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Court: Texas Can Bar State Funds to Planned Parenthood (2301)

In a unanimous decision, a federal court on Tuesday lifted an injunction that protected Planned Parenthood from a Texas law that bars state funds from organizations that perform or promote abortion. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who backed the law, said Aug. 21 the decision is 'a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life.'

08/23/2012 Comments (4)

In a unanimous decision, a federal court on Tuesday lifted an injunction that protected Planned Parenthood from a Texas law that bars state funds from organizations that perform or promote abortion.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who backed the law, said Aug. 21 the decision is “a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life.”

Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Steven Aden also praised the decision in an Aug. 22 statement, saying it shows “abortionists and their political allies are bluffing when they say that states cannot stop taxpayer funding from being used to subsidize abortions, whether directly or indirectly.”

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of...READ MORE

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Contemporary Church Architecture vs. Toothpaste, Using Knowledge Charitably and Wisefully, and More! (1854)

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08/23/2012 Comment

Contemporary Church Architecture vs. Toothpaste. Click on the link by Fr. Matthew Bartulica to read more.

Contemporary Church Architecture vs. Toothpaste – Fr. Matthew Bartulica, Pray the Mass

St. Bernard on Using Knowledge as Charity and Wisdom – Etheldreda’s Place

What is Casual Catholicism? Its Symptoms and Five Cures by The Idler of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog – Big ulpit

On Natural Law – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Avoiding Burnout, Rediscovering the Sabbath – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Wisdom is a Gift – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

Natural Law and Unnatural Acts – David L. Alexander, Man With Black Hat

St. Martin of Tours, Louisville, Kentucky – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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Cardinal Dolan Will Give Concluding Prayer at Republican Convention (3196)

News was announced by Mitt Romney in an exclusive interview on EWTN's The World Over, which airs tonight. LINK TO INTERVIEW ADDED.

08/23/2012 Comments (8)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, head of the U.S. bishops' conference, has been invited to offer the final benediction at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

The news was announced by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in an exclusive interview with Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN's news program The World Over.

Cardinal Dolan will give the concluding benediction prayer on Aug. 30, the final night of the GOP convention, where Romney is slated to accept the presidential nomination for his party.

The cardinal has not endorsed either candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

However, he has been an outspoken critic of a mandate issued by the...READ MORE

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Lessons from Catholic Evangelists, Todays Great Catholic Writers!, Jesus on Gay Marriage, and More! (2889)

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08/23/2012 Comment

Lessons from Effective Catholic Evangelists. Click on the link by Jim Graves to read more.

Lessons from Effecitve Catholic Evangelists – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Great Catholic Writers of Today! by Kevin O'Brien of the Waiting for Godot to Leave blog – Big ulpit

Was Jesus Really Silent on Same-Sex “Marriage”? – Christopher Eden, Catholic Lane

The Catholic Church and the Labor Unions – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Righteous Anger Management – Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

The Deuterocanon and the Communion of Saints – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Trauma and Pain of Abortion after Rape – Birgit J, Catholic Sistas

The Four Levels of Suffering – Quodcumque Dixerit

Barack Obama: Enemy of the Catholic Church? – J. C. Sanders,...READ MORE

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Catholic Girls’ Clubs Are in Bloom Nationwide (10614)

You don’t need to sell cookies — and be indoctrinated into the worst of today’s culture — to enjoy scouting.

08/23/2012 Comments (23)

– LittleFlowersGirlsClub.com

When it comes to scouting groups for girls, the one that has become famous for its cookies is not the only option.

In the wake of recent revelations of problems with Girl Scouts USA, many Catholic parents are looking for — and finding — alternatives for their young daughters.

“Better options exist for our young, not yet formed, Catholic girls,” said Chris Reister, a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carmel, Ind., who launched a Little Flowers Girls’ Club at her parish when her conscience would no longer allow her to lead her daughter’s secular scouting group.

“I want my daughter to learn about the beauty of chastity, authentic femininity and the sanctity of life,” said...READ MORE

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Jesus Creates Friendship (2923)

Part 5 of a Register series on friendship.

08/22/2012 Comments (4)

Jesus and his friends at the Last Supper.

– Wikipedia

One of the titles of Abraham among Muslims is “Khalilul’Alllah” (The Friend of God).

It’s a title that demonstrates how much the Islamic tradition depends on the Jewish and Christian tradition from which it springs, for the title echoes James 2:23, which likewise tells us that Abraham … was called the friend of God.

And that is because Jesus has the habit of creating friendships wherever he goes.

David, in the Old Testament, had one of the storied friendships out of antiquity: his friendship with Jonathan, who was willing to sacrifice his own shot at the throne and even to risk his life when his paranoid father, Saul, sought David’s blood.

David, like Abraham, stands out because...READ MORE

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Never Too Late to Cross the Tiber, Practical Powers of Peninence, Wellness and Holiness, and More! (1423)

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08/22/2012 Comment

Never Too Late to Cross the Tiber. Click on the link by Barbara Curtis to read more.

Never Too Late to Cross the Tiber – Barbara Curtis, Arlington Catholic Herald

The Practical Power of Penitence – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Interview with Peggy Bowes on Wellness and Holiness – Cheryl Dickow, Catholic Lane

Our Father (Music) – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

Where Have All the Celebrities Gone When It Really Matters? – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

The Oxyrhynchus Project: Desktop Papyrology – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Roman Catholic Diner by Jeff B. Harris of the Sword of Peter blog – Big ulpit

Aquinas: Nine Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Mortal Sin – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

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Pope Benedict: 'We Learn to Live From Mary' (2777)

The Holy Father's general audience on the feast of the Queenship of Mary, Aug. 22.

08/22/2012 Comments (6)

Pope Benedict XVI recommended that Christians look to the queenship of Mary, who is “queen in the service of God to humanity,” as a sure guide towards her Son.

“Dear friends, devotion to Our Lady is an important part of spiritual life. In our prayer, we should not fail to turn to her, confident that Mary will intercede for us with her Son,” the Pope said to pilgrims during his Aug. 22 general audience at Castel Gandolfo.

“Looking upon her, let us imitate her faith, her complete openness to the loving plan of God, her generous welcoming of Jesus. We learn to live from Mary.”

The Pope recalled how the establishment of a particular day to celebrate the queenship of Mary is actually a...READ MORE

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