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  • Former Catholic priest arrested on parole violation

    11/04/2011 6:51:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/3/2011
    <p>Baker served more than five years of a 10-year prison sentence for his 2007 conviction and was scheduled to be released in August. But the Los Angeles district attorney's office filed a petition to have him committed to a state hospital indefinitely as a sexually violent predator.</p>
  • Sr. Jacinta Hopes to Evangelize 'Pagan' Britain

    11/03/2011 8:25:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies · 1+ views
    catholic Nes Agency ^ | 11/2/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Sr. Jacinta Pollard holds a statue of St. Joseph and Jesus in a picture with some of her fellow sisters. Credit: Franciscan Sisters of the RenewalLeeds, England, Nov 2, 2011 / 12:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Sister Jacinta Pollard, one of the women profiled in the BBC's new documentary “Young Nuns,” hopes her community's prayers and sacrifices can help bring Britain back to the Catholic faith. “It's like living in pagan Rome, actually! It must have been very similar, for the early Christians,” said Sister Jacinta, head of St. Clare's Convent in Leeds. Her growing community consists of five women...
  • Defending the faith: How Archbishop Dolan is redefining the battle over same sex marriage

    11/03/2011 2:22:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | October 29, 2011 | McKay Coppins
    NEW YORK — When Timothy Dolan arrived in New York nearly three years ago to take over the state's Catholic Archdiocese, his "brother bishops" had a bleak warning to deliver."We've got a bruising battle coming up over same-sex marriage," he remembers being told in his first meeting with local clergy. "We are not going to relent, we are going to give it everything we've got. But you need to know that the fortune-tellers are telling us that we ain't gonna win."The Roman Catholic Church had long been at the forefront of the fight over defining marriage in the Empire State,...
  • Catholics Come Home announces ad campaign on major networks

    11/03/2011 6:49:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 3, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga., Nov 3, 2011 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Catholics Come Home has announced a major prime time evangelization initiative set to air on American TV networks beginning in mid-Advent and ending after Christmas.The initiative’s advertising campaign aims to reach 250 million television viewers in over 10,000 U.S. cities and in every U.S. diocese.“These inspiring messages are sponsored by 30,000 Catholic families who want to invite neighbors, relatives, and co-workers to the largest family reunion in modern history,” said Catholics Come Home founder Tom Peterson.The ad used in the campaign notes the beauty and history of the Catholic Church....
  • Catholic Journal Withdraws Column that Suggests Devil Responsible for Homosexuality

    11/03/2011 6:55:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/3/11 | AP
    BOSTON – The oldest Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States has retracted an opinion column suggesting the devil may be responsible for gay attraction. The column, which appeared Friday in the Archdiocese of Boston's official newspaper, The Pilot, was titled "Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction." It was written by Daniel Avila, an associate director for policy and research for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the column, Avila says "the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil." It also says "disruptive...
  • Bishops blast Catholic governor's role in abortion award ceremony

    11/03/2011 4:35:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 11/3/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Illinois' six Catholic bishops have deplored Catholic governor Pat Quinn's role as the presenter of a “Pro-Choice Leadership Award” at an abortion advocacy group's upcoming ceremony. “We deeply regret the governor's decision to present this award, which so closely associates him with a political action group whose purpose is contrary to the common good,” the six bishops said in a Nov. 2 statement released by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. “With this action, Governor Quinn has gone beyond a political alignment with those supporting the legal right to kill children in their mother's wombs, to rewarding those deemed most successful...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-02-11, Commemoration of Faithful Departed, All Souls

    11/01/2011 9:49:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies American Bible ^ | 11-02-11 | New American Bible
    November 2, 2011   The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed  (All Souls) The following are a selection of the readings that may be chosen for this day. Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before men, indeed, they be punished,yet is their hope full of immortality;chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,because God tried themand found...
  • The German Pope Who Took on the Secular World [Not BXVI]

    11/01/2011 12:26:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/1/11 | Eamon Duffy
    An extract from Eamon Duffy’s new book, "Ten Popes Who Shook the World"For 100 years or more, most western countries have worked on the axiom that our common life together ought to be deliberately secular. Religion in a free society may be acceptable as a private activity, like knitting or going to the gym, but it has no proper place in the spheres of politics, economics or citizenship. The rise of militant Islam, like the influence of the Christian Right on American foreign policy and, perhaps more encouragingly, the role of the Catholic Church in the overthrow of Polish Communism,...
  • Desperate Churchmice (The Desperate Collapse of the Catholic Left)

    11/01/2011 1:57:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 1+ views
    NRO ^ | October 31, 2011 | GEORGE WEIGEL
    No, the pope is not supporting Occupy Wall Street. It’s been a bad three and a half decades for self-styled “progressive” Catholics.First, there was John Paul II, whom many in that camp habitually labeled a charismatic reactionary. Yet the Polish pope was a hero all over the world during an epic pontificate that bent history’s arc in a more humane direction, and did so without the aid of liberation theology. John Paul’s funeral Mass on April 8, 2005, became, in the apt phrase of NBC anchor Brian Williams, “the human event of a generation,” a moniker unlikely to be attached...
  • Reformation Day – and What Led Me To Back to Catholicism

    10/28/2011 6:59:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3,684 replies · 2+ views
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/28/11 | Francis J. Beckwith
    October 31 is only three days away. For Protestants, it is Reformation Day, the date in 1517 on which Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to that famous door in Wittenberg, Germany. Since I returned to the Catholic Church in April 2007, each year the commemoration has become a time of reflection about my own journey and the puzzles that led me back to the Church of my youth. One of those puzzles was the relationship between the Church, Tradition, and the canon of Scripture. As a Protestant, I claimed to reject the normative role that Tradition plays in the...
  • Bishop to Congress: 'Illegal Conditions' Placed on Religious Providers of Services

    10/28/2011 7:19:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/27/11 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    WASHINGTON — In an escalation of the U.S. bishops’ campaign against “grave threats to religious liberty,” Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., endorsed three bills designed to strengthen First Amendment rights. The bishop, who heads the newly established Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before Congress yesterday, Oct. 26. “I am here today to call to your attention grave threats to religious liberty that have emerged even since June — grim validations of the bishops’ recognition of the need for urgent and concerted action in this area,” said the bishop. “I focus...
  • Attorney: Crosses at Catholic University violate human rights of Muslim students

    10/27/2011 6:39:22 PM PDT · by Jean S · 91 replies ^ | 10/27/11 | Lou Gulino
    The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights is investigating the Catholic University of America. The Tower, a student newspaper at the university, says the charges allege the school does not provide Muslim students with places to hold frequent prayer services free of crosses or other Catholic symbols. John F. Banzhaf III, a George Washington University Professor of Public Interest Law, ade the complaint to the human rights agency. In a news release Banzhaf alleges: "It is alleged that CUA does not provide space -- as other universities do -- for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them...
  • New York governor: opponents of same-sex ‘marriage’ just ‘want to discriminate,’ are ‘anti-American’

    10/27/2011 8:11:32 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10-26-2011 | Patrick B. Craine
    An employee with the New York Archdiocese warned of an “impending persecution” after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called same-sex “marriage” opponents discriminatory and “anti-American” last week.
  • Why Virginity Matters

    10/25/2011 1:48:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    I always used to pause at that oft-used description of the saints. The martyr part made sense. But why virgin? To make it a point to highlight that aspect of a person’s life seemed a little…personal. To use internet parlance, it struck me as TMI. I knew that the problem must be with me, and not with a tradition of the 2,000-year-old Church, but I never could figure out why that designation was so important. Then I began to notice something: Our society has lost the concept that it is possible to live a fulfilling life without having sex. And...
  • The Media's Religious Test

    10/16/2011 9:23:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 17, 2011 | Gary Bauer
    I believe efforts to disqualify Mitt Romney as a presidential contender because of his Mormon faith are outrageous and unfair. Apparently, a lot of people in the liberal media agree with me. Unfortunately, they are hypocrites. The media are ignoring their own established religious test—against candidates whose evangelical or Catholic faith guides their political beliefs. Having momentarily discovered an appreciation for the Constitution, liberal journalists are reminding conservative Christians who question Romney’s faith that our founders prohibited a religious test as a qualification for elected office. “It was only a matter of time before some bigot drew a bead on...
  • Turning to a Support Group to Deal With Celibacy

    10/15/2011 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 14th 2011 | Debra Weiner
    Publicly, he is a religious brother with a Roman Catholic order. Privately, although he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, he said, at 23 he was a sex addict, anonymously cruising bars, parks and Cook County Forest Preserves for quick hookups. Six years ago, his superiors found out and encouraged him to seek help. He agreed readily and spent the next six months in intense therapy at a residential treatment clinic north of Toronto for male and female church ministers with psychological and addiction problems. Brother Patrick has been chaste ever since (his real name is being withheld because...
  • What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/14/2011 5:20:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | June 15th, 2006 | Eric Stoutz and CE Editors
    What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? June 15th, 2006 by CE EditorsEric Stoutz Information Specialist Catholics United for the Faith 827 North Fourth Street Steubenville, OH 43952 800-MY-FAITH (800-693-2484) Editor's Note: To submit a faith question to Catholic Exchange, email Please note that all email submitted to Catholic Exchange becomes the property of Catholic Exchange and may be published in this space. Published letters may be edited for length and clarity. Names and cities of letter writers may also be published. Email addresses of viewers will not normally be published. Dear Catholic Exchange:I recently read a...
  • Catholic principal faces dismissal {by gov board} for promoting 40 Days for Life - Ecumenical

    10/13/2011 9:56:50 PM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Life site news ^ | 13 October 2011 | Patrick B Craine
    The principal at a Catholic elementary school in Winnipeg faces possible dismissal after he allowed students to count the 40 Days for Life vigil towards community service hours. Principal David Hood of Christ the King School advertised the local 40 Days campaign in a recent newsletter and then allowed students who approached him to join the vigil to satisfy part of the 10 hours of community service required of grade 7 and 8 students. The move led to a media firestorm this week with calls for the school, which is independent and under the auspices of the Archdiocese, but receives...
  • Obama is alienating Catholic voters {Catholic/Orthodox caucus}

    10/13/2011 9:38:42 PM PDT · by Cronos · 34 replies
    St Louis Today ^ | 13 October 2011 | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    While other voters have been disappointed by Obama's economic failures and arrogant, ham-handed approach to everything from health care reform to the Solyndra scandal, swing-voting Catholics have special reason to feel betrayed. In the past year, Obama's Justice Department has argued in court that defenders of traditional marriage — the most visible segment of which are observant Catholics and bishops — should be regarded in law as the equivalent of racists. His National Labor Relations Board has issued rulings against two Catholic schools, St. Xavier University in Chicago and Manhattan College in New York, saying that they are not sufficiently...
  • The Reality of Romanism

    05/17/2007 10:08:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 452 replies · 5,008+ views
    The Riddleblog ^ | May 10, 2007 | Kim Riddlebarger
    Reading Francis Beckwith's interview with David Neff in Christianity Today, reminded me of how idyllic the Roman church can seem in the minds of those who embrace it (Click here: Q&A: Francis Beckwith | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction). But then this news report appeared today which gives a much different picture of the supposed glories of Romanism (Click here: Pope to canonize first Brazilian saint - Yahoo! News). All discussion of justification, the authority of Scripture, and reciting the Creed aside, the Pope is heading to Brazil to canonize Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao, a Franciscan monk...