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2012 Sees 400-Plus Pro-Life Laws So Far (1870)

Pro-life legislation has been on the rise in recent years, says new study.

05/02/2012 Comment

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State lawmakers around the country have proposed well over 400 pro-life laws in the first quarter of 2012 alone, according to a recent study on abortion-related legislation.

“In the first three months of 2012, legislators in 45 of the 46 legislatures that have convened this year introduced 944 provisions related to reproductive health and rights,” said an April 13 analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization formerly connected to Planned Parenthood.

“Half of these provisions would restrict abortion access,” the study noted.

The suggested pro-life laws largely consist of ultrasound requirements, bans on abortions after a certain point in fetal development,...READ MORE

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Equipping Catholic Leaders (3916)

Tim Busch is the founder of the Napa Institute, a new organization that aims to equip Catholic leaders to advance the Catholic faith in today’s secular society. May 6 issue In Person interview.

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Tim Busch

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When Catholic businessman Tim Busch read the article “Catholics and the Next America” by Archbishop Charles Chaput, he was inspired. Busch is the founder of the Napa Institute — a new organization that aims to equip Catholic leaders to advance the Catholic faith in today’s secular society. The group’s annual conference is marked by a commitment to the Church’s intellectual tradition and an ability to cultivate a community.

The organization has already established itself as a center of knowledge and hope for American Catholics, attracting great Catholic leaders such as the institute’s ecclesiastical adviser, Archbishop Chaput, and its president, Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer — the former...READ MORE

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Dorothy Day Against Social Security, The Proper Care and Feeding of a Choir, Tosh.O, and much more! (3792)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Dorothy Day against Social Security. Click on the link by Ron Kozar to read and learn more.

Dorothy Day against Social Security - Ron Kozar, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

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

Until Abortion Ends on Tosh.O - Stephen Herreid, Crisis Magazine

What Difference Does Heaven Make? - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

What the Magnificat Tells Us About Marian Veneration - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Heterosexual Bypass Surgery - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

Paul Ryan & Catholic Social Teaching (Roundup) - Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

Who are You? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Power of Stories in Teaching NFP - Valerie Pokorny, Catholic Lane

Quæritur:...READ MORE

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Blessed John Paul II Remembered 1 Year After Beatification (2260)

A candlelight prayer vigil was held at the site where the late Holy Father hosted World Youth Day 2000 in Rome, which was when he told youth: "In saying ‘Yes’ to Christ, you say ‘Yes’ to all your noblest ideals.” Benedict XVI also recalled the holy witness of his predecessor.

05/01/2012 Comment
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Blessed Pope John Paul II has been remembered one year after his beatification with a candlelight prayer vigil at the site where he hosted World Youth Day 2000 in Rome.

“What was the secret of John Paul II? I think I can say the unity between faith and life. He lived for God and for man to bring to God, because he was happy,” said Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome at the vigil April 30.

It was on May 1, 2011, that Pope Benedict XVI beatified his predecessor, six years after Pope John Paul’s death. The beatification ceremony in Rome was attended by more than 1.5 million pilgrims. Included in their number was Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, the French nun whose...READ MORE

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Promoting Sacred Music, The Three Most Important Questions One can Ask, Distributism, and much more! (2693)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/01/2012 Comment

Promoting Sacred Music. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

Promoting Sacred Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Peter Kreeft: Three Most Important Questions One Can Ask - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Msgr. Luigi Ligutti and Distributism - Richard Aleman, The Distributist Review

Wikipedia Founder Praises John XXIII Encyclical - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

The Oppressed Lives of Stay-at-Home Moms - Dale O'Leary, Crisis Magazine

Paul Ryan & Catholic Social Teaching (Roundup) - Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

Mike Wallace Tells Truth about Homosexuality, 1967 Documentary - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

Character, Not Molecules, = Morality - Wesley J. Smith, First Things/Secondhand Smoke


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Nearly a Year After Independence, South Sudan Still Troubled by Conflicts With Khartoum (3013)

Catholic aid workers arrested; fate still unknown.

05/01/2012 Comment
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A woman scoops up dried beans at a food distribution point for internally displaced south Sudanese by the World Food Program in January 2011 in the town of Yambio, South Sudan.

– Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to support the Sudanese bishops, says Stephen Hilbert, adviser on Africa to the USCCB’s Office of International Justice and Peace. But bringing international pressure to bear can be difficult.

The whereabouts of three workers for Sudan Aid, part of the international Catholic aid agency Caritas, continues to be unknown. They were arrested last month by government security personnel in Nyala, Darfur, in Sudan.

The arrests, according to a Sudanese priest, were seemingly related to the outbreak of hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over border areas in dispute since the southern country, mostly Christian and animist, gained...READ MORE

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Hang Up and Connect (1945)

May 6 issue editorial on the need for face-to-face connections in a tech-savvy world. Blessed John Paul II, who was beatified May 1, 2011, offers a wonderful example on being fully present to others.

05/01/2012 Comment

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In some ways, it’s an update of the scene from years past, where a wife’s words at breakfast didn’t seem to be making an impression on her husband, who had his nose in the morning paper.

But we see far too many examples today of people with their “noses buried” in their smartphones or iPads when they might normally be expected to be interacting with people right next to them.

Families eat dinner together, but rather than carry on a robust conversation, spouses and siblings alternate between taking a bite and checking text messages.

A multitasking worker suddenly realizes that his phone partner asked him a question — but he wasn’t paying attention.

In a recent New York Times...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Faculty Show Support for Bishop Jenky's Recent Homily Remarks (3900)

'Bishop Jenky properly drew attention to the impending dangers to religious and personal freedom,' said Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles Rice. Meanwhile, other faculty protest the Peoria bishop's comments.

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Bishop Jenky Facebook

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Faculty members at the University of Notre Dame say that attacks on Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., over remarks about Hitler and Stalin in a recent homily have taken his words out of context.

“Bishop Jenky properly drew attention to the impending dangers to religious and personal freedom,” said Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles Rice.

He argued in an April 24 statement that the bishop’s critics “misread” his comments, which presented a “simple truth” about history.

On April 14, Bishop Jenky delivered a homily at an annual men’s Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. He urged courageous action in the face of modern-day threats to religious freedom in America.


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