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Religious People Donate More to Church and Charity (16133)

New study looks into America’s great generosity divide.

08/31/2012 Comments (10)

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A recent study reveals that states where religious participation is highest give the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charitable organizations. Conversely, states that are less religious give less.

“How America Gives,” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, is based on Internal Revenue Service records of people who itemized deductions in 2008, the most recent year statistics were available. It revealed that the most generous states were Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina.

The least generous states were New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Utah residents gave 10.6% of their discretionary income to charity. New Hampshire...READ MORE

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Ryan Acknowledges Dignity of Human Life, God and Morality in Speech Explaining Romney-Ryan Policies (3255)

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., formally accepted Republican Party's nomination for vice president Aug. 29.

08/30/2012 Comments (2)

TAMPA, Fla. — In an Aug. 29 speech at the Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for fiscal responsibility as a key part of a moral response to the needs of the poor and unemployed.

Ryan — who is Catholic — outlined obligations that constitute “the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time as on the day of America’s founding.”

“We have responsibilities, one to another — we do not each face the world alone,” he said at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as he formally accepted his party’s nomination for vice president.

“And the greatest of all responsibilities is that of the strong to protect the weak,” he continued. “The truest measure of any society is...READ MORE

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Which Parish Should I Register In, St. Benedict's Steps to Humility, Noble Simplicity and Much (1530)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/30/2012 Comment

Quæritur: At Which Parish Should I Register? Click on the link from Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Quæritur: At Which Parish Should I Register? – Fr. Z’s Blog

St. Benedict for Beginners, 9th Step to Humility – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Integrated Catholic Life™

Noble Simplicity – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Best Book on Homeschooling I Have Ever Read – Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

Mortifications for the Faint of Heart – John Maria Devaney OP, Dominicana

Why Diocesan Priests Need to Understand Secular Orders Better by John C. Hathaway of the Lewis CrusadeBig ulpit

Last Meal, Last Chance: Convicted Killer Chooses Christ – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Necessity of Men - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Ratzinger, Vatican II and the...READ MORE

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Spiritual Combat, The Church Future Rests on Family Rosary, Importance of a Prayer Corner, and More! (3053)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/30/2012 Comment

Spiritual Combat Revisited. Click on the link by Joe Tremblay to read more.

Spiritual Combat Revisited – Joe Tremblay, Catholic News Agency

RIP: Priest Who Said Future of Church Rested on Family Rosary – Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

The Importance of Having a Prayer Corner – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

United Church Continues Slouch Towards Gomorrah by Thaddeus Baklinski of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

Think Animals & Plants Don’t Have Souls? Think Again – H. H. Ambrose, St. Peter’s List

5 Ways to Stop Your 6 Year Old from Becoming a Sex Object – Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane

A Tale of Two Cathedrals: Traditional vs. Modernist – Nikos Salingaros, Crisis Magazine

Abortion Survivor Rips Obama On Infanticide Support Donald R....READ MORE

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Conversion in the IVF Laboratory (7976)

Dr. Anthony Caruso describes his journey from fertility specialist to pro-life doctor

08/30/2012 Comments (22)

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In 1987, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Donum Vitae (Instruction on Respect for Human Life), where the Church officially forbade the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF), stating: “The child has the right to be conceived, carried in the womb, brought into the world and brought up within marriage. The good of society requires that children come into the world within a family and that the family be based on marriage, the only setting worthy of truly responsible procreation.”

Many Catholics, including some pro-life advocates, fail to realize that Church teaching forbids the practice of IVF as a means of creating life, even for infertile couples. In vitro requires the...READ MORE

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GOP Embraces Religious Freedom (2761)

Party Platform Contains Strong Plank

08/29/2012 Comments (3)

TAMPA, Fla. — The U.S. Republican Party included a significant section on the importance of religious freedom in its new official platform, adopted on Aug. 28 in Tampa, Fla.

“We pledge to respect the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard the independence of their institutions from government,” stated the 2012 Republican platform, which was formally approved at the party’s national convention Aug. 28.

The party’s positions respect “God-given individual rights,” including the freedom “of every American to follow his or her beliefs.”

The importance of religious freedom can be seen in its prominent placement in the “first provision of the First...READ MORE

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Poems that Testify to Gods Love, Pius XI's Vintage Car, Mary and Free Will, and Much More! (1336)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/29/2012 Comment

Six Catholic Poems that Testify to God’s Love. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to read more.

Six Catholic Poems that Testify to God’s Love – J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter’s List

Pope’s “Lictoria Sex” to Go on Show in Vatican Museums – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Mary and Free Will – Bekah, Concrete Life

Best Reason for Keeping Up with Atheist Blogs? by Mark Shae of the Catholic and Enjoying It! blog – Big ulpit

Felix Culpa: The Movie – Christopher Manion, Crisis Magazine

The Biblical Teaching On Tithing – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Why the World Needs a New Feminism More than Ever - Kelly Shircliff Williams, Ignitum Today

Defending the Faith Against Poison of Anti-Catholic Bias – Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Do No Harm?: Medical Journals Show Support...READ MORE

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St. John the Baptist Reminds the Faithful to Stand Up for Truth in World Hostile to God (3527)

The Holy Father's audience on the Aug. 29 liturgical memorial of the martyrdom of John the Baptist also focused on need for constant prayer.

08/29/2012 Comment

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Pope Benedict XVI says the heroic sanctity of St. John the Baptist proves that a solid life of prayer is the best source of courage for Christians facing a modern world that is hostile to God and those who love him. 

“The martyrdom of St. John the Baptist reminds us, Christians of our time, that we cannot stoop to compromises with the love of Christ, his word, the Truth. The truth is the truth, and there is no compromise,” the Pope stated in his Aug. 29 general audience address at Castel Gandolfo.

Christian life, he said, requires a “daily martyrdom of fidelity to the Gospel,” which can be defined as the “courage to let Christ grow in us and direct our thinking and our actions” and...READ MORE

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