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Robert George Connects Conscience and Religion Rights at National Religious Freedom Conference (2651)

Princeton scholar spoke of 'first freedom' May 24.

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Noted Catholic scholar Robert George said that comprehensive respect for conscience rights and religious freedom is important because of the role they play in structuring society and shaping the fundamental actions of people said May 24.

“The full defense of any particular liberty, including the freedom of religion, requires the identification and defense of the human goods, the basic aspects of human well-being and fulfillment, that liberty secures or protects or advances,” he said.

George explained that people should avoid appealing to abstract rights with no foundation in pursuing the things they want. Rather, they should recognize that true rights have a moral basis, which...READ MORE

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My Catholic Kid is Gay Now What?, St. Philip Neri: Apostle of Rome, Is Vatican II Binding, and more! (356)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/25/2012 Comment

My Catholic Kid is Gay! Now What? Click on the link by a guest post on the Catholic Sistas blog and read more.

My Catholic Kid is Gay! Now What? - Catholic Sistas

St. Philip Neri: Apostle of Rome - Fr. Michael Keating, Crisis Magazine

Is Vatican II Completely Binding on Catholics? - William Doino, First Things/First Thoughts

4 Ways The Gay Marriage Debate Has Been Rigged - The Pulpit

My Five Conversions - Marcus Grodi, From Our Back Porch

Did Judas Iscariot Receive the Holy Eucharist? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

St. Michael Doing His Thing - Elaine Golden, Ignitum Today

Russian Orthodoxy’s Unreconciled Dualism - Nicholas Myers, First Things/On the Square

Rising Birth Rate in Former Soviet Georgia: Credit Orthodox Patriarch - Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

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'Catholic Voices' Reaches America Just in Time for a Full-Blown First Amendment Battle (19184)

Launched in Britain, apologetics-training program seeks to give Catholics the skills to spread the faith while disarming opponents.

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WASHINGTON — Media coverage of the Health and Human Services “contraception mandate” debate has intensified demand for appealing arguments that win minds and hearts, yet effective spokesmen and women for Catholic teaching are in short supply, giving an edge to those who spin the bishops’ position as a “war on women.”

Enter Austen Ivereigh, a British Catholic journalist, community organizer and onetime spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the now-retired archbishop of Westminster. Troubled by the British bishops’ struggle to counter partisan attacks on Church policy dealing with AIDS and condoms, same-sex “marriage” and abortion, Ivereigh developed a plan to help ordinary...READ MORE

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Let Freedom Ring! (7793)

Archbishop Lori delivers address on the challenge to religious liberty the nation now faces and what is being done in response.

05/24/2012 Comments (24)

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, delivered the keynote address at the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s National Religious Freedom Gala Reception and Award Dinner in Washington May 24.

The Register obtained a copy of the address.

 

It has now been just over a week since I became the archbishop of Baltimore, and I find myself surrounded by history there. I live near the Basilica of the Assumption, the oldest cathedral in the U.S. The cornerstone was laid in 1806. The nation’s first bishop, John Carroll, is buried beneath the basilica, as are many of my predecessors.

John Carroll was a...READ MORE

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Saint Trading Cards, Black is the New Black, Was the Immaculate Conception Imposed?, and much more! (1244)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/24/2012 Comment

Saint Trading Cards. Click on the link by Jeff Geerling to view and read more.

Saint Trading Cards! - Jeff Geerling, LOL Saints

Black is the New Black - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Was the Immaculate Conception Imposed on Catholics in 1854? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The New Protestants of the Catholic Faith - The Pulpit

Are You There God? It’s Me, Michelle - Michelle, Catholic Sistas

Gregorian Chant Has Pride of Place in Liturgy, Not Guitars - Fr. Z's Blog

The Mandate War: The Future of the U.S. is at Stake - George Weigel

Help a Young Lady to Wear a Habit - Giving is Habit Forming

Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Obama HHS Mandate - Steven Ertelt, LifeNews

Same-Sex Marriage, Natural Law, & Christians - The Pulpit

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Pope Benedict: Personal Holiness Is Key to New Evangelization (2010)

The Holy Father spoke to the Italian bishops May 24 about how to draw modern hearts and minds to Christ.

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Pope Benedict XVI told the bishops of Italy today that personal holiness is an indispensable first step to reconverting their country and the Western world to Christianity.

"The fundamental condition in order to be able to speak about God is to speak with God, increasingly to become men of God, nourished by an intense life of prayer and molded by his grace,” the Pope said on May 24.

He encouraged his fellow bishops to allow themselves “to be found and seized by God, so as to help the people we meet be touched by the Truth.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks to the participants of the 64th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference, which is being held May 21-25.

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Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass, The Fourth Lively Virtue: Zeal, and much more! (2783)

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Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos PhD to read more.

Catholic Teen Defends Her Right to Attend Mass - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Zeal: The Fourth Lively Virtue - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Logos now has the Catechism (and a New Blog!) - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Gregorian Chant: The Revival Announced - Sandro Magister, www.chiesa

The Politics of Archeological Digs in the Holy Land - Mordechai Beck, Christian Century

Farewell, My Dear (poem) - Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Spirit of Vatican II Church Design Tips - The Pulpit

The Church Gets Going (John 20:19-31) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Critter Prayers and Transhumanism - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

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California May Soon Ban Reparative Therapy for Same-Sex-Attracted Teens (4971)

Bill’s backers call such treatment dangerous.

05/24/2012 Comments (67)

'Gays become very angry at the term ‘reparative therapy’ as if someone will try to repair or fix them,' said clinical psychologist Joseph Nicolosi.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Legislation to prevent psychotherapists from helping young clients diminish homosexual feelings or desires is rapidly making its way through the California Legislature. 

Senate Bill 1172 would prohibit so-called “reparative” or “conversion” therapy for persons under age 18 and require adults who want to try the counseling to sign a release form stating the therapy is ineffective and possibly dangerous. 

Introduced by State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, S.B. 1172 is sponsored by Equality California, a San Francisco-based homosexual activist group.

“Sexual-orientation conversion ‘therapy’ isn’t just ineffective; it’s dangerous — even deadly,” said Rebekah Orr, a...READ MORE

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