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Temple House Rules (1850)

User's Guide to Sunday, March 11.

03/11/2012 Comments (2)

Jesus drives out the money changers in the Temple.

– Wikipedia

March 11 is the Third Sunday in Lent (Year B, Cycle II).


Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17; Psalm 19:8-11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25

Our Take

A house’s rules define it.

There are many modern versions of house rules. Sometimes you can see them posted on decorative plates or fun signs.

One version goes: “House Rules: If you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you borrow it, return it. If you use it, take care of it.” That sounds like a fine place.

Another sign reads: “House Rules: If you don’t live here, don’t change the music. If you drink the last beer, get more. Don’t bring shady friends to the house. The couch is an alternative to drunk driving.” That...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty, Blood Transfusions, Cigarettes and Contraception (18251)

Church Fights Epic Battle With the Culture

03/11/2012 Comments (117)

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Brian Hampel, in his March 5 article in the Kansas State Collegian, “Contraception Should Not Be Treated as Issue of Religious Liberty,” asks:

“If we can require Jehovah’s Witnesses to cover blood transfusions, why couldn’t we require Catholics to cover birth control?”

This is the argument that we need to refute if we are going to stop the Obama mandate (and his even worse “accommodation”).

The bishops have framed their objection to the Obama contraception mandate largely as a religious-liberty issue. There is great justice and wisdom to this formulation. On the other hand, it is simply not possible and perhaps unwise to avoid discussing contraception per se.

The religious-liberty...READ MORE

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Do Catholics and Muslims Worship the Same God?, Let's Clear the Fog on Marriage, and much more! (4999)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/10/2012 Comments (3)

Do Catholics and Muslims Worship the Same God? Click on the link by Byzantine Catholic Robert Spencer.

Do Catholics and Muslims Worship the Same God? - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

Marriage: It’s Time to Clear Away the Fog - Christopher West, Catholic Herald

New York Times Flagrant Anti-Catholic Ads - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Taking Sainthood Seriously - Matt Sciba, Truth & Charity

Iconography: Why Do Christ & Mary Wear Red & Blue Clothing - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Confessions of an Ob-Gyn - Beverly McMillan MD, New Oxford Review

Quæritur: Wearing a Veil While Distributing Communion - Fr. Z’s Blog

Election Season And You - Rachel Howell, Ignitum Today

Making Good Decisions, Part 1 - Stu Walker, Catholic Lane

Santorum: Data Behind Catholic, Evangelical, Youth...READ MORE

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50-Year-Old Aquinas College Gets New President (3794)

Interview with the school's new president from March 11 issue.

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Aquinas College

Dominican Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith

– Aquinas College

Dominican Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith was invested as president of Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 26, at a Mass celebrated by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Sister Mary Sarah brings a wealth of experience and goals to the college as it celebrates its 50th anniversary year.

Sister Sarah entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (the “Nashville Dominicans”) in 1988. She holds advanced degrees in education administration and medieval history and a doctorate in modern history.

In 2008, following World Youth Day in Australia, Sister Mary Sarah served at the University of Sydney’s campus ministry before returning to Aquinas College in 2011 to teach history.


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Nationalism, Sectarianism and Elitism (3781)

March 11 issue column on "isms": The Catholic Church embraces all, and in this universality our ethnic, sectarian and elitist divisions vanish.

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Washington Archdiocese Facebook

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With planes, trains and automobiles to take us everywhere in the world as fast as we can, and with modern communications that make everyone available to everyone else at any time, you would guess that more and more people would have a global or universal outlook to their lives.

The opposite seems to be the case.

As we are able to communicate globally and travel wherever we want, we seem to be drawing in to ourselves and our own little communities more and more.

A set of “isms” that undergird our secular society is our assumption that one particular group of people or way of thinking is superior or more correct than anyone else.

This assumption that “my group” is right and others are wrong...READ MORE

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Examining the Reformation's Claims (3985)

Saturday Book Pick: If Protestantism is True: The Reformation Meets Rome

03/10/2012 Comments (6)

While an undergraduate student, I was fortunate to study under the renowned Catholic apologist Peter Kreeft. At the time, I — like many of my fellow classmates — was a Protestant, and we would frequently ask Dr. Kreeft questions about the differences between Protestants and Catholics. He would always begin with the same provocative statement that I imagine he has used for decades to frustrate earnest Protestants: “The Catholic Church makes claims much greater than any Protestant church. So if they are wrong, the Catholic Church is very arrogant, idolatrous, bad, and the old-fashioned anti-Catholicism is right. But if the claims are true, then everybody should be a Catholic.”

In his...READ MORE

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God Values Religious Freedom — Do We? (8602)

As religious liberty loses ground at home and abroad, scholars rally support for an embattled freedom.

03/09/2012 Comments (13)

WASHINGTON — When the Berlin Wall fell, Church leaders anticipated a new springtime for religious liberty. But this fundamental right is under attack at home and abroad, prompting a slew of scholarly initiatives designed to educate the public and build support for the “first freedom.”

This month, Evangelicals and Catholics Together, an 18-year ecumenical initiative designed to identify common theological beliefs and forge joint public witness, published “In Defense of Religious Freedom” in the March issue of First Things, the influential journal of religion and public affairs.

Meanwhile, academic forums like the Berkley Center’s Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University draw...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, charles colson, evangelicals and catholics together, hhs contraceptive mandate, religious freedom, richard john neuhaus

Pope to U.S. Bishops: Teach Youth About Catholic Vision of Love (4037)

Holy Father outlined the roots of the 'contemporary crisis of marriage and the family' to the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota March 9. Also on that day, he connected the New Evangelization and confession.

03/09/2012 Comments (6)

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In an address that tackled attempts to redefine marriage, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the bishops of the United States to teach young people an authentic, Catholic vision of sex and love.

“The richness of this vision is more sound and appealing than the permissive ideologies exalted in some quarters; these, in fact, constitute a powerful and destructive form of counter-catechesis for the young,” he said March 9.

The Pope was addressing the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. They are currently in Rome as part of their ad limina visit, which involves discussing the health of their dioceses with Pope Benedict and various Vatican departments, as well as making a pilgrimage...READ MORE

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