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Cardinal Dolan: Freedom Is Rooted in Human Dignity (4657)

True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty eBook released June 19.

06/19/2012 Comments (7)

NEW YORK CITY--Society faces a choice between true human dignity and a false concept of freedom culminating in the “culture of death,” New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan explains in his new eBook.

This inhumane culture springs from “deeply rooted social, philosophical and ethical tendencies that, unfortunately, often find their expression in our laws and in our attitudes toward others,” the cardinal writes in True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty, released June 19. Published by Random House Digital, True Freedom is available for 99 cents.

“To this culture of death,” he writes, “the Church boldly and joyfully promotes the culture of life.”

In a work of just...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Brave' (17551)

Family is king in the pioneering animation studio’s first fairy tale, a rare mother-daughter story that charts an unconventionally traditional moral path.

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For Pixar fans, Brave marks a crucial watershed. The studio’s first fairy-tale film and first feature with a female protagonist, it’s also Pixar’s first non-sequel since being bought by Disney. Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 were both products of post-purchase Pixar — and, as well done as Toy Story 3 was, the willingness to keep going back to the same well (combined with the mediocrity of Cars 2) raised disquieting questions about whether a Disney-owned Pixar still had the vision and daring for unconventional projects like Wall-E or Up.

Speed bumps on Brave’s path to the screen raised further concerns. First came word that the original title, The Bear and the Bow, had been scuttled for another...READ MORE

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The Vatican Dress Code-Should It Be Universal?, How Does a Person Learn to Love God, and much more! (2752)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/19/2012 Comments (1)

The Dress Code for the Vatican, Should it be Universal? Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

The Dress Code for the Vatican, Should it be Universal? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

How Does a Person Learn to Love God? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Nuns on the Run by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of Standing on My Head Blog - Big Pulpit

For Whom Do They Speak? - Fr. Christopher Smith, The Chant Café

Catholics Should Criticize Indiscriminate Drone Use - Robert P. George DPhil, First Things/First Thoughts

Popular Atheist Blogger, Leah Libresco, Converts on Patheos - Leah Libresco, Patheos/Unequally Yoked

Disney Dreams and St. Joseph - Fabiola Garza, Ignitum Today

Papa Bene on Active Participation & Worth, Reverent Liturgical Worship - Fr. Z's Blog

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Bullying Catholic Schools to Accept 'Gay' Clubs (7258)

Ontario government throws parochial schools ‘under a bus.’

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OTTAWA — Canada’s largest province is forcing its taxpayer-supported Catholic schools to let homosexual students start their own clubs.

The Accepting Schools Act received final reading by the provincial parliament on June 5, with the support of the governing Liberals and their allies in the socialist New Democratic Party. The Catholic bishops and school trustees opposed it, along with various parents’ rights groups and the Evangelical Federation of Canada, but teachers groups, including the English Catholic Teachers Association and homosexual-rights groups such as EGALE Canada, supported it.

“Today is about saying to Ontario students, ‘You can be who you are. You will be safe and...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: 'The Final Results Depend on God' (1405)

June 17 address focused on God's love and his plan for his Kingdom via parables.

06/18/2012 Comment

God is the prime mover in the story of salvation, Pope Benedict XVI taught on June 17, as he discussed Christ's parables about the similarity between the Kingdom of God and the growth of seeds.

“The message is clear,” the Pope told pilgrims in his midday Angelus address. “The Kingdom of God, even if it requires our cooperation, is, firstly, a gift of the Lord, a grace that precedes man and his works.”

“Our small force, apparently impotent before the problems of the world, if placed in that of God, is not afraid of obstacles, because it is certain of the victory of the Lord.”

This is “the miracle of God’s love” that should make us “optimistic, despite the difficulties, sufferings and...READ MORE

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Course Correction: Sister Carol Keehan Now Opposes Obama 'Accommodation' for HHS Mandate (22418)

The Catholic Health Association's president calls for a broader religious exemption.

06/18/2012 Comments (71)
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Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, talks about health care as Vice President Joseph Biden listens at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House July 8, 2009, in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — In a striking reversal with unpredictable political consequences, President Barack Obama’s most powerful ally in his fight with the U.S. bishops over the contraception mandate has reversed herself.

In a five-page letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, dated June 15, Sister Carol Keehan, the president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), registered her opposition to the federal law requiring co-pay-free contraception, abortion drugs and sterilization for all private employer health plans.

“The more we learn, the more it appears that the ... approaches for both insured and self-insured plans would be unduly cumbersome and would be unlikely...READ MORE

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The D Word: Discernment De-Mystified, When Mom's A Convert, Lifting the Veil On, and much more! (1589)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/18/2012 Comment

The D Word: Discernment De-Mystified. Click on the link by Michelle Burns to read more.

The D Word: Discernment De-Mystified - Michelle Burns, Ignitum Today

When Mom’s A Convert - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Lifting the Veil Onto My Head - Birgit J., Catholic Sistas

Queues for Confession on a Saturday Night by Francis Phillips of the Catholic Herald - Big Pulpit

Sexting and Teens: The Myth of Safe-Sexting - Thomas L. McDonald, God & the Machine

Aquinas Upswing in Catholic Colleges? - Charlotte Hays, CNS Blog

On Celibacy: Jesus Is Not A Consolation Prize - Anastasia Kenney, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Adam and Eve, Jesus and Mary - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Broken? - Becky Ward, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Choral Communio in...READ MORE

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Good Reads for Father’s Day (2452)

Edgar Guest’s Pro-Dad, Pro-Life, Pro-Family Poetry

06/17/2012 Comments (1)

“It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home.”

The above words made Edgar Guest famous, but today’s Catholic families should remember Guest for another reason: His poetry is strikingly pro-life and pro-family. His poems, which are most often penned from the point of view of a husband and father, are particularly appropriate reading for Father’s Day.

Over and over again, Guest extols family life, children and especially babies. Perhaps his most openly pro-life poem is Tied Down, in which he argues with a woman who feels that babies would tie her down. He says, “They fasten you with cords of love / To God divine, who reigns above. / They tie you, whereso’er you roam, / Unto the...READ MORE

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