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U.S. Bishops: Practicing Religion in Public Is Not Discrimination (3238)

Archbishops Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, William Lori of Baltimore and Thomas Wenski of Miami, and Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., penned a blog post that said the U.S. should move to eliminate all unjust discrimination and to protect religious freedom.

07/21/2014 Comments (8)
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A group of Catholic faithful take part in a prayer vigil.

– CNA file photo/Daniel Ibáñez

WASHINGTON — Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square — including business decisions — without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops.

“Churches, businesses and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity,” the bishops wrote in a July 17 blog post for the U.S. bishops’ conference.

“Eliminating truly unjust discrimination — based on personal characteristics, not sexual behavior — and protecting religious freedom are goals that we all should share,” the bishops emphasized. “The current political climate makes it very difficult to maintain a reasonable dialogue on...READ MORE

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Sisters Fill Their Convent to the Seams, An Important Thing To Do When Your'e Single and More! (6527)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/21/2014 Comment

Follow the Sisters Fill Their Convent to the Seams by Thomas L. McDonald link to read more.

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The Most Important Thing to Do While You’re Single – Arleen Spenceley, Catholic Lane

Ask and It Will Be Given to You: Vocations and Entitlement Society – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

A Model for A Cultural Center for the New Evangelization – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

How Can You Heal Your Family Tree? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

You Ought to Act Like a Human - Stacy Trasancos PhD Integrated Catholic Life™

On Church Closings and The Loss of Beauty – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

Demons, Playing Cards, and Telescopes – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Creation: What Science Can and...READ MORE

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Nancy Pelosi Excommunicates Archbishop Cordileone; What We Owe to Criminals and Prisoners and More! (7872)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/20/2014 Comment

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Pope Francis: World Economic System Inevitably Leads to War – Francis X. Rocca, The Catholic Herald

Christianity and Disney: It’s About Locus of Control and Life Task – Gabriel Garnica,Catholic Stand

The Debt of Care We Owe to Criminals and Prisoners - Eve Tushnet, Aleteia

My Ignitum Today Writer Got Her Miracle Approved for Fulton Sheen – The Catholic Herald

500 Years of Chaos: Protestantism’s Anniversary – Matthew Olson, Catholic Answers

Catholicism and Authentic Fatherhood, Book Review - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, The Catholic World Report

Revised Tomb Design for Richard III Revealed -...READ MORE

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Harboring the Harborless: A Tradition Both Ennobling and Bedeviling (11546)

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

07/19/2014 Comments (42)
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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 (3712)

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

07/19/2014 Comments (6)

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! (3215)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/19/2014 Comment

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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’ (5846)

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

07/18/2014 Comments (10)
Theology of the Body Institute

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

– Theology of the Body Institute

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 (3696)

Holy Father offers prayers and plea for peace

07/18/2014 Comments (2)
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– CNA file photo/Elise Harris

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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