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Mix-and-Match Morality (7142)

July 29 issue editorial on the perils of ill-formed conscience.

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When billionairess Melinda Gates announced her plans to bring contraception to more than 100 million impoverished women, she presented herself as a practicing Catholic inspired by a commitment to social justice inculcated during her high-school years at the Ursuline Academy in Dallas.

Indeed, her high school has since defended her decision to transgress Catholic teaching on contraception: “Melinda Gates leads from her conscience and acts on her beliefs as a concerned citizen of our world,” read a statement released by the Ursuline Academy.

We have been here before.

Such policies are often presented as the inevitable outcome of a choice between impossibly high-minded doctrines and a...READ MORE

Filed under catholic teaching, informed conscience, morality

World Harmony: The Olympics vs. the Church (1886)

User's Guide to Sunday, July 29.

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– London 2012 Facebook

Sunday, July 29, is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

Readings

2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 145:10-11, 15-18, Ephesians 4:1-6, John 6:1-15

Our Take

On Friday, July 27, the world will watch as rows of nations march into a London stadium under the rings of unity holding the flags of their nations.

On Sunday, July 29, Catholics worldwide will watch the opening procession at Mass.

Which of these is a deeper spectacle of worldwide dedication to friendship, peace and harmony?

A very real case could be made for the Olympics. After all, at the Olympics, the whole world sets aside its differences to compete in a friendly way.

Sports ennoble us. As Pope John...READ MORE

Filed under christ's presence, harmony, multiplication of the loaves and fishes, olympics, peace

Find Jesus in Housework (9948)

St. Martha's feast day feature from our July 29 issue: Tami Kiser offers advice on what it means to be a 'smart Martha.'

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Tami Kiser

– Courtesy of Tami Kiser

Smart Martha seminars put lessons from St. Martha’s life — Martha (whose feast day is July 29) was busy with hospitality, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet in Luke 10 — to work in modern times. Tami Kiser, the program’s developer, is the author of Smart Martha’s Catholic Guide for Busy Moms (2010). “I love your book and recommend it to other moms because it is so encouraging and positive,” says Mary Alice Phillips of St. Bernard’s Parish in Wamego, Kan. “It’s like chatting over coffee with another Catholic mom who lifts you up.”
Kiser recently shared about the focus of her advice that helps Catholic women become “smart Marthas.”

How did your program come about?
I began doing one-hour...READ MORE

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Redeemed at the University of Notre Dame? (2694)

On higher education and the HHS mandate: July 29 issue column.

07/28/2012 Comment

I’ve written quite a bit on how Catholics (pro-life Catholics included) have been misled by President Obama, whether campaigning for him, stumping for his “health-care reform,” or worse.

Among the worse, in May 2009, I wrote an article for the Weekly Standard titled “Duped at Notre Dame.” There, I analyzed a rather striking oddity: After Barack Obama had opened his presidency with a series of unprecedented steps advancing abortion, atop a career as a U.S. and state senator promoting radical abortion views, the University of Notre Dame took the perplexing step of inviting him to give its commencement address and honoring him with a degree.

The move was a blatant snub of Ex Corde...READ MORE

Filed under ex corde ecclesiae, hhs mandate, notre dame

As We Hunger For Food So We Hunger for Love, What Your Pew Choice Says About You, and Much More! (3350)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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As We Hunger for Food, So We Hunger for Love & Understanding. Click on the link under Spiritual Life to read more.

As We Hunger for Food, So We Hunger for Love & Understanding – Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

What Your Pew Choice Might be Telling You – Stephen Kokx, Crisis Magazine

Extra: Chick-fil-A Supports the Family – Big Pulpit

Spiritual Combat: A Crisis of Faith - Vicki Burbach, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Recently Completed Sacred Art – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Why I Don’t Call Myself a Gay Christian – Daniel Mattson, First Things/On the Square

Ancient Perspective on the Postmodern Condition – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, New Oxford Review

The Pope Who Helped Save the Olympics: St. Pius X – Dawn Eden, The Dawn Patrol

London Olympics 2012 Special - Big Pulpit

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Seek Holiness Before Seeking a Spouse (15476)

Single Life column by Catholic singer-songwriter Jackie Francois: From our July 29 issue

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I really enjoy being single — until someone tells me they want me to date their kin in order for me to bring them back to the Church.

Sometimes I want to respond with, “Hey lady, I don’t flirt to convert!”

It seems, though, that God has granted me the gift of slow wit in the most inopportune times.

When people find out I’m single, they either 1) try to set me up (either with another supposedly pitiful single person or with a convent), 2) tell me how lucky I am to be avoiding marriage or 3) assume I have an incurable disease.

I don’t mind the setter-uppers; they mean well and often want me to enjoy the same bliss they have experienced in their vocation. The jaded marriage-avoiders...READ MORE

Filed under holiness, jackie francois, single life

Summer (Catholic) Reading (2668)

Saturday Book Pick: the Ratzingers at home, faith at the office, Bible basics.

07/27/2012 Comment

A Tale of 2 Brothers
 

MY BROTHER, THE POPE
By Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, as told to Michael Hesemann

Ignatius, 2011
270 pages, $24.95
To order: ignatius.com
(800) 651-1531


The vital importance of holy, Catholic family life in helping a young man to discern the call to priesthood and all that may follow from that call, including even becoming the Pope, is at the heart of this book-length interview with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger. Midway through the sympathetic interview, conducted by German journalist Michael Hesemann, Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother cites the Ratzinger family itself as the key ingredient that influenced his and his brother’s decisions to become priests.
“It was...READ MORE

Filed under bible, faith in action, msgr. georg ratzinger, pope benedict xvi, scripture, work

Colorado Company Secures Injunction Against HHS Mandate (2423)

Judge’s decision marks the first ruling to state that religious freedom prevails over the government’s arguments for the HHS mandate.

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In the first legal ruling against the controversial Health and Human Services mandate, a federal judge has granted a temporary injunction protecting a Catholic-run business.

Judge John Kane of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado approved the injunction on the afternoon of July 27.

He said the harm of preventing the government from enforcing Congress-approved regulations “pales in comparison to the possible infringement upon plaintiffs’ constitutional and statutory rights.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom legal group sought the injunction as part of its lawsuit on behalf of Hercules Industries, a Colorado-based manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air...READ MORE

Filed under contraception, hhs mandate, obama, religious freedom

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