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Catholic Leaders Defend DOMA and Oppose Immoral Health Coverage (4066)

Cardinal DiNardo and bishops' policy advisor speak up for Church teaching.

07/21/2011 Comments (17)
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U.S. Capitol

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA) — The U.S. bishops “strongly oppose” a proposal to mandate coverage of surgical sterilization and all FDA-approved birth control in private health-insurance plans nationwide. The mandate would undermine the good of women and children and the consciences of heath-care providers, one leading bishop said.

“Pregnancy is not a disease, and fertility is not a pathological condition to be suppressed by any means technically possible,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

The health-care legislation passed in 2010 directed the Obama administration to create a list of preventive services for...READ MORE

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William Roper on Saint Thomas More, New Ohio Bishop Tackles Big Catholic Issues, and much more! (2324)

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Spokesman: Vatican Didn't Aid Irish Abuse Cover-Up (20558)

Statement made amid criticism following Cloyne report. Official Vatican response to come.

07/20/2011 Comments (8)
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St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Father Federico Lombardi said claims that the Vatican encouraged Irish bishops to not report sex abuse cases to police are untrue and ignore everything the Holy See has done to the counteract the issue.

“In attributing grave responsibility to the Holy See for what happened in Ireland,” Jesuit Father Lombardi wrote, “such accusations … demonstrate little awareness of what the Holy See has actually done over the years to help effectively address the problem.”

Father Lombardi clarified that his comments were not an official Vatican response, which is scheduled to be issued soon.

The Vatican spokesman made his remarks July 20 amid accusations by Irish...READ MORE

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Home Births Increase 20 percent, St. Bertha Widow and Abess, From Khartoum to Juba, and much more! (1576)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/20/2011 Comment

Reason #2584-Why I’m Catholic - Brent Stubbs, The Journey: Almost Not Catholic

From Khartoum to Juba - Father Lombardi S.J., Vatican Radio

Beautiful Rendition of the the Beatification Hymn for Blessed JP2- Father Samuel Medley S.O.L.T.

Home Births Increase 20 percent in U.S. - Jill Reed, Orange County Register

Saint Bertha, Widow, Abbess - Catholic Lane

California Archbishop: Gay Textbook an Attack on Parental Rights - Peter J. Smith, LifeSiteNews.com

The University of Notre Dame of Texas: The University of Dallas -  Tantamergo, Dallas Catholics

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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Illinois Abandons Second Attempt to Block Catholic Charities' Foster-Care Work (2547)

Next step: A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 17.

07/20/2011 Comment
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Illinois Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.(EWTN News/CNA) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has abandoned a second attempt to block Catholic Charities from providing foster-care services one week after a judge’s order kept the state from ending its contract.

Catholic Charities attorney Bradley Huff told EWTN News on July 18 that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ most recent attempt to cut off Catholic Charities would have put its foster-care ministry “out of business.”

Shortly before a July 18 hearing that would have tested the legality of the state’s plan, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan agreed not to go forward with her plan to discontinue referrals to...READ MORE

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Savannah Gets a New Bishop (3938)

Pope appoints Franciscan priest-educator from the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

07/20/2011 Comments (5)
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Bishop-elect Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (CNA/EWTN News) — On July 19, Pope Benedict XVI appointed 59-year-old Father Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., to lead the Diocese of Savannah, Ga.

He also accepted the resignation of Bishop J. Kevin Boland, 76, who is one year past the age of retirement. The Pope named Bishop Boland apostolic administrator of the diocese until the ordination of Bishop-elect Hartmayer in October.

“I am extremely grateful to Pope Benedict for his confidence in me as the bishop of Savannah,” Bishop-elect Hartmayer said at a press conference announcing his appointment on July 19.

“I am continually impressed with God’s sense of humor and his incredible ability to surprise.”

The bishop-elect...READ MORE

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Father Garza, Father Maciel and the Legion (11227)

In an exclusive interview with the Register, the embattled congregation’s No. 2 man discusses the founder, the scandal surrounding him and how the Legion of Christ is struggling through this period of reform.

07/20/2011 Comments (36)

Legionary Father Luis Garza was appointed director of the Legion of Christ’s newly combined North American territory July 15. He had served as the congregation’s vicar general, No. 2 in the congregation’s hierarchy under the general director and founder Father Marcial Maciel from 1992-2005 and Father Alvaro Corcuera from 2005-2011.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Father Garza attended the Legion’s primary and secondary schools in Mexico before earning an undergraduate degree in engineering at Stanford University. In Rome, he received licenciates in theology and philosophy and a doctorate in canon law.

Father Garza will oversee the newly combined Atlanta and Thornwood, N.Y., territories into...READ MORE

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Study: U.S. Catholic Population Is Growing (3514)

The number of Masses and the size of parishes has increased, despite a decline in the number of priests and parishes.

07/20/2011 Comment
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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News) — A new study shows that the number of Masses and the size of Catholic parishes has increased in the United States, despite a decline in the number of priests and parishes.

“The scale of parish life in the United States has expanded along with the nation’s growing Catholic population,” the “Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership” project noted in a July 15 announcement of the study’s findings.

“Bigger parishes, more Masses, and ministries in languages other than English are becoming the norm.”

“Emerging Models” was a collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, which conducted the two-year study from 2009 to...READ MORE

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