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Of Down Syndrome and Violence: Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy (3193)

Transcript of a Sept. 12 address given at a conference on “International Religious Freedom: An Imperative for Peace and the Common Good” at The Catholic University of America.

09/13/2012 Comments (6)

– Georgetown

I’ve been asked to set the stage for Denis McDonough [President Obama’s national security advisor, who addressed the conference following this presentation] by focusing on two issues: the state of religious freedom in the world and the efforts of the last three U.S. administrations to improve that state — that is, to promote religious liberty in our foreign policy, as required by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act.

The state of international religious freedom, to be blunt, is one of deepening crisis. I say this with some hesitation. Rhetorical overreach is a problem in our public discourse, and I try to avoid it. But the evidence points to a crisis: one that is not simply “out...READ MORE

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New Bible Trivia App For iPhone and iPad, Photo Tour of Maronite Churches in Lebanon, and Much More! (1428)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/13/2012 Comment

New Bible Trivia App for the iPhone and iPad! Click on the link by Esther G. to read more.

New Bible Trivia App and Not Only for Kids! – Esther G., A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Photo-Tour of Maronite Churches in Lebanon – The Back of the World

Dissenting Catholics and Following Cardinal Dolan from the Celebrating the Year of Faith website – Big ulpit

Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Mitchell Kalpakgian, Crisis Magazine

The Moral Status of Market Competition – Jordan J. Ballor, Catholic Lane

A Manifesto on the State of Education in America and Why I’ll Homeschool – T. J. Burdick, TJBurdick.com

Rerum Novarum and the Chicago Teachers Union Strike – Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice

Dealing with Difficult People – Theresa Thomas, Integrated Catholic Life™


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Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Why Sin of Adam and Not Sin of Adam and Eve, and Much More! (2150)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/13/2012 Comment

Mary: The Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Wife of Joseph. Click on the link by Deacon Paul O. Iacono to read more.

Mary: The Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Wife of Joseph – Dc. Paul O. Iacono, Sacred Arts Institute

Why is the Original Sin Called the Sin of Adam Not the Sin of Adam and Eve? by Monsignor Charles Pope – Big ulpit

St. Basil of Poiana Marului and the Divine Office – Phillip Rolfes, The Master Beadsman

Rare Inside Look at Paléographie Musicale – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

God’s Way (Mark 8:27-38) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Catholic Culture Inst., Organizational Model for New Evangelization – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

What the Church Needs to Know - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

The Problem of Good – Howard Kainz, The...READ MORE

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Who Speaks for the Catholic Church? (12349)

Multiplicity of ‘Catholic’ voices at the Democratic National Convention highlights and exploits confusion among the faithful about who defines Church teaching.

09/13/2012 Comments (68)

WASHINGTON — The 2012 Democratic National Convention featured a slew of self-identified “Catholic” voices — from the vice president of the United States to the daughter of a slain U.S. president, from a “nun on the bus” to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who delivered the final blessing at the three-day event. 

A half century ago, the lineup of Catholics would have been a source of pride for an immigrant Church. But this year in Charlotte, the diverse, even contradictory positions of these co-religionists seemed designed to sow confusion, leaving the audience to ask: Who speaks for the Church, and does the Church still hold to non-negotiable truths on issues like abortion and...READ MORE

Filed under bishops' role, catholic church, church teaching, democratic party, presidential election 2012

Franciscan University’s Sociology Course Description Comes Under Fire (7514)

An unofficial alumni group says a textbook’s assessment of homosexuality as ‘deviant behavior’ shows bias.

09/12/2012 Comments (32)

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) has come under criticism by members of an unofficial alumni group for a course description in the school’s social-work program.

Members of the Franciscan Gay Alumni and Allies Facebook group — a 106-member group that has no official connection to the university — were offended by the course description for a social-work class. They not only asked the university to change the description, but alerted the country’s only social work accrediting agency of their concerns.

The course description being questioned is for “Social Work 314,” a class on deviant behavior.

“Deviant behavior focuses on the sociological theories of...READ MORE

Filed under catholic teaching on sexuality, franciscan university of steubenville, homosexuality, sociology, theology of the body

Pope Benedict Says Christians 'Can Never Be Pessimists': 'No Prayer Is Lost' (3482)

In the Holy Father's Sept. 12 general audience address, he said prayers 'strengthen our daily commitment to goodness.'

09/12/2012 Comments (2)

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Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly general audience to explain that there is no such thing as wasted prayer.

“We can be sure that there is no such thing as a superfluous or useless prayer. No prayer is lost,” said the Pope to more than 8,000 pilgrims in the Vatican’s Paul VI hall Sept. 12.

“When faced with evil, we often have the sensation that we can do nothing, but our prayers are, in fact, the first and most effective response we can give; they strengthen our daily commitment to goodness. The power of God makes our weakness strong.”

Pope Benedict was continuing his weekly exploration of prayer in the story of salvation, with a particular focus on the second part of the Book of the...READ MORE

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Top Five Catholic iPhone Apps, Classical Music Review, Finding Sound Catholic Books, and Much More! (3895)

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09/12/2012 Comment

Top Five Catholic iPhone Apps. Follow the link by Patrick Padley read more.

Top Five Catholic iPhone Apps by Patrick Padley – Big ulpit

From Vaughan Williams in London to Rachmaninov in Rimini – Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

Where can I Find Sound Catholic Reading Material to Continue Learning more about My Faith? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pre-Cana with St. John Chrysostom: Seven Tips to a Successful Marriage – Saint Peter’s List

Hahn, “The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire” – Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

How to Eat Like a Hobbit – Robert Hutchinson, Catholic Lane

Incense and Thuribles in the Dominican Rite – Fr. Augustine Thompson OP, New Liturgical Movement

Building Community with Ministry – Bonnie Engstrom,...READ MORE

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Helen Alvare: 'Birth Control's Worst Enemy' 'Feminine Genius' Champion (16850)

Her new book challenges the ‘war on women’ rhetoric.

09/11/2012 Comments (48)

Helen Alvaré

– George Mason University

WASHINGTON — During an election year dominated by a partisan drumbeat heralding a “war on women," Helen Alvaré will provide a welcome reprieve: She is the editor and co-author of a new book of essays — stories by Catholic women that challenge the assertion that unrestricted access to contraception is essential to women’s happiness and well-being.

Currently a professor at George Mason Law School, Alvaré has dedicated her life’s work to the defense of the unborn and making a public case for traditional marriage. Her involvement in pro-life and pro-family causes has been a tour de force — beginning with work at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (which would later become the U.S....READ MORE

Filed under 'war on women', catholic faith, catholic social thought, hhs mandate, pro-lifers, u.s. conference of catholic bishops

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