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Thursday, July 6, 2017

"# LetCharlieLive" and other posts

Petition for the release of Charlie Gard from Great Ormond Street Hospital's care.

https://www.votervoice.net/UserSite/MarchforLife/Petitions/1135/Respond

  ??? Charlie Gard hospital applies to high court for fresh hearing (The Guardian, 7/7/17) ???

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/take-action-now/call-to-prayer/index.cfm


On the right side of the home page is a link to email the White House and the Pa Delegation in D.C. on federal/international matters, as well as a link to email the Bucks County Delegation in Harrisburg on state matters.


  • "....The books of Scripture, even when they’re morally demanding, are not shackles.  They’re part of God’s story of love for humanity....Sex is linked intimately to human identity and purpose....Acting in ways that violate that purpose becomes a form of self-abuse; and not just self-abuse, but a source of confusion and suffering for the wider culture....In his recent book 'Building a Bridge' (HarperOne), Father James Martin, S.J., calls the Church to a spirit of respect, compassion and sensitivity in dealing with persons with same-sex attraction.  This is good advice....But what the text regrettably lacks is an engagement with the substance of what divides faithful Christians from those who see no sin in active same-sex relationships....If the Letter to the Romans is true, then persons in unchaste relationships (whether homosexual or heterosexual) need conversion, not merely affirmation...." (Archbishop Chaput, 7/6/17)

  • Marriage/Family/Sexuality and God's beautiful plan for human happiness (7/1/17)
    • National NFP Awareness Week (USCCB, 7/23/17 - 7/29/17)
    • Marriage Unique for a Reason: July 2017 Newsletter (USCCB, 7/1/17)
    • "Primal Loss: The Now Adult Children of Divorce Speak....should be required reading for anyone who thinks that divorce is [a] 'good thing' for their children—or even for them.  Consider the following passage from the book, in which a woman writes of suffering through her parent’s divorce during her youth:
      My grandparents’ generation had to deal with a lot — war, undiagnosed PTSD, and alcoholism—but they had a noble idea: That you sacrificed your own happiness for your children’s well-being. You took on all the heartache so they didn’t have to. …
      My parent’s generation inverted that. They decided it was better a child should have her world torn apart than that an adult should bear any suffering. Of course, they didn’t frame it that way. They wanted to believe that the child would suffer less, because children were just extensions of the mother, and the mother would theoretically be happier [p. 131]....
      "Disclaimer: Not everyone who is divorced came to be so in the same way. Some tried hard to save their marriage but their spouse was unwilling. Others came to conversion later in life. Still others were physically endangered during the marriage. This essay is not to be construed as a general condemnation of all who are divorced. Rather, it is a heartfelt plea that amidst today’s divorce culture we count the full cost of divorce and that we remember that marriage is first and foremost about what is best for children" (Msgr. Charles Pope, 6/28/17). 
    • What can priests practically do to combat the porn epidemic? (EWTN, 6/14/17)
(The Co-Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Brooklyn)
  • Security footage shows man threatening to kill nun in a Brooklyn church (EWTN/CNA, 7/6/17)
  • "....Although I was saddened by Pope Francis's decision not to renew Cardinal Gerhard Muller for a second term as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith, I take consolation and encouragement from the fact that the Holy Father has appointed as Cardinal Muller's successor Archbishop Luis Ladaria. I know both men and hold them in high esteem....I am not privy to the Pope's reasoning in making these decisions, but I can tell you what is NOT going on here. He is not replacing a 'conservative' with a 'liberal'....I am sorry to see Cardinal Muller leave the CDF. He is a treasure of the Church and a true apostle. May God reward him--all six feet seven inches of him--for his dedicated and selfless service. I know I am far from alone in feeling enormous gratitude for his work and witness" (Professor Robert George of Princeton University, 7/1/17).

"CATHOLIC BEGINNINGS - PHILADELPHIA"
(being broadcast at various time on EWTN)

1) CATHOLIC COLONIAL PENNSYLVANIA
2) EARLY JESUIT MISSIONARY ACTIVITY IN PENNSYLVANIA
3) REVOLUTIONARY AND EARLY NATIONAL CATHOLICISM IN PENNSYLVANIA
4) PROBLEMS OF LAY TRUSTEEISM IN PHILADELPHIA
5) THE NATIVIST RIOTS IN KENSINGTON
6) THE EPISCOPACY OF ST. JOHN NEUMAN
7) BISHOP NEUMANN AND THE BUILDING OF THE CATHEDRAL
8) TWENTIETH CENTURY CATHOLICISM IN PHILADELPHIA: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ST. KATHERINE DREXEL

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