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How Modern Eugenics Discounts Human Dignity (9317)

The Sum of Millions of Individual Choices: Jan. 29 issue column.

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In this modern age, many people are no longer afraid of eugenics.

It is not that they are ignorant of the past. They know all about the movement of the early 20th century that tried to create a better human race by preventing the birth of those deemed “unfit.”

Eugenics literally means “good birth,” and it seeks to “improve” the human gene pool.

The American eugenics movement resulted in the forced sterilization of more than 60,000 Americans in 33 states who were considered unfit to reproduce. And eugenics did not stop there.

Adolf Hitler was a huge fan of eugenics and brought it to its natural conclusion: the Holocaust of World War II, where millions of the “genetically...READ MORE

Filed under anti-life laws, catholic church, china, eugenics, faith, pope benedict xvi, pro-life

Next Church Doctor is Model for Evangelization (2651)

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ROME—Today’s world can learn a lot from St. John of Avila, according to those who have studied the life of the newest Doctor of the Church.

“St. John of Avila is far from us in time, but nearby for his figure, his life, his evangelizing witness and for his teaching,” Archbishop Juan del Río Martín of Spain’s Archdiocese for Military Services told CNA.

Archbishop del Río Martín was one of three experts on the Spanish saint who gathered in Rome on Jan. 20 for the presentation of a new book in Spanish that explores the writings of St. John of Avila.

The archbishop, who wrote his doctoral thesis on St. John of Avila’s teachings, believes that Pope Benedict made an investment in the future...READ MORE

Filed under doctors of the church, new evangelization, saints, st. john of avila, vatican, world youth day

Removal of Extra Baggage, Hildegard of Bingen, 10 Tips for Successful Catholic Blogging, and more! (3343)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Hildegard of Bingen: Voice of the Living Light. Click on the link by Sandra Miesel to read more.

Getting Rid of Excess Baggage - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

St. Hildegard of Bingen: Voice of the Living Light - Sandra Miesel, Catholic World Report

Ten Tips for Successful Catholic Blogging - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Greatest App You Will Ever Purchase - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Pope Praises Silence & Potential of Social Media - Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

Lost In Transition: What’s the Matter with Today’s Emerging Adults? - Thomas Lickona, MercatorNet

Depressed Cities, Abortion, and the Demographic Winter - Stefano Gennarini JD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Backlash Begins Against Obama’s LGBT Agenda - Wendy Wright, Catholic Lane

History of...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, black catholics, catholic blogging, catholic blogosphere, emerging adults, lgbt agenda, militant gay lobby, social media, st. hildegard of bingen, young adults

Cardinal Wuerl Thinks Church Can Win Contraception Fight (3412)

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the March for Life 2012.

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ROME—Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., believes that the Church can win its fight against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate if it takes its case to the public.
“We still have before us the opportunity to make the case to the American people,” Cardinal Wuerl told CNA Jan. 21.
“Americans by our tradition, by our heritage, are a people who tend to be very fair and don’t readily admit to excluding blocks and groups of people from participation in the common good,” he said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Jan. 20 that it would not expand a religious exemption for employers who object to a requirement that their insurance plans cover...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, cardinal donald wuerl, contraceptive mandate, health and human services, kathleen sebelius, pope benedict xvi, religious freedom

Minnesota Governor Rejects Plan for Stadium Near Basilica (2307)

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis, Minn.—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton does not want the Vikings’ new football stadium to be built near the Basilica of Saint Mary, where it was seen as a potentially serious threat to parish life.

“We are grateful that Governor Dayton considered our concerns and valued the work we do in making a decision to remove the Linden Avenue and Farmers Market sites from the list of potential sites for the Vikings Stadium,” officials at the basilica said in an online statement. 

Church representatives said they “support the Vikings staying in Minnesota” but had “very serious concerns about the impacts of building a stadium and event center so close to the basilica.”

“I understood their...READ MORE

Filed under basilica of saint mary, football, mark dayton, minneapolis, minnesota, minnesota vikings, sports

Panicked Catholics Flee Violence in Northern Nigeria (1655)

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Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria.

– UN Photo Paulo Filgueiras CNA World Catholic News

Abuja,  Nigeria—As many as 35,000 people have fled their homes in northern Nigeria after continuing attacks from the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. Their numbers include a large number of Catholics who report that churches have been destroyed.
“There is panic. Many just leave everything behind, and run for safety, because they do not know when violence might flare up again,” a source told Aid to the Church in Need on Jan. 24.
On Jan. 20, Boko Haram killed at least 185 people in attacks that rocked Kano city, located in the state of Borno, the Associated Press reports. The coordinated attacks used cars with heavy explosives and suicide bombers who targeted police stations. Men in...READ MORE

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Traditional Ecclesiastical Tailoring, Five Catholic Music Books, Classical Education, and much more! (3916)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Big Five Catholic Music Books. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

The Big Five Catholic Music Books - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Climbing Parnassus: 11 Quotes on Restoring Classical Education - Saint Peter’s List

Hungary Under Siege, Again - Balazs Mezei, Crisis Magazine

Justice - Fr. James V. Schall, The Catholic Thing

Correct Understandings of Religious Freedom & Conscience - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

A Time for Catholic Action & Catholic Voices - Abp. José H. Gomez, First Things

Religious Freedom: The Cornerstone of American Gov’t - Abp. Timothy Dolan, NY Archdiocese

Churchill was a Convinced Believer in Moses & the Exodus from Egypt - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

“It’s a Girl!” Could be a Death Sentence in Canada - Cathy...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogospehre, catholic music books, classical education, conscience, hungary, justice, religious freedom, sacred vestments, same-sex "marriage", traditional ecclesiastical tailoring

Catholics United's Defense of Contraception Mandate Draws Criticism (2497)

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A Democratic-leaning Catholic group’s favorable reaction to the Obama administration’s new contraception mandate is being criticized for neglecting the threat to religious freedom and wrongly claiming that contraception lowers the abortion rate.
“This is a real attack on the religious freedom of millions of Americans. People who care about the future of our country should not stand idly by,” said Eric Rassbach, national litigation director of the D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
James Salt, executive director of Catholics United, responded to the HHS ruling on Jan. 20.
“Although we recognize the authority of Catholic teaching on the issue of contraception, we also acknowledge...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, becket fund, catholics united, contraception, contraceptive mandate, health and human services, jennifer roback morse, kathleen sebelius, religious exemption

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