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How Catholic Is Your Child’s School? (7949)

Catholic Education Foundation develops tool to help administrators, pastors and parents determine the 'Catholic' identity of their school.

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How Catholic is your child’s school?

There’s a new tool available to help parents answer that question.

The Catholic Identity Assessment program has been developed by the Rochester, N.Y.-based Catholic Education Foundation. Father Peter Stravinskas, executive director of the foundation, said that a school’s Catholic identity is not as assured as it was in an earlier time, when much of the faculty was composed of priests and religious. Father Stravinskas said that a number of individual schools and the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Gaylord in Michigan have adopted the Catholic Identity Assessment for all diocesan schools.

Charles Taylor, superintendent of Catholic schools...READ MORE

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The Baggage Adult Children of Divorce Carry (20173)

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For those engaged in America’s culture wars, it is clear that the welfare of children is the battle ground of choice. We are barely out of the gate with civil unions and same-sex “marriages,” and we have been told, in defense of these new institutions — and with the help of Hollywood — that The Kids Are All Right. And if it be true that “by their fruits ye shall know them,” then, if the kids are all right, so must be their parents.

But as we hurtle along in our social experiments, allaying our fears that children may not be getting the best deal in the new domestic arrangements, let’s pause for a moment and pay heed to the many children who, as adults, have come forward to say something...READ MORE

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NFP and PR, The Sistine Chapel as You have Never Seen It, New Apps for Mary in Prayer, and More! (2663)

The Best in Catholic Blogging!

05/18/2012 Comments (1)

NFP and PR. Click on the link by Emily Zanottti to read more.

NFP and PR - Emily Zanotti, Ignitum Today

The Sistine Chapel as You have Never Seen It - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Tech Talk: New Apps for Mary in Prayer - Sarah Reinhard, Catholic Lane

Tolerance Looks Like Rainbows & Smells Like Burning Churches – The Pulpit

St. John of Avila: A Most Dynamic Priesthood - Br. John Paoletti, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

From Faust to a Poor Wayfaring Stranger, A Music Review - Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

Distributism and Externalities - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

Why Can't the Catholic Church Ordain Women? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

1972: Jesuit Revealed Spirit of Vatican II Atrocities, Exiled for It...READ MORE

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Installed at Baltimore’s Cathedral, Archbishop Lori Draws Line in Sand for Courageous Faith (4622)

‘We must be loyal Americans by being bold and courageous Catholics,’ he states, as the U.S. bishops formally rejected Obama’s proposed ‘accommodation’ to the HHS mandate.

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Archbishop William Lori moments before his installation Mass on May 16 in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — During an installation replete with striking pageantry, sounding trumpets and an enthusiastic crowd of 2,000, Archbishop William Lori passionately defended the cause of religious freedom as a defining issue for the American people and the Catholic faithful.

“We do not seek to defend religious liberty for partisan purposes, as some have suggested; we do this because we are lovers of a human dignity that was fashioned and imparted not by the government, but by the Creator,” Archbishop Lori said in a May 16 homily designed to bring the campaign from Capitol Hill to the parishes of Baltimore.

Addressing the congregation from the pulpit at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in...READ MORE

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A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment, Franciscan University Drops Health Plan, and more! (2751)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment. Click on the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Franciscan University of Steubenville Drops Student Health Plan over Mandate - Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Why are Catholic Priests Blessing Same-Sex Unions in New York? - The Pulpit

The French Elections at the Cost of Subsidiarity is Disturbing - Matt Salisbury, Solidarity with Salisbury

Do Good Works Merit the Soul in Mortal Sin & Other Questions on Indulgences - Saint Peter's List

Please: Prosecute Abusers, But Also False Accusers - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Robert George: Same-Sex Marriage Ushering in Legal Trainwreck - Susan...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: St. Paul Teaches Us to Pray With the Holy Spirit's Help (1204)

Heavenly aid helps us pray, the Holy Father said May 16.

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Pope Benedict XVI says Christians should avail themselves to the Holy Spirit in prayer, particularly when they cannot find the words or inspiration to pray. 

“St. Paul teaches us that in our prayer we must open ourselves to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit, who prays in us with inexpressible groanings, to bring us to adhere to God with our whole heart and with all our being,” the Pope said May 16.

“The Spirit of Christ becomes the strength of our ‘weak’ prayer, the light of our ‘dimmed’ prayer, the focus of our ‘dry’ prayer, giving us true inner freedom, teaching us to live by facing our trials, in the certainty we are not alone.”

Continuing his weekly catechesis on...READ MORE

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Yankees First Baseman Mark Teixeira on the Importance of Fatherhood (9326)

Catholic ball player recalls ideal childhood, strives to provide the same for his own kids.

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Mark Teixeira is widely known as one of the best all-around players in baseball. After being awarded the 2000 Dick Howser Trophy, college baseball’s equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy, he was taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2001.

His professional career includes a World Series championship, two All-Star Game appearances, three Silver Slugger Awards and four Gold Glove Awards.

Teixeira is also known for his generosity. He has established multiple scholarships, including one named after a friend who was killed in a car accident while in high school. Generosity is something he learned at the side of his father, John, along with a strong work...READ MORE

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Chaste Dating: How Far is Too Far?, Housewives Desperate for Sanctification, and much more! (4844)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/17/2012 Comment

How Far Is Too Far? Physical Boundaries For Chaste Dating. Click on the link by Emily Stimpson to read more.

How Far Is Too Far? Physical Boundaries For Chaste Dating - Emily Stimpson, Catholic Match Blog

Housewives Desperate For Sanctification - Marissa Nichols, Theology of Laundry

Why are Catholic Priests Blessing Same-Sex Unions in New York? - The Pulpit

Our Awful Objectification of Men With Same-Sex Attraction - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Changing "I Can't" Into Sacred Parenting - Hospice Nurse, Ignitum Today

Ancient Ambrosian Rite in Erba - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Archdiocese of Washington Speaks Out Against Georgetown - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Sent to Conquer (Mark 16:9-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

President Obama's Same-Sex...READ MORE

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