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Two Committee chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement in response to guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education entitled “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students”:

The Catholic Church consistently affirms the inherent dignity of each and every human person and advocates for the wellbeing of all people, particularly the most vulnerable. Especially at a young age and in schools, it is important that our children understand the depth of God’s love for them and their intrinsic worth and beauty. Children should always be and feel safe and secure and know they are loved.

The guidance issued May 13 by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education that treats “a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex” is deeply disturbing. The guidance fails to address a number of important concerns and contradicts a basic understanding of human formation so well expressed by Pope Francis: that “the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created” (Amoris Laetitia [AL], no. 285).

Archbishop Lucas and Bishop Marlone

Children, youth, and parents in these difficult situations deserve compassion, sensitivity, and respect. All of these can be expressed without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security on the part of the other young students and parents. The federal regulatory guidance issued on May 13 does not even attempt to achieve this balance. It unfortunately does not respect the ongoing political discussion at the state and local levels and in Congress, or the broader cultural discussion, about how best to address these sensitive issues. Rather, the guidance short-circuits those discussions entirely.

As Pope Francis has recently indicated, “‘biological sex and the socio-cultural role of sex (gender) can be distinguished but not separated’” (AL, no. 56, emphasis added). We pray that the government make room for more just and compassionate approaches and policies in this sensitive area, in order to serve the good of all students and parents, as well as the common good. We will be studying the guidance further to understand the full extent of its implications.

The statement was issued by Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Archbishop George Lucas, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education.

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From Catholic World Report:

Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “On love in the family,” has been one of the most widely anticipated papal documents in recent years, following the closely watched and sometimes controversial Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 2014 and the Ordinary Synod of Bishops in 2015. It is also one of the longest and wide-ranging papal documents in recent memory, touching on a host of theological, spiritual, practical, moral, and pastoral questions about family, marriage, children, sexuality, and related matters.

In these essays CWR contributors offer their reflections and analysis of the document, drawing upon their knowledge and experience as married people, priests, theologians, scholars, and journalists.

Francis’ sprawling Exhortation a marriage of profound and muddled | Carl E. Olson

In Amoris Laetitia, who is admonishing whom? | James V. Schall, SJ

The Joy of Love in the Hands of the Clergy | Dr. Leroy Huizenga

The Mystery of Matrimony and Amoris Laetitia | Michael J. Miller 

Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia and St. John Paul II | Eduardo Echeverria 

In Amoris Laetitia, the family is an opportunity, not a problem | Stephan Kampowski 

Make sure you read these passages from Amoris Laetitia, too | Catherine Harmon

The Trending of the Pope | Mark Brumley

The Two Synods and the Exhortation that Followed Them | Mary Jo Anderson

The Shape of Repentance: Reflections on Amoris Laetitia | Adam G. Cooper 

Amoris Laetitia: Another Nail in the “Overpopulation” Coffin | Dr. Samuel Gregg 

Accompanying, Discerning, and Integrating—in the Way of the Master | David Paul Deavel

“Amoris Laetitia’: The Good, the Disturbing, and the Torturous | Dorothy Cummings McLean

First thoughts on the English version of Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia | Edward N. Peters 

The law before ‘Amoris’ is the law after | Edward N. Peters 

First thoughts on Amoris Laetitia | Bishop Robert Barron

Watch: Ignatius Press editorial staff members discuss “Amoris Laetitia” 

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Memorable One-Liners From Mother Angelica

by Steve Ray on March 28, 2016

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Mother Angelica, a Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration, never did anything in a small way. She was known for her ability to parry a quick retort, make a wry observation or toss off a witticism that could catch a listener off-guard in its wisdom. Due to a stroke, the EWTN foundress had been silent for more than a decade, but her dart-like observations still hit their mark. We’ve collected a few for you, here. Most of these were found in Mother Angelica’s Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality:
On Conversion:
Even the devil believes that God exists. Believing has to change the way we live.

On Faith:

Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air and a queasy feeling in the stomach.

On clarity:

If you are following God, he never shows you the end. It’s always a walk of faith.

  On Trust:

Unless you are willing to do the ridiculous, God will not do the miraculous.

On Mindfulness:

Everyone drags his own carcass to market, so be careful.

On Love:

Love is not a feeling; it’s a decision.

On Mercy:

You can’t go to heaven hating somebody. Forgive now.

On Anger:

St. Jerome used to hit himself with a rock every time he lost his temper. I’d be dead as a doornail with no ribs if I did that.

On Struggle

If you’ve got a cross, carry it. It’s to make you holy.

On Reality:

Those who tell the truth love you. Those who tell you what you want to hear love themselves.

On Error:

Every moment of life is like God saying, “Look, I know you messed up the last moment, but here’s a new one.”

On Pride:

Once you contemplate the humility of Jesus in the Eucharist, how can you possibly justify your pride?

On the Courage to Suffer:

It takes a lot of guts to be in pain all day long.

On Enemies:

Don’t say, “If it weren’t for that person I could be holy.” No; you can be holy because of that person.

On Not Limiting God:

Your plans, your projects, your dreams have to always be bigger than you, so God has room to operate.

On Perseverence:

Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.

On Holiness:

Holiness is a beautiful struggle.

On Death:

I guess that is what dying must be like: to be finished and to be able to look back at the struggles of life and know that God was your constant companion.

On Serving:

God looks for dodos. A dodo doesn’t know it can’t be done. God uses dodos, and I’m a dodo.

On Worldliness: 

God wants you to be in the world but so different from the world that you will change it. Get cracking.

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Misunderstanding the (alleged) “Congo Contraception” Case

February 22, 2016

Misunderstanding the (alleged) ‘Congo contraception’ case by Dr. Edward Peters, Canon Lawyer, Professor at Sacred Heart Seminary, Advisor to the Vatican Even by the standards of his reign, the presser Pope Francis conducted on his return flight from Mexico has provoked an unusual number of questions. I wish to address only one of those here. [...]

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Jimmy Akins: “Pope Francis Speaks on Hot-Button Issues: 9 Things to Know and Share”

February 20, 2016

[Also see Janet Smith's Article in Catholic World Report also: Contraception Congo Nuns Choosing the Lesser Evil and Conflict of Commandments]  Pope Francis Speaks on Hot-Button Issues: 9 Things to Know and Share During his plane flight back to Rome from Mexico, Pope Francis gave an interview in which he touched on a number of [...]

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Nevada Catholic churches targeted in bizarre string of protests

December 11, 2015

Las Vegas, Nev., Dec 10, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Las Vegas Catholics are disturbed after self-described Muslim-turned-Christian protestors disrupted Masses at several churches in the metropolitan area within the past few weeks. In at least three incidents, the group “Koosha Las Vegas” have walked in to churches in the middle of Mass, shouting [...]

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Watching Rush of Wind and Flutter of Wings over the Vatican

October 23, 2015

This morning  Janet and I are in Rome for a few days awaiting our pilgrimage group as we embark across Italy and then by ship voyaging around Greece and Turkey to follow the footprints of St. Paul and the Early Church. This morning, from the rooftop of our rented apartment as we eat breakfast, we’re looking [...]

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Conscience and Communion and Marital Issues

October 21, 2015

STEVE RAY HERE: After the excerpts from an interview with Archbishop Cupich there has been a lot of discussion raging around the issue of conscience and divorce and remarriage and gay marriage. There’s a fear that everyone knows the laws of the Church cannot be changed but they can possibly change the way the laws [...]

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If Divorce and Remarriage are OK …

October 20, 2015

  If divorce and remarriage becomes acceptable (or gay marriage) then did St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher die for nothing? Was John the Baptist beheaded for nothing? King Henry VIII was right after all? Reas excellent article by Archbishop Samuel Aquila

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Hard to Find Good News Sources? Check out this List

July 2, 2015

Thanks to Teresa Tomeo, I am passing along this excellent list of reputable news sources from a Catholic perspective. The National Catholic Register online Vatican News Agency Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly The Catholic News Agency Watch The World Over with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN and EWTN News online Watch EWTN News Nightly, 6pm ET. You [...]

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Draft of Pope’s Environment Encyclical Leaked: 12 Things You Should Know

June 16, 2015

Jimmy Akin has done a great job summarizing the situation and the encyclical to-date. It starts out: With just days to go before the release of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, a draft copy has suddenly appeared on the Internet. Here are 12 things to know and share . . . 1) [...]

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Michael Coren Flops Again, this Time Joining the Anglican Church…what group will he join next?

April 28, 2015

So, a floppy commentator and author leaves the Catholic Church to become an Anglican. Michael Coren has seemed uncertain for a long time and switching around from one tradition to another. My guess is that he jettisoned the Catholic Church over the homosexual issue.  Wait a few years and see what he decides to join [...]

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Karl Keating Steps Down at Catholic Answers

February 3, 2015

This is good news for Catholic Answers and will open up a lot of new possibilities. Christopher Check is now President — a good move. You can read the official announcement here: http://www.catholic.com/news/catholic-answers-names-new-president

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Consecrated Host Back in the Hands of Archbishop Coakley and the Catholic Church!

August 21, 2014

 Posted by CatholicVote.com The Consecrated Host is back in the hands of Archbishop Coakley and the Catholic Church. Deo Gratias! Additionally, the Satanists have agreed to sign a statement saying that they will not use a Consecrated Host in a black mass – if it happens. Talk about a great victory! I work in politics. [...]

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How you can push back against Mozilla/Firefox’s gay marriage thuggery

April 22, 2014

National Catholic Register  Sunday, April 06, 2014 5:15 PM, by Jimmy Akin Brendan Eich is the creator of the JavaScript programming language and the co-founder of the Mozilla Corporation, which makes the popular web browser Firefox. Several years ago, he made a donation to support Prop 8, a California ballot measure designed to protect true marriage by definining [...]

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Egyptian Tragedy

February 18, 2014

The news of an attack in Eygpt by a muslim suicide bomb on a group of South Korean pilgrim bus is terrible, and our prayers go out for victims and their families. We ceased all pilgrimages to Egypt back in 2011 because we decided it was no longer a safe place to visit. On the [...]

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