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Atheist Identifies Problem with Same-Sex 'Marriage'; Videos to Warm the Soul and More! (3324)

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05/21/2013 Comment

Atheist Identifies Problem with Same-Sex ‘Marriage’. Follow the link by C. E. Olson to read more.

Atheist Identifies Problem with Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ by C. E. Olson - BigPulpit.com

9 Videos that Warm the Catholic Soul - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Why I Love M*A*S*H - Burke Ingraffia, Ignitum Today

Oh, Chastity Is Too Hard? Man Up! - Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Marriage Prep Classes Don’t Teach You How to Fight - Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

Help! My Children Aren’t Catholic Anymore! – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Why a Kid Can Demolish Materialism - Stacy Trasancos PhD

My Retirement From Blogging, New Chapter for NLM – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

I. R. S. Targets Catholic Critics of Obama Regime – Stephen M. Krason, Cris Magazine

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Congressman Moves to Halt Late-Term Abortions Nationwide (5147)

After the Kermit Gosnell case, even pro-abortion-rights leaders admit that a limit to late-term abortion is worth discussing.

05/21/2013 Comments (9)

Rep. Trent Franks, R - Ariz.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Trent Franks, R- Ariz., has vowed to expand the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act to the whole country, outlawing the abortion of unborn infants that can feel pain, or unborn children more than 20 weeks old.

“Knowingly subjecting our innocent unborn children to dismemberment in the womb, particularly when they have developed to the point that they can feel excruciating pain every terrible moment leading up to their undeserved deaths, belies everything America was called to be,” Franks said in a statement. “This is not who we are.”

The bill was reintroduced on May 17, following its initial introduction in 2012. The original version of the legislation only...READ MORE

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Cloning Shows Science Must Dialogue With Philosophy (2195)

While the aim of the research was good (to produce stem cells for therapies), it required an objective evil (the destruction of human beings).

05/21/2013 Comments (6)
Nissim Benvenisty (CC by 2.5).

Embryonic stem cells

– Nissim Benvenisty (CC by 2.5).

PORTLAND, Ore. — The recent production of stem cells from cloned human embryos has prompted a researcher to consider the need for scientists to take other disciplines into account before engaging their work.

“Scientists ... do not consider bioethical issues to be issues at all; they don’t see the bioethical argument or any philosophical argument,” Massimo Bionaz, assistant professor of animal sciences at Oregon State University, told Catholic News Agency May 17.

The May issue of the journal Cell included a paper from scientists at Oregon Health and Science University announcing they have produced embryonic stem cells by transferring the DNA of a human skin cell into a human egg to...READ MORE

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Rome University Launches Course on Liturgical Music (2973)

The two-year program will be divided into three main topics: liturgy, music and theology.

05/21/2013 Comment

Father Jordi Piqué, dean of the Pontifical University of Saint Anselmo's liturgical institute

VATICAN CITY — A pontifical university in Rome has launched a master’s program in Gregorian chant and the use of the organ at Mass so as to build unity among Catholics worldwide.

“The most important thing is that music, when it is truly liturgical, creates community,” Father Jordi Piqué, dean of the Pontifical University of Saint Anselmo’s liturgical institute, said May 20.

“When one hears a Mass that is sung or the organ interpreting a beautiful melody, it’s never individualistic; it’s always as a group,” he added, speaking at the Benedictine abbey where the university is located.

Father Piqué, who plays the organ, is from the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat, Spain, and was named...READ MORE

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Global Rosary Relay to Encourage Prayer for Priests (1786)

Participants in the relay will say a Rosary at a scheduled time for one half hour to thank God for priests

05/21/2013 Comment

Msgr. Ralph Heskett leads the Rosary with the Blessed Sacrament exposed on June 15, 2012.

NEW YORK — The Global Rosary Relay for Priests’ fourth annual event will take place June 7, providing an opportunity for worldwide prayer to support priests in their ministry.

“It’s unifying the whole world. It really is a very beautiful way for the laity to offer this spiritual bouquet of thanksgiving for our priests,” Marion Mulhall, founder and CEO of the event organizer WorldPriest, told EWTN News May 20.

“Our Lady has hugely blessed us. It was her inspiration. It is her Rosary,” Mulhall said. “It is her priests that we’re praying for on this Rosary.”

Participants in the relay will say a Rosary at a scheduled time for one half hour to thank God for priests and to ask the Virgin...READ MORE

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Highlights and Concerns From Graduations Across the Country (5188)

Catholic colleges’ 2013 commencement speakers brought responses ranging from praise for Cardinal Dolan at Notre Dame and criticism for Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at Boston College.

05/20/2013 Comments (11)
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For graduation ceremonies, the outlook was a bit brighter than in recent years, as many Catholic colleges and universities chose as commencement speakers high-profile Catholics who are exemplars of the faith.

Among them are Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.; Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at Regis College in Weston, Mass.; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.; Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.; Colleen Carroll Campbell at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; and George Weigel at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in...READ MORE

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Cleveland Kidnapping Horrors Focus Attention on Laws Protecting Unborn Children (4842)

Alleged kidnapper Ariel Castro could face the death penalty for inducing miscarriages in one of the women he victimized.

05/20/2013 Comments (6)
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Ariel Castro

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CLEVELAND — The horrific case of Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and keeping them hostage in his basement for more than a decade, is inadvertently casting a new spotlight on federal and state laws that extend legal protections to unborn children.

Prosecutors said Castro, 52, may face the death penalty, in part because he allegedly induced miscarriages in one of the women he allegedly raped. Prosecutors say Castro impregnated one victim, Michelle Knight, five times and ended her pregnancies by starving her and punching her repeatedly in the stomach.

Ohio state law recognizes forced miscarriage as a punishable crime. The state’s aggravated murder...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Ties Mass With Church Movements to First Pentecost (3723)

'Always carry the power of the Gospel!' the Holy Father encouraged May 19.

05/20/2013 Comments (1)
CNA/Stephen Driscoll

– CNA/Stephen Driscoll

VATICAN CITY — St. Peter’s Square was transformed into an open-air Upper Room, Pope Francis said after he celebrated Pentecost with Church movements.

“This celebration of faith is about to end, which began yesterday with the vigil and culminated this morning in the Eucharist.”

“A renewed Pentecost that has transformed St. Peter's Square into an open-air Cenacle,” Pope Francis said May 19 before reciting the Regina Coeli Marian prayer with around 200,000 pilgrims.

His brief reflection prior to the prayer recapped his main message for the Mass, which was that the Holy Spirit brings “newness, harmony and mission” to the lives of Christians.

He saw newness in the pilgrims reliving...READ MORE

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