Irish Referendum:
State's Responsiblity for Children
To Trump Parents'
CORK, IRELAND, November 5, 2012 -- On November 10th 2012, Irish citizens will vote on a referendum aimed at amending the Constitution in regard to the role of the State towards children. The implications of the wording of the amendment are subtle and difficult to perceive for a non-expert. Though the change in the proposed wording can be seen as minor, its effects are potentially considerable. It is nothing less than a philosophical shift on the understanding of the society: whereas the State or the Family is the primary protector of children.


US Bishops Launch
Religious Freedom Website
WASHINGTON D.C., November 6, 2012 -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a new website dedicated to encouraging education, prayer and public action to protect religious freedom at home and abroad.


Evangelization Synod Hits Optimistic Note 
in Message to Faithful

VATICAN, October 26, 2012 -- The synod of bishops on the New Evangelization released a “message to people of God” Oct. 26, emphasizing hope in the face of an increasingly secular culture, because Christ promises salvation.


Archbishop Chaput: Be Catholic before you are Democrat or Republican
ROME, October 25, 2012 -- As the country approaches election day in two weeks, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is encouraging Catholic voters to place their faith above their allegiance to political parties. 


Cardinal George speaks of martydom secularization culture

Cardinal George Warns US Secularization
Is More Serious than Elections
Fears Imprisonment, Martyrdom for Successors

CHICAGO, IL, October 23, 2012 -- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that the “secularizing” of American culture is a “much larger issue” than political causes or the outcome of the presidential elections, warning against a rise of anti-religious sentiment and restating his fears of a future persecution in the United States.


Archbishop Savatore Cordileone defense of marriage not about  "same-sex marriage" or homosexuality

Bishops’ Defense Of Marriage Chair
Decries Latest DOMA Ruling
"Its a Matter of Basic Rights"
WASHINGTON, October 19, 2012—In response to a decision on October 18 by a divided federal appeals court panel to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, issued the following comment expressing disappointment over the ruling.


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

CCG Special:
Manipulation of Words Obscures Truth

Archbishop Martin Tells Synod Fathers
VATICAN, October 18, 2012-- At the synod today, Catholic News Agency reported, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin warned about “the manipulation of language and the management of information where the meaning of words is changed and manipulated for commercial, ideological or political motives.” This obsures truth and confuses youth.


Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act
- A federal appeals court struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a New York case, renewing calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the issue of “same-sex marriage.”


Archbishop GomezLA Archbishop Thinks Best Ways to Reach Youth
are Often Old Ones
- The New Evangelization needs to reach out to young people using every means available, new and old, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles says.


stem cells

Moral Theologians Reaffirm Possible Ethical Stem Cell Advances
- Although concerns have been raised about the unethical source of some cells used in Shinya Yamanaka’s efforts to reprogram cells into stem cells, moral theologians insist that the work could lead to ethical advances in the field.


Pope Benedict

Pope Will Deliver Year-Long Teaching Series
on Restoring Faith
- At his first general audience during the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI initiated a new, year-long cycle of teachings aimed at healing the division between what Christians say they profess, what they actually believe, and how they live their lives.


Wealth, Always a Means,
Never an End
SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2012-- Essential to the evangelization of culture and rebuilding a marriage culture is rediscovering what love is. A primary factor leading to the breakdown of marriage and obscuring its meaning is a tendency in our culture to make wealth, stature, pleasure, and happiness an end. When that happens, as Blessed John Paul II has taught us, other people become means, having a negative effect on our relationships with other as well as with God. When a person is reduced to an object of use, it is contrary to love. It makes that which we desire most, love and intimacy, impossible.


USCCB Responds To Biden Mistatement
Clarifies Facts On HHS Mandate
WASHINGTON
, DC, October 12, 2012 — Today, the USCCB release a statement disputing a misrepresentation by Vice President Joseph Biden of the consequences of the Federal HHS Mandate on the Catholic Church and people of faith. The statement was made in the course last night's Vice Presidential Debate with Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is forcing virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees. In many cases, Catholic institutions are self-insured, meaning they will have to pay for such services directly.


Archbishop Gomez's First Pastoral Letter Details Evangelization Plans-- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has written his first pastoral letter to his archdiocese, invoking the Catholic history of California and calling on Catholics to witness to the “New World of faith.”


Holy Father's Homily,
Opening of the Synod
New Evangelization
VATICAN, October 7, 2012 -- Marriage had a prominent mention in Pope Benedict's homily as he opened the Synod on the New Evangelization. He noted that, "marriage is called to be not only an object but a subject of the new evangelization." Referring to the readings about marriage of the day from Genesis (2:24) and Matthew (10:7-8), he asked, "What does this word say to us today? It seems to me that it invites us to be more aware of a reality, already well known but not fully appreciated: that matrimony is a Gospel in itself, a Good News for the world of today, especially the dechristianized world". Read the full homily as he set the stage for the Synod Fathers.




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