“Celibacy and chastity won’t kill you”

This may be the most clear-eyed and honest piece on homosexuality and the Catholic Church that you will read… …or at least, that you will read this week. Terry Nelson knows whereof he speaks.  From Abbey Roads:  The friends who approve of same sex marriage usually approve of divorce and remarriage, contraception and abortion, euthanasia, [Read More…]

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Attorneys General urge HHS exemption for businesses

Hot on the heels of this item, about a deacon who won his case against the HHS mandate, comes this story from the Christian Post: A coalition of 13 attorneys general issued a collaborative letter to the Obama administration, urging it to provide exemptions to privately owned businesses under its Department of Health and Human [Read More…]

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How come more people don’t go to church?

It may not be the reason you think. Details:  The Rev. Stephen Fichter understood just how dominant a role sports has assumed in the culture when a family told him they would be out of town Good Friday to Easter Sunday to attend their child’s volleyball tournament. “It’s truly sports that has become like the [Read More…]

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Meet the pope’s sister

NCR’s John Allen has arrived in Argentina, and wasted no time tracking down the most important interview subject in the country: the pope’s sister. A snip:  Though there aren’t yet hard numbers to back it up, it’s a good bet that the single most interviewed human being on the planet since March 13, 2013, has [Read More…]

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Historic: First U.S. teen with Down syndrome reaches Mt. Everest base camp

Awesome:  A courageous young man from Oregon made history with the first recorded account of an American teenager with Down syndrome to reach a base camp of Mt. Everest. After nearly two weeks of walking, 15-year old Eli Reimer reached 17,600 feet. Eli’s father, Justin, joined his son for the ascent in an effort to raise funds [Read More…]

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Judge rules that deacon’s company will not have to provide contraception coverage

Details:  Greg Hall is safe from government fines – for now. The Catholic deacon who owns American Manufacturing Company in St. Joseph has received a preliminary injunction protecting him from provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The injunction was issued Tuesday in the 8th Circuit of the federal district courts by U.S. District Court Judge [Read More…]

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“I always ask God to grant me a meek heart…”

Carol Glatz at CNS has unearthed some fascinating tidbits about the new pontiff, culled from a book of interviews published in Argentina three years ago. (It’s not yet available in English.) To wit: — Favorite dance style: tango, which he said he loves “very much. It’s something that comes from within.” He said he danced [Read More…]

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“Women have a special role in opening doors to the Lord”: Pope Francis speaks on women in the Church

Text from the Vatican:  Another element. In the professions of faith of the New Testament, only men are remembered as witnesses of the Resurrection, the Apostles, but not the women. This is because, according to the Jewish Law of the time, women and children were not considered reliable, credible witnesses. In the Gospels, however, women [Read More…]

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North Carolina may declare an official state religion under new bill

Details:  Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings. The bill, filed Monday by two GOP lawmakers from Rowan County and backed by nine other Republicans, says each state “is sovereign” and courts cannot block a state “from making [Read More…]

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Praying for Syria in Brooklyn

Further proof that God never ceases to surprise us. Tonight, I found myself continually surprised—and moved, uplifted and inspired at an interfaith prayer service for Syria and the Middle East at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn.   There, clergy and laity representing Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim traditions, prayed a variation of [Read More…]

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