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Pope Benedict: 'We Learn to Live From Mary' (3057)

The Holy Father's general audience on the feast of the Queenship of Mary, Aug. 22.

08/22/2012 Comments (6)

Pope Benedict XVI recommended that Christians look to the queenship of Mary, who is “queen in the service of God to humanity,” as a sure guide towards her Son.

“Dear friends, devotion to Our Lady is an important part of spiritual life. In our prayer, we should not fail to turn to her, confident that Mary will intercede for us with her Son,” the Pope said to pilgrims during his Aug. 22 general audience at Castel Gandolfo.

“Looking upon her, let us imitate her faith, her complete openness to the loving plan of God, her generous welcoming of Jesus. We learn to live from Mary.”

The Pope recalled how the establishment of a particular day to celebrate the queenship of Mary is actually a...READ MORE

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GOP Platform Reaffirms Official Opposition to Abortion Ahead of National Convention (1521)

Next week delegates will vote on the resolution.

08/22/2012 Comments (13)
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The Republican Party’s platform committee has drafted a resolution reaffirming its official opposition to abortion and its support for a human life amendment to protect unborn children.

“Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” reads the party’s draft platform language. “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th Amendment's protections apply to unborn children.”

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., next week will...READ MORE

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To Yoga or Not to Yoga?, Infant Death and Sacred Parenting, Trustful Surrender to God, and More! (3170)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/22/2012 Comment

To Yoga or Not to Yoga? Click on the link by Patti Maguire Armstrong to read more.

To Yoga or Not to Yoga? – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Infant Death and Sacred Parenting: An Interview – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholics Sistas

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Eucharist and Quantum Mechanics – Quodcumque Dixerit

Myth of the Domus Ecclesiae (Modern Church Architecture) – Steven J. Schloeder PhD AIA, Adoremus Bulletin

Newsify: Perfect Feed Reader for iOS – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & Machine

Are We Witnessing the Establishment of a “State Religion”? by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Big ulpit

“Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth” – Catherine, Hallelujah Is My Song

Calling Mary “Our Life, Our...READ MORE

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Abortion in Cases of Rape: Todd Akin’s Gaffe Spotlights Catholic Teaching — Again (19240)

A furor over a recent campaign-season comment provides another opportunity to clarify Church doctrine.

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Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.

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WASHINGTON — The 2012 presidential election was supposed to be about the economy.

But the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a committed Catholic, as the GOP vice-presidential candidate has transformed the campaign season into a real-time seminar on catechetics.

Last week, reporters and pundits examined whether Ryan properly applied Catholic social doctrine to his controversial budget proposal that cuts spending on entitlements.

Now, this week, the public is being treated to an analysis of Catholic opposition to abortion in cases of rape, a teaching that has long drawn criticism from feminists.

The latest case study in Catholic ethics surfaced Aug. 19, after Rep. Todd Akin,...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of Philadelphia Unveils New Model for Education (7969)

Under Archbishop Charles Chaput, the troubled archdiocese moves to independently managed secondary schools.

08/21/2012 Comments (13)

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and H. Edward Hanway, chairman of the board for Faith in the Future.

– Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is turning the management of its 17 high schools and four special-education schools over to the Faith in the Future Foundation.

The archdiocese’s groundbreaking agreement with Faith in the Future announced today creates the first independently managed Catholic secondary-school system in the U.S. and the largest independently managed system in the nation.

The foundation was created on the recommendation of a blue-ribbon commission empaneled to identify solutions to Philadelphia’s various problems. It will assume “strategic and operational control” of the schools beginning Sept. 1 and will also serve in an advisory capacity to the 123...READ MORE

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Blasphemy in Pakistan, Navigating the Interior Life, A Letter to My Little Brother, and Much More! (1146)

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08/21/2012 Comment

An 11-year-old Disabled Christian Girl Arrested for Blasphemy in Muslim Pakistan. Click on the link by Fr. Tim Finigan to read more.

An 11-year-old Disabled Christian Girl Arrested for Blasphemy – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Movement: Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Letter to My Little Brother Headed to Basic Training – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Calling Pro-Marriage Groups Hateful Must End – Robert P. George, First Things/First Thoughts

Cardinal George Diagnosed with Cancer – Fr. Z’s Blog

Chesterton and Newman: To Be Perfect Meant to Change Often – Adam Schwartz, Crisis Magazine

Blogger Has Mission to Expose ‘Bad Vestments’ by Mary Jacobs – Big ulpit

Splendor of the East: Five Byzantine Hymns All Catholics Should Know – C....READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: We Are 'Made for the Infinite' (2458)

The Holy Father wrote a letter emphasizing people's hard-wired instinct to know God for the current Communion & Liberation conference.

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Pope Benedict welcomed the 33rd Rimini Meeting, an annual gathering organized by the lay Catholic movement Communion & Liberation, by examining mankind's relation to the Infinite.

“To discuss the subject of man and his yearning for the Infinite means first and foremost recognizing his constitutive relationship with the Creator. Man is a creature of God,” the Pope said in a letter for the start of the Aug. 19-25 gathering.

“Today,” he said, “this word, "creature," seems to be out of fashion: It would be more likely to think of man as a self-fulfilled being and master of his own destiny.”

But this worldview still means that man “attempts to grasp the Infinite.” He does so by choosing...READ MORE

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The Power of Beauty, Return of 3 Hour Eucharistic Fast?, Skip Prayer for Spirituality?, and More! (2638)

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08/21/2012 Comment

The Power of Beauty. Click on the link by Sarah Babbs to read more.

The Power of Beauty – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle: Three Hour Eucharistic Fast – Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

Should I Set Aside My Meditation and Vocal Prayer for My Spiritual Life? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Refilling Empty Pews: Can NFP Course be Agent of Evangelization? – John F. Kippley PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Values, Virtues, and Your Daughter’s Date – Leila Miller, Catholic Lane

11-year-old Christian Girl with Down’s Syndrome Violates Blasphemy Law – William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Silence of the Pulpits by Bill Warner – Big ulpit

Five Habits of a Successful Catholic Student – Brad Noel, Southern Fried...READ MORE

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