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The Dogmas of Secularism (7462)

Book Pick of Benjamin Wiker’s Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion.

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Worshipping the State:

How Liberalism Became Our State Religion

By Benjamin Wiker

Regnery Publishing, 2013

256 pages, Hardcover: $20.76

To order: barnesandnoble.com

 

In Worshipping the State, author Benjamin Wiker takes the reader to school in the best sense of that phrase. Written with professorial exactness and supporting footnotes, the book expertly chronicles the perennial tension between state and religious interests. And in doing so, it provides the historical perspective to better understand the current rise in what the book describes as “radical secularism.”

Wiker posits that today’s secular culture has its pedigree in the materialistic pagan world, which...READ MORE

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The Salvation History of Facial Hair, 12 Tips for Making Advent a More Spiritual Season and More! (3525)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/30/2013 Comment

The Salvation History of Facial Hair. Follow the link by Melissa Keating of Focus Blog to read more.

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12 Tips for Making Advent a More Spiritual Season – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

10 Christians Who Changed My Spiritual Life, Pt. 3 – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Support a FOCUS Missionary & Help Change the World – George Weigel, Aleteia

NYC Cabbie Thankful for the E. F. Mass, Sad for Dead Baby – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

The Liturgy, Beauty, and the New Evangelization - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Firm Under Persecution: St. Cuthbert Mayne – Robert Shaffern, Crisis Magazine

The Traditional Mass & the Christian East – Byz Pulpit

Gimme Shelter: New Pro-Life Film Coming to...READ MORE

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Plan to Relocate U.S. Embassy to Vatican Follows Recent Trend (10443)

Britain tried to downgrade its diplomatic presence in 2006, Ireland closed its embassy entirely, and Canada has had no ambassador for more than a year.

11/29/2013 Comments (27)
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The current U.S. Mission to the Holy See in Rome.

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VATICAN CITY — Does the Obama administration’s plan to relocate the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See within the grounds of the American Embassy to Italy signify a downgrade in U.S.-Vatican ties?

According to the State Department, the answer is a predictable and emphatic “No.”

“Security is our top priority in making this move,” wrote Shawn Casey Nov. 27 on Dipnote, an official State Department site. The new premises, he argued, will be “safer, bigger and architecturally more appealing. It also is slightly closer to Vatican City.”

With the shift slated for completion by January 2015, the administration is at pains to point out that it has no plans to close the Holy See Embassy, as some...READ MORE

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Minnesota Diocese to Launch ‘Year of Marriage’ (2211)

In the wake of the state’s legalization of same-sex ‘marriage,’ the Diocese of Crookston is dedicating the year to a renewed understanding of authentic marriage.

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CROOKSTON, Minn. — In the wake of Minnesota legalizing same-sex “marriage” earlier in 2013, the Diocese of Crookston will begin a year dedicated to a renewed appreciation and a better understanding of married life.

Amanda Zurface, the diocese’s coordinator of marriage, family life and evangelization, described the outreach as an “opportunity for many to heal from the difficulties and challenges of this past year.”

The 12-month initiative aims to help locals “grow, and even be challenged to better understand the truth, the joy and beauty of the meaning and importance of marriage, human sexuality and family life — all without a timeline to follow and a vote to be cast at the end,” she...READ MORE

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Vatican Launches Health-Care Initiative for Syrian Refugee Children (1949)

The president and secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum will travel to Lebanon Dec. 4-8 to seek additional ways of assisting victims.

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VATICAN CITY — The Pontifical Council Cor Unum has collaborated with other Catholic organizations in order to arrange a special mission that will provide basic medicines needed for the care of refugee children in Lebanon.

“The children need more specially medicine and schools, you know, because they have left the country, and [there are] no schools or no medicine, and many are very traumatized, so we have to help them psychologically,” Cardinal Robert Sarah told CNA in a Nov. 27 interview.

Cardinal Sarah, originally from French Guinea, is the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which was created by Pope Paul VI in 1971 and oversees the promotion of charity in the wake of...READ MORE

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Year of Faith Gives Way to the Future (2718)

The events of the past year moved parishes in dioceses from coast to coast forward in their faith.

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BALTIMORE — The Year of Faith has come to an end, but Church workers across the United States say the years ahead will reveal how the seeds of faith that were planted will give way to new energies of evangelization for the Church in the United States.

“The Year of Faith really opened the minds and hearts of many Catholics that ‘a lot more needs to take place in my own formation,’” said Peter Murphy, executive director for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis. “Formation is a lifelong process, and the Year of Faith reminded us that we can’t become complacent.”

Murphy said Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), has...READ MORE

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Miraculous Stories in the Life of Padre Pio, Sociological Effects of the Liturgy and Much More! (3948)

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Miraculous Stories in the Life of Padre Pio. Follow the link by the Mystics of the Church website to read more.

Miraculous Stories in the Life of Padre Pio by the Mystics of the Church website - BigPulpit.com

Sociological Effects of the Liturgy – Ben Yanke, New Liturgical Movement

Male & Female He Created Them – Autumn Jones, Catholic Stand

J. F. Powers & the Missing Catholic Subculture – Russell Shaw, The CWR Blog

Pope Francis 24/7 – BigPulpit.com

Surmounting the Faceless, Ominous Ramparts of Modernism – Enzo G. Selvaggi, Regina Magazine

Stop Pushing Boundaries - Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age – Dr. Jeff Mirus, On the Culture

What to Do About a Cold Spiritual Life - Mary Kaufmann, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Man Going into...READ MORE

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Pope: Persecution and Attacks on Religion Are ‘Prophetic’ (5637)

In his daily homily Nov. 28, the Holy Father reflected on the end times, forecasting that faith increasingly will be driven from the public square.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily, Pope Francis reflected on the end times, saying that faith will be increasingly pushed out of the public square and that persecution of Christians is a “prophecy” of what is to come.

The Pope directed his comments to those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's St. Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass on Nov. 28.

Reflecting on the day's reading, taken from the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus speaks of the trials and tribulations that will precede the end times, the Holy Father explained that, when the Lord refers to this in another passage, “he tells us that it will be a desecration of the Temple.”

It will be “a profanation of the faith, of the...READ MORE

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