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Harboring the Harborless: A Tradition Both Ennobling and Bedeviling (11465)

Connecting the Dots: A Register Series on the Corporal Works of Mercy

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Detail 'The Works of Mercy' (1504) by The Master of Alkmaar

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One of the most exasperating bits of exegetical trendiness to afflict first-world Catholics for the past 30 years or so has been the endless recirculation, like a bad penny, of the “True Meaning of the Miracles of the Loaves and Fishes” homily. It goes like this:

Jesus found himself in the wilderness with a crowd of 5,000 people who were two millennia less smart than we suburban Americans. When people started getting hungry, Jesus took five loaves and two fishes and gave them to a couple of people around him. Suddenly, inspired by a wave of warm fuzziness emanating from this gesture, everybody remembered the picnic baskets they had tucked away in the folds of their robes and started...READ MORE

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A Fading Religious Landscape (3611)

Father C. John McCloskey recommends Joseph Bottums’ An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of America.

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An Anxious Age

The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America

By Joseph Bottum

320 pages, $25 (hardcover)

Image Books, 2014

To order: imagecatholicbooks.com


Joseph Bottum, the former editor of First Things magazine and a top-flight observer of the American religious scene, has written an intriguing book entitled An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America.

This book is not an easy read, but worth the trouble in order to understand the collapse of America as a largely Protestant country with a Catholic minority. In its place, we see a nation that seems to be following the once largely Christian Europe into what one can call practical atheism, i.e.,...READ MORE

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Why Fulton Sheen? Why Now? Regard Every Man As Better Than You; 10 Ways to Grow in Prayer and More! (3195)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Why Fulton Sheen? Why Now? by Emily C. Hurt of Ignitum Today link to read more.

Why Fulton Sheen? Why Now? by Emily C. Hurt of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

How to Receive Christ With Love – John A. Kane, Catholic Exchange

Regard Every Man As Better Than You - Jason Liske, Catholic Stand

10 Ways To Grow in Prayer – Fr. Ed Broom, Catholic Exchange

Pope Francis to Parents: Do You Make Time for Your Children? - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Are We in the Midst of a Golden Age of the Papacy? – Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

Navigating the New Evangelization, Book Review - Debbie, Saints 365

Online Education Fulfills Catholics: Catholic Distance University - Marianne Evans Mount, OSV Newsweekly

When Father Is a Wound – Beatrice Fedor, Catholic Lane

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Theology of the Body: ‘The Good News That the Church Has for the Modern World’ (5780)

TOB Congress Shows How St. John Paul II’s Teaching Applies to Everyone

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Father Michael Gaitley addresses the 2014 Theology of the Body Congress.

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Focused on Pope St. John Paul II’s far-reaching catechesis best known for its teaching on sexuality and marriage, the Theology of the Body Congress, held last week in Philadelphia, brought to the forefront issues likely to be discussed at two upcoming Church meetings on the family: the Synod of Bishops in October and the Eighth World Meeting of Families in 2015.

While teaching on the male-female relationship within marriage continues to hold importance, the congress attendees and presenters also shared how they are applying the theology of the body (TOB) teaching of St. John Paul II in many other areas of life and how the catechesis provides an accessible gateway to the Gospel and Church...READ MORE

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Pope Deplores Loss of Life in Malaysian Plane Crash (3618)

Holy Father offers prayers and plea for peace

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Friday offered prayers for the victims of Thursday’s Malaysian passenger-plane tragedy in eastern Ukraine, urging all parties involved in the country’s conflict to work for peace.

“The Holy Father Francis has learned with dismay of the tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft downed in east Ukraine, a region marked by high tensions,” a July 18 statement from the Vatican read.

“He raises prayers for the numerous victims of the incident, and for their relatives, and renews his heartfelt appeal to all parties in the conflict to seek peace and solutions through dialogue, in order to avoid further loss of innocent human lives.”

According to CNN, a Boeing 777...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Voices His Concerns to Israeli, Palestinian Presidents Over Renewed Conflict (3080)

The Holy Father said Friday the increased hostilities are claiming ‘many victims and giving rise to a serious humanitarian emergency.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Friday telephoned the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to voice his “serious concerns” over the worsening conflict in Gaza, urging them to seek an end to hostilities in Gaza.

He also reiterated the importance of prayer in bringing about peace.  

In a statement released Friday afternoon local time, the Vatican said the Holy Father “personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas to share his very serious concerns regarding the current situation of conflict involving in particular the Gaza Strip.”

The Pope noted that the fighting is taking place “in a climate of growing hostility, hatred and suffering for the two populations,” and it...READ MORE

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Natural Women’s Health Center Hailed for Affirming Life, Dignity (3279)

The new women’s clinic will provide women with holistic care and be located steps away from one of Denver’s biggest late-term abortionists.

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Members of the Sisters for Life visit with the Bella team at the clinic's future location on June 16.

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DENVER — A Colorado women’s health clinic has drawn praise for offering natural care that respects human dignity and building up a culture of life.

Authentic women’s care “is essential to the pro-life movement,” said Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, superior general of the Sisters of Life in New York.

“One of the greatest needs now in our culture is to be able to have collaborative relationships with doctors who understand this aspect of a woman’s health and who are really going to work to bring the woman to full health in ways that are also consistent with our faith,” she told CNA.

“So this is essential to the pro-life movement. We are very limited when there is no such possibility.”


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World Human Rights Court: Europe Cannot Be Forced to Redefine Marriage (3891)

The international body ruled July 16 that European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry 'cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on the contracting states to grant access to marriage to same-sex couples.'

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Building of the European Court of Human Rights

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STRASBOURG, France — The European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights

In a July 16 ruling, the human-rights court explained that while “some contracting states have extended marriage to same-sex partners,” European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry “cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on the contracting states to grant access to marriage to same-sex couples.”

The applicant to the high European human-rights court brought his petition after Finland refused to recognize his 2009 sex change from male to female.

Finland, which does not recognize...READ MORE

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