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Notre Dame Interns Serve Pro-Abortion Organizations? (4010)

A university spokesman says Notre Dame will 'review all internships as part of a comprehensive review.'

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– Catholic News Agency

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame is allegedly paying students to spend their summers advocating for homosexual and abortion rights.

The news, reported by the Cardinal Newman Society, suggests the university administration’s efforts to improve the school’s Catholicity are being undermined by particular departments.

“Catholic universities have a sacred obligation to students and families, but also to the Church to be faithful to its teachings,” said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.

Students in Notre Dame’s gender studies department not only served as summer interns at organizations such as the Minnesota Women’s Consortium (whose members include...READ MORE

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Pope: Prayer Strengthens the Church (1670)

'We too,' said Benedict on April 18, 'must bring the events of our daily lives into our prayer, in order to seek their most profound significance.'

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The example of the early Church should inspire 21st-century Christians to pray during tough times in the trust and knowledge that Jesus is “the hope which does not disappoint,” Pope Benedict XVI said.

“May we learn to see that God is present in our lives, even at moments of difficulty, and that everything, even things incomprehensible, is part of a plan of love in which the final victory over evil, sin and death is truly that of goodness, grace, life and God,” he said April 18.

Pope Benedict was addressing more than 25,000 pilgrims gathered in the sunshine of St. Peter’s Square during the traditional Wednesday general audience. Continuing his catechesis on Christian prayer, the Pope...READ MORE

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Santorum's Contribution (2916)

April 22 issue editorial on how the former GOP candidate lived his Catholic faith on the campaign trail.

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Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces the suspension of his campaign during a press conference April 10 at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa.

– Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

He may have been an underdog. He may have run a disorganized, underfunded campaign. He may have let loose a few comments that caused his supporters embarrassment.

But Rick Santorum provided a stirring example of what a Catholic running for elected office can be.

While many self-identified Catholics in the nation’s political leadership have adopted a “personally opposed but …” position on abortion and set aside Catholic teaching and natural law tradition on marriage, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania offered an unapologetic, morally consistent articulation of the inalienable dignity of human life from conception to natural death and defended the right of children to have a...READ MORE

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'Hunger Games': Warning for Our Culture, Opportunity for Christians (11457)

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Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss in 'The Hunger Games.'

– Lionsgate Films' Facebook page

“I just want them to know that they don’t own me. If I’m going to die, I want to still be me.”

– Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games

Those are chilling words for readers of young-adult fiction. The whole premise of young people forced to kill each other for sport is disturbing. It echoes the days of the Roman Empire, which pitted gladiators and wild animals against Christians in the Colosseum for the citizens’ entertainment. The Hunger Games, both the books and movie, is an eerie reminder of where we’ve been — and that we are capable of going there again.

In his YouTube commentary on the film, Father Robert Barron calls it a “dangerously prophetic story.” I agree: It is what our culture...READ MORE

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First Virtue: Humility, Half of Anglicans Seek Conversion, Cohabitations Dirty Secret, and more! (3616)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/18/2012 Comment

Humility: The First of the Lively Virtues. Click on the link by Anthony Esolen to read more.

Humility: The First of the Lively Virtues - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Survey: Half of Anglicans Want Reunion with Rome - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Cohabitation’s Dirty Little Secret - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Unconfirmed Reports of the S.S.P.X.'s Positive Response to Reunion - ThePulp.it

Where was Jesus during the Forty Days after Easter? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Purgatory: Who Holds the Key to the Gates? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Don't Step on the Crack, You'll Break Your Mother's Back - Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today T

he Resurrection in Medieval Art - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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How Holy Obedience Saved a Priest's Life on Titanic (4647)

Jesuit’s iconic photos comprise the most comprehensive collection of photographs that exist of the ill-fated ship 100 years later.

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Photo Father Frank Browne took of Titanic when boarding the ship in Southampton, England.

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It was the find of a lifetime: While cataloging the archives of a Dublin Jesuit residence, Father Eddie O’Donnell discovered an intriguing antique steamer truck in the cellar.

The treasures inside: 42,500 of Father Frank Browne’s captioned negatives — the most comprehensive collection of Titanic photographs that exist. (I would suggest listening to this Vatican Radio  interview of Father O’Donnell discussing some of the more fascinating aspects of Father Browne’s life and how his photography serves as a resource for Titanic research.) Father Browne's Titanic Album: Centenary Edition is available through Messenger Publications.

Father Browne (1880-1960) was an Irish Jesuit priest and...READ MORE

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Papa Bene: God's Revolutionary, 10 Misunderstandings of Cathoicism, and much more! (2465)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/17/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary. Click on the link by Samuel Gregg to read more.

Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

Ten Misunderstandings of the Catholic Faith - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Why Did Christ go to Galilee after the Resurrection? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Catholicism for Media Professionals - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Developing Inner & Outer Lives of College Students - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Missal Review: C.T.S. Daily Missal, People’s Edition - Fr. Z's Blog

Humanist, Where Art Thou? - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

American Catholic Dissent: An Exhausted Project - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Proof: Catholics Caused the Holocaust! - Matthew Archbold,...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Evangelization Is 'Obligation of the Gospel' (4606)

Philadelphia's Church leader and author of A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America says: 'If we’re not somehow bringing others to Jesus Christ, we’re missing the point of our baptism.'

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In an exclusive interview on his new e-book A Heart on Fire, Archbishop Charles Chaput says the recent contraception mandate points to a “pattern” of attacks on religious liberty in the U.S.

These attacks, he noted, are changing America into a country more hostile to religion in general and to Catholicism in particular.

“Our national leadership over the past few years has been much colder toward America’s traditional understanding of religious freedom than any administration in recent memory,” the archbishop of Philadelphia told CNA April 16. 

While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, he said, “in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how...READ MORE

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