July 31

Australia: Senior clerics implicated in cover-up
Two bishops under police investigation in abuse case

CRS affirms its faithfulness to Church teaching
Agency weighed risk of scandal in giving CARE aid

'Support the Sisters' march planned for Seattle
Past events brought 160 people to Sartain's door

Pope renews his appeal for peace in Syria
Christians of Aleppo join forces to aid refugees

Free exercise of religion getting defined down
Douthat asks pols for honest war on religious freedom

L’Osservatore Romano criticizes Gates Foundation
Melinda Gates is not free 'to persist in misinformation'

July 30

Colorado company wins temporary halt to mandate
Judge cites harmed rights and HHS's double standard

Peru university is defiant in face of Vatican
School vows to keep Catholic name in spite of ruling

Bp. Blair: No 'middle ground' with nuns' group
Can the LCWR admit that the bishops' report has merit?

Catholic fertility methods get media attention
Chicago Tribune spotlights Pope Paul VI Institute

Chinese government punishes seven priests
Clerics pushed to accept illicit episcopal ordination

Catholic schools adopt aggressive marketing
Dioceses learn to slow decline, increase enrollment

July 27

Prime Minister: England's next for gay marriage
The pandering continues despite widespread opposition

Colorado company fights Justice Dept. and HHS
Hercules Industries is face of small-scale objectors

Ohio city axes Catholic chapel from its logo
Atheist lawsuit threat calls shots in Steubenville

Cordileone named Archbishop of San Francisco
Bishop was force behind Prop 8, is defender of marriage

Scotland: Debate of homosexuality risks heats up
Church spokesman: Being gay shortens life expectancy

Chick-fil-A chain caught in gay marriage flap
Big city politicians talk tough to company president

July 26

NCAA disciplinary action is compared to Church's
Penn State accepts stiff penalties from sports authority

Court upholds S. Dakota informed consent rule
Abortionists must warn about increased risk of suicide

Wisconsin family boasts three sons as priests
Parents: 'We never encouraged it or discouraged it'

New CDF prefect addresses controversial issues
Müller gives revealing L’Osservatore Romano interview

Pro-family group campaigns against new TV show
One Million Moms protests NBC's awful 'The New Normal'

CUA students take stand on 1972 Olympics victims
Effort pushes minute of silence for murdered Israelis

July 25

Monsignor Lynn gets three-to-six year prison term
Philadelphia judge says he aided 'monsters in clerical garb'

Diocese mounts billboard campaign for vocations
Austrian Church lacks priests, religious, & Mass-goers

New Archbishop of Glasgow under fire for remarks
Tartaglia links death of politician to his homosexuality

Cardinal Dolan to appear with comedian Colbert
Two 'team up for a panel on faith and humor' at Fordham

Caritas: Syrian refugees pouring into Lebanon
More than 47,000, mostly women and children, seek refuge

Gay marriage to be introduced in Scotland
'No religious body will be compelled' to take part

July 24

Chicago archdiocese paid for Obama's 'training'
Book: CCHD sent funds for 1986 session with radicals

Episcopal Church takes inclusiveness to extremes
New wording allows transgender people to be ordained

Pressure to repeal China's one-child policy grows
Many criticize abuses, economists see growth slowdown

Vatican denies speculation about 'VatiLeaks'
Italian newspapers spread rumors of three 'suspects'

Azerbaijan mulls abortion ban due to gender gap
Official calls sex selection 'savagery' and 'murder'

Bp. Tartaglia appointed new Archbishop of Glasgow
Prelate has been a leading opponent of gay marriage

Cuban dissident leader dies in car accident
Paya mixed Catholicism with political activism

Congress asked to investigate Chicago PP death
Millions in taxpayer funding entails oversight duty

July 23

Peru university is stripped of Catholic name
Vatican ends decades-long struggle with rebel school

Gay marriage raises demand for 'rented wombs'
Surrogate motherhood business in India increases

Catholic Relief Services disputes grant report
Funds to CARE went for only food, water, and sanitation

Judge dismisses Belmont Abbey College lawsuit
Case lacks standing, HHS mandate hasn't yet caused harm

Denver prelates offer consolation to Aurora
Prayers go to victims, survivors, community, gunman

Bishops back Missouri state prayer amendment
Proposal ensures the right to pray in public settings

Pope's butler released after interrogation
'VatiLeaks' suspect had been in custody for 60 days

Westminster Cathedral marks opening of Olympics
Bishops hope for great diversity of people in attendance

July 20

N.Y. Times reports marriage is key to prosperity
Stable homes are 'necessary for the market to function'

U.S. military allows uniforms at gay parade
Pentagon: San Diego event is a one-time exception

Muslim athletes face Ramadan during Olympics
Most will postpone fasting until after competitions

Catholics in London serve athletes' families
'More than Gold' arranges lodging, youth activities

Penn.: Monsignor Lynn's lawyers seek probation
Lengthy prison term would 'be merely cruel and unusual'

Australian Catholic clubs fight problem gambling
Program to be 'proactive' in curbing widespread addiction

Tenn.: Mosque gets go-ahead after legal fight
Opponents have blocked the completed building's permit

Google faces criticism over gay advocacy
Internet giant plans wide campaign of meddling

July 19

New documentary film exposes global 'gendercide'
Abortion, infanticide have killed 200 million 'missing' girls

Scholars debunk Family Planning Summit stats
Pro-contraception groups are fudging their propaganda

Brown University AIDS/HIV expert sounds alarm
Use of hormonal contraception doubles risk of disease

Bishops' relief agency funded pro-abort agency
Large $5.3 million CRS grant went to 'immoral' CARE

Evangelical Wheaton College joins HHS lawsuit
School 'takes a clear pro-life position as a community'

Romney in Ohio: 'We're all Catholic today'
Candidate again vows to 'get rid of Obamacare'

Samuel Aquila installed as Archbishop of Denver
Prelate delivers hard-hitting, pro-life homily

Crowds flock to New Jersey 'Virgin Mary tree'
What looks like Our Lady of Guadalupe is natural

July 18

Boy Scouts keeps ban on gay scouts & leaders
Panel concludes this is 'absolutely the best policy'

Judge dismisses multi-state HHS mandate lawsuit
Plaintiffs lack standing, 'allege hypothetical injuries'

LCWR president responds to Vatican criticism
Sr. Farrell: Church still requires dialogue and reform

Syrian Catholic leaders call for world's help
Prelate decries influx of foreign weapons, influence

Group adopts pro-life stance to attack Romney
Catholics United spotlights medical waste firm deal

Scottish gov't rules out vote on gay marriage
Cabinet: Issue is matter of conscience, not constitution

Colombian man credits miracle to Bl. John Paul II
Claimed cure of Parkinson's could lead to canonization

Polish Catholic youth crusade against Madonna
Group starts petition to have Warsaw concert cancelled

July 17

Indian doctors suspended for illegal 'sex tests'
Imbalance in one state equals 883 girls per 1,000 boys

Russian Orthodox patriarch to visit Poland
Kirill I & Catholics to sign reconciliation statement

Father of 'VatiLeaks' suspect defends his son
Hopes Gabriele's 'sacrifice' helps to end corruption

SSPX Bishop Fellay criticizes new CDF prefect
Refers to 'numerous writings' of Müller as 'questionable'

Vietnam: Mass protests over gov't persecution
Local police, militia attack Vinh Catholic parishes

Author of gay parenting study being investigated
Disgruntled activists allege 'scientific misconduct'

Mississippi abortion ruling has mixed effects
Raised requirements stand but sole clinic stays open

Vatican receives mixed report on financial reform
Some progress made toward bank's hoped-for standards

July 16

Nuncio to Syria condemns government attacks
Zenari: U.N. inactivity is understood as permission

Scottish cardinal calls for vote on gay marriage
O'Brien cites the intense public interest in issue

Penn State abuse cover-up spanned 14 years
Sandusky suit litigation to parallel Church cases

Cleveland parish church reopens to large crowd
Standing-room-only St. Casimir marks a new beginning

Catholic Charities of Kansas promotes marriage
$1.4 million program aims for better family outcomes

Christian pacifists criticize drone warfare
'Playstation mentality' described at Pax Christi event

South African bishop speaks out against condoms
Kumalo warns of false security exacerbating AIDS problem

Aircraft ice smashes through English cathedral roof
Sunday Mass interrupted by dropped block of plane refuse

July 13

N. Ireland: Belfast sees 'many hours of violence'
Protestant marches spark riots in Catholic district

Arlington, Va.: Sunday school teachers quit
Fidelity oath objectors receive big media attention

Venezuela: Chavez seeks friendly ties with Church
Tense relations followed cardinal's strong criticism

Missouri governor vetoes religious liberty bill
State effort meets powerful pro-abortion opposition

Christian TV station expands through Arab world
SAT-7 presents Christian teachings, encourages faithful

Legion, Regnum Christi to hold 'joint reflection'
Both groups proceed with Vatican-directed rules reform

Late-term abortionist exposed in undercover sting
Pendergraft runs lucrative, shady, internet-based biz

Romney reminded of word regarding running mate
Rumors prompt new calls for a pro-life VP candidate

July 12

Gates contraception summit raises $4.6 billion
Abortion groups benefit, aim to increase global demand

Ireland: Belfast police gird for expected riot
Annual Orange marches fan religious-political flames

U.K.: Church loses child abuse liability appeal
Bishop & diocese are liable for wrongdoings of priest

Renegade priest reveals 14-year gay 'marriage'
Longtime agitator Lynch has been expelled from his order

House votes for 33rd time to repeal Obamacare
Bill will not pass Senate, but issue shapes elections

China investigating ordination of Bishop Ma
Officials ponder 'violations of regulations' by rebel

Priest who denied communion to lesbian removed
Guarnizo no longer in ministry with D.C. archdiocese

Drought, heat make Midwest farmers pray for rain
Rainfall at 10 inches below normal may doom corn crops

July 11

GOP bill seeks to undercut contraception mandate
Act would remove employer penalty for non-compliance

Planned Parenthood sued in massive fraud case
Suit alleges fraudulent Medicaid reimbursement claims

Caritas warns of worsening famine in West Africa
Crisis in Sahel region affects over 18 million people

Pro-life group debunks population control myth
SPUC to Mrs. Gates: Food not contraception saves lives

Burke warns against over-use of concelebration
Cardinal: Norm is for individual priest to offer Mass

Federal prosecutors gear up for Fr. Ratigan trial
Missouri case to include evidence of uncharged crimes

U.S. bishops & agencies weigh in on farm bill
Praise funding but lament proposed cuts to food stamps

'Labor priests' being trained to help immigrants
Advocates recruited to aid, organize low-wage workers

July 10

Chinese bishop detained after challenging Beijing
Ma resigns official post over state control of Church

Former Legion women make appeal to Vatican
77 allege past psychological abuse, urge closing school

Illinois improvising priest has faculties removed
Bishop suspends Fr. Rowe over failure to follow Missal

Evangelical wins access to gay pride festival
Court case swirls around man's distribution of Bibles

Episcopal bishops approve rite for same-sex unions
Plus: 'New anti-discrimination language for transgendered'

Chicago: Obama's one-time allies join lawsuit
Catholic Charities cites widespread harm of HHS mandate

Scotland: Activists stage mock gay wedding
Event is latest in give-and-take debate on marriage

'Occupy Catholics' is new social justice group
Faction grows directly out of popular movement

July 9

Archbishop Lori hails a First Amendment victory
Court affirms free speech at Maryland pregnancy centers

Pelosi: Ted Kennedy aided Obamacare from Heaven
Senator credited with influencing Supreme Court decision

Russian Orthodox priest speaks against abortion
Moscow rally highlights 'the most terrible Holocaust'

Medjugorje seer attracts thousands to Alabama
Lunetti has visited U.S. farm a dozen times in 24 years

Burke laments resistance to Summorum Pontificum
Cardinal deplores disagreement over Holy Father's gift

Homeland Security refers to pro-lifers as terrorists
'Hot Spots' document makes the rounds on the Internet

Evangelicals grow in number & clout in Brazil
Protestants 'occupy' poor suburbs, form bloc in congress

Mongolia: Fledgling Church celebrates 20 years
Much has grown from three missionaries' arrival in 1992

July 6

Calif. man acquitted of assaulting retired priest
Jurors were swayed by Lynch's detailed claims of abuse

Chinese church ordains bishop, defies Vatican
Officials dismiss protests from Holy See as 'rude'

Muslim world faces devastating fertility decline
U.N. data show steep drop in growth of many countries

Philly judge denies Lynn's house arrest request
Monsignor remains in jail, awaits 3-to-7-year sentence

Australia: Church rocked by cover-up scandal
Fresh controversy spurs calls for official inquiry

'Bloody Sunday' criminal investigation on hold
Northern Ireland police lacks staff and funding for it

Catholics for Choice mocks Fortnight campaign
Calls bishops' cry of religious persecution 'bogus'

Chinese man initiates suit against government
Father in forced abortion case demands prosecution

July 5

China: Vatican gives warning on illicit ordination
Appointment of unapproved bishop brings excommunication

First liturgical texts for Ordinariates are issued
Holy See also approves their special liturgical calendar

Analysis of recent Supreme Court case continues
Obamacare has 'won one' but 23 more challenges await

Spanish police recover stolen Codex Calixtinus
Book is guide for ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago

New Zealand groups file complaint over eugenics
ICC launches inquiry into prenatal screening programs

Vatican posts $19 million deficit for 2011
Weak market and high personnel, media costs to blame

Chaput preaches at Fortnight closing Mass in D.C.
Catholics urged toward true freedom of God's plan

Kenyan clans spar with Church over burial ritual
Burial of the dead in a sitting position is discouraged

July 3

Personhood USA founder's home is terrorized
Vandalism, threats likely stem from magazine feature

Pastor launches Chinese Children Defense Fund
Aims to help forced-abortion victims, end hated policy

Ex-CFO of archdiocese admits to embezzling
Philadelphia clerk stole $900K, has repaid $250K so far

Pope dismisses Slovakian Archbishop Bezak
Diocese was investigated for mismanagement of funds

Ginsburg's Obamacare opinion may help HHS fight
Religious liberty boosted by Court's liberal wing

New head of CDF suppressed dissident groups
Müller cut Church funds to pro-abort ‘Catholic’ groups

'Nuns on the Bus' reach end of tour in D.C.
Group promotes their 'Faithful Budget' to Congress

Bethlehem basilica named a World Heritage site
Church of the Nativity to receive overdue maintenance

July 2

Group raises ethics question in Supreme Court case
Justice Kagan is focus of conflict-of-interest inquiry

Holocaust memorial softens portrayal of Pius XII
Israel's Yad Vashem revises exhibit content about pope

Six Fort Worth Episcopal priests ordained Catholic
In U.S./Canada, sixty ordinations expected by year's end

Pope appoints German archbishop to head CDF
Ludwig Muller replaces Levada as 'orthodoxy watchdog'

SSPX leader reports difficulties in Vatican talks
Fellay reaches 'the point of departure' yet holds out hope

Kenya church attacks leave 15 dead, 40 wounded
Border area threatened by Somali Islamist militants

Vatican bank lifts veil with journalists' tour
Aims for transparency after money laundering allegations

Archbishops from 23 countries receive the pallium
Recently-assigned prelates include Chaput, Lori, Aquila

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