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Band of Brothers (3137)

Part 6 of a Register series on friendship.

09/21/2012 Comments (1)

'The Synaxis of the Holy and the Most Praiseworthy Twelve Apostles,' from the 14th century.

– Moscow Museum/Wikipedia

In Henry V, Shakespeare has Henry steel his men for battle against the overwhelming odds of 10,000 French to a few hundred English troops by telling them “the fewer men, the greater share of honor” and reminding them that he regards them not as servants, nor as mercenaries for hire, nor as subjects, but as: “We few, we happy few; we band of brothers; /for he today that sheds his blood with me/shall be my brother.”

This speech, which still has the power to move us at a distance of five centuries, is deeply rooted in the Christian conception of friendship. And such friendship is how both the Incarnation and the Resurrection, as well as the mission of the Church, begin.

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Father's Role Crucial in a Child's Life, Game of Thrones—The Worst in Culture, and More! (4444)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/21/2012 Comment

The Father’s Role in a Child’s Life is Crucial. Click on the link by Thomas J. Neal Ph.D. to read more.

The Father’s Role in a Child’s Life is Crucial – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

What Game of Thrones Says About Where Our Culture Has Gone by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog - Big ulpit

NFP and the Key to Happiness - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Lane

Parents Militant: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Catholic Dads and The Domestic Church – Eneubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

St. Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary for All Time – Brennan Pursell, Crisis Magazine

Allowing Kids to be Adopted by SSA ‘Parents’ is Not in Their Best Interests – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

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How to Listen to Your Children, Makers vs. Takers, Answering the Protestant Canon, and Much More! (1667)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/20/2012 Comment

How to Truly Listen to Your Children. Click on the link by Fathers for Good to read more.

How to Truly Listen to Your Children - Fathers for Good, Catholic Lane

Makers vs. Takers – Anna Williams, First Things/On The Square

Why Not 66: Answering Brian Edward’s Protestant Canon by Joe Heschmeyer of the Shameless Popery blog – Big ulpit

Until Death Do Us Part – Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, The Deacon’s Heart Blog

Vocation Encouragement from St. Thomas More and Rudy – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

“Know Your Role” in Vocational Discernment – Fr. Christopher M. Zelonis, Shipwrack-Harvest

Murray Rothbard and Catholic Political Thought – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

How In God’s Name Did I Become Catholic?, Part II, Part III – Marcus Allen Steele, MarcusAllenSteele.com

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Cardinal Dolan Talks Catholicism, Humor With Stephen Colbert at Fordham (11062)

G.K. Chesterton famously said, “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." The archbishop and the television comedian put that saying into practice at Fordham University.

09/20/2012 Comments (43)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Stephen Colbert

– Fordham University

Fordham University students were treated to a rare opportunity last week when they packed an auditorium to hear Cardinal Timothy Dolan and television comedian Stephen Colbert trade jokes and discuss faith.

Cardinal Dolan told Colbert that “part of my admiration for you is that, while you often tease and joke about your faith and the Church, there’s no denying that you take your faith seriously, and look to the Church as your spiritual family.”

“In fact, when I met you last spring at a very glitzy gathering where you were the MC, the first thing you said to me was, ‘Cardinal Dolan, tomorrow night I’ll be with my son as he receives the sacrament of confirmation. Say a prayer for him,...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Launch Spanish Facebook Page (2045)

As the Catholic Hispanic community continues to grow, so does the need for faithful new media outlets.

09/20/2012 Comments (1)

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WASHINGTON — As new statistics show the accelerated growth of the Hispanic population in many areas of the country, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a Spanish-language Facebook page.

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Communications Committee and is a consultant to the Committee on Migration, explained that “Hispanics make up 16% of the total U.S. population, almost 40% of U.S. Catholics, and 50% of U.S. Catholics under age 25.”

“It is critically important to engage this demographic, especially through the expanding field of social media, and provide them with accurate, quality information that encourages them to grow in their faith,”...READ MORE

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Number of Ex-Abortion Industry Workers Who Have Chosen Life Growing (5432)

According to 40 Days for Life, 69 workers have left since 2007.

09/20/2012 Comments (6)

– Courtesy of 40 Days for Life.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — When 40 Days for Life launches its 11th national peaceful, prayerful campaign outside a record number of abortion businesses on Sept. 26, they hope to change not only the hearts and minds of women considering abortion, but also the hearts and minds of the workers inside who are engaged in the destructive business of abortion.

Over the past five years, a growing number of abortion workers across the country have had a change of heart and left their jobs. It’s a trend that is leading others to do the same.

“It does seem to be snowballing,” said Jewels Green, a former abortion worker just outside Philadelphia. Green started speaking out in 2011.

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Free Online Publishing Service Just for Catholics, What's Wrong with the Church, and More! (2087)

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09/20/2012 Comment

New Free Online Publishing Service Exclusively for Catholics. Click on the link by Esther G. to learn more about this great service.

New Free Online Publishing Service Exclusively for Catholics – Esther G., A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Here’s What’s Wrong with the Church in America Today by David L. Gray – Big ulpit

Pontifical Mass in Córdoba, Spain – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Gnostic Noise Machine and the “Wife” of Jesus – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & Machine

“Who is the Catholic Writer in America?” – Catherine, Saint Peter’s List

Photographing Papa Bene – Paul Haring, OSV Newsweekly

I Am a Mystery to Myself, Last Days of Padre Pio – Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, These Stone Walls

A Bit About Angels. . . – Fr. Gary Dickson, Catholic Collar And Tie

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House Passes Bill to Promote Human Rights in Vietnam (2344)

09/19/2012 Comments (8)

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.

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WASHINGTON — A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 11.

“It is imperative that the United States Government send an unequivocal message to the Vietnamese regime that it must end its human rights abuses against its own citizens,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who authored the bill.

Smith, who chairs a House subcommittee on human rights, explained that the legislation would place limitations on U.S. aid to Vietnam until the government improves its human rights record, while at the same time allowing humanitarian assistance to continue as needed.

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