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Hannibal Lecter Visits Thomas Aquinas College, Papa Bene’s Brother: Joey Cannot Cook, and much more! (3308)

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Anthony Hopkins at Thomas Aquinas College. Click on the link by Mark Shea to see the story.

Anthony Hopkins at Thomas Aquinas College - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

B16's Brother: The Pope Cannot Cook, But Can Wash Dishes - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's Feisty Manifesto is Just What U.S. Catholics Need - Russell Shaw, Catholic Lane

The Rich, Handsome Marquess who dedicated Herself to the Poor - Catholic Herald

Why Do So Many People Hate the Catholic Church? - Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

No Generic God - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

Reproductive Justice: Pro-Abort Doublespeak (*Yawn*) - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

“America, it is Said, is Suffering from Intolerance-It Is Not" - Fr....READ MORE

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Catholic University of America Celebrates 125 Years (1779)

Pope Benedict XVI sent his best wishes for the milestone and prayed for CUA's 'distinctive mission at the service of the Church and American society.'

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WASHINGTON--The Catholic University of America celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding on April 10, an occasion that brought “cordial good wishes” from Pope Benedict XVI.

In a letter sent to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, the Pope commended the university community to Mary.

He also prayed that the anniversary will be an opportunity for “renewed commitment to Catholic University’s distinctive mission at the service of the Church and American society.”

Cardinal Wuerl read from the letter during an April 10 Mass to commemorate Founder’s Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl said it is...READ MORE

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‘LGBT’ Demands Get a Boost From Hillary Clinton and the U.N. (2235)

The Yogyakarta Principles pressure foreign governments to grant special protection for persons based on sexual orientation and 'gender identity.'

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In 2006, a group of self-appointed “human-rights experts” met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and developed the set of principles, the purpose of which was to pressure governments to grant special protections to persons based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Since then the changes recommended in the Yogyakarta Principles have received support from various sources.

On Dec. 6, in a speech in Geneva, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put the full weight of the Obama administration behind the “LGBT” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) demands, announcing “a new Global Equality Fund that will support the work of civil society organizations working on these issues around the world.”...READ MORE

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Who’s Choosing the Religious Life? Study Says Newly Professed Are Young and More Educated (3361)

Archbishop Robert Carlson on why the Church needs religious vocations: 'In a world where human frailty is acutely felt, they remind us of God and bring Christ’s redemptive love to all they meet.'

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A recent study of men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2011 shows that new members of religious orders are younger and more educated than those in the past.

“We are encouraged by the report’s findings that men and women are considering a vocation at a younger age,” said Mercy Sister Mary Joanna Ruhland, associate director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Vocations and Consecrated Life.

“As the Catholics recognize their responsibility to build a vocation culture in its parishes, schools and families, children and youth are being introduced to the various vocations in the Church,” she said in an April 5 statement.

“This helps them respond to God’s love and will generously...READ MORE

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Card. Pell vs. Richard Dawkins, Are You a Catholic Blogger, Transformative Power of Work, and more! (4165)

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Richard Dawkins vs. Cardinal Pell Fight in One Hell of a Debate. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

Richard Dawkins vs. Cardinal Pell Fight in Hell of a Debate - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Ten Signs You Might be Called to be a Catholic Blogger - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Cardinal Turkson: The Transformative Power of Work - EWTN News/CNA

The Culture War and the Catholic Church - Tom Bethell, New Oxford Review

Baroque Naturalism and Baroque Classicism Compared - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

“Why Catholics Leave the Church” - Fr. Robert Barron, Integrated Catholic Life™

Philadelphia Abuse Trial: Media Ignores Key Accuser’s Criminal Past - Dave Pierre, The Media Report

Obama to Pay Pro-Lifer $120,000 For Frivolous Prosecution - Donald R. McClarey, The American...READ MORE

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Rick Santorum Bows Out of GOP Race for President (3000)

The Catholic former senator from Pennsylvania cites health of daughter, among other concerns, but Romney’s dominance is a major factor.

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Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces he will be suspending his campaign during a press conference April 10 at the Gettysburg Hotel in Pennsylvania.

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WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum announced April 10 that he was bowing out of the GOP presidential race.

In an emotional, unscripted statement that acknowledged his concerns about the physical health of his young daughter, Bella, and the moral, economic and political health of the nation, Santorum signaled that he had come to terms with his fading chance of capturing the GOP nomination.

The Catholic former Pennsylvania senator acknowledged that “Good Friday was a little bit of a passion play for us with our daughter Bella, who unfortunately is getting very sick. We ended up in the hospital all weekend.... She is a fighter; she is doing exceptionally well and is back with us in the family.”


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Xavier University Cancels Contraception Coverage (4337)

Standing up for Church teaching, Jesuit college president stirs up some opposition among faculty, while many others in the Catholic community applaud the decision.

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CINCINNATI — Jesuit Father Michael Graham, president of Xavier University, made headlines last week when he announced that contraceptives and sterilizations would no longer be covered under university health insurance.

“As a Catholic priest and as president of a Catholic university, I have concluded that, absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes,” said Father Graham in an April 2 letter to the Xavier community.

The three-paragraph letter came amid a national debate over a mandate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was distributed as an internal message. However, a faculty committee...READ MORE

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Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State? (3807)

Rick Santorum bows out of the race. But his critique of President Kennedy has already prompted Cardinal Dolan to offer his own assessment of JFK's legacy, signaling a broader push to challenge Catholic attitudes on political engagement.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, accompanied by his wife, Karen, and members of his family, speaks at a campaign rally at Four Seasons Sheraton on April 3 in Mars, Pa.

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WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum, the Catholic pro-life GOP presidential candidate, recently provoked a furor when he attacked President John Kennedy, Jr.’s 1960 speech designed to defuse anti-Catholic bigotry by embracing an “absolute” separation between church and state.

It was vintage Santorum, underscoring his unique, sometimes frustrating contribution to the national debate on a host of issues, from abortion to same-sex “marriage” to the appropriate role of religious believers in the public square.

On the afternoon of April 10, Santorum suspended his bid to secure the GOP presidential nomination. But his hard-charging approach to social issues is likely to live on as religiously-minded...READ MORE

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