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Pope Benedict Discusses 'Grave Threats' to Religious Liberty With U.S. Bishops (5817)

Holy Father says young American Catholics' convictions should encourage all 'to renew our efforts to mobilize the intellectual and moral resources of the entire Catholic community in the service of the evangelization of American culture and the building of the civilization of love.'

01/19/2012 Comments (6)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI warned today of a “grave threat” to religious liberty in the United States that requires American Catholics to respond with intelligence and courage.

“It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States comes to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres,” he said Jan. 19 in an address to a group of American bishops visiting the Vatican.

The Pope said he was particularly concerned with “certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.”


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What a Calligrapher Priest Taught Steve Jobs (17069)

The Art of Beautiful Writing and Technology

01/19/2012 Comments (13)

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Perhaps of all the many stories reported in the media after Steve Jobs’ death, his calligraphy studies with a former Trappist monk stirred my Catholic curiosity most. He credits this experience with formulating his taste for beautiful typography, which he later applied to Apple computers. To think of a technology wizard praising calligraphy at first seems unusual, but Jobs was anything but typical. After all, his company’s mantra was “Think different.”

As a young adult, he pursued a non-conformist route, exploring many interests before settling on electronics. When he dropped out of college, he enrolled in calligraphy classes. During this time he says it was the freedom to explore and...READ MORE

Filed under apple, calligraphy, catholic church, monks, priests, steve jobs, technology, writing

Gift of Adoption, To Trust in God, Steve Jobs on Gregorian Chant, Iron Crown of Lombardy, and more! (2870)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/19/2012 Comment

Steve Jobs on Gregorian Chant. Click on the link by Michael E. Lawrence to read more.

How the Church Fathers Can Help Us Engage the Culture for Christ - Benedictine College

Steve Jobs on Gregorian Chant - Michael E. Lawrence, The Chant Café

The Gift of Adoption: A Concrete Way of Love - Matt Sciba, Truth & Charity

To Trust in God - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

Royal Regalia: The Iron Crown of Lombardy - The Mad Monarchist

New: “Christianity & Democracy” (2nd edition) by Jacques Maritain - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Hungary, the Church Praises the New Constitution - Alessandro Speciale, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

A Road Map for Effectively Serving on Non-Profit Boards - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Swedish Politician Calls for Even Harsher Penalties...READ MORE

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The Bigotry of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Detachment from World, Justice and Peace, and more! (2706)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/19/2012 Comment

Black Pastors, Pro-Family Groups Condemn Southern Poverty Law Center for Bigotry. Click on the link by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman to learn more.

Detachment from the World - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Black Pastors, Pro-Family Gps. Condemn Southern Poverty Law Center for Bigotry - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews.com

Missing From MLK Memorial: God - Terence Jeffrey, Crisis Magazine

Sowing in the Wind & Reaping the Whirlwind - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Sources to Understand and Even Defend the Catholic Inquisitions - Saint Peter’s List

What does “Justice & Peace” Really Mean? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Called and Consecrated - Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Catholic Lane

Hospital Changes Decision of No Transplant for “Retarded” Baby - Kim Painter, USA Today...READ MORE

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Proposed New Jersey Law Seeks to Replace Civil Unions with Same-Sex 'Marriage' (2974)

Defections from traditional marriage supports increase chance for passage, but Gov. Christie promises to stand in the way.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seen here campaigning for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, vows to veto any same-sex 'marriage' bill that reaches his desk this year.

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TRENTON, N.J. — A bill allowing same-sex “marriage” in New Jersey is a “top priority” for New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney and his fellow Democrats in both the Senate and Assembly.

Gov. Chris Christie has promised to veto any same-sex “marriage” bill. The bill is unlikely to gain enough votes to override that veto, but the fight is sure to be intense.

New Jersey has allowed same-sex civil unions, with all the benefits of marriage, since 2006 and domestic partnerships since 2003.

Sweeney, a Catholic living in the Diocese of Camden, abstained from a similar vote in 2010. His lack of support was considered a key element in that bill’s defeat. In the intervening time, Sweeney...READ MORE

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Training Leaders in Christian Virtue (2463)

A look at Franciscan University's new leadership institute. Jan. 15 issue feature.

01/18/2012 Comment
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Students who participate in Franciscan University’s new Center for Leadership get to know world leaders such as Alexandre Havard, founder of the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute, who took part in the program’s distinguished speakers series.

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Every day in Congress, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., sees a complex array of problems that affect civic institutions, families and the culture. It’s for that reason that he believes it is imperative that future leaders be well prepared. And it’s why the alumnus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, gave a ringing endorsement to his alma mater’s Center for Leadership.

Founded last summer, the center “roots young men and women in virtue, forms them as leaders, and grounds them in sound philosophical thought,” Fortenberry said. “I know this university provides students with outstanding intellectual and spiritual formation. Its new Center for Leadership will further equip students to...READ MORE

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Canada Plans U.S.-Like Religious Freedom Office (2699)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom nearly loses its funding.

01/18/2012 Comments (6)
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COMMON CAUSE. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird participate during a joint press availability last August at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Both of their governments now have official efforts to monitor religious freedom issues around the world.

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OTTAWA — Muslim extremists firebomb Christian churches in northern Nigeria. Chinese communists imprison the faithful. Christians in Burma were attacked during the Christmas season.

In response to these and other threats to religious liberty around the world, Canada’s Conservative government is planning to open an Office of Religious Freedom this spring.

The office will be modeled after the U.S. Office of International Religious Freedom, and opponents are already recycling criticisms first used in 1998 when the U.S. created it as part of the State Department. To the evident confusion of many Canadians, the same legislation set up the quite separate U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom. The...READ MORE

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The Catholic Faith is Not a Noble Lie, Did Jesus Misquote, English Ordinariate Update, and more! (3248)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/18/2012 Comment

Did Jesus misquote 1 Samuel 21. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

Justice, Fairness, and Taxation, Part 1 - David W. Cooney, Catholic Lane

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Out-Breed ‘Em - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com

The Catholic Faith Is Not a Noble Lie - Thomas Storck, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Did Jesus misquote 1 Samuel 21 - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

This Is What A Man Looks Like - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Ordinariate in England Celebrates 1st Anniversary, Pics - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

A Long Anglican Road to Rome - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Anglican Convert: My Life as a Married Catholic Priest - Fr. R. Scott Hurd, Washington Post

From the “Cool Catholic Stuff” File. . . - Brad Noel, Southern...READ MORE

Filed under anglicans, catholic blogosphere, catholic new media, medjugorje, our lady of walsingham ordinariate, rick santorum

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