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Piety Gives Us Supernatural Grace to Truly Love God and Neighbor (7942)

COMMENTARY: A Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

08/24/2013 Comment
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The 'pelican in its piety' is used in Christian heraldry to symbolize self-sacrifice and the passion of Christ.

– Wikimedia Commons

As we saw last time, Church Tradition describes piety as “the perfection of religion.” That does not tend to score big points for this gift on the Popularity Richter Scale, since most people react negatively to both the words “piety” and “religion.”

As we also saw, it turns out that religion, the basis of piety, has pretty much the opposite meaning from what our culture supposes. Instead of referring to cold, dead ritualism or icy and abstract theologizing, devoid of the love of God and neighbor, it actually refers to a lively faith in and relationship with Jesus Christ, coupled with a gung-ho zeal for doing all those things that Pharisees aren’t supposed to care about.

So James tells...READ MORE

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This Is Totally How I Imagined It, Sherry Antonetti Is a Fantastic Writer and Much More! (6406)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2013 Comment

This Is Totally How I Imagined It as a Child . . . Follow the link by Thomas L. McDonald of the Man and the Machine blog to view and enjoy.

This Is Totally How I Imagined It as a Child . . . by Thomas L. McDonald of the Man and the Machine blog – BigPulpit.com

Sherry Antonetti Is a Fantastic Writer - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Why It’s Hard to Dialogue With Secularists and Extremists‏ – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

Music from the Rite of Braga – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

The Unsung Marian Doctor, St. John Eudes – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Organum is Beautiful on Chant Verses – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

How Our Church Buildings Reflects Heavenly Vision of St. John – Msgr. Charles Pope

Why Catholic Fiction? – Shannon Claire Morelli, Tuscany Press

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Obama’s Student-Aid Plan Could Cripple Liberal Arts Programs (9054)


08/23/2013 Comments (24)

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The Obama administration has announced its proposal for addressing the higher-education bubble and the student-debt crisis — and it’s not entirely crazy.

The fact is that college costs have vastly exceeded the rate of inflation for at least the past 30 years, to the point where annual expenses at some universities exceed $50,000. Even lower-cost state universities are raising tuition as local legislatures cut their subsidies.

Much of the money raised through these rising costs is not spent on teaching or necessary services. While the shrinking aristocracy of tenured professors goes on producing mostly obscure research, teaching at many colleges is relegated to the serfs: underpaid...READ MORE

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New Mexico Court Decision Leaves Religious Businesses Open to Attack (6357)

Analysis of the state ruling that a Christian photographer could not refuse to photograph a same-sex 'wedding' ceremony.

08/23/2013 Comments (36)

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The collision between religious freedom and the demands of equality continues, this time in New Mexico.

In Elane Photography v. Willock, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Aug. 22 that Elane could not refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding. Since Elane was a business that provided photography services to the general public, it could not, under New Mexico’s Human Rights Act, refuse to provide such services to any of the classes of persons protected under that law.

The court recognized the gravity of its decision; in a “special concurrence,” Justice Richard Bosson wrote, “[t]hough the rule of law requires [ruling against Elane], the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible...READ MORE

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Air Force Sergeant: I Was Punished for Opposing Marriage Redefinition (5110)

The senior master sergeant has filed a formal complaint after allegedly being removed from his position for expressing support for traditional marriage.

08/23/2013 Comments (26)

Airmen participate in the Basic Military Training graduation parade at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — An Air Force senior master sergeant has filed a formal complaint after allegedly being relieved of his duties for admitting that he opposes a redefinition of marriage.

“We are hoping that the Air Force in particular, and all the military services, will honor the law that was passed by Congress last year that provides a right of conscience protection for our military personnel,” said Ron Cruise of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

He told EWTN News on Aug. 21 that “those serving to protect religious liberties” should have their own religious liberties secured as well.

Sgt. Phillip Monk, a member of the Air Force for 19 years and a member of the 37th Training...READ MORE

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Senate Bill Would Aid Religious Minorities in Middle East (3714)

Legislation would create special envoy post.

08/23/2013 Comments (5)
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Destruction in protest camp after violence erupted Aug. 14.

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WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East.

“The continued violence against Coptic Christians and other civilians in Egypt is incredibly disturbing and flies in the face of the religious freedoms and fundamental values that Americans hold dear,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in an Aug. 21 press release.

“I urge Majority Leader [Harry] Reid to allow a vote on this bipartisan legislation, which would call attention to all religious minorities and demonstrate to leaders in the region that the United States takes religious freedom seriously.”


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Pope Requests That Vatican Experts Address Modern Slave-Trade Scourge (8587)

November gathering will discuss ways to combat 'terrible offense against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights.'

08/23/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — At Pope Francis' request, Vatican experts will gather this upcoming November with the aim of better tackling the growing scourge of human trafficking.

“We must be grateful to Pope Francis for having identified one of the most important social dramas of our time and that he has had enough trust in our Catholic institutions to ask us to arrange this working group,” said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The bishop's academy, along with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, will meet to discuss a Vatican action plan to help combat what is often referred to as the...READ MORE

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Looking at the Good Fruit of World Youth Day Denver '93 (7564)

Twenty years later, local Catholics — and countless others elsewhere — remain inspired by the unexpected success of the city’s transformational World Youth Day.

08/23/2013 Comments (11)
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Pope John Paul II greets a girl at World Youth Day 1993 in Denver.

– James Baca/ Denver Catholic Register

DENVER — It was an event bigger than Woodstock, and it featured a man who captivated the hearts and minds of youth who came from all over the world. Looking back at this historic event, World Youth Day in 1993 changed the culture and defied expectations of political, religious and secular establishments.

“Imagine Woodstock with all of the good and none of the bad,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who managed communications for Denver’s World Youth Day. “It was an event of more than 100,000 young people that changed society, but there was no marijuana; no beer bottles on the ground.”

As the event unfolded, the media came to describe Pope John Paul II as a “rock star,” due to his magnetic...READ MORE

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