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Maine Referendum Will Present Another Challenge to Marriage (3774)

The Portland Diocese promotes the bishop’s letter as residents debate same-sex 'marriage.'

08/20/2012 Comments (22)

AUGUSTA, Maine — This November, Maine voters will decide if the state should allow marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples. The measure marks the first time supporters of same-sex “marriage” have proposed the question of legalization on a state ballot.

The proposal goes before voters of the Pine Tree State three years after residents passed a “people’s veto,” effectively negating an effort by the Maine Legislature to legalize same-sex “marriage” earlier in 2009.

The campaigns both for and against the initiative play out in a national context this year: President Obama’s position against same-sex “marriage” has “evolved” into support for it, and his Democratic Party has...READ MORE

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The Eucharistic Life (1577)

User’s Guide to Sunday, Aug. 19.

08/19/2012 Comment

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Sunday, August 19, is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B).

Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-3, 10-11, 12-15; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

Our Take
The past Sundays’ readings have been focusing on Jesus’ words from Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel. Those words — the command of Jesus to eat his flesh and drink his blood — can sound extreme. They need a little background to understand — or, better, a big background

Scholars, poets and storytellers throughout history have told and retold the story of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit.
The poet Milton emphasizes the degree to which the Fall transformed Adam and Eve. He describes the cosmos being separated into two camps:...READ MORE

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What Is God’s Will for Me? (7370)

Practical Advice for Discernment from our Aug. 12 issue.

08/19/2012 Comment

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We all face choices in life. Minor ones come up all the time. Then there are the more significant decisions, such as: What is my vocation? Is God calling me to this work? Is this the person I should marry? Should we home school our children?

We don’t have to guess. There are specific principles for discerning God’s will.

Father Jonathan Morris, director of the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio and religion and ethics contributor for the Fox News Channel, says the No. 1 question we should ask is: “Is what I am considering doing going to bring me closer to heaven? And if it’s not, then we don’t do it.”

If we’re still not sure, seek answers from the Bible and Church teaching.


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Is There a Future for Catholic Doctors? (6451)

Aug. 12 issue column

08/19/2012 Comment

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Daniel Henninger’s recent Wall Street Journal column, "Obamacare’s Lost Tribe: Doctors," outlined the deleterious effects of Obamacare on physicians and the implications for patients.

At issue, Henninger writes, is not merely if patients will be able to keep their doctors, as Obama promised, but, rather, if physicians will be able to keep their patients — or even stay in the practice of medicine.

The questions Henninger raises about physicians under the president’s Affordable Care Act are even more applicable to Catholic physicians.
Doctors just want to take care of patients. Catholic doctors, in addition, want to take care of patients in a way that is consistent with their faith....READ MORE

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Wife-and-Motherhood Manual, The Church Loves Women, God Doesn't Cause Heartbreak, and More! (2537)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/18/2012 Comment

Wife-and-Motherhood: Who Says It Doesn’t come with a Manual? Click on the link by Katie Sciba to read more.

Wife-and-Motherhood: Who Says It Doesn’t come with a Manual? – Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

The Catholic Church Loves Women – Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

God is Not the Author of Your Heartbreak – Hurt-ey, Theological-Librarian

. . .and Paul Ryan will Sit Down with Nancy Pelosi. . . by James Mathis of the Catholic Liberty blog – Big ulpit

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – Mitchell Kalpakgian, Crisis Magazine

Rejecting In Vitro Fertilization for All the Right Reasons - Judie Brown, Catholic Lane

Introducing Becky Ward and the Disciples of Jesus and Mary - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

So You Think Homosexuality is Sinful – Kleine Katerine, Five Feet Above Sea...READ MORE

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Double Vision: Christ’s Love and Apocalyptic Warnings (1727)

Canadian Artist’s Work Offers Christian Reflection on the World: From our Aug. 12 issue.

08/18/2012 Comment

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A farmer stands in a vast wheat field that stretches out behind him across the huge canvas to a distant horizon and a crystalline, cloudless blue sky: The Ukrainian Pioneer painting is on display at a Victoria, British Columbia, art gallery as part of an ambitious retrospective on Canada’s great landscape painter William Kurelek.

Wait a moment: That sky is not quite cloudless. Tucked neatly into the corner is a mushroom cloud.

"What makes his art so great and so fascinating is that you can look at it on so many different levels," says Mary Jo Hughes, co-curator of the show, which has toured Canada for two years and has one left to go. "You can say, ‘Wow that’s really beautiful to look...READ MORE

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Admiring Argentina (1634)

Aug. 12 issue travel article

08/18/2012 Comment
Joy Wambeke

– Joy Wambeke

When my husband began championing a family trip to Argentina, I balked. Flying ourselves and our three small children to a very foreign country was not my idea of a vacation. Eventually, I caved. I began to think about how much history I didn’t know about Catholic Argentina. I had also been reading about the South American bishops’ recently renewed efforts toward the New Evangelization and thought I might like to see this in action. And it didn’t hurt that it would be summer down there while it was winter up here.

It was January when we landed in Cordoba, the second-largest city in Argentina after Buenos Aires, in central Argentina. As promised, it was hot enough for shorts and...READ MORE

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The Paul Ryan-Ayn Rand Connection: What’s a Catholic to Think? (24357)


08/18/2012 Comments (107)

Ayn Rand

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Approximately 37 seconds after the announcement that Paul Ryan had been chosen as Mitt Romney’s VP, the media began to murmur — and then shout — about Ryan’s outspoken praise of the novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged. (See, for example, Newsweek’s take on Ryan’s devotion to Rand as revealing a coming “War on the Weak.”)

Is Ryan waging a “war on the weak,” using Ayn Rand as his inspiration?

No, I do not think so at all. But Ryan needs to make clear what he accepts in Rand and very, very clear about what he rejects. Rand was an atheist, a devout enemy of Christianity, and she rooted her entire philosophic affirmation of capitalism in pure selfishness.

So, what...READ MORE

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