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The Disturbing Line Hillary Clinton Quoted from Her Favorite Book and Why It Matters, and Much More! (3756)

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07/29/2015 Comment

Click on The Disturbing Line Hillary Clinton Quoted from Her Favorite Book and Why It Matters by Matthew Becklo of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

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Pope Francis, Capitalism, and the Tradition of Catholic Social Teaching – Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

The Silence of Christ – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Summer Reading List – George Weigel, The CWR Blog

True Measure of Home Value – Dawn Carpenter, Catholic Stand

Quæritur: Can I Attend This Invalid Wedding? – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

Resolving a Bible Difficulty: What Happened at St. Paul’s Conversion? – Jimmy Akin, Catholic Answers

The Dogmas and Failure of Rational Atheism – Carl E. Olson, Strange Notions

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'Shadow Council' Pushes Acceptance of Contraception, Homosexual Unions (8316)

NEWS ANALYSIS: This ‘narrative theology,’ based on lived experience — and the consequences of adopting it — is the real news of the May 25 closed-door meeting in Rome.

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Lee Pellegrini, courtesy of Boston College Chronicle

Jesuit Father Alain Thomasset

– Lee Pellegrini, courtesy of Boston College Chronicle

ROME — A Catholic priest who participated in May’s closed-door meeting with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming synod on the family in October suggested that acts the Church considers intrinsically evil — contraception and homosexual activity — cannot be considered so, given the individual’s experience.

Jesuit Father Alain Thomasset was among approximately 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and select media representatives, who took part in the May 25 invitation-only gathering, at the behest of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier.

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Dialogue Not Death: Priest Calls for Discourse After Pakistan Suspends Asia Bibi’s Sentence (1808)

The Pakistani mother had been on death row for nearly five years, due to an accusation, which she denied, that she insulted Islam’s prophet Muhammad during an argument.

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Ashiq Mesih, the husband of Asia Bibi, meets with Pope Francis after the Holy Father's general audience on April 15.

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LAHORE, Pakistan — A Catholic priest in Pakistan has praised the nation’s Supreme Court for suspending the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, and has emphasized the importance of dialogue between Muslims and Christians.

“The Supreme Court of Pakistan has made a great move, as her death sentence was put aside,” Dominican Father James Channan said in a July 23 interview with the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. “I firmly believe that justice will be done, that she will be proven innocent and that she will be released.”

“The blasphemy law was used (in Bibi’s case) to settle a personal score — the accusation was an act of revenge,”...READ MORE

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After Edel; Spiritual Direction: For Saints and Sinners; Europe: A Land Without Love and Much More! (2011)

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07/29/2015 Comment

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The Boy Scouts Abandon Christian Roots – Richard Matthews, Crisis Magazine

Spiritual Direction: For Saints and Sinners – Lianna Mueller, Ignitum Today

Europe: A Land Without Love – Tom Jay, Crisis Magazine

The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love – Annie Deddens, Catholic Stand

Why Satan Hates the Brown Scapular – Philip Kosloski, Master the Art of Spiritual Combat

Dear Dr. Nucatola, You Can Change Your Life – Abby Johnson, Epic Pew

Solzhenitsyn Mourned Bastille Day, So Should All Christians – John Zmirak, The Stream

Catholic Politician Explains Why Abortion Politics Matter – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report


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New Video Delves Deeper Into Planned Parenthood’s Fetal-Tissue Trade (4049)

In the edited video released Tuesday, a former tissue-procurement company employee describes her horrific experience dissecting an aborted baby’s body parts at a Planned Parenthood facility.

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Holly O’Donnell, a former human tissue-procurement company employee, discusses her experiences in a Center for Medical Progress video released July 28.

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WASHINGTON — A wrenching testimony from a worker who extracted fetal tissue from aborted babies inside a Planned Parenthood facility shows the dark underbelly of the tissue trade.

In a video released Tuesday by the citizen journalist group Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a former phlebotomist — a medical technician who specializes in drawing blood samples — describes her horrific experience dissecting body parts of an aborted baby at a Planned Parenthood facility. She was procuring the tissue to be supplied to medical researchers. (WARNING: The video contains graphic content that many viewers would find disturbing.)

Holly O’Donnell, the “ex-procurement technician,” describes picking up...READ MORE

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Sad Day for BSA: Catholic Bishop, Parents React to 'New, Inclusive' Era of Scouting (4903)

The episcopal liaison for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting told the Register that Catholic participation could continue, if the Boy Scouts of America honor a pledge to let religious groups make their own decisions on the matter.

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A Boy Scout uniform hangs in a store at the Marin Council of the Boy Scouts of America on July 27 in San Rafael, Calif.

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IRVING, Texas — Churches and other religious organizations will determine whether or not to accept homosexual adults as leaders in chartered troops, packs and other Boy Scout units, now that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has removed its ban on homosexual adults from serving in leadership and volunteer positions throughout the organization.

Bishop Robert Guglielmone of Charleston, S.C., the episcopal liaison for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS), told the Register the NCCS was “cautiously optimistic” that Catholic organizations could still be involved with the BSA, so long as the policy on paper became the policy in practice.

“We have to look at how all this plays out,”...READ MORE

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The Death of God and the Loss of Human Dignity (9550)

COMMENTARY: ‘If there is no God, then human beings are dispensable — so why not trade the organs of infants for a nice Lamborghini?’

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Editor’s note: Bishop-Elect Barron’s article was written in advance of the third undercover video posted online today by the Center for Medical Progress. WARNING: This latest video contains graphic content that many viewers would find disturbing.


I am sure by now that many of you have seen the appalling hidden-camera videos of two Planned Parenthood physicians bantering cheerfully with interlocutors posing as prospective buyers of the body parts of aborted infants. While they slurp wine in elegant restaurants, the good doctors — both women — blandly talk about what price they would expect for providing valuable inner organs, and how the skillful abortionists of Planned Parenthood know...READ MORE

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How Can We See Christ in Criminals? (2509)

COMMENTARY: Catholic social teaching offers guidelines for responding to our current sprawling, technocratic justice system, where everyone suffers, and true justice seems rarely achieved.

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“I was in prison, and you visited me … and inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me.”

It’s interesting how easily this line (taken from Christ’s Parable of the Sheep and Goats in Matthew 25) can slide under our eyes almost unseen. It is somewhat distinctive from the rest, because everyone else Jesus identifies among “the least of these” might be seen as more unfortunate than guilty: the hungry, the sick and the stranger.

The prisoner, at least in our minds, is a guilty person. How do we see him as the personification of Christ?  What sort of treatment is warranted in his case?

For many of us, this question may not seem to have much immediate...READ MORE

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