“Either not smart or intentionally deceitful”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker corrects five errors in Fr. James Martin’s latest tweet about homosexual marriage

Fr James Martin SJ has tweeted his rage against the firing of a gay teacher from a Catholic School. The story is here in the New York Times. It concerns a female Catholic school teacher who “married” her girlfriend and was then dismissed from her job. Fr Martin tweets: Again, where are the comparable firings of straight employees who do not follow Catholic church teaching? … [Read more...]

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Documentary explores the disappearance of dating

“The Dating Project" seeks to find out why young prefer hook-ups to traditional way of getting to know partners

It was about 10 or so years ago when Kerry Cronin, a professor at Boston College, noticed something was up with the way her young students were dating – or, rather, not dating. It was the end of the year and she was talking to a group of bright, charismatic students who were full of plans for their future. Cronin asked her students if graduation meant some difficult … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles churches part of growing foster-care movement

Seen as key to addressing social problems and keeping families together

In 1997, Bishop W. C. Martin led his church on a journey. This journey would see his small evangelical church in Possum Trot, along the Louisiana border in east Texas, adopt 77 children from the foster care system. “There were no Gerber babies,” Bishop Martin recalled recently. His own adopted daughter, Mercedes, had been in nine homes that year before she came to stay with … [Read more...]

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An attempt to clarify significance of pope’s letter to Argentine bishops

Canon lawyer Ed Peters: Unless Canon 915 is directly revoked, it binds ministers of Holy Communion to withhold the Blessed Sacrament from divorced-and-remarried Catholics

Some three months ago I predicted that Pope Francis’ letter to the Argentine bishops, approving their implementation of Amoris laetitia, would make its way into the Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Now it has. An accompanying note from Cardinal Parolin states that the pope wishes the Argentine document to enjoy “magisterial authority” and that his endorsement thereof has the status of … [Read more...]

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Paul VI, prophet

LA Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron: Pontiff who gave us 'Humanae vitae' nearly 50 years ago accurately predicted the consequences of turning away from the Church’s classic teaching on sex

This coming July, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s deeply controversial encyclical letter Humanae vitae. I won’t bore you with the details of the innumerable battles, disagreements, and ecclesial crises that followed upon this text. Suffice it to say that this short, pithily argued letter became a watershed in the post-conciliar Catholic Church and one of the … [Read more...]

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Annulment express

Streamlined annulment process should allow bishop’s decision after one hearing, pope says

In a November 25 address to participants in a course on annulment procedures, sponsored by the Roman Rota, Pope Francis said that the new streamlined procedure for annulments in special cases should “typically be concluded in one session.” The Pope stressed that these cases can only be decided by a diocesan bishop. “The streamlined process is not an option that the diocesan … [Read more...]

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Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County steps in to aid homeless parents

Baby seen as sign of hope and a chance for redemption, but shelter told couple it didn't allow children and the couple needed to leave after the baby was born; Catholic Charities: "It sounded a lot like the Holy family”

Ricardo Lopez calls her the “miracle baby.” Born to homeless parents sleeping in a temporary church shelter, Serenity Michelle’s future looked grim. The church shelter didn’t allow babies, and her parents, Lopez and Bernadette Ortiz, feared the birth of their child would mean living on the streets again. But their story, an example of the poverty that exists in the shadows of … [Read more...]

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A constitutional right to engage in prostitution?

Appeals court allows challenge to California's ban on sex trade to go forward: “Why should it be illegal to sell something that it’s legal to give away?”

Advocates of legalized prostitution took their challenge to California’s 145-year-old ban on commercial sex before a federal appeals court Thursday and appeared to get a hint that they’ll have another chance to show why the law should be cast aside. The case was brought by three former prostitutes, a would-be client and the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Educational and … [Read more...]

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California reduces penalties for knowingly infecting someone with HIV

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that reduces the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill — authored by two openly homosexual legislators — that reduces the crime of a person knowingly infecting another person with HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. The bill, SB 239, also removes the felony classification for intentionally donating AIDS-infected blood and makes it a misdemeanor. Penalties are … [Read more...]

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CDC: Sexually-transmitted diseases reach all-time high in U.S.

There were more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported nationwide in 2016, "the highest number ever," according to the CDC’s annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report

Sexually transmitted diseases rose to an all-time high in the United States last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week, creating a threat that’s challenging the health field. There were more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported nationwide in 2016. That was "the highest number ever," according to the CDC’s annual … [Read more...]

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