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Why World Youth Day is Not Woodstock, Church and the New Media, The Real Pius XII, and much more! (2761)

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08/03/2011 Comment

Ten Reasons why World Youth Day is nothing like Woodstock. Click on Matthew Archbold's link to learn why.

The Real Pius XII - William Doino Jr, First Things/On the Square

Ten Reasons World Youth Day is No Woodstock - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Book Review: The Church and the New Media - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

. . . Brent Stubbs Review here . . .

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick When Priests Are Fewer - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Pro-Life Youth Dominate U.N. Conference - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

. . . Matthew Archbold: UN: Abortion & Prostitution a Right for Ten Year Olds . . .

Catholic Economics = Distributism - The Catholic Knight

Euanggelion: The Triumph of Father Barron’s “Catholicism” - Brad Miner, The Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under anointing of the sick, archbishop martin-rabago, brandon vogt, catholic blogosphere, distributism, evangelization, the church and the new media, venerable pope pius xii, woodstock, world youth day

Obama Administration Approves Mandated Contraception Coverage (7578)

Critics say religious exemptions and conscience protections are too weak, and legislation is needed.

08/02/2011 Comments (34)
Michael Rubin/Shutterstock.com

Health Care Reform protesters hold placards outside of Barack Obama's Health Care speech at the Target Center in 2009 in Minneapolis. Now, a key provision that pro-life protesters had feared, is coming to become reality under the new health-care plan.

– Michael Rubin/Shutterstock.com

WASHINGTON — Health-insurance plans must provide birth control and surgical sterilization as “preventive care” for women, with no co-pays, according to a directive issued Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, pro-life groups and religious-freedom advocates immediately criticized the Aug. 1 decision, expressing alarm about its narrow exemptions for religious groups, and calling on supporters to back a bill before Congress that would strengthen exemptions for employers who oppose surgical sterilizations and contraception.

“Although this new rule gives the agency the discretion to authorize a ‘religious’ exemption, it is so narrow as...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, contraception, health care reform, healthcare, planned parenthood

Archbishop Chaput: 'The Church Belongs to Jesus Christ' (3554)

Homily at opening Mass of Knight of Columbus' 129th annual convention focuses on reform, faith and Christ's invitation to Peter to walk on the water: 'As long as Peter keeps his eyes and his heart fixed on Jesus Christ, he can do the impossible.'

08/02/2011 Comments (6)
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– via EWTN News website

DENVER (EWTN News/CNA) — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver said that true reform of the Church requires deep faith and repentance from all members of the faith, including clergy, religious and laity alike.

“Renewal begins not in vilifying others, but in examining ourselves honestly, repenting of our own sins, and changing ourselves,” the archbishop said.

“We are all in need of God’s mercy. When we really understand that, we can speak to each other with both honesty and love, and restoring the mission of the Church can begin.”

Archbishop Chaput, who was recently appointed to lead the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, made his remarks at the Knight of Columbus’ 129th annual convention, this...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop chaput, church reform, faith, knights of columbus, st. peter

Does Religion Shrink Your Brain?, The Virtue of Fairness, Mosaic Law, and much more! (2625)

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08/02/2011 Comment

Why Did the Law of Moses Exist? Click on Joe Heschemeyer's link to learn why.

Ambiguity and Eucharistic Instruction - Stanley D. Williams Ph.D, Catholic Lane

The Virtues of the City - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

Why Did the Law of Moses Exist? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Does Religion Shrink Your Brain? - Denyse O’Leary, MercatorNet

Down Syndrome & the Purpose of Prenatal Testing - Matthew Hennessy, First Things/On the Square

Give Me that Old Time Religion to Reduce Crime - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

The Virtue of Fairness - Dr. Donald DeMarco, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Co-Creational Curriculum - Dr. James Knotwell, The Distributist Review

Calling Things by Their Proper Names- Anthony S. Layne, The Impractical Catholic

Bart Ehrman and...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, down syndrome, mosaic law, new evangelization, new media, protestantism, religion, virtue

Anti-Family Legislation Sweeps Across the Country (3964)

Adoption, marriage and school curricula are at stake.

08/02/2011 Comments (19)
Office of Gov. Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown, who once spent time in a Jesuit seminary, recently signed legislation requiring public schools to include homosexuals in their history curricula. It's just one example of many laws that are chipping away at traditional concepts of family in America.

– Office of Gov. Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Blessed Junipero Serra and his fellow Spanish missionaries first brought Catholicism to California in 1769, and nearly a third of the state is today Catholic. 

But, despite its Catholic roots, an increasing number of its laws are hostile to families and opposed to Catholic morality, contends Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and his brother bishops in California.  And, while California is arguably the most egregious example, many other states are following California’s lead.

The archbishop made national news in July, when, in his archdiocesan newspaper, The Tidings, he specifically pointed to two such state laws. The first, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, anti-family legislation, bishops, california, jerry brown, new york, same-sex attraction

Vatican Reaffirms Inviolability of Seal of Confession (3045)

Official reiterates Church teaching in wake of proposed Irish law that would imprison priests who do not inform civil authorities about cases of sexual abuse revealed to them in the confessional.

08/02/2011 Comments (6)

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

– Wikipedia

Rome, Italy, Aug 1, 2011 / 05:56 pm (EWTN News/CNA) — The regent of the apostolic penitentiary, Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, firmly stated that the Catholic Church will never divulge the confession of a penitent.

“Ireland can pass whatever laws it wants, but it must know that the Church will never submit to forcing confessors to inform civil officials,” said Archbishop Girotti in July 27 statements to Il Foglio.

On July 14, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny promised to introduce a new law that would establish a prison sentence of five years for priests who do not inform civil authorities about cases of sexual abuse revealed to them in confession.

The proposed law contradicts canon law,...READ MORE

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St. John of Avila a New Doctor of the Church?, Euouae, St. Bridget of Sweden, and much more! (2575)

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08/02/2011 Comment

Saint John of the Cross may be declared a Doctor of the Church at World Youth Day in Madrid this month. Click on Dylan Parry's article to learn more.

St. John of Avila: Likely to be Declared a Doctor of the Church during World Youth Day in Madrid - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Every Dioceses Should Have an Episcopal Vicar for Online Ministry - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Guinness Record for Catholic Chant: Euouae - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

‘School of Life’ is Path to Freedom & Peace for Addicts - Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

This Tryst Paid for by U.S. Taxpayers Like You - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

. . . HLI America: Sebelius Wastes No Time Making Costly Birth Control Free . . .

. . . Matt Bowman: Mandating culture of death . . .

. . . Mary DeTurris Poust: Birth...READ MORE

Filed under bible, birth control, cleansing of vessels, council of carthage, doctor of the church, endtimes, euouae, first mass, jesus, online ministry

Pope Benedict: Loaves-and-Fishes Miracle Reminds Us to Feed the Hungry (2106)

Holy Father highlights plight of drought-stricken Africa and reminds the faithful to always help those in need during July 31 Angelus.

08/01/2011 Comments (2)

– Wikipedia

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI’s Sunday Angelus address highlighted the plight of those affected by drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

“One thinks of the many brothers and sisters these days, in the Horn of Africa, who suffer the dramatic consequences of famine, exacerbated by war and the lack of strong institutions,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, 15 miles south of Rome. 

The Horn of Africa refers to the group of countries situated on the Somali peninsula in the northeastern part of the continent. These include Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia itself. All three states, plus Kenya, which...READ MORE

Filed under angelus, charity, horn of africa, loaves-and-fishes miracle, pope benedict

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