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For Victims of Sexual Abuse, Much Healing Remains (4358)

Sept. 23 issue op-ed

09/22/2012 Comment

Bishop Conlon

Stories in the news over the past year have shown the horrific reality of something Catholics learned when the clergy sexual-abuse crisis rocked the Church in the United States — the sexual abuse of children is a much larger problem than most people realize, one that has destroyed countless innocent lives and, sadly, does not receive the attention it deserves until a "big name" is involved.

One out of four females and one out of six males are abused before they reach the age of 18.

Society still has not come fully to terms with the sweeping scope of this problem and the reality that so many people are living with the pain it has caused.

Victims of abuse — from within their churches,...READ MORE

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Catholic Reads Before Election Day: Part 1 (5526)

From our Sept. 23 issue: Americans are sifting through issues and candidates for national and local offices. Many Catholics and other conscientious citizens will find themselves making difficult decisions that involve considerations of what is best for the country, best for their families and best for issues such as life, marriage and religious liberty. In this issue and a succeeding issue, we offer a few examples of books that might help voters in their discernment.

09/22/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock


The Moral Case for
a Free Economy

By Father Robert Sirico

Regnery, 2012

256 pages, $27.95

To order: regnery.com

(888) 219-4747

Economics 101

By Father C.J. McCloskey

Father Robert Sirico could not have written a timelier book than his latest, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy.

Father Sirico is a co-founder of the Acton Institute, a research institute in Grand Rapids, Mich., devoted to the study of free-market economics and religion. He is perhaps best known internationally for his moral-based argument that the free market economy is the economic model most compatible with the teachings of the Catholic Church and...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley: We Can Win the Fight Against Euthanasia (4871)

An interview with the archbishop of Boston.

09/21/2012 Comments (4)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston is leading a statewide fight to defeat the Death With Dignity Act, a November 2012 ballot measure that would legalize assisted suicide in Massachusetts.

He has outlined the Church’s underlying moral concerns regarding the threat to human dignity and patients' rights posed by assisted suicide in a video homily broadcast at Boston-area Catholic churches. He's also writing a series of columns critiquing the measure, and he has worked with the Massachusetts Catholic Conference to form the Committee Against Physician-Assisted Suicide, a coalition that includes religious, medical and disability groups across the state.

During the final weeks before the...READ MORE

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Loyset Compere, Study Finds Abortion Linked to Short Lifespan of Mother, Former Catholics, and More! (2338)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/21/2012 Comment

Introducing Loyset Compère (1445-1518). Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to listen to beautiful and Sacred Music.

Introducing Loyset Compère (1445-1518) – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Study Finds Abortion Linked to Shortened Lifespan of Mother – Michael Cook, LifeSiteNews

Former Catholics; This Article is from the Forget The Roads Just Follow The Way! blog - Big ulpit

Religious Freedom vs. Aggressive Secularism – George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

God’s Gift to Women - Nekeisha Christopher, Ignitum Today

Apple and Cooperation – Sardonicus, Sardonic Ex Curia

Lessons from Central Europe: Memory of the Lack of Religious Freedom – Joseph Wood, The Catholic Thing

The Latin Mass: Why You Can’t Have It – David L. Alexander, Man With Black Hat

Sudan: Missionaries Fear for...READ MORE

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Bishop Vann to Lead Fastest-Growing U.S. Diocese (4189)

Pope Benedict named the Fort Worth, Texas, shepherd to succeed Bishop Tod Brown.

09/21/2012 Comments (3)

Bishop Kevin Vann

– Roman Catholic Diocese of Forth Worth, Texas

WASHINGTON — Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, has been named the fourth bishop of Orange, Calif., by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Vann will succeed Bishop Tod Brown, who offered his resignation to Pope Benedict earlier this year upon reaching the age limit of 75.

The appointment and resignation were both announced Sept. 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop Vann will shepherd the nation’s 10th largest and fastest-growing diocese.

The diocese’s total population is 3.2 million, 41% of whom are Catholic.

Bishop Brown recently purchased the famous Crystal Cathedral from an evangelical church, and it will become the cathedral...READ MORE

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Euthanasia Opponents in Boston Gird for Ballot Battle (4765)

Church leaders mobilize campaign to draw Catholics into the fight against the ballot initiative “Prescribing Medication to End Life” — which Massachusetts voters will decide this November.

09/21/2012 Comments (5)

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Last April, Father Roger Landry, a priest from the Fall River, Mass., Diocese, returned to his alma mater, Harvard University, to educate students about a ballot measure — “Prescribing Medication to End Life” — which Massachusetts voters will decide this November.

The measure would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state, and supporters say it offers a compassionate response to the pain and suffering of terminally ill patients.

But Father Landry challenged that assertion during an address that outlined long-standing moral opposition to euthanasia, explained the cultural context for recent efforts to legalize such practices, and noted the particular concerns posed by the...READ MORE

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Pew Study: Hostility Towards Religion on the Rise (1807)

The study found that 75% of the global population was living in a region in which religious restrictions were 'high' or 'very high.' In the United States, both government restrictions and social hostilities increased for the first time in the four-year period studied.

09/21/2012 Comments (4)

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Hostility towards religion has risen globally, both in the form of government restrictions and social attitudes, determined a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Released Sept. 20, a report from the center's Forum on Religion & Public Life warned that a “rising tide of restrictions on religion spread across the world between mid-2009 and mid-2010.”

The study found that 75% of the global population was living in a region in which religious restrictions were “high” or “very high,” up from 70% the prior year.

The report marks the third time the Pew Forum has recorded levels of religious limitations around the globe. It examines government restrictions and social hostilities...READ MORE

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L.A. Archdiocese Suspends Priest for Promoting Same-Sex 'Marriage' (3836)

The priest has had his faculties removed, so he is unable to say Mass or distribute the sacraments, may not wear a Roman collar and cannot in any way present himself as a priest in public.

09/21/2012 Comments (21)

Suspended priest Father Joseph Palacios

– YouTube

LOS ANGELES -- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has suspended local priest Father Joseph Palacios from ministry over his promotion of same-sex “marriage.”

Tod Tamberg, director of media relations for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, confirmed to Catholic News Agency Sept. 20 that Father Palacios was put on inactive leave in June.

Because he has had his faculties removed, he is unable to say Mass or distribute the sacraments, may not wear a Roman collar and cannot in any way present himself as a priest in public.

Father Palacios is a founding member of Catholics for Equality, a group which advocates for same-sex “marriage” and other social benefits for "gay, lesbian, bisexual and...READ MORE

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