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The Church: Founded on Friendship (3184)

Aug. 26 issue column

09/02/2012 Comment

The modern world, in its crazy rush to eroticize everything, has been profoundly destructive of the sort of love called "friendship."

Eros, of course, has a real place in human relationships. It has rightly been the subject of song and story for as long as there have been people. Indeed, Genesis honors eros by pointing out the sacredness of the command to "be fruitful and multiply." God is tickled pink when man and woman fall in love and get married. That’s why he invented marriage: so that the union and fruitfulness of sex would find expression in man and woman with their children, made in the image and likeness of a Trinitarian God.

In fact, the whole thing is so sacred that Jesus...READ MORE

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Fellowship of Catholic University Students Heads Back to Campus, Adding 16 New Schools (4224)

New campuses include Harvard University, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a new 'digital campus.'

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The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) has a presence on 16 new campuses this academic year, with missionaries at Harvard University, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a new “digital campus.”

“We believe that the key to building a better future lies with the young leaders on campus,” Focus' president, Curtis Martin, said Aug. 23. “Our goal is to inspire thousands upon thousands of men and women who, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now, will be in positions of influence — such that they will transform our culture.”

The Colorado-based organization’s lay missionaries are typically recent college graduates who have committed two years or more to work in...READ MORE

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Know What God Teaches, and Do What He Wants (2590)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 2.

09/02/2012 Comment

Sunday, Sept. 2, is the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II).

Sept. 8 is the feast of the Nativity of Mary. If you search YouTube for “Nativity of Mary,” one choice is a beautiful presentation that pairs young singer Jackie Evancho singing Ave Maria with art depicting Mary’s birth.

It helps stress what Pope John Paul II said. When we contemplate “Mary the Child,” he said, “we are contemplating a little girl like every other,” but one who is at the same time “blessed among women.”

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalms 15:2-5; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

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Today’s readings are a celebration of intellect and will.

The Psalm...READ MORE

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Restoring a Common Civic Creed (4076)

The Republican Party holds its Tampa convention promising to tackle economic challenges, restore constitutional principles that protect freedom.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice president candidate Paul Ryan acknowledge the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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TAMPA, Fla.“Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed,” Paul Ryan said in his acceptance speech as Republican vice-presidential nominee in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 29. Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman who is House Budget Committee chairman, is a Catholic well-versed in Catholic social teaching, having engaged in public conversation on these grounds, most famously in a letter exchange with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In carving out the common values he and Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, share, Ryan was underscoring a key message of the Republican convention and presidential ticket. The...READ MORE

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Former Archbishop of Milan Dies at 85 (2181)

The funeral Mass for the late cardinal will be held Sept. 3 in Milan’s cathedral.

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MILAN, Italy—Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, Italy, died Aug. 31 at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

The funeral Mass for the late cardinal will be held Sept. 3 in Milan’s cathedral.

Known for his expertise in Biblical studies, Cardinal Martini was being treated at a Jesuit-run clinic in the city of Gallarte, near Milan. He died at 3:45 p.m. local time on Aug. 31, after his condition took a turn for the worse the evening before.

Dr. Gianni Pezzoli, a specialist in neurology who led the team of doctors treating the cardinal, said he recently began experiencing difficulties with digestion but that Cardinal Martini remained...READ MORE

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GOP Convention Focuses on Job Creation, Strong Families (1106)

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TAMPA, Fla. — The need to work towards a stronger economy and healthy families pervaded the political discussions at the 2012 Republican National Convention, which culminated with Mitt Romney accepting the party’s nomination for president.

“Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us,” Romney said in his Aug. 30 acceptance speech. “Now is the time to restore the promise of America.”

Romney outlined a five-point plan to strengthen the middle class and create 12 million new jobs for Americans. The plan includes moving towards energy independence for North America; creating and enforcing new trade agreements; cutting the deficit and moving...READ MORE

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Failing Grade in Social Doctrine (3208)

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate Violates Church’s Core Principle: Aug. 26 issue column

09/01/2012 Comment
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When vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gave an address at Georgetown University this past spring, more than 80 faculty members signed a letter challenging his claim that his budget proposal had been informed by Catholic social teaching.

The faculty members could not fathom how a proposal that checked the growth of the federal government could be consistent with their myopic view of the Church’s social teaching.

A similarly narrow reading of Catholic social teaching, one that erroneously equates it with social-welfare state policies, has also been evident in the ongoing debate about Obamacare.

For example, both the Catholic Health Association and leaders of the recent...READ MORE

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How to Raise Kind Children in a Bullying World (3629)

Tips for Happy School Years: From our Aug. 26 issue.

09/01/2012 Comment

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There has always been the bully on the playground — now, the difference is there are multiple bullies vying to make children’s lives miserable.

Dr. Ray Guarendi, clinical psychologist and Register columnist, observes: "The irony in this is our culture says, ‘Oh, isn’t that awful! Look what happened; these kids are mistreating other kids! How does that happen?We have to have programs!’ They’re chasing the wrong causes. As long as the family continues to deteriorate, as long as God is pushed aside, you’re going to have more aggressive treatment of everybody — not just kids."

So, the question remains: What can concerned parents do to protect their children from bullies — and prevent them...READ MORE

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