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Dorothy Day's Dynamic Orthodoxy, True Opiate of the Masses, Ecclesiastical Penalties, and More! (1738)

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09/26/2012 Comment

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy. Click on the link by William Doino Jr. to read more.

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy – William Doino Jr., First Things/On The Square

The True Opiate of the Masses by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog – Big ulpit

Door-to-Door Evangelization Reaps Rewards – Rick Snizek and Brian J. Lowney, Catholic News Agency

Using Ecclesiastical Penalties to Shape Both Souls & Culture – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On The Culture

You Can’t Argue With That: It’s Science! – Br. Philip Neri Reese OP, Dominicana

Nothing New, Normal or Funny about NBC’s “The New Normal” – Stephen Kokx, Catholic Vote

When the Rubber Hits the Road - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

27 Quotes on Politics and Religion by Cardinal Ratzinger – H. H. Ambrose,...READ MORE

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Archbishop Myers Issues Pastoral Letter on Marriage (4481)

Newark, N.J., archbishop says Catholics 'must exercise their right to be heard in the public square by defending marriage.'

09/26/2012 Comments (26)

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Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J., says that the sexual complementarity allowing for the possibility of children is vital to marriage and a reason why the fundamental institution cannot be redefined.

“Marriage is not mere sexual-romantic domestic partnership,” the archbishop said in a Sept. 14 pastoral message. “It is, at its very foundation, a one-flesh union.”

The sexual union of a man and woman renders them truly “one flesh” and allows for the possibility of new life, he said.

While not every instance of such a union results in a new life, it is this type of union alone that leads to children, he noted, adding that same-sex couples “cannot participate in reproductive type...READ MORE

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Illinois Court Upholds Conscience Rights for Pharmacists (1611)

Ruling is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.

09/26/2012 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.

“Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has been co-representing the pharmacists for seven years.

Rienzi told Catholic News Agency on Sept. 24 that the ruling provides a “useful” parallel in examining the controversial Health and Human Services mandate that forces many religious employers to violate their sincere...READ MORE

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Eamon Duffy Resigns in Protest, Cultivating the Mind, Adhering to Catholic Music, and More! (3545)

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09/26/2012 Comment

Eamon Duffy Resigns in Protest Over Demotion of Theology School. Click on the link by Madeleine Teahan to read more.

Eamon Duffy Resigns in Protest Over Demotion of Theology School – Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

The New Sexual Predators by Alana S. Newman of the Public Discourse website – Big ulpit

Catholic Music: It’s Time to Stop Making Stuff Up – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Crisis Magazine

On Cultivating the Mind that is Catholic – Brian Jones, Catholic World Report

Vatican Remains an Active Player in Global Diplomacy – World Politics Review

What is Better than an Exorcism? – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

C. S. Lewis on Prayer and Evolution - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Africa: Christians Outnumber Muslims – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider


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Syria’s Suffering Christians Flood Neighboring Countries as Civil War Continues (3533)

Pope Benedict reminded Christians in the Middle East that the Church has not forgotten them.

09/25/2012 Comments (5)

Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Patriarch, Bishop Beshara Rai

Pope Benedict XVI’s mid-September visit to Lebanon reminded Christians in the turbulent Middle East that the Church has not forgotten them or the challenges they face.

“I am not unaware of the often dramatic situation endured by the populations of this region, which has been torn for too long by incessant conflict,” Benedict said the week before the visit during his weekly Sunday address.

Nowhere in the region are people suffering more right now than in Syria, where the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been fighting rebel forces since April 2011, at the cost of thousands of lives.

While in Lebanon, the Pope referred twice to the strife in Syria, which threatens to spill over...READ MORE

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Anger Palpable on Liturgical Music, Why Catholic Women Reject Contraception Teaching, and Much More! (2538)

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09/25/2012 Comment

The Anger Is Palpable Still on Liturgical Music. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

The Anger Is Palpable Still on Liturgical Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Why Catholic Women Reject Church’s Contraception Teaching by Carolyn Moynihan of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

A Simple Recipe for Artistic Success – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Not So Complicated - Julie Robison, Ignitum Today

Modernity Is Facing A Crisis – Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

In the Land of the Gulag, a Statement of Faith in the Future – Joanna Bogle, Catholic World Report

How Our Fifth Pope Dealt With Church Growth – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Southern Poverty Law Center Attacks Christians – Pro-Life Corner

The Logic of Bullying –...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: Faith Should Guide Catholic Voters (4159)

'Unity of life' and a properly formed conscience are key to making sound political decisions this fall.

09/25/2012 Comments (34)

LOS ANGELES — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has called on Catholics to achieve a “unity of life” and let their faith form their political decisions as they prepare to vote this November.

“We have important obligations as citizens. But we have to carry out those obligations always in light of our duty to God,” the archbishop wrote in his Sept. 21 column for The Tidings.

The column is the first in a series he will write on the principles that should guide Catholics in thinking about this year's elections.

Archbishop Gomez observed that Catholics have a dual temptation with regards to faith and politics. They can either separate their beliefs from how they vote, or they can use...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate Allows Minors Free Contraception, Sterilization (3189)

09/25/2012 Comments (14)

WASHINGTON — Minor children on their parents’ health-care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under the controversial Health and Human Services mandate. And depending on the state, they can obtain access without parental consent.

Matt Bowman, senior counsel for the religious-liberty-focused legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said the mandate “tramples parental rights” because it requires them to “pay for and sponsor coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, contraception and education in favor of the same for their own children.”

The Department of Health and Human Services ruled in January 2012 that most employers...READ MORE

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