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Abortion, Contraception and the Church Fathers (25538)

Despite what some commentators and politicians think, Church teaching on abortion and contraception has remained unchanged.

02/16/2012 Comments (79)

Fragment of the Didache

– Wikipedia

The recent indignity by which the Obama administration wants to mandate everyone, including all Catholic institutions or their insurers, to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, has raised the issue of Catholic teaching on these issues.

Some commentators have mistakenly asserted that the Catholic ban on these practices only goes back to Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth), by Pope Paul VI in 1968, or as far back as Casti Connubii (Of Chaste Wedlock), by Pope Pius XI in 1931.

The latter encyclical was written in response to the change of moral doctrine by the Anglican Church, which undermined centuries of Protestant condemnation of contraception by...READ MORE

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Does the Church Know How to Reach the Modern World, When Dickens Had a Marian Vision, and much more! (3830)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/16/2012 Comment

The Night Dickens had a Marian Vision. Click on the link by William Oddie to learn more.

Does the Church Know How to Reach the Modern World? - Brandon Vogt, Catholic Exchange

Going Through the Roof (Mark 2:1-12) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

New Book: The True Icon: From Shroud of Turin to Veil of Manopello - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Pope Pius II: 7 Quotes On Educating Young Catholic Men - Saint Peter’s List

The Night Dickens had a Marian Vision - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church - A. David Anders PhD, the Coming Home Network

A Tale of Two Concerts - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Woe to the Solitary Man - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

6 Reasons Why Contraception is...READ MORE

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How to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ this Lent, B16 Shares Remarks on US Culture, and more! (3199)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/15/2012 Comment

How to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ this Lenten Season. Click on the link by Dan Burke to read more.

How to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ this Lenten Season - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Homeschooled Kids: Last Line of Defense Against Zombie Apocalypse - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

B16 Shares Sober Remarks on American Culture - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Quæritur: Can Parishes Stop Baptizing During Lent?- Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Women’s Revenge: To Torture Without Guilt - Alice von Hildebrand, New Oxford Review

Holy See British Delegation: Muslim Delegate to Defend Christendom - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Here is What a Pro-Life Democrat Looks Like - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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Pope Reassures the Faithful: 'We Never Fall From the Hands of God' (2390)

Benedict XVI focuses Feb. 15 audience on the three last prayers of Jesus from the cross.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—The final words of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross should prompt Christians to pray for those who have hurt them, Pope Benedict XVI said on Feb. 15.

“Jesus, by asking the Father to forgive those who are crucifying him, invites us to the difficult act of praying for those who do us wrong, who have damaged us, knowing always how to forgive,” the Pope told more than 6,000 pilgrims attending the general audience in Paul VI Hall.

The Pope urged people to pray that “the light of God may illuminate their hearts, inviting us, that is, to live in our prayers the same attitude of mercy and love that God has towards us.”

This attitude, he explained, is summed up...READ MORE

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Anglican Clergymen Become Catholic Priests: Taking the Final Steps to Ordination (6984)

Anglican Ordinariate’s new chief priest oversees course of studies, teleconferencing of married men.

02/15/2012 Comments (6)
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson was installed as ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Feb. 12.

– Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

CLEBURNE, Texas — Charles Hough already had quite a career, including 18 years in the prestigious post of canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Church’s Fort Worth Diocese. Now he wants to become a Catholic priest.

Hough hopes to lead a group of former Episcopalians in Cleburne, Texas, who have asked to belong to the new Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, created by Rome for former Episcopalians. Every Saturday, from 9 to 4, he participates in a newly developed program of training for former Episcopal clergy.

He and approximately 60 other former Episcopal priests around the United States, many of whom are married, are studying for the priesthood using a teleconferencing...READ MORE

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College Seniors Network to Land Jobs (2027)

Colleges Week feature from Feb. 12 issue: Many seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges have gotten a boost into the workforce from networks of graduates — or from satisfied employers impressed by their predecessors.

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– Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

As Kayla Kermode began her senior year at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., last fall, she planned to put off serious job hunting until her second semester. Then recruiters from Wellpoint, a health insurer, were sent to campus by an alumnus. Now Kermode has a job waiting for her at Wellpoint.

Classmate Nathan Dunlap has a similar story. He’ll be working for Pixomondo, a computer-animation firm. He was hired by the friend of his brother, a TAC alumnus who has been mentoring him for several years.

These students are typical of many seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges who have gotten a boost into the workforce from networks of graduates — or from satisfied employers...READ MORE

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Free Catholic eBooks, Jehovah's Witness Convert, The Tyranny of Misunderstood Freedom, and more! (3626)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/15/2012 Comment

Free Catholic eBooks. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

Free Catholic eBooks - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Jehovah’s Witness Convert: Lou Everett - Why I’m Catholic

The Tyranny of Misunderstood Freedom - James Kalb, Catholic World Report

Is “Slain in the Spirit” the Same as Contemplative Ecstasy? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the Apostle of Santa Fe - Christopher Check, Crisis Magazine

Is Heaven a Fairy Tale? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Pius XII to U.S. Seminarians: Be Holy, Be Heroes, Be Officers of the Church Militant - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

The Assumption In Church History -...READ MORE

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CD Celebrates God's Plan for Love (2018)

Feb. 12 issue feature: Songs inspired by music festival will benefit 40 Days for Life.

02/14/2012 Comments (1)

– LoveComeAlive.com

After a successful first Love Come Alive Festival, which kicked off the 40 Days for Life campaign in Nashville, Tenn., last fall, Mysterium Records has released a live album CD just in time for the spring 40 Days campaign. The CD is set for a Feb. 28 release in partnership with 40 Days for Life, which will receive 10% of the proceeds from the sales.

Co-produced by Jimmy Mitchell, founder of Mysterium Records and member of the group Marian Grace, the CD is a collection of 12 songs performed at the festival by singer/songwriters from around the country who want their music to reflect the mysteries of their faith and a deeper meaning in life than what is found in mainstream music.

“All of the...READ MORE

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