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How to Convert 7 Billion People 10 Years at a Time, Give Without Taking and Much More! (3525)

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07/03/2013 Comment

How to Convert 7 Billion People Ten Years at a Time. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall, PhD, to read more.

How to Convert 7 Billion People Ten Years at a Time by Taylor Marshall, PhD - BigPulpit.com

Give without Taking – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Marriage Lives in the Hearts of Children – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Saint Junipero Serra and His Witness for Today – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap DD, Truth and Charity Forum

I Am Not Ready For Heaven: The Things I am Embarrassed to Admit - Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Aurea Luce Hymn Revised by Pope Urban VIII (1632) – Zephyrinus

On Satan’s Ephemeral Victories, Our Response - David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

William Morris as Inspiration for Tolkien’s Literary Art - Tom Riley, Crisis Magazine


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SDG Reviews ‘The Lone Ranger’ (21921)

Another iconic hero bites the dust in Hollywood’s latest deconstruction, awash with buffoonery, crude humor and brutal violence.

07/02/2013 Comments (82)

— Walt Disney Pictures

I’ve seen many movies that were objectively worse than The Lone Ranger. Very few have made me angrier.

This is not because I have any personal attachment to the character. Like most people my age, I don’t. I do care about the fraternity of iconic heroes in masks and capes of which he is a member: Zorro, the Green Hornet, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man. While some of these (notably Batman) have been more ambiguously portrayed than others, generations of children have looked up to these figures as much for their high moral codes as their prowess and cool accoutrements.

Even more than Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger is the poster child for our culture’s terminal inability to offer children today...READ MORE

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‘Mob Rule’ in Texas Senate Unlikely to Stop Abortion Bill (3677)

Pro-lifers press ahead with women’s safety legislation.

07/02/2013 Comments (9)

AUSTIN, Texas — A filibuster and a raucous crowd managed to delay approval of a Texas bill that will ban abortions past the 20-week “pain capable” mark, but abortion supporters’ victory promises to be short-lived.

Texas legislators are already in a second special session, which Republican Gov. Rick Perry called just hours after the vote standstill in Austin late on June 25.

That day, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, became a national sensation when she launched a 10-hour-plus filibuster against the pro-life bill, attracting support even from President Barack Obama, who alluded to her efforts in a tweet.

When Davis was finally silenced due to technicalities shortly before a...READ MORE

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Evil, Be Thou My Good; Same-Sex 'Marriage For and Against; Is Virginity a Mistake and More! (3135)

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07/02/2013 Comments (2)

Evil, Be Thou My Good. Follow the link by Father George Rutler to read more.

Evil, Be Thou My Good by Father George Rutler - BigPulpit.com

Same-Sex 'Marriage' For and Against – William M. Briggs, Statistician to the Stars!

Is Virginity at Marriage a Mistake? - Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: Conscience Is Not Ego - Leroy Huizenga, First Thoughts

Socrates or Jesus? – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

Helping Our Children Discern Their Vocations - Terry McDermott, Catholic Lane

How to Have a Beautiful Liturgy on Campus - Dr. Kurt Poterack, Catholic Education Daily

Not This Family - Heidi, Catholic Sistas

Virtue is an Experience of Reality - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Abortion Debate Often Ignores Fathers - Francis Phillips, Catholic...READ MORE

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Archbishop: Senate Bill Helps Migrants Come ‘Into the Light’ (2698)

The Senate passed the immigration-reform bill to allow the estimated 11 million illegal residents of the U.S. to obtain provisional immigrant status if they meet certain conditions.

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Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles speaks during a press conference at the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

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WASHINGTON — Archbishop José Gomez, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, praised the Senate’s passage of an immigration bill, saying it would allow migrants to “come out of the shadows and into the light.”

“The status quo of our current system causes much suffering among immigrants and their families and must end,” the Los Angeles archbishop said June 28.

“I commend the U.S. Senate on the vote and for the bipartisan cooperation displayed during the legislative process,” he added.

The bill passed by the Senate is intended to allow the estimated 11 million illegal residents of the U.S. to obtain provisional immigrant status if they meet certain conditions. These...READ MORE

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Vatican Bank Director, Deputy Announce Resignations (3500)

Since 2010, the management of the Institute for Religious Works has been working hard to bring processes in line with international standards for anti-money laundering.

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The Institute for Religious Works, or the Vatican Bank, as it is commonly known, on June 28.

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VATICAN CITY — Paolo Cipriani, director of the Vatican Bank, resigned today, along with his deputy, Massimo Tulli, “in the best interest of the Institute [for Religious Works] and the Holy See,” according to a Vatican statement.

The Vatican Bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, has begun the process of finding permanent replacements to fill the positions.

Meanwhile, Ernst von Freyberg, who was appointed president of IOR’s supervisory board in February, as part of the group’s reform, has been appointed interim director, and his interim deputy will be Rolando Marranci.

Antonio Montaresi fills a newly created position, chief risk officer, to oversee...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' First Encyclical to Be Released July 5 (2273)

The encyclical, begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis, is entitled Lumen Fidei, which means 'The Light of Faith.'

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Pope Francis greets the faithful on May 8.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ first encyclical will be published on Friday, July 5, the Vatican has announced.

The encyclical was begun by Benedict XVI and finished by Pope Francis in recent months. It is entitled Lumen Fidei, which means “The Light of Faith.”

The papal document will be presented at a press conference by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect for the Doctrine of the Faith and Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

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Courage Conference to Minister to Those With Same-Sex Attraction (5933)

The Courage apostolate aims to help those who have same-sex attraction and want to live according to Catholic teaching, which recognizes homosexual acts as grave sins.

07/02/2013 Comments (30)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Courage apostolate’s upcoming annual conference seeks to strengthen the faith and the confidence in Christ of Catholics who have same-sex attraction, helping them to live their call to chastity.

“The Church finds herself in the unhappy situation of having to say ‘No’ to things she knows to be contrary to the human good,” Father Paul Check, director of Courage, told Catholic News Agency July 1. “But whenever there’s a ‘No,’ and of course Our Lord also said ‘No’ to certain things in the Gospel, there has to be a corresponding ‘Yes.’”

“The ‘Yes’ is the outstretched hand of fraternal charity that the Church offers to men and women with same-sex attraction and to...READ MORE

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