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Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State? (3504)

Rick Santorum bows out of the race. But his critique of President Kennedy has already prompted Cardinal Dolan to offer his own assessment of JFK's legacy, signaling a broader push to challenge Catholic attitudes on political engagement.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, accompanied by his wife, Karen, and members of his family, speaks at a campaign rally at Four Seasons Sheraton on April 3 in Mars, Pa.

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WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum, the Catholic pro-life GOP presidential candidate, recently provoked a furor when he attacked President John Kennedy, Jr.’s 1960 speech designed to defuse anti-Catholic bigotry by embracing an “absolute” separation between church and state.

It was vintage Santorum, underscoring his unique, sometimes frustrating contribution to the national debate on a host of issues, from abortion to same-sex “marriage” to the appropriate role of religious believers in the public square.

On the afternoon of April 10, Santorum suspended his bid to secure the GOP presidential nomination. But his hard-charging approach to social issues is likely to live on as religiously-minded...READ MORE

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Catholic Marriage and Myths, Syria and Its Christian Past, A Rush to Radical Informality, and more! (2176)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic Marriage and Myths. Click on the link by Brad Noel to read more.

Catholic Marriage and Myths - Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

Syria and Its Christian Past - Fr. Simon Henry, StAR/Ink Desk

The Rush to Radical Informality - Frederick W. Marks, New Oxford Review

Beautiful Polyphony from Lyceum Schola Cantorum - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Hope: When A Loved One Dies in Sin - Fr. John Jay Hughes, Crisis Magazine

Using Virtues to Ward Off Bullying Behavior - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Train a Child in the Way and When He Is Old He Will Not Turn From It - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Best Practices in Educating Adults in Ways of the Faith - Michelle Martin, Our Sunday Visitor

The Stages of Learning - Ben, Two...READ MORE

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Church Welcomes Thousands of New Catholics at Easter (3895)

A look at the new members of the body of Christ who came into the Church at the Easter vigil across the country.

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Pope Benedict holds a candle at the Easter vigil in Rome.

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Thousands of new Catholics were baptized and thousands more Christians were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter vigil last weekend.

Jeanette DeMelo, communications director for the Archdiocese of Denver (and recently named editor and chief of the Register, to start in June), reflected on the vigil Mass’ beginnings in darkness and the symbolism of its transformation into full light.

“Christ our light comes and breaks through the darkness that we experience in suffering and in death and in sin,” she told EWTN News April 9. “I think that also happens for each of those people who are coming into full communion with the Church. There is that experience of...READ MORE

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Catholic Clergy Continue to Speak Out Against HHS Mandate (3678)

Cardinal Dolan spoke on Sunday-morning TV about the need for faith in the public square, and a Virginia priest advises Catholics to follow St. Thomas More's example in the conscience fight.

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As controversy continues over the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said that separation of church and state should not restrict the Church from offering its valuable contribution to society. 

In an interview on CBS News' Face the Nation on Easter Sunday, the cardinal described the mandate as “a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government bureaucracy into the internal life of the Church.”

He emphasized that while the Church “didn’t ask for the fight” over contraception and religious freedom, “we're not going to back away from it.”

The public square, he pointed out, is enriched when people bring their religious and moral convictions to...READ MORE

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A Muslim Finds the Catholic Faith…Through Geography and Theology (31748)

British soccer team owner and prominent philanthropist Ilyas Khan reflects on his conversion.

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Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar was instrumental in helping Ilyas Khan, a British philanthropist and former Muslim, to become Catholic. But so too were many other distinctly Catholic influences, all amounting to a “pull” towards the faith rather than a “push” away from Islam.

Khan, a merchant banker by training and the owner of the Accrington Stanley soccer team, is also chairman of the prominent British charity Leonard Cheshire Disability — the largest organization in the world helping people with disabilities. In a revealing interview with Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin, Khan explains in more detail what drew him to the Catholic Church in 2009.


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Bible Passwords, Defending the Papal States, Ten Catholic Wines, The Victory of Humility, and more! (2874)

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Bible Passwords. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more.

Bible Passwords - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Defending the Papal States - The Mad Monarchist

Ten Catholic Wines - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

The Victory of Humility - Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hell, Mortal Sin and the Loss of Freedom - Andrew Sciba, Truth & Charity

What if a Bishop (or the Pope) is Morally Wrong? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Historic Photos from Rome for Good Friday - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Convert Credits Scripture, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Cardinal Burke - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Syria: ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in the Cradle of Christianity - John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

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Lucifer Unchained!, The Weakness of the Cross Makes Us Strong, Is Easter a Pagan Holiday, and more! (3109)

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Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Vision of the Harrowing of Hell: Lucifer will be Unchained for a Time 50 or 60 Years before the Year 2000 A.D. Click on the link by Dylan Parry to read more.

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's Vision of the Harrowing of Hell: Lucifer will be Unchained for a Time 50 or 60 Years before the Year 2000 - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

How Does the Weakness of the Cross Make Us Strong? - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Does 'Easter' Refer to a Pagan Holiday? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Question of Suffering, the Response of the Cross - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Triduum in the Anglican Use & U.S. Anglican Ordinariate - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Cool New Projects from Logos - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Discrepancies in Resurrection Accounts? Can They be Resolved? - Msgr....READ MORE

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Dawn Eden Discusses Healing From Sexual Abuse in New Book (10386)

In 'My Peace I Give You,' the author of 'The Thrill of the Chaste' says she was able to connect her suffering to the suffering of Christ.

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Most Catholics are already familiar with the name Dawn Eden, the rock-journalist-turned-devout-Catholic who made a splash with her bestselling book The Thrill of the Chaste. Eden has gone on to be a highly sought-after speaker and writer, especially on the subjects of chastity and human sexuality. Eden holds a master’s degree in theology and currently lives in Washington, where she’s studying toward a doctorate.

Her new book, My Peace I Give You, delves into the subject of childhood sexual abuse. She recently spoke with Jennifer Fulwiler about woundedness, healing and — for the first time publicly — her personal experience with this subject.


Your last book, The Thrill of the...READ MORE

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