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Alarming Presence of Homosexual Groups at German Catholic Festival

The German Katholikentag is an event organized every two years by the German Catholic lay organization Central Committee of German Catholics (Zentralkomitee der Deutschen Katholiken – ZdK) which has close ties with the German Bishops’ Conference. This year, this event will take place 25-29 May in Leipzig, hosted by the Diocese of Dresden-Meissen, and there will…

No Action Taken in Alleged Rape Threats by Purdue Staffer

When the Students for Life group at Purdue University tried to draw attention to the disproportionate number of abortions performed within the black community — tying their event into Black History Month — they received a predictably negative reaction. They responded on their Facebook page with a conciliatory explanation. In their statement, they made their intent clear: Regarding…

A Letter to Pastors Urging Prayer for Persecuted Christians

During college, I attended a Melkite Rite parish of mostly Lebanese origin. It was during my time there that I became painfully aware of the persecution of Christians by Islamist extremists throughout the Middle East, especially Syria, which borders Lebanon. Parishioners spoke with startling familiarity of the persecutions which their own acquaintances and even relatives…

The Friday Roundup

CHECK IT OUT: You can listen to this post as a mini podcast – available exclusively on this page: Well, here we are again at the end of another week that has moved with break-neck speed. Lots of stories. Too many to cover. Some links and highlights: Nearly 1,000 US priests have now signed a letter asking…

Suggestions for the 2015 Synod on the Family

  The following editorial by Father Peter Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., appears in the current (May/June) issue of The Catholic Response magazine. It is posted here with Father’s permission. When the Extraordinary Synod on the Family was announced and when it concluded, I promised our readers ongoing reflections on the Church’s understanding of marriage and the family, particularly…

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