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Conversion in the IVF Laboratory (7848)

Dr. Anthony Caruso describes his journey from fertility specialist to pro-life doctor

08/30/2012 Comments (22)

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In 1987, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Donum Vitae (Instruction on Respect for Human Life), where the Church officially forbade the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF), stating: “The child has the right to be conceived, carried in the womb, brought into the world and brought up within marriage. The good of society requires that children come into the world within a family and that the family be based on marriage, the only setting worthy of truly responsible procreation.”

Many Catholics, including some pro-life advocates, fail to realize that Church teaching forbids the practice of IVF as a means of creating life, even for infertile couples. In vitro requires the...READ MORE

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GOP Embraces Religious Freedom (2726)

Party Platform Contains Strong Plank

08/29/2012 Comments (3)

TAMPA, Fla. — The U.S. Republican Party included a significant section on the importance of religious freedom in its new official platform, adopted on Aug. 28 in Tampa, Fla.

“We pledge to respect the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard the independence of their institutions from government,” stated the 2012 Republican platform, which was formally approved at the party’s national convention Aug. 28.

The party’s positions respect “God-given individual rights,” including the freedom “of every American to follow his or her beliefs.”

The importance of religious freedom can be seen in its prominent placement in the “first provision of the First...READ MORE

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Poems that Testify to Gods Love, Pius XI's Vintage Car, Mary and Free Will, and Much More! (1325)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/29/2012 Comment

Six Catholic Poems that Testify to God’s Love. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to read more.

Six Catholic Poems that Testify to God’s Love – J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter’s List

Pope’s “Lictoria Sex” to Go on Show in Vatican Museums – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Mary and Free Will – Bekah, Concrete Life

Best Reason for Keeping Up with Atheist Blogs? by Mark Shae of the Catholic and Enjoying It! blog – Big ulpit

Felix Culpa: The Movie – Christopher Manion, Crisis Magazine

The Biblical Teaching On Tithing – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Why the World Needs a New Feminism More than Ever - Kelly Shircliff Williams, Ignitum Today

Defending the Faith Against Poison of Anti-Catholic Bias – Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Do No Harm?: Medical Journals Show Support...READ MORE

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St. John the Baptist Reminds the Faithful to Stand Up for Truth in World Hostile to God (3293)

The Holy Father's audience on the Aug. 29 liturgical memorial of the martyrdom of John the Baptist also focused on need for constant prayer.

08/29/2012 Comment

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Pope Benedict XVI says the heroic sanctity of St. John the Baptist proves that a solid life of prayer is the best source of courage for Christians facing a modern world that is hostile to God and those who love him. 

“The martyrdom of St. John the Baptist reminds us, Christians of our time, that we cannot stoop to compromises with the love of Christ, his word, the Truth. The truth is the truth, and there is no compromise,” the Pope stated in his Aug. 29 general audience address at Castel Gandolfo.

Christian life, he said, requires a “daily martyrdom of fidelity to the Gospel,” which can be defined as the “courage to let Christ grow in us and direct our thinking and our actions” and...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Supports Knights of Columbus' Civility Campaign (2488)

'Civility in America is giving voice to the desire of Americans of all backgrounds and political parties for more civil discourse during this election season,' the cardinal said.

08/29/2012 Comments (7)
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The Knights of Columbus are “very encouraged” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s request that U.S. presidential and vice-presidential candidates sign a civility pledge developed by the Catholic charitable fraternity.

“I think it’s great. I think that this is the kind of issue that religious leaders should be speaking out on,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told EWTN News on Aug. 28. “These are the kinds of religious values, like respect for each other, that our religious leaders ought to be furthering in society. We’re grateful for Cardinal Dolan’s leadership.”

Cardinal Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, in an Aug. 27 letter to President Barack Obama,...READ MORE

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St. Louis Rams' Quarterback Is 'Catholic by Blood' (16688)

Kellen Clemens looks beyond football for his deepest identity.

08/29/2012 Comments (23)
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Kellen Clemens has been playing football as far back as he can remember. After learning the game from his father on their cattle ranch, he went on to set high-school records for the state of Oregon in passing yards and touchdowns. At the University of Oregon, he set single-season passing records and ended his collegiate career as the school’s No. 3 man in both passing yards and touchdowns.

After being chosen in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft, Clemens has served as a backup quarterback for the New York Jets, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. He is heading into the 2012 preseason in that same position with the St. Louis Rams.

Despite his long connection with football,...READ MORE

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Film Review: Restless Heart, Winning the Battle Against Temptations, How to be Most Hated, and More! (2606)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/29/2012 Comment

“Restless Heart”, Film Review. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

“Restless Heart”, Film Review – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Winning the Battle against Temptations – Maurice Blumberg, Catholic Lane

How To Be The Most Hated Person In A Room! by Fr. David Endres of the Courageous Priest blog – Big ulpit

Top Fifteen Female Saints Who Were Mystics – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

How Do We Know Jesus Wasn’t Married? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Internet Resources for Sacred Music and Musicians – Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

Business and the Way of the Cross – James R. Rogers, First Things/On the Square

Meditation, Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Little Flower,...READ MORE

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Ross Douthat Scores Ryan's Catholicism and Cardinal Dolan's Election-Year Strategy (10736)

08/28/2012 Comments (41)

Courtesy of Augustine Institute

Ross Douthat is the youngest op-ed columnist for The New York Times in the paper’s history and also a practicing Catholic who writes on the intersection of politics, culture and faith.

A self-described “political conservative,” he is the author, most recently, of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Free Press, 2012) and two other books, Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005) and, with Reihan Salam, Grand New Party (Doubleday, 2008).

During the Republican convention, he will provide commentary for CNN, the Times and his blog.

He spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond from the convention in Tampa.


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