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An Artist Moves to Florence and Becomes a Convert, The Necessary Virtue of Hope, and Much More! (992)

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08/02/2015 Comment

An Artist Moves to Florence and Becomes a Convert by Jim Bryant of Regina Magazine - Big Pulpit

Behind the ‘Baby Body Parts’ Scandal Lies a Truly Grim Philosophy – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald Magazine

Laudato Si’: Papal Economics and the Social Mortgage – Dawn Carpenter, Catholic Stand

Rebuilding a Marriage Culture: A Fourfold Mission for the Church – Ryan T. Anderson

The Necessary Virtue of Hope – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Apologetics Toolbox: Sin, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation – Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Of Mockingbirds and Consciences – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Which Is Real: Science or God? – Bob Kurland, Catholic Lane

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Billionaire Builds ‘The Cloisters on the Platte’ (3143)

Transformed in his faith by a silent Ignatian retreat, Joe Ricketts is building a retreat center for others to experience the power of the Spiritual Exercises.

08/01/2015 Comments (1)
Photos courtesy of the Cloisters on the Platte Foundation

Artist's rendition of the Cloisters at eye level and (below) an aerial view. At bottom is Joe Ricketts, whose idea it was to build 'Cloisters on the Platte.'

– Photos courtesy of the Cloisters on the Platte Foundation

Billionaire Joe Ricketts says God and Christianity are under siege. This lifelong Catholic proposes a time-honoredChristian strategy in the current battle for faith: a retreat — and a silent retreat at that — in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

According to Forbes, Ricketts is the 395th richest person in the United States, with a fortune now worth an estimated $1.75 billion. In December, the TD Ameritrade founder spent $13.6 million to purchase 930 acres to build a retreat center in the rolling hills of Nebraska’s Platte River Valley between Omaha and Lincoln. Ricketts subsequently donated the land to a charitable non-profit, the Cloisters on the Platte Foundation. Construction on...READ MORE

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Should Catholics Attend a Wedding When A Baptized Catholic Marries Outside the Church? (3528)

Clergy and Lay People Weigh in on Whether To Attend or Not Attend Non-Catholic Weddings

08/01/2015 Comments (9)
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There has never been a marriage debate — no matter what the Supreme Court has decided on the constitutionality of same-sex “marriage” — in the Catholic Church.

“Many people want it to be a debate, but you can’t call it something it’s not — it’s not marriage,” said Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, author, apologist and host for EWTN radio and TV, of same-sex “marriage.”

According to him, there is only one marriage debate for Catholics, and it’s something that comes up regularly on his radio show: “Is it okay to attend a wedding when a baptized Catholic gets married outside of the Church?”

The reason behind the debate is because the Code of Canon Law states: “Only those marriages are valid which...READ MORE

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California Law Mandates Vaccines for School-Aged Children, No Belief Exemptions (3165)

The legislation is part of a flood of new vaccine legislation that raises questions about religious and medical freedom, and who is monitoring public health’s conscience.

08/01/2015 Comments (20)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. Amid roiling debate foreshadowing what is to come elsewhere, state Senate Bill 277, to abolish religious and “personal belief exemptions” for vaccination from California’s health code was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 30.

The new legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2016, marched through the Democrat-controlled state assembly with a vote of 46 to 30. It mandates that all children in California receive 29 doses of vaccines against 10 of 16 diseases on the government’s current vaccine roster and “any other disease deemed appropriate” by the State Department of Public Health before entering public or private day care or kindergarten.

SB-277 also requires...READ MORE

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Summer Reading: Books That Are Fun to Read (1226)

Good Picks: Chesterton Is Everywhere, When Faith Feels Fragile and Yes, God!

08/01/2015 Comment
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This is quite a mix, but one that speaks to how so many of us are. There are smiles and tears in this mix, along with advice and just plain, good reading.

 

Choice Chesterton

“I found Chesterton quite by accident,” David Fagerberg says in his introduction to Chesterton Is Everywhere (Emmaus Road, 2013). “I added a $2.50 copy of Orthodoxy to an armful of books to bring my total exactly up to my spending limit on that visit. Like most people, I had heard Chesterton’s name in association with a clever quotation, but knew nothing more about him.”

I, for one, am glad Fagerberg began his Chesterton binge, because it started him writing with a Chestertonian flair. His book is a collection of...READ MORE

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It Happened, It Wasn't Holy or Helpful: The Biblical Teaching Against Polygamy; and Much More! (1480)

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08/01/2015 Comments (1)

Click on It Happened, It Wasn’t Holy or Helpful: Biblical Teaching Against Polygamy by Monsignor Charles A. Pope of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

It Happened, It Wasn’t Holy or Helpful: Biblical Teaching Against Polygamy by Monsignor Charles A. Pope of Aleteia∝ - Big Pulpit

Don’t Give Up Hope for the Doctor in the ‘Baby Body Parts’ Scandal – Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald Magazine

Laudato Si’: 17 Practical Ways to Embrace Stewardship – Constance T. Hall, Epic Pew

United States Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, Opponent of Vouchers, Sending Kids to Private School – John Burger, Aleteia∝

Catholic Marriage After Obergefell: Doctrine and Discipline – Denise J. Hunnell MD, Catholic Stand

St. Teresa of Avila on Spiritual Warfare – Daniel Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Guide to the Restoration of Marriage – Rachel Lu, Crisis...READ MORE

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Undercover Videos Roil Planned Parenthood, and Us (1952)

EDITORIAL: Let us all unite in prayer Friday, July 31, at 3pm for all who are suffering because of the culture in death in the United States.

07/31/2015 Comments (1)
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Since Roe v. Wade made abortion the law of the land, its supporters have found many ways to spin the disturbing truth that the procedure destroys human life.

Unborn children have been dismissed as “products of conception.” And those who disagree with these talking points are accused of confusing religious beliefs with science, as then-Sen. Barack Obama argued, during a 2007 address at a Planned Parenthood event. 

Just last fall, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, launched a new campaign to neutralize the “stigma” associated with abortion. Richards made an example of herself, by acknowledging her own decision to abort her child in an October 2014...READ MORE

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Cardinal O'Malley: Planned Parenthood’s Organ Harvesting Disrespects Human Dignity (1224)

The Boston archbishop commented in the context of the latest undercover videos documenting the abortion provider’s trade in fetal tissue.

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Dr. Savita Ginde, vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, discusses her preference for 'per-item' payments for harvested fetal organs.

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WASHINGTON — The Archbishop of Boston on Wednesday lamented the harvesting of fetal organs, which is at the center of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the practice, as a failure to respect human dignity.

“The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society,” Cardinal Sean O'Malley said July 29. “The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues through abortion.”

“Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, cardinal sean o'malley, catholic news agency, center for medical progress, fetal tissue trade, organ harvesting, planned parenthood

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