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  • Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time - February 04, 2016 - Liturgical Calendar | Catholic Culture
    young nobleman entered the Carmelite Order Having served as prior of his convent he was chosen to fill the vacant bishopric of Fiesole He continually helped the poor doing so in secret in the case of those who were ashamed to make known their distress By showing his people the true nature of Christian peace Bishop Andrew put an end to a number of troublesome disturbances in the city He died on the feast of the Epiphany 1373 Historically today is the feast of St Jane de Valois queen and foundress of the Order of the Annonciades She died at Bourges on February 4 1505 St Andrew Corsini St Andrew Corsini lived from 1302 to 1373 While still carrying him in her womb his mother dreamed she had given birth to a wolf that sauntered to the gate of the Carmelite monastery and entering the vestibule of the church was changed to a lamb Andrew was reared as a pious and God fearing youth but little by little he succumbed to the pleasures of the world in spite of frequent warnings and reproofs from his mother After he became aware that his parents had vowed him to the service of Blessed Mary he mended his ways and at the age of seventeen entered the Carmelite Order Though persistently tempted and assailed by the devil he never swerved from his holy decision A man of austere penance he fasted continuously always wore a hair shirt and prayed the penitential psalms daily For humility s sake he often washed the feet of the poor and beggars His special gift from God was the grace to effect the conversion of hardened sinners In 1360 despite his efforts to the contrary he was made bishop of Fiesole in Tuscany Excerpted from The Church s Year of Grace Pius Parsch Patron Civil disorder riot Symbols Holding a cross with a wolf and lamb at his feet and floating above a battlefield on a cloud or a white palfrey Things to Do Pray to St Andrew Corsini that your children especially teenagers may find their true vocation and follow it faithfully St Andrew s fellow Italians often sought his aid in solving the disputes which had split their families and cities imitate this peacemaker renowned for his prudence and wisdom by sowing peace in your own home St Jane de Valois Born of the blood royal of France herself a queen Jane of Valois led a life remarkable for its humiliations even in the annals of the Saints Her father Louis XI who had hoped for a son to succeed him banished Jane from his palace and it is said even attempted her life At the age of five the neglected child offered her whole heart to God and yearned to do some special service in honor of His blessed Mother At the king s wish though against her own inclination she was married to the Duke of Orleans Towards an indifferent and unworthy husband her

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  • LGBT...ETC: The Code of the In Crowd | Catholic Culture
    adding intersex to the list Some people prefer to use LGBTIQ which adds queer taken to mean favoring non normative gender roles but not necessarily locked into one There are plenty of variants but the prize surely goes to Wesleyan University in Middletown CT which worked very hard in 2015 to come up with a more inclusive approach The result is LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM It was used by Office of Residential Life to advertise safe housing space for every conceivable sexual minority But a sex obsessed culture will always want to glamorize something new so even a 15 character initialism will not be enough The priests and priestesses of our high culture have a serious commitment to the creation and acceptance of deviations This is how people in flight from moral and religious sanity validate themselves To cease to create identify and champion the Bizarre is to risk moral silence and so the possibility of serious reflection on the Good The in crowd always has its own code In a traditional class society it is a fairly stable code but it still prescribes how you are to think and speak and live In the culture of moral novelty the code is more demanding still for it changes constantly To be sure of yourself you have to go where the in crowd goes you have to know what the in crowd knows And you have to learn how quite literally to talk trash If you don t get the musical reference songwriter Billy Page The In Crowd 1964 here are the most telling lines I m in with the in crowd I go where the in crowd goes I m in with the in crowd And I know what the in crowd knows We breeze up and down the street We get respect

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  • Syrian refugees need more aid, says Vatican 'foreign minister' : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Syrian refugees need more aid says Vatican foreign minister February 04 2016 The Vatican s top foreign policy official has called for better funding for Syrian refugees Archbishop Paul Gallagher the Secretary for Relations with States told a London audience that the ever increasing human suffering among Syrian refugees has become a global tragedy Many families are homeless and children malnourished he reported a steadily growing number of civilians are trapped in areas that do not receive relief supplies Archbishop Gallagher said that aid to the refugees should go beyond emergency assistance and include help with relocation and finding new employment he also recommended international assistance for countries that have received the refugees He said that the Vatican will continue to provide material support The archbishop was speaking at a conference organized by British political leaders in cooperation with the UN Germany Norway and Kuwait on support for the refugees References Vatican foreign minister urges increased support for Syrian refugees Vatican Radio Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden

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  • European Parliament condemns Islamic State 'war crimes' against Christians : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News European Parliament condemns Islamic State war crimes against Christians February 04 2016 The European Parliament has approved a resolution that classifies the Islamic State s campaign against Christians as war crimes The resolution states that the Islamic State s killings of Christians and Yazidis are crimes against humanity as defined by the International Criminal Court The European

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  • Canadian cardinal urges lawmakers to protect conscience rights in assisted-suicide legislation : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Week Month Archives About CWN Catholic World News Canadian cardinal urges lawmakers to protect conscience rights in assisted suicide legislation February 04 2016 Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto made a plea for the conscience rights of health care workers in February 3 testimony before Parliament about a proposal to allow physician assisted suicide Speaking on behalf of a new Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience the cardinal stated his complete opposition to legalized suicide and euthanasia However recognizing the likelihood that the bill will be approved he urged legislators to protect the right of health care workers to avoid involvement in the practice They should not be forced to perform actions that go against their conscience or to refer the action to others since that is the moral equivalent of participating in the act itself he reasoned Cardinal Collins encouraged the lawmakers to consider support for palliative care as an alternative to euthanasia Our worth as a society will be measured by the support we give to the vulnerable he said arguing that it is a moral imperative to ease the suffering of those who are terminally ill References Cardinal Collins urges lawmakers to respect conscience rights Catholic Register Sound Off

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  • Holy Land Custos calls on Muslim clerics to confront extremism, Christians to stay in Syria : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Syria February 04 2016 Stating that it is impossible for jihadists to control such large parts of Syria and Iraq for such a long time without support from the general population the Custos of the Holy Land called upon moderate Muslim clerics to confront the links between Muslim theology and extremism It is surely a deviation but there are links to the established theology Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa the minister provincial of the Middle East s Franciscans told Aid to the Church in Need They have to ask themselves What in our doctrine led to modern fundamentalism He added After all you have to ask yourself where the hundreds of thousands of fundamentalists suddenly came from They kill Christians and persons of different religions Why are they doing this This needs to be answered by non radical theologians Father Pizzaballa also urged Syria s beleaguered Christians to remain in their homeland Under no circumstances would I encourage the Christians to emigrate he said I would tell them Go to a safe part of the country but stay in Syria Fleeing is not a solution Because the Christians belong here They have a calling here And Europe is not a paradise References

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  • Delaware judge: priest-penitent privilege may be unconstitutional : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    for their deeds to their religious leaders then a ruling that the law is unconstitutional could be avoided Judge Johnston said in her January 26 decision A broader reading may be justified because the terms at issue are neither defined nor upper case she added References Court Says Priest Penitent Privilege From Reporting Child Abuse May Be Unconstitutional Religion Clause Full text of decision Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise please support our work and Sound Off Show 7 Comments Hidden Hide Comments Posted by vjenkins78814 Feb 05 2016 1 37 PM ET USA Most states courts accept the secrecy of the confession The priest could should give the penitent the penance of turning themselves in to the authorities St John Nepomocene was martyred for not disclosing the queen s confession Posted by unum Feb 05 2016 11 35 AM ET USA Article I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof The only obligation of a church is to establish that an action is a free exercise of its religion The Constitution says nothing about the equality of religious practices In fact government action to equalize religious practices would clearly violate the free exercise clause Posted by Gregory108 Feb 04 2016 11 28 PM ET USA You can t force someone to put his neck in the noose as a condition of absolution as best I know I once argued with my pastor about this He said yes I said no He told me that if I came to his confessional and confessed I killed someone that would be my

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  • Vote to stay in EU, European bishops’ official urges UK : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    stay in EU European bishops official urges UK February 04 2016 The general secretary of the Commission of the Bishops Conferences of the European Community COMECE has urged voters in the United Kingdom to choose to remain in the European Union A referendum on the question is expected to take place before the end of 2017 What is good about the promised referendum is that it will usher in a major debate about what it means to be in the EU and 70 years on what the mission purpose and values of the European project are Father Patrick Daly wrote in the February issue of COMECE s newsletter Without prejudice to the outcome of the public debate and with due respect for a sovereign nation s decision it has to be clear that even the most cautious commentator reflecting the social teaching of the Catholic Church is bound to want the UK to remain in the EU the UK is a member of our family he added So our appeal to our UK readership would be vote to stay and get your friends to do the same References To be in or not to be in Europeinfos The UK s

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