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True Christians Must Be Themselves (4654)

Aug. 26 issue column

08/25/2012 Comment

God is not interested in a uniform humanity.

This is a very hard truth, because most of us can sympathize with Dmitri Karamazov’s complaint: "Man is too broad; I would narrow him."

It’s hard to relate to people who are very different from ourselves. The problem is not merely that the heart is too constricted to look without judgment, but that there becomes a very deep fear that we will be judged.

This is the psychological wellspring of judgmentalism.

The heart goes out into the world, bearing its personality, talents, loves, and it finds itself criticized. The impetus to kick back in self-defense is very strong.

Consider, for example, how the highly intelligent child who is...READ MORE

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Virtue 101 for Catholic Students (9336)

Teaching Values in the Classroom and at Home: Aug. 26 issue feature

08/25/2012 Comment
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Can virtues be taught in the classroom? Or must they simply be learned by example? Do virtues even matter anymore?

In San Antonio, at the all-boys Central Catholic High School, the answers to those questions are Yes, Yes and Yes. There, virtue training takes place through a curriculum called "Men of Integrity." It was the inspiration of Central Catholic’s principal, Ed Ybarra.

"Several years ago, I was inspired by the book A Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood by Jeffery Marx," says Ybarra.

The book tells the tale of former NFL football star Joe Ehrmann, who is today an ordained minister and widely sought-after speaker. His message centers around the theme...READ MORE

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Newman In a New Light (3402)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Passion for Truth,' by Father Juan Vélez

08/25/2012 Comments (6)

Why a new biography of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman? Perhaps because, as two disparate thinkers, William Golding (Lord of the Flies) and C.S. Lewis, believe, saints are the most interesting and unique kinds of people to read about. Tyrants, as Lewis wrote, are all boringly the same.

Another reason, for Father Juan Vélez, an Opus Dei priest, physician and Newman scholar, is “to highlight Newman’s constant search for religious truth and lasting happiness … to show the spiritual and intellectual path that led Newman from evangelical Protestantism through Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism.” The main source for his work is Newman’s correspondence, from which he quotes extensively.


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"Fathers" of Science, Akin or Obama-Which is Worse, 25 Years After My Abortion, and More! (3188)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2012 Comment

The “Fathers” of Science. Click on the link provided by the blog Quodcumque Dixerit to read more.

The “Fathers” of Science – Quodcumque Dixerit

Todd Akin’s Error, Obama Backs After-birth Abortion, Which is Worse? – Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

25 Years After My Abortion – Infinite Grace, Postabortion Journey Walk With Me

Has Paul Ryan “Softened” His Pro-Life Views? – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

France Calls on Pakistan to Release Disabled Child – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Seven Signs You Got the Secular Agenda Memo by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog – Big ulpit

Is Hell Crowded or Empty? – Fr. Robert Barron, Integrated Catholic Life™

Bring Back the Serpent? - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Bishops of the Philippines to Remove “Catholic” Name From Schools...READ MORE

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Bringing St. Augustine to the Big Screen (5910)

Catholic Publisher Unveils Sponsored Screenings

08/24/2012 Comment
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– Courtesy of Ignatius Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — The first feature-length theatrical motion picture on the life of St. Augustine has its official U.S. premiere in Texas next week. The film’s distributor, Ignatius Press, hopes to bring it to screens across the country using a hosted-screening program.

The official premiere of Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine takes place Aug. 29 at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show, which is being held in Arlington, Texas. Many Catholic leaders and retailers will have an opportunity to see the film there for the first time.

Restless Heart, originally titled St. Augustine, was directed by award-winning Canadian director Christian Duguay and was co-produced by...READ MORE

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Genuine Scandal and Pharisaical Scandal: John Haas on the Record (9293)

Ethics challenges and the need for transparency for Catholic agencies increase as public-health organizations and government regulators adopt policies hostile to Church teaching.

08/24/2012 Comments (1)

– Courtesy of the National Catholic Bioethics Center

John Haas is a moral theologian, a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, which helps U.S. Catholic dioceses and Church-affiliated hospitals and social agencies address a host of challenges, from regulations like the federal contraception mandate to partnerships and mergers with non-Catholic institutions that don’t adhere to Church teaching on life issues and same-sex unions.

Recently, the National Catholic Bioethics Center was drawn into an explosive controversy involving the decision by Catholic Relief Services to provide a grant to CARE, an international relief agency that supports access to legal abortion. CRS...READ MORE

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Dangerous Article for Boys, Churches: Houses of God-Not People, Foot Washing Confusion, and More! (2374)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/24/2012 Comment

The Dangerous Article for Boys. Click on the link by Martin Cothran to read this dangerous article for boys.

The Dangerous Article for Boys – Martin Cothran, Catholic Lane

Wow!: Churches are Houses of God, Not People – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Foot Washing and Disobedience by Msgr. Charles Pope of the OSV Newsweekly – Big ulpit

Vatican Publishing House Signs Deal with Apple – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

The Conquest of Poverty – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Women Biggest Backers of Abortion Curbs in Rape Cases – Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thought

Economics, Reproductive Health and Integrity of the Family – Arland Nichols and Donald DeMarco, LifeSiteNews/Zenit

Where Wages Come From – Tim Shaughnessy, Catholic Vote

Why Does the...READ MORE

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Catholic-Owned Health Group, Voted 'Best Place to Work for Women,' Sues Over HHS Mandate (3524)

Owners and their Chicago business filed suit against the federal government and the state of Illinois for infringing upon their religious freedom in their business decisions.

08/24/2012 Comments (2)

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A businesswoman who has filed the most recent lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate believes that the government must respect her identity as a Catholic woman as well as a business owner.

"I’m a total, integrated person," said Mary Anne Yep, co-founder and vice president of Triune Health Group.

Yep told EWTN News on Aug. 23 that she cannot separate her identity as a woman, a business owner and a Catholic. The government cannot expect her to "carve out a portion" of herself during working hours, she said.

Yep helped found Triune Health Group in 1990, along with her husband, Christopher, who serves as the company’s president and CEO.

The company was recently named the...READ MORE

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