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Suit Alleges Colorado Taxes Illegally Fund Planned Parenthood (4119)

A state constitutional amendment passed in 1984 bars direct or indirect subsidy of abortion.

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains office in Aurora.

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DENVER — The state of Colorado is illegally providing $14 million to Planned Parenthood in violation of the state Constitution, a lawsuit from a former executive director of the state health department charges.

“Public officials should respect the law and the democratic process, rather than ignore both to fill Planned Parenthood’s bank account,” Michael Norton, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. 17.

“Colorado voters already decided the issue when they amended the state Constitution to prohibit tax-dollar subsidies to abortionists,” he said. “State records clearly show that state officials have provided both federal and state taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood...READ MORE

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A Thousand Concerts Singing ‘I Do Believe’ (3180)

Singer Tajci and her husband, Matthew, are a team that has communicated their own faith via 1,000 performances sharing Christ’s love through music.

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CINCINNATI — Every Christian at some point in his life must ask the question, “Do I believe?”

For Matthew Cameron and his wife, Tajci, the answer is an emphatic “I do believe” — and they are inviting thousands of other Christians to do the same at their 1,000th “I Do Believe” concert at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Oct. 26.

On the outside, this Catholic husband-and-wife team look like they have it all. Tajci (pronounced Ty-chi) is a former Croatian pop star who left the communist atheism she grew up with for the Catholic faith and her homeland and music career to start a new life in the United States. Her husband Matthew, a graduate of Christendom College and...READ MORE

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Colbert and the Cardinal: Humor Permeates the Annual Al Smith Dinner (11792)

Comedian Stephen Colbert served as keynote speaker at this year’s event, which raised $3 million for needy New York children.

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Stephen Colbert (l) and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York attend the 68th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on Oct. 17.

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NEW YORK — Faith and laughter abounded at the 68th annual Al Smith Dinner as comedian Stephen Colbert joked on politicians, big and small, the Pope and Cardinal Dolan of New York; and the cardinal made a few reflections of his own.

“A sense of humor comes from faith, faith that everything is in God’s providential hands, a faith that frees us up to laugh,” Cardinal Dolan explained at the Oct. 17 dinner.

“My pleasant task is simply to thank God — thank God as we leave laughing, placing our guests, our honoree, our speaker, our board, our children that we love and help, the city that we love, our country we cherish, our families to which we’re now going to return safely into his...READ MORE

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Abp. Marini's Nostalgia for Spirit of the Council, Spring for Nashville Dominicans and More! (2958)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/21/2013 Comment

*Heavy Sigh* Archbishop Marini’s ‘Nostalgia’ for ‘Spirit of the Council. Follow the link to Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

*Heavy Sigh* Archbishop Piero Marini’s ‘Nostalgia’ for ‘Spirit of the Council', from Fr. Z's Blog – BigPulpit.com

Spring Time for American Order of Preachers: Nashville Dominicans - Regina Magazine

Clash of Buffoons – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Is the Old Mass Boring for Children? - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Do You Have the Toolbox for Humanity? - Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Why I Want My Kids to Be Bored - Ginny Moyer, Catholic Mom

The Secret to Success for Being Catholic in College – Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

A Year at My Refuge House Worthwhile Struggles of Prickly Creatures - Crystal Sprague, My Refuge House

5 Types of Guilt...READ MORE

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Pope: Prayer Helps ‘Overcome Evil With Good’ (2153)

The Holy Father explained that Christians’ strength in prayer comes from God alone.

10/20/2013 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a weapon in the struggle against evil.

“Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good,” Pope Francis said Oct. 20 to an enthusiastic crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

We do not pray to convince God “by the force of our words,” he said.

“He knows what we need better than we do!” 

The Pope explained that Christians’ strength in prayer comes from God alone. 

“In our daily journey, especially in difficulties, in the struggle against evil outside of ourselves and within us, the Lord is not far way; he is at...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Frenzy; Brace Yourself, Homeschooling Again; The Joys of Fatherhood and Much More! (3859)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/20/2013 Comment

Pope Francis Frenzy. Follow the link to read more.

Pope Francis Frenzy – BigPulpit.com

Brace Yourself, You’re Homeschooling Again – Martina Krietzer, Catholic Sistas

Keeping Connected to Christ, St. Teresa Style - Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Pregnant, With Cancer – Theresa Thomas, Everyday Catholic

His Boy Jack by Rudyard Kipling - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Letter to Parents – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

The Challenges & Joys of Modern Fatherhood – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why Catholic Schools Don’t Turn Out Actual Catholics - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Did Mary Give the Rosary to Saint Dominic? - Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Hungary Governed by Christian Principles,...READ MORE

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The Disenfranchised Grief of Abortion; Sloth, "Julia", and New Evangelization and More! (2862)

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10/19/2013 Comment

The Disenfranchised Grief of Abortion. Follow the link by the Confessions of a Funeral Director website to read more.

The Disenfranchised Grief of Abortion.  Written on the Confessions of a Funeral Director website. - BigPulpit.com

Sloth, “Julia,” and the New Evangelization - Alan L. Anderson, The CWR Blog

A Difference in Tone or Volume, but Not in Substance – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Thirty Ways to Love Your Mother - Misty, Catholic Sistas

Do You See Miracles?” Our Ruby Story - John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

The Pain of Abortion on Teen Mom - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Holiday Hysteria: A Christian Defense of Halloween - Rod Bennett, Catholic Lane

Despite Dangers, Church Will Always Help World’s Refugees – Catholic Herald

“Most Favored Sin” Status - Kevin...READ MORE

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A Healing Sacrament (5649)

Book Pick: Patrick Novecosky Recommends Vinny Flynn’s 7 Secrets of Confession.

10/19/2013 Comments (5)

Editor’s note: Dan Burke interviewed Vinny Flynn on Register Radio Oct. 18. Listen to the interview here.


7 Secrets of Confession

By Vinny Flynn

Ignatius Press, 2013

191 pages, $13

To order: EWTNreligiouscatalogue.com

As a lifelong practicing Catholic, I know a thing or two about the seven sacraments. And as someone who works in full-time ministry, I also know that I have a lot to learn. That was the first thing that struck me when I read Vinny Flynn’s new book, 7 Secrets of Confession.

For example, I was always under the impression that confession was all about receiving forgiveness. Don’t get me wrong: We do receive forgiveness if we make an honest confession and...READ MORE

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