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Failing Grade in Social Doctrine (2939)

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate Violates Church’s Core Principle: Aug. 26 issue column

09/01/2012 Comment
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When vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gave an address at Georgetown University this past spring, more than 80 faculty members signed a letter challenging his claim that his budget proposal had been informed by Catholic social teaching.

The faculty members could not fathom how a proposal that checked the growth of the federal government could be consistent with their myopic view of the Church’s social teaching.

A similarly narrow reading of Catholic social teaching, one that erroneously equates it with social-welfare state policies, has also been evident in the ongoing debate about Obamacare.

For example, both the Catholic Health Association and leaders of the recent...READ MORE

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How to Raise Kind Children in a Bullying World (3350)

Tips for Happy School Years: From our Aug. 26 issue.

09/01/2012 Comment
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There has always been the bully on the playground — now, the difference is there are multiple bullies vying to make children’s lives miserable.

Dr. Ray Guarendi, clinical psychologist and Register columnist, observes: "The irony in this is our culture says, ‘Oh, isn’t that awful! Look what happened; these kids are mistreating other kids! How does that happen?We have to have programs!’ They’re chasing the wrong causes. As long as the family continues to deteriorate, as long as God is pushed aside, you’re going to have more aggressive treatment of everybody — not just kids."

So, the question remains: What can concerned parents do to protect their children from bullies — and prevent them...READ MORE

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Famous Book of Virtue Read by Monks, Increase Work and Family Balance, A Failed Bishop, and More! (2985)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/01/2012 Comment

Saint’s Book on Virtue was Read Each Day by Monks in Middle Ages. Click on the link by the Catholic Herald website to read more.

Saint’s Book on Virtue was Read Each Day by Monks in Middle Ages – Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

10 Ways for Men to Increase Work & Family Balance – Kevin Lowry, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Failed Bishop by Daria Sockey of the Coffee & Canticles blog – Big ulpit

Why Does God Allow Misfortune to Fall on Us? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Top 5 NFP Websites – Katie Merando, OSV Newsweekly

The Impact of Porn: Through Statistics – Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

The Road to Rome: Why Not Lutheranism? – Jason Liske, Catholic Lane

Choosing Your Religion & Other Silly Tales – CatholiChris, Team Orthodoxy

Catholic Health Share Plan Offers Alternative to Contraception...READ MORE

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University of Texas: Scientific Misconduct Charges Against Professor Have No Merit (6675)

Mark Regnerus came under attack for publishing a study about children growing up in households headed by parents with same-sex history.

09/01/2012 Comments (21)

University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus

Allegations of scientific misconduct against faculty member Mark Regnerus have been found to have no merit, University of Texas at Austin officials announced Aug. 30.

The allegations were filed in a written complaint by an irate blogger, Scott Rose (a pseudonym for Scott Rosensweig), a homosexual-activist blogger who writes for a website called TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com, after Regnerus published research showing that young-adult children of parents who’ve had same-sex relationships suffer more emotional and social problems than those reared by a mom and a dad.

Among the findings, young adults from homes in which either parent had a same-sex relationship were more likely to be...READ MORE

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Accessible Sainthood (6115)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva.'

09/01/2012 Comments (5)

Eric Sammons has written an insightful book titled Holiness for Everyone: the Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá, with a foreword by Scott Hahn.

Sammons writes with the zeal of a convert and the joy that comes from finding within the Church many helpers on the road to holiness. That journey will end only in heaven, where we will enjoy permanent ecstasy in God’s presence.

Sammons finds his spiritual coaching in the spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá and the supernatural family he founded — Opus Dei. Though he is not a member of the personal prelature, Sammons is obviously an admirer.

This book is quite useful for those many “ordinary Catholics” who realize that...READ MORE

Filed under faith, holiness, josemaria escriva, opus dei, prayer, priests, saints, sanctity, work

Government 'Moving Goalposts' in HHS Contraceptive Mandate Controversy, Lawyer Charges (3863)

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney also says 'government bureaucrats' are 'redefining what religious faith is.'

08/31/2012 Comments (4)

The federal government is being accused of “moving the goalposts” in deciding what religious nonprofits qualify for a temporary exemption from the mandate that their employee health-insurance plans cover all forms of Food and Drug Administration-approved birth control.

“In my view, the administration is constantly changing the rule book in order to attack religious freedom in the broadest fashion possible,” asserted Matt Bowman, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a coalition of Christian attorneys. Alliance Defending Freedom was formerly called the Alliance Defense Fund.

Bowman told the Register that government bureaucrats are “redefining what religious faith is and what...READ MORE

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Romney Vows to Protect Life, Honor Institution of Marriage and Guarantee Freedom of Religion (2685)

Mitt Romney’s Aug. 30 address concluded the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., following his acceptance of the GOP nomination for president.

08/31/2012 Comments (12)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that America’s backbone of family, community and faith will be reinforced by initiatives to boost the economy and ease unemployment.

“My promise is to help you and your family,” the former Massachusetts governor said as he formally accepted his party’s nomination for president.

Romney’s Aug. 30 address concluded the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. His speech dealt largely with the poor economy and high national rates of unemployment, while also touching on the importance of families and local communities, as well as his Mormon faith.

Americans are not better off now than they were when President Obama took office,...READ MORE

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‘Ratzinger Schülerkreis’ Is Now in Session (3817)

Pope Benedict welcomes his former students to his annual gathering.

08/31/2012 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI has been meeting with his former students since 1977.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — The annual gathering of Pope Benedict’s former students has begun at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo and is examining the ecumenical dialogue the Catholic Church has with Lutherans and Anglicans.

“The fact that the Holy Father has chosen this theme for the meeting this year is a sign that the ecumenical question is of primary importance for him,” said participant Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna in an Aug. 30 interview with Vatican Radio.

“I think this is already a first essential concept, within the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, it is a strong sign that the Holy Father insists on the importance of these...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal joseph ratzinger, castel gandolfo, catholic faith, ecumenical dialogue, pope benedict xvi, vatican city

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