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Pope Calls the Incarnation God’s Gift to Mankind (1261)

In his Jan. 9 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI reflects on the 'Word made flesh.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict reflected on the mystery of the Incarnation during his general audience Jan. 9, calling it the “original gift of Christmas.”

“On that holy night, God becoming flesh, wanting to become a gift for man, gave himself for us; God has made his only begotten Son a gift for us, taking our humanity to give us his divinity,” the Pope said at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“Here we find the model of our giving, because our relationships, especially the most important ones, are driven by the free gift of love,” he said.

Pope Benedict opened his remarks by dwelling on the term “Incarnation,” which developed through reflection on the words of John’s Gospel, “the Word...READ MORE

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Confusion About 'Equality' and 'Discrimination,' 2013 March for Life and More! (1382)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Confusions About ‘Equality’ and ‘Discrimination’. Click on the link by George Weigel to read more.

Confusions About ‘Equality’ and ‘Discrimination’ – George Weigel, Denver Catholic Register

2013 U.S. March for Life Schedule of Events: Updated – LifeSiteNews

Modern Catholic Heretics: Tools of Satan by David L. Gray - Big Pulpit

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin Urges Rhode Island Lawmakers to Resist Redefining Marriage – Stephen Kokx, Catholic Vote

Have Bishops of England and Wales Forbidden the E. F. Mass at Seminary? – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibe Domine

The Danger of Divinizing the French Fifth Republic – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Quæritur: Participating in Wedding of Sister to a Married Man – Fr. Z’s Blog

A Man for This Season, and All Seasons - Abp....READ MORE

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Gallaudet Employee Allowed Back After Maryland Marriage Controversy (1916)

Angela McCaskill was suspended for three months after signing a petition in favor of allowing voters to pass judgment on a same-sex ‘marriage’ law.

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Angela McCaskill

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WASHINGTON — A Maryland university employee has been reinstated after spending three months on administrative leave for signing a petition to allow locals to vote on same-sex “marriage” in the state.

“The work of the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is vital and must continue in an active and vibrant way,” said T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University, which serves the deaf and hard of hearing.

According to The Associated Press, Hurwitz explained in a brief Jan. 7 statement to the campus community that Angela McCaskill was being returned to the position of chief diversity officer.

“I personally look forward to working with Dr. McCaskill on the work of that...READ MORE

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California Monks Build New Chapel With Medieval Stones (2879)

After languishing in Golden Gate Park for more than 60 years, stones reclaimed from Spain’s Santa Maria de Ovila monastery come into service again at a contemporary Cistercian abbey.

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Cloister walk at New Clairvaux Abbey in Vina, Calif.

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VINA, Calif.— A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and it now houses a new chapel built of stones taken from a medieval Cistercian monastery in Spain.

“These stones have come home. ... We had a donor event last year because the scaffolding finally came down, and you can see the glory of this vaulted stone chapter house,” the abbot, Father Paul Mark Schwan, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 7.

“We sang our Cistercian ‘Salve’ at the conclusion of this event. That was the first time since 1835 that these stones had heard the chanting of, as it were, ‘their’ Cistercian monks,” he added.

“It was a very touching moment, not just for our monks, but for the guests...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Decries Proposal to Expand Abortion Access (5177)

In a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the cardinal warns that the state’s proposed Reproductive Health Act would further increase the state’s ‘scandalous’ abortion rate.

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NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York expressed “great disappointment” in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement to move forward with the state’s proposed Reproductive Health Act.

In his third annual State of the State address on Jan. 9, the democratic governor said that, among other reforms, he intends to strengthen local abortion laws by enacting the measure.

In response, Cardinal Dolan said the move would ultimately increase New York’s “scandalous” abortion rate.

“I am hard-pressed to think of a piece of legislation that is less needed or more harmful than this one,” Cardinal Dolan wrote in a Jan. 9 letter to Gov. Cuomo, who is Catholic.

“There was a time when abortion...READ MORE

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Florida Conference Energizes Thousands of College Students (1586)

Sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, the 'Seek 2013' gathering zeroed in on the theme ‘What Moves You.’

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Participants at this month's Seek 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The "Seek 2013" gathering brought thousands of Catholic college students to Orlando’s Swan and Dolphin Hotel Jan. 2-6, encouraging attendees to search for what God wants for them in life.

“It’s exciting to see so many people who care about their faith, who love Jesus and want to follow Jesus and love the Church,” Jeremy Rivera, national director of marketing and communications for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus), told Catholic News Agency Jan. 8.

Focus presented the conference, which zeroed in on the theme “What Moves You.” The event’s speakers gave wide-ranging talks about faith and contemporary Catholic life.

More than 5,000 attendees...READ MORE

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My Initial Doubts About the Extraordinary Form, 10 Ways to Prevent Liturgical Abuse and Much More! (2547)

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My Initial Doubts about the Latin Mass. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

My Initial Doubts about the Latin Mass by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

Ten Easy Ways to Prevent Liturgical Abuse – Katy Holland, Fide Et Literis

So-Called Gay Marriage: A Dialogue - J. Budziszewski, Crisis Magazine

Wanting One More Child – Marie Meaney PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Delaying Gratification – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Liturgical Dance is Very Much Alive (Liverpool, England) – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

To Know Christ Jesus, The Early Years – Ben, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

The Argument from Authority – Br. Innocent Smith OP, Dominicana

Former Catholic Caritas Head Hired by Pro-Abortion Group The Elders – Hilary White,...READ MORE

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Still Troubled by Terri Schiavo’s Death, But Inspired, Too (16071)

Twenty years after Terri’s husband, Michael, began his campaign to cut off her life support, Bobby Schindler discusses the impact of the protracted family tragedy that culminated with his sister’s death.

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Bobby Schindler, with his father and a photo of his sister behind him, speaks at a rally.

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On Feb. 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed in her Florida apartment. Two years later, her husband, Michael, sued her doctors for malpractice, and a jury awarded him $1.5 million for the rehabilitation therapy he testified she would receive.

However, in 1993, Terri’s father, Robert Schindler Sr., had an argument with his son-in-law during which he asked, “When are you going to start the rehabilitation therapy that you not only promised the jury, our family, but, most importantly, Terri?”

The question infuriated Schiavo, who cut off communication with the Schindlers. Later that year, Terri developed a urinary tract infection, and Michael asked the nursing home to not prescribe...READ MORE

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