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October 01, 2015

Pope Francis has done it again

By Jennifer Manning

Pope Francis has done it again.  He has reminded us what it means to be an elected official, a leader, a responsible citizen of the world.  I had the privilege of watching Pope Francis’ address to Congress with my 11th grade students. The focus of 11th grade Religion in our school is Morality and Ethics, and Pope Francis offered a master class in morality in his address.  Below are some of my class’s favorite moments.  “You are called to defend and...

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September 25, 2015

Pope Francis — a comforting, uncomfortable pope

By Tina McCormick, PhD

Pope Francis is the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. There are bound to be some who don’t like him. But what is of greater interest is that so many non-Catholics love him. In fact, this week’s People magazine features Pope Francis on its front cover and describes him as a saint for all. A local witness to the Pope’s visit to Cuba called him “the most loved man in the world.” There is ample evidence of Pope Francis’ global appeal. No doubt, this church leader has what...

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September 24, 2015

Our Missionary Pope Named Francis and Political Piracy

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The word pirate calls to mind images from movies or books which often romanticized them. However, they were plunderers who robbed ships at sea for nefarious purposes. I suggest that an historic event is being plundered by some political pirates, the first address given by a Pope to a joint session of congress in the history of the United States.   The address was the last in a series of addresses and sermons given by this missionary pope in Washington, D.C. The real message could...

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September 23, 2015

Time to Rescue the Rule of Law from a Judicial Aristocracy

By Mat Staver and Keith Fournier

The framers of the Constitution of the United States were not fond of unjust monarchs or aristocracies which showed no regard for the people. They fled the abuse of power in the hands of an unjust monarch and formulated a system of governance to protect against the concentration of power in the hands of a privileged few. We have a prohibition against titles of nobility embodied in the U.S. Constitution for good reason. It attests to the seriousness with which they approached...

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September 06, 2015

Pope Francis shines a light on mercy

By Jennifer Manning

Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary Jubilee Year—typically, Jubilees are held every 25 years (the most recent was in 2000) but Pope Francis called this one a bit early and for good reason—what the world needs now is mercy, sweet mercy. Pope Francis has made headlines for declaring that during this Jubilee year (which begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8), all priests will be granted the necessary faculties to absolve women who have had abortions. ...

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Should Catholic nuns be forced to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans?  The government thinks so and has spent the better part of the past two years trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to do just that. For over 175 years, the Little Sisters, an international congregation of Roman Catholic religious women, has served the nation’s elderly poor with love and dignity. The order operates group nursing homes dedicated to the physical, emotional, and spiritual...

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“Church Militant” – a producer of online videos – has people scratching their heads this month. Again. The self-proclaimed defender of Catholic Orthodoxy has – in the space of a few days – attacked a seminary for promoting modesty, and married couples for using NFP. For the well-informed, it’s probably prompting chuckles too, because, as it turns out, the positions the group is advocating seem to be in conflict with those of popes, saints and Church fathers. First, the modesty...

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In the midst of the recent postings of controversial videos discussing the use of fetal remains for medical research, I cannot get away from thinking about abortion. To me, this is a relief. I never want to be able to shake the reality of abortion from my thoughts and prayers. Ever read something that made you question the validity of your beliefs? For the pro-life person, reading “Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study”, by...

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July 17, 2015

Francis in South America...or the Pope that wasn't

By Alejandro Bermúdez

The coverage that most media outlets gave to the recent trip of Pope Francis to South America seems to beg the question: Can the real Francis please stand up? Let me explain: the Pope delivered a total of 24 speeches and homilies during his eight day trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Six of them – three addressed to political authorities and another three to representatives of civil society – dealt with political or economic issues. One in particular, the one delivered to the...

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If you are a Catholic, chances are you may be bombarded with questions at your local cookout this weekend, thanks to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage today.  In case you are a little rusty, here are a few talking points on what the Catholic Church does and does not teach regarding same-sex marriage. I base much of this on the amicus brief submitted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Obergefell vs. Hodges. If you find yourself at all struggling to...

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