After Seven Years,
The Secret of Pope Ratzinger

ROME, April 27, 2012 – Benedict XVI will be remembered more for his homilies than for his encyclicals. And for his audacious, unconventional actions. Like in Madrid, in front of a million young people and right in the middle of a violent storm...


NY Times Writer Defends
Church Teachings in Online Series
-- New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.”


Proposed Kansas Rule May Force Churches
To Host Same-sex Ceremonies
-- A proposed ordinance in Hutchinson, Kansas could force individuals and institutions – including Catholic churches – to host and participate in events that violate Church teachings on sexuality.


Blessed Are the Persecuted:
Catechesis on Persecution
By the Successor of Peter

ROME, April 23, 2012 – Benedict XVI explains how to respond to the persecutions that are still hitting Christians today. In the same way as the apostles. Without fear, without revenge. With freedom, courage, prayer.


Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

America Needs Religious Awakening,
Supreme Knight Says
-- The leader of the Knights of Columbus called for strong Catholic witnesses to defend religious liberty before a gathering of roughly 1000 members of the faith in Washington, D.C.


- In response to Blessed John Paul II's call to evangelize formerly Christian societies, the Church must build a “culture of witness,” said representatives of the U.S. bishops in a new document.


Bishops Launch
Religious Liberty Campaign

Prayer, Fasting and Public Action
Government Abuses Listed
- The U.S. bishops have issued a statement alerting American Catholics that they are obligated to disobey unjust laws that infringe upon their fundamental liberties by forcing them to violate the core of their beliefs.


JPII Friend Defends Cardinal Schönborn in
Homosexual Parish Council Flap
-- An Italian politician and papal consultant has defended Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's choice to reinstate an Austrian parish council member living in a homosexual partnership.


Conn. Catholic Conference
Praises Repeal of Death Penalty
-- The Connecticut legislature’s passage of a bill to abolish the death penalty is “a wonderful step in the right direction,” says Michael C. Culhane, director of the state's Catholic conference.


Station 6

Benedict XVI's Message for Lent Calls us to Concern for Others
We Answer by Evangelizing the Culture
-- Pope Benedict XVI's Lenten message to the world offers us an important reflection toward the imperative of building a marriage culture. In Stand with Children, we are focusing on what we are for and why, rather than what we are against. He drew on Hebrews 10:24, "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works."


Bishops Say New Mandate Proposals
Fail to Solve Problems
-- The U.S. bishops said that the government’s latest recommendations on its federal contraception mandate fail to address religious freedom concerns.



We Cannot Give Scorpions
SAN FRANCISCO, April 3, 2012 -- From March 29 to 31 the Christus Medicus Foundation and the Life Legal Defense Fund presented Make Straight the Pathway: An Integrated and Unified Solution for Catholic Healthcare Reform. The conference was co-sponsored by the dioceses of Oakland and Santa Rosa and the archdiocese of San Francisco and was held at St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.


UN Women's Commission
Rejects Expansion of 'Reproductive Rights'
-- Amid controversy over the “rights” to contraception and abortion, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women concluded its 56th annual meeting without reaching the necessary agreement for a concluding document.


Pro-life Accomodations in
US Bishops' Grant Ruled Unconstitutional
-- A federal judge sparked criticism after he ruled unconstitutional the government's accommodation of pro-life beliefs in an anti-human trafficking contract with the U.S. bishops.

Religious Education for
The New Evangelization
LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2012 -- In anticipation of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez offered an important teaching regarding religous education and catechesis for the New Evangelization. It is a helpful instruction as the laity continues to contemplate what is the New Evangelization and how are we called to evangelize.




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