‘Humanae Vitae’ upholds the dignity of women

Posted July 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

By Danielle Van Haute

This July 25 marks the 50th year anniversary of Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), arguably the most widely contested encyclical in the church’s history. When the encyclical was promulgated, it was a time of change that included new possibilities and new concerns. Man was advancing in the areas of science and technology, the sexual revolution was in full swing, and contraception, in particular the birth control pill, offered the promise of solutions to problems ranging from women’s role in society, to economic disparity and the fears of population growth. It was prudent and necessary for the church to examine the question of how married couples could respond to this context in a way that was faithful to Christ’s teaching and upheld the dignity of the human person.

Many expected that when the church spoke on this issue, there would be a change in doctrine. Perhaps

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    LOOKING AHEAD

    Move to BR  exciting for  Bishop Duca 

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    On a recent Saturday morning, as Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca pulled into the garage at his Shreveport home following an ordination ceremony his cell phone rang.  

     

    Bishop-designate Michael G. Duca, pictured with students in Shreveport after a Red

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    Prayer, music help celebrate World Refugee Day

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Dramatic shifts in national immigration and refugee policies have created a sense of confusion and fear among those who are in the country without legal status and among others attempting to navigate the bureaucratic minefields to enter through legal channels.  

    The choir from the Christ the King Christian Center energized the crowd of more than 100 during a

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    Child nutrition program to be funded

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    A third special session of the Louisiana Legislature proved to be the charm in securing more than $15 million in state funding for nonpublic schools.

    The legislators on June 24 broke what had been an almost six-month stalemate by agreeing to a .45-cent sales tax, replacing the temporary one-cent sales tax that had been approved in 2016 and expired June 30. Revenue from the new tax has allowed for the funding of child nutrition services and required services for nonpublic schools.

    “I was so very grateful and thankful,”

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    Mourners can find peace in the beatitudes

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    When one has a love relationship with God, even as the Lord draws him or her toward himself into the heavenly home, he encircles the person’s faith-filled survivors with arms of compassion and comfort. This is the beautiful unfolding of

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    Share the Gospel, pope says

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    VATICAN CITY (CNS)–All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said.

    “A baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Christ, is

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    Supper and substance set

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Regular date nights are known to be “fuel for the fire” in keeping intimacy alive in a marriage. To turn up the notch of romance, by inviting God into their relationship, many Catholic couples participate in Supper and Substance,

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    Making a difference, one job at a time

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Wearing dress shirts and slacks, Kerry Myers and Harold Grier anxiously waited for staff members of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge Community and

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    LOOKING AHEAD

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Move to BR  exciting for  Bishop Duca 

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

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    PASTORAL INSTALLATION

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Robert W. Muench, right, installs Father Joseph Vu as pastor at St. Philomena Church in Labadieville on July 15. Earlier in the day, Bishop Muench had installed Father Vu as pastor at Assumption of the Blessed

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    KNIGHTS SERVE THE POOR

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Baton Rouge area members of Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies of Grace, Constance Butler Chapter #9 recently provided and served the evening meal for 35 diners at the St. Vincent de Paul dining hall. Pictured, first row from

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    FMOLHS leader earns national health award

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator

    Tara Haney, vice president of operations for Health Leaders Network (HLN) for Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, was honored as one of Tomorrow’s Leaders

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    REAL WORLD

    Posted July 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Youth stepped into and brought the light and love of Christ to parts of Baton Rouge and New Orleans that the upwardly

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    ON THE MOVE

    Posted May 31, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Construction of the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is approximately 60 percent complete, officials said during a recent media tour. The freestanding hospital will feature more than 350,000 square feet of patient care space, one full floor dedicated to

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    Cristo Rey to receive new sports equipment

    Posted April 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Former LSU Tigers and NFL star Justin Vincent and UnitedHealthcare are donating new sports equipment to Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School to replace equipment that was damaged in the 2016 flood. The donation was made possible by a $10,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to Vincent’s Dreambuilders program. The Dreambuilders

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