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San Diego Baseball Camp Has Christ at Its Center (3546)

MLB All-Star Mike Sweeney will lead the innovative clinic this summer.

05/11/2012 Comments (4)
Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camp

Mike Sweeney with the Kansas City Royals.

– Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camp

Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camp, to be held July 24-26 at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, is not your average baseball camp. In addition to the customary fielding, hitting and base-running, this camp will include daily Mass, confession and praying the Rosary.

Participants will learn not only how to become great baseball players, but great human beings as well. Contrary to what some think, the two are not incompatible, the camp’s originator and leader, Sweeney, explained.

“The reason I started the camp was to share the integration of two of my loves in life: baseball and the Catholic faith. Of course I value playing baseball, but, more importantly, I set a...READ MORE

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At Georgetown, Most Professors Critical of Ryan Fail to Sign Letter Protesting Sebelius Visit (4450)

Patrick Deneen gets signature of one colleague, but no response from nearly 90 others.

05/10/2012 Comments (28)
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Patrick Deneen, the founding director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy at Georgetown University, and several other faculty members drafted a letter to Georgetown's president, John DeGioia, asking him to rescind the Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Deneen supplied a copy of the letter to the Register and said that his group invited a “large number of faculty to join, including all faculty in Catholic studies and all signers of the letter to Congressman [Paul] Ryan, along with faculty whom we believed might be inclined to sign. A total of nine faculty elected to sign this letter.”

Ryan, the...READ MORE

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President Obama and the Future of Marriage (4506)

05/10/2012 Comments (21)

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President Obama is apparently tired of pretending he opposes “gay marriage.” Good.

Good, because lying to the American people is always wrong and because now the American people will have a clear choice: a president who supports same-sex “marriage” or a president who sides with the majority of the American people, including 61% of North Carolinians.

Obama has done for Mitt Romney what Romney might have had trouble doing for himself:  consolidating his support among religious conservative voters.

The North Carolina vote was a huge blow to the media narrative that same-sex “marriage” is inevitable. The margin was so large that even MSNBC News had to use words like “overwhelming” and...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, catholic voters, national organization for marriage, president barack obama, same-sex "marriage", traditional marriage

Pope Tells Bishops to Use Social Media, A Ground-Breaking Abortion Study from Chile, and much more! (3138)

The Best In Catholic Blogging

05/10/2012 Comment

Pope Encourages Bishops to Use Social Media. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

Pope Encourages Bishops to Use Social Media - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

A Ground-Breaking Abortion Study from Chile - Elard Koch, MercatorNet

Today's Catholic Reaction to President Obama's Support of Same-Sex Marriage - The Pulpit

Why 4 Sets of Mysteries of the Rosary? Why Not 5 or even 7? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Controversies Prompt Call for Resignation at Vatican's Pro-Life Academy - Catholic News Agency

The Crusades and Historical Ignorance - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Return of Prodigal Son is a Profound Journey of Introspection - Car. Espinosa, Living The Faith On A High Wire

The Madness of HIV PrEP - Thomas L. McDonald,...READ MORE

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Obama Formally Backs Same-Sex 'Marriage' (3417)

'The people of this country deserve better,' says Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

05/10/2012 Comments (25)
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President Obama delivers remarks during the homosexual rights group Human Rights Campaign's 15th Annual National Dinner at the Washington Convention Center last October.

– Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Just one day after North Carolina voters overwhelmingly defended traditional marriage in their state, President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex “marriage,” prompting swift responses from Catholic leaders and redrawing the political battle lines in an election year.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan called the president’s support for efforts to redefine marriage “deeply saddening” and said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will not be silent in the face of words and actions that will undermine marriage, the cornerstone of society.

“The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better. Unfortunately, the president’s words today are not...READ MORE

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Papal Economics Blog, Booming Inner-City Catholic School, Pro-Life Social Networking Site, and more! (3013)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/10/2012 Comment

Why a Blog on Papal Economics. Click on the link by Justin Wilga to read more.

Why a Blog on Papal Economics - Justin Wilga, Solidarity with Salisbury

A Thriving Inner-City Catholic Boys School - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

New Social Networking Site Launched: ProLifeBook - Jill Stanek, LifeSiteNews

Today's Catholic Reaction to President Obama's Support of Same-Sex Marriage - The Pulpit

Why Priests Should Blog - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

LCWR, 5 Reasons to Leave the Labels Behind - Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Sacraments of the Dead: 12 Questions on Sacrilege & Grace - Saint Peter's List

North Carolina Voters Approve Marriage Amendment One - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

You Are My Friends (John 15:9-17) - Fr. John...READ MORE

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When Couples Struggle With the Deep, Dark Secret of Past Abortions (9303)

Let sleeping dogs lie? Or reveal it so the marriage will be based on truth? A Catholic post-abortion counselor offers advice.

05/10/2012 Comments (10)
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In the sacrament of marriage, couples promise to love one another “for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish ...”

“For better or for worse” would seem to include the ugliness of our sins.

In making this commitment, we are free to be our true selves and to learn and grow in the love of God, trusting that the other person will always be there for us — even when, in our human weakness, we fail.

There are varied opinions as to whether a person needs to disclose a prior abortion to their future spouse before marriage. Some feel that if one does not, the marriage is not based on truth; while others advise, “Let sleeping dogs lie.”

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Pope Reflects on the Power of Prayer (2199)

The Holy Father reminded the faithful May 9 to trust God like Peter did and thanks everyone for their prayers for him as the Successor of Peter.

05/09/2012 Comments (2)
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Pope Benedict XVI says he has been sustained during his seven years as Pontiff by the prayers of people around the world.

“From the first moment of my election as the Successor of St. Peter, I have always felt supported by the prayers of you all, by the prayer of the Church, especially by your prayers at moments of greatest difficulty, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his May 9 general audience.

“Unanimous and constant prayer is a precious instrument in overcoming all of the trials that may arise in the path of life, because it is our being deeply united with God that allows us to also be deeply united to others,” the Pope...READ MORE

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