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Called to the Missional Life (2409)

The witness of our life must proclaim the Gospel, but so too must the words of our mouth. Oct. 23 issue feature.

10/29/2011 Comments (3)

“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel; and if necessary, use words.”

— St. Francis of Assisi



Perhaps you’ve heard the above quote before. It’s gotten a lot of millage. I’ve heard it in many homilies, in several classes during my formation as a deacon, and at many a church meeting from the lips of well-intentioned Catholics.

I’ve got a couple of big problems with this quote.

First off, St. Francis never said it. Or, at least, it’s not in any of the writings we have from him or even within a couple hundred years of his death.

Second, too many Catholics use it as an excuse.

The mandate from holy Scripture is clear: “Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Group Raises Concerns Over PepsiCo's Research Methods (4194)

Group writes letters regarding the company's possible use of aborted fetal cell lines for development of beverage flavor enhancers, and a shareholder filed a resolution asking the business to adopt a policy against such research.

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ATLANTA (EWTN News)—A pro-life group’s concerns that PepsiCo may be using aborted fetal cell lines for research and development of beverage flavor enhancers have prompted a shareholder to file a resolution asking PepsiCo to adopt a policy against such research.

In August 2010 PepsiCo entered into a four-year agreement with the company Senomyx to develop high-potency sweeteners for its beverages. PepsiCo is paying $30 million for the research and future royalties on PepsiCo products sold using the technology.

Most of Senomyx’s patents involve the aborted fetal cell line HEK-293, which originated in human embryonic kidneys.

The Largo, Fla.-based group Children of God for Life wrote both...READ MORE

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CUA President Reassures Muslim Students They Are Welcome on Campus (3744)

Catholics and Muslims denounce a formal legal complaint filed against Catholic University of America that says Muslim students are being discriminated against by the university’s display of Catholic imagery and symbolism.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—A formal legal complaint filed against Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., is being strongly denounced by both Catholics and Muslims, who deny that Muslim students are being discriminated against by the university’s display of Catholic imagery and symbolism.

“I regret very much that our Muslim students have been used as pawns in a manufactured controversy,” said John Garvey, president of Catholic University.

Garvey said in an Oct. 28 statement that the charges were “completely without foundation.”

The complaint against the university was filed by legal activist professor John Banzhaf, known in recent years for his multiple “fat lawsuits”...READ MORE

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The Rosary: Live! (3794)

Saturday Book Pick: A spiritual son of Father Peyton carries on his service to the Rosary.

10/29/2011 Comment

Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., “The Rosary Priest,” who promoted the praying of the family Rosary throughout the world, must be delighted from his place in heaven to see what good hands his organization is in under the leadership of Holy Cross Father John Phalen, the author of this delightful and inspiring little book about The Rosary.

Father Phalen is the president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which has the mission of continuing Father Peyton’s work to serve the spiritual life of families, especially by promoting the Rosary. This new book will bring the Rosary to life for anyone who takes it up in one hand and takes up their rosary beads in the other.

Father Phalen...READ MORE

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Marys Sinless State, Red Chinas Morally Hollow Economy, Vaticans Monetary Wisdom, and more! (3126)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/29/2011 Comment

Ark of Grace: Mary’s Sinless State - Carlos Caso-Rosendi, Catholic Lane

“Not by Bread Alone. . . “ - Joseph Koss, VirtuousPla.net

St. Simon, Canaanite not from Canaan & Zealot who was no Zealot - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, NTM

Communist China’s Morally Hollow Economy - Samuel Gregg, American Spectator

The Vatican’s Monetary Wisdom - Fr. Robert A. Sirico, Wall Street Journal

Did Bishop Finn Deserve Indictment? - Phil Lawler, Crisis Magazine

Expert Downplays Vatican Council’s Idea for Financial Body - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

A Girl’s Lament: Sex, Love, and America’s Teens - Joan Frawley Desmond, Crisis Magazine

“Anonymous” the Movie Should be Ignored by All Shakespeare Lovers -...READ MORE

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New York Parents Mobilize Against Sex-Ed Mandate (5333)

New Congressman Bob Turner joins with religious groups and abstinence-education organizations to fight public-school curriculum.

10/28/2011 Comments (9)
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NEW YORK — A new sex-education mandate in New York City could have middle-school students visiting local pharmacies to catalogue condom brands, among other problematic assignments.

A new coalition, the NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition, is urging parents to contact New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the schools’ chancellor, Dennis Walcott, to demand an abstinence alternative, as well as telling their local schools that they want to opt their children out of the school system’s new comprehensive sex-ed curriculum, which is set to take effect in January.

Mike Benjamin, a former New York Democratic state assemblyman and current executive director of the NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition, said the...READ MORE

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Pope to Assisi Delegates: 'Let Us Continue ... Pilgrimage That Leads to Peace' (1303)

Benedict bids farewell to participants following meeting and reminds them to 'continue refreshed on the journey that leads to truth.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI met Oct. 28 with delegates who participated in yesterday’s Assisi gathering and said that the meeting showed how genuine the desire for peace and the good of others is.

“In a certain sense, this gathering is representative of the billions of men and women throughout our world who are actively engaged in promoting justice and peace,” said the Pope.

He told them the day had also been “a sign of the friendship and fraternity which has flourished” because of the work of those engaged in dialogue. He expressed hope that such friendships would “continue to grow.”

Pope Benedict praised the foresight of Pope John Paul II in calling the first Assisi...READ MORE

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More Assisi, Logos is the Best Catholic Bible App, About Slavery, Marks of the Church, and more! (2083)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/28/2011 Comment

Logos: The Best Catholic Bible App. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to learn more.

Assisi Gives an Encore, but Revised and Corrected - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Logos: The Best Catholic Bible App - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Defending Our First Freedom - Archbishop José H. Gomez, First Things/On the Square

The Reason why B16 Visited a Small Church in Italy - Alberto Carosa, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Le Chiese Delle Cittá: San Pietro in Mantua - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

Role Model: Adrian Smith for UK’s Persecuted Christians - Milo Yiannopoulos, Catholic Herald

Ideas, Consequences and Young Couples Today - Mike Phelan, HLI America

What Are the Marks of the True Church? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Private Property and Human Flourishing - Adam...READ MORE

Filed under adrian smith, assisi, bullying, catholic blogosphere, logos catholic bible app, slavery, tunisia

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