What One Mother Did to Rescue Her Kids

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What would you do if you realized your kids were in trouble?  That they were rejecting everything you and your husband were trying to instill in them about faith and the true meaning of life.  That they were taking their cues from the culture and not you.  And what if you figured out that the Catholic schools they attended were undermining those teachings, too?

One mother, along with her husband, took a radical step.  She sold her law practice and he left his job and they moved with their four children to “a strong faith-filled diocese” in a more “conservative part of the country.”

Writing for Catholic Education Daily, a publication of the Cardinal Newman Society, Susan Fox tells her...READ MORE

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The Mayans, the Mass and Me

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Temple I on the Great Plaza and North Acropolis seen from Temple II in Tikal, Guatemala (Image Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Belize is one of my favorite vacation locations. I like the snorkeling and snoozing, but I also like the ancient religious ruins. (My kids like to joke that I’m getting to be an ancient religious ruin.)
On the last trip to Belize we went across the border into Guatemala and visited the Mayan ruins at Tikal. We climbed to the top of the main pyramid, and sitting up there on a beautiful morning, the jungle birds crying and the jungle trees and neatly trimmed lawned—I imagined the priests offering their sacrifices of grain and human lives to their sky gods. It was a different scene then. The forests all cut down, the barbaric rites continued in fear and desperation as famine and starvation...READ MORE

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VIDEO — Schönborn: 'Amoris Laetitia' Needs Serious Theological Discussion

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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn addressing a symposium at the International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria, April 9. The symposium was entitled: "And God Saw That It Was Very Good: Reinvigorating the Sacrament of Marriage and the Christian Family in Light of the 2014 and 2015 Synods."

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has told academics in Austria that ‘Amoris laetitia’ should be subjected to rigorous theological discussion and expressed his delight at having his controversial pastoral approach for remarried divorcees in Vienna worked into the document.

Speaking on Pope Francis’ new post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family at the International Theological Institute in Trumau April 9 (see video of full talk below), the Archbishop of Vienna said there are “no forbidden questions” when discussing the text.  

Compared to his presentation at the Vatican the day before, the cardinal, who is chancellor of the institute, was a little more cautious about the document and,...READ MORE

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Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ Through Love, Key Passages You Need To Read in Amoris and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ Through Love by Anne De Santis of Catholic Stand link to read.

Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ Through Love – Anne De Santis, Catholic Stand

Amoris Laetitia: Five (5) Key Passages You Need To Read – Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald

The Key to Happiness: Relationships – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

Understanding the Easter Massacre in Lahore – David Warren, The Catholic Thing

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Knights of Columbus, and Martyrs – Dan Byron, Catholic Stand

Papal Exhortation Avoids Clear Statement on Communion – Staff Reporter, Catholic Herald

Book Review: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith – Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

A Role Model for Me - Roseanne Sullivan, Catholic Pundit Wannabe

Life in Blue State America –...READ MORE

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Courts Deflect ACLU Attack Against Catholic Hospitals

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It's been a discouraging year so far for the American Civil Liberties Union. That's because two separate ACLU lawsuits against two Catholic hospital systems have been thrown out of court. The latest loss for the left-wing activist organization came April 11, when a judge dismissed their suit against the Catholic nonprofit Trinity Health Corporation for refusing to perform abortions.

The ACLU, though, will not take “No” for an answer. Several cases are being appealed, and the organization's website boasts: “We're taking on hospitals for refusing pregnant women emergency care under the guise of religious directives.”

Trinity Health Corporation of Michigan

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We Are a Noisy, Funny, Conspicuous Bunch, But We Are a Family

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Last week I took my five oldest kids to the roller skating rink.

Their school was holding a fundraiser for my eldest daughter’s choir, and what kid doesn’t love to skate, so we loaded up and headed out.

It was my six-year-old’s first time skating at the rink, actually.  Back in our homeschooling days, we had the chance to attend homeschool skate sessions and lessons in the mornings—but back in our homeschooling days, I didn’t really have the bandwidth to haul my eight children around to various events because, well, I had eight children.  So the six-year-old is new to all things skating.

And I’m pregnant as can be right now, so I told my daughter that if she came along she’d essentially...READ MORE

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3 Practical Tips for Couples Reading “Amoris Laetitia”

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Long before the sun came up on Friday morning, I awoke with eager anticipation to read Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Joy of Love. I had one main concern though—would this be something with a message for the average couple? Happily the answer is a huge yes!

It is obvious that Pope Francis has sat down with couples and families, young and old, flourishing and hurting, rich and poor, healthy and sick, so that he knows family life.  At one point he describes a scene where a couple is trying to grow in virtue even with the challenges of marriage. I feel like he must have snuck into our house for some observation.

There is, however, one challenge. Limited time and busy schedules...READ MORE

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First Thoughts on “Amoris Laetitia”

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On a spring day about five years ago, when I was rector of Mundelein Seminary, Francis Cardinal George spoke to the assembled student body. He congratulated those proudly orthodox seminarians for their devotion to the dogmatic and moral truths proposed by the Church, but he also offered some pointed pastoral advice. He said that it is insufficient simply to drop the truth on people and then smugly walk away. Rather, he insisted, you must accompany those you have instructed, committing yourself to helping them integrate the truth that you have shared. I thought of this intervention by the late Cardinal often as I was reading Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. If I might...READ MORE

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