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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Takes Aim at the Separation of Church and State (13441)

An informal occasion at Washington’s Catholic Information Center yields an engaging portrait of the deeply Catholic and predictably acerbic justice.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia looks around the packed room in the Catholic Information Center (CIC) as if to estimate its temper.

He begins his address quoting a Frenchman: “‘France is a country …’” A faint anticipatory chuckle ripples over the crowd, spilling out into the doorway where the late-comers stand.

The justice corrects himself and adopts the appropriate accent. “‘Frahhhnce eez a cohhntry with two religions and three hondred cheeses. The United States eez a country with three hondred religions and two cheeses.’” He pauses for a moment and resumes his native inflection. “I always have trouble remembering the second cheese.”

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Why the Little Sisters of the Poor Oppose the HHS Mandate (8487)

Oct. 7 issue feature: Little Sister of the Poor offers insight on HHS mandate and its consequences.

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St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor

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As more lawsuits over the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate are filed, many religious groups still remain temporarily exempt from the rule as they wait for answers.

Sister Constance Veit directs the publications office for the Little Sisters of the Poor, one of these groups waiting and hoping for relief from the HHS mandate. Between their 30 homes in the United States, the Little Sisters serve 2,500 elderly residents — enough to keep more than 300 sisters joyfully busy. The order is putting much effort into opposing this federal rule, and Sister Constance explains why.


How will the Little Sisters of the Poor be affected by the HHS mandate?

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Wisdom and Love Need Each Other (1990)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 14

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Sunday, Oct. 14, is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.



Wisdom 7:7-11, Psalm 90:12-17, Hebrews 4:12-13, Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27


Our Take

Today’s readings tell the tale of what becomes of wisdom without love.

The Book of Wisdom gives a wonderful portrait of a noble soul, but the first reading is also a prelude to a tragedy.

"The spirit of wisdom came to me," King Solomon says. "I … deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, nor did I liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand, and, before her, silver is to be accounted mire."

King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, says Scripture. But it wasn’t enough to save...READ MORE

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Sr. Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid, What Should Children Read, Atheist Convert, and More! (3165)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Sister Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to read more.

Sister Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What Should Children Read? – Russell Kirk, Crisis Magazine

Former Atheist and His Conversion – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Five Ways the Marriage Fight Will be Won, or Lost – Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Quæritur: Stable Group Petitioned for E.F. Mass, “Parish Council” Says No – Fr. Z’s Blog

Letter to a Soul Suffering from Scrupulosity – Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby, Vultus Christi

St. Maximus the Confessor on the Filioque – De Unione Ecclesiarum

Floor Tiles from Cleeve Abbey in Somerset, England – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

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Living the Faith (3849)

Oct. 7 issue editorial on living the Year of Faith well.

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When Pope Benedict XVI issued his apostolic letter Porta Fidei (Door of Faith), announcing a Year of Faith to begin this Oct. 11 and end Nov. 24, 2013, he reminded the faithful: "The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church."

This journey of faith, amid joy and suffering, "lasts a lifetime," wrote the Pope, but must be constantly renewed, both for the sake of our immortal souls and to draw others into communion with God.

For many Catholics, this Year of Faith comes at a pivotal moment. For the first time in the lives of many Americans, a stubborn economic crisis has led many citizens to...READ MORE

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The Drama of the Catholic Grandparent (6473)

Oct. 7 issue column: Under normal circumstances, no one, not even a grandparent, has the right to baptize a child contrary to the parents’ will.

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It is not uncommon today to find faithful men and women who treasure their Catholic faith at odds with their adult children who have drifted away from the Church.

Not only does it make holiday family gatherings more stressful, but it creates conflicts when, as grandparents, they welcome new members of the family at birth.

As a pastor, I see these painful scenarios regularly played out. It would help grandparents if they understand some basic teachings of the Church about baptism of their grandchildren, because sometimes well-intentioned grandparents violate the Church’s teachings about baptism without even realizing it.

What joy to welcome the birth of a grandchild.

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A Catholic-Style Dose of 'Reality' (2696)

Nick Manetto reviews The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living by Greg and Jennifer Willits.

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Adventures in Imperfect Living

By Greg and Jennifer Willits

Servant Books, 2012

160 pages, paperback, $16.99

To order:



From tawdry housewives in suburban New Jersey to beauty pageants for toddlers with Texas-sized hair, reality TV — much of it of dubious quality — abounds.

For Catholics looking for a dose of reality, husband and wife evangelists Greg and Jennifer Willits use their new book The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living to provide some actionable guidance to those — particularly to married couples or those contemplating marriage — striving to live holy lives while navigating the challenges of life.


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Why the World Needs the Rosary (5174)

Oct. 7 issue feature: The great Marian prayer for peace is so relevant in the current culture.

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Before Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was our Pope, at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia on Aug. 13, 1976, he declared: "We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. … We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel and the anti-Gospel."

That is still true today.

Then, as Pope John Paul II at Fatima on May 13, 1982 — a year to the day after the attempt on his life — he said he read with trepidation "the ardent appeal of the Heart of Mary that resounded at Fatima in 1917" because he saw "how many people and societies — how many Christians — have gone in the opposite direction to the...READ MORE

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