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New Youth Catechism Is a Hit (7603)

Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles says YouCat, meant primarily for World Youth Day pilgrims, is already making an impact.

07/10/2011 Comments (18)

SAN FRANCISCO — Catholic youth have a new tool they can use to help explain their faith. A group of European bishops released YouCat — short for “Youth Catechism” — a local catechism published primarily for youth. Unlike previous catechisms, this one has a unique delivery system and a television program based around it.

Whereas previous catechisms have had to rely on bookstores to move them, YouCat will benefit from World Youth Day in Madrid. Organizers will include a copy of YouCat in each backpack received by the WYD pilgrims.

At this point, more than 440,000 young people are preregistered to attend the Aug. 16-21 event.

“YouCat combines sound catechesis and faith formation, based on...READ MORE

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Anglicanorum Texibus, Is Sex Like Race, Ethical Leadership, and much more! (2547)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/10/2011 Comment

Anglicanorum Texibus, the Anglican Use Conference in north Texas, click on Rocco's link to learn more.

Anglicanorum Texibus - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Catholics Working for Peaceful Birth of South Sudan - Katherine Veik, Catholic News Agency

A Zeitgeist God, Revealed - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Is Sex Just Like Race? - Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse old

Mormonism and Abortion - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Ethical Leadership - Clemens Sedmak, MercatorNet

On Cell Phones and Prayers to the Saints - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Preventing Dystopian Marriage: Only the Church Should Define Marriage - Brad Birzer, Catholic Vote

Who Will Win the Catholic Swing Vote? - Lisa Graas

Storm Clouds Ahead for More Than One Child - Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

For...READ MORE

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Saturday Book Pick: How to Rebut Myths About the Church

07/09/2011 Comments (15)

In Seven Lies About Catholic History, historian Diane Moczar leads us through a lively survey of some of the worst distortions of Church history.  Fabrications about the Inquisition, Galileo affair and Crusades are corrected, along with those regarding the “Dark Ages” and other topics. Many readers — Catholics among them — will be surprised to learn that what they think they know about Church history just isn’t so. 

For example, Moczar explains that physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei was never harassed in a hall loaded with his enemies, nor was he tortured or even threatened with torture. In fact, the Church acted cautiously in the matter, unlike the bombastic Galileo, who, though...READ MORE

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Cool Dr. Who Timeline, Three Cheers for Suffering, The Married Lifestyle, and much more! (3357)

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07/09/2011 Comment

There is more to Jesus than Suffering, click on Russell Shaw's link to learn more.

Vatican Rep. at U.N. on “Impuse-Driven Rights” vs. “Authentic Rights” - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Married Lifestyle - Gabriel Torretta, First Things/On the Square

Anything Else on the Menu? - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Cool Timeline of Doctor Who’s Companions - Jimmy Akin

Three Cheers for Suffering - Russell Shaw, Catholic Exchange

Clarifications on Sterile Marriages - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/In Depth Analysis

Total Apostasy: the Big Issue Dividing Mormons & Catholics - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Five Ways I Don’t Love Natural Family Planning - Danielle Bean, Crisis Magazine

The Applause at Mass has to Stop - Elizabeth Scalia,...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict's R & R (4029)

'Jesus of Nazareth' Vol. 3 will be on his to-do list.

07/08/2011 Comments (1)
2010 photo by L'Osservatore Romano

– 2010 photo by L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict XVI began his summer vacation at Castel Gandolfo July 6. His vacation there will last almost the entire month, during which he will not be holding his usual Wednesday general audience or receiving anyone in private audience, but will be reciting the Angelus prayer on Sundays, as is the usual custom.

The Holy Father plans to fill his time in the same way as many of his past vacations: not so much by resting as by studying, and, in particular, writing his book Jesus of Nazareth. This month, he hopes to make further headway and possibly complete the third and final volume, which will focus on Jesus’ childhood and the years leading up to the beginning of Christ’s preaching — a...READ MORE

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Pilgrims Flock to Wisconsin Shrine, Site of the Only Approved U.S. Marian Apparition (6669)

Upcoming ABC show will feature the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.

07/08/2011 Comments (3)
via EWTN NEWS website

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (EWTN News) — Attendance is booming at a Wisconsin shrine at the site of the only approved Marian apparition in the United States.

On Dec. 8, 2010, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay decreed that the Virgin Mary had appeared to a young Belgian immigrant woman, Adele Brise, three times in October of 1859.

After that, shrine caretaker Karen Tipps said, “the phone was ringing off the hook.”

“Right from Dec. 8 on, we never had a slow time this winter,” she told the Green Bay Press Gazette.

People have come from as far away as Texas, New Orleans and the south Pacific island of Tahiti to pray at the chapel, located 17 miles northeast...READ MORE

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Two-Child Policy in the Philippines? (8002)

Debate rages over' reproductive health’ bill. Corazon Aquino supported ‘people power’ in 1986; now her son, the country’s new president, suggests that the poor might not know what’s best for them.

07/08/2011 Comments (2)
Jeffrey Avellanosa via Wikipedia

Philippine President Benigno Aquino

– Jeffrey Avellanosa via Wikipedia

MANILA — When Philippine lawmakers return on July 25 for the second session of the 15th Congress, they will continue debates on two reproductive-health bills that would undermine the Catholic culture of the populous Asian nation.

Similar in content, both the House and Senate bills seek to mandate government counseling on artificial contraceptives and promote sexual education for children as early as fifth grade.

Backed by powerful international population-control groups, the bills also recommend two children per family as a way to reduce poverty and foster economic development. The Philippines has a population of more than 90 million, about 82% of whom are Catholic.

The bills are...READ MORE

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Hoyas Whip Irish, Catholic Illustrators Guild, Reason Our Ally, and much more! (2949)

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07/08/2011 Comment

Hoyas beat Irish! Click and learn why.

Hoyas Whip the Irish - Scott Walter, The Catholic Thing

Reason is the Enemy of the Euthanasia Movement - Michael Cook, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Illustrator’s Guild - Richard Aleman, The Distributist Guild

Can a Sinner Become a Saint? Yes. Why Do You Ask? - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Decaying West: England to Permit Abortionists to Run T.V. Commercials - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Liberation Theology is Dead But Not Departed; It Still Occasionally Twitches - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

N.Y. Bishop’s Office: No Plans to Deny Gov. Cuomo Communion - Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews.com

U.S.: Three Parishes in San Francisco ‘Gay Pride’ Parade -...READ MORE

Filed under "gay marriage", "gay pride", abortion, andrew cuomo, catholic illustrators guild, england, eugenics, euthanasia, liberation theology, planned parenthood

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