Femen Protesters Acquitted of Charges They Vandalized Notre Dame’s Bell – UPDATED

Marcel - bell in Notre Dame Cathedral

Today nine activists from the pro-abortion group Femen have been acquitted of charges that they caused substantial damage to a bell at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in February 2013. The bell named Marcel is named in honor of St. Marcel, the ninth bishop of Paris, who lived in the fifth century. Marcel was particularly revered by Parisians for his charity towards the poor and the sick. The bell which bears his name weighs 244 pounds and stands 55 inches high, and is covered with gold leaf. … [Read more...]

IMAGE AND REALITY: God’s Vision for Womanhood

Image and Reality - bannaer

What makes a woman beautiful?If the magazines in the checkout aisle are to be believed, women are beautiful if they are lanky, blonde, and air-brushed.If they carry a few extra pounds after that last pregnancy, if they have greying temples or a sagging chin or a furrowed brow, they are not trying hard enough!Contemporary media--television, movies, magazines and the movie industry--all support the idea that beauty is only skin deep.  For the teen girl struggling to understand her own w … [Read more...]

LCWR Responds After Tense Meeting With CDF’s Cardinal Gerhard Müller

LCWR

On May 8, the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a statement on their April 30 meeting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.The statement is significant in that it's a hopeful sign that the organization has heard the concerns expressed by Rome and may, in fact, be ready to listen--valuing its canonical status which has been conferred by the Holy See more than it values its autonomy.Because it's so important a document, I'm permitting the Sisters to … [Read more...]


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