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Don't Live Like Jesus Is Away (1368)

User's Guide to Sunday, May 6.

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Sunday, May 6, is the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Readings
Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22:26-30, 31-32; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8

Our Take
Today’s readings are all about how to “remain in” Jesus. An even better verb for them is “abide.” After all, we don’t just refrain from leaving Christ:  We make our home with him, we accept him, live with him and identify with him.

And our abiding with him has the same effect on us as abiding with a spouse. If you abide with Christ, you stay strong in your Christian life; if you stop abiding with him, you “go bachelor” right away, like he is away.

“Whoever abides in me and I in him will bear much fruit,” says Jesus, “because without me you can do...READ MORE

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U.K. Society ‘Post-Christian’? (1422)

May 6 issue interview with Glasgow, Scotland's archbishop on current culture and the waning of religion in the public square.

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GLASGOW — The archbishop of Glasgow has warned that if the government continues to ignore the wisdom of generations, then society will further descend into “ethical confusion and moral disintegration.”

Archbishop Mario Conti went on to warn that religion is being driven from the U.K. public sphere by a new form of secularist tyranny.

Archbishop Conti was speaking at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, in the presence of all Scotland’s Catholic bishops, representatives of civil and public life, and the apostolic nuncio to the U.K., Archbishop Antonio Mennini, during a special Mass to mark the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Asking what society — “now in many...READ MORE

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Rome Exhibit Reveals Vatican Secret Archives (4800)

May 6 issue feature on rare look at Church history.

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Galileo's signature is on display at new Rome exhibit.

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Some documents in the Vatican Secret Archives have only been viewed by a few individuals outside the Vatican.

However, the public will now have the opportunity to look at more than 100 original documents.

Lux in Arcana (Light in Mysterious Places): The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself will be on display through Sept. 9 at the   Capitoline Museum in Rome. Opening March 1, the exhibit was created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Secret Archives.

Created in 1612 by Pope Paul V, the archives are the central repository of the Holy See and contain all of the deeds and documents pertaining to the government of the universal Church. Closed to the outside world until 1881,...READ MORE

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The Always Wittly Little Flower, Chen Guangcheng, Rare Art Nouveau Influenced Vestments, and more! (3153)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Always Witty Little Flower. Click on the link by Austin Ruse to read more.

The Always Witty Little Flower - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

Chen’s Horrifying Discovery: Obama Embraces Abortions - Matthew C. Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

Rare Art Nouveau Influenced Vestments - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

A Tale Of Two Films - The Larry D, Acts Of The Apostasy

5th Sunday of Easter, Simple English Propers - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Fifth Sunday of Easter - Dr. Scott Hahn, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Broken? ~ Stanza I ~ Part II - Becky Ward, Catholic Spiritual Direction

NPR and the Nuns - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

On Boycotting Chinese Products - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

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Pornography Is for Cowards (16616)

May 6 issue column

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Editor's note: This is an updated version of the May 6 issue column.

Of all the reasons that pornography is harmful to men, perhaps you haven’t considered this one:

It conditions us to be cowards.

Porn creates a world in which men are insulated from hurt and the possibility of rejection. In the storyline of porn, men are cast in the role of “the most important person on the planet.” We are the center of the universe, and everything revolves around us.

Absolutely nothing is allowed into our experience that would challenge our will, play with our emotions or wound our ego. All the perfectly air-brushed and HD-quality citizens of our world are smiling, desiring and accepting, and...READ MORE

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A Cardinal on Politics (4131)

Saturday Book Pick: Cardinal Donald Wuerl reminds readers of the importance of going into the voting booth with a well-formed conscience.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl has written his first new book since entering the College of Cardinals in 2010. Seek First the Kingdom: Challenging the Culture by Living Our Faith is a timely entry when our culture is challenging the faith in fundamental ways.

Cardinal Wuerl is what we used to refer to in my days on Wall Street as a “big hitter.” Not only does he now head the archdiocese of the nation’s capital, but he arguably has the widest experience of any prelate in the U.S., going back to his time in Rome as secretary to the renowned Cardinal John Wright, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. He is also the author of many books, most importantly in the area of catechetics.

The...READ MORE

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How to Discuss Abortion With 'Pro-Choice' Friends (5499)

May 6 issue feature on pro-life-talk tips.

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After a disheartening and unsettling discussion about abortion with friends and family via Facebook, I began to ponder: “Will conversations about abortion always end in anger and hurt feelings?” and “Is there something I can say that will make me a more effective advocate for the unborn — without alienating the other side?” After all, my exchange with this pro-choice individual was not about winning an argument; it was about changing her heart. I wondered what advice prominent pro-life Catholics — people who understood the other side’s motivations — would give for discussing abortion civilly.

Catholic convert Michael Pakaluk, professor of philosophy at Ave Maria University, says that it...READ MORE

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How Many U.S. Catholics Don't Belong to a Parish? (1619)

New survey finds 15 million Americans who identify themselves as Catholic but who are not associated with a specific church.

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A census of religious adherence in the U.S. that reported a 5% decline in the U.S. Catholic population associated with a specific parish suggests that some dioceses need to “catch up” with Catholics new to their areas.

“Our data indicate there are fewer than 60 million Americans associated with a specific Catholic church,” said Clifford Grammich, a research associate with the "Religious Congregation & Membership Study 2010."

The study also found that there are “more than 75 million Americans who identify themselves as Catholic. In other words, there may be more than 15 million Americans who identify themselves as Catholic but who are not associated with a specific church,” Grammich...READ MORE

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