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The Modern Mind As It Were, Marriage is Both Biblical and Natural, Sr. Farley's Book, and more! (207)

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Quæritur: Is Water Blessed with the Newer Rites really Holy Water? Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

The Modern Mind, As It Were - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Marriage is Both Biblical and Natural - Dr. Donald DeMarco, Integrated Catholic Life™

CDF Condemns Sr. Margaret A. Farley's Book - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Dear Planned Parenthood by Marc Barnes - Big Pulpit

Should A Christian Support Obama? - L. T. Horton, Ignitum Today

Major Networks Ignore Planned Parenthood Sex-Selection Investigation - Paul Wilson, LifeSiteNews

Paul Jernberg: The Logos of Sacred Music - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Merry England Fights Over Gay Marriage - Greg Daly, Catholic World Report

Chinese Natural Law - Zac Alstin, Crisis Magazine

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How the U.S. Church Can Revive Christian Culture (620)

The priest behind the recent ad limina visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the American Church to help fight secularization.

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The priest behind the recent ad limina visits of America’s bishops to Rome says that Pope Benedict has called on the U.S. Catholic Church to help rescue and revive Christian culture.

“The Holy Father spoke of the challenges in marriage, in family life, in growing secularization, in education, but I think there was a common theme amidst all the challenges: that where God does not exist, where he is taken out of culture, civilization itself begins to disintegrate,” Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo told EWTN News in Rome.

Over the past six months, Msgr. Figueiredo has led the organization of 15 visiting delegations from the U.S. consisting of 258 bishops.

“It was a very, very intense time of...READ MORE

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Asia Bibi to Hang, The Hobbit in One Picture, Why Sexual Integrety is Not Out of Date, and more! (2328)

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Asia Bibi to Hang. Click on the link by Royce Hood to read about this tragic story out of Pakistan.

Asia Bibi to Hang - Royce Hood, Ignitum Today

The Hobbit: In One Picture - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Why Sexual Integrity Isn’t Out-of-Date - Nathaniel Peters, Public Discourse

Is anti-Catholicism on the Rise? by Stephen Kokx of Catholic Vote - Big Pulpit

Naked Men - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

If Everyone Thought Like Catholycs - The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

A Film For Our Time, and All Times - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What Does the Church Say about Private Revelations? Part I of II - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Bp. Davies Defends Marriage: Politicians Need to Act Now - Fr. Z's Blog

Demography Is (Not Quite) Destiny - Matthew...READ MORE

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Rallying Cry for Religious Freedom Goes Out This Friday (4262)

Bill of Rights’ birthday to be celebrated in opposition to Obamacare.

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Organizers of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally are hoping for an even bigger turnout than they had in March. This is a scene from that round of rallies, in Washington, D.C.

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On Friday, June 8, the 223rd anniversary of James Madison’s introduction of the Bill of Rights to the first Congress, tens of thousands of people are expected to publicly defend a chief guarantee of the Bill of Right’s First Amendment, the free exercise of religion — and that in its fullest sense: not forcing people to violate their religious beliefs.

At noon local time, the second Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally will be held in more than 130 cities nationwide at federal buildings, congressional offices and historic sites. It is being staged in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s expected ruling in late June on the Affordable Care Act, including the controversial Department of...READ MORE

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Vatican Publishes Judgment Against Sexual Ethics Book (4836)

Sister Margaret Farley’s text ‘cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching,’ states a notification likely to fuel debate over the obligations of Catholic women religious.

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WASHINGTON — The Vatican today issued a strongly worded critique of a sexual ethics text written by Mercy Sister Margaret Farley, a retired Yale Divinity professor.

The five-page notification from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) regarding Just Love: A Framework for Christian Social Ethics, published in 2006, determined that the book departed from key principles of Catholic sexual ethics and thus “cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.”

On March 16, Pope Benedict XVI approved the notification and ordered its publication.

Released June 4, the official statement...READ MORE

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What’s Going on With the LCWR? (10697)

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WASHINGTON — In the 1950s, the Vatican established the Conference of Major Superiors of Women in the United States to provide a forum for women religious to develop educational, spiritual and apostolic resources and discuss their common interests. Its name was changed in 1971 to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The LCWR would serve as a communications channel between the Vatican and women religious in the United States. Its purpose, responsibilities and statutes were approved by the Vatican.

Since the early years of Christianity, religious women in the Catholic Church have been consecrated to the love of Christ, brides of Christ, whose primary calling was to remind...READ MORE

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Pope to Families: Love 'Is the Only Force That Can Truly Transform the World' (1046)

The Holy Father said 'family life is the first and irreplaceable school of social virtues, such as respect for persons, gratuitousness, trust, responsibility, solidarity, cooperation.' The next World Meeting of Families will take place in 2015 in Philadelphia.

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Pope Benedict XVI told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can revolutionize modern society for the better.

“Your vocation is not easy to live, especially today, but the vocation to love is a wonderful thing, it is the only force that can truly transform the world,” he said during his homily to almost 1 million pilgrims gathered in Milan’s Bresso Park on June 3. Pope Benedict was concluding a three-day visit to the event in northern Italy. Over the past week it has brought together families from more than 150 countries to pray, celebrate and study marriage and family life. The theme for this year was “The Family: Work and Celebration.”

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Courtship, Etiquette, & the Adolescent Male; Ten Catholic Women Who Changed the World, and more! (2141)

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Courtship, Etiquette, & the Adolescent Male. Click on the link by Randall B. Smith PhD to read more.

Courtship, Etiquette, & the Adolescent Male - Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

Ten Catholic Women who Changed the World - Mary O'Regan, Catholic Herald

The Last Insult to Our Human Nature by Anthony Esolen of Public Discourse - Big Pulpit

Prayer as the Channel of Celestial Joy - Carolyn Humphreys OCDS OTR, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Practical Power of Public Prayer - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Integrated Catholic Life™

For Greater Glory: A Lesson - Sr. Lisa Mari Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

I’m Going to Count to Ten: Anger’s Dangerous Path - Paul Kokoski, Crisis Magazine

Roger Ebert Pans For Greater Glory For Being Too Catholic - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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