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'Reaching Out in Truth and Love' (1737)

At Washington's Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty, Archbishop Lori calls on Catholics to renew America's secularized culture.

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WASHINGTON — The striking confluence of the beginning of the Year of Faith and the annual recognition of Respect Life Month, set amidst the backdrop of a contentious election season, deepened both the sense of urgency and hope at the Oct. 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty in Washington.

“For some time now, both life and liberty have been under assault by an overarching, Godless secularism, replete with power and money, but sadly lacking in wisdom, both human and divine: a secularism that relentlessly seeks to marginalize the place of faith in our society,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily to the thousands gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine...READ MORE

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Faithful Catholic Education Key to New Vocations, Andy Warhol: SSA Ruthenian Catholic, and More! (2022)

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Faithful Catholic Education Key to New Vocations, Study Suggests. Click on the link by The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes to read more.

Faithful Catholic Education Key to New Vocations, Study Suggests – The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Andy Warhol, Same-Sex Attracted and Catholic by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog – Big ulpit

Recovering a Culture that is Genuinely Catholic – Arland K. Nichols, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Conscience of a Catholic – Anne Hendershott and Christopher White, The Catholic Thing

Heresy in Education – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Ethos of a Catholic School – Stratford Caldecott, Beauty in Education

Formal and Material Cooperation – Fr. Brian Thomas Becket Mullady, Truth & Charity Forum

Why Do We Need Faith? – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Insight Scoop


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Godless Secularism Assaults Life and Liberty (6518)

Homily given Oct. 14 for the Marian Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty.

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Following is the homily given by Archbishop William Lori Oct. 14 of Baltimore and the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the occasion of the Marian Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty.

Introduction: Mary Seat of Wisdom

On this beautiful autumn Sunday in which the Scripture readings speak to us about the wisdom of God, we have gathered from near and far on pilgrimage to this august basilica, dedicated to Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, the Seat of Wisdom.

With Mary’s loving encouragement, we have come together to pray to the Holy Spirit for an outpouring of divine...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Takes Aim at the Separation of Church and State (13633)

An informal occasion at Washington’s Catholic Information Center yields an engaging portrait of the deeply Catholic and predictably acerbic justice.

10/14/2012 Comments (29)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia looks around the packed room in the Catholic Information Center (CIC) as if to estimate its temper.

He begins his address quoting a Frenchman: “‘France is a country …’” A faint anticipatory chuckle ripples over the crowd, spilling out into the doorway where the late-comers stand.

The justice corrects himself and adopts the appropriate accent. “‘Frahhhnce eez a cohhntry with two religions and three hondred cheeses. The United States eez a country with three hondred religions and two cheeses.’” He pauses for a moment and resumes his native inflection. “I always have trouble remembering the second cheese.”

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Why the Little Sisters of the Poor Oppose the HHS Mandate (8708)

Oct. 7 issue feature: Little Sister of the Poor offers insight on HHS mandate and its consequences.

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St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor

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As more lawsuits over the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate are filed, many religious groups still remain temporarily exempt from the rule as they wait for answers.

Sister Constance Veit directs the publications office for the Little Sisters of the Poor, one of these groups waiting and hoping for relief from the HHS mandate. Between their 30 homes in the United States, the Little Sisters serve 2,500 elderly residents — enough to keep more than 300 sisters joyfully busy. The order is putting much effort into opposing this federal rule, and Sister Constance explains why.


How will the Little Sisters of the Poor be affected by the HHS mandate?

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Wisdom and Love Need Each Other (2045)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 14

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Sunday, Oct. 14, is the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time.



Wisdom 7:7-11, Psalm 90:12-17, Hebrews 4:12-13, Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27


Our Take

Today’s readings tell the tale of what becomes of wisdom without love.

The Book of Wisdom gives a wonderful portrait of a noble soul, but the first reading is also a prelude to a tragedy.

"The spirit of wisdom came to me," King Solomon says. "I … deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, nor did I liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand, and, before her, silver is to be accounted mire."

King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, says Scripture. But it wasn’t enough to save...READ MORE

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Sr. Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid, What Should Children Read, Atheist Convert, and More! (3208)

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Sister Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to read more.

Sister Blandina and the Original Billy the Kid – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What Should Children Read? – Russell Kirk, Crisis Magazine

Former Atheist and His Conversion – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Five Ways the Marriage Fight Will be Won, or Lost – Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Quæritur: Stable Group Petitioned for E.F. Mass, “Parish Council” Says No – Fr. Z’s Blog

Letter to a Soul Suffering from Scrupulosity – Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby, Vultus Christi

St. Maximus the Confessor on the Filioque – De Unione Ecclesiarum

Floor Tiles from Cleeve Abbey in Somerset, England – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

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Living the Faith (4063)

Oct. 7 issue editorial on living the Year of Faith well.

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When Pope Benedict XVI issued his apostolic letter Porta Fidei (Door of Faith), announcing a Year of Faith to begin this Oct. 11 and end Nov. 24, 2013, he reminded the faithful: "The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church."

This journey of faith, amid joy and suffering, "lasts a lifetime," wrote the Pope, but must be constantly renewed, both for the sake of our immortal souls and to draw others into communion with God.

For many Catholics, this Year of Faith comes at a pivotal moment. For the first time in the lives of many Americans, a stubborn economic crisis has led many citizens to...READ MORE

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