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Father Spitzer's 10 Universal Principles (7946)

A guide to help you debate your friends on the life issues, without necessarily bringing in religion.

12/12/2011 Comments (5)
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Father Robert Spitzer, SJ, has written Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues, published by Ignatius Press. The book outlines a pro-life philosophy that can be used for thinking and talking about human life and the life issues, especially abortion. Based on the natural law, the 10 principles presented in an easy-to-read format are meant to undergird sound reasoning to guide thoughts, actions, laws and public policies to create a culture of life and love.

Father Spitzer is a former president of Gonzaga University and currently serves as the founding president of the Magis Institute — an organization dedicated to public education on the relationship among the...READ MORE

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The Virgin Shall Conceive, St. John Roberts, Teaching Tolerance, Abortion Politics, and much more! (2399)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/12/2011 Comment

The Virgin Shall Conceive. Click on the link by Randall Smith to read more.

The Virgin Shall Conceive - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

St. John Roberts: Facing Martyrdom with Humor - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Teaching Tolerance in the Catholic School - Catholic Lane

Movie Review: “The Greatest Miracle” is a Hit - Catholic League

Kathleen Sebelius’ Morning After Pill Decision: Politics or ‘Anti-Science’ Pro-Life - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Medical Experts Blast Claim that Nuns Need Contraception - Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency

A Gay Reader Writes. . . - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Mary Graw Leary on Sexual Abuse & Moral Indifference - Robert George, Mirror of Justice

France: Catholic Protest Grows against Theatre of...READ MORE

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Christmas War: Ways We Win (2718)

User's Guide to Sunday, Dec. 11. From our Dec. 4 issue.

12/11/2011 Comments (4)

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Sunday, Dec. 11, is the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday (Year B, Cycle II).


Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11; Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Our Take

Each Third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday, “Rejoice” Sunday. It is time for the priest to wear rose vestments and for us to pause in Advent to celebrate.

One thing to celebrate: Jesus has already won the “war on Christmas,” the yearly struggle with the secularization of Christmas. Here are a few ways to rejoice in his victory:

When they say “Happy holidays!” say, “Thanks. I celebrate all the holy days!”

“Holidays” is simply a form of “holy days.” If someone thinks they are being less...READ MORE

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What Does the Advent Wreath Symbolize? (10184)

Why Do Catholics ...? feature from our Dec. 4 issue

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“The Advent wreath represents the long time when people lived in spiritual darkness, waiting for the coming of the Messiah, the Light of the world,” according to EWTN.com.

“Each year in Advent, people wait once again in darkness for the coming of the Lord, his historical coming in the mystery of Bethlehem, his final coming at the end of time, and his special coming in every moment of grace.”

Have you always wondered about some aspect of the faith? Or maybe you’d like to know some trivia about Pope Benedict. If you do, email us your question at editor@ewtn.com and look for the answer in an upcoming issue.

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Happy 'Rejoice' Sunday! (1965)

Celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 11.

12/11/2011 Comment

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Prepare your heart for Christmas with our Advent Guides:

How to Be a Catholic
Print and pass on “How and Why to Go to Mass,” “How and Why to Go to Confession,” and “How and Why to Pray.” Plus, our “Guide to Catholic Living.” As featured in our Advent print issues of the Register.

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the Culture of Death (8062)

Joseph Pearce remembers his weekend with the Russian dissident and discusses his updated biography of him.

12/11/2011 Comments (11)
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Joseph Pearce and Alexander Solzhenitsyn during their weekend of interviews at Solzhenitsyn's home outside of Moscow in 1998.

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Joseph Pearce didn’t expect much when he wrote to Alexander Solzhenitsyn in 1998. Why would the Russian dissident writer and Nobel Literature Prize winner bother granting an interview to a relatively unknown English biographer? And besides, the stern-looking bearded literary giant was famously reluctant to be interviewed.

What Pearce received in the mail surprised him. The biographer of several literary converts and writer-in-residence at Ave Maria University ended up spending a weekend in Moscow, interviewing Solzhenitsyn. The resulting biography, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, was published to mark the author’s 80th birthday. This year, Ignatius Press published an updated edition of the...READ MORE

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Christ-Focused Gifts for Everyone on Your List (2388)

Special shopping sections from our print issues.

12/10/2011 Comment

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The weeks before Christmas can be hectic, full of preparations and shopping.

We hope that these gift ideas will ease the busyness of your schedule and allow you ample time to prepare your heart and home for the coming of Christ.

Click HERE  to see our second gift guide.

We found many beautiful items for giving this Christmas 2011.

These gifts will extend the faith-filled meaning of Christ’s birth to all ages on your list.

Click HERE to see our first gift guide.

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Teaching Moments on Sexuality (6490)

Dec. 4 issue column on imparting Catholic teachings to teens.

12/10/2011 Comments (131)

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On several occasions, Catholic parents have approached me about how to talk to their heterosexual teenagers about homosexuality. Many teenagers are very accepting of the homosexual orientation; they think it is just as natural as a heterosexual orientation.

They think that permitting homosexual “marriages” is a matter of civil rights, that sexual orientation is like skin color: It is wrong to use either to discriminate against people. And, being teenagers, they are very sure that they are right.

I believe the willingness to approve of homosexual unions derives from two sources: a faulty understanding of sexuality and compassion for those who are attracted sexually to members of their own...READ MORE

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