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Illinois bishop accepts priest’s resignation over refusal to use new Mass translation

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville has accepted the resignation of a longtime pastor with whom he has had discussions about how the priest celebrates Mass.

Father William Rowe, who for the past 17 years has been pastor of St. Mary Parish in Mount Carmel, said he offered to resign after those conversations did not resolve Bishop Braxton’s concerns about his celebration of the Mass, including his failure to follow the new English translation of the Roman Missal, implemented in November.

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Government can’t redefine marriage, Catholic leaders say

February 8th, 2012 Posted in Featured, National News

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The archbishops of Los Angeles and New York criticized a federal appellate court decision Feb. 7 that ruled unconstitutional California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 voter-approved initiative that forbade same-sex marriage in the state.

“The government has no competence and no authority to ‘redefine’ marriage or ‘expand’ its definition to include other kinds of relationships,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles in a Feb. 7 statement. “To do that is to say that marriage no longer exists. And this would have grave consequences for children and for the common good of our society.”

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U.S. Circuit court strikes down Calif. ban of same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON — By a 2-1 vote, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the California ban on same-sex marriage, saying that it violates the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees citizens due process and equal protection under the law.

The majority opinion, issued Feb. 7, said that the state, which had given homosexual couples the right to marry, could not revoke that right.

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Medical workers invited to Vatican-sponsored conference in Phila.

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PHILADELPHIA – Healthcare workers and medical professionals are invited to a conference sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers. It will be held on Feb. 11, which is World Day for the Sick, at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, 100 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood.

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the pontifical council, will deliver the keynote address reflecting on the message of Pope Benedict XVI for the 2012 World Day for the Sick.

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Chief of Army chaplains didn’t want letter on HHS mandates read from pulpit

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WASHINGTON — A directive from the U.S. Army chief of chaplains that a letter opposing the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate not be read from the pulpit by Catholic military chaplains violated First Amendment rights of free speech and free exercise of religion, according to the head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio spoke with Secretary of the Army John McHugh about the chief of chaplains’ response to the archbishop’s Jan. 26 letter and the two “agreed that it was a mistake to stop the reading of the archbishop’s letter,” according to a statement released by the military archdiocese to Catholic News Service Feb. 6.

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Komen reverses decision, reinstates grants to Planned Parenthood

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DALLAS (CNS) — The Feb. 3 decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to reinstate grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates for breast cancer screenings was the result of a “vicious attack” on the organization, said a pro-life leader.

Pro-life leaders hailed Komen’s announcement Jan. 31 that it would no longer give grants to Planned Parenthood, but it sparked a maelstrom of negative reaction and an online petition asking the group to reverse its decision.

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Cardinal Bevilacqua dies at age 88

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PHILADELPHIA — Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, retired archbishop of Philadelphia, died Jan. 31 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he resided.

According to the Philadelphia Archdiocese, he died in his sleep at 9:15 p.m. He was 88.  The archdiocese said he had been battling dementia and an undisclosed form of cancer.

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Two archdioceses lose $1 million each in thefts

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Employees of the New York and Philadelphia archdioceses are accused of stealing $1 million each in church funds over the past decade.

In New York, archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling said Jan. 30 that Anita Collins, who had worked for the archdiocese since 2003, allegedly stole about $1 million before she was fired Dec. 6. Collins used “a sophisticated fraud to manipulate the accounts payable system in the Department of Education Finance Office,” Zwilling said.

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Same-sex marriage issue facing Maryland, other states

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The same-sex marriage issue will be facing lawmakers and voters in several states this year.

Democratic-controlled legislatures in Washington state, Maryland and New Jersey are considering legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage, while Maine voters will vote on a same-sex marriage referendum in November.

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Bishops fighting federal health-care contraception coverage rule

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WASHINGTON — A week after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told individuals and institutions who oppose contraception “to hell with you,” as one bishop put it, members of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy were mobilizing their followers to fight.

Bishops across the country, including Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans and Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., were preparing letters to be read at all Masses during the Jan. 28-29 weekend.

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