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Human Rights in Shades of Gray (2694)

Mexican constitutional reform raises troubling issues.

06/10/2011 Comments (1)
Reuters photo/Gael Gonzalez

A STEP FORWARD OR BACK? Mexican President Felipe Calderon signs ‘V’ for victory during an event where state and city leaders celebrate the city's newly named Heroic City of Juarez, the country’s most violent city.

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderón has promulgated historic amendments to the Mexican Constitution, requiring the country to abide by the human-rights standards set forth in international treaties.

Although the reform, which went into effect June 3, was hailed by senators, congressmen and the president himself as an important step forward, others point to troubling ambiguities that could lend themselves to the promotion of gender ideologies and manipulation of the law.

The text of the proposed constitutional amendment, prepared by a group of academics and non-governmental organization representatives, was unanimously approved by the senate on March 8 and earned the necessary...READ MORE

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Money Matters, Who's Afraid of Metaphysics, Human Nature. . . Reality or Fantasy and much more! (2064)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/10/2011 Comment

Money matters, but not the way you think it does.

Money Matters (But Not the Way You Think) - Dawn Carpenter, Crisis Magazine

Who’s Afraid of Metaphysics? - Matthew O’Brien and Robert C. Koons, Public Discourse

Think “Charity” & Act “Love” = Praying Without Ceasing - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Human Nature: Reality or Fantasy? - Dennis Buonafede, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Hiding from Truth: Denying What We Can’t Not Know - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Book Review: If Protestantism Is True - Brent Stubbs, The Journey: Almost Not Catholic

Playing the Bully Card II: Maslow’s Hammer - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Experts Debate Future of World Population - Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor

The Beatitudes from...READ MORE

Filed under beatitudes, human nature, if protestantism is true, metaphysics, money, news aggregation, prayer, truth, world population

Archbishop Says Church Will Uphold Common Good (1708)

Peruvian people encouraged to unite.

06/09/2011 Comment

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LIMA, Peru (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes, Peru, called on the country to come together “as one nation under one flag — the red and white,” after Peru’s June 5 elections.

The archbishop urged Peruvians not to give in “to the same old sins” of deception, revenge, insults and violence.
Ollanta Humala defeated Keiko Fujimori by a small margin of 51.4% to 48.6% after a ruthless campaign characterized by physical and verbal attacks between supporters of the opposing camps.

The archbishop’s words came in a message marking the 131st anniversary of the Battle of Arica, which took place June 7, 1880, during the War of the Pacific. He urged his fellow...READ MORE

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Why Rick Santorum Is Running for President (3510)

In Q-and-A on democracy, Lincoln, politics and religion, candidate says: 'Being religious, and my being consciously Catholic, is something to be proud of.'

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WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Introduced by his wife Karen and joined on stage by his seven children, former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum officially launched his campaign for president on June 6 at a rally held at the Somerset, Pa. County Courthouse.

“I believe now that Americans now are not looking for someone they can believe in,” Santorum said referring to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan, “Change You Can Believe In.”

Instead, Santorum said, today voters are “looking for a president who believes in them.”

Santorum added: “I’m ready to lead. I’m ready to do what has to be done for the next generation, with the courage to fight for freedom, with the courage to...READ MORE

Filed under 2012 election, america, faith in the public square, politics, pro-life, religion, republican, rick santorum, traditional marriage, u.s.

Jesus Spoke in Tongues?, Leadership & Virtue, 30 Years of Theology on Tap, and much more! (2996)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/09/2011 Comment

Theology on Tap is celebrating 30 Years. The pic is that of then Cardinal Ratzinger holding a glass of beer during his visit at the Bavarian cloister Andechs in 1998 A.D.

Could Jesus Speak in Tongues? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

On Leadership & Virtue: Alexandre Havard - Zoe Romanowsky, Crisis Magazine

Thomist Education - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Theology on Tap: 30 Years of Young Adult Fellowship & Beer - Michelle Martin, Our Sunday Visitor

The Ins & Outs of Opening a Door for a Woman - The McKay’s, The Art of Manliness

Canada’s New House Speaker is a Pro-Life Catholic - Deborah Gyapong, The Catholic Sun

Pro-Abort Martino Resigns from University of Notre Dame Board - Paul Zummo

. . .Lisa Grass: Martino gave $25,000 to pro-abort group. . .

. . .Patrick Archbold comments here. . .

Hungary’s Constitution is a Fine Example...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities Fight Back (4771)

Threatened with requirement to place adoptive children with same-sex couples under new civil-union bill, agencies file lawsuit against state of Illinois.

06/09/2011 Comments (10)

If the state of Illinois prevails in a dispute with Catholic Charities, couples like this may have one less option in looking for children to adopt.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Catholic Charities branches of three Illinois dioceses have filed a lawsuit against the state of Illinois in order to continue operating according to Catholic principles — by providing foster care and adoption services only to married couples or non-cohabitating singles.

The suit was filed June 7 in response to the state’s new civil-union law — formally called the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act — which was passed last December by the lame duck, Democrat-controlled state Legislature along a party-line vote and took effect June 1. That law threatens to prohibit agencies such as Catholic Charities from performing foster care and adoption services with...READ MORE

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Apostolic Pardon for Dying, Freedom and Relationships, Quite Time, and much more! (3510)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/09/2011 Comment

Blessed John Paul II gave an excellent witness to the power of redemptive suffering.

Freedom and Relationships - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

. . .Dr. Stacy Transancos: freedom is not dependence on government. . .

Quiet Time: Come Away for a Time - Jake Frost, Catholic Lane

New Mass Translation Critics Would’ve Condemned King James Bible - Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

. . .Father John Zuhlsdorf comments here. . .

Quaeritur: Why Don’t Priests Use the Apostolic Pardon for the Dying? - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Questions & Answers with the Mad Monarchist - MadMonarchist, The Mad Monarchist

Four Anathemas Regarding the Papacy - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Hospice & Kevorkian v. Catholic Teaching - Bioethics...READ MORE

Filed under anathemas, apostolic pardon for dying, evil, freedom, hospice, jack kevorkian, king james bible, new mass translation, new media, quiet time

'The Church in Ireland Needs Our Prayers' (2237)

English cardinal reflects on apostolic visitation.

06/08/2011 Comment

ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — English Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor describes Ireland as “a country I love very much,” but also as a nation that needs the prayers of Catholics around the globe as it struggles to recover from the abuse scandals in the local Church.

The former Archbishop of Westminster is part of the team that has just completed an audit of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

“I think it also needs our prayers, as well for a country which I love very much and for the Church in Ireland, which in the past has done so much for the Catholic Church all over the world with regards to missionaries and everything else,” he told Vatican Radio June 7.

The apostolic visitation of the Irish...READ MORE

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