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Catholic Blogosphere Reaction to the Connecticut Tragedy, A Future of Tradition and Much More! (2271)

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12/17/2012 Comment

Catholic Blogosphere Reaction to the Connecticut Tragedy. Click on the link to read more.

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A Future of Tradition – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

We Three Kings of Orient Are – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Do “Peacemakers” Favor Abortion and Fake Marriage? Impossible, Says Pope Benedict XVI – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Have Yourself a Very Adult Christmas – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

On Talking in Church – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Distractions at Mass: Part II of II - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

An Interesting Claim about the Followers of @pontifex – Fr. Z’s Blog

Voice, in the Wilderness: Rise of a Pro-Life Youngster in...READ MORE

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Elementary School Massacre ‘Not Part of God’s Plan,’ Newtown Pastor Says (3261)

Msgr. Robert Weiss accompanied police while they informed parents of their children’s deaths following the Sandy Hook School massacre.

12/16/2012 Comments (17)

Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service Dec. 14 for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — The motive behind the gunman whose Dec. 14 shooting rampage took the lives of 28 people, including 20 children, is not something that can be answered, Newtown’s local Catholic parish priest said.

“This was not part of God’s plan,” Msgr. Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church told ABC News Dec. 15.

Msgr. Weiss, who accompanied police while they informed parents of their children’s deaths following the Sandy Hook School massacre, said gunman Adam Lanza’s actions show he was “a man who had serious issues in his life.”

“Why he’d want to destroy innocent children, no one can figure out.”

Archbishop Henry Mansell of Hartford, Conn., called the shooting “a...READ MORE

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In the Face of Horror, Faith in Action (8726)

A day after the massacre at Sandy Hook School, Newtown’s Catholic community gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church to offer prayers and support for the victims and their mourning families and for their heartbroken town.

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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — Nothing seemed different about the well-traveled two-lane route leading into this Connecticut community on Saturday. Newtown looked for all intents and purposes like the typical scenic, small New England town — the way it always did.

The turn at the town’s landmark flagpole quickly conducted local traffic past St. Rose of Lima Church to Interstate 8 a couple hundred yards further on, then into the village of Sandy Hook.

Nothing on the main road looked unusual, except for the big, hand-lettered sign in front of a business on the way into town that said, “Just Say a Prayer.”

That is exactly what people were doing as they silently entered St. Rose all day. They went...READ MORE

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Bishop Morlino Pushes "Ad Orientem" Worship, Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? and More! (3216)

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12/15/2012 Comment

Bishop Robert Morlino Pushes “Ad Orientem” Worship. Follow the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

A U. S. Bishop Pushes “Ad Orientem” Worship by Fr. John ZuhlsdorfBig Pulpit

Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

The Myth of Inevitability of Same-Sex “Marriage” – Luis Tellez, MercatorNet

Billboard Shows Pope Marrying Gays – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Helping the Disabled: Fact and Fiction – Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Ashamed of the Cross - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Mystic Who Was Wrapped In Fire – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Preparing for Our Spouse – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Rose and Blue Vestments – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Just a Mom and Her Internet –...READ MORE

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Catholic Priests Respond Quickly to Conn. School Shooting (9076)

Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport rushed to the scene to comfort victims and their relatives.

12/14/2012 Comments (23)

Connecticut state police walk near the scene of the Dec. 14 elementary-school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Several priests of the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., responded quickly to the mass murder of adults and schoolchildren at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, rushing to the scene to comfort victims and their relatives.

Brian Wallace, the diocese’s director of communications, said that priests from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the only Catholic parish in Newtown, are actively responding.

“The parish is huge and extremely active, and it’s just up the street,” Wallace told Catholic News Agency Dec. 14.

“Within minutes (of the shooting), the pastor, Msgr. Bob Weiss, was at the scene of the tragedy working with families,” he said.

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Watch The Hobbit Like a Catholic, France to Crack Down on Catholic 'Extremists' and More! (2153)

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12/14/2012 Comment

Five Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic. Click on the link by Kevin Cotter to read further.

Five Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic – Kevin Cotter, Focus Blog

France Re-creates the Committee on Public Safety to Combat Catholic “Extremists” by Tristyn Bloom of the First Things websiteBig Pulpit

Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex “Marriage” – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Fr. Z Opines on the Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex "Marriage" - Fr. Z's Blog

Don’t Succumb to the Secular Tidal Wave – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Hallowed House and the Secular World – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

The Christian World of The Hobbit – Deborah Arca, Patheos/Take & Read

A High Altar Restored in Poland – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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San Francisco Officials Accused of Discouraging Pro-Life Rally (1998)

The city’s board of supervisors has approved a resolution to support a pro-abortion event on Jan. 26, the same day as the city’s Walk for Life West Coast.

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Pro-life supporters participate in the West Coast Walk for Life 2012.

– West Coast Walk for Life

SAN FRANCISCO — A move by San Francisco's city officials to support a celebration of the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S. has been interpreted by some as an attempt to discourage a local pro-life rally.

“San Francisco city government, as well as many local residents, cannot abide by the fact that the Walk for Life can attract over 40,000 participants annually to oppose a cause that their worldview holds as gospel,” said Vicki Evans, the respect life coordinator for the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Despite low attendance of a similar abortion-advocacy event last year, San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen and David Campos introduced a resolution to the city’s board of...READ MORE

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Catholics See Two Sides to Michigan’s New Union Limits (1887)

Some Catholic commentators warn that the law puts workers’ rights at risk, while others say the bill reflects workers’ individual choices.

12/14/2012 Comments (10)
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Union members from around the country rally at the Michigan State Capitol Dec. 11 to protest a vote on Right-to-Work legislation.

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LANSING, Mich. — Catholic commentators have weighed in on both sides of the controversial “right to work” labor bill in the longtime union stronghold of Michigan, with some warning that the law puts workers’ rights at risk while others say the bill reflects workers’ individual choices.

Dr. Maria Mazzenga, an education archivist at The Catholic University of America’s American Catholic History Research Center, said the passage of the law in Michigan is “a sign of labor’s declining power in the face of corporate interest.”

“Michigan has been a leader in unionization historically, and labor leaders and union workers might use this as an opportunity to rethink strategies, do some...READ MORE

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