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In new school, Byzantine spirituality meets Montessori method

With the goal of encountering children on a more personal level to meet their academic and spiritual needs, a Montessori school influenced by the Byzantine Catholic tradition is opening in Denver, Colorado. Pauline Meert, who co-founded Sophia Montessori Academy along with Irene O’Brien, said the two “wanted to combine Montessori and Catholicism because it just










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Holy Homebrew: Catholic priest wins brewing’s highest honor

Long blessed by Catholics as a “healthful drink for mankind," one Texas priest has managed to take beer to new heights – winning the highest award in the United States for home-brewed beverages. “It’s surreal," Fr. Jeff Poirot told the Fort Worth Star- Telegram. “After we were done screaming from excitement when we won, it










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Kids in a time of climate change – what’s a Catholic to do?

Travis Rieder and his wife Sadiye have one child. She wanted a big family, but he’s a philosopher who studies climate change with the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. One child of their own was all the world could environmentally afford, they decided. In his college classes, Rieder asks his










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Court sides with NY archdiocese in major religious liberty decision

A federal court ruled Friday that the Archdiocese of New York had the right not to hire a diocesan school principal in a First Amendment religious freedom decision. “The court saw right through this blatantly anti-Catholic lawsuit, agreeing with the Supreme Court that the church, not the state, should pick religious leaders," Eric Rassbach, deputy










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Florist takes religious liberty case to US Supreme Court

Flower shop owner Barronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect her from a Washington state court ruling that could destroy her financially because her religious beliefs prevented her from serving a same-sex wedding ceremony. “If the government can ruin Barronelle for peacefully living and working according to her faith, it can punish










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Black Catholic congress emphasizes unity, action

More than 2,000 participants from across the country gathered in Orlando, Fla. last week for the 12th National Black Catholic Congress, exploring themes of racism and reconciliation, and hearing speakers who stressed the importance of being active to work for change. Held July 6-9, the congress drew its theme from the prophet Micah: “The Spirit










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Bishop lauds bill to fight human trafficking

An upgrade to a key anti-trafficking bill passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, and has been praised by one U.S. bishop as “an important step" in the fight to abolish modern-day slavery. Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, chair of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, called H.R. 2200 “an important step Congress can take to help










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Why this Catholic takes issue with ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ labels

  Chastity actually means fulfillment, not suffering – and labeling people in terms of their sexual inclinations or attractions first is ultimately a reduction of their human dignity. These ideas form the basis of a provocative new book by Daniel Mattson, a Catholic who finds identifying as “gay" unhelpful in the dialogue on the issue,










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