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Baltimore Ravens’ Matt Birk Stays Centered on Christ (21789)

As he prepares for Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Orleans, the 2012 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year upholds life, marriage and children.

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Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk.

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Before the Baltimore Ravens take to the field against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, veteran center Matt Birk will continue to encourage his team to stay focused on the game. Many distractions will be present, so concentration will be a must in order to play well.

Earlier in his career, Birk let distractions get the best of him, not in a professional sense, but in a spiritual one. The 36-year-old St. Paul, Minn., native was dedicated to football, but it was to the exclusion of what matters most in life: his relationship with Jesus Christ.

Birk’s future wife, Adrianna, set a loving example that helped to bring about a change in his heart. Now, the father of six is focused...READ MORE

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College Students Encouraged to Create Culture of Life (2816)

One day after the March for Life, Georgetown University hosted the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, the nation’s largest student-run pro-life conference.

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WASHINGTON — The 14th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, the nation’s largest student-run pro-life conference, was held Jan. 26 at Georgetown University, the day after the March for Life.

With 695 registrants, it was the largest conference to date. The conference, which is always held at Georgetown, is named in memory of the late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York, whose pro-life ministry was a central focus throughout his 16 years of service as the archbishop of New York City.

Simultaneously, on the other side of Washington, Students for Life of America (SFLA) was hosting its national conference. The focus of the two conferences was different but complementary.

“We’re...READ MORE

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Was the Mass of Padre Pio Equal to the Mass of Fr. Marcial Maciel, The Age of Apathy and Much More! (4447)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/02/2013 Comment

Was the Mass of Padre Pio Equal to the Mass of Fr. Marcial Maciel. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Was the Mass of Padre Pio Equal to the Mass of Fr. Marcial Maciel by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blogBig Pulpit

The Age of Apathy – Chelsea Houghton, Catholic Stand

H. H. S. Mandate Revision Still Forces Catholics to Fund Contraception – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are Not Human Rights – Austin Ruse, C-FAM

God, Science, and the Pro-life Movement – Elizabeth Hoxie, Ignitum Today

Boy Scouts of America Needs to Hear from You! – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Vladimir Soloviev: Convert to Russian Catholicism – The Holy Unia

Why God Does Not Love Us All the Same – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Philly Catholic Schools Get the ‘Miracle of Memphis' (6704)

Building on the model that revitalized Memphis, Tenn., schools, a group of Catholic investors is taking over 16 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

02/01/2013 Comments (12)

PHILADELPHIA — A group of Catholic investors in Philadelphia want to save the inner-city’s Catholic schools. They’ve taken over 16 Catholic elementary schools from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and hired the woman who worked the “Miracle in Memphis” and resurrected a long-dead Catholic school system for that city’s poorest and most at-risk communities.

“These schools are essential, particularly in the inner city, where quality education opportunities for these kids are so limited,” Brian McElwee, chairman of the founding Independence Mission Schools (IMS) board, said. “If you’re going to solve the problems of the city, you have to deal with the education of the young folks.”

The...READ MORE

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Possible Removal of Boy Scouts’ Ban on Homosexual Members Draws Chagrin (2902)

02/01/2013 Comments (27)

WASHINGTON — News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly homosexual members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country.

Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.”

“The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to societal pressure,” Hill said Jan. 31. “These are the times we live in, and, as Catholics, we need to go forward aware of this reality.”

He added, however, that even if the policy change is made, he does not “expect this to have a significant effect on the majority...READ MORE

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Another Parish Moves East, Architecture and Solidarity, Navy Seal of Emotional Intel and Much More! (2020)

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Another Parish Moves East. Follow the link by Shawn Tribe of New Liturgical Movement to read more.

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Architecture and Solidarity – R. R. Reno, First Things/First Thoughts

Navy Seal of Emotional Intel – Jared Tomanek, Catholic Stand

Blackfriars, Oxford – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Virtue and Beauty, for Women – Mary C. Tillotson, Ignitum Today

The Power of Beautiful Sacred Music – Ben Yanke, Ordinary to the Extraordinary

English Propers: The Presentation of the Lord – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

Demons, Demons Everywhere: The Devolution of Conversation – Eric Neubauer, 21st Century Pilgrim

Being Marginalized in the Culture War – Dale Price, Dyspeptic Mutterings

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EWTN Pressing on in Face of Latest HHS Notice (6858)

Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, president and chief executive officer of EWTN Global Catholic Television Network and publisher of the Register, in response to notice of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. government on the HHS contraceptive services mandate issued Friday, Feb. 1, 2013:

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This morning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on the government mandate that employee health plans must provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as part of their coverage. On Feb. 9, 2012, EWTN was the first organization to file a lawsuit challenging this mandate shortly after the original rules were promulgated by the government. That lawsuit is still pending in the U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala.

We have analyzed today’s notice with our legal team from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and the initial conclusions are not promising. First, this is simply a notice of a proposed rule; it is not an...READ MORE

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L.A. Archbishop Relieves Cardinal Mahony of Duties, Asks Prayers for Abuse Victims (3875)

The archdiocese also draws attention to its comprehensive current policies for protecting minors, implemented to guard against any new incidents of abuse.

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse decades ago.

“We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church,” the archbishop said in a Jan. 31 statement.

"And we need to continue to support the long and painful process of healing their wounds and restoring the trust that was broken.”

Archbishop Gomez noted that, “effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony” — who served the archdiocese from 1985 to 2011 — “that he will no longer have any administrative...READ MORE

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