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Modern Moms Need Faith, Fellowship and Fun (851)

The first Edel Gathering was held this summer; named after an Irish laywoman, Venerable Edel Quinn, the conference focused on helping mothers realize that they are not alone in their daily struggles.

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A pair of Catholic authors has found a new way to give mothers some time off while helping break the social isolation that can sometimes come with modern parenting: throw a weekend-long party just for moms.

“We just felt a need to bring all these women together and just let them relax and be pampered and put their feet up and just be rejuvenated through relaxation,” conference co-founder and author Hallie Lord told CNA.

Along with fellow mom and author, Jennifer Fulwiler, Lord decided that mothers needed some way to connect with each other and have a refreshing weekend away from their daily responsibilities, which are admittedly difficult, but also “so beautiful.”


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Bishops Praise Agreement on Low-Income Childcare Bill (498)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed Sept. 12 on legislation that includes a parental-choice component.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ conference has praised federal lawmakers for reaching an agreement to reauthorize legislation that funds childcare and job training for low-income families.

“Childcare is increasingly important for family stability, as well as finding and keeping decent work,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. 

On Sept. 15, he said that the reauthorization of the Childcare and Development Block Grant Act will “strengthen a program that has worked well over the last two decades and continues to provide low-income working families with the childcare assistance they need from the provider they...READ MORE

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Vatican Author Discusses His Book, the Family and Archbishop Sheen (1190)

The Register interviews Msgr. Richard Soseman of the Congregation for Clergy.

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Msgr. Richard Soseman is a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., who is serving as an official with the Congregation for Clergy.

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VATICAN CITY — “Reflections From Rome: Practical Thoughts on Faith and Family”, by Msgr. Richard Soseman of the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, is an everyday guide for Catholics offering brief meditations, essays and reflections on everyday matters of faith, focusing on how to apply one's faith to life's situations or dilemmas.

Cardinal Raymond Burke of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura said Msgr. Soseman’s book conveys the truths of the Catholic faith “in an accessible and appealing manner.”

In this Sept. 17 interview, Msgr. Soseman, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., who has worked on the cause of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, discusses his reasons for...READ MORE

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Bishop Tobin: Changes Needed in Approach, Not Teaching, on Divorce (2043)

The Providence, R.I., shepherd discussed the upcoming synod and how the Church can respond to the needs of its divorced-and-remarried faithful in a column in his diocesan newspaper.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The dilemma of divorced-and-remarried Catholics should prompt consideration of changes in the Church’s approach to annulments and the Eucharist, but without compromising Church teaching, said Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.

“The challenge for the Church, of course, is how to maintain and proclaim the irrefutable teaching of our Lord Jesus that marriage entails a sacred and permanent bond between husband and wife, while also providing spiritual care for those Catholics who have fallen short of the ideal,” he said in a column written for the local diocesan paper, the Rhode Island Catholic.

“Although the teaching of Christ and his Church about the permanence of...READ MORE

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Vatican Commission for Protection of Minors Sets Oct. 4-5 Meeting (625)

Pope Francis' council of cardinal advisers just concluded their sixth round of meetings Sept. 15-17.

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VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis’ council of cardinals for Curia reform gather this week in Rome, the newly created Pontifical Commission for the Protection for Minors will soon meet to finish creating its statutes.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican’s press office, announced in a briefing with journalists Sept. 17 that the commission will hold its next meeting Oct. 4-5.

Msgr. Robert Oliver was appointed secretary of the commission Sept. 10, and that same day Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston was confirmed president of the commission.

As the commission takes shape, Father Lombardi underscored that “in the next few weeks other very important aspects will be specified regarding...READ MORE

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Why Would Any Woman Choose Religious Life? When Catholic Leaders Abandon the Faithful and More. . . (2490)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Why Would Any Woman Choose Religious Life? by Fr. Robert McTeigue of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

When Catholic Leaders Abandon the Faithful by Matthew Hennessey – BigPulpit.com

Why Would Any Woman Choose Religious Life? – Fr. Robert McTeigue, Aleteia∝

Evil Is On The March – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Minimum Wage Thinking & Salvation Theology: On the Worth and Value of the Human Being – Adam Michael Wood, One Peter 5

Cardinal Dolan’s St. Patrick’s Day Conundrum – BigPulpit.com

Is Paramount Duty of Church & Faithful to Aid Those in Need? – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

The Seven Vices of Sporting Events – Deacon Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

A Model for a Cultural Center for the New Evangelization – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

St. Clare &...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine ‘Flowing With Blood’ (1633)

New York’s archbishop urges U.S. Catholics to respond to the pleas of Ukraine’s Greek-Catholic bishops.

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The annual Synod of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church took place this month in Lviv, Ukraine.

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NEW YORK CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged U.S. Catholics to listen to the “chilling” pleas of Greek-Catholic bishops who say Ukraine is “flowing with blood” due to the Russian military’s actions.

During the Cold War, Cardinal Dolan said, “Catholics in the United States were in solidarity with persecuted Christians in Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary and the other countries under Russia’s jackboot. We spoke up for them; our government listened.”

“We had hoped it would now be different. Things looked so bright in Ukraine for awhile. It appeared that religion was free, the Church encouraging a just, open, civil society,” the New York archbishop said in a...READ MORE

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Watchdog Report Confirms Pro-Life Warnings About Obamacare (2754)

The Government Accountability Office’s Sept. 15 report finds that elective abortions are being covered under plans subsidized with federal dollars.

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WASHINGTON — On Sept. 15, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that confirmed the pro-life movement’s early warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would faciliate taxpayer-subsidized abortions.

Commissioned by House Republicans, the survey found that, in a sample of 18 insurers, all but one allowed elective abortions to be covered under plans subsidized with federal dollars — a violation of federal law. And most insurers, in violation of federal rules, did not segregate private funds used for abortion from the pool of federal dollars allotted for health-insurance coverage. 

“This report confirms the U.S. bishops’ long-standing concern about abortion...READ MORE

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