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Focus Bible Study Leader Heads to the Olympics (4586)

Mexican-American student Diego Estrada brings Catholic faith to London games

07/27/2012 Comments (2)

Diego Estrada takes the lead.

– Courtesy of Northern Arizona University Media Relations

Being an Olympic athlete and having his picture plastered on posters would probably fill most 22-year-olds with a healthy dose of confidence, if not arrogance.

But Diego Estrada, a distance runner who will be competing for Mexico at this summer’s Olympic Games in London, maintains a sense of humility and perspective, thanks to his deep Catholic faith.

“Catholicism and Christianity is a big part of my daily life. I wake up with prayer. I go to bed with prayer. Before a race, I pray. All around, it’s a big part of my life,” Estrada said in a recent phone interview.

“I was born to Catholic parents in Mexico. We’re very Catholic. From day one, attending Mass, being Catholic was...READ MORE

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SSPX Gives 3 Conditions for Reuniting With Rome (2839)

Society's letter indicates their continuing concerns.

07/26/2012 Comments (12)

ROME —The Society of St. Pius X's three conditions for reuniting with Rome have been revealed in a letter sent by their general secretary to the society’s superiors across the world.

“The freedom to accuse and even to correct the promoters of the errors or the innovations of modernism, liberalism and Vatican II and its aftermath” is listed as part of the first condition in the July 17 letter from Father Christian Thouvenot.

The interpretation and legacy of the Second Vatican Council, which took place from 1962-1965, now seems to be the major stumbling block for the society in their ongoing negotiations with the Vatican aimed at healing their 24-year rift.

The new prefect of the...READ MORE

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Melinda Gates and the Contraceptive Imperialists (7720)

Commentary: Imagine what impact Gates would have with Catholic teaching on her side.

07/26/2012 Comments (48)

Melinda Gates applauds at the London Family Planning Summit recently.

– WPA Pool/ Getty Images News

It was billed as a major clash: Melinda Gates — the Catholic woman whose husband, Bill, is one of the richest men on the planet — vs. the Pope.

But you may have noticed one thing missing. The stories all told us about Gates’ heroic stand promoting contraception. But none of them had an intelligent defense of the Church’s teaching on contraception and true development in poor countries.

That’s a shame, because the Church is very much in the right on this issue, and Melinda Gates and the contraceptive imperialists she has enriched are very much in the wrong.

The Gates Foundation gift was announced at the London Summit on Family Planning, which has three goals:

1. Convince the world...READ MORE

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds South Dakota Informed-Consent Rule (1268)

The law requires anyone who performs an abortion to obtain informed consent from a woman seeking an abortion, telling her about suicide risk. It also requires the woman to be informed that the abortion will end the life of 'a whole, separate, unique, living human being.'

07/26/2012 Comments (1)

A federal appeals court has upheld a South Dakota informed-consent rule requiring that abortionists warn women seeking abortions about the increased risk of suicide.

Leslee Unruh, president of the pro-life counseling group Alpha Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., backed the law and praised the July 24 ruling.

She said the decision is a victory for “all women who have ever been deceived into thinking that aborting their unborn children was the ‘only easy way out.’”

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the disputed portion of the 2005 informed-consent law by a vote of 7-4. The court said the law is not an “undue burden on abortion rights” or a violation of doctors’ free speech rights....READ MORE

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Boy Scouts Lauded for Continuing Ban on Openly Homosexual Members (3029)

07/26/2012 Comments (24)
Cherie Cullen/US Catholic News

Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree on Fort AP Hill, Va.

– Cherie Cullen/US Catholic News

WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America has drawn praise for upholding a policy of prohibiting openly homosexual leaders and members, in order to align with its founding principles and respect the role of parents in educating their own children.

“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers, and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive.

On July 17, the Boy Scouts announced that it would continue its long-standing policy of banning “open or avowed homosexuals” in order to support the group’s values, avoid distractions from its...READ MORE

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On Judging Others, If Theologian Were Beers: Round Two, Are Catholics Christians?, and Much More! (2220)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/26/2012 Comments (3)

Here Comes the Judge! (On Judging Others). Click on the link by Charla to read more.

Here Comes the Judge! (On Judging Others) – Charla, Catholic Sistas

If Theologians Were Beers: The Second Round – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Are Catholics Christians? – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

The Most Beautiful Sound I Ever Heard – Father Zelonis’ Corner

Viewing the Holy Shroud When There’s No Ostension – Domenico Agasso Jr, La Stampa/Vatican Insder

The Economy of Communion in Africa – David Lutz, Crisis Magazine

Opposing Both State and Church – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Quæritur: Returning to the Church after Joining another Church for Many Years – Fr. Z’s Blog

Government and the Pursuit of Happiness: Is It a Good Thing? – Kate...READ MORE

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Can Heather Have 2 Mommies and 2 Daddies? (4687)

California bill creates new rules for legal parents allowing more than 2

07/26/2012 Comments (31)
Courtesy of Mark Leno

Sen. Mark Leno

– Courtesy of Mark Leno

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would allow more that two “parents” per child has passed the California state Senate and gone on to the state Assembly.

S.B. 1476 “brings California into the 21st century by recognizing that there are more than ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ families,” said state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who proposed the legislation.

The bill, which the Senate passed by a 24-13 vote, would amend California’s family code so a judge could allow a child to have more than two parents where “the best interests of the child” require it. The new rules would cover a situation, for example, in which a man begins dating a woman while she’s pregnant and then they marry. Three people...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aquila Recognizes Courage of Shooting Victims (1405)

'Christ himself is the one who has conquered sin. He has conquered death,' the archbishop said. 'By recognizing that, one’s heart can be moved to forgive the perpetrator of this kind of violence.'

07/25/2012 Comments (1)
Denver Archdiocese Facebook

Archbishop Aquila was ready to comfort mourners at July 20 Mass for the victims.

– Denver Archdiocese Facebook

Those who offered their lives to save their loved ones in the recent Colorado theater shooting exemplified the Christian virtues of courageous sacrifice and selfless love, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver.

Such acts of courage testify to “the natural goodness that is present within the human person,” he told EWTN News July 24.

Stories of heroism are beginning to emerge from Aurora, Colo., where one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history took place early on July 20.

Twelve people were killed and 58 more injured when a gunman entered the theater during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire on the crowd.

Reports have emerged that four of...READ MORE

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