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Catholic Psychological Experts on Family Members Who Leave, Challenging Homilies, and Much More! (416)

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12/01/2015 Comment

Click on When Your Teen Turns Away from Family: Advice from Psychological Experts Drawing on Catholic Faith and Modern Psychology by William McKenna of Aleteia link to read more.

When Your Teen Turns Away from Family: Advice from Psychological Experts Drawing on Catholic Faith and Modern Psychology by William McKenna of Aleteia - Big Pulpit

Book Review: The Surprisingly Fruitful Relationship between the Catholic Church and Science – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald Magazine

On Challenging Homilies – David Roney, Catholic Stand

10 Quotes from the Saints on What Heaven Will Be Like – Kirsten Andersen, Aleteia

St. Peter’s Fall – Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg, Ignitum Today

New Art from Daniel Mitsui: Pater Noster and Requiem Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

Endangered! – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

A Parish School Turns Failure Into Success – Anthony Esolen,...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis’ In-flight Interview from Africa to Rome (616)

The Pope touched on a range of issues, including inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa.

11/30/2015 Comment
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Pope Francis speaks with journalists on the papal plane on the return flight to Rome on Aug. 18, 2014.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ON BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — In a Q&A with journalists on his way from Africa back to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions posed by journalists. He touched on inter-religious relations, the role of the media, and his favorite memories from Africa.

Please read below for the full English transcription of the Q&A:

Father Lombardi: Holy Father, welcome to this encounter, which by now is a tradition we all wait for. We are grateful that after such an intense trip you still want to find the time for us. We understand well how available you are to help us.

Before beginning with the questions, I would like, in the name of some colleagues, thank the EBU (European Broadcasting Union), who organized...READ MORE

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Vatican Prosecutions of Journalists Generate Criticism, Questions (732)

Several prominent organizations have objected to the indictment of two Italian journalists, while others wonder why other leaks haven’t prompted a similar response.

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Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi (l) and Emiliano Fittipaldi leave Vatican City on Nov. 24, after their appearance in a Vatican courtroom.

– AP photo/Gregorio Borgia

VATICAN CITY — The world’s largest intergovernmental security organization, Italian media associations and members of the Italian legal profession have criticized a Vatican court for indicting two Italian journalists for publishing leaked confidential Vatican documents.

The Vatican is standing firm by its decision, and its lawyers insist it is not trampling on rights to freedom of speech.

But questions are being raised about consistency in the Vatican’s approach, as some other recent breaches in confidentiality among those in senior positions appear to have taken place in recent years with impunity.  

Last Monday, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe called on the...READ MORE

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Did the Second Vatican Council Accomplish What It Set Out to Do? (1353)

Noted Philosopher Germain Grisez Discusses the Council After 50 Years

11/30/2015 Comment
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– Courtesy of Germain Grisez

Germain Grisez is one of America’s most respected Catholic philosophers. For 30 years, until 2009, he held the Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn Professor of Christian Ethics chair at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. He began his career teaching ethics at Georgetown in 1959. It was during his time there that he began to explore the philosophical and theological aspects of the contraception issue. In the process, he changed from someone who doubted that contraception was always wrong to someone who developed a stronger argument for why the ban should be retained. His 1965 book Contraception and the Natural Law was an important part of the debate over contraception, and he assisted...READ MORE

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Struggle With Pornography? The Church Can Help You, US Bishops Say (1595)

The U.S. Catholic bishops have created a list of resources to help families struggling with pornography, but say that treating addiction needs more help than just confession and spiritual direction.

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WASHINGTON — For the first time, the U.S. bishops have issued a historic pastoral letter specifically addressing the global crisis of pornography, looking at how the industry is affecting the parishioners in their pews and what the Church can do to offer mercy, healing and hope to recovering pornography users.

“We offer this statement to give a word of hope and healing to those who have been harmed by pornography and to raise awareness of its pervasiveness and harms,” the statement reads, saying the Church wants to offer healing to the families destroyed by pornography and to the individuals who have been exploited by it.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) officially approved...READ MORE

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Top Neurologist: Jahi McMath Is ‘No Longer’ Dead (4817)

New court documents fuel controversy around the 15-year-old who has launched the accepted definition of ‘brain death’ into a tailspin.

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Nailah Winkfield (r), mother of Jahi McMath, looks up at a video of her daughter being played during a news conference at a law office in San Francisco.

– 2014 AP Photo/Eric Risberg

FREMONT, Calif. — Several doctors, many pre-eminent ethicists and a California judge all pronounced Jahi McMath “brain-dead” almost two years ago, and a county coroner issued her death certificate. But a document filed this month in the Superior Court of California claims a world-renowned pediatric neurologist has spent hours with the 15-year-old girl and determined that she “no longer fulfills standard brain-death criteria” because she responds to verbal commands.

If proven true, the case will be the first in which a person correctly declared “brain-dead” according to accepted diagnostic criteria was then shown to have improved to no longer meet the conditions of death — and is alive. As...READ MORE

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Pope Calls on Central African Christians to Be Artisans of National Renewal (677)

Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass, calling for conversion, after opening the doors of the cathedral of Bangui in the war-torn country for the Year of Mercy.

11/30/2015 Comment
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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Barthélémy Boganda Stadium on Nov. 29.

– EWTN screenshot

BANGUI, Central African Republic — During the final Mass of his first visit to Africa, Pope Francis called the Christians of Central African Republic (CAR) to be missionaries in their nation, bringing renewal amid the suffering of civil strife and hope for eternal life.

“Christians of Central Africa, each of you are called to be, through perseverance in faith and missionary commitment, artisans of the human and spiritual renewal of your country,” the Pope said Nov. 30 at Barthélémy Boganda Stadium, on his last full day in CAR.

“Dear Central Africans, may you look to the future and, strengthened by the distance you have already come, resolutely determine to begin a new chapter in the...READ MORE

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Fr. Martin Meet Fr. Martin; Faith + Humor = 36 Years of Marriage; Heroic Sanctity, and Much More! (1871)

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11/30/2015 Comment

Click on Fr. Martin Meet Fr. Martin by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic link to read more.

Fr. Martin Meet Fr. Martin by Donald R. McClarey, J.D., of The American Catholic - Big Pulpit 

Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or Both – Taylor Marshall Ph.D.

Faith + Humour = 36 Years of Marriage – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Stand

We Should Not Blame Mid-East Refugees for Actions of Terrorists – Editorial Board, O.S.V. Newsweekly

Heroic Sanctity: Not For Everyone? – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Commander of Iraq-Based Christian Militia Asks for Greater U.S. Support – John Burger, Aleteia

You’ve Been Using the Bible the Wrong Way, Here’s Why – Ryan Mayer, Epic Pew

Could America Survive Without Religion? – Robert P. George Ph.D., Public Discourse


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