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Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ, Catholics for Choice Whine, What Distributism Is Not, and More! (1636)

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10/10/2012 Comment

The Price To Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ. Click on the link by Carl E. Olson to read more of this riveting story.

The Price To Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Catholics For Choice Whine To The Huffington Post by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog – Big ulpit

What Distributism Is Not, Utopia – David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

A Resource to Help People Understand the Reform of Liturgical Music – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

What to Do for the Year of Faith: Learn a little Latin – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Theology on the Teacups – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

It’s Up to Parents to Pull Plug on Internet – Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

He Fell Off the Surfboard and Into Catholicism – Matthew Archbold, The...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops, Apostolates Ring in the Year of Faith (3921)

Catholic Church bells will resound for three minutes Oct. 11 at noon to start the yearlong effort to increase faith in Jesus Christ.

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Catholic church bells will resound for three minutes across the United States Oct. 11 at noon not only to mark the Angelus, but also to ring in the Year of Faith.

Pope Benedict XVI called for the Year of Faith, which runs through Nov. 24, 2013, as “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world.”

During this year, “we will have the opportunity to profess our faith in the risen Lord in our cathedrals and in the churches of the whole world, in our homes and among our families, so that everyone may feel a strong need to know better and to transmit to future generations the faith of all times,” wrote the Pope in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei...READ MORE

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Vatican II Was First-Class (3165)

Cardinal Levada corrects some misunderstandings of the Council during his address at Catholic University's symposium on 'Vatican II After 50 Years'

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Cardinal William Levada

– David Paul Morris/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Critics have accused the Second Vatican Council of many things, but Cardinal William Levada says one criticism in particular lacks any credibility — the claim that Vatican II was in any way a “second-class council” whose teachings, therefore, aren’t binding on Catholics.

Cardinal Levada, who stepped down in June as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, refuted this notion in his Sept. 26 opening address at a four-day symposium held at The Catholic University of America entitled “Reform and Renewal: Vatican II After 50 Years.”

The claim, made by followers of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, is based on the idea it was “merely” a pastoral council...READ MORE

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With More Than 100 Plaintiffs, Lawyers for Mandate Objectors Are Hopeful (1167)

The plaintiffs include Catholics, Protestants, private individuals, religious organizations and for-profit businesses.

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C-SPAN

President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the February 2012 press conference on 'Preventive Health Services and Religious Institutions.'

– C-SPAN

WASHINGTON — As the number of plaintiffs suing over the controversial Health and Human Services' mandate reaches 100, a leading religious-freedom legal group is hopeful about the outcome of the cases.

Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that “nothing the government has done in the past months changes the fact that the mandate still violates federal law and the Constitution by forcing religious organizations to pay fines for the privilege of practicing their faith.”

Duncan told Catholic News Agency on Oct. 9 that the Becket Fund is still confident as it moves forward with lawsuits against the controversial federal mandate that requires...READ MORE

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Growing Number of Americans Lack a Religious Identity (1982)

This could have ramifications in November, as President Obama may be targeting these voters over committed Catholics.

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Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

Long-Term Trends in Religious Affiliation

– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

WASHINGTON — A new survey shows that more Americans than ever are religiously unaffiliated, and as a group they are not seeking religion.

Just under 20% of U.S. adults are now unaffiliated, an increase from 15% in 2007, says a new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Among those aged 18-29, 32% have no religious affiliation.

The research center nicknamed this population “nones.”


Although the Catholic population remains statistically unchanged at 22%, a 1% decrease from 2007, Pew credits this steadiness in part to immigration from Latin America.

The decline is mainly among both evangelical and mainline white Protestants. For the first time in U.S....READ MORE

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LifeSiteNews Editor Resigns and Joins Monastery, 5 Great Religious Anthologies to Read, and More! (2471)

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10/10/2012 Comment

LifeSiteNews Editor Resigns, Joins Carmelite Monastery. Follow the link to Kathleen Gilbert of the LifeSiteNews website.

LifeSiteNews Editor Resigns, Joins Carmelite Monastery by Kathleen Gilbert of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

Five Great Religious Anthologies To Read By the Fire This Fall – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Benedict XVI Offers Mass Ad Orientem – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Boy Who Doctor Claimed Was in Persistent Vegetative State Makes Miraculous Recovery – Rachel Bohannon, Life News

“One Body, Many Blogs”, eBook Review – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Supreme Court Justices in Church? We Can’t Have That – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Vatican Radio app for Android and iOS – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

The Unity Candle : Yes or No? – Rachel...READ MORE

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Papal Butler’s Trial Was a Model of Justice and Fairness (2433)

Thanks to Vatican transparency, media coverage generally was exemplary, too. Register news analysis.

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Paolo Gabriele (r) listens as the verdict in his trial is delivered Oct. 6 in a Vatican court.

– Photo by L'Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images

VATICAN CITY — The first major criminal trial at the Vatican in modern times, the hearing of Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI’s former valet, predictably drew worldwide attention.

Opening up the Vatican and papal apartments to unprecedented close inspection was going to attract extensive media coverage. And rightly so.

Gabriele was found guilty Oct. 6 of aggravated theft of confidential documents from the papal apartments and jailed for 18 months.

Yet, despite many of the major news agencies reporting on it, occasionally with a predictable slant against the Church, and with some TV news reports trying to portray the trial like a chapter from a Dan Brown novel, the coverage was...READ MORE

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Exchanging Rosary for Akathist, No More Tropes in the Agnus Dei, On Contemplative Prayer, and More! (1788)

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10/09/2012 Comment

Exchanging Rosary for Akathist: Perspective From Pope Benedict XVI. Click on the link by the Prayer of Saint Ephrem blog to read more.

Exchanging Rosary for Akathist: Perspective From Pope Benedict XVI – Prayer of Saint Ephrem

Vatican Intervenes: No More Tropes in the Agnus Dei by Jeffrey A. Tucker of The Chant Café blog – Big ulpit

What You Need to Know about Contemplative Prayer - Sr. Laus Gloriae OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Science And Religion – Foxfier, The American Catholic

Books: Two Altar Missals, a 17th Century Martyrology, etc. – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Proverbs 31: Woman of Action - Julie Robison, Ignitum Today

What is a Doctor of the Church? – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Six Comments on Dante’s Punishment for the Self-Violent – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Quæritur:...READ MORE

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