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Lone Star State Showdown Reflects Cultural Battle Over Abortion (5280)


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Image from the protest at the Texas capitol

– Lifesite News

Last week, in Texas, a group of pro-life activists stood in the Texas State House singing Amazing Grace. They were surrounded by a group of pro-choice activists who began chanting, “Hail Satan!” in response.

This raw moment revealed everything we need to know about the cultural battle in which our nation finds itself.

Of course, no one actually believes that the protesters in Texas worship Satan per se. By chanting they did not mean to convert onlookers to devil worship. But their chants were designed to mock and disturb people of faith, and their activism is designed to challenge the values system that people of faith represent.

The showdown in the Lone Star State provides a great...READ MORE

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Vatican Freezes Funds of Suspended Accountant (2968)

Msgr. Nunzio Scarano was arrested June 28 by Italian police.

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The Institute for Religious Works or the Vatican Bank as it is commonly known.


VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced that it has frozen the funds of a senior accountant who is accused of laundering money through the so-called Vatican Bank.

“By court order on the 9th of July, the Vatican promoter of justice has frozen funds at the IOR attributed to suspended Vatican employee Nunzio Scarano as part of an ongoing investigation by the Vatican judicial authorities,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said July 11.

Father Lombardi also revealed that the bank, officially called the Institute for Religious Works, has hired the Promontory Financial Group to conduct “an objective review” of the “facts and circumstances of the accounts in question,” as well as “all...READ MORE

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Faith, Family and Film: Mainstream Movie-Making With a Message (4870)

Forthcoming Moms’ Night Out Celebrates Christian Values With Humor

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Moms' Night Out Facebook

– Moms' Night Out Facebook

I have a confession to make: I don’t watch television. Reality TV doesn’t move me, crime dramas are a dime a dozen, and today’s sitcoms are just not funny.

Movies are my thing. Netflix is my friend. My queue is stacked well over 100 titles deep. Lately, I’ve been delving into the classics — films from the 1940s all the way to the ’60s. I’ve rediscovered great acting, profound storytelling and a level of morality rarely found in modern productions. I’ve gained a new appreciation for Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis.

The industry abandoned the Motion Picture Production Code in 1968 in favor of the current rating system, resulting in a sharp decline of family-friendly...READ MORE

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Vietnam President's U.S. Visit Shines Spotlight on Human Rights (3319)

Congressional statement highlights concerns.

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Vetnamese President Truong Tan Sang

– WikiCommons

WASHINGTON — As the leaders of the United States and Vietnam prepare to meet, one federal lawmaker is calling for stronger efforts to encourage respect for human rights in the Southeast Asian country.

In a statement submitted to the Congressional Record, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., criticized the Obama administration for the “deteriorating human-rights situation in Vietnam — a situation which merits bold U.S. leadership, not mere lip-service.”

On the morning of July 11, the White House announced that it had extended an invitation to Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, with the aim of “discussing human rights, emerging challenges such as climate change, and the importance of...READ MORE

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Pope Modifies Norms for Catholics Seeking to Join an Anglican Ordinariate (5801)

Baptized Catholics who have not received confirmation and first Communion are now allowed to join the ordinariates.

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– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Baptized Catholics can now join Anglican ordinariates, according to a modification to the norms made by Pope Francis.

“This confirms the place of the personal ordinariates within the mission of the wider Catholic Church, not simply as a jurisdiction for those from the Anglican tradition, but as a contributor to the urgent work of the New Evangelization,” the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham announced July 9.

A term coined by Blessed Pope John Paul II, the New Evangelization is the common term for bringing the Gospel to formerly Christian nations, and it can be seen in the new outreach to people who were baptized as Catholics but who never completed the...READ MORE

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Demographer: Population Fears Ignore History’s Evidence (2547)

Demographer Nicholas Eberstadt rejects the gloom-and-doom projections advanced by ‘contraceptivists’ on World Population Day.

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School assembly in Karnataka, India.

– Hillary Senour/CNA

WASHINGTON — While many population-control advocates spend World Population Day deeply concerned about projected growth trends, an economist says such unchecked anxiety is misguided.

“To have sort of an unmitigated fear of the population future … is to ignore the evidence of the economic history that we and our parents and grandparents have lived through,” Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and demographer at the American Enterprise Institute, told EWTN News July 10.

“To have a more balanced view of the situation, one has to be a bit more nuanced and see how population change is affecting opportunities and constraints,” he added.

“And you don’t get that with people who see it...READ MORE

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Why the World Needs Lumen Fidei (6139)

COMMENTARY: Peter strengthens his siblings with the light of faith.

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One of the Pope’s most important duties is to implement Jesus’ command to Peter to strengthen his brothers and sisters in the faith (Luke 22:32).

That’s one of the reasons why it is particularly striking that, in the Year of Faith, we have an encyclical on faith written, as Pope Francis said, by “four hands” — his and Benedict XVI’s — and fittingly signed on the feast of St. Peter. The didactic duet and distinguished date suggest that Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith) is less the act of a particular pope and more the faithful exercise of the Petrine office in apostolic succession.

Pope Francis dramatically reinforced this impression by publishing it on the same day he approved the...READ MORE

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Four Ways That Same-Sex 'Marriage' Affects You, After Architectural Modernism and More! (4098)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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4 Ways that Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Will Affect You. Follow the link by Todd Aglialoro of Catholic Answers blog to read more.

4 Ways That Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Will Affect You by Todd Aglialoro of Catholic Answers blog - BigPulpit.com

After Architectural Modernism - Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

W. W. J. D. About Sweatshops? - Francis, Catholic Stand

How to Revive a Dying Parish – Fr. Z’s Blog

Hollywood’s War on Heteronormativity – God & Caesar

Essential Parenting – Dr. Gary L. Welton, Catholic Lane

A Tale of Three Choices – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Do You Have Real Friends? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

The Old Evangelization – Byz Pulpit

Benedictus: A New Catholic Liberal Arts College in London – Charles Cole, New Liturgical Movement

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