Pope Benedict Calls For “Central World Bank” … Only He Didn’t. Here’s Why.

UPDATE 2: A Round-Up of Excellent Comments On The Justice & Peace White Paper UPDATE: See my follow-up comments published today: “Fact Check: Why Catholics Who Disagree With Justice & Peace White Papers Aren’t “Cafeteria Catholics.” You may have seen this story which was headlined earlier today on the Drudge Report: The Vatican called on Monday for the establishment... More

[Updated:] Big News! Pope Benedict Announces 2012 Will Be The “Year of Faith”

Big news from over the weekend! Here is the text of the announcement (more to come): “It’s precisely to give new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ, who gives us life in abundance. I would like to announce in this Eucharistic celebration I have decided to convene a &#... More

UPDATED: Congress Investigating Planned Parenthood’s Federal Funding, Non-Reporting of Sex Trafficking

UPDATE: You can sign the CatholicVote petition thanking Rep. Cliff Stearns HERE.] Rep. Cliff Stearns, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has written an official letter to Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, demanding documentation to investigate whether the nation’s largest abortion provider is handling its federal funding properly and to what degree i... More

Breaking: Obama orders Justice Department to stop defending Defense of Marriage Act

This is just extraordinary. President Obama has ordered the Department of Justice – which is tasked with defending the laws passed by Congress – to STOP defending the Defense of Marriage Act … which was passed by Congress. Here is the statement from the Attorney General: The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fail... More

Breaking: Abortion doctor in Philly charged with murdering two mothers, seven born-alive infants

Warning: The details of this story are horrific. District Attorney Seth Williams announced homicide charges against a West Philadelphia abortion doctor Wednesday morning. After two patients allegedly died from complications in Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue, authorities served the abortion doctor with search warrants for his practice a... More

Shock & Awe: Archbishop Dolan elected President of USCCB! {Updated}

In a stunning (and welcome) upset, the assembled bishops of the United States elected Archbishop Timothy Dolan to be the President of the USCCB for the next three years. Here is how the ballots played out… On the first vote, Bp. Kicanas led the count with 104, Abp. Dolan – 84, Abp. Chaput – 20. On the second vote, Abp. Chaput’s supporters went mostly for Dolan: Abp. Dolan 1... More

Breaking: “Intercessors of the Lamb” leaves 48 members in need after Archbishop suppresses group

I had heard reports of this story over the weekend from Diane at Te Deum Ladamus but Brian Saint-Paul at Inside Catholic reminded me of it again today: Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha has been forced to suppress the Intercessors of the Lamb, a formerly-Catholic association of the faithful in his archdiocese. After the group requested recognition as an official Catholic organization, the archbisho... More

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