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Catholic Groups Say Agriculture Laws Should Aid Poor, Farmers (3229)

Catholic leaders say it is a crucial time to build a framework that puts poor and hungry people first, promotes sustainable stewardship of the land and helps vulnerable farmers and rural communities.

05/14/2013 Comment
USDA Photo/Lance Cheung

A tractor turns the cover crop into the soil in preparation for planting in the Salinas Valley of California.

– USDA Photo/Lance Cheung

WASHINGTON — Leaders of several prominent Catholic institutions asked members of Congress to provide for the hungry, protect the interests of farmers and promote environmental stewardship with the 2013 Farm Bill.

“In the face of continuing budgetary constraints, the 2013 Farm Bill is an opportunity to address our nation’s broken and outdated agricultural policies,” they said.

“This is a crucial time to build a more just framework that puts poor and hungry people first, serves small and moderate-sized family farms, promotes sustainable stewardship of the land and helps vulnerable farmers and rural communities both at home and in developing countries.”

In a May 9 letter sent to...READ MORE

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Justice Ginsburg Calls ‘Roe’ a Disappointing Decision (2854)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that, in the 40 years since ‘Roe v. Wade,’ pro-life advocates have successfully introduced restrictions on abortion access in many states.

05/14/2013 Comments (2)
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

– Library of Congress

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion-rights advocate, says that the court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 was overreaching and became too big a “target” for pro-life supporters.

“That was my concern, that the court had given opponents of access to abortion a target to aim at relentlessly,” Ginsburg said in a talk May 11 at the University of Chicago Law School.

“My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to stop momentum on the side of change.”

Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has long been an outspoken supporter of legal abortion, and the comments she made at the University of Chicago are the latest in a...READ MORE

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Evangelizing With Humor: Spreading the Gospel With Catholic Memes (18343)

CatholicMemes.com founder says online images ‘provide a forum for dialogue’ about faith.

05/14/2013 Comments (3)

CLEVELAND — The age of social media has opened up new frontiers for spreading the Gospel, and faithful Catholics on the Internet have discovered the power of “memes” to educate others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

In the online world, a “meme” is a concept (usually an image with words or phrases to convey a message) that gets passed from person to person via blogs and social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“I think memes are some of the most effective agents of evangelization out there,” said Sister Anne Flanagan, social-media expert for the Daughters of St. Paul. “The idea meme is visual, punching, has that cultural ‘pop’ in it and is sharable. People can link to...READ MORE

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Greed Is Not Good: Paul Ryan on the Morality of Free Enterprise (4540)

In his May 11 commencement address at Benedictine College, the Catholic congressman focused on the good that has been accomplished by the free market.

05/14/2013 Comments (20)
Benedictine College

Rep. Paul Ryan speaks May 11 at Benedictine College.

– Benedictine College

ATCHISON, Kan. — When Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., delivered the May 11 commencement address at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., the former Republican vice-presidential candidate regarded it as an opportunity to “resell free enterprise” as a system with a moral foundation.

“I find it interesting that we have to sort of go back and resell free enterprise,” Ryan told the Register shortly after the address. He said that the free-enterprise system had done more to help the poor than any other system.

“It’s when government cronyism occurs that the strong exploit the weak. If you have a real free-enterprise system, and the rule of law is applied, and you have natural rights that are...READ MORE

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Second Fortnight for Freedom to Highlight Marriage, Mandate (2298)

The two-week commemoration encourages people to live out faith in the public square and the professional world.

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– Michelle Bauman/CNA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ conference has announced a second "Fortnight for Freedom," scheduled for the two weeks leading up to Independence Day, to raise awareness and support for the right to religious liberty.

“The need for prayer, education and action in defense of religious liberty has never been greater,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. “The 'Fortnight for Freedom' exists to meet that need.”

The pastoral initiative will begin with a Mass June 21 (the eve of the feast day of martyrs Sts.Thomas More and John Fisher) celebrated by Archbishop Lori at the Baltimore basilica. It will conclude at noon on July 4 with a Mass at the Washington basilica, to be celebrated by...READ MORE

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They Know I'm Catholic, Right? Thomas Aquinas on the Special Crown of the Martyrs and More! (3255)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/14/2013 Comment

They Know I’m Catholic, Right? Follow the link by Randy Hain of The Integrated Catholic Life™ website to read more.

They Know I’m Catholic, Right? by Randy Hain of The Integrated Catholic Life™ website - Big Pulpit

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Special Crown of the Martyrs – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Whispering Statues – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

N. B. C. Worries New Saints WIll Hurt Islam’s Feelings – Pat Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Same-Sex 'Marriage': Why it Matters – Matthew Brower, Catholic Stand

A Primer on Rights, with Reference to Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ – Scott Eric Alt, Logos and Muse

Kermit Gosnell Guilty:  A Roundup of the Best Links on the Gosnell Verdict in the Catholic Blogosphere - Big Pulpit

Divine Intimacy: A Book Every Catholic Should Own – Jason Liske,...READ MORE

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Kermit Gosnell Guilty of First-Degree Murder (8154)

A jury also convicted the Philadelphia abortionist on charges of involuntary manslaughter and hundreds of lesser charges.

05/13/2013 Comments (21)

– Wikipedia

PHILADELPHIA —  Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the West Philadelphia abortionist accused of murdering a woman and three babies who were born alive after surviving abortions, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.

Gosnell, 72, was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died of complications following an abortion.

The sentencing phase of the trial that lasted five weeks and saw the jury deliberate for 10 days is set to begin. Gosnell faces the death penalty, but Pennsylvania has not executed anyone since 1999.

According to court...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Atheism, 11 Sisters Who Converted Still Seek Permanent Home and Much More! (4612)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/13/2013 Comment

Pope Francis on Atheism. Follow the link via the Strange Notions blog.

Pope Francis on Atheism - Pope Francis, Strange Notions

11 Sisters Who Converted Still Seek Permanent Home by Mark Greaves - Big Pulpit

Pope to Sisters: Can’t Follow Jesus Without the Church – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Are Those All Your Kids? – Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

The Rise, Fall and Future of Catholicism in the U. S. – The Catholic World Report

5 Ways Anyone Can Evangelize in the Digital Age – David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

How the West Really Lost God - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

“I Wasn’t Fed as a Catholic!” - Peggy Frye, Catholic Answers

Obama Supports No Asylum for Home School Family - Angela Wiltz, Tavern Keepers

Mary, Untier of Knots – Kathy Schiffer,...READ MORE

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