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Losing the Battle. . .  Maybe That's the Point, A Summer Reading List for Catholics, and More! (2488)

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Feel Like You’re Fighting a Losing Battle? Maybe That’s the Point. Click on the link by The Idler to read more.

Feel Like You’re Fighting a Losing Battle? Maybe That’s the Point – The Idler, Ascndng Mt. Carmel

A Summer Reading List for Catholics by Stephen Kokx of the Catholic Vote blog – Big Pulpit

Nothing Vain About It: On Vanity Press – Cheryl Dickow, Catholic Lane

On Church Architecture: The Endurance of Classicism – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

Beauty is Truth & Truth Beauty – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Chick-fil-A Tolerance Day [UPDATED] – Big Pulpit

Caravaggio’s Painting: “The Calling of St. Matthew” – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

The Common Good – David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

Modesty. . .Being a Fool for Christ –...READ MORE

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Ruling Strikes Body Blow to Obamacare (12306)

Commentary on Catholic business' injunction victory against the HHS mandate, as Aug. 1 marks the initial implementation of the controversial federal ruling.

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Friday afternoon, aka the “Friday News Dump,” is the time when folks in the United States release news they don’t want anyone to notice.

This is a time-honored tradition inside the Beltway, when agencies under siege and beleaguered politicians announce their mea culpas or publish their email trails.

It is rare for courts to play politics with the release of their decisions and opinions, and there is no reason to think that U.S. District Court Judge John Kane of Colorado intended to bury the result of Newland v. Sebelius July 27.

However, because of the timing, many people missed it.

Certainly those in the mainstream media missed it — or simply wanted to ignore it.

For Kane’s...READ MORE

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Sit Down and Serve Your Spouse, 3 Ages of Interior Life in Relation to the Jewish Temple, and More! (1461)

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Pope: St. Alphonsus Liguori Teaches Us About Prayer (2149)

The Holy Father spoke about the saint on his feast day, Aug. 1.

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Pope Benedict XVI praised the 18th-century Italian St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori for reminding Christians of the key to heaven: prayer.

“St. Alphonsus reminds us that the relationship with God is essential in life and that only with a daily personal prayer and participation in the sacraments can the Divine presence that directs, illuminates and makes safe and peaceful our path, even in the midst of difficulties and dangers, grow in us,” said the Pope during his general audience address Aug. 1.

Speaking to thousands of pilgrims gathered in the town of Castel Gandolfo’s main square, the Pope marked today’s feast day of St. Alphonsus by meditating on what the founder of the Redemptorist...READ MORE

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With 1 Year Until WYD, Pope Benedict Prays for Youth Evangelization (1478)

The Rio de Janeiro event will be the first World Youth Day to be hosted by a South American country since WYD convened in Buenos Aires in 1987.

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With exactly one year to go until the 28th World Youth Day begins in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is praying this August that young people will engage in evangelization.

“That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth,” the official Vatican statement from July 31 says.

Pope Benedict’s mission prayer intention echoes almost exactly the theme for next year’s event in Brazil: “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

It also comes only days after he used his traditional Sunday Angelus address to send his best wishes to those organizing the six-day international festival, which will take place July 23-28,...READ MORE

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Judge: Arizona's Abortion Ban Starting at 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Is Constitutional (1579)

The law will take effect Aug. 2.

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A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s partial-birth abortion ban is constitutional, a decision that could allow for more restrictive laws based on the prevention of fetal pain and late-term abortion risks to women’s health.

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, praised the ruling.

She said the law “shows real concern for women and their unborn children.”

U.S. District Judge James Teilborg on July 30 said that Arizona provided “substantial and well-documented” evidence that an unborn child can feel pain during an abortion at least 20 weeks into pregnancy. The law’s defenders showed the state’s “legitimate interest” in limiting abortions past 20 weeks, he...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Picks 'Father of Prop. 8' for San Francisco Archdiocese (6030)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone moves to major center of homosexual-rights movement as supporters of traditional marriage face pushback.

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Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's spring general meeting in Atlanta.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Five years ago, he launched a statewide campaign to defend traditional marriage in California, securing the passage of Proposition 8 against daunting odds.

Now, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., will succeed Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, assuming a prominent role in a city that is seen as a major center of the homosexual-rights movement.

During an era of more aggressive advocacy for same-sex “marriage,” the striking appointment will yield unpredictable, possibly explosive consequences for both the local Church and the U.S. bishops’ national effort to defend traditional marriage and religious freedom against a hostile, increasingly secular...READ MORE

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Why Do Some Men "Discerning a Vocation" Still Date?, Is NFP Contraception?, and Much More! (2876)

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Why Do Men “Discerning a Vocation” Still Date? Click on the link by Katrina Fernandez to read more.

Why Do Some Men “Discerning a Vocation” Still Date? – Katrina Fernandez, Patheos/The Crescat

Why is NFP Not Contraception? – Andrew Haines, Crisis Magazine

What Do Social Radicals Really Mean by Tolerance? by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington blog – Big Pulpit

Abortion is ‘Directly Linked to Porn’: Anti-Porn Crusader – Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Spiritual Combat: Walking the Line in a Material World - Vicki Burbach, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Today is Chick-fil-A Tolerance Day - Big Pulpit

The Loneliness of Singlehood – Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Red China: Lou Xiaoying Has Saved 30 Babies Abandoned at Trash Dumps – Mountaintop

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