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Blessing of a Child in the Womb Published (5193)

USCCB releases prayer ahead of Mother's Day

05/09/2012 Comments (2)

"Following Vatican approval, the 'Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb' is now available for use by dioceses in the United States. The text of the blessing is posted online and is being published as a booklet addendum to the Book of Blessings/Bendicional," a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops May 8 press release stated. "The blessing will be included in future editions of those liturgical volumes."

“We hope the use of this blessing will provide not only support and God’s blessing for expectant parents and their child in the womb, but also another effective witness to the sanctity of human life from the first moment of conception,” said Archbishop Gregory Aymond, chairman of the...READ MORE

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Beverley Minster, Chivalry is Dead, New Wine New Eve, Youth Ministry Has Failed, and much more! (3630)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/09/2012 Comment

Beautiful Beverley Minster. Click on the link by John Whitehead to read more.

Beautiful Beverley Minster - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Chivalry Is Dead: It Collided With My Stroller - Catholic Sistas

New Wine, New Eve: Knowing Mary Through the Bible- Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Youth Ministry Has Failed - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

8 Quotes from Christian Authors about Importance of Good Fiction - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

A Gay Saint? Why Not? - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

A Hidden, Mysterious, & Much Debated Word in the Our Father - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Executive Director of ICEL on "The Future of the Liturgy" - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Hypostatic...READ MORE

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U.S.-U.K. Foreign Aid Tied to India’s Forced Sterilization Campaign (5810)

Tax dollars support 2-minute procedures done by flashlight.

05/09/2012 Comments (5)
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An Indian woman carries her infant child along a busy street in New Delhi, in 2005.

– Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

When Saraswati Devi awoke from the anesthesia, her clothes were soaked in blood. She was lying on a grass mat on the floor in excruciating pain, and there were no medical staff to answer her cries. She was one of 53 women who underwent surgeries at a “sterilization camp” sponsored by the government of India in its national campaign to drastically cut population growth.

The campaign is underwritten by tens of millions of dollars in American and British foreign-aid funds.

According to papers filed in the Supreme Court of India last month, the 53 women of low caste were recruited by government “motivators” who took them to a government middle school in Bihar this January. Anay Jumar...READ MORE

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Sebelius at Georgetown — A Shot Across the Bow of the Bishops? (12155)

Professor initiates letter campaign to rescind the invitation for the HHS secretary to speak at a graduation event.

05/08/2012 Comments (85)
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gives a talk in March commemorating the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.

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WASHINGTON — For the U.S. bishops, the battle to overturn the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate is a religious-freedom fight — though partisan groups have sought to characterize it as a “war against women.”

Now, Georgetown University’s decision to invite HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a prestigious graduation awards event suggests that the controversy has moved into a new phase, with an open attempt by the mandate’s supporters within a Catholic university to endorse the new federal rule over the objections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Further, the ensuing controversy has revived all the issues that were hotly debated in the wake of the...READ MORE

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Worldwide Vocations Boom, Sodom & Gomorrah Excavated: Guess How They Were Wiped Out, and more! (4006)

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05/08/2012 Comment

More Evidence of the Vocations Reversal. Click on the link by Matthew Cantirino to read and learn more.

More Evidence of the Vocations Reversal - Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First Thoughts

Why More Women are Becoming Nuns, Especially in Britain - Ruth Gledhill, London Times

Sodom and Gomorrah Excavated, Guess How They were Wiped Out - Fr. Z's Blog

For Greater Glory: Interview With Andy Garcia - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Rito Ambrosiano Antico & the Seminarians of the ICRSS - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

On Conversions: “Here Comes Everybody!” - Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Three Things about the Composer Antonio Vivaldi - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

New Book: B16's Reform: The Liturgy Between Innovation & Tradition -...READ MORE

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Arizona Defunds Planned Parenthood (2102)

Gov. Brewer: 'By signing this measure into law, I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds for abortion.'

05/08/2012 Comments (6)

– Wikipedia

Catholic and pro-life advocates praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for signing into law a bill that bars taxpayer funding for organizations that provide abortion.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Governor Brewer has signed this into law,” Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, told EWTN News May 7.

“We can make sure that any loopholes are closed and that abortion providers like Planned Parenthood or anyone else are not getting any taxpayer funding, directly or indirectly.”

Johnson explained that direct funding for abortions is already banned, but the new law’s backers were concerned that funds for other purposes would give financial support to abortion...READ MORE

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How the Church Was Destroyed in Shanghai (8591)

Communist Party dossiers reveal the methods that dismantled a flourishing Catholic community.

05/08/2012 Comments (15)

No China scholar wants to answer a knock on the door and find Chinese government officials standing at his doorstep. Yet, in 2006, that is what happened to Jesuit Father Paul Mariani. He had traveled to China to research how the Communist Party crushed the Catholic Church in Shanghai, one of the most dynamic Catholic communities in the country.

While working in the Shanghai Municipal Archives, Father Mariani discovered newly de-classified dossiers that detailed the party’s campaign against Catholics and how the communists dismantled the Church in Shanghai.

Realizing that he had a real treasure in his hands, he asked the archivists if he could have copies of the material; incredibly,...READ MORE

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Decay Leads to Nothing: French Revolution and Elections, 5 Short Stories You Should Read, and more! (2773)

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05/08/2012 Comment

Decay Leads to Nothing: The French Revolution & Recent Elections. Click on the link by New Catholic to read more.

Decay Leads to Nothing: The French Revolution & Recent Elections - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

5 Short Stories that Every Catholic should Read - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Can a Friend be my Spiritual Director? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Proper Care and Feeding of a Choir: Part 2 - Wendi, Cradle Stories

Hey, Maureen It’s None of Your Business - Christian Tappe, Crisis Magazine

Anti-Catholic Bigot & Obama Appointee Heads Pro-Abortion Organization - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Why We Need Work - Rachel Howell, Ignitum Today

Beautiful: Opera Familia Christi, Fourth Sunday After Easter - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Answering...READ MORE

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