READ MORE

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Pope Encourages Priests and Students to 'Bring the Proclamation of the Gospel to the World' (2844)

Benedict XVI spoke on Nov. 4, St. Charles Borromeo's feast day.

11/07/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS)—Pope Benedict XVI recently called priests and those in parish leadership positions to hold fast to Christ and allow his love to lead them to proclaim the Gospel.

The Pope spoke on Nov. 4 during the celebration of vespers with students from the pontifical universities in Rome, marking the beginning of their academic year.

He recalled the 70th anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s motu propio Cum Nobis on priestly vocations. “One cannot become a good shepherd without becoming one with Christ and his members through charity.

“Charity is the first duty of the good shepherd,” he said.

The Pope then explained several conditions in order for a priest to adequately carry out...READ MORE

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The Catholic University of America Sued for Discrimination (3905)

George Washington University professor John Banzhaf files another lawsuit alleging discrimination.

11/07/2011 Comments (6)
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John Banzhaf

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WASHINGTON — Last spring, John Banzhaf sued The Catholic University of America for sexual discrimination, after the university announced plans to open single-sex dorms. Now he has targeted CUA again — for discrimination against Muslim students.

But does he have a case?

In October, Banzhaf filed his second claim against CUA, asserting it illegally discriminates against Muslim students on campus by not providing adequate space for them to fulfill religious obligations.

He charged that Catholic University neglected to provide suitable facilities “for the many daily prayers [and] forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols,...READ MORE

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