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When Good Catholics are Bad People, When I Met Pope Francis and Saw Him Burn with Joy and Much More! (2831)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/20/2014 Comment

Click on When Good Catholics Are Bad People by John McNichol of Catholic Stand link to read more.

When Good Catholics Are Bad People by John McNichol of Catholic Stand – BigPulpit.com

When I Met Pope Francis and Saw Him Burn with Joy - Austen Ivereigh

Different Strokes: A Matter of Style – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

The So-Called “Francis Problem” - Father Mark Pilon, The Catholic Thing

Houston Lesbian Mayor’s Inquisition of Pastors by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic – BigPulpit.com

Saint Francis and the Imitation of Christ – Ivan Gobry, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How Sinners Became Saints through Spiritual Reading – Lorraine Espenhair, Seton Magazine

Push for Paperless and Revisiting Used Book Stores – Father James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic World Report Blog

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Everything You Want to Know about Angels, Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets, Heavenly Signs and More! (1942)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2014 Comment

Click on Everything You Want to Know About Angels link to read more.

Everything You Want to Know About Angels - BigPulpit.com

What Pope Francis can do for the Christians of the Middle East – John L. Allen Jr., Crux

Signs From Heaven – Victoria Gisondi, Catholic Stand

The Challenge of the Church's Social Magisterium - Randall Smith PhD, of The Catholic Thing

Martyrs Read Joel Osteen Tweets by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Caring for the Elderly – Luis Daniel Gonzalez, Catholic365.com

Evil vs. Good: Time for Everyone to Choose Sides Larry Peterson – BigPulpit.com

Distributism Basics: Distributism versus Christian Socialism - David W. Cooney, Ethika Politika

Go Home and Love Your Family – Rachana Chhin, Ignitum Today


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The Courage of Pope Paul VI (8623)

How a pope’s controversial encyclical led me to the Catholic Church.

10/19/2014 Comments (34)

When I was first exploring Catholicism after a life of atheism, it never occurred to me that I would accept the Church’s teachings against artificial contraception. Like most other people of my generation, I understood contraception to be a universal good. From high-school health classes to messages in popular media, I was bombarded with the message that the pill and similar methods of birth control were essential components of a good and free life, especially for women.

A few months into my conversion journey, I found myself bedridden due to a medical condition. To pass the time, I had printed out a stack of documents I’d found online that discussed that crazy Catholic teaching against...READ MORE

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Playing by ‘The Rule’ (1517)

New documentary chronicles a Benedictine success story at a Newark prep school.

10/19/2014 Comments (1)
Courtesy of Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno

BLESSED BY A MONK. Students receive a blessing by a Benedictine monk at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J.

– Courtesy of Jerome and Marylou Bongiorno

NEWARK, N.J. — After race riots tore Newark, N.J., apart in the summer of 1967, nothing in the city was ever the same again.

White flight and the declining industrial base were already causing a drastic rise in poverty levels and civil unrest.

When a black man was beaten by police following a minor traffic violation, the city exploded. Twenty-six people died, 725 were injured, and Newark burned.

It never really recovered. Approximately one-third of the population now lives below the poverty line. It has the seventh-highest crime rate in the United States. Its political history is mostly notable for its corruption and fractiousness. Thousands of at-risk youth crowd a school system that...READ MORE

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Synod’s Final Report Shows Nuance on Divorce, Homosexuality (5727)


10/18/2014 Comments (18)

VATICAN — The synod’s final report, released Oct. 18, presents substantial changes with respect to the much-discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried.

The final report was voted on, paragraph by paragraph, by the synod fathers; and, by Pope Francis’ choice, the result of each poll has been publicized, thus showing a glimpse into the synod fathers’ thought.

Though all the paragraphs gained a majority of votes, not all of them reached the super majority of two-thirds, which is required for official approval.

With 181 voting synod fathers (out of 193), a simple majority is 93, while the super majority is reached at 123 votes.

Speaking...READ MORE

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Synod Fathers Approve Summary of Final Message (2211)

A more detailed report of the document will be published after another round of discussion.

10/18/2014 Comments (7)
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Pope Francis prays as he opens the morning session of the synod on the family Oct. 18 at the Vatican.

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VATICAN — The final message of the third Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family has been praised for its emphasis on the beauty and joy of the family, the quality of its “stimulating” content and its synthesis of the main issues.

Critics, however, have said the message, published on the eve of the final day of the two-week ecclesial gathering, sends out “weak and ambiguous” signals on the Church’s positions on sexual morality.

The three-and-a-half-page document, which was approved by 158 out of 174 synod fathers, serves as a short summary of the synod. The final, more detailed report (relatio sinodali) is expected to be published shortly after synod fathers vote on the document...READ MORE

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The Naturalness of Marriage (1084)


10/18/2014 Comment

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“The friendship between man and wife,” wrote Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics, “seems inherently in us by nature. For man is by nature more inclined to live in couples than to live as a social and political being.”

The essential point he is making here, which is in danger of being lost in the modern world, is that marriage is fundamentally natural rather than political. In his Politics, Aristotle reinforces this statement when he states that “man is an animal more inclined by nature to connubial than political society.”

Aristotle was a meticulous student of nature. And as a philosopher, he knew how to place things in their proper order. He understood, therefore, that marriage — with...READ MORE

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Synod's Final Message Affirms Uniqueness, Indissolubility and Endurance of Conjugal Love (1674)

In their message to the faithful, the synod fathers praised the life-giving love between a man and a woman, which, despite many challenges, endures through the grace given by God in the sacrament of marriage.

10/18/2014 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY  — In their message to the faithful, the synod fathers praised the life-giving love between a man and a woman, which, despite many challenges, endures through the grace given by God in the sacrament of marriage.

“Such love, of its nature, strives to be forever to the point of laying down one’s life for the beloved. In this light, conjugal love, which is unique and indissoluble, endures despite many difficulties,” the Oct. 18 message read.

This love, it continued, “is one of the most beautiful of all miracles and the most common.”

Synod fathers for the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family released their message to the people of God...READ MORE

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