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The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity (5560)

COMMENTARY: ‘If there is no God, then human beings are dispensable — so why not trade the organs of infants for a nice Lamborghini?’

07/28/2015 Comments (16)

Editor’s note: Bishop-Elect Barron’s article was written in advance of the third undercover video posted online today by the Center for Medical Progress. WARNING: This latest video contains graphic content that many viewers would find disturbing.


I am sure by now that many of you have seen the appalling hidden-camera videos of two Planned Parenthood physicians bantering cheerfully with interlocutors posing as prospective buyers of the body parts of aborted infants. While they slurp wine in elegant restaurants, the good doctors — both women — blandly talk about what price they would expect for providing valuable inner organs, and how the skillful abortionists of Planned Parenthood know...READ MORE

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How Can We See Christ in Criminals? (1337)

COMMENTARY: Catholic social teaching offers guidelines for responding to our current sprawling, technocratic justice system, where everyone suffers, and true justice seems rarely achieved.

07/28/2015 Comments (6)

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“I was in prison, and you visited me … and inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me.”

It’s interesting how easily this line (taken from Christ’s Parable of the Sheep and Goats in Matthew 25) can slide under our eyes almost unseen. It is somewhat distinctive from the rest, because everyone else Jesus identifies among “the least of these” might be seen as more unfortunate than guilty: the hungry, the sick and the stranger.

The prisoner, at least in our minds, is a guilty person. How do we see him as the personification of Christ?  What sort of treatment is warranted in his case?

For many of us, this question may not seem to have much immediate...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Unveil New Campaign to Aid Middle-East Christians (2183)

‘Christians in the Middle East are facing a dire situation … while the response from the international community has been woefully inadequate,’ said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

07/28/2015 Comments (1)

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arriving in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

– www.ankawa.com

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution — especially in the Middle East — the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight.

“Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is responding by asking our own members, and the public at large, to help us save the lives of people who are being persecuted simply because of their Christian faith,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in a July 24 press release.

The details of the new...READ MORE

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Women With 'Essure Problems' Plan Hunger Strike in Front of FDA During Pope’s Visit (2272)

The protest comes in response to the federal organization’s scheduling of a meeting on Sept. 24, the same day the Holy Father is slated to address Congress.

07/28/2015 Comments (4)

FDA Building in Silver Spring, Md.

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WASHINGTON — In June, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device “Essure” were finally being heard.

After receiving thousands of complaints about the device, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced June 24 that it would add additional risks and complications to Essure’s label. The FDA also scheduled a meeting on Sept. 24 with the women of “Essure problems,” a Facebook group of nearly 20,000 women who have experienced the negative side effects of the device and want it off the market.

It looked like a win. 

That was until the women with “Essure problems” realized who else would be in town Sept. 24. On that same...READ MORE

Filed under contraception, contraceptive coil, essure, fda, mary rezac, pope francis, u.s. congress

Small Diocese, Great Vocations; Pope Francis Will Read Critiques of His Economic Ideas and More! (2238)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/28/2015 Comment

Click on Small Diocese, Great Vocations by J.Q. Tomanek of Ignitum Today link to read more.

Small Diocese, Great Vocations by J.Q. Tomanek of Ignitum Today - Big Pulpit

Pope Francis: I Will Read Critiques of My Economic Ideas Ahead of American Trip - Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald Magazine

Experiencing God’s Presence This Summer – Father Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

What About Children’s Rights to a Mother and Father? - Rebecca Taylor, Creative Minority Report

Diocesan Deaconate Training: Does It Reflect Christ’s Mercy and Compassion? – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

Why Did Pope Francis Condemn Carbon Credits? – Josiah Neeley, R Street

Planned Parenthood Sells Intact Fetal Body Parts – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

A Simple Plan for Winning Back the Culture - Dale...READ MORE

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Following End of Ban on Gay Leaders, Will Religious Boy Scout Troops Be Tolerated? (3924)

The national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America voted July 27 to end the national ban.

07/27/2015 Comments (29)
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Boy Scouts march with U.S. flags during the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree on Fort AP Hill, Va., July 28, 2010.

– Wikimedia Commons/Cherie Cullen-U.S. Department of Defense

WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. But while the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic warns the move will expose churches to further pressure.

On July 27, the scouting group’s national executive board voted in favor of a resolution to remove a national ban on homosexual scout leaders.

“This change allows scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families,” the Boy Scouts of America said July 13. “This...READ MORE

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Nepal’s Draft Constitution Worries Catholic Leaders (1217)

A particularly troubling clause bans proselytizing or conversion by clerics, sating 'those activities are punishable according to law.'

07/27/2015 Comments (2)
AP Photo/ Dipesh Shreshta

Protesters from the nationalist Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal shout slogans, demanding that Nepal be turned back into a Hindu nation on July 20.

– AP Photo/ Dipesh Shreshta

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Catholic Church leaders in Nepal expressed concern over what they believe are flaws in the “freedom of religion” portion of the fledgling democracy’s proposed new constitution.

Amid Hindu nationalist lobbying, clamoring that Nepal — a Hindu monarchy for centuries, until a decade ago — should declare itself as a “Hindu nation,” Church and secular activists are more worried about the fine print of Article 31 in the new constitution. The article deals with “freedom of religion” under a section dealing with “fundamental rights and responsibilities” of its citizens.

Article 31, Clause 1 upholds individual freedom of religion as a fundamental right, along with a “right to...READ MORE

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20 Kids Unimpressed With Pope Francis, The West Must Save Persecuted Christians and Much More! (1600)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/27/2015 Comment

Click on 20 Kids Unimpressed With Pope Francis by Ryan Mayer of Epic Pew link to read more.

20 Kids Unimpressed With Pope Francis by Ryan Mayer of Epic Pew - Big Pulpit

The West Must Save Persecuted Christians - Youssef Fakhouri, The Catholic Thing

Apps, Maps, and Shrinky Dinks – Molly Milroy, Ignitum Today

Love, Tolerance, and the Making of Distinctions – Bishop-Elect Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Whom Will You Serve? – Jennifer Hartline, Catholic Stand

Complementarity at the Heart of the Marriage Debate - Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

JRR Tolkien On The Secret to a Happy Marriage – Samuel Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman

Monument, Idols, and Tolerance – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report

Ireland: Faithful Seminarians Ejected from Maynooth, Bishops Intervene...READ MORE

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