August 31

Fr. Benedict Groeschel apologizes for 'wrong' words
Outrage follows interview wherein he blames abuse victims

Gay-parenting researcher cleared of misconduct
University says reaction to Regnerus is 'normal' debate

Australian priest is charged with abuse cover-up
Bishop's 'right-hand man' failed to disclose crimes

'Pro-life Doctors' group affects South Korean law
Depopulation and activism change 'terrain of abortion'

Vietnamese woman has buried 4,000 aborted babies
Elder seeks the abandoned and gives them proper burial

Lawyer for Pope's ex-butler quits VatiLeaks case
Cites differences over strategy with his client-friend

Cardinal Burke reflects on neglect of canon law
Failure after Vatican II devastated Church discipline

Ukrainian Catholic leader hopes for reconciliation
Tense relations with Russian Orthodox require mending

August 30

Abortion survivor blasts Obama infanticide vote
Hard-hitting, 'withering' new ad debuts in Missouri

'Nuns on the Bus' head to speak at Dem convention
Sister Simone Campbell will give a speech, not a prayer

Vatican defends accused Pakistani 'blasphemer'
Girl with Down syndrome arrested for burning Quran pages

Dioceses oppose motion to dismiss HHS lawsuits
Planning for mandate's impact is itself a grave burden

Chicago Cardinal George to begin chemotherapy
He'll keep his work schedule, with fewer public events

Pope says insincerity is 'mark of the devil'
Judas stayed with Jesus even after he ceased to believe

Five Protestant churches attacked in Kenya
Assaults follow the recent killing of a Muslim cleric

Christians flee Islamic extremists in Mali
200,000 take refuge in Mauritania and Algeria

August 29

Three-person civil union sparks dispute in Brazil
Public notary says the idea of a 'family' has changed

Dolan to pray at Democratic convention also
Spokesman: He's coming as a pastor, not to endorse

Washington state disallows special collections
Churches can't collect donations to fight gay marriage

Bl. John Paul II blood vial relic temporarily stolen
Priest was taking reliquary to another town for display

Detroit churches & police offer gun buy-back
Urban Catholic parish helps get weapons off streets

Ohio Amish men on trial for alleged hate crimes
Court weighs whether assaults were personal or religious

Muslim group forbids tomatoes: they're Christian
Salafis: A tomato cut in half reveals a crosslike shape

Irish lawmakers want 'conscience vote' on abortion
Future changes to law would be free of party discipline

August 28

HHS revises contraception mandate a third time
'Sloppy' attempt fails to address the underlying problem

Utah TV station refuses to air crude NBC sitcom
Mormon-owned company stands against offensive show

South Korea high court recognizes right to life
Country has high abortion rate despite the legal ban

San Francisco archbishop-elect arrested for DUI
Media buzzes & Cordileone apologizes for judgment error

Italy: Earthquake repairs reveal small catacomb
Newly found tunnels date back to the fourth century

Planned Parenthood to spend $3M to attack Romney
Abortion giant targets female swing voters in key states

Syrian archbishop flees to safety in Lebanon
Church offices ransacked as religious war is widened

Vatican yearbook details activities & curiosities
Info includes trials, indulgences, and pest infestations

August 27

Pro-life Democrats plan separate Charlotte event
Main convention features PP & NARAL heads, Sandra Fluke

Philly archdiocesan CFO gets two to seven years
Jailed embezzler cites feeling betrayed by abuse scandal

EEOC sues Burger King over Christian teen's garb
Pentecostal girl wanted to wear a long skirt, not pants

Former SSPX community is recognized by Church
Scottish order receives status as a diocesan institute

Atheists post billboards at both party conventions
Message to politicos: 'God fixation won't fix this nation'

Vatican publisher joins forces with Apple
Provides access to Pope's teachings via tablet, smart phone

N.Y. Times op-ed: Paul Ryan is pro-life extremist
Piece summarizes his 'radical' views on gay marriage, guns

Scotland: Church ramps up defense of true marriage
Letter criticizing government is read out in all parishes

August 24

Vermont Catholic innkeepers settle with ACLU
Inn that refused to host a lesbian wedding pays price

No babies allowed at Democratic Nat'l Convention
DNC requires children & babies to have credentials?

'Woman-friendly' Catholic business sues HHS
Chicago company was recently named 'Best Place to Work'

CMSWR is the 'traditional alternative' to LCWR
Council includes convents with a total of 10,000 nuns

USCCB media staff blast The Economist's errors
Catholic schools contribute $23 billion annually to U.S.

Czech Church welcomes foreign priests' help
Country remedies priest shortage with Polish imports

August 23

Syria: 12,000 Catholics trapped in Rableh village
Armed opposition groups surround starving population

Dolan to offer benediction at GOP convention
Cardinal's spokesman reminds, 'It’s not an endorsement'

Mexico: Religious cult refuses school teachers
Community founded by renegade priest turns violent

Federal court approves Texas ban on PP funding
Funds barred from groups that perform, promote abortion

Media attack of Akin is pro-abortion red herring
Tactic is used to paint pro-life apologists as fanatics

Spain: Fresco restoration botched by amateur
Parishioner stuns cultural officials with paint-over

August 22

U.S. media focus on abortion in cases of rape
Todd Akin furor spotlights Catholic pro-life teachings

Classes delayed indefinitely at Chinese seminaries
Communist-Catholic clash over Bishop Ma continues

Paul Ryan is happy to 'cling to guns and religion'
Presumptive V.P. nominee quotes oft-repeated Obama gaffe

Creighton med school links with censured hospital
Phoenix hospital was stripped of Catholic status in 2010

Philly high schools move to private management
Chaput stresses change of organization not of mission

Catholic Latino group releases 2012 voting guide
Guide compares candidates' policies to Church teaching

August 21

Oregon judge rules priests are not employees
Decision shields Vatican from abuse-suit liability

Pope to visit Lebanon despite Syria conflict
Foreign workers, U.N. observers have been told to go

Dolan apologizes for Obama dinner invite scandal
Cardinal defends decision for sake of dialogue, civility

Scottish cardinal snubs gov't over gay marriage
O'Brien spokesman: Dialogue 'has been completely ignored'

March for Life founder and emcee dies at 86
Nellie Gray leaves an inspiring legacy of activism

Two Franciscans pray for both U.S. V.P. candidates
Duo targets Ryan's budget cutting, Biden's pro-abort view

August 20

LCWR pursues 'open, honest dialogue' with bishops
Sisters' post-assembly decision is their 'gift to the Church'

Chicago Cardinal George is again battling cancer
Diagnosis 'does not immediately impact' his position

Church receives 'Gone With the Wind' windfall
Mitchell heir leaves literary rights to Atlanta diocese

Archbishop defends Paul Ryan against criticism
Aquila widens discussion of Catholic social teaching

Democrats reject pro-life members in their ranks
Effort to broaden party platform on abortion fails

Pope: Orthodox-Catholic meeting raises hope
Archbishop and patriarch engage in goodwill efforts

August 10

Amnesty International pushes unlimited abortion
Group uses maternal deaths to bolster lethal stance

Guest speakers at LCWR assembly push dissent
NCR publisher's 'Just say No' elicits audible groans

Romney ad addresses Obama's war on religion
'Be Not Afraid' ad features endorsement by Lech Walesa

DeSales University denies petition for gay club
Spokesman reiterates: School will not change policy

U.K. pro-life prayer vigils grow despite threat
Abortion zealots bully, accuse peaceful protestors

China: Increased interest in faith among young
Christians 'prove their value' to skeptical officials

August 9

LCWR leaders believe nuns don't want to submit
NCR: Sisters don't need to be part of formal church

Dissident Catholics oppose Erie Bp. Trautman
Groups side with government in HHS mandate lawsuit

Arabian bishop moves residence to Bahrain
Shepherd of two million gains from kingdom's 'openness'

Missouri 'Right to Pray' amendment passes
About 83 percent of voters favored the measure

Hawaii: Federal judge upholds traditional marriage
Reserving union of man & woman 'not unconstitutional'

Komen announces major leadership shake-up
Foundation's president departs and Brinker shifts roles

August 8

N.Y. archdiocese defends Obama dinner invitation
Spokesman shuns Al Smith Dinner-Notre Dame comparison

Archbishop of St. Louis speaks to LCWR group
Carlson: Dialogue should be faithful, not politicized

Plaintiffs total 280 in Montana abuse lawsuits
Claims involve dozens of clergy, span seven decades

Catholic Latino leaders meet to discuss politics
Group seeks ways to preserve, promote faith and values

Three gunmen kill 19 at central Nigeria church
Boko Haram group is blamed for 660 killings this year

Romney maintains wrong stance on gay scouts
Pundit: Governor is de-motivating his conservative base

August 7

Philippines: Famous athlete sides with Church
Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao opposes contraception bill

U.S. bishops conference regularly dilutes message
Issuing too many statements diminishes its influence

Amish population expected to quadruple by 2050
Study: A new community sprouts every three to four weeks

N.C. abortionist makes brazenly racist comments
Tells pro-lifers: 'Adopt one of those ugly black babies'

French Catholics update 'prayer for France'
New version supports traditional families, pro-life

Phila.: No bail for Monsignor Lynn during appeal
Judge Sarmina isn't giving him 'any special privileges'

August 6

LCWR assembles to discuss response to Vatican
Nuns declined offer of Archbishop Sartain to attend

Philippines: Lawmakers weigh contraception bill
Proposed family planning program draws large protests

Australia: Holy Communion is given to a dog
Suspended priest holds 'Inclusive Catholics' Masses

Los Angeles Guadalupe Celebration draws 100,000
Massive event was co-sponsored by Knights of Columbus

Evangelical magazine now questions contraception
Christianity Today evidences new Protestant trend?

Cleveland diocese hosts Christian music fest
Twelfth annual event now attracts 35,000 people

August 3

Missouri: Ratigan pleads guilty to porn charges
Prosecution will recommend 'a virtual life sentence'

Fed. appeals court blocks Arizona abortion ban
9th Circuit also found Calif. Prop 8 unconstitutional

Archeologists may have found Caiaphus' burial box
Ossuary has rare inscription mentioning the high priest

Chinese woman rescued over 30 abandoned babies
88-year-old raised four, helped remainder find homes

Chicken chain confirms record-setting sales
Chick-fil-A awaits turnout for gay counter-protest

U.S. Catholics back bishops on religious freedom
But poll shows they still favor Obama over Romney

August 2

Chick-fil-A franchises mobbed by culture warriors
Patrons queue up to support the chain and free speech

Kenyan bishops slam Gates' contraception plan
They call the foreign program 'dehumanizing' & 'an insult'

Minn.: Church cancels talk by state politician
Ritchie is focus of gay marriage referendum controversy

Former Vatican ambassadors back Mitt Romney
Bipartisan group of six are united by Catholic teaching

Federal judge upholds Arizona fetal pain bill
New law banning abortion after 20 weeks takes effect

Pope completes third volume of Jesus trilogy
Jesus of Nazareth heads to translation from German

August 1

Obama's HHS mandate goes into effect today
Rule is now binding on countless objecting employers

Obama to speak at N.Y. Catholic Charities event
Customary invitation said to be given by Dolan himself

Amazon founder gives $2.5 million to gay marriage
Ballot referendum battle heats up in Washington state

Princeton prof urges hotel chains to remove porn
Robt. George makes a moral appeal to CEOs' consciences

Pope appoints successor to Erie's Bishop Trautman
Bishop-designate Persico hails from nearby Greensburg

Vietnam: Activist's mother sets herself ablaze
Catholic blogger's detention sparks fatal protest

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