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Pope Prays That Christians Avoid ‘Road of Corruption’ (3338)

The Pope prays that God would grant Christians the grace to ‘walk in the paths of holiness’ as they seek sanctity in their own lives.

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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience on May 22.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday warned about corrupt Christians who think they are “strong” and “independent of God,” emphasizing that Catholics should instead take saints as their models.

“How bad are the corrupt in the Christian community! May the Lord deliver us from sliding down this road of corruption,” the Pope said in his June 3 homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta residence in Vatican City.

Attendees at the Mass included priests and collaborators of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Cardinal Angelo Amato, who heads the congregation, concelebrated the Mass.

Pope Francis distinguished between saints, sinners and “corrupt persons” in a reflection on the...READ MORE

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Mobile Ultrasound Aims to Reach Abortion-Vulnerable Women (2286)

The new ultrasound unit, housed in a large recreational vehicle, aims to provide free ultrasounds in zip codes with a high proportion of women more likely to undergo abortions.

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Life Choices' new ultrasound RV parked in Denver on May 31.

– Kevin Jones/CNA

DENVER — A network of pro-life pregnancy centers in Colorado is the latest to take to the streets with a mobile ultrasound unit that it hopes will help women choose life and reject abortion.

“We want to go to where the women are in their daily routines. Instead of waiting for women to find us, we’ll find them,” said Rick Thielen, executive director of the Longmont, Colo.-based Life Choices.

“We’ll meet them where they are and hopefully show them that what they are really carrying is life and isn’t just a mass of tissue, as pop culture wants to tell them.”

Life Choices’ new ultrasound unit, housed in a large recreational vehicle, aims to provide free ultrasounds in zip codes with a...READ MORE

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Delaware Abortionist Deemed ‘Danger to the Public’ (3231)

Pro-life leader said the U.S. abortion industry is wrought with abuse and unsanitary conditions.

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DOVER, Del. — The Delaware State Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has filed a complaint against local abortionist Timothy Liveright for unsafe and unsanitary conditions in his facility.

During this year alone, Liveright’s procedures at his Planned Parenthood business have sent five women to the emergency room, prompting the board to label him a “clear and immediate danger to the public.”

Two of Liveright’s former employees, Joyce Vasikonis and Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, testified before the Delaware state Senate citing “meat-market style assembly-line abortions” as the reason they quit their jobs.

Vasikonis said the clinic was using instruments on patients that were not...READ MORE

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Does Dawkins Understand Fractions? 'Lauda Sion: My First Chant; Fall in Love Again and More! (2258)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Does Richard Dawkins Understand Fractions. Follow the link by Dr. Bob Drury of the Have No Wine blog to read more.

Does Richard Dawkins Understand Fractions by Dr. Bob Drury of the Have No Wine blog - BigPulpit.com

Lauda Sion: My First Chant - Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Is Baptism Really Necessary? - Godwin Delali Adadzie, Catholic Stand

Fall in Love . . . Again - Mike Eisenbath, Catholic Lane

Priest of the Lusitania – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Our New Holy Father Does Not Lack Steel - Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald

How does Cloistering Serve God at the Highest Level – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Brick By Brick: New Extraordinary Form Mass in a Small Town - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Quest to Keep Africa Pro-Life – Leila Miller, Little Catholic...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Archdiocese Announces 24 Parishes to Merge (1931)

The archdiocese said the mergers were driven by factors including demographic change, a decrease in Mass attendance, a lack of priests to staff the parishes and ‘increasing economic challenges.’

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Archbishop Charles Chaput at the March for Life in Washington.

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PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday announced the merger of 24 parishes into 10, saying the changes will “ultimately strengthen parish communities.”

“It is hoped that the result will be revitalized parishes throughout the archdiocese that are better equipped to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of future generations,” the archdiocese said June 2.

Parishioners at the merging parishes were told about the changes at weekend Masses and in mailed letters. Archbishop Charles Chaput approved of the changes, which were recommended by the archdiocese’s strategic planning committee.

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A Closer Look at ‘Breadwinner Moms’ (4724)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Are the findings of the new Pew study really something to celebrate?

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Front page of the May 29 edition of the Washington Express.

WASHINGTON — “A liberated woman,” feminist icon Gloria Steinem once remarked, “is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”

The comment managed to conflate the loose mores of the sexual revolution with the gender-neutral utopia beloved of the women’s movement.

Today, 21st-century feminists still chase the dream of interchangeable roles for men and women at work and home, and they point to “reproductive rights” as the gateway to a more equitable world.

That’s one reason why women’s-rights groups pressed the White House to include contraception and sterilization in its list of mandated “preventive services” authorized under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

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Church Architecture and Tradition, Is Inculturation an Excuse for Pop Music at Mass and Much More! (3319)

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Why is the Catholic Church Weak? Follow the link by Mum of Saint Etheldreda’s Place blog to read more.

Why is the Catholic Church Weak? by Mum of Saint Etheldreda’s Place blog - BigPulpit.com

Is Inculturation an Excuse for Pop Music at Mass – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Crisis Magazine

Dude, It’s the Holy Mass! Get Your Hands Out of Your Pocket - David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Church Architecture: Meaning & Uses of Term ‘Tradition’ – Mark Wilson, Catholic Lane

A Win-Lose for Desecrating the Eucharist? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

In All Things, Charity – Jim Blackburn, Catholic Answers

Are the Great Churches Becoming Relics? - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

From Prison to PhD to Conversion – Scott Woltze, Thou Wilt Turn

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Abortion and Population Control Highlighted at Global Women’s Conference (4130)

Melinda Gates, Frances Kissling, Peter Singer and late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart were among the featured speakers at last week’s ‘Women Deliver’ conference in Malaysia.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A global conference about women and girls’ reproductive rights and health last week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, called in the largest in a decade, featured dozens of pro-abortion speakers.

The roster of featured speakers included: Microsoft billionairess Melinda Gates, self-proclaimed Catholic crusader for universal birth control; late-term “partial-birth” abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who was portrayed as a “defender of human rights”; "Catholics for Free Choice" founder Frances Kissling, who called pregnancy “unnatural” and likened it to “hosting an alien”; and Princeton ethicist and infanticide advocate Peter Singer, who compared women and children to cows and...READ MORE

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