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Religious Liberty

Headed off to College? Don’t Leave Your Faith at Home.

New laptop or tablet? Check. Bedding and toiletries? Check. New clothes and shoes? Check. Your Catholic faith? … Thousands of families across the Commonwealth are packing up their college freshmen and taking them to school for the first time. Will these students continue to live out t
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Archbishop Chaput: There is no equivalence

On August 10, 2015, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. CAP. explained why other moral issues are not equivalent to abortion in his column on CatholicPhilly.com. Here is an excerpt: Here’s a simple exercise in basic reasoning. On a spectrum of bad things to do, theft is
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Catholic Social Services Salute Our Veterans

As Pennsylvanians prepare for the picnics and fireworks displays of the Fourth of July, our thoughts often turn to the veterans who have defended our country throughout the years. Civilians may not be fully aware of the struggles that veterans face after their tour of duty.  According
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PA Bishops, Dioceses React to Supreme Court Decision

The July 26 Supreme Court decision  interpreted the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage.” Here is a reaction from around the state: Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said, “The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on marriage
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USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error”

FROM THE USCCB—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, Ke
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Pennsylvania Catholics React to Laudato Si’

Laudato Si’, the encyclical letter of Pope Francis on care for all of God’s creation, was released today. It can be read in its entirety here. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM CAP., of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia wrote, “Laudato Si speaks eloquently of inter-generatio
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Freedom to Bear Witness

During this year’s Corpus Christi procession, Pope Francis asked us to remember “our many brothers and sisters who do not have the freedom to express their faith in the Lord Jesus.” About 100 million Christians are persecuted each year around the world. “Let us be un
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Protect International Religious Freedom by Passing H.R. 1150

Pope Francis has expressed increasing concern for the suffering of many Christians and others who are persecuted around the world simply because of their faith. The brutality inflicted on religious minorities has reached staggering proportions, causing them to flee the violence in pla
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Pentecost and the nature of speaking the truth

By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M, CAP.  In Christian thought, justice is one of the cardinal (or “hinge”) virtues. Mercy — also a virtue — is a fruit of the great theological virtue, charity. Together, mercy and justice should guide a mature Christian’s actions, choices and word
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