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Building a Monastery with Medieval Tech, The Mystery of the Square Halo, and much more! (2888)

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04/03/2012 Comments (1)

Building a Monastery With Medieval Tech. Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Building a Monastery With Medieval Tech - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

The Mystery of Pope Gregory IV & the Square Halo - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Cross-section of Crosses and their Significance - Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

On Television: Dominican Cloistered Nuns & The Shroud? - Lauren Green, Always Catholic

Nec Laudibus Nec Timore: Blessed Clemens von Galen - Anita Moore, V for Victory!

Good & Evil: Analysis - Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

A Book Review of Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck - Shane Kapler, Catholic Lane

The Welfare State, Saint Paul and Pope Leo XIII - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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‘What If the Sexual Revolution Didn’t Make Women Happy?’ Mary Eberstadt Asks in New Book (4912)

As supporters of HHS contraceptive mandate ask, 'Where are the women?' author marshals a half century of social research to vindicate 'Humanae Vitae.'

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WASHINGTON — While the U.S. bishops press for legal and legislative remedies to the federal contraception mandate, opinion surveys confirm that many practicing Catholics ignore Church teaching on birth control.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, in a published interview last week, acknowledged the failure of many bishops to defend and promote Humanae Vitae (“On the Regulation of Birth”), Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, which ignited a firestorm when it was issued in 1968.

The encyclical "brought such a tsunami of dissent, departure, disapproval of the Church, that I think most of us — and I'm using the first-person plural intentionally, including myself — kind of subconsciously said, ...READ MORE

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Theological Error by CS Lewis?, Pope Benedict XVI Reads Mark Shea!, Dump Starbucks, and much more! (6191)

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Screwtape and a Possible Theological Error by C. S. Lewis? Click on the link by Joseph Pearce to read more.

Screwtape and a Possible Theological Error by C. S. Lewis - Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review/Ink Desk

Papa Bene Reads Mark Shea! (No Kidding) - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

National Organization for Marriage: Like Traditional Marriage? Dump Starbucks Coffee - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews

An Excellent Example of the Principle of Subsidiarity, Solidarity, & Catholic Social Teaching Working - Brian Douglass, The Distributist Review

Embrace the World of Sacred Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Growth, Excitement, Youth, & Energy are in E.F. Parishes - Fr. Z's Blog

Papal Infallibility: A Symbolic, Yet Problematic, Term - Fr. John T. Ford CSC,...READ MORE

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Humanae Vitae, the Priest and the HHS Mandate (6393)

04/02/2012 Comments (74)

– Catholic Truth Society

Clearly, the most controversial encyclical of the 20th century was the 1968 document Humanae Vitae, in which Pope Paul VI restated the Church’s teaching that the use of contraception to frustrate conception is gravely immoral. With so much pressure leading up to its release, the Holy Father knew that the encyclical would be rejected in various circles. Yet he had his ground troops, his priests, scattered all over the world. Could he not count on them?

Pope Paul VI made a fatherly plea to his priests at the end of the encyclical: “And now, beloved sons, you who are priests, you who in virtue of your sacred office act as counselors and spiritual leaders both of individual men and women...READ MORE

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What Pope Benedict’s Latin America Journey Meant (1691)

Register editorials on Pope Benedict's Mexico and Cuba trips from our April 8 issue.

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'Vaya con Dios'

From the very beginning of his apostolic visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI took note of the “deep roots of the Catholic faith among the Mexican people.”

Indeed, the efforts of Spanish missionaries in the early days of European discovery in America, the intervention of God in the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 and the faithful witness of Mexican saints and martyrs over the centuries have made Mexico one of the Church’s most-beloved daughters.

But Mexico itself is in need of modern-day witnesses: Not only is it afflicted by a deadly drug war and corruption in government, but various jurisdictions have legalized abortion and homosexual “unions.”

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Holy See Remembers John Paul II (1941)

Vatican commemorates seventh anniversary of the late Pope's death.

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– John Paul the Great Catholic University Facebook

Blessed John Paul II remains alive with God, continuing to offer his prayers for the Church on earth, the head of the Holy See Press Office said on the seventh anniversary of the late Pope's death.

“John Paul II for us is still alive and present,” Father Federico Lombardi told EWTN News on April 2. “He was proclaimed as blessed by the Church, so we are sure that he is alive, and he continues to be present and to intercede for the Church, just as he did while he was our pastor on the earth.”

The seventh anniversary of Blessed John Paul II's 2005 death is the first remembrance of the Pope's passing to take place since he was beatified on May 1, 2011.

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John Paul, Pray for Us (2877)

On the seventh anniversary of the Pope's death, we feature the editorial from our April 17, 2005, issue.

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Official beatification portrait from 2011

– Official beatification portrait from 2011

It’s easy, with a man like Pope John Paul II, to make a crucial mistake: to make him superhuman. The achievements in his life seem great and effortless, both at once.

Coming into the Church in the middle of a crisis of faith, he said, “Open the doors to Christ,” and many of us — eventually — did, as his prodding reached down to us, through the Church.

He wasn’t the great condemner many wanted him to be. Instead, he searched for the distorted truth at the core of modern errors and recovered it. He answered Marxism and Madison Avenue with the same message: “Work was made for man, not man for work.” He answered the sexual revolution with a revolution in Catholic thought about the beauty...READ MORE

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Is the HHS Taking Aim at Babies With Down Syndrome? (6835)

Prenatal-testing mandate could lead to more abortions.

04/02/2012 Comments (27)

Jerome Lejeune warned about the dangers of prenatal testing years ago. Now, pro-lifers may be calling on his intercession as his cause for canonization advances, and reforms in healthcare insurance may be endangering the lives of pre-born children with Down Syndrome.

– Jerome Lejeune Foundation

Most of the attention on the Department of Health and Human Services recommendations for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has focused on the mandated insurance coverage of contraception. But the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine’s report on “Clinical Preventive Services for Women,” which was adopted in its entirety by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, contains another worrisome provision — that it fund prenatal testing — possibly leading to more abortions.

 

“Buried in the IOM report is the recommendation for no-cost, well-woman visits; these visits include prenatal care — and thus prenatal testing for ‘genetic or developmental conditions,’” according to...READ MORE

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