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Mysticism in the Life of the Church, Fruits of Obedience, A Poet Reflects on Our Times, and more! (2049)

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06/21/2012 Comment

Mysticism in the Life of the Church. Click on the link by Catholichris to read more.

Mysticism in the Life of the Church - Catholichris, Team Orthodoxy

The Fruits of Obedience (Luke 1:57-66, 80) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Poet Reflects on Our Times - Ann Applegarth, Catholic World Report

Denmark to Make Catholic Church Perform Gay Weddings by Richard Orange - Big Pulpit

I Dare You - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Other Modern: Alex Asperlagh & St. Josephkerk, The Netherlands - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

"I Do", You Must - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

On the Church as a Sign of Contradiction - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Reverts: Catholics Who Left and Came Back - Nineteen Sixty-Four Cara


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Catholics in the U.S. and Religious Liberty: The Origins (1982)


06/21/2012 Comments (3)

– FortnightForFreedom.org

Several months ago, I came across a two-volume history of the Church in the United States I’d never read before: Theodore Maynard’s The Story of American Catholicism, first published in 1941.

Maynard was not a professional historian, and his telling of the American Catholic story has a bit more of the apologetic edginess of early-20th century Catholicism than a 21st-century audience might find congenial. Yet Maynard manifestly did his homework in the pioneering tomes of such giants of U.S. Catholic history as John Gilmary Shea and Peter Guilday; his judgments are usually judicious, even if his ecumenical sensibility is not overly developed; and every once in a while he comes up with an...READ MORE

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Fortnight of Films Celebrate Religious Liberty (11711)

Register film critic Steven D. Greydanus recommends 14 films to accompany the saint of each day.

06/21/2012 Comments (28)

Now that we’re officially into the Fortnight for Freedom, it’s appropriate to reflect on how the themes of religious liberty, moral conscience and commitment to one’s faith in the face of pressure and persecution have been reflected in film.

Below, Register film critic Steven D. Greydanus has chosen a fortnight of worth films providentially accompanying the saint's days we will mark within these two weeks, making a perfect complement to your Fortnight of Freedom plans.

You can find many of these films on the 1995 Vatican film list and on the Register’s list of 100 pro-Catholic movies. All 14 films are available on home video (DVD and/or Blu-ray).

June 21: A Man for All Seasons...READ MORE

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Study Saying Abortion Safer Than Childbirth Disputed (3851)

Bowling Green professor Priscilla Coleman calls the 'American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology' report deliberately misleading.

06/21/2012 Comments (13)

Priscilla Coleman

A study purporting that childbirth is 14 times more dangerous to pregnant women than abortion has been swiftly rebutted by an advocate for women’s health.

Priscilla Coleman, professor of human development and family studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is so intent on getting her own research on the health risks of abortion out to pregnant women and doctors that she has recently created a website for it.

There, she answers the report by Drs. Elizabeth Raymond and Robert Grimes in the June issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that claims to prove “the risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with abortion.”


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Pope Benedict Reminds the Faithful to Praise God Always (1603)

June 20 papal audience highlights.

06/20/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI says the life and writings of St. Paul should remind all Christians that the surest guide through the trials of life is prayer.

“Paul’s prayer invites us to contemplate the unfolding of God’s saving plan in history and to discern the signs of its presence in our own lives and in the life of the Church,” the Pope said during his June 20 general audience. “In our own prayer, may we praise the mystery of our election in Christ, and open our hearts and lives ever more fully to the transforming presence of the blessed Trinity.”

Pope Benedict delivered his remarks to thousands of enthusiastic pilgrims who were gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. Continuing his weekly...READ MORE

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Spousal Privilege, What to Expect When You're Converting, Classical Music Review, and more! (1755)

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06/20/2012 Comment

Spousal Privilege. Click on the link by Mary Walker to read more.

Spousal Privilege - Mary Walker, Truth & Charity

What to Expect When You’re Converting - Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Classical Music Review: Eccentrics, Anomalies, & Forgotten Gems - Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

The Significance of Altar Rails and the Holy Mass by Fr. Evan Harkins of Pray the Mass - Big Pulpit

Pics from New FSSP Parish in Ottawa - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Irish Church is on the Path to Renewal - Michael Kelly, Catholic Herald

It’s Time to Remember What Men Have Forgotten - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Killing Mercy - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

It’s Not About Sex Abuse: More Proof of SNAP’s Hidden Agenda - Dave Pierre, The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Brings Eucharistic Congress to a Close (1208)

Cebu City in the Philippines will be the site of the 2016 event.

06/20/2012 Comments (1)

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, papal legate to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, meets with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

– IEC2012

DUBLIN, Ireland — The 50th International Eucharistic Congress came to an enthusiastic conclusion with a video message from Pope Benedict XVI being answered with a standing ovation from a packed Croke Park Stadium throng.

Touching on a recurring theme throughout the Congress, namely the sex-abuse scandal and subsequent cover up by the hierarchy in Ireland, the Holy Father said that those guilty of the “appalling” crimes had understandably damaged the Church’s credibility in Ireland.

He also went on to reveal that the next International Eucharistic Congress will be held in 2016 in Cebu City, the Philippines.

The sixth day of the Congress (June 15) was dedicated to considering the...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Files Formal Comment on HHS Mandate (5213)

Letter calls for respect for individual conscience rights.

06/20/2012 Comments (7)
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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

– Peter Zelasko/CNA

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 1.8-million-member Knights of Columbus are the latest voice calling on the federal government to rescind a mandate that many view as a violation of religious freedom.

On the eve of the Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period in which Catholics will pray, sacrifice and study issues of religious freedom, the Knights filed a formal comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the department overseeing implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

That law called for certain “preventive services” to be provided through employer health plans, with no cost-sharing on the part of employees. The services covered include contraceptives,...READ MORE

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