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The Naturalness of Marriage (2998)


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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 (2461)

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.

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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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Iraqi to ISIS: I'm Christian and Ready to Die; Bible Verses to Help Survive Game Day and More! (8583)

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The Papacy of Blessed Paul VI (4807)


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Pope Paul VI’s life of heroic virtue will be recognized by the Church in his beatification Sunday at the Vatican.

While he is perhaps best known for his decisive 1968 encyclical on the regulation of birth, Humanae Vitae, he will also be remembered as a man of prodigious gifts who was burdened by the cultural and ecclesial tumult the Church faced during his 15-year papacy.

Giovanni Battista Montini was born in the village of Concesio, Brescia, in northern Italy in 1897, the son of a lawyer who was active in lay Catholic circles. The future pope was ordained to the priesthood in 1920, but, because his diplomatic gifts were apparent at this young age, he spent virtually no time in parish...READ MORE

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A Century of Masses (2064)

Pope St. John Paul II Designated the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis as a Basilica

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It was October 1914. World War I was under way in Eastern Europe, the Schoenstatt movement, a lay Catholic apsotolate, was born in Germany, and in St. Louis, the first Mass was celebrated at the archdiocese's new cathedral.

The first Mass at this magnificent new church was offered on Oct. 18, 1914.  Interestingly, this was the same day that the cornerstone was laid to commence construction of this new cathedral in 1908.

"We don't know much surrounding the first Mass," said Nicole Heerlein, communications specialist for the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis. “We can assume it was a large affair and probably very holy and ceremonial. Bishop John J. Hennessy, former pastor of St. John's...READ MORE

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Is the Democrats’ ‘War on Women’ Rhetoric Backfiring in 2014? (4491)

Some candidates continue to make their Republican opponents’ pro-life convictions their central campaign theme, but such claims may be losing traction with voters.

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DENVER — Democrats in key races throughout the country want voters to know they favor abortion rights and birth control, claiming their Republican opponents would ban them as part of a “war on women.”

The mantra has become the key Democratic strategy in Iowa, North Carolina, Arkansas, Alaska and Colorado, where close Senate races threaten to cost Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.

The pro-abortion “war on women” dialogue has worked for Democrats in the past, but polling increasingly indicates the message may fail this year. In fact, say political strategists, it appears to have backfired as November’s elections draw near.

“We’re finding that even women who are stridently pro-choice on...READ MORE

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African Cardinal: Pressure Groups Lobbying to Change Church Teaching (4250)

Cardinal Sarah said media reports about homosexual unions are ‘an attempt to push the Church’ to change its doctrine.

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VATICAN CITY — Inaccurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family’s midterm relatio was released are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has said.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, emphasized to CNA Oct. 16 that “what has been published by the media about homosexual unions is an attempt to push the Church [to change] her doctrine.”

“The Church has never judged homosexual persons, but homosexual behavior and homosexual unions are grave deviations of sexuality,” said the cardinal, who is from the West-African...READ MORE

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Pediatrics Group Urges IUDs, Hormonal Implants for Teen Girls (3778)

But many doctors suggest the new guidelines overlook many consequences that could occur as a result.

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Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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PITTSBURGH — According to some medical authorities, parents struggling to help girls grow up sexually healthy and strong may now have a surprising person working against them: their child’s own pediatrician.

In an updated policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends long-acting contraception (such as intrauterine devices or contraceptive rods implanted into girls’ arms) as the “pillar” for reducing teen-pregnancy rates in the United States.    

Promoters of birth control were enthusiastic about the new guidelines.

“I’m so happy about this,” said physician Ana Radovic, who runs a family-planning clinic for women and girls ages 12 to 21 in Pittsburgh. “This will give...READ MORE

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