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Giving Thanks to God for the Life of Judge Bill Clark (5387)

COMMENTARY: The former Catholic confidant of President Ronald Reagan died Aug. 10.

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Judge William P. Clark in 2001.

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Back in 2008, I wrote a piece for the Register titled, “Instrument of Peace,” with the subtitle, “Bill Clark, the Catholic Leader America Forgot.” It was about an extraordinary man that every U.S. Catholic should know about and pause to give thanks for — and certainly not forget. His name was William P. Clark, better known as Bill Clark or Judge Clark.

I shared an inspiring story of a man born in Oxnard, Calif., in October 1931, the son of ranchers and cowboys who became a rancher and cowboy himself. He attended Catholic prep schools and colleges and searched for his place in this world. That search ultimately took him to an Augustinian novitiate in New York in the fall of 1950,...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Attracted Catholic Outs Himself, Four Ways to Save Your Soul on a College Campus and More! (10194)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Same-Sex Attracted Catholic Blogger Outs Himself. Follow the link by Joseph Prever of the Steve Gershom blog to read more.

Same-Sex Attracted Catholic Blogger Outs Himself by Steve Gershom - BigPulpit.com

4 Ways to Save Your Soul on a College Campus – Louis Cona, Saint Peter's List

Signs of Hope in Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue – Byz Pulpit

Coptic Pope Cancels Bible Study; Fears for Safety – Mark Movsesian, First Things

A Young Widow On How to Treat Young Widows – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

Church Architecture: Architecture and Second-Hand Heresy – Mark Wilson, Catholic Lane

Reacquainting Oneself With the Latin Fathers – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Gospel of Work – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

Regret – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

It’s the Beautiful Struggle!...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Does Jesus Attract Our Hearts ʻLike a Magnet’? (5638)

‘What is the force that holds the family together? It is precisely the love of God,’ the Holy Father said.

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VATICAN CITY — During his Sunday Angelus address from Rome, Pope Francis encouraged listeners to reflect upon the day’s Gospel in which Jesus reminds his disciples to treasure the things of heaven, and the Pope asked them if they let God enter fully into their lives.

“We can ask ourselves: Where is my treasure? What is the most important reality for me, the reality that attracts my heart like a magnet? Can I say that it is the love of God?” Pope Francis asked the crowds in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 11.

Sunday’s Gospel reading, the Pope said, reveals that a Christian “is one who carries within himself a great and profound desire” for “a meeting with the Lord.”

This is true for every...READ MORE

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Mystery Priest in Missouri Rescue Revealed (41265)

Father Patrick Dowling says he was the priest on the scene, but he can't explain some mysterious events reported by rescuers.

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Father Patrick Dowling


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The mysterious priest who gave anointing to a Missouri woman trapped in her wrecked car has been identified as Father Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City.

“I thank God and the amazingly competent rescue workers,” Father Dowling stated in a comment on Catholic News Agency’s original article on the Aug. 4 incident. (The priest also recounted his story in a comment posted at NCRegister.com for the National Catholic Register.)

“I thank them for making me welcome in such a highly charged situation and allowing me to minister as a priest,” he said.

Katie Lentz was trapped in her older-model Mercedes after being struck by another vehicle that passed into...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Groups Continue to Battle IRS Scrutiny (5298)

Despite President Obama’s promise to amend IRS misconduct, pro-life organizations say little has changed.

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CHICAGO — President Barack Obama expressed outrage after an audit went public May 14, showing a pattern of IRS harassment of conservative groups seeking nonprofit tax-exempt status. The whistle was blown. The media reported it, and Obama promised serious action, “so that such conduct never happens again.”

Yet pro-life organizations say little has changed. They endure harassing IRS questions about their prayers, months after the scandal broke, and IRS agents continue telling them to promote abortion as part of their ministries.

“Even after the scandal went public, it was nonstop,” said Peter Shinn, director of Cherish Life Ministries in Arlington, Va. “They continued stiff-arming us...READ MORE

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Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ; Sacrifice vs. Selfishness and Much More! (6464)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ. Follow the link by Kathy Schiffer to read more.

Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ by Kathy Schiffer - BigPulpit.com

Drawing Closer to God, Simply Through Listening - Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Newsweekly

A Woman’s Guide to Loving a Man. . . Catholic Style - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Sacrifice vs. Selfishness - Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Humility and Devotion Through Veiling - Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

Does Self-Interest Equal Sin? - Samuel Gregg, Aleteia

Our Enemy, The Hospitals – God and Caesar

A Brazilian Reader Notes Two Incidents from World Youth Day - Mark P. Shea, Catholic and Enjoying It!

Unlikely Convert - Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

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Abortions in Argentina Predicted to Increase With Down Syndrome Tests (6334)

An Argentinian pro-life group fears new procedure will lead to more abortions and fewer persons born with Down syndrome.

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BUENOS AIRES —  A new test to detect Down syndrome in unborn children after nine weeks of pregnancy could lead to an increase in abortions in Argentina, warns the pro-life group ArgentinosAlerta.

While the test could help parents and doctors be better prepared to care for a newborn child with a genetic condition, the organization warned that prenatal genetic testing has “regressed” to the point that it is usually used not to help the baby, but to end his life.

The test requires a small blood sample from the mother in order to reveal the baby’s sex and the presence of any genetic disorders, including Down syndrome.

“Scientific studies show that, far from aiming to ‘protect the baby,’...READ MORE

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Catholic Blogger Thomas Peters ʻOverwhelmed’ by Prayers After Neck Accident (11297)

The blogger’s wife said her husband and family are grateful as he fights his way through an uncertain recovery.

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Thomas Peters

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WASHINGTON — A young Catholic blogger known for his defense of the faith in the public square is thankful for prayers and support as he begins the long process of recovery following a severe accident.

“Rehabilitation will not be easy, and there are no answers for how much Thomas will be able to rehabilitate,” said Natalie Peters in a statement collaborated with Thomas, her husband, who suffered a devastating neck injury while swimming.

However, Natalie Peters told Catholic News Agency that she and Thomas “have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers” and encouragement coming from family, friends and supporters in the weeks since his accident.

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