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South Carolina Abortion Ban Could Protect Pain-Capable Unborn (3402)

The bill, which bans abortion at 20 weeks gestation, puts the Palmetto State closer to joining nine other states that have passed pain-capable abortion bans.

03/24/2014 Comments (2)


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Pro-life advocates praised the South Carolina House’s passage of a bill to ban abortions after 19 weeks into pregnancy, the point at which science has indicated unborn children can feel pain.

“The majority of Americans support this swift-moving, popular movement to protect children from abortion more than halfway through pregnancy,” Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group dedicated to advancing pro-life policies and electing pro-life women into public office, said Wednesday.

Dannenfelser thanked the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Wendy Nanney, R-Greenville, saying her efforts “reflect the reality that women support this measure in even higher numbers than men.”...READ MORE

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New Confirmation Program Aims to Transform Catholic Youth (5085)

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput praised the Chosen confirmation prep program for using ‘modern methods to transmit eternal truths.’

03/24/2014 Comments (6)

DENVER — Youth minister and Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick says that his confirmation-preparation program Chosen aims to catechize and evangelize teens in a transformative way that leads them to Jesus Christ. “When people hear the faith in a way that’s both true and compelling, it reaches them where they’re at. They respond just as much, just as wholeheartedly, as they did 2,000 years ago,” Chris Stefanick, the program’s co-author, told CNA.

He said the program is “catechetically sound” and presents “an engaging vision of the faith and how to live it.”

“It’s transformative. It’s going to change kids’ lives,” said Stefanick, who said he has already seen these changes in the lives of his...READ MORE

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Which Battle Are You Fighting This Lent? Have I Grown Closer to Jesus Today and Much More! (3076)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/24/2014 Comment

Follow the Which Battle are You Fighting this Lent? link by Laura McAlister of Ignitum Today to read more.

Which Battle are You Fighting this Lent? – Laura McAlister, Ignitum Today

The Trappist Abbey Mariawald; The Cistercian Rule – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

Girls & Sex: The First Time No Longer Matters by Emanuele D'Onofrio of Aleteia - BigPulpit.com

On Finding Mr. Darcy: A Letter to My Daughters – Daniel McInerny, Aleteia

Have I Grown Closer To Jesus Today? – Gary Zimak, Catholic Stand

Pushing 50 & Pregnant – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic News & Inspiration

Cardinal Burke Disagrees with Cardinal Kasper's Ideas by Don. R. McClarey JD - BigPulpit.com

Justice & Fresh Water – William L. Patenaude, The Catholic World Report

Disturbing – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic


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Loyola Marymount Dean Search Lands Finalists With Planned Parenthood Links (7748)

The new dean’s appointment was intended to advance the Jesuit college’s Catholic identity, but concerned faculty members and alumni say the search process has done the opposite.

03/24/2014 Comments (21)

LOS ANGELES — A Jesuit university’s first steps to reclaim its Catholic identity have stumbled, as a search committee for a new college dean has selected as finalists two professors with records of working with Planned Parenthood.

For Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the search for a new dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts began with seeking an “ideal candidate” that would advance LMU’s Catholic identity. The search culminated with two professors selected as finalists with past affiliations and positions at odds with Catholic teaching on the dignity of life, sexuality and marriage, sparking criticism from concerned faculty and alumni.

The search committee, led by...READ MORE

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Upcoming Day of Reconciliation Announced by Pope (4960)

A period on March 29-30 will be ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ in some of Rome’s churches, with special opportunities for prayer and sacramental confession.

03/23/2014 Comments (3)

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VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced that March 29-30 would be “24 hours for the Lord,” during which people can find special opportunities for prayer and the sacrament of confession.

“Next Friday and Saturday, we will live a special moment of penance, called ‘24 Hours for the Lord.’ It will begin with a [liturgical] celebration in the Basilica of St. Peter’s [on] Friday afternoon; then, in the evening and night, some churches in the center of Rome will be open for prayer and confessions,” he explained to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on March 23.

“It will be — we could call it — a celebration of forgiveness, which will happen also in many dioceses and...READ MORE

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A Lenten Question on Tithing, The Spellbinding House of Brede, A Difficult Life, Virtue and More! (3788)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/23/2014 Comment

Follow A Lenten Question on Tithing link by Sean Fitzpatrick of Catholic Exchange to read more.

Wherever the Catholic Faith Flourishes, The Quality of Life Improves by Mitch Kalpakgian - BigPulpit.com

The Spellbinding House of Brede – Dorothy Cummings McLean, The CWR Blog

I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

A Lenten Question on Tithing – Sean Fitzpatrick, Catholic Exchange

Orthodox Bishops Rising in England Against Cardinal Nichols Wishes by William Oddie PhD - BigPulpit.com

Pittsburgh Bishop Says ‘No’ to Common Core in Diocesan Schools – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

The Real Brutalism: A Critique of Jeffrey Tucker – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Why Do Priests Care So Much For The Liturgy & Sacred Music? – Views from the...READ MORE

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Lent: Victory Over Demons; Australian Bishops Would Welcome Return to Meatless Fridays and More! (4401)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/22/2014 Comment

Follow the Lent: Victory over the Demonic link by Kathleen Beckman of Catholic Exchange to read more.

Hollywood Should Continue to Blacklist Mel Gibson – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Lent: Victory Over the Demonic – Kathleen Beckman, Catholic Exchange

Is Bill Gates Insane? by Karl Keating of Catholic Answers - BigPulpit.com

Australian Bishops Would Welcome Return of Meatless Fridays – Matthew Biddle, The Catholic Herald

Finding Our Place: An Update – Elizabeth Teixeira, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis on Knowledge, Faith & Demons – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The CWR Blog

One Year Anniversary of Pope Francis - BigPulpit.com

Cosmos & Family Guy Creator Seth MacFarlanes’ Anti-Catholic Propaganda – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

You Are There – Bob Drury, Catholic Stand


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‘The Issue of Ukraine and Crimea Is Complex’ (12211)

Joseph Pearce, the Catholic biographer of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, addresses some important and often overlooked aspects of the current crisis.

03/21/2014 Comments (81)

Joseph Pearce


A host of competing ideas have been circulated about the numerous complexities associated with the most significant international flashpoint of early 2014: the overthrow of the previous Russian-oriented government in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s subsequent bid to assume control of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

For example, David Remnick wrote a piece in The New Yorker that suggested great Christian thinker and Nobel-prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn thought Russia should control Ukraine.

Register correspondent Victor Gaetan discussed this issue with Catholic writer and commentator Joseph Pearce, author of Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile and a memoir of his...READ MORE

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