Pope Emeritus Benedict Analysis: Benedict XVI’s
Unpublished Letter

God is Key to Understanding
Human Rights
VATICAN CITY, May 14, 2018 -- The Ratiznger Schuelerkreis, a circle of former students of Joseph Ratzinger who meet annually, will gather this year to discuss the themes: “Church and State, Church and Society.” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI selected the topic, as he does for the group every year.


CA Capital buildingCould a California Bill
Ban Christian Teaching
on Homosexuality?
SACRAMENTO, CA, April 22, 2018 -- A proposed law in California could have a chilling effect on free speech, warn critics who fear that it could ban efforts to explain and promote Christian teaching on sexual morality.


Minn. Archbishop:
Catholics Belong in Public Sphere
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 13, 2018 -- Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it is the duty of the laity to represent the Catholic faith in the public arena, especially pointing to the current debate surrounding immigration.


US House Passes Bill
Targeting Sex Traffickers

WASHINGTON, DC, March 10, 2018 -- The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that aims to combat online trafficking, targeting the sites that host ads relating to sex work. The bill has received a mixed reception, however, with some arguing it may be ineffective at achieving its goal.


Charity, Clarity, and Their Opposite
PHILADELPHIA, February 6, 2018 --Over the past few weeks, a number of senior voices in the leadership of the Church in Germany have suggested (or strongly implied) support for the institution of a Catholic blessing rite for same-sex couples who are civilly married or seeking civil marriage.


Companies Admit Illegal Fetal Tissue Sales
End California Operations
Is Planned Parenthood Next?
ORANGE, CA, December 12, 2017 -- The trade in fetal tissue from aborted babies proved costly for two bioscience companies who will admit fault, cease California operations and meet the terms of a legal settlement close to $7.8 million in value for violating state and federal laws against the purchase or sale of fetal tissue.


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Planned ParenthoodDOJ Investigates
Planned Parenthood for
Fetal Tissue Sales
WASHINGTON, DC, December 8, 2017 -- The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, for their role in the alleged sale of baby body parts.


Baker Argues for Cake and Conscience
at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, DC, December 5, 2017  -- A Colorado baker’s right to express himself through artwork – edible artwork– lies at the center of today’s Supreme Court arguments, say lawyers for Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, Jack Phillips.


New Center for Cultural RenewalFaith, Intellect, Renewal:
Thomas More College Launches
Center to Restore Culture
MANCHESTER, NH, December 5, 2017 -- Seeking the renewal of culture and faith in New England, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has launched a center that addresses crucial questions for Christians and aims to be a “vigorous public witness to the faith.”


Analysis:
Argentine Letter on Amoris is in the Acta.
Does That Change Things?
VATICAN CITY, December 5, 2017 -- Despite the recent inclusion of Pope Francis' 2016 letter to the Buenos Aires bishops on Amoris laetitia in the Holy See's official text of record, neither the Church's discipline nor its doctrine have changed.


Bishops to Put Together
Pastoral Plan for
Marriage, Family Life Ministry
BALTIMORE, November 15, 2017 -- U.S. Catholic bishops acknowledged that Catholic families and married couples need more support from the church at large and hope to offer it by giving parishes plenty of resources through a pastoral plan for marriage and family life.


US Bishops: Fighting Racism
Is a Long-term Battle
But a Critical One
BALTIMORE, MD, November 13, 2017 -- Dialogue to foster conversion of hearts is the goal of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, said the group’s chairman in his first address to the bishops’ conference Monday.


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Object to Abortion?
Congressman Says
You Might Need this Law
WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2017 -- Pro-life health care workers and institutions need stronger legal protections from pressure to help provide abortions, backers of proposed federal legislation have said.


George Weigel

Bishop Robert Barron on
George Weigel's "Lessons in Hope"
SANTA BARBARA, CA, September 28, 2017 -- George Weigel’s latest book, Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, is the third panel in a great triptych he has composed in honor of the most consequential Catholic figure of the second half of the twentieth century.




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