VIDEO: Cardinal Dolan notes top 3 challenges for Pope Francis & the Church (Part 4 of 4)

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This is part four of four videos that the Catholic Anchor has posted of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s March 24 public address in Anchorage, Alaska. Titled “Three Challenges Facing Pope Francis and the Church.” This video notes the challenge that Pope Francis and the Catholic Church has in engaging a secular culture that is increasingly hostile to religion in the public square.
Click here to view parts one, two and three of this talk.

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Audio of Cardinal Dolan’s Anchorage presentation now available online

An estimated 700 people pack Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish-Anchorage, Alaska for a public talk by Cardinal Timothy Cardinal Dolan on March 24. — Photo by Ron Nicholl

An estimated 700 people pack Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish-Anchorage, Alaska for a public talk by Cardinal Timothy Cardinal Dolan on March 24. — Photo by Ron Nicholl

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The audio of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s March 24 public presentation to an estimated 700 people at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Anchorage is now available online.

Fairbanks Catholic radio station KQHE 92.7 FM has posted the entire talk on its website.

Titled “Three Challenges Facing Pope Francis and the Church,” the talk notes the need for the Catholic Church to strengthen traditional families, which are the very foundation of culture and church. Cardinal Dolan also said there must be a restoration of the luster and appeal of the church so that those who have drifted or left might consider a return to their spiritual home.

Also included in the talk is Cardinal Dolan’s warning that the church is in the midst of a struggle with an increasingly hostile American culture that is encroaching on religious liberties. While optimistic that Americans will ultimately fall on the side of religious freedom, Cardinal Dolan said the church and believers must be vigilant in defending the right to freely practice their religion.

In addition posting Cardinal Dolan’s March 24 talk, KQHE will also broadcast an exclusive interview that the cardinal granted to the radio station. The interview is scheduled to air on April 3 at 7 p.m. The interview will then be posted for listeners to access later.

Cardinal Dolan, one of the biggest names in the U.S. Catholic Church was in Anchorage for four days to speak at the annual Alaskan Priests Convocation, which includes priests from all three Alaska dioceses — Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

Click here to listen to Cardinal Dolan’s March 24 presentation, given at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Anchorage.

Click here to view photos from this event.

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The dangers of school choice push in Alaska

Bob Bird

Bob Bird

 GUEST COLUMN

By BOB BIRD

For CatholicAnchor.org

Christians are piling on their legislative efforts to enable people to afford private education.

It’s not hard to understand why: Christians rightly sense that our country must turn to God, and the restoration of Christian education is necessary for such a return. But some thin, reedy voices of caution are in order. Our culture is so ingrained with the idea that the government should pay for just about everything, that even well-meaning people are working overtime for legislation that might  come back to haunt them.

We need to understand that courts are seldom friends of faith-based legislation. Perhaps some will rejoice to find that the federal courts have no lawful authority to decide the issue of state-supported vouchers for private schools. But the reality is that public and juridical constitutional ignorance reigns supreme, to be complicated by another socialist tendril making its way into our lives: ever increasing federal funding of education.

Now say out loud as many times as it takes to let it sink in: “Government funding means government dependency and control.” more…

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2014 is the last chance for Alaska to pass current school choice legislation

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— NEWS ANALYSIS —

By KRISTINA JOHANNES

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A resolution has been making its way through the Alaska Legislature to enable more parents across the state to choose private schools for their children — and unless it is considered and passed this session, the bill will die.

Introduced last February by Senators Mike Dunleavy, Fred Dyson, Pete Kelly, John Coghill, and Cathy Giessel, SJR 9 proposes amendments to the state constitution that would permit public education funds to go directly to students to be used in a school of their parents choosing.

The legislation underwent numerous committee hearings before landing in the finance committee at the end of the 2013 session. There it sits awaiting the opening of the next session that runs Jan. 21 to April 20. more…

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Pope Francis urges Catholics to begin ‘new chapter’ of joyful evangelization

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

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VATICAN CITY — In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis urged the Christian faithful to begin “a new chapter of evangelization,” marked by the joy that is “constantly born anew” with Christ.

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the pope wrote, inviting Christians to “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.”

The apostolic exhortation, also known as “Evangelii Gaudium,” follows the 2012 bishops’ synod on the New evangelization, which was held as part of the Year of Faith. Released Nov. 26, the papal document stressed the need for Christian joy. more…

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What’s happening with the Catholic Church? — Anchorage Archbishop invites public to converse

Archbishop Schwietz

Archbishop Schwietz

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Any Alaskan seeking answers or clarifications about the state of the Catholic Church or about the dynamic new pontiff, Pope Francis, are invited to attend an afternoon presentation at Holy Cross Church in Anchorage (Lake Otis & Lore Rd.) with Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m.

Archbishop Schwietz, accompanied by Father Tom Brundage, pastor of St. Andrew Church in Eagle River, will offer a short presentation and then open the event to questions from the audience. The gathering aims to address such topics as: the state of the Universal Church, Pope Francis and where the church is headed under his leadership. Discussion will also explore issues related specifically to the Catholic Church in the United States. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions.

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U.S. bishops welcome court ruling against Obamacare contraception mandate

District Court temporarily prevents government from violating religious freedom

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a significant victory for conscience rights, on Thursday a federal district court in Pennsylvania handed down the first decision on the merits in a case by Catholic non-profit organizations challenging the final HHS mandate.

The Court found that the mandate’s “religious employer ‘accommodation’ places a substantial burden on Plaintiffs’ right to freely exercise their religion,” determined that the plaintiffs, the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie and related organizations, are “likely to succeed on the merits” of their claim under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and issued a preliminary injunction preventing the government from enforcing the HHS mandate against the plaintiffs. more…

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U.S. bishops applaud Supreme Court decision to hear cases on Obamacare contraception mandate

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to hear arguments in the cases of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The U.S. government and the Hahn family, Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood, a cabinet-making company, respectively, petitioned the Supreme Court to review these cases. The Court will consider the legality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “preventive services” mandate, which requires virtually all employers to include female sterilization and all drugs and devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as contraceptives in their employee health care plans. more…

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Alaska’s Catholic senators vote for transgender bill to establish LGBT employment rights

U.S. bishops say bill disregards biology, violates religious liberties

By JOEL DAVIDSON

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Alaska's U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Alaska’s U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

On Nov. 7 the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would prohibit business owners from declining to hire individuals who openly identify as homosexual, bisexual or transgender, including those who dress for work in ways contrary to their biological sex.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the Senate with a 64-32 vote. Alaska’s two senators, both professing Catholics, voted for the bill despite the fact that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a letter to Congress warning that the bill presents a threat to the basic religious freedoms of Americans.

Alaska Senator Mark Begich joined all but one Senate Democrat in voting for the bill. Fellow Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was among 10 Republicans who also voted for the bill.

Opponents of ENDA note that it would allow a biological male who self-identifies as a female to use women’s restrooms and other facilities. It would also allow employees to sue if they believe they were discriminated against or had not received a job because of their sexual preference, identity or behavior. more…

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Federal bill aims to enshrine LGBTQ rights, but is believed to violate religious freedoms

Alaska’s Catholic senators have backed bill
Sen. Murkowski

Sen. Murkowski

Sen. Mark Begich

Sen. Mark Begich

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews.com) — A bill that would make it a federal crime to “discriminate” against homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender people — including forbidding men to use the women’s restroom or locker room – passed a key vote in the Senate Nov. 4.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed a test vote by 61-30, a critical margin that will allow the controversial bill to overcome any potential filibuster. Senate rules require 60 votes to cut off debate. The vote means the bill will almost certainly pass the full Senate without delay.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich voted for the measure, while fellow Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was absent for the test vote. However, Murkowski, who supports same-sex marriage, helped Democrats vote the bill out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee earlier this year.

Opponents, however, say the bill (S. 815) would deny traditional religious business owners the right to practice their religion. Its religious exemption is excessively narrow, according to a letter from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. more…

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