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Novak and Weigel Discuss Iraq 2003 and Syria 2013 (5732)

Two prominent Catholic supporters of military intervention a decade ago outline their stances on intervention, then and now.

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George Weigel

WASHINGTON — When President Obama addressed the nation on Sept. 10 to explain his response to a reported chemical-weapons attack in Syria, he vowed not to repeat the mistakes made by his predecessor, George W. Bush, who has been vilified for approving the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which is still mired in political violence a decade afterwards.

Thus the president defended his new two-track Syria policy — which includes an agreement to place President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons under international control — and a backup plan for a “narrow” military strike to deter future use of chemical weapons as evidence of his prudent style of leadership. His remarks sought to tamp down public...READ MORE

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Cuba's Bishops Call for Political Freedom and New Relations With U.S. (2369)

In a new pastoral letter, they urge updating of the communist state's laws to allow Cubans to exercise ‘responsible freedom.’

09/19/2013 Comments (1)
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HAVANA — In a new pastoral letter, the Cuban bishops said that in “the hope for a better future,” their government should begin political reform, and the U.S. should adopt “an inclusive policy” towards their country.

“Cuba is called to be a pluralistic society … Cuba is the nation of all Cubans, with their differences and aspirations, although it has not always been this way,” the bishops wrote in “Hope Does Not Disappoint,” a pastoral letter delivered to the government and read in parishes Sept. 15.

“There should be a right to diversity with regards to thought, to creativity, to the search for truth,” they said. “Out of diversity comes the need for dialogue.”

The letter praises...READ MORE

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Our New Albigensian Age; Adoption Language; Unequal Treatment of Sex Abuse Scandals and More! (3689)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/19/2013 Comment

Our New Albigensian Age. Follow the link by Stephen M. Krason of Crisis Magazine to read more.

Our New Albigensian Age by Stephen M. Krason of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

We Had to Adopt :: Adoption Language – Jen Dunlap, Forever For Always No Matter What

It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us - Matthew Olson, Ignitum Today

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Uncommon Nonsense - Emma Fitzpatrick, The Civilized Reader

9 Foundational Habits Young Men Should Start – BigNewsWonk.com

Unequal Treatment on Sex Scandals - Greg Forster, First Thoughts

What Catholic Foreign Policy Looks Like - Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Pope Francis: The Church Is Like a Mother - Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire

Black Catholic Democratic National Committee Staffer Quits - God & Caesar


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Perseverance Pays Off for New York Yankees’ Pitcher (17922)

Former Notre Dame star David Phelps’ determination brought him a wife and a greater understanding of the Catholic faith.

09/18/2013 Comments (9)
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The Phelps family

– Courtesy of David Phelps

David Phelps knew he was meant to marry a woman in his international relations class at the University of Notre Dame. The only problem was, that special woman was completely unaware of it.

Phelps (no relation to former longtime Notre Dame basketball coach Richard “Digger” Phelps), started off on the wrong foot with the classmate who had caught his eye. However, through prayer and humble perseverance, he eventually gained her respect and her appreciation of the Catholic faith.

Now David and Maria Phelps are happily married, with Jesus as the center of their lives. This holy cohesion provides the foundation for stable living in an oftentimes stressful job.

Pressure is the norm when...READ MORE

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D.C. Catholic Schools Improve, but Face Looming Challenges (3532)

Federal cuts to the school-voucher program imperils the education of 800 students in Catholic schools.

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WASHINGTON — A new report on Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Washington shows significant gains, particularly in funding, in recent years, although local Catholic schools still face challenges in keeping education costs low for families.

“In a particular way, significant strides have been made in recent years financially to support Catholic schools; but there is still much work to be done on the part of all of us,” stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, in the report.

“Catholic education — and our support of it — is not merely an option. It is an essential element of the New Evangelization,” he said.

The report follows on a five-year initiative for...READ MORE

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Wyoming Catholic: New Evangelization With a Western Heart (5683)

Kevin Roberts, the school’s new president, takes the reins.

09/18/2013 Comments (5)
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Kevin Roberts

– Wyoming Catholic College

LANDER, Wyo. — What difference can a Catholic college imbued with a Western spirit and fidelity to Christ and his Church do for the New Evangelization?

Wyoming Catholic College has a simple answer: It wants to take the reins and lead.

Wyoming Catholic is embarking on a new chapter since its founding in 2007 as a four-year co-educational liberal arts school located amid the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains. With the retirement of co-founding president Father Robert Cook, Kevin Roberts now guides the future of Wyoming Catholic and must make the decisions that must not only grow the college, but fulfill its mission to educate disciples of Christ and leaders for the Church. Roberts...READ MORE

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Murdered Man’s Brother Cites Faith, Forgives Killer (3648)

Hernan Prado said that he wants his brother's killer to know ‘I weep for him and weep for my brother.’

09/18/2013 Comments (3)

Coat of arms of Argentina.

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BUENOS AIRES — Pointing to his faith in Christ and reliance on the mercy of God, a man in Argentina has voiced public forgiveness to the man who murdered his brother.

“If God forgives us every day and gives us the chance to ‘start over,’ how can I not forgive somebody else?” Hernan Prado said with tears in his eyes during a march his family convened for forgiveness and repentance.

Around 3,000 people took part in the Sept. 9 march.

“The man who killed my brother is also my brother. That is what I want to instill in my nephews and children. I choose to forgive and to extend forgiveness,” Prado said.

Prado’s brother, Sebastian, was killed outside his house in Mendoza, Argentina, as...READ MORE

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The Rhythm of Rock Music, Is the Church a Friend of Tyranny? and Much More! (9099)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/18/2013 Comments (1)

The Sexual Rhythm of Rock Music. Follow the link by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of the Views from the Choir Loft blog to read more.

The Sexual Rhythm of Rock Music by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of the Views from the Choir Loft blog - BigPulpit.com

Is the Church a Friend of Tyranny? - Jason Jones & John Zmirak, Aleteia

The Skirt that Launched a Thousand Wars – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

The Secret Life of Catholic Girls – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Stump the Priest: The Problem of Evil – Byz Pulpit

Humility Is Self-Knowledge – Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Pride and Postpartum Depression – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

What Salve Regina Would You Suggest? - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

What Helped You in a Time of Grief? - Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

3 Ways the Reformed Faith Made Me Catholic – Kenneth...READ MORE

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