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Abstracted From Reality: France Bans ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ (11334)

If the law goes through, the civil code will use the more abstract, cover-all, cover-anything term 'parents.'

09/27/2012 Comments (33)

France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger — or at least give a glimpse of how strange they will soon become for us — France has decided to ban the words “mother” and “father” in regard to the civil-legal treatment of marriage. The European country’s proposed new law declares that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender.”

The reason given by Christiane Taubira, France’s justice minister: ”Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child's development?” She then reassured critics of the proposed law, “What is certain is that the interest of the...READ MORE

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Americans Represented Among Synod of Bishops' Experts (1675)

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 U.S. Catholics to serve as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

09/27/2012 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 Catholics from the United States as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The gathering of 200 bishops from around the globe will take place at the Vatican Oct. 7-28 under the title of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

The experts and auditors are not voting members of the synod but are available to give advice and help to the participating bishops. On Sept. 22 Pope Benedict nominated 45 such experts and 49 observers.

Among the five experts from the United States are Ralph Martin of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and Sister Sara Butler of St. Mary of the Lake...READ MORE

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Beautiful Sacred Music Examples, A Plea to Confused Catholics, Liturgy: Dialogue With God, and More! (3148)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/27/2012 Comment

Ten Most Beautiful Examples of Sacred Christian Music. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read and listen to beautiful Sacred Music.

Ten Most Beautiful Examples of Sacred Christian Music – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

A Plea To Confused Catholics by Alice von Hildebrand of the Catholic News Agency website – Big ulpit

Liturgy is a Dialogue with God; His are the Right Words to Address Him – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

Facebook: Necessarily Narcissistic? – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

FSSP Ordination at Fontgombault Abbey (France) – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Unearthing Hidden Treasures: Historical Case for Foster Parenting – Heidi Hess Saxton, Catholic Lane

Angel of the Trenches - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

ByzanTeens Busy With Two New Videos – Eastern Christian Media

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Lou Holtz on Marriage, His Catholic Faith and Notre Dame (17375)

Register In Person interview with the Hall of Fame coach.

09/26/2012 Comments (47)

Lou Holtz

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As college football nears the midpoint of its 143rd season, Lou Holtz is among the many taking it in. The 75-year-old ESPN analyst has seen more than his share of games, mostly from the sidelines as a head coach. He coached a total of 388 games at six Division I schools.

Holtz is best known for his years at the University of Notre Dame, between 1986 and 1996, which include an undefeated national championship season in 1988. What is less known, but no less important to him, are the experiences that prepared him for the Notre Dame years.

One of the things Holtz prizes most is the education he received, fittingly enough from the Sisters of Notre Dame, while in grade school in East...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: The Liturgy Lifts Our Hearts to God (2365)

The Holy Father's Sept. 26 general audience

09/26/2012 Comments (6)
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Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer which raises the human heart to God like no other form of worship.

“It is in the liturgy that we ‘lift up our hearts,’ opening ourselves to the word of God as we gather with our brethren in a prayer which rises within us and which is directed to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit,” the Pope said at his Sept. 26 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“As the Second Vatican Council teaches, it is by means of the liturgy that Christ, our Redeemer and High Priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with and through his Church. This is the great marvel of the...READ MORE

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Dorothy Day's Dynamic Orthodoxy, True Opiate of the Masses, Ecclesiastical Penalties, and More! (1773)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/26/2012 Comment

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy. Click on the link by William Doino Jr. to read more.

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy – William Doino Jr., First Things/On The Square

The True Opiate of the Masses by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog – Big ulpit

Door-to-Door Evangelization Reaps Rewards – Rick Snizek and Brian J. Lowney, Catholic News Agency

Using Ecclesiastical Penalties to Shape Both Souls & Culture – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On The Culture

You Can’t Argue With That: It’s Science! – Br. Philip Neri Reese OP, Dominicana

Nothing New, Normal or Funny about NBC’s “The New Normal” – Stephen Kokx, Catholic Vote

When the Rubber Hits the Road - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

27 Quotes on Politics and Religion by Cardinal Ratzinger – H. H. Ambrose,...READ MORE

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Archbishop Myers Issues Pastoral Letter on Marriage (4690)

Newark, N.J., archbishop says Catholics 'must exercise their right to be heard in the public square by defending marriage.'

09/26/2012 Comments (26)
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Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J., says that the sexual complementarity allowing for the possibility of children is vital to marriage and a reason why the fundamental institution cannot be redefined.

“Marriage is not mere sexual-romantic domestic partnership,” the archbishop said in a Sept. 14 pastoral message. “It is, at its very foundation, a one-flesh union.”

The sexual union of a man and woman renders them truly “one flesh” and allows for the possibility of new life, he said.

While not every instance of such a union results in a new life, it is this type of union alone that leads to children, he noted, adding that same-sex couples “cannot participate in reproductive type...READ MORE

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Illinois Court Upholds Conscience Rights for Pharmacists (1764)

Ruling is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.

09/26/2012 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.

“Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has been co-representing the pharmacists for seven years.

Rienzi told Catholic News Agency on Sept. 24 that the ruling provides a “useful” parallel in examining the controversial Health and Human Services mandate that forces many religious employers to violate their sincere...READ MORE

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