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Pope: God Wants Our Love (826)

July 27 papal general audience.

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Pope Benedict XVI says that the path to real greatness in life is not found in self-promotion, but in sacrificial love towards God and other people.

“Human logic,” the Pope said June 27, “often seeks self-realization in power, dominion, in powerful means.”

But the “Incarnation and the cross,” he added, “remind us that full realization is found in conforming our human will to the Father, in the emptying of one’s selfishness, to be filled with love, God’s charity and thus truly become able to love others.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks during the weekly general audience before a packed Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. Continuing his exploration of prayer in the story of salvation, he...READ MORE

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Senators Defend Constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act (1507)

Ten lawmakers filed a 'friend of the court' brief.

06/27/2012 Comments (4)
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Ten U.S. Senators have filed a “friend of the court” brief defending the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits federal marriage to the union of a man and a woman.

The senators contended that in striking down DOMA several months ago, a district court “failed to understand that federal law necessarily defines 'marriage' in some fashion beyond mere incorporation of state law.”

They argued that in passing DOMA Congress had the legitimate interest of avoiding “massive legal uncertainty, needless litigation and inconsistent results with regard to the availability of federal benefits.”

The June 11 brief was filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...READ MORE

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Flannery O'Connor is No Vague Catholic, Who Were the Maccabees?, and much more! (2299)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/27/2012 Comment

Flannery O’Connor is No Vague Catholic. Click on the link by Fr. Damian J. Ference to read more.

Flannery O’Connor is No Vague Catholic – Fr. Damian J. Ference, Dappled Things

Who Were the Maccabees? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Science Finally Seems to be Catching Up to Catholicism by Ben of Two Catholic Men and a Blog – Big Pulpit

Levantine DNA in Ethiopia May Support Biblical Story – Tom McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Abortion Defies Common Sense – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Spitting on the Crucifix – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Symbols of Icons – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας

On the Way Down – Robert Reilly

How Eight Jesuits Survived Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Blast – Myra Adams

Former Jesuit & Now Georgetown University...READ MORE

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Carl Anderson: Threats to Religious Liberty Bring Opportunity for Authentic Catholic Witness (3751)

Knights of Columbus head says Catholics will have ‘something great to offer’ by living their faith in public.

06/27/2012 Comments (10)
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Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, has been a prominent supporter of the U.S. bishops’ push for religious freedom since the Obama administration launched the so-called contraception mandate.  The Knights filed a formal comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services June 20, calling on the government to rethink the mandate, which, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, would force many Catholic employers to cover interventions that violate their faith without regard for the First Amendment’s guarantee of the free exercise of religion.

In the letter, the Knights noted that the Mandate "requires private Catholic individuals and entities,...READ MORE

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Vouchers Help Catholic Schools Survive (4222)

Poll shows 56% in support of government assistance. Programs expanding, helping to keep parochial schools afloat.

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At least partly thanks to a growing wave of states enacting school voucher programs, many Catholic schools are again seeing increased enrolments.

Indiana began offering vouchers in 2011, as did Douglas County, Colo., while Congress reinstated the District of Columbia’s voucher system that had been defunded by the Obama administration. Now, nine states, the District of Columbia and a single school board in Colorado offer vouchers, while four other states offer educational savings accounts, scholarships or other aid. These plans cover 210,000 students across America, up sevenfold from 2000.

Estimating that more than 50% of the students using vouchers in many cities are going to Catholic...READ MORE

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Icons-Icon Painter-and-Praying with Sacred Icons, My Favorite Hapsburg Emperors, and much more! (1012)

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06/26/2012 Comment

Icons, Icon Painters, & Praying With Sacred Icons. Click on the link by Deacon Paul O. Iacono to read and learn more.

Icons, Icon Painters, & Praying With Sacred Icons – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

My Favorite Hapsburg Emperors - The Mad Monarchist

Children of Anonymous Sperm Donors Met with Hostility, Ridicule by Kathleen Gilbert of LifeSiteNews - Big Pulpit

Amid Media Meltdown, Vatican Goes Fox-Hunting – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Edward Feser & Jonathan Sanford on Science & Faith – On the Side of the Angels, The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Media Provides Fig Leaf for Philly D.A. – Dave Pierre, The Media Report

Obsession for Photos at Liturgies: Liturgical & Pastoral Problems – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Quæritur: Can...READ MORE

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Vatican Appoints U.S. Journalist Greg Burke Media Adviser (2563)

The longtime journalist's road to the Holy See included stops with the Register, Time magazine and Fox News.

06/26/2012 Comments (4)

VATICAN CITY — “I don’t have any illusions about going in and changing everything,” said Greg Burke, who was appointed June 23 the Vatican’s new media adviser. “My hope is to try and help the Holy See take the necessary steps to go in the right direction.”

The Vatican hired Burke, a St. Louis native and former correspondent for the Register and Fox News, to help with its communications after a series of PR media mishaps in recent years.

His appointment also comes after the Holy See’s media relations came under strain as much of the world’s press, especially in Italy, has been speculating wildly about the unauthorized leaking of confidential Vatican documents.

A widely respected,...READ MORE

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St. Josemaría Escrivá on Meditation and Prayer, Single Catholic Guy: Wake Up!, and more! (2480)

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06/26/2012 Comment

Prayer: 8 Quotes from St. Josemaría Escrivá on Meditation. Click on the link by Jackson to read more.

Prayer: 8 Quotes from St. Josemaría Escrivá on Meditation – Jackson, Saint Peter’s List

Single Catholic Guy: Wake Up! – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Top 10 Ways to Kill Your Faith by The Idler of Ascending Mount Carmel Blog – Big Pulpit

Leah Libresco on CNN: “The Triple Crown of Cultural Incongruity” – Brandon Vogt

Beginner’s Guide to Music of St. Hildegard of Bingen – Christopher S. Morrissey, Catholic World Report

Why Memorized Prayer? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Medieval Monks & Recusants to be Reburied in England – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Papal Profile: Pope Pius VIII - The Mad Monarchist

Rare Father & Son Priest Ordination This Saturday –...READ MORE

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