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Bishop Thomas Tobin: Why I Switched to the Republican Party (9567)

The shepherd of Providence, R.I., believes that his baptismal certificate is more important than partisan political loyalties.

08/22/2013 Comments (80)
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Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I.

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Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., sparked headlines after he told a local group of Young Republicans Aug. 13 that he had ended his long affiliation with the Democratic Party and had recently joined the Republican Party.

“The aha moment for me was the 2012 Democratic Party Convention. It was just awful,” Bishop Tobin told the GOP gathering, while noting that he had been a Democrat since 1969. “I just said that, 'I can’t be associated structurally with that group,' in terms of abortion and NARAL and Planned Parenthood and [the] same-sex 'marriage' agenda and cultural destruction I saw going on.”

In an Aug. 21 interview with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond, Bishop...READ MORE

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Why Youths are Bored at Mass, "Effectiveness Rates" of Natural Family Planning and More! (9629)

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08/22/2013 Comment

Why Some Youths are Bored at Mass. Follow the link via the Saint Etheldreda's Place blog to read more.

Why Some Youths are Bored at Mass via the Saint Etheldreda's Place blog - BigPulpit.com

“Effectiveness Rates” of Natural Family Planning – James Chastek PhL, Just Thomism

John Kerry, the Muslim Brotherhood & the Copts – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Holiness Is Attractive – Mindy Goorchenko, The Devout Life

The Virtue of Humility – Carl E. Olson, OSV Newsweekly

Shrewd, Very Shrewd – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Pope St. Pius X: Humility & Determination – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Muslims, Christians, and the Middle East - BigPulpit.com

Is Hell Highly Populated? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Returned to Mass to Meet...READ MORE

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Report: Benedict XVI Resigned After ‘Mystical Experience’ (52490)

The pope emeritus reportedly disclosed God has planted the ‘absolute desire’ in his heart ‘to remain alone with him, secluded in prayer.’

08/21/2013 Comments (60)
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VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has reportedly said that he retired from the papacy after a “mystical experience” and because “God told me to.”

The news comes from an anonymous source who visited the former pope a week ago, according to the Zenit news agency.

Asked why he resigned, the pope emeritus said, “God told me to,” but added that he had not received any kind of apparition or similar phenomenon. Rather, it was a “mystical experience” in which the Lord planted a seed of “absolute desire” in his heart “to remain alone with him, secluded in prayer.”

According to the source, this mystical experience has lasted throughout these past months, increasing “more and more” his...READ MORE

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Oklahoma Judge Blocks Law Keeping Morning-After Pill From Children (6816)

Judge Lisa Davis cites a legal technicality in preventing the state law from going into effect.

08/21/2013 Comments (1)
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The Plan B pill, also known as the morning-after pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf in Boston.

– Joe Raedle/Getty Images (2006)

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma judge has temporarily blocked a state law that would keep minors from obtaining the Plan B contraceptive pill without a prescription, on the grounds that lawmakers may have violated a constitutional technicality in writing the bill.

District Judge Lisa Davis on Aug. 19 granted a request for a temporary restraining order on the law, which requires women under 17 to have a prescription to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. The law requires women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to acquire the drugs.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office voiced disappointment in the judge’s decision.

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After Five Centuries of Division, Catholics and Lutherans Consider Their Common Heritage (26023)

A new joint document has been released in advance of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation.

08/21/2013 Comments (28)

Belgian artist Ferdinand Pauwels' depiction of Martin Luther nailing his 'Ninety-Five Theses' to the door of a church in Wittemburg on Oct. 31, 1517.

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WASHINGTON — Although Martin Luther likely simply sent his Ninety-Five Theses — his harsh critique of contemporary Catholicism — to the local archbishop instead of dramatically nailing them to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, the event is commonly regarded as marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

A new document, “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017,” has been released to pave the way for joint observances of Luther’s action by both Lutherans and Catholics, a development that certainly could not have been foreseen in previous centuries.

Signed by Catholic Bishop Karlheinz Diez, auxiliary bishop of Fulda, Germany,...READ MORE

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Islamist Rebels Force 20,000 Syrian Kurds to Flee to Iraq (5702)

Al Qaeda-linked rebels, possibly encouraged by Turkey, have turned their fury on Syria's Kurdish population.

08/21/2013 Comments (4)

Syrian refugees pour into Iraqi Kurdistan.


FAYSH KHABUR, Iraq — Following recent clashes in Syria between al Qaeda-linked rebels and Kurdish forces, 20,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region of northern Iraq, in the last six days.

“The factors allowing this sudden movement are not fully clear to us at this stage,” said Adrian Edwards, United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) spokesman, at an Aug. 16 news briefing.

Around noon on Aug. 15, a group of some 750 Syrian refugees crossed a new bridge across the Tigris River on the border between Syria and Iraq near the Iraqi town of Faysh Khabur. Later that day, another group numbering between 5,000 and 7,000 people followed.

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Despite Rise of ʻNones,ʼ U.S. Religious Belief Still Strong, Say Experts (5957)

Changes in politics are behind the motives of most of the unchurched, but inactive Catholics are most likely to hold onto Catholic identity.

08/21/2013 Comments (5)

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WASHINGTON — An increase in the number of people who claim no religious affiliation in the U.S. does not necessarily mean that the country is growing significantly more secular, according to some experts.

Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup, explained during a panel discussion held by the Pew Research Center in Washington that the data indicating the rise in self-described “nones” reveals simply the “already unreligious who are just changing the way they label themselves.”

Claude Fischer, a professor of sociology at the University of California-Berkeley, added that, despite these changes, “Americans have long been, and still remain, the most religious people among the peoples of...READ MORE

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Picasso's First Communion, My Final 500 Words to College Students, Doctrine, and Much More! (5491)

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08/21/2013 Comment

Pablo Picasso’s First Communion Painting. Follow the link by Rich of the Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber blog to view and read more.

Pablo Picasso’s First Communion Masterpiece Painting by Rich of the Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber blog – BigPulpit.com

My Final 500 Words to College Students – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Doctrine Is Not Just about Doctrine – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Audrey Assad: Songs Humbly Offered Gift to Catholics – Megan Hodder, Catholic Herald

The Flight from God – God & Caesar

Jesuit University Offers Master’s Degree in Yoga Spirituality – Matt Archbold, Catholic Education Daily

Igniting the World: Ablaze with the Spirit – Abram Muenzberg, Ignitum Today

The Holy Belt of the Virgin, a Relic of the Assumption - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

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