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Loving Africa (4212)

The policy — and moral — challenges of truly helping.

11/19/2011 Comments (3)

A girl dances while waiting for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Benin's main city Cotonou, Nov18. Pope Benedict, arriving on his second trip to Africa as Roman Catholic leader, on Friday urged African nations to resist the temptation to surrender to market forces as they grow and modernize.

– Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

As Pope Benedict XVI continues his second trip to Africa as Holy Father, memories of Western media’s condom-focused coverage last time around are still fresh. What exactly does the Church teach, and what exactly do Africans need?

Matthew Hanley is co-author of Affirming Love, Avoiding AIDS: What Africa Can Teach the West, published by the National Catholic Bioethics Center, which was recently honored by the Catholic Press Association, and a new guide called The Catholic Church and the Global AIDS Crisis, published by the Catholic Truth Society in England. He talks about some of these issues in a conversation that might come in handy to have nearby as one reads some of the news reports...READ MORE

Filed under africa, benin, hivaids, pope benedict xvi, synod of bishops

Defender of the Faith (4404)

Major League Soccer Player Keeps His Trust in God

11/19/2011 Comment
Gary Rohman

Matt Besler on the field.

– Gary Rohman

Matt Besler and his Sporting Kansas City team almost reached this year’s MLS Cup final, which takes place Nov. 20. What makes this an especially noteworthy feat is the team’s climb from last place earlier in the season and, on an individual level, the fact that Besler was not even sure he’d be playing professional soccer.

Besler guided his high-school team to a state championship in 2004 and went on to help the University of Notre Dame make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. He was named an All-American on the field and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America voted him the Men’s Scholar All-America Player of the Year as a senior in 2008.

In the professional ranks,...READ MORE

Filed under major league soccer, matt besler, sports

Marriage Saver (3470)

Saturday Book Pick: Dr. Ray Guarendi's Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

11/19/2011 Comment

Ray Guarendi is a clinical psychologist of common sense and uncommon wit. Known to Register readers for his “Family Matters” column, and popular for his Catholic radio call-in show, he spends a lot of his professional time reassuring parents that the time-tested truths of childrearing are better than the modern trends that would replace the parents as the dispensers of discipline and moral instruction.

In Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards, the good doctor applies his insights to the husband-wife relationship, again stressing that the commonsense principles of the Christian life — forgiveness, holding your tongue, listening, self-sacrifice — can do a lot more for a couple than the latest “7...READ MORE

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The Catholic Briefcase, Project Rachel, Bishop Tod's "Hour of Power", and much more! (3216)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/19/2011 Comment

Book Review: "The Catholic Briefcase" by Randy Hain. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos to learn more.

Is New York Seminary Merger the Way of the Future? - Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

Book Review: “The Catholic Briefcase” by Randy Hain - Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

Card. DiNardo Praises Project Rachel‘s Post-Abortion Healing Work - M. Bauman, Catholic News Agency

Live from Orange: Bishop Tod’s “Hour of Power” - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Knock-Knock, Who’s There? Jehovah’s Witness, Jehovah’s Witness, Who? - Martina, Catholic Sistas

Barnett on Sirico & Rediscovering Political Economy - Kevin Schmiesing, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Scientism, Knowledge, and Truth - JC Sanders, VirtuousPla.net

The Vatican Hits Back Against Benetton’s Insult to the Pope - William Oddie,...READ MORE

Filed under benetton, bishop tod brown, cardinal dinardo, catholic blogosphere, knowledge, medjugorje, randy hain, scientism, the catholic briefcase, truth

Pope Arrives in Benin and Talks of God's Friendship With Humanity (2418)

Benedict begins three-day trip that marks the 40th anniversary of the Holy See establishing diplomatic relations with the West African country and the 150th year since the first Catholic missionaries arrived there.

11/18/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Benin at the beginning of a three-day trip, where he will unveil his blueprint on the future of the Church in Africa entitled Africae Munus.

“May this document fall into the ground and take root, grow and bear much fruit ‘in one case a hundredfold, in another 60, and in another 30,’ as Christ himself said,” declared Pope Benedict upon his arrival to the small West African country.

The Pope was met at Cardinal Bernardin Gantin Airport in Cotonou by President Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin and Archbishop Antoine Ganye of Cotonou.

The archbishop was accompanied by colorful groups of local women who danced and sang as the Pope stepped off his chartered Alitalia...READ MORE

Filed under africa, benin, pope benedict xvi

The Supreme Court and Obamacare (3222)

As Catholics and pro-lifers welcome the news that the high court will take up the health-care issue, the future remains murky.

11/18/2011 Comments (11)
Win McNamee/Getty Images

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at a news conference where Republican members of the House displayed petitions Americans have signed demanding the repeal of healthcare legislation Jan. 18 in Washington. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the law next spring.

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — This coming spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear more than five hours of oral arguments in a case challenging President Obama’s signature health-care legislation. The case, brought by Florida and 25 other states and the National Federation of Independent Business, marks the highest profile challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The law, also known as “Obamacare,” has been controversial, as debate continues over what exactly its implications for both conscience and business are.

At the heart of the challenge is the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the requirement that everyone purchase health insurance. The mandate was dealt a blow when...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, congress, contraception, healthcare, religious freedom

Catholic Women Need Thick Skin Online, Grace and Technology, Movies Sound Cooler in Latin, and more! (3467)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/18/2011 Comments (3)

Grace and Technology: The USCCB’s Uber-Tweeter. Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to learn more.

Catholic Women Need Thick Skins Online - Caroline Farrow, Catholic Herald

Grace and Technology: The USCCB’s Uber-Tweeter - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Movies Sound Cooler In Latin - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Saint Martin of Tours and the Search for Holiness - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Le Chiese delle Cittá: Santa Maria della Salute - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

Thinking Critically About Mary - Philip Primeau, Catholic Lane

Distributism’s Fixed, False Beliefs - John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Christians in the Middle East - Joseph Bottum, Hudson New York

Africa Reminds Us that We should Pray Facing the East, Ad Orientem - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant...READ MORE

Filed under ad orientem, bishop christopher coyne, bishop robert finn, co-redemptrix, distributism, latin, pornography, santa maria della salute, st. martin of tours, twitter

Presidential Hopefuls: Ron Paul (4285)

Although committed to the protection of life, his libertarianism prevents him from voting for federal pro-life legislation.

11/18/2011 Comments (22)

WASHINGTON — When GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul says that he is pro-life, it’s personal.

As a medical student, Paul walked in on a late-term abortion in progress. The Texas Congressman and former obstetrician-gynecologist has recalled many times the shock of seeing a baby placed in a bucket that was put in a corner and ignored until the child died.

“I walked down the hallway and [another] baby was born early — slightly bigger than the baby they put in the bucket, and they wanted to save this baby,” he recalled in a campaign ad. “So they might have had 10 doctors in there doing everything conceivable [to save that baby’s life]. 

“Who are we to decide that we pick and throw one...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, congress, libertarianism, presidential campaign 2012, ron paul

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