Catholic archbishop urges no vote, saying state should ‘keep out of the bedroom’ (By The Guardian)

1. Anthony Fisher supported the no vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey during his homily at mass on Sunday, telling worshippers the government should “keep out of the friendship business and out of the bedroom”.

2. Religious believers would be vulnerable to discrimination suits and some could lose their jobs, promotions, businesses and political careers if same-sex marriage is legalised, the Catholic archbishop of Sydney says.

3. “The only kind of friendship the state has a proper interest in recognising and regulating is heterosexual marriage, because that’s what leads to children – new citizens – and gives them the best start in life.

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Milo Yiannopoulos trash-talks pope in Catholic magazine interview (By Vox)

1. Yiannopoulos, like Bannon, is using his media pulpit to take a stand not only on the so-called “culture wars” of America and Europe, but also on the internal conflicts of the Catholic Church, in which the relatively liberal Pope Francis has come under fire from more conservative cardinals.

2. Quoting extensively from early 20th-century English Catholic writers like Evelyn Waugh (who was likely bisexual) and G. K. Chesterton, Yiannopoulos (who is English) is leaning heavily into a very particular English arch-conservative cultural stereotype: the mannered aristocratic gay Catholic you might find in, for example, Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited.

3. In the interview, Yiannopoulos said that he believed homosexuality is a sin, despite being gay himself, and condemned those who, like Martin, sought to change Church dogma on the issue.

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Pope: Catholic guide needs updating on death penalty issue (By Washington Post)

1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, issued a quarter century ago by St. John Paul II to give Catholics an easy, go-to guide for church teaching, doesn’t exclude recourse to the death penalty.

2. VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis marked the 25th anniversary of a landmark compilation of Catholic teaching by saying Wednesday it should be changed to address an issue close to his heart: the death penalty.

3. The death penalty has been abolished in most of Europe and South America, but it is still in use in the United States and in several countries in Asia, Africa and the Mideast.

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Weeklong Catholic prayer event wraps up with downtown Hagerstown procession (By Mail Media)

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Pope Francis calls for change to Catholic teaching on death penalty (By CNN)

1. Rome (CNN) Pope Francis said the death penalty was “inadmissable” and that official Catholic teaching should be changed to reflect that, comments with the potential to reshape the church’s public stance on the controversial issue.

2. Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI spoke out against the death penalty, but Francis is the first Pope to suggest changing official church teaching on the issue.

3. If the wording of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is changed to reflect the stronger language of Pope Francis on the death penalty, Catholics who support capital punishment will have to reconsider their position.

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Lansing Catholic football players seek reforms after anthem kneeling (By Lansing State Journal)

1. Buy Photo From left, Lansing Catholic’s Kabbash Richards, Roje Williams, Michael Lynn III and Matthew Abdullah, knelt during the national anthem before the start of the Cougars’ home game on Oct. 6 against Ionia.

2. The group sent a three-page letter to five Lansing Catholic administrators this week and haven’t received any responses, parents of three players told the Lansing State Journal.

3. Buy Photo Lansing Catholic’s Michael Lynn III, left, Roje Williams, right, and the rest of the Cougars’ celebrate their Oct. 6 victory over Ionia on Friday at Cougar Stadium in Lansing.

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Catholic Mobilizing Network marks the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty (By Religion News Service)

1. WASHINGTON – Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, joins the international community in observing World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10, 2017; a day that amplifies the Church’s social teaching and compels us to a renewed commitment to work to end the death penalty.

2. Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph that works in close collaboration with United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, proclaims the Church’s pro-life teaching and prepares Catholics for informed involvement in the public debate to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice.

3. “As we prepare for ten additional executions by the end of this year, World Day Against the Death Penalty offers a poignant reminder of the work that lies ahead to build a culture of life in our country.

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Expanding exemptions on contraception mandate nothing to celebrate (By National Catholic Reporter)

1. When the issue reached the Supreme Court last year, the high court took the rare step of declining to rule on the case and urging both parties to find a workable compromise, as the government and religious institutions had done for years in creating carve-outs and exemptions for religious scruples.

2. Now, the contraception mandate becomes like the Mexico City policy on funding for groups that conduct abortions: When the White House changes hands, the policy will change.

3. But bishops and political leaders should be mindful of the common good, not just the desires of their well-financed interest groups, and the common good demanded an effort to resolve the admittedly complex issue of what the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act require by way of exemptions for religiously based institutions.

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John Calvin’s 15 Surprisingly Catholic Views (By National Catholic Register (blog))

1. Calvin believed in the primacy of St. Peter, as leader of the apostles: “There is no senate without a consul, no bench of judges without a president or chancellor, no college without a provost, no company without a master.

2. Calvin thought weekly Holy Communion was the minimum frequency: “The sacrament might be celebrated in the most becoming manner, if it were dispensed to the Church very frequently, at least once a-week.

3. secures the immortality of our flesh, .

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Catholic’s unexpected gamble pays off (By Montgomery Advertiser)

1. Catholic’s Tonie Price II (2) is pushed out of bounds by Dale County’s Kwatavious White (23) during the AHSAA football game between Catholic and Dale County on Oct. 6, 2017, at Montgomery Catholic in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo: Albert Cesare ).

2. Catholic’s Darrell Gibson (7) tackles Dale County’s Virgil Crawford (80) during the AHSAA football game between Catholic and Dale County on Oct. 6, 2017, at Montgomery Catholic in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo: Albert Cesare ).

3. Catholic runs out before the AHSAA football game between Catholic and Dale County on Oct. 6, 2017, at Montgomery Catholic in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo: Albert Cesare ).

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