Pope Francis: Let Yourself be
Transformed by the Eucharist
VATICAN, August 16, 2015 -- On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him.

A Voice Missing from the Synod:
Faithful Catholics with
Same-sex Attraction
DETROIT, MI, August 13, 2015 -- When presenters addressed last year’s Synod of Bishops to discuss challenges facing the family, there was one group who voice was absent – those with same-sex attraction living chastely.

Pope: Divorce and Remarriage
Contradicts the Sacrament, but
Church Always Reaches 
VATICAN, August 5, 2015 -- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.

Think the Human Person is
Nothing Special?
Think Again, Says Archbishop
KANSAS CITY, KS, August 5, 2015 -- Too many social trends treat the human person as nothing sacred, but Catholic pro-life efforts are part of an effort to change that, Los Angeles’ Archbishop Jose Gomez said last Wednesday.

Is Planned Parenthood
Altering Abortion Procedures to
Obtain Intact Body Parts?
WASHINGTON, DC, August 4, 2015 -- The latest in a series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood shows an official from the organization saying that abortion procedures can be altered to obtain more “intact” fetal organs.

Pope: In Confession
We Encounter God's
Immense Mercy
VATICAN, August 2, 2015 -- Delivering his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis said that while everyone feels shame before going to Confession, this grace helps us to be open to God’s forgiveness.

Archbishop to Priests:
Here's How to not Give
Bad Homilies
DETROIT, MI, July 16, 2015 -- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.

Through an Even Darker Glass:
On Knocking the Popes for Socialism....
July 7, 2015 -- Catholic Culture's Dr. Jeff Mirus provides a provocative commentary about how conservative and liberal ideologies divide Catholics, while poorly understood Catholic social doctrine provides principles that should unite. The author encourages all of us to take a closer and more refined look at Church teaching in the context of today's issues-- always a good thing.

Where We Go From Here
“The Time for Defending Marriage is Over”
San Francisco, CA, June 22, 2015 – The Supreme Court ruled today that citizens have no right to define marriage exclusively as between a man and a woman. This effectively redefines marriage across the United States as an adult institution separated from the rights of children.  Regardless of the court’s decision, it is clear that marriage has already been redefined in the minds of a majority of Americans for some time, and that, according to Catholics for the Common Good Institute, is where we must now focus our energies to effectively take back marriage.  

Rueters Columnist Demonstrates
Universal Application of
Church Social Teaching Principles
June 24, 2015 -- Rueters columnist, Edward Hadas, provides a good discussion of principles of Catholic social teaching, in the context of the Pope's new encyclical, "Laudato Si." As one reads, also consider the debt we have to future children in defending their right to be born into a family with their mothers and fathers united in marriage and the debt to current children and young adults to enable them to discover the truth about love, sexuality, marriage and family. The author demonstrates the universal application of principles of social teaching.

Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert circa 1916. Credit: Gobonobo wikimedia commons.Dorothy Day Had Nothing to Say
To This Theologian –
or So He Thought
FORT WAYNE, IN., June 20, 2015 -- Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.

Pope Francis speaks to the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus, June 14, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.The First Encyclical
Wholly From Francis
Overturns Expectations
VATICAN, June 19, 2015 -- 'Laudato si' is not only an example of the Magisterium's social teaching: it also represents the birth of a new literary genre among papal documents.

USCCB Chairmen
Give Strong Support For The
‘First Amendment Defense Act’
WASHINGTON, DC June 19, 2015 —Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which is a federal non-discrimination act. <--break- />

Ahead of Supreme Court Marriage Decision
States Act to Protect Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2015 -- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states have enacted new legal protections for those with religious objections to recognizing same-sex ‘marriages.’

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square on May 20, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

The Pope's Take on
Transgender Issues?
Accept the Body God Gave You
VATICAN, June 18, 2015 -- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated.

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