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Saturday Book Pick: The Unintended Reformation by Brad S. Gregory

08/04/2012 Comments (3)

There are some questions in life that most individuals throughout the world and throughout the ages have attempted to answer: “What should I believe, and why should I believe it?” “What is meaningful in life?” “What kind of person should I be?”

These questions, according to Brad S. Gregory, are “Life Questions.” And, for 1,500 years, they were not only asked by most people, but the answers were also considered to be true and universal for all people. Today, however, most people attempt to answer these questions in individual and relativistic terms, with little consideration of the universal significance that the answers to these questions yield for the moral fabric of society as a...READ MORE

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Mo. Diocese Voices Profound Concern for Victims, as Priest Pleads Guilty to Child-Porn Charges (1579)

'The diocese expresses its profound concern for anyone who may have been harmed by Shawn Ratigan and urges prayer for all affected by his actions,' Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese said.

08/03/2012 Comments (3)

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., voiced deep sympathy for victims harmed by a diocesan priest who plead guilty in federal court Aug. 2 to child-pornography charges.

“The diocese expresses its profound concern for anyone who may have been harmed by Shawn Ratigan and urges prayer for all affected by his actions,” the diocese said in a statement released Wednesday.

Father Ratigan, who served as pastor of parishes throughout the diocese, plead guilty to the charge of producing or attempting to produce child pornography in federal court over a year after his initial arrest.

“The diocese is fundamentally committed to ensure that every report of sexual abuse, boundary violation...READ MORE

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Do's and Don'ts of Sharing NFP, Did St. Paul Attend the Olympics?, and Much More! (2962)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/03/2012 Comment

Do’s and Don’ts of Sharing NFP. Click on the link by Katie Merando to read more.

Do’s and Don’ts of Sharing NFP – Katie Merando, OSV Newsweekly

Did St. Paul Attend the Olympics? – Bishop Kevin Farrell

Olympic Champion Missy Franklin Thinking of Becoming Catholic by Sherry Weddell of the Catherine of Siena Institute blog – Big Pulpit

24 Points from Patriarch Gregory III on the Crisis in Syria – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

A New Generation of US Bishops that Do Not Equate Social Justice Can Only Be Done With Government – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

92% and Perfect Babies - Ignitum Today

What’s So Bad About Romance Novels? – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Exchange/Patti Maguire Armstrong

Christian Revolution Under Constantine: 1700th...READ MORE

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LCWR Prepares to Discuss Response to Vatican Mandate to Reform (8008)

LCWR’s Sister Pat Farrell held a press conference Aug. 2 ahead of next week’s assembly.

08/03/2012 Comments (34)

The annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in St. Louis next week is in a spotlight because the sisters will be discussing how to respond to a Vatican mandate to reform the organization. The 1,500-member LCWR is made up of superiors of 320 religious orders that have about 80% of the sisters in this country.

After a four-year study, done in April, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) ordered a renewal of the LCWR because of several doctrinal concerns. These concerns included LCWR assembly speeches, presentations and publications that contained errors about the Trinity, centrality of the Eucharist, divinity of Christ, inspiration of...READ MORE

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The Sexual Revolution’s Predictable Results (5619)

Mary Eberstadt, author of Adam and Eve After the Pill, discusses sex, women’s happiness and cultural paradoxes.

08/03/2012 Comments (3)

This spring, Mary Eberstadt published her latest book, Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution, a book that features her incisive cultural criticism, including essays published in First Things and other journals. She is also the author of Home Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs and Other Parent Substitutes and a fictional work of apologetics,  The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism.

She discussed Adam and Eve After the Pill with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond.



Adam and Eve After the Pill argues, among other things, that Humanae Vitae was right. The book was published just as the bishops...READ MORE

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A Catholic Alternative for Health Insurance, How Easily Possession Turn to Disappointment, and More! (3827)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/03/2012 Comment

Solidarity Health Share, a Catholic Alternative for Health Insurance. Click on the link by Devin Rose to read more.

Solidarity Health Share, a Catholic Alternative for Health Insurance – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

How Easily Possession Turns to Disappointment – Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

Reflecting on the Mothers of the Church – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

4 Failures in the Chick-Fil-A Controversy by Brandon Vogt – Big Pulpit

Listen, and Take Heart: Music that Shines Through the Darkness – Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

NFP For Those Over Forty – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Lane

Searching for Lost Fatherhood – Norberto Gonzalez Gaitano, MercatorNet

Can We Separate Tebow from His Anti-Catholic Father? – Elizabeth Scalia, Patheos/The Anchoress

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Traditional Marriage Supporters Flock to Chick-fil-A (5091)

Restaurants report 'record-setting' figures for Aug. 1 Appreciation Day while protesters plan Aug. 3 'same-sex kiss in.'

08/03/2012 Comments (22)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Major thoroughfares backed up all day on Wednesday in front of this city’s five Chick-fil-A locations. The scene played out in cities throughout the country, as people who respect marriage as an institution between one man and one woman came out to support the embattled president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, who came under attack for expressing his support of traditional marriage in the Baptist Press.

“This is amazing,” said Jackie Walls, marketing director for a Colorado Springs Chick-fil-A, as she helped manage traffic and took orders from customers waiting in the drive-through line. “People started showing up in droves at about 9am, and it has not slowed down....READ MORE

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In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants and Men, Best-Parish-Bulletin-Ever, and Much More! (11144)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/02/2012 Comment

In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants & Men. Click on the link by Fr. Gordon J. MacRae to read more.

In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants & Men – Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, Catholic Lane

Best. Parish. Bulletin. Ever. – Brandon Vogt

Modesty is Annoying by Christina Head of the Life Teen blog – Big Pulpit

One Million Moms Campaign Urges Removal of Anti-Family Show – Catholic News Agency

The Role of the Church in the Olympics – Austen Ivereigh, OSV Newsweekly

A Not-So-Catholic Guide to the 2012 London Olympics – Stephen Kokx, Catholic Vote

The Smoke of Satan in Steubenville – Joel Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

Mom Can You Ask Dad? - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

Forgiveness and Love at the Foot of the Cross – Postabortion Journey Walk With Me

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