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Lessons from Catholic Evangelists, Todays Great Catholic Writers!, Jesus on Gay Marriage, and More! (2897)

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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 (10772)

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 (2948)

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! (1434)

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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' (2823)

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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GOP Platform Reaffirms Official Opposition to Abortion Ahead of National Convention (1461)

Next week delegates will vote on the resolution.

08/22/2012 Comments (13)
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– RNC Facebook page

The Republican Party’s platform committee has drafted a resolution reaffirming its official opposition to abortion and its support for a human life amendment to protect unborn children.

“Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” reads the party’s draft platform language. “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment's protections apply to unborn children.”

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., next week will...READ MORE

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To Yoga or Not to Yoga?, Infant Death and Sacred Parenting, Trustful Surrender to God, and More! (3078)

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08/22/2012 Comment

To Yoga or Not to Yoga? Click on the link by Patti Maguire Armstrong to read more.

To Yoga or Not to Yoga? – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Infant Death and Sacred Parenting: An Interview – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholics Sistas

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Eucharist and Quantum Mechanics – Quodcumque Dixerit

Myth of the Domus Ecclesiae (Modern Church Architecture) – Steven J. Schloeder PhD AIA, Adoremus Bulletin

Newsify: Perfect Feed Reader for iOS – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & Machine

Are We Witnessing the Establishment of a “State Religion”? by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Big ulpit

“Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth” – Catherine, Hallelujah Is My Song

Calling Mary “Our Life, Our...READ MORE

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Abortion in Cases of Rape: Todd Akin’s Gaffe Spotlights Catholic Teaching — Again (18378)

A furor over a recent campaign-season comment provides another opportunity to clarify Church doctrine.

08/22/2012 Comments (130)

Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.

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WASHINGTON — The 2012 presidential election was supposed to be about the economy.

But the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a committed Catholic, as the GOP vice-presidential candidate has transformed the campaign season into a real-time seminar on catechetics.

Last week, reporters and pundits examined whether Ryan properly applied Catholic social doctrine to his controversial budget proposal that cuts spending on entitlements.

Now, this week, the public is being treated to an analysis of Catholic opposition to abortion in cases of rape, a teaching that has long drawn criticism from feminists.

The latest case study in Catholic ethics surfaced Aug. 19, after Rep. Todd Akin,...READ MORE

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