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Catholic Democrats’ Curious Claim: We’re the Real ‘Pro-Lifers’ (6130)

Professor Stephen Schneck of The Catholic University of America offers scant data when he asserts that President Obama’s commitment to social programs will bring down abortion rates, critics charge.

11/05/2012 Comments (50)
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Stephen Schneck

– Catholic University of America

WASHINGTON — In a last-ditch effort to woo as many Catholic voters as possible, prominent Catholic Democrats are wrapping themselves, their party and President Barack Obama in pro-life colors.

Given that the Democratic Party has been committed for decades to a pro-abortion plank, and has highlighted its abortion-rights commitment throughout the current presidential campaign, this pro-life claim might seem hard to justify.

But during a panel discussion hosted by Democrats for Life during the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C., political scientist Stephen Schneck, head of the Institute for Catholic Policy Studies at The Catholic University of America and a...READ MORE

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Healing the Wounds of Abuse (5909)

Saturday Book Pick: Dawn Eden's My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints.

11/03/2012 Comments (6)


Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints

By Dawn Eden

Ave Maria Press, 2012

256 pages, $16.95

To order: avemariapress.com

(800) 282-1865, ext. 1


How do you describe Dawn Eden? Former rock-music writer, chastity expert, theologian, blogger? Or simply a great Jewish-Catholic convert woman writer? Well, I will focus on the last.

Readers are aware of the painful cases of sexual abuse of children and adolescents by homosexual and pedophile priests and religious in the United States and in many countries in Europe as well. It appears that at last the worst is behind us, and the Church is taking proper measures to assure that candidates for the...READ MORE

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Reason No. 801 to Be Catholic: Power Outages, Help the Poor, Support Religious Orders and Much More! (2611)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/03/2012 Comment

Reason # 801 To Be Catholic: Power Outages. Follow the link by Russ Rentler, M.D., of the Crossed The Tiber blog.

Reason # 801 To Be Catholic: Power Outages by Russ Rentler MD of the Crossed The Tiber blog – Big Pulpit

Help the World’s Poor, Support the Religious Orders – J. M. Shaw, Catholic Herald

Black is Black, I Want My Vestments Back! – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Eastern Orthodox Saints That Catholics Should Check Out - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Plenary Indulgence Reminders for the First Week in November – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Why Heaven Makes Sense – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

USCCB Delegation Calls For More Aid To Syrian Refugees – CatholicCulture.org/Catholic World News

Libyan Revelations: Gross Incompetence or Worse – Donald R. McClarey, The...READ MORE

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Prayers for Souls (2566)

Joseph Pronechen recommends Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by Susan Tassone.

11/02/2012 Comments (3)


By Susan Tassone

192 pages, $ 9.95

Our Sunday Visitor, 2012

To order: OSV.com


The Church remembers all the faithful departed in November, the month dedicated to the holy souls.

What better time to recall the necessity of praying for the holy souls in purgatory, those who died in God’s grace but are not yet totally free of the temporal punishment due their sins?

Author Susan Tassone has written four books on the subject already. Now, Prayers, Promises and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory offers new prayers and new incentives for helping souls get to heaven. The book, which has an imprimatur, makes...READ MORE

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Called to Love Those Who Hate Us in the Culture Wars, Monks' Cool New Calendar, and Much More! (2052)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/02/2012 Comment

Called to Love Those Who Hate Us in the Culture Wars. Click on the link by Kristin Detloff to read more.

Called to Love Those Who Hate Us in the Culture Wars – Kristin Detloff, Ignitum Today

Review: Norcia Benedictines’ Cool New Calendar – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Seven Prayers Every Catholic Should Know in Latin – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

A Statement of the Pennsylvania Catholic Bishops via the First Things website – Big Pulpit

Eberstadt at Her Best in Highlighting the Tragedies of Sexual Liberation – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Pastoral Mandate, Politicians and Religious Liberty – Joe Tremblay, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

A Matter of Honor – Donald R. McClarey, American Catholic

Aristotle for Materialists? – Mark Brumley, The CWR Blog

The Christian Conscience...READ MORE

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Religious Believers in Illinois Score Pro-Life Victory (3651)

COMMENTARY: The decision could have an impact on battle over the HHS mandate.

11/02/2012 Comments (9)

Another victory for religious believers: An Illinois appellate court upheld a judgment on behalf of Christian pharmacists who objected to a rule requiring prescribing emergency contraceptives that may have abortifacient effects.

The Sept. 21 decision provides further support in the larger dispute over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate, which places similar burdens on religious believers and which is a crucial issue in this year’s presidential election.

Such rules, as the state court found, simply are incompatible with traditional notions of religious freedom. The HHS mandate is susceptible to a similar attack.

Along with a similar case in Washington state in...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Warn of Refugee Crisis in Syria (3277)

Washington urges Syrian opposition groups to form an effective alternative to the Assad regime, as the U.S. bishops highlight the desperate plight of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.

11/02/2012 Comments (3)

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration presses Syrian opposition groups to pave the way for a transitional government that could replace the embattled government of President Bashar Hafez al-Assad, the U.S. bishops have called on Washington to address a looming refugee crisis.

“Without more international support, the humanitarian situation, both inside and outside Syria, could reach a breaking point in the not-so-distant future,” said Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock, Ark., who led an Oct. 7-20 delegation to the Middle East, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The United Nation’s high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) has warned that the flood of refugees from...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Offers Prayers, Help for Those Suffering After Superstorm Sandy (3515)

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn also is reaching out to his devastated flock.

11/02/2012 Comments (6)
REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A statue is seen among homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York Oct. 30. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation's most densely populated region, swamped New York's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district.

– REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

NEW YORK CITY — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive passage across the East Coast, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York expressed his “solidarity in love and prayer with so many who are suffering.”

“What do you say? Our hearts are broken when you see the loss of life, the grieving families, the devastation, the ruination,” Cardinal Dolan told Fox News co-anchor Martha MacCallum Oct. 31.

“But throughout all of it, too, you begin to see a glimmer of light and hope: people coming together.”

He said that people can become “selfish” and “violent” or they can “pitch in, in solidarity and community, to help one another, to help rescue one another.”

“Thanks be to God, that’s...READ MORE

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