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Presidential Campaigns Target Catholic Voters (4216)

Their votes could prove decisive in key battleground states.

10/25/2012 Comments (29)

WASHINGTON — How Catholics will vote has become a central preoccupation of both Democrats and Republicans in the final days of the 2012 presidential election.

Recent polls indicate Catholics are evenly split on the presidential choice between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, and they make up between a fifth and a quarter of the electorate in several crucial “swing” states, such as Iowa, Ohio and Indiana, where polling indicates the vote will be close.

Consequently, both parties have mobilized major initiatives to get sympathetic Catholics out to the voting booth Nov. 6, believing these votes could prove decisive as the neck-and-neck presidential race heads into its final...READ MORE

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Beginning of the End of the Abortion Industry, Our Catholic Schools: A Crisis of Faith, and More! (2054)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/25/2012 Comment

The Beginning of the End of the Abortion Industry? Click on the link by Tim Drake to read more.

The Beginning of the End of the Abortion Industry? By Tim Drake of the Catholic World Report website – Big Pulpit

Our Catholic Schools: A Crisis of Faith - Paul Santos, Crisis Magazine

On Saints and Movies – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Support These Great Catholic Speakers! – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

J. S. Bach: The Goldberg Variations - Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Blessed John Paul II and the Law: A First Try – Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice

The Clever Economics Behind Romney’s Tax Plan – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Does the Catholic Church Tell You How to Vote – Adolfo Castañeda STL & Felipe E. Vizcarrondo MD, Truth and Charity Forum

Symbolism of the...READ MORE

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Pope's Former Butler Goes to Prison (1179)

A pardon of his 18-month sentence for stealing confidential documents remains a possibility.

10/25/2012 Comments (1)
Catholic News Agency

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — Today, the Pope’s ex-butler was taken to prison for stealing his boss’ private documents and leaking them to the press in the so-called “Vatileaks” scandal.

“The sentence in the trial of Paolo Gabriele, which has now become final, puts a full stop to the end of a sad affair which has had very painful consequences,” read an Oct. 25 announcement from the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.

Gabriele was sentenced Oct. 6 and ordered incarcerated in the Vatican Prison to begin his 18-month sentence.

The Vatican communiqué declared the sentence “lenient and just.”

“A personal offense was done to the Holy Father” and “the right to privacy of the many people who … addressed...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Be Catholic Before You Are Democrat or Republican (4431)

Faith can’t be separated from voting-booth decisions, he stresses.

10/25/2012 Comments (31)

– Catholic News Agency

ROME — As the country approaches election day in two weeks, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is encouraging Catholic voters to place their faith above their allegiance to political parties.

“I’m always encouraging our people minimally to vote, maximally to run for political office, and make sure that they’re Catholic prior to being Democrat or Republican and that they put that into practice politically,” he told Catholic News Agency in Rome on Oct. 22.

Archbishop Chaput echoed the calls of other American bishops to have their flocks consider their faith in the voting booth.

“We do believe in the separation of church and state, but we don’t believe in the separation of faith...READ MORE

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Virtue & Music, Learning Innovative Evangelization From a Zealous Archbishop, and Much More! (1867)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/25/2012 Comment

Virtue and Music: Raising the Bar. Click on the link by Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. to read more.

Virtue and Music: Raising the Bar – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

Learning Innovative Evangelization from a Zealous Archbishop – Bert Ghezzi, BrandonVogt.com

Catholic University Hosts Theologian Who Compared the Mass to Homosexuality by Matthew Archbold of The Cardinal Newman Society Blog – Big Pulpit

The Musical Life and Aims of the Our Lady of Walsingham Ordinariate – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Do Demons Experience Time? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Neo-Secular Hegemony Reminiscent of the Roman Empire – Bishop Daniel E. Flores, En Pocas Palabras

Are We All Sexual Perverts? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Faith and Reason in the...READ MORE

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Discovery Institute Fellow Is Dedicated to Christian Unity (3756)

Jay Richards discusses his transformation from Calvinist to Catholic.

10/24/2012 Comments (16)
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– Discovery Institute

Jay Richards is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and the director of the Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality. 

In addition to editing the award-winning God & Evolution: Protestants, Catholics and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge to Faith, Richards has authored several books, including the best-selling Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It’s Too Late.

Richards holds a master of Divinity degree, a master of theology degree and a Ph.D. in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.  A convert to the faith, Richards and his family entered the Church three years ago at the Easter Vigil. The experience has been, he said, “an...READ MORE

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Lourdes Cleans Up Following Torrential Rains (4228)

The flooded Marian shrine is almost deserted of visitors, except for a group of determined Hawaiian pilgrims.

10/24/2012 Comments (8)

– Reuters/Caroline Blumberg

“I’ve been here many times, but there’s something different happening here at this time,” said Marlene Watkins. “A religious sister said to me today it was as if the grotto were wiped clean.”

Watkins, founding president of Lourdes Volunteers in the Diocese of Syracuse, N.Y., arrived with a group of pilgrims at the popular Marian shrine in the French Pyrenees just after it was hit by devastating floods this week.

The flooding of the Gave River left a “landscape of desolation” for clean-up workers as they began to remove mud and debris from the Lourdes Shrine on Oct. 21, according to Catholic News Agency (CNA). Clean-up crews made up of local firefighters and municipal workers began the...READ MORE

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Five Steps to Better Parenting, Restoration of Continuity, A Muslim Conversion Story, and Much More! (1499)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/24/2012 Comment

Throwing the Football and Five Steps to Better Parenting. Click on the link by Randy Hain to read more.

Throwing the Football and Five Steps to Better Parenting – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Restoration of Continuity: Clerical Collars, Epistle & Gospel Readings & More! via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

Paying the Price of Faith: Muhammad Fadel-Ali Becomes Joseph Fadelle – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Special Needs Etiquette: Education – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Theologians’ Academic Respectability– Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Transitional Atheism – Br. John Sica OP, Dominicana

Pope Benedict XVI Canonizes a Mohawk Saint: Kateri Tekakwitha – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Source and Summit (by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski)...READ MORE

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