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The Blind, Irrational Faith of Atheism (10512)

... And nothing but the Truth: the audacity of the Catholic worldview, Part 1.

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Self-professed atheist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion.

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From the bestseller lists to the talk shows, the heralds of atheism trumpet their victories over Christianity and religion. Their case complete and their ultimate victory assured, they already look to the future of an atheistic culture and world, once the final bastions of faith fall to the relentless and inevitable advance of science and technology.

To them, the struggle for the minds of modern man is now just a matter of time. The conflict raging for the last 500 years is over. All the crucial victories are won. And, religion retreats reeling from these devastating defeats in disgrace. Defeated, disorganized and discouraged, Christianity’s credibility is crushed completely in the eyes...READ MORE

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Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online (4392)

Cardinal O'Malley embraces viral communication in the Internet Age

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BOSTON — The Archdiocese of Boston today posted an online database of priests and deacons accused of the sexual abuse of minors, a landmark decision that signaled Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s ongoing effort to break with the practices of episcopal negligence and secrecy that produced the 2002 scandal, forcing the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, his predecessor.

“In total, 159 names of accused clerics of the Boston Archdiocese are included on the lists being published today. Of these, 22 represent cases that are still in process canonically, with the priest on administrative leave and having no public ministry. It is my wish and goal that these remaining cases be processed as expeditiously...READ MORE

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Enough With the Financial Madness! (2466)

Debt, budgeting — at home and in Washington.

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The lesson of the U.S. S&P downgrade is: “At some point, you can’t continue to spend money you don’t have, especially if you have no plan to ever pay it back.” So says Gregory S. Jeffrey — a donor-development consultant who has worked primarily with Catholic organizations, and the author of the recent book Why Enough Is Never Enough: Overcoming Worries About Money: A Catholic Perspective (Our Sunday Visitor) — readily admitting that a farmer on his porch would tell you the same.

And yet, we do.

Odds are you’re doing it today as we near the end of another month, as the kids are going back to school with all the supplies and attire that entails, as property taxes are due, as Christmas...READ MORE

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Steve Jobs Impact on the Church, Whatever Is Nobel, On Hairy Knees and Bra Straps, and much more! (3712)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Steve Jobs Impact on the Catholic Church. Click on Rocco Palmo's link to learn why.

Steve Jobs Impact on the Catholic Church - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Whatever Is Nobel - Bonnie Engstrom, VirtuousPla.net

On Hairy Knees and Bra Straps - Therese Rita, Zeal

Allowing Girl Altar Servers Was A Mistake, It’s Time to Withdraw It - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Why Do We Reverence During the Nicene Creed? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

General Sherman’s Jesuit Son - Pat McNamara, Patheos

Book Review: Michael Coren’s Why Catholics Are Right - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Msgr. Ronald Knox Would have been a Great Blogger - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Pope Has No Checks and Balances! - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

World...READ MORE

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Military Archdiocese Sees More Priestly Vocations (2771)

Increase in future-chaplain seminarians comes after declining numbers in recent years.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA) — The Archdiocese for the Military Services in the U.S. is welcoming a steady increase of priestly vocations after declining numbers in recent years.

The upcoming fall academic year will greet 31 new seminarians, compared with 23 last year, 12 in 2009, and only three in 2008.

Father Kerry Abbott, OFM Conv., and director of vocations, noted that the rise in numbers is due to recruiting efforts as well as Catholic bishops around the U.S. agreeing to co-sponsor seminarians.

Father Abbott said that the archdiocese “is most grateful” for the bishops’ support and explained that co-sponsorship involves a diocesan bishop accepting a young man as a seminarian who will...READ MORE

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Judge Rules Against Illinois Catholic Charities (2853)

Ruling: State has the right to stop contracting with the agencies on foster care and adoption placement. New civil-unions law sparked the lawsuit from Catholic Charities, which wanted to retain the right to accept state contracts while placing children with families according to Catholic tenets.

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CHICAGO — An Illinois judge ruled that that the state has the right to stop contracting with Catholic Charities on foster care and adoption placement.

The Aug. 18 ruling, issued by Judge John Schmidt of the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, affects Catholic Charities branches of the Dioceses of Belleville, Joliet, Peoria and Springfield.

Catholic Charities filed suit against the state in order to continue operating according to Catholic moral principles that were allowed before Illinois’ new civil-unions law took effect June 1: accepting state contracts to provide foster care and adoption services, but only to married couples and singles living chastely.

The ruling is...READ MORE

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Father Barron: The Mainstream Media Missed the Point of World Youth Day (5092)

Father Robert Barron says WYD was 'splendid, unforgettable' and explains why the Church's future, filled with enthusiastic, faith-filled young people, is full of hope.

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I have just completed one of the most extraordinary weeks of my life.

For the past eight days, I participated in World Youth Day in Madrid, a gathering of some 1.5 million Catholic young people with Pope Benedict XVI.  I met enthusiastic teen and 20-something Catholics from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Sweden, Nigeria, England, Australia, New Zealand, China, the Philippines, India, Denmark and many other countries.

The universality of the Church has never been, for me anyway, on fuller and more thrilling display. My Word on Fire team and I were especially encouraged to see so concretely the outreach that the Internet and the new media provide. To hear, over and...READ MORE

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Earthquake Damaged Catholic Churches in Baltimore and Washington (2890)

The oldest church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore has been closed for repairs for at least several weeks.

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St. Patrick's Church in Baltimore has been closed for repairs.

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — Churches in the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington suffered some damage in the Aug. 23 earthquake that shook the northeastern United States. The oldest church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be closed for repairs for at least several weeks.

St. Patrick Catholic Church in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood has been deemed unsafe. Its steeple was badly damaged. Several concrete parts of it fell, and one piece gouged the sidewalk.

Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore visited the church on the morning of Aug. 24 and reviewed the damage with parish administrator Father Robert Wojtek.

“We thank the Lord that no one was injured,” Archbishop O’Brien told The...READ MORE

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