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Top Five Catholic iPhone Apps, Classical Music Review, Finding Sound Catholic Books, and Much More! (3859)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/12/2012 Comment

Top Five Catholic iPhone Apps. Follow the link by Patrick Padley read more.

Top Five Catholic iPhone Apps by Patrick Padley – Big ulpit

From Vaughan Williams in London to Rachmaninov in Rimini – Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

Where can I Find Sound Catholic Reading Material to Continue Learning more about My Faith? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pre-Cana with St. John Chrysostom: Seven Tips to a Successful Marriage – Saint Peter’s List

Hahn, “The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire” – Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

How to Eat Like a Hobbit – Robert Hutchinson, Catholic Lane

Incense and Thuribles in the Dominican Rite – Fr. Augustine Thompson OP, New Liturgical Movement

Building Community with Ministry – Bonnie Engstrom,...READ MORE

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Helen Alvare: 'Birth Control's Worst Enemy' 'Feminine Genius' Champion (16371)

Her new book challenges the ‘war on women’ rhetoric.

09/11/2012 Comments (48)

Helen Alvaré

– George Mason University

WASHINGTON — During an election year dominated by a partisan drumbeat heralding a “war on women," Helen Alvaré will provide a welcome reprieve: She is the editor and co-author of a new book of essays — stories by Catholic women that challenge the assertion that unrestricted access to contraception is essential to women’s happiness and well-being.

Currently a professor at George Mason Law School, Alvaré has dedicated her life’s work to the defense of the unborn and making a public case for traditional marriage. Her involvement in pro-life and pro-family causes has been a tour de force — beginning with work at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (which would later become the U.S....READ MORE

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We Will Always Remember, Are Catholic Bloggers the First Corinthians of the Internet?, and More! (1485)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/11/2012 Comment

We Will Always Remember. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey for more.

We Will Always Remember - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Catholic Bloggers: Are We the 1st Corinthians of the Internet? – Julie D., Happy Catholic*

Scary Hook Up Culture at Catholic Colleges – Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Five Things People Think Make Them Hardcore Non-Christian, But Not Really by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic blog – Big ulpit

Moment of Weakness, Paradox of God’s Grace: Muslim Convert – Ilyas Khan, Catholic World Report

The Failure Rate of the Pill – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Jerusalem Monastery Desecrated; Bishop Mark Davies Warns of Gathering Storm – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

The “Rugby Equality Bill”...READ MORE

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The Nation Prays on 11th Anniversary of 9/11 (2309)

Church leaders and politicians remember the victims.

09/11/2012 Comments (2)

World Trade Center cross

– Wikipedia

On the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks the United States has seen, Church leaders and political figures remembered those who lost their lives and offered prayers for the nation's future.

“This 9/11, let us pray for those souls who died that sad day,” tweeted Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”

Crowds gathered at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon just outside of Washington, and the field in Shanksville, Pa., to remember those who died there in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“On the anniversary of 9/11, we invite you to pray for all those who lost...READ MORE

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Christian Pastor Released From Iranian Prison (2406)

Yousef Nadarkhani's release comes after nearly three years of facing the threat of execution for his religion.

09/11/2012 Comments (3)

Yousef Nadarkhani

– American Center for Law and Justice Facebook page

Amid continued pressure from the international community, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after nearly three years of facing the threat of execution for his religion.

“Today marks a day of celebration,” said the American Center for Law and Justice in a Sept. 10 statement. “Your prayers, your advocacy and your voice have been heard.”

The organization hailed the pastor’s release as “an example of how the world can join together to ensure that justice is served and freedom preserved.”

Nadarkhani had been in jail since 2009, when he was arrested after he complained to local authorities about his son being forced to read the Quran at school. He...READ MORE

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Children Belong at Mass Too!, the Church and Social Welfare, Confessed but Still Anxious, and More! (2588)

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09/11/2012 Comment

Children Belong at Mass, Too! Click on the link by Colleen to read more.

Children Belong at Mass, Too! – Colleen, Pray the Mass.org

Why Are Catholic Movies So Bad? by Brother Gabriel Torretta OP of the Dominicana website – Big ulpit

Quæritur: Scraped Car, Didn’t Leave Note, Went to Confession, Still Anxious – Fr. Z's Blog

The Role of the Church in Social Welfare – John R. P. Russell, Blog of the Dormition

Family Impact on Society by Deacon Antonio – Royce, Ignitum Today

Little Girl in White by Doris Fischer – Patti Maguire Armstrong

Peter’s Toes – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Contraception: How Free are We? – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

The Success of the Catholic Church – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

The Value of...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Finding Nemo 3-D' (5122)

Pixar’s dazzling father-son fish story returns to the big screen in eye-popping 3-D.

09/10/2012 Comments (18)

– Pixar

(Note: In view of this film’s wide exposure for nine years, this review is somewhat less spoiler-sensitive than most of my reviews. — SDG)

Andrew Stanton’s Finding Nemo is the best father-son story in all of Hollywood animation, and maybe animation generally. It’s also a stunningly gorgeous film that exploits the potential of computer animation like no film before it and few films after it.

I can imagine the Toy Story films or Monsters, Inc. or Shrek being made as traditional hand-drawn animated films — or as stop-motion, for that matter. They would lose something, but perhaps also gain something; and while they wouldn’t be the same, I can imagine the essence of the films surviving.


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Democratic Convention Redux: Party Leadership Vows to Defend the Middle Class and Contraception (2385)

09/10/2012 Comments (16)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Economic security for the middle class and access to free contraception as an essential part of women’s health care were major issues that dominated speeches and conversations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“Yes, our path is harder — but it leads to a better place,” said President Barack Obama in a Sept. 6 address as he accepted his party’s nomination for re-election.

Obama outlined an ambitious agenda for his second term, pledging to “create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years,” improve and expand access to education, expand clean-energy options, bolster national security and “reduce” the national deficit “without...READ MORE

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