1. Most Catholics believe Jesus is present in Communion bread and wine: Poll, Findings come as U.S. bishops host national revival to address crisis of faith, By Sean Salai, The Washington Times, June 12, 2024
Most Catholics believe Jesus Christ is present in the Communion bread and wine they consume at Mass, according to a survey released to coincide with a national revival.

A survey by Vinea Research found that 69% of Catholics who attend Mass at least yearly believe that the Eucharistic elements become the invisible substance of Christ.
The Baltimore-based Catholic market research firm has released the survey results as thousands of Catholics from around the country are participating in a three-year revival by walking to Indianapolis this summer for the first National Eucharistic Congress in 83 years. Each weekend, they stop in major cities to rally parishioners around belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
The survey found belief in the teaching increased with Mass participation. That included 51% of Catholics who attended once or twice over the past year, 64% who went “a few times a year,” 80% of “once or twice a month” worshipers, 81% of weekly attendees and 92% of those who worshiped “more than once a week.”
The findings follow efforts by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address a perceived loss of faith in the Eucharist that officials have linked to years of declining religious participation.
In launching the Eucharistic revival, the bishops pointed to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey that found only 31% of all Catholics believe the bread and wine “actually become” Jesus. Another 69% told Pew that the bread and wine are “symbols.”

2. Young Women Are Fleeing Organized Religion. This Was Predictable., By Jessica Grose, The New York Times, June 12, 2024, 5:04 PM, Opinion
Draut is representative of an emerging trend: young women leaving church “in unprecedented numbers,” as Daniel Cox and Kelsey Eyre Hammond wrote in April for Cox’s newsletter, American Storylines. Cox and Hammond, who both work at the Survey Center on American Life at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, explain: “For as long as we’ve conducted polls on religion, men have consistently demonstrated lower levels of religious engagement. But something has changed. A new survey reveals that the pattern has now reversed.”
While over the past half-century, Americans of all ages, genders and backgrounds have moved away from organized religion, as I wrote in a series on religious “nones” — atheists, agnostics and nothing-in-particulars — young women are now disaffiliating from organized religion in greater percentages than young men. And women pushing back on the beliefs and practices of several different faiths, particularly different Christian traditions, is something I have been reading about more and more.

The proportion of unaffiliated millennial women is pretty close to that of Gen Z women — 34 percent. The big shift seems to have taken place between Gen X and millennials, as only 23 percent of Gen X women describe themselves as nones, according to Cox and Hammond’s analysis. They argue that increasingly, there’s a cultural mismatch between young women — who are more likely to call themselves feminists and to support L.G.B.T.Q. rights and reproductive rights — and the teachings of some of the largest Christian denominations in America, which are veering right and turning toward more retrogressive ideas about women’s place in their organizations.

3. Foster parents sue Vermont after state revokes license for rejecting gender ideology, By Tyler Arnold, Catholic News Agency, June 12, 2024, 11:35 AM
Two Vermont families who were inspired by their faith to foster children in their homes have filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department for Children and Families after the agency revoked their licenses for refusing to embrace gender ideology.
The foster parents, who are represented by the legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), have provided foster care to children for several years. However, their licenses were revoked because they did not agree to a policy that would require them to support a child’s decision to identify with a gender that is separate from his or her biological sex or to bring the child to events that promote homosexuality if he or she identifies as homosexual.
In both cases, neither set of parents was caring for a child who identified as transgender or homosexual. However, Vermont’s policy requires the foster parents to affirm that they would support a child in his or her self-asserted gender identity and sexuality — if the hypothetical situation were to occur.
“Vermont’s foster-care system is in crisis: There aren’t enough families to care for vulnerable kids, and children born with drug dependencies have nowhere to call home,” ADF Legal Counsel Johannes Widmalm-Delphonse said in a statement. “Yet Vermont is putting its ideological agenda ahead of the needs of these suffering kids.”

4. Pope Francis allegedly repeats gay slur, opposes gay men in priesthood, Pope Francis allegedly repeated a highly pejorative slur just two weeks after the Vatican had issued an apology over the same word., By Anthony Faiola and Stefano Pitrelli, The Washington Post, June 11, 2024, 5:36 PM
Pope Francis on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to gay priests, allegedly repeating a highly pejorative slur in an encounter with clerics just two weeks after the Vatican issued an apology amid reports that he had used the same word in an earlier meeting with bishops.
Francis reportedly repeated the slur in a meeting with 200 priests at Rome’s Salesian Pontifical University, according to major Italian outlets. The Vatican, in a statement, did not mention use of the derogatory word but said the pontiff had spoken of the “danger of ideologies in the Church.”
The Vatican said the pope “reiterated the need to welcome and accompany gay men in the Church” but had called for prudence regarding their entry to the priesthood.

5. U.S. bishops invite Catholics to ‘pray, reflect, and act’ to promote religious freedom, By Jonah McKeown, Catholic News Agency, June 11, 2024
The Catholic bishops of the United States are inviting Catholics to observe a week dedicated to prayer, reflection, and action related to religious freedom with topics such as church vandalism, blasphemy laws, and Christian persecution in India as particular areas of focus.
Marking Religious Freedom Week, which begins June 22, the feast day of St. Thomas More and John Fisher, the bishops invited Catholics to reflect on a particular topic related to religious freedom for each day of the week.
Here’s a breakdown of the days of Religious Freedom Week 2024, which runs from June 22–29. 

6. Vatican to publish new document on papal primacy, By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, June 11, 2024, 2:15 PM
The Vatican will publish a study document on papal primacy and ecumenism on Thursday that will contain proposals “for a renewed exercise of the bishop of Rome’s ministry of unity” recognized by all Christians.
The document, titled “The Bishop of Rome: Primacy and Synodality in Ecumenical Dialogue and Responses to the Encyclical Ut Unum Sint,” will be released on June 13 with the approval of Pope Francis.
The Vatican’s Dicastery for the Promotion of Christian Unity put together the study document to summarize the ecumenical dialogue that has occurred on the question of papal primacy and synodality in the past 30 years.
In particular, the document includes responses by different Christian communities to Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on Christian unity, Ut Unum Sint (“That They All May Be One”).

7. U.S. bishops to apologize to Indigenous Catholics, vow to address ‘unique cultural needs’, By Mark Irons, Catholic News Agency, June 11, 2024, 12:05 PM
The U.S. Catholic bishops are expected to approve a document at their spring meeting this week that apologizes to Catholic Indigenous communities for a “history of trauma” caused in part by their “abandonment” by the Church and proposes a way forward that takes into account the “unique cultural needs” of these communities.
The draft document, “Keeping Christ’s Sacred Promise: A Pastoral Framework for Indigenous Ministry,” provides an updated pastoral plan to address the concerns of Catholic Indigenous communities. The preface notes the last time the bishops formally addressed these communities was 1977.
“EWTN News In Depth” acquired the draft document from a source close to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. According to that source, the document seems likely to pass in its present form without significant changes. This Friday, the USCCB is expected to vote in approval of the text at its annual spring meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

8. Hearts for Life: A New Sanctuary for Expectant Mothers in Crisis, Malena and Narciso want to see a culture in which the brutality of abortion becomes unthinkable, By Grazie Pozo Christie, National Catholic Register, June 11, 2024
Malena Muñoz answered a recent call from the social services agency with her usual alacrity. Not two hours after receiving the information about an expectant mother of two who had been evicted from her rented room, Munoz met with the young woman herself. The heavily pregnant, visibly distressed mother opened the back of a beat-up van and showed Malena the old mattress she had placed there. Her plan was to sleep in the van with her toddlers in the suffocating heat of a Miami summer night, maybe in the parking lot of the nearby Walmart.
Malena’s heart broke, but that didn’t stop her from swinging quickly into action. By nightfall, the pregnant woman and her toddlers were safely ensconced in Lotus House, a comfortable shelter for women and children. Two weeks later, the baby was born safely in a local hospital, and a whole web of social services had been activated to keep the little family off the streets and on a path to a better future.
This is the story Malena told me when inviting me to be on the advisory board of a new local outreach to vulnerable pregnant women and girls. It’s called Hearts For Life, and Malena had me at hello for two important reasons. One: I’m convinced that to be pro-life politically and ideologically means almost nothing if we are not also rushing to the assistance of the mothers and babies themselves. Two: Hearts for Life is an offshoot of a homeless outreach organization called Hermanos De La Calle (Brothers of the Streets), which has a long and sterling record rescuing men, women and families from the hell of homelessness.
Malena and her husband Narciso founded Hermanos eight years ago. They organized a group of friends from their parish to make sandwiches and take them downtown on Friday nights to feed the homeless and pray with them. The joy of making human connections with men and women who were transformed simply by being treated with warmth and generosity proved infectious.
The program’s growth was exponential. Today Hermanos provides wrap-around assistance to Miami’s most vulnerable, including emergency shelter, relocation assistance, rapid referrals to social services, and, most impressively, permanent housing for more than 250 individuals, 50 of them children.
Malena and Narciso, however, are going farther and deeper. They are acutely aware that what Pope Francis calls our “throw-away culture” manifests itself in the people — our brothers and sisters — sheltering under overpasses and cardboard boxes in all of our great cities. However, they feel that the greatest injury to human dignity occurring each day is the abortion of thousands of little boys and girls whose only offense was being conceived under difficult circumstances. Malena and Narciso want to see a culture in which the brutality of abortion becomes unthinkable. And so, they formed Hearts for Life.
Their new organization’s centerpiece will be a maternity home in downtown Miami. Projected to open in July, this home will be able to receive several expectant mothers for the duration of their pregnancies, pre- and post-, right through the time when mommy and baby are safely on their way to a stable situation. But the Hearts for Life home will only be a central part of a wider web of care. Any maternal difficulty that threatens an unborn child’s life will be addressed. So, too, will the many reasons behind the initial referral — poverty, having “nowhere to go”, a dangerous or coercive relationship with the child’s father, simple panic. 
Narciso and Malena’s overriding goal is to see that expectant mothers will find life-affirming options at Hearts for Life. They know from long experience that the default suggestion at most shelters that take pregnant women in crisis tends to be abortion. The idea is that erasing the child somehow erases the main problem.
Narciso and Malena know this to be a lie. They know, as we know, that violence and death are never a solution, especially when the victim is an innocent life. Hearts for Life is their beautiful answer to that lie, a point of light in today’s throw-away culture.

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