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How to Discuss Abortion With 'Pro-Choice' Friends (5658)

May 6 issue feature on pro-life-talk tips.

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After a disheartening and unsettling discussion about abortion with friends and family via Facebook, I began to ponder: “Will conversations about abortion always end in anger and hurt feelings?” and “Is there something I can say that will make me a more effective advocate for the unborn — without alienating the other side?” After all, my exchange with this pro-choice individual was not about winning an argument; it was about changing her heart. I wondered what advice prominent pro-life Catholics — people who understood the other side’s motivations — would give for discussing abortion civilly.

Catholic convert Michael Pakaluk, professor of philosophy at Ave Maria University, says that it...READ MORE

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How Many U.S. Catholics Don't Belong to a Parish? (1761)

New survey finds 15 million Americans who identify themselves as Catholic but who are not associated with a specific church.

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A census of religious adherence in the U.S. that reported a 5% decline in the U.S. Catholic population associated with a specific parish suggests that some dioceses need to “catch up” with Catholics new to their areas.

“Our data indicate there are fewer than 60 million Americans associated with a specific Catholic church,” said Clifford Grammich, a research associate with the "Religious Congregation & Membership Study 2010."

The study also found that there are “more than 75 million Americans who identify themselves as Catholic. In other words, there may be more than 15 million Americans who identify themselves as Catholic but who are not associated with a specific church,” Grammich...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Announces Fate of 8 Accused Priests (5112)

Three have been approved to return to ministry, and an additional 17 cases await final review in a lengthy process clouded by unspecified allegations.

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PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced today that the archdiocese had reached a partial resolution to the investigation of 26 archdiocesan priests who were placed on leave in 2011. 

“The work of the special team investigating the 26 priests publicly placed on leave by Cardinal [Justin] Rigali last year is now largely done,” he said. “Eight of the 26 cases are being announced today. Most of the remainder will be announced in a matter of weeks.”

The long-awaited announcement provided welcome news for a small number of priests — three — who have been approved to return to ministry. But the fate of 17 others has yet to be determined, with some cases still under...READ MORE

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How Could Mr. Right Turn Out to be So Wrong?, Chen Guangcheng, Exhibiting Mercy, and much more! (476)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Sola Scriptura v. Tradition, or: Learning Karate from a Book. Click on the link by Devin Rose to read more.

How Could Mr. Right Turn Out to be So Wrong? - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Chen Guangcheng: “Help my Family & I Leave Safely” - Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Exhibiting Mercy - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Bad Poetry, Bland Theology: Let’s Write a Hymn! - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

How To Win an Argument With a Catholic - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

New Pro-Life Production Company Aims to Redeem Music Video Genre - Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Lame Lies about Women & the Catholic Response that I Find Compelling - Nikki, The Roman Road

The Normalization of Abortion - Marc John Paul, Live Action

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Rep. Ryan: 'We Have Pursued Solidarity but Abused Subsidiarity' (3005)

In an exclusive interview, the chairman of the House Budget Committee defends his interpretation of Catholic social teaching.

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, has said that his cost-cutting federal budget was inspired by Catholic social teaching.

But this didn’t sit well with some Catholics.

Sixty Catholic theologians and activists issued a statement saying that Ryan’s budget is “morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation and a commitment to the common good.” And nearly 90 Jesuit scholars and other faculty members and administrators at Georgetown University sent Ryan a letter saying that his budget “appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

In addition, a U.S....READ MORE

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Bishop Blaire Discusses the Ryan Budget and Catholic Social Doctrine (8197)

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Bishop Stephen Blaire

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Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice, Peace and Human Development, has been in the news after media reports quoted his critique of the GOP budget proposal authored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

In April, Bishop Blaire issued a letter that called the GOP’s proposed cut in benefits for children of immigrants “unjust and wrong.”

He has also rejected proposed limits on the funding of food stamps, as part of a larger GOP plan to curb increases in social programs. "Just solutions, however, must require shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and...READ MORE

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Chen Guangcheng Tells Congressional Hearing He Fears for Lives of Family (1940)

Chinese campaigner against one-child policy wants asylum in America, creating a crisis for U.S.-China relations.

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Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Chinese dissident and president of ChinaAid Bob Fu listen to Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng on the phone during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China May 3.

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WASHINGTON — Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese human-rights activist, whose plight has grabbed the attention of the world, can now apply to study outside of China, says the country’s foreign ministry.

The New York Times reported this morning that the development may provide a breakthrough in the crisis, which led to an emergency hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Chen himself called in to that hearing, which was led by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who leads the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China, a congressionally mandated, bipartisan panel.

In his phone call from a hospital in Beijing, Chen repeated his request for asylum.

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Young Adult Discernment Groups, Iconography Flourishing, CatholicJobs.com Relaunches, and more! (442)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/04/2012 Comment

Young Adult Discernment Groups are an Excellent Idea. Click on the link by Madeleine Teahan to read more.

Young Adult Discernment Groups are an Excellent Idea - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Iconography Flourishing at Faithful Catholic College - Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

CatholicJobs.com Relaunches! - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Ethics in the NFL - Mark Misulia, First Things/First Thoughts

Chen: US Abandoned Him after Threats to Family Forced Him Out of Embassy - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews

Euthanasia, Define Your Terms - Jose Trasancos, Ignitum Today

Love, Shakespeare & Everything In Between - Kevin O'Brien, St. Austin Review/Ink Desk

Has the US Govt Betrayed Chen Guangcheng? - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic


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