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Five Catholic Poets You Should Know, How to Win the First Battle of Every Day and Much More! (3609)

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02/08/2015 Comments (1)

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How to Win the First Battle of Every Day – Philip Kosloski

Reactions That Perfectly Go With Every Mass You’ve Had – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

10 Most Australian Catholic Moments in History - Laura McAlister, Restless Press

Meet Doctor Bernard Nathanson, Famous Ex-Abortionist by Luke Arredondo of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Review of Dawn Eden’s Newest Book on the Joy in Chastity – William Doino Jr, First Things

How Will History Remember You? – Thomas Whittaker, Catholic Stand

The “Throwaway Culture” Has Arrived at Our Doorstep – Bishop Thomas Tobin, The Font

The Strange Notion of “Gay Celibacy” – Daniel...READ MORE

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Why Every Christian Should Exercise Regularly, Motherhood can be a Means of Redemption and More! (4354)

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Pope Francis Creates a New Sui Juris Church in Eritrea – Gregory DiPippo, The New Liturgical Movement

Motherhood’s Trials: A Means of Redemption – Suzan Sammons, One Peter 5

Women in the Liturgy; Women in the Church – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Russian Orthodox Jihad via The XX Committee - BigPulpit.com

Do the Eastern Orthodox Have a Doctrine of Development? – Taylor Marshall PhD

In Ukraine, Unity Must Begin with the Orthodox, Says Catholic Archbishop – Michael J. Miller, The CWR Blog

Who Invented the Horrible Idea of Women as Breeders? – Ulrich L....READ MORE

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The Half-Truths of Materialist Evolution (7993)

COMMENTARY: Scientific study of the brain’s evolution exposes the non sequitur of mind-less evolution.

02/06/2015 Comments (63)
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“The thing from which the world suffers just now more than any other evil,” wrote author and Catholic convert G.K. Chesterton, “is not the assertion of falsehood, but the endless and irrepressible repetition of half-truths.”

Jean-Paul Sartre emphasized freedom, but denied morality. Sigmund Freud stressed instinct, but suppressed the spiritual. Friedrich Nietzsche glorified the individual, but disdained the community. Karl Marx celebrated the community, but rejected the individual. Charles Darwin was enamored of empirical science, but excluded metaphysics.

It is an all-too common theme. Chesterton, himself, I am happy to note, was not speaking in half-truths.

More contemporaneously,...READ MORE

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As Slovakia Vote Looms Tomorrow, Pope Backs Traditional Marriage (2885)

Greeting Slovakian pilgrims earlier this week, the Holy Father encouraged their continuing efforts ‘in defense of the family, the vital cell of society.’

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A couple newly married by Pope Francis receives Communion in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sept. 14, 2014.

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VATICAN CITY — With Slovaks set to hit the polls for tomorrow’s national referendum on marriage, Pope Francis used this week’s general audience as a chance to encourage voters in defending the sacrament’s traditional definition.

“I greet the pilgrims from Slovakia, and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Slovak Church, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society,” the Pope told pilgrims at his Feb. 4 general audience.

The Pope’s declaration in defense of the family falls just days before Slovakians will vote for the third time on whether or not same-sex unions should be legalized in the country.

After the...READ MORE

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St. John Paul II’s Seven Lessons for Statesmen (and Sinners) (3624)

In his William E. Simon lecture Feb. 4, George Weigel said that John Paul II’s wisdom in statecraft offers a model for today.

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George Weigel delivers the 2015 William E. Simon lecture Feb. 4 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — St. John Paul II’s pontificate offers seven valuable lessons on exercising prudence in the modern world, according to the saint’s Witness to Hope biographer.

“No pope, going back to St. Peter, gets everything right,” said George Weigel, director of Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), a Washington think tank dedicated to “applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy.”

Asked Weigel, “So what does it mean for a pope to exercise prudence in a heroic and exemplary way?”

Weigel was delivering the William E. Simon lecture at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Feb. 4 called: “St. John Paul II: Lessons for Statesmen...READ MORE

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Awaiting an Ecology Encyclical, Many Seek Pope Francis’ Support (3486)

Among the suitors is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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VATICAN CITY — In view of the much anticipated encyclical on ecology, countries, agencies and even industries are seeking papal support in advance of the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference, being held in Paris in December.

During his Jan. 15 in-flight press conference from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Pope Francis said, “I will take a week of March, an entire week, to complete it. I believe that, by the end of March, it will be finished and sent out for translation. I think that if the work of translation goes well … it can come out in June or July. The important thing is that there be a bit of time between the issuing of the encyclical and the meeting in Paris, so that it can make a...READ MORE

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Archbishop Romero’s Witness a ‘Slap in the Face’ to Self-Centered Society (3000)

The postulator for the martyr's cause said Archbishop Romero dedicated his ministry to defending the poorest and weakest.

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Archbishop Oscar Romero meets with young people in El Salvador in this undated file photo.

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VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s cause for beatification, said the martyr’s life was a chastisement of modern societies in which individuals focus on themselves.

“He was a bishop who dedicated his episcopal ministry, rather, his own life, to helping, relieving and defending those who are poorest and who are weakest, and [it’s] like a slap in the face to a contemporary society folded in on itself, each individual interested in his own well-being,” Archbishop Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told CNA Feb. 4.

Archbishop Paglia had just participated in a press briefing held the day after Pope Francis authorized...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Catechism for Economics (10450)

COMMENTARY: The Gospel provides practical implications for an economy that upholds the dignity of human persons.

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In a Jan. 11 interview with the Italian journal La Stampa, Pope Francis spoke again and at some length about issues regarding the economy. From his words, in clear continuity with his predecessors, we can deduce five practical implications.

The core problem with our economy, according to Pope Francis: “When money, instead of man, is at the center of the system, when money becomes an idol, men and women are reduced to simple instruments of a social and economic system.”

When we idolize money, our economy is reduced to a consumerist outlook dedicated to the pursuit of material things, which “sustains itself through a culture of waste”: waste of time, waste of God’s creation and waste of...READ MORE

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