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Presidential Hopefuls: Rick Santorum (6273)

Pennsylvania’s former senator and lifelong Catholic has been solidly pro-life in both his personal and public life.

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All GOP presidential hopefuls are in the pro-life camp, but Rick Santorum is routinely hailed by pro-lifers as “a hero.”

As a member of the U.S. Senate from 1995 until 2007, Santorum was the prime author and champion of key pro-life bills, including the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, a ban on
partial-birth abortion, and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which makes it a separate crime if an unborn child is harmed or killed during the commission of a stipulated list of federal crimes.

Santorum not only has signed the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life Presidential Pledge, but he has helped raise money for that organization, too.

Santorum believes that abortion is never justified,...READ MORE

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US Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Named?, Claude Newman, Baby Jesus, Asia Bibi, and much more! (2703)

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12/23/2011 Comment

New U.S. Anglican Ordinariate Bishop: Fr. Jeffrey Steenson? Click on the link by A Reluctant Sinner to learn more.

New U.S. Anglican Ordinariate Bishop: Fr. Jeffrey Steenson? - A Reluctant Sinner

Miraculous Story of Claude Newman, Conversion thru Mary - Mystics of the Church

Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 11:1-5 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Carrying Baby Jesus into Christmas Mass - Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today

How Population Control Endangers National Security - Tom McFeely, LifeSiteNews.com

We Remain Silent while Christians are being Persecuted? - Fraser Nelson, Telegraph

“Asia Bibi at Risk of becoming Mentally Ill” - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Modesty and Mantillas - Kleine_Katerine, Five Feet Above Sea Level

Awkward Science Problems - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

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Pope Benedict's State of the Church Address (2595)

Pope addresses economic crisis and need for renewal of faith. He also expresses more Christmas greetings amid recaps of pivotal 2011 events in the Church, highlighting World Youth Day specifically as 'New Evangelization put into practice.'

12/22/2011 Comments (7)
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—A renewal of the faith is the only basis for true Church reform, Pope Benedict XVI told members of the Roman Curia in his pre-Christmas “State of the Church” address on Dec. 22.

Along with his Christmas greetings, the Pope offered the Curia his thoughts on the year’s events and the demands of the future.

In this year’s speech, the Pope said that the proclamation of the Gospel to the modern world would be the “key theme” of the coming years. The full text of the speech follows:


Brother bishops and priests,
Dear brothers and sisters,

The occasion that brings us together today is always particularly moving. The holy feast of Christmas is almost upon us, and it...READ MORE

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Military Chaplains Get 'Religious Exemption,' but Does It Do the Job? (2786)

Critics assert that the language in the 2012 military-spending bill won’t protect clergy.

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U.S. Army Chaplain CPT. Loren Aderhold prays over a wounded American soldier at the military hospital on March 22, 2010 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

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WASHINGTON — Before the end of the year, President Obama is expected to sign a defense-spending bill that provides a religious exemption for military chaplains who refuse to officiate at same-sex “marriages.”

But critics argue that the additional protection is inadequate.

Passed by Congress last week, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540) included a provision stating: “A military chaplain who, as a matter of conscience or moral principle, does not wish to perform a marriage may not be required to do so.”

Republicans failed to secure the House’s proposed language, designed to provide a more robust exemption for an estimated 3,000 chaplains and block any backdoor...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Share Their Christmas Messages (2015)

Shepherds remind their flocks of the true meaning of the Nativity of Our Lord.

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Bishops and archbishops across the United States have shared Christmas greetings and messages with their flocks.

The messages they bring can touch the hearts of the faithful in any diocese. Here is a sampling from shepherds around the country.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Oakland, Calif., Diocese said in his Christmas message, “In preaching the timeless story of the birth of Christ each year at this time, we preachers are always faced with the question lingering in the minds of at least some people: ‘So what difference, practically speaking, in my everyday life, does all this make anyway?’ The devout would immediately answer, ‘All the difference in the...READ MORE

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Sola Scriptura or Learning Karate from a Book, What Entrepreneurs Learn from JP2, and much more! (2377)

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12/22/2011 Comments (1)

Sola Scriptura v. Tradition, or: Learning Karate from a Book. Click on the link by Devin Rose to learn more.

Sola Scriptura v. Tradition, or: Learning Karate from a Book - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Carrying Baby Jesus into Christmas Mass - Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today

What Entrepreneurs Should Learn from Blessed John Paul II - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Making Christmas Letters That Bit More Special - Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

The Fullness of Time - Patrick Vandapool

My Favorite 15 Books of 2011 - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Every Artist Should Buy this Book: Techniques of Icon & Wall Painting - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Give Liturgy of the Hours a Try in 2012 - Daria Sockey, OSV Newsweekly

Festivals of Light - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Even...READ MORE

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Hispanic American Bishops Write Letter to 'Undocumented Immigrants' (3611)

'Instead of receiving our thanks' for hard work, 'you are often treated as criminals,' say writers, including L.A. Archbishop Gomez.

12/22/2011 Comments (24)
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Mexican migrant workers load boxes of organic cilantro during the fall harvest at a farm in Wellington, Colo., in October.

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The Catholic Church in the United States stands with undocumented immigrants, declares a letter written by 33 of the nation’s Hispanic bishops.

The letter, released on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, says the Church sees the suffering face of Jesus in the tribulations of immigrants.

Addressing themselves to those “who lack proper authorization to live and work in our country,” the bishops declare their solidarity with immigrants, promising them that they are not alone or forgotten.

“Many of you perform the most difficult jobs and receive miserable salaries and no health insurance or Social Security. Despite your contributions to the well-being of our country, instead of...READ MORE

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To Be Human To Be Catholic, Catholic Connection to Hannukkah, Official Hobbit Trailer, and more! (3425)

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12/22/2011 Comment

Hobbit Official Trailer. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to view a rendition of a J.R.R. Tolkein classic.

To Be Human, Be Catholic - Nathan Kennedy, Ignitum Today

The Catholic Connection to Hanukkah - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Hobbit Official Trailer - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

A Psalm for the Sibyl - Matthew Alderman, Dappled Things

The Promise of Peace (Luke 2:1-14) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Saving Western Civ with St. Peter Canisius - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

The Virgin Birth of Christ: What the Church Really Teaches - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Daniel’s Literal 70 Weeks: From St Zacharias till the Presentation - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Europe’s Crisis: Unification without a Unifying Spirit -...READ MORE

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