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How to Spring a Soul From Purgatory, An Election Appraisal, We Cannot Excuse Ourselves and More! (1911)

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11/05/2012 Comment

How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in Four Steps. Follow the link via Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in Four Steps by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

An Election Appraisal – Ben, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

We Cannot Excuse Ourselves – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hell Freezes Over: New York Newsday Newspaper Endorses Mitt Romney for President – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Merit of Limiting Evil – Steve Skojec, Catholic Vote

All That I Didn’t Leave Behind: Pentecostal Convert – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

Catholic Reflections on the Endgame of 2012 - George Weigel

In Defense of Intolerance – Thereserita, Celebrating the Year of Faith

32-0 and Counting: Same-Sex "Marriage"...READ MORE

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Catholics Buy Full-Page Religious-Freedom Ad in Denver Post (1331)

The ad featured Archbishop Samuel Aquila's Nov. 1 letter on religious liberty.

11/05/2012 Comments (4)

DENVER  — A group of lay Catholics in Colorado placed a full-page ad in the Sunday, Nov. 4, edition of The Denver Post to drive home the importance of religious freedom in the upcoming election.

“I think the folks who organized getting the ad together want to ensure everybody understands what’s at stake, not only for the Church, but for the country, when religious liberty is compromised,” said J.D. Flynn, chancellor of the Denver Archdiocese.

The full-page ad featured Archbishop Samuel Aquila's Nov. 1 letter on religious liberty.

Flynn said that purchasing the ad in the Sunday edition, which reaches 964,000 readers, “isn’t cheap,” but the fact that more than 20 Denver-area Catholics...READ MORE

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Catholic Democrats’ Curious Claim: We’re the Real ‘Pro-Lifers’ (5622)

Professor Stephen Schneck of The Catholic University of America offers scant data when he asserts that President Obama’s commitment to social programs will bring down abortion rates, critics charge.

11/05/2012 Comments (50)
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Stephen Schneck

– Catholic University of America

WASHINGTON — In a last-ditch effort to woo as many Catholic voters as possible, prominent Catholic Democrats are wrapping themselves, their party and President Barack Obama in pro-life colors.

Given that the Democratic Party has been committed for decades to a pro-abortion plank, and has highlighted its abortion-rights commitment throughout the current presidential campaign, this pro-life claim might seem hard to justify.

But during a panel discussion hosted by Democrats for Life during the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C., political scientist Stephen Schneck, head of the Institute for Catholic Policy Studies at The Catholic University of America and a...READ MORE

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Healing the Wounds of Abuse (5618)

Saturday Book Pick: Dawn Eden's My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints.

11/03/2012 Comments (6)


Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints

By Dawn Eden

Ave Maria Press, 2012

256 pages, $16.95

To order: avemariapress.com

(800) 282-1865, ext. 1


How do you describe Dawn Eden? Former rock-music writer, chastity expert, theologian, blogger? Or simply a great Jewish-Catholic convert woman writer? Well, I will focus on the last.

Readers are aware of the painful cases of sexual abuse of children and adolescents by homosexual and pedophile priests and religious in the United States and in many countries in Europe as well. It appears that at last the worst is behind us, and the Church is taking proper measures to assure that candidates for the...READ MORE

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Reason No. 801 to Be Catholic: Power Outages, Help the Poor, Support Religious Orders and Much More! (2533)

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11/03/2012 Comment

Reason # 801 To Be Catholic: Power Outages. Follow the link by Russ Rentler, M.D., of the Crossed The Tiber blog.

Reason # 801 To Be Catholic: Power Outages by Russ Rentler MD of the Crossed The Tiber blog – Big Pulpit

Help the World’s Poor, Support the Religious Orders – J. M. Shaw, Catholic Herald

Black is Black, I Want My Vestments Back! – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Eastern Orthodox Saints That Catholics Should Check Out - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Plenary Indulgence Reminders for the First Week in November – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Why Heaven Makes Sense – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

USCCB Delegation Calls For More Aid To Syrian Refugees – CatholicCulture.org/Catholic World News

Libyan Revelations: Gross Incompetence or Worse – Donald R. McClarey, The...READ MORE

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Prayers for Souls (2404)

Joseph Pronechen recommends Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Susan Tassone.

11/02/2012 Comments (3)


By Susan Tassone

192 pages, $ 9.95

Our Sunday Visitor, 2012

To order: OSV.com


The Church remembers all the faithful departed in November, the month dedicated to the holy souls.

What better time to recall the necessity of praying for the holy souls in purgatory, those who died in God’s grace but are not yet totally free of the temporal punishment due their sins?

Author Susan Tassone has written four books on the subject already. Now, Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory offers new prayers and new incentives for helping souls get to heaven. The book, which has an imprimatur, makes...READ MORE

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Called to Love Those Who Hate Us in the Culture Wars, Monks' Cool New Calendar, and Much More! (2004)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/02/2012 Comment

Called to Love Those Who Hate Us in the Culture Wars. Click on the link by Kristin Detloff to read more.

Called to Love Those Who Hate Us in the Culture Wars – Kristin Detloff, Ignitum Today

Review: Norcia Benedictines’ Cool New Calendar – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Seven Prayers Every Catholic Should Know in Latin – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

A Statement of the Pennsylvania Catholic Bishops via the First Things website – Big Pulpit

Eberstadt at Her Best in Highlighting the Tragedies of Sexual Liberation – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Pastoral Mandate, Politicians and Religious Liberty – Joe Tremblay, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

A Matter of Honor – Donald R. McClarey, American Catholic

Aristotle for Materialists? – Mark Brumley, The CWR Blog

The Christian Conscience...READ MORE

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Religious Believers in Illinois Score Pro-Life Victory (3431)

COMMENTARY: The decision could have an impact on battle over the HHS mandate.

11/02/2012 Comments (9)

Another victory for religious believers: An Illinois appellate court upheld a judgment on behalf of Christian pharmacists who objected to a rule requiring prescribing emergency contraceptives that may have abortifacient effects.

The Sept. 21 decision provides further support in the larger dispute over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate, which places similar burdens on religious believers and which is a crucial issue in this year’s presidential election.

Such rules, as the state court found, simply are incompatible with traditional notions of religious freedom. The HHS mandate is susceptible to a similar attack.

Along with a similar case in Washington state in...READ MORE

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