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Religious Leaders Issue Joint Letter on Marriage (521)

The leaders stressed that the traditional definition of marriage and respect for religious freedom are both integral to a sound society.

04/27/2015 Comment
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– Fabio Sola Penna via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

WASHINGTON — More than 30 U.S. religious leaders, including four Catholic bishops, have joined together to call on their country to preserve the “unique meaning of marriage” and to renew respect for religious freedom.

“For many people, accepting a redefinition of marriage would be to act against their conscience and to deny their religious beliefs and moral convictions,” the April 23 open letter said. “No person or community, including religious organizations and individuals of faith, should be forced to accept this redefinition.”

A legal redefinition of marriage would have “serious consequences, especially for religious freedom,” the religious leaders warned. Such a change would affect...READ MORE

Filed under catholic news agency, marriage, religious freedom, u.s. bishops

From Abortion Advocacy to Pro-Life Legacy (1109)

During her political career, Oklahoma Democratic legislator Rebecca Hamilton experienced a dramatic conversion of heart.

04/27/2015 Comment

Rebecca Hamilton

– Ballotpedia

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — When Democratic legislator Rebecca Hamilton retired this year after 18 years in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, she left a legacy of strong pro-woman and pro-life legislation, which most recently includes Gov. Mary Fallin signing into law a ban on dismemberment abortion.

“There was not a more articulate or committed advocate for life in the Oklahoma House than Rebecca Hamilton,” said State Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa.

“Rebecca is a fine example of what one person can achieve,” added Tony Lauinger, president of Oklahomans for Life and vice president of the National Right to Life Committee. “Sometimes the greatest, most persuasive defenders of the unborn...READ MORE

Filed under kathy schiffer, oklahoma, pro-life democrats, rebecca hamilton

Bishop Wester Appointed to Lead New Mexico Archdiocese (410)

The bishop, who has led the Diocese of Salt Lake City since 2007, has been named by Pope Francis as the next shepherd of Santa Fe, N.M.

04/27/2015 Comment
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Bishop John Wester has been appointed as the new archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M.

– CNA file photo

SALT LAKE CITY — On Monday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop John Wester, who has led the Diocese of Salt Lake City since 2007 and is known for speaking out on the importance of immigration reform, as Archbishop of Santa Fe, N.M.

“Bishop Wester will bring wonderful gifts to the people of the historic Archdiocese of Santa Fe. His Episcopal motto, Abide in Christ, reflects his pastoral heart that so graciously embraces others, with special concern for the multi-cultural dimension of the Catholic Church,” the Salt Lake City diocese said in an April 27 statement.

“The bishop’s commitment to social justice, especially care for the undocumented and the poor, is noteworthy, as is his ecumenical...READ MORE

Filed under archdiocese of santa fe, bishop john wester, catholic news agency, diocese of salt lake city

Did St. Hildegard Prophesy Today's Problems, The Arduous Journey to Forgiveness and Much More! (1217)

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Click on Did Saint Hildegard Prophesy Today’s Crisis in the World and Church? by Frank Rega of The Shield of Faith link to read more.

Did St. Hildegard Prophesy Today’s Crisis in the World and Church? by Frank Rega of The Shield of Faith - Big Pulpit

Willing Incompatible Worlds – Andrew Walker, First Things

The Arduous Journey to Forgiveness – Rich Lamm, Epic Pew

Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Wrong About Indiana Religious Freedom Law – Ryan T. Anderson

Seven Connections Between Your Career and the Cross – John C. Connell, Catholic Stand

Religious Liberty and Analytical Problem Solving – Two Catholic Men and a Blog

How Well Is Your Tongue Trained? – Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Conor Friedersdorf Is Killing It on Religious Freedom – Thomas Van, Catholic Culture

Delusions the Devil Suggests to Sinners – Daniel Burke,...READ MORE

Filed under career, cross, devil, forgiveness, google adsense, indiana, prophecy, religious liberty, ryan t. anderson, st. hildegard

The US, Iran and Prudential Judgment (932)

COMMENTARY: Why Pope Francis and Catholic leaders in the United States are strongly supporting the framework recently negotiated with Iran on the use and development of nuclear technology

04/27/2015 Comments (5)

April 18 was “National Army Day” in Iran. As usual, this event was marked by parades and displays of the might and machinery of the Iranian military. And also, as usual, there were signs and chants from the crowds that proclaimed bluntly, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” In addition, the U.S. Department of State still lists Iran a “country determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”

Yet there were also signs of a more conciliatory attitude from the Iranian leadership. According to the Times of Israel, President Hassan Rouhani, speaking at the army event, said Iran was adopting “a strategy of deterrence in order to...READ MORE

Filed under economic sanctions, iran, msgr. stuart swetland, nuclear technology, pope francis, prudential judgment, sharia, united states

Pope Francis Leads Prayers for Victims and Survivors of the Nepal Earthquake (721)

‘I pray for the victims, for the wounded, and for all those who suffer because of this calamity,’ the Holy Father said April 26.

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– CNA file photo/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly “Regina Coeli” address in praying for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal which has claimed thousands of lives.

“I wish to express my closeness to the populations struck by a powerful earthquake in Nepal and in neighboring countries,” he said Sunday, moments after reciting the Marian prayer. “I pray for the victims, for the wounded, and for all those who suffer because of this calamity. May they be sustained by fraternal solidarity.”

The Pope then led the crowds in praying the Hail Mary for the victims.

At least 2,200 people have died and thousands more are wounded following a 7.8-magnitude...READ MORE

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Pope Francis to Newly Ordained Priests: Don’t Be Like a Peacock (1353)

Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26, during which he, as the bishop of Rome, ordained 19 men for the Diocese of Rome.

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Nineteen men lie prostrate for their ordination as priests for the Diocese of Rome on April 26.

– CNA/Bohumil Petrik

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis presided over the ordination of 19 men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.

“A priest is ugly who lives for his own pleasure,” Pope Francis said, adding that such a priest “acts like a peacock.”

Pope Francis presided over the Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Apr. 26, during which he, as the bishop of Rome, ordained 19 men for the Roman diocese.

During the ordination Mass, the Pope delivered the standard homily based on the Italian edition of the liturgical book  Pontificale Romanum for the ordination of priests, but digressed from the text several times to offer...READ MORE

Filed under ann schneible, catholic priesthood, diocese of rome, good shepherd, holy orders, pope francis, st. peter's basilica

Archbishop Kurtz: Society Has Taken Marriage for Granted for Too Long (2378)

'We have not cultivated the basis for sacrificial love but have, in a sense, fallen victims of a culture that tends to talk about adult choices and options,” he explained,’ the archbishop said at Saturday’s March for Marriage in Washington.

04/27/2015 Comments (13)
CNA/Adelaide Mena

Crowds hold signs in defense of traditional marriage at the March for Marriage in Washington, on Saturday.

– CNA/Adelaide Mena

WASHINGTON — A diverse crowd of thousands of people from across the United States gathered in front of the US Capitol to speak and stand in defense of marriage on Saturday.

“We have too long taken for granted the gift of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops told CNA.

The archbishop cautioned that society’s view of seeing marriage only as “an adult friendship” loses sight of the “sacrificial love” and “one flesh union that Jesus himself spoke of” that form the basis for marriage as an institution.

“We have not cultivated the basis for sacrificial love but have, in a sense,...READ MORE

Filed under adelaide mena, archbishop joseph kurtz, march for marriage, natural law, redefinition of marriage, same-sex 'marriage', washington

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