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‘LGBT’ Demands Get a Boost From Hillary Clinton and the U.N. (2225)

The Yogyakarta Principles pressure foreign governments to grant special protection for persons based on sexual orientation and 'gender identity.'

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In 2006, a group of self-appointed “human-rights experts” met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and developed the set of principles, the purpose of which was to pressure governments to grant special protections to persons based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Since then the changes recommended in the Yogyakarta Principles have received support from various sources.

On Dec. 6, in a speech in Geneva, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put the full weight of the Obama administration behind the “LGBT” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) demands, announcing “a new Global Equality Fund that will support the work of civil society organizations working on these issues around the world.”...READ MORE

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Who’s Choosing the Religious Life? Study Says Newly Professed Are Young and More Educated (3341)

Archbishop Robert Carlson on why the Church needs religious vocations: 'In a world where human frailty is acutely felt, they remind us of God and bring Christ’s redemptive love to all they meet.'

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A recent study of men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2011 shows that new members of religious orders are younger and more educated than those in the past.

“We are encouraged by the report’s findings that men and women are considering a vocation at a younger age,” said Mercy Sister Mary Joanna Ruhland, associate director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Vocations and Consecrated Life.

“As the Catholics recognize their responsibility to build a vocation culture in its parishes, schools and families, children and youth are being introduced to the various vocations in the Church,” she said in an April 5 statement.

“This helps them respond to God’s love and will generously...READ MORE

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Card. Pell vs. Richard Dawkins, Are You a Catholic Blogger, Transformative Power of Work, and more! (4160)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/11/2012 Comments (2)

Richard Dawkins vs. Cardinal Pell Fight in One Hell of a Debate. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

Richard Dawkins vs. Cardinal Pell Fight in Hell of a Debate - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Ten Signs You Might be Called to be a Catholic Blogger - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Cardinal Turkson: The Transformative Power of Work - EWTN News/CNA

The Culture War and the Catholic Church - Tom Bethell, New Oxford Review

Baroque Naturalism and Baroque Classicism Compared - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

“Why Catholics Leave the Church” - Fr. Robert Barron, Integrated Catholic Life™

Philadelphia Abuse Trial: Media Ignores Key Accuser’s Criminal Past - Dave Pierre, The Media Report

Obama to Pay Pro-Lifer $120,000 For Frivolous Prosecution - Donald R. McClarey, The American...READ MORE

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Rick Santorum Bows Out of GOP Race for President (2978)

The Catholic former senator from Pennsylvania cites health of daughter, among other concerns, but Romney’s dominance is a major factor.

04/10/2012 Comments (16)

Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces he will be suspending his campaign during a press conference April 10 at the Gettysburg Hotel in Pennsylvania.

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WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum announced April 10 that he was bowing out of the GOP presidential race.

In an emotional, unscripted statement that acknowledged his concerns about the physical health of his young daughter, Bella, and the moral, economic and political health of the nation, Santorum signaled that he had come to terms with his fading chance of capturing the GOP nomination.

The Catholic former Pennsylvania senator acknowledged that “Good Friday was a little bit of a passion play for us with our daughter Bella, who unfortunately is getting very sick. We ended up in the hospital all weekend.... She is a fighter; she is doing exceptionally well and is back with us in the family.”


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Xavier University Cancels Contraception Coverage (4306)

Standing up for Church teaching, Jesuit college president stirs up some opposition among faculty, while many others in the Catholic community applaud the decision.

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CINCINNATI — Jesuit Father Michael Graham, president of Xavier University, made headlines last week when he announced that contraceptives and sterilizations would no longer be covered under university health insurance.

“As a Catholic priest and as president of a Catholic university, I have concluded that, absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes,” said Father Graham in an April 2 letter to the Xavier community.

The three-paragraph letter came amid a national debate over a mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was distributed as an internal message. However, a faculty committee...READ MORE

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Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State? (3757)

Rick Santorum bows out of the race. But his critique of President Kennedy has already prompted Cardinal Dolan to offer his own assessment of JFK's legacy, signaling a broader push to challenge Catholic attitudes on political engagement.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, accompanied by his wife, Karen, and members of his family, speaks at a campaign rally at Four Seasons Sheraton on April 3 in Mars, Pa.

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WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum, the Catholic pro-life GOP presidential candidate, recently provoked a furor when he attacked President John Kennedy, Jr.’s 1960 speech designed to defuse anti-Catholic bigotry by embracing an “absolute” separation between church and state.

It was vintage Santorum, underscoring his unique, sometimes frustrating contribution to the national debate on a host of issues, from abortion to same-sex “marriage” to the appropriate role of religious believers in the public square.

On the afternoon of April 10, Santorum suspended his bid to secure the GOP presidential nomination. But his hard-charging approach to social issues is likely to live on as religiously-minded...READ MORE

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Catholic Marriage and Myths, Syria and Its Christian Past, A Rush to Radical Informality, and more! (2195)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/10/2012 Comment

Catholic Marriage and Myths. Click on the link by Brad Noel to read more.

Catholic Marriage and Myths - Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

Syria and Its Christian Past - Fr. Simon Henry, StAR/Ink Desk

The Rush to Radical Informality - Frederick W. Marks, New Oxford Review

Beautiful Polyphony from Lyceum Schola Cantorum - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Hope: When A Loved One Dies in Sin - Fr. John Jay Hughes, Crisis Magazine

Using Virtues to Ward Off Bullying Behavior - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Train a Child in the Way and When He Is Old He Will Not Turn From It - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Best Practices in Educating Adults in Ways of the Faith - Michelle Martin, Our Sunday Visitor

The Stages of Learning - Ben, Two...READ MORE

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Church Welcomes Thousands of New Catholics at Easter (4026)

A look at the new members of the body of Christ who came into the Church at the Easter vigil across the country.

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Pope Benedict holds a candle at the Easter vigil in Rome.

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Thousands of new Catholics were baptized and thousands more Christians were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter vigil last weekend.

Jeanette DeMelo, communications director for the Archdiocese of Denver (and recently named editor and chief of the Register, to start in June), reflected on the vigil Mass’ beginnings in darkness and the symbolism of its transformation into full light.

“Christ our light comes and breaks through the darkness that we experience in suffering and in death and in sin,” she told EWTN News April 9. “I think that also happens for each of those people who are coming into full communion with the Church. There is that experience of...READ MORE

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