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Catholic Spirit: The dead end of gender theory

(by Jessica Zittlow)
June 18, 2015

Pope Francis has been talking a lot lately about what he is calling “gender theory.” He has called it an “anthropological regression” that “does not recognize the order of creation.”

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USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

(June 26, 2015)

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
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Star Tribune: Pope’s message on earth’s fate is a call to action, regardless of faith

(by Jason Adkins)
June 22, 2015

Pope Francis has written an extraordinary letter to every person on the planet. It seeks to start a global conversation between all people of good will about how to protect and preserve our common home from destruction.

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News Release (USCCB): Archbishop Wenski Urges Congress to Answer Pope Francis’ Call to Protect Creation and Support Implementation of a National Carbon Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2015)—The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, urged Congress to answer Pope Francis’ call to protect creation and oppose legislation and appropriation riders that would reverse efforts to develop a national standard to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.

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Catholic Spirit: People express heartache, outrage as they mourn shooting victims

(by Daniel O’Shea, local contributor Jessica Trygstad)

The tragic taking of nine lives at a historically black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, brought an outpouring of solidarity, compassion and sorrow from around the country.

After an all-night search June 18, police found the white man suspected of fatally shooting nine people, including the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a senior pastor. They arrested 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof in neighboring North Carolina and charged him with the murders. He did not fight extradition, so he was returned to South Carolina. Read More…

Catholic Spirit: MN Catholic leaders: Pope’s encyclical a call to act

(by Jessica Trygstad)

Upon the release of Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical, Catholics are describing it as a call to action.

A June 18 panel hosted by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the state’s bishops, included perspectives of public policy, the local Church, theology and family farming that articulated why “Laudato Si: on Care for Our Common Home” is important. Read More…

USCCB: On World Refugee Day, USCCB Migration Chairman calls upon United States to Protect Syrian and Iraqi Refugees and Displaced

Humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored

Religious minorities at risk

The United States must take leadership

June 22, 2015

WASHINGTON—In comments made in conjunction with World Refugee Day, observed June 20, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon U.S. officials to do more to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East stemming from conflict in Syria and Iraq.

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MCC: Faith Communities Condemn Racist Murder in Charleston, S.C.

Minneapolis, Minn. (June 18, 2015) – The Minnesota Council of Churches, the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and Dakotas, the Islamic Center of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Rabbinical Association issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s murders in Charleston, S.C.: Read More…

USCCB: Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’

June 18, 2015

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), welcomed the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si’, June 18.

Full text of Archbishop Kurtz’s statement follows:

Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si’
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop of Louisville, Kentucky
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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KMSP-TV: Pope Francis on climate change and our ‘pile of filth’ planet

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – Pope Francis released a 184-page manifesto Thursday, calling for a cultural revolution to save the planet and to fix the “perverse” economic system. He added that most climate change is due to human activity, and that the world’s financial system exploits the poor.“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Francis said. “In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”

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