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Remembering Jazz Legend Dave Brubeck (2672)

Even before the musician ‘joined the Catholic Church’ in 1980, faith imbued his work.

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Dave Brubeck in 2005

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NORWALK, Conn. — Fans worldwide are paying tribute to Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died of heart failure on Dec. 5 in Norwalk, Conn., just one day before his 92nd birthday.

His legendary career as a jazz musician spanned over six decades, beginning during his time as a member of a military band in World War II while under the command of Gen. George Patton.

Rising to popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s by touring college campuses, Brubeck was well known for his unique timing signatures and unorthodox rhythm.

His music is often recognized as the defining sound of “cool” or “West Coast” jazz, a term referring to the relaxed tempos found in the new style of music, as...READ MORE

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Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope, Were There Marian Devotions in the Early Church? And More! (1318)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read further.

Five Suggestions for a Tweeting Pope – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Was There Marian Devotion in First Three Centuries of the Church by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blogBig Pulpit

Modernity is an Attack on Being – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Subsidiarity in the Tradition of Catholic Social Doctrine – Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Bread in the Old Testament – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Jesuit Priest Celebrates Mass With Woman, Priestly Faculties Suspended – Joseph Fromm, Good Jesuit Bad Jesuit

The Dating of Christmas – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Witness – Brianna Hedt, Ignitum Today

Eve and the Forbidden...READ MORE

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Cincinnati Catholic Charities Stress Public-Private Partnership (931)

Catholic human-services providers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati ask lawmakers to protect the poor from the ‘fiscal cliff’ by safeguarding program funding.

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CINCINNATI — Leaders of 11 Catholic human-services providers from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are calling on lawmakers to protect the poor from the “fiscal cliff” by safeguarding funding to the programs that serve those in need.

The agencies reminded politicians that “it is through a partnership with an adequate federal safety net that the tireless work of our Catholic and all agencies, volunteers, and contributors can more effectively serve those in crisis.”

The consortium of agencies said it believes the best arrangement is for government and private religious groups to work together so that “we can more confidently guide those who are struggling to become self-sufficient, so...READ MORE

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Irish Bishops, Pro-Lifers Mobilize Against Proposed Abortion Law Changes (2267)

‘The direct and intentional killing of an unborn child can never be morally justified,’ the bishops stress in their response to an expert report.

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Pro-life advocates rally Dec. 4 outside the Dáil Eireann in Dublin.

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DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish bishops’ conference is insisting that almost all the options recommended by a recent report for changing the country’s abortion laws are unacceptable, since allowing abortion cannot be morally justified.

“Of the four options presented by the Report, three involve abortion — the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child. This can never be morally justified,” the bishops wrote in their Dec. 5 initial response to the report.

The Irish government is debating a 58-page report on abortion that advocates abortion legislation and abortion regulation, the Irish newspaper The Independent reports.

The report was released Nov. 27 after its preparation by a...READ MORE

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Pope to Bishops: Keep Church Charities Catholic (2643)

Pope Benedict XVI’s new motu proprio affirms the importance of Catholic charities and outlines the stewardship responsibilities of bishops.

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Detail of an old engraving, ca. 1880, depicts St. Vincent de Paul and the Daughters of Charity.

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WASHINGTON — Seven years after his first groundbreaking encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI has issued a motu proprio, De Caritate Ministranda (The Service of Charity), designed to guide and strengthen episcopal stewardship of Church-affiliated charitable institutions.

Formally dated Nov. 11, but released in December, the motu proprio (on his own initiative) affirms the central role of charity in the Church’s mission and provides directives for diocesan bishops charged with securing the Catholic identity of Church-affiliated outreach programs.

While that first encyclical drew praise for its rich portrait of “the God with a human face,” the Pope describes the...READ MORE

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Forty-Six Percent of Americans Support HHS Mandate Exemption (1048)

According to a new poll, support for the religious exemption increases dramatically alongside the frequency of church attendance.

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WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that Americans support a religious exemption from the Obama administration's contraception mandate, with support increasing dramatically alongside church attendance.

A Rasmussen national phone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Dec. 2-3 revealed that by a 5% margin, Americans favor the option for churches, religious organizations and business owners to be able to “opt out of providing coverage for contraceptives.”

46% of potential voters favor a religious exemption from the federal contraception mandate, while 41% favor the mandate even if providing such coverage “violates deeply held beliefs” of a particular church, religious organization or...READ MORE

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Students Revolt at a Catholic University, Catholic League Defends Bishop Robert Finn and Much More! (3257)

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Students Revolt Against Worldly Catholic President at a Catholic University. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of The CNS Blog to read more.

Students Revolt Against Worldly Catholic President at a Catholic University by Matthew Archbold of The CNS BlogBig Pulpit

Catholic League about New York Time’s attack on Bishop Robert Finn – Fr. Z’s Blog

Pro-Family Movement: With This Strategy, Get Used to Losing – Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

The End of the Pro-Life Physician? – Christopher Kaczor PhD, Truth and Life Forum

An Antique Black Chasuble – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Bread in the Holy Gospel of Saint John – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Interview with Fr. John Hollowell: On Homosexuality and Unnatural Law – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Out of the Wreckage – James Kalb,...READ MORE

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Duchess of Cambridge's Illness Could Save Lives, Author Says (6110)

Like the British princess, Ashli McCall has suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy, and she says proper treatment can prevent abortions.

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DENVER — The Duchess of Cambridge’s stay in the hospital for severe morning sickness could help other women avoid aborting their children, according to author Ashli McCall, who has experienced the condition.

In a Dec. 3 announcement, a representative for the British royal family confirmed the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, but also said that the princess has been hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum.

The illness, which is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, affects less than 2% of pregnancies and is often underdiagnosed, causing some women to abort their children.

Ashli McCall, an author and hyperemesis gravidarum sufferer, suggested that the duchess’...READ MORE

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