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John Paul II's Case Against Cohabitation (5335)

Professor debunks study that touts the 'benefits' of living together without marriage, taking cues from the late Pope and Christian teaching: 'Love and marriage are connected, and when you try to disconnect them, you end up with less love and bad relationships.'

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A new study touting the “benefits” of cohabitation is based on deeply flawed ideas about human nature and fulfillment, according to a leading scholar on the social role of families.

“It’s garbage in, garbage out,” said Scott Yenor, the Boise State University political science professor whose book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought (Baylor University Press, 2011) surveys changing ideas about society’s fundamental institution.

CNA spoke with Yenor about a paper published in the February 2012 installment of the Journal of Marriage and Family, entitled “Re-Examining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-Being.”

The study, Yenor says, “uses...READ MORE

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An Insider's Look at the Life of Pope John Paul II (6176)

Saturday book pick: A former secretary’s memoirs focus on the personal, day-to-day life of the papal apartment.

02/04/2012 Comment

Think of Pope John Paul II’s secretary, and Stanisław Dziwisz springs to mind. Then-Father Dziwisz was Cardinal Wojtyla’s secretary since 1966; he served him until the day he died — and is now his successor as archbishop of Krakow.

But over the course of his quarter-century pontificate, John Paul also had other assistant secretaries. One of them was Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, now archbishop of the ecumenically sensitive see of Lviv, Ukraine. These are his memoirs, in interview format.

If Cardinal Dziwisz takes the more macro picture of the historical importance of Wojtyla’s pontificate, Archbishop Mokrzycki focuses more on the personal, day-to-day life of the papal apartment. He speaks about...READ MORE

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The Pope, The Dictator and My Wife, The Meaning of Art, Why Family Size Doesn't Matter, and more (3749)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/04/2012 Comment

The Pope, The Dictator and My Wife. Click on the link by Carlos Espinosa to read more.

The Pope, The Dictator and My Wife - Carlos Espinosa, Living The Faith On A High Wire

Saint Augustine & the Meaning of Art - James Matthew Wilson, First Principles

Dominican Rite Celebrated at Th. Aquinas Col. on Feast of Th. Aquinas - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Christopher West, SSA & Heroes (& Brandon Vogt too!) - Richard Evans, Cthlc Boy Richard

Why Family Size Doesn’t Matter - Misty, Catholic Sistas

The Calm Before the Storm in Philadelphia - Dave Pierre, Catholic World Report

Natural Causes, Divine Commands, & Human Wellbeing - Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse

No, the Susan G. Komen Foundation Did Not Reverse Their Decision - The American Catholic

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Komen's Rapid Policy Reversal Blamed on Planned Parenthood Shakedown (5900)

Pro-life breast-cancer survivors upset by charity’s abrupt about-face.

02/03/2012 Comments (29)
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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks during a press conference at a Planned Parenthood Clinic Feb. 3, in Seattle. Murray commended the Susan G. Komen Foundation's reversal of a decision to not fund breast exams at Planned Parenthood.

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Pro-lifers were shocked today as the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure of Breast Cancer, perhaps the world’s leading cancer-advocacy group for women, announced that it is backtracking on an earlier decision to halt funding to abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

They are going to honor current grants to Planned Parenthood and suspend future funding pending the outcome of a congressional investigation of the abortion and contraceptive provider.

The National Right to Life Committee charged in a statement that Komen is “succumbing to pressure from the mainstream media and Planned Parenthood” and noted that Planned Parenthood performs approximately 27% of the abortions done yearly in...READ MORE

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Mitt Romney Writes Op-Ed Against HHS Mandate (4063)

Other Republican presidential candidates also oppose the mandate.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged to overturn the HHS contraception mandate that he says takes “particular aim” at Catholics.

“I stand with the Catholic bishops and all religious organizations in their strenuous objection to this liberty- and conscience-stifling regulation,” Romney wrote in a Feb. 3 Washington Examiner column titled “President Obama vs. Religious Liberty.”

If elected president, the former Massachusetts governor said, he would eliminate the mandate “on day one.”

“Such rules don’t belong in the America that I believe in.”

The mandate, announced on Jan. 20, requires employers to provide insurance coverage for FDA-approved sterilization procedures...READ MORE

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Opportunistic, Misogynist, Pro-Choice Male: The Jig is Up, Does Morality Inhibit Freedom, and more! (3079)

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02/03/2012 Comment

Opportunistic, Misogynist, Pro-Choice Male: The Jig is Up. Click on the link by Kim Vandapool to read more.

Does Morality Inhibit Freedom? - Kathleen Curran Sweeney, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Opportunistic, Misogynist, Pro-Choice Male: The Jig is Up - Kim Vandapool, Uniconoclast

Catholics & War: 7 Thoughts from St. Thomas Aquinas - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Will Pro-Choicers “Do a 180” Thanks to this Video? - Stephen Herreid, Crisis Magazine

Church, Mass What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter - Richard Gerard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

Why Contraception Is a Bad Idea #1: Natural Law - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Marco Rubio Introduces Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Nigeria: Silent Christian Exodus - Giacomo...READ MORE

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How Lila Rose Became Pro-Life … and Catholic (12675)

The founder of Live Action recalls early influences from Protestant parents who read the Church Fathers.

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At 9 years old, Lila Rose saw an image of an aborted baby in a book at her home. She said it struck her to the heart, and she asked, How could anybody do this to a baby?

In time, she became educated about the abortion issue and wanted to act, to speak out, and help save some of the lives that were being taken.

At 15, Rose started her organization Live Action, which she continues to lead today. In 2006, Rose began her series of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood that revealed non-reporting of apparently illegal situations. Rose and friends would pose as minor, pregnant girls seeking abortions, while videotaping conversations with workers, and then later posting the videos on YouTube....READ MORE

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7 Steps to a Proper Catholic Home, Susan G. Komen Breaks from Planned Parenthood, and much more! (4289)

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02/03/2012 Comment

Susan G. Komen Foundation Breaks Partnership with Planned Parenthood. Click on the link by DarwinCatholic to read this wonderful news.

The Domestic Church: 7 Steps to a Proper Catholic Home - Carlos Urbina, St. Peter’s List

Susan G. Komen Foundation Breaks Partnership with Planned Parenthood - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Are You Struggling to Live Your Catholic Faith? - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Go Tell the Susan G. Komen Foundation Thanks! - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Why The Magisterium Makes Sense To Me - Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

How Does Theology of the Body Fit in with Same-Sex Attraction? - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Be Not Afraid: Hope for Parents Whose Babies Will Likely Die - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com

Family Breakdown Accelerating in the West - Susan Yoshihara PhD,...READ MORE

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