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Charles Colson's 'Ecumenism of the Trenches' (6521)

Recalling the man who helped forge Evangelicals and Catholics Together and the ‘Manhattan Declaration.’

04/25/2012 Comments (12)

Charles Colson (1931-2012)

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”

— Revelation 14:13 


Walter Hooper once said of C.S. Lewis that he was the most truly converted person he had ever met. The same thing can be justly said of Charles W. Colson, who came to faith in Christ through reading Lewis’ Mere Christianity. Since Colson’s death at age 80 on April 21, tributes have poured in from across the world — from world leaders and towering figures of business, politics and academia, but also from prisoners, chaplains and countless others on the margins of...READ MORE

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A Pearl in the Desert, A Case for the Stay-at-Home Mom, An Infertility Book for Catholics, and more! (2676)

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04/25/2012 Comment

A Pearl in the Desert: San Xavier del Bac. Click on the link by Steve Skojec to read more.

A Pearl in the Desert: San Xavier del Bac - Steve Skojec, Crisis Magazine

A Reasonable Case for the Stay-at-Home Mom - Elise, Kissing the Leper

"The Infertility Companion for Catholics", Book Review - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

On Fifteen Years a Catholic - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Seven Deadly Fallacies in Pro-Abortion Arguments - Dr. Donald DeMarco, Integrated Catholic Life™

On the Sin of Rash Judgment - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

My Baby Would Have Been 40 This Year - Therese, The West Tennessee Catholic

Euthanasia Is Still Murder - Jared Dale Combista, Ignitum Today

Where’s the Outrage? - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

If I Wanted...READ MORE

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When God Says No, Hey Bishops: Offer to Fund NFP for HHS Mandate, Tweeting for the LCWR, and more! (3612)

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04/24/2012 Comment

When God says “No”. Click on the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read and learn more.

When God says “No” - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Hey Bishops: Offer to Fund N.F.P. for Mandate! - Daria Sockey, Catholic Exchange/Coffee and Canticles

Tweeting for the L.C.W.R. - Fr. Z's Blog

Human Nature: The Question behind the Culture Wars - Anthony B. Bradley, Acton Institute/Acton Commentary

A Habit (or lack-thereof) of Disobedience - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

Which Books Were in Early Christian Bibles? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Parents: Don’t Delay Baptism for your Infants! - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Interview with Patrick Coffin - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

In Honor of Saint Stephen - Steven Lawson,...READ MORE

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Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR: Safeguarding the Integrity of Consecrated Life (16840)

04/24/2012 Comments (62)
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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith situates the introduction of its doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the section of Pope John Paul II’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation Vita Consecrata entitled “Sentire Cum Ecclesia” (To Think With the Church).

The eight-page document, published April 18, summarizes the findings of a careful investigation of the LCWR begun in 2008 and has renewal as its primary purpose:

The renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which is the goal of this doctrinal assessment, is in support of this essential charism of religious which has been so obvious in the life and growth of the Catholic Church...READ MORE

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Archbishop Sartain Praises Women Religious as 'Great Gift' to the Church (2521)

Comments come days after he was asked by Pope Benedict to help reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

04/24/2012 Comments (5)

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Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle praised American religious women as a “great gift” days after being asked by Pope Benedict to help reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

“What I hope and pray for every day is that I, first of all, do as the Lord asks and do as the Holy Father asks,” said the archbishop, describing the task of renewal ahead to CNA on April 23.

He said he hopes “to work in a positive way,” recognizing “the wonderful contribution of religious women in the United States, and to work in a way that shows our continued love and support for their extraordinary contribution.”

Archbishop Sartain made his remarks in Rome only days after Pope Benedict XVI...READ MORE

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Archbishop Wenski Defends America's 'First Freedom' (1335)

Miami archbishop writes op-ed on religious liberty.

04/24/2012 Comments (2)

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Efforts to restrict religious liberty break with American traditions and seek to “delegitimize” the Catholic Church’s participation in public debate, said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.

“America's ‘first freedom,’ the freedom of religion, is under great stress, if not under outright assault, and not just for Catholics,” Archbishop Wenski wrote in an op-ed April 23.

He said the Health and Human Services mandate requiring insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can cause abortion represents “an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government.”

The mandate not only forces religious institutions to “facilitate and fund” products and procedures...READ MORE

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B16 on Truth and Bible, Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, About Confirmation, and much more! (3162)

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04/24/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI Reflects on the Truth and Inspiration of the Bible. Click on the link by Fr. James V. Schall S.J. to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI Reflects on the Truth and Inspiration of the Bible - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café/Rome Reports

Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About Confirmation - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

What Conservative Catholics Should Keep Doing - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Should Confirmation and First Eucharist be Given to Infants? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Liturgical Movement

Is the Panzer Pope Back Again? No, Clichés are Silly as Ever - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

St. Mark and Responding to the Rough Profession - Ben Akers, Crisis Magazine

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Importance of Catholicism Hits Home for Arizona Diamondbacks Player (8409)

Major League Baseball veteran Willie Bloomquist appreciates his blessings now more than ever.

04/24/2012 Comments (10)
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The way Willie Bloomquist sees it, he’s living an impossible dream. Of all the players who try to make it to the major leagues, only a relative few actually get there.

Bloomquist is one of those few, but he doesn’t attribute this to his own skills.

The 34-year-old Port Orchard, Wash., native says he’s not as talented as some other players who never made it to the majors. Why, then, is he there?

In part because of the intercession of St. Rita of Cascia, he says. After hitting a low point in the minor leagues, he began to ask for her prayers, and he made it through the often slow grind.

After playing nine full seasons in the majors, Bloomquist has a renewed appreciation for his...READ MORE

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