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Pope Accepts Cardinal Law's Resignation (3359)

New archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major appointed.

11/21/2011 Comments (7)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, and appointed Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló as the new archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Cardinal Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal, turned 80 on Nov. 4.

A Vatican official explained to EWTN News on Nov. 21 that although the official retirement age for a post such as archpriest is 80, it is customary for cardinals to hold their positions for a longer period of time.

Cardinal Law’s predecessor, Cardinal Carlo Furno, remained in his post until he turned 82, and the former archpriest of the...READ MORE

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California Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex 'Marriage' Opponents (3219)

Plaintiffs have standing, courts says. Case can go forward and may well end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

11/21/2011 Comments (8)
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Supporters of Prop 8 demonstrated outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco last December.

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SACRAMENTO — Opponents of same-sex “marriage” in California gained a legal victory in their ongoing battle to uphold Proposition 8.

That’s the referendum passed by the state’s voters in 2008 that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The California Supreme Court’s Nov. 17 decision that the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown/Coleman v. Brown have legal standing to defend Prop. 8, ruled unconstitutional last year by a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco, represents a significant step in an ongoing legal battle that many experts predict will ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The decision ensures that Prop. 8 will have a full defense all the way to the United...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Happy Feet Two' (5457)

Darkness falls on Antarctica: The dancing-penguin sequel is the grimmest animated film in years, a global-warming disaster movie rife with problematic themes.

11/21/2011 Comments (8)

Little ones are “tougher than we think,” a penguin remarks in Happy Feet Two, and you can tell director George Miller believes it. The animated sequel pulls few punches: It’s overshadowed by more darkness, menace, heartache and anxiety than any talking-animal picture I can think of since, well, Miller’s last family-film sequel, the execrable Babe: Pig in the City. Neither the classic Babe nor the original Happy Feet contained any hint of the darkness of the sequels. Apparently Miller’s strategy is to soften kids up first, then drop the bomb.

Not that Happy Feet Two is a horror show equivalent to the movie I like to call Babe: With a Vengeance, where the heartache was almost uninterrupted...READ MORE

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Slippery Slope in Canada? (2596)

Legal battle could open door to assisted suicide.

11/21/2011 Comments (1)
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VANCOUVER — A battle has begun in a Vancouver courtroom over the status of Canada’s law against assisted suicide.

The fight comes just a year and a half after the country’s parliamentarians voted down a bill to throw out the law by a 228-59 majority.

But Canadian judges, like their American peers, routinely defy legislators.

“I’m very concerned that a single judge, out of concern for the genuine suffering of a single patient, will throw out a law that is protecting hundreds of others from abuse and death,” said Will Johnston, a British Columbia physician who is chairman of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of British Columbia.

Opponents of the law include: the B.C. Civil Liberties...READ MORE

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President Obama vs. Catholic Conscience (4756)

Did the president mislead Catholics in his 2009 Notre Dame speech? Columnists analyze administrations efforts against conscience-protection laws and religious freedom. But pro-life Democrats predict that the federal government will create a broader religious exemption to federal mandates requiring contraception coverage in all new health-care plans.

11/21/2011 Comments (27)

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Obama administration critics say the president misled his religious supporters in a 2009 Notre Dame speech, in which he supported conscience protections and “common ground” on issues like abortion.

“Two and a half years after President Obama was given an honorary degree at America’s flagship Catholic university and delivered its commencement address, at least we have clarity,” wrote Kansas Catholic Conference’s director, Michael Schuttloffel, in a Nov. 13 column.

“Willful blindness regarding this administration’s true intentions is no longer possible,” wrote Schuttloffel, who highlighted conflict between the moderate tone of Obama’s University of Notre Dame commencement speech and his...READ MORE

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Pope: 'Rejoice Together in the Reign of Christ the King Over the Whole World' (3460)

Benedict XVI reminds Africans to be light of Christ in the world on final day of visit to Benin, which was also the Church's celebration of Christ the King.

11/21/2011 Comment

“Be the salt of the African earth, blessed by the blood of so many martyrs, men, women and children, witnesses of the Christian faith, even to the supreme gift of their lives!” said the Pope as he handed over his apostolic document after Sunday Mass in the Benin city of Conotou Nov. 20.

“Become the light of the world, the light in Africa which seeks, amid tribulations, the path of peace and justice for all its citizens. Your light is Jesus, the Christ, ‘the Light of the World.’ May God bless you, dear Africa!”

The Pope offered Mass before an estimated congregation of more than 80,000 people drawn from all over West Africa. The Mass took place at the Friendship Stadium in Cotonou, where he...READ MORE

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Pope Paul VI, New Confiteor, Learning to be Catholic, Dorothy Day, and much more! (3129)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/21/2011 Comment

When Pope Paul VI Meets Sci-Fi: Latin Investigation. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to learn more.

When Pope Paul VI Meets Sci-Fi: Latin Investigation - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Thoughts on the New Confiteor - Fr. Paul Wharton, Hearts on Fire

Learning to be Catholic - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

Book Review: Servant of God Dorothy Day, “The Duty of Delight” - Brandon Vogt, Thin Veil

Halfway between Heaven & Hell: The Life of a Celtic Hermit - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The “Hail Mary” of a Protestant is Powerful: A True Story - Defenders of the Catholic Faith

A Funeral of Sorts: The Last of the Old Translation - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

New Translations: “For All or Many” & “The Supper of the Lamb” - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Our Lady...READ MORE

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Pope: 'Africa ... Put Your Trust in God!' (1751)

'Africa, Good News for the Church, become Good News for the entire world!' Before leaving, he said: 'May God bless you all, through the intercession of Our Lady of Africa.'

11/20/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI has signed his apostolic exhortation Africae Munus, a teaching document which charts a future for the Catholic Church in Africa.

“Africa, land of a New Pentecost, put your trust in God! Impelled by the Spirit of the risen Christ, become God’s great family, generous with all your sons and daughters, agents of reconciliation, peace and justice!” the Pope said at the signing ceremony in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the southern Benin city of Ouidah Nov. 19.

The document contains the Pope’s conclusions following the Synod of African Bishops, which was held in Rome in 2009.

After a brief moment of Eucharistic adoration, the Pope explained what he hoped the...READ MORE

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