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San Francisco Officials Accused of Discouraging Pro-Life Rally (2213)

The city’s board of supervisors has approved a resolution to support a pro-abortion event on Jan. 26, the same day as the city’s Walk for Life West Coast.

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West Coast Walk for Life

Pro-life supporters participate in the West Coast Walk for Life 2012.

– West Coast Walk for Life

SAN FRANCISCO — A move by San Francisco's city officials to support a celebration of the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S. has been interpreted by some as an attempt to discourage a local pro-life rally.

“San Francisco city government, as well as many local residents, cannot abide by the fact that the Walk for Life can attract over 40,000 participants annually to oppose a cause that their worldview holds as gospel,” said Vicki Evans, the respect life coordinator for the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Despite low attendance of a similar abortion-advocacy event last year, San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen and David Campos introduced a resolution to the city’s board of...READ MORE

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Catholics See Two Sides to Michigan’s New Union Limits (2210)

Some Catholic commentators warn that the law puts workers’ rights at risk, while others say the bill reflects workers’ individual choices.

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Union members from around the country rally at the Michigan State Capitol Dec. 11 to protest a vote on Right-to-Work legislation.

– Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

LANSING, Mich. — Catholic commentators have weighed in on both sides of the controversial “right to work” labor bill in the longtime union stronghold of Michigan, with some warning that the law puts workers’ rights at risk while others say the bill reflects workers’ individual choices.

Dr. Maria Mazzenga, an education archivist at The Catholic University of America’s American Catholic History Research Center, said the passage of the law in Michigan is “a sign of labor’s declining power in the face of corporate interest.”

“Michigan has been a leader in unionization historically, and labor leaders and union workers might use this as an opportunity to rethink strategies, do some...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities, the Fiscal Cliff and Pope Benedict’s 'Motu Proprio' (1938)

Father Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA's president, on the record.

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– Courtesy Catholic Charities USA

Since 2005, Father Larry Snyder has served as the president of Catholic Charities USA, the national office for about 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions. He also serves on the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which oversees the Church’s charitable activities around the globe.

He spoke in early December with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond amid Capitol Hill deficit-reduction talks that, if unresolved, could lead the federal government over the “fiscal cliff,” triggering massive cuts in government spending.

The interview also followed the release of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio “The Service of Charity,” which calls on bishops to strengthen the religious...READ MORE

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Pope Emphasizes Education of Youth in Response to Social Fractures (1195)

‘The future of humanity’ rests in ‘the relationship of children and young people with truth,’ the Holy Father tells new Vatican diplomats.

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– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — As young people become more concerned with quick professional success and rely on social networks as a replacement for community, Pope Benedict XVI said that families and governments must work for the authentic education of students.

In a Dec. 13 address in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall to new ambassadors from Guinea, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia, the Pope turned the diplomats’ attention to the “unprecedented” rifts in society that need to be addressed.

“Family and school no longer seem to be the first and natural fertile ground where younger generations can receive the lifeblood of their existence,” Pope Benedict said.


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Top Ten Manly Christmas Gifts, What's Next for Syria's Christians and Much More! (2590)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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2012′s Top Ten Manly Christmas Gifts. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

2012′s Top Ten Manly Christmas Gifts by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

What’s Next for Syria’s Christians? – Mark Movsesian, First Things/First Thoughts

From “Third Ways” to the First Way, Distributism Not So Good? – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Beauty: So Much More Than We Think – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

How to Host a Catholic Party – Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

The Overpopulation Myth and the New Morality – Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Basic Training (Luke 3:10-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Hobbit: Adventure, Dragons and Battles Through Spiritual Growth – Luke Maguire Armstrong,...READ MORE

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Witnessing in a Post-Christian World, Musica Sacra for Our Time, The Greatness of the Lord and More! (1802)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Carl Anderson Speaks on Challenge of Witnessing in a Post-Christian World. Click on the link by Carl E. Olson of The CWR Blog to read more.

Carl Anderson Speaks on Challenge of Witnessing in a Post-Christian World – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Musica Sacra for Our Time – Kevin McCormick, Catholic World Report

The Greatness of the Lord - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Obama Investigating Sergeant Who Said Bible Condemns Homosexuality by Kirsten Andersen of the LifeSiteNews websiteBig Pulpit

U. K.: After Catholic Blogosphere Uproar, Bishops Finally Defend Marriage – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Word of the Day: Brethren – Anthony Esolen, First Things/First Thoughts

Lions, Little Children and Tiber Swims – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Aquinas on Prayer of Christ as Manifest in Prayers...READ MORE

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Seattle Archdiocese Says No Pot, Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in Churches (3553)

Archbishop Sartain has released a ‘policy refresher’ in light of state ballot measures that recognized same-sex ‘marriage’ and legalized marijuana possession.

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SEATTLE — Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle has sent a “policy refresher” to Catholic parishes following the success of Nov. 6 ballot measures recognizing same-sex “marriage” and legalizing marijuana, reiterating that the drug is still barred on parish property and the Church cannot recognize or accommodate same-sex “marriages.”

The archbishop said Nov. 29 that the change in civil marriage law is “not in the best interest of children or society.”

He said he was “disappointed that so many voters failed to recognize marriage between a man and a woman as the natural institution for the permanent, faithful covenant of love for a couple, for bringing children into the world, and for...READ MORE

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Father James Schall’s ‘Final Gladness’ (7042)

With a nod to Belloc, the respected theologian retires with a parting lecture that focuses on friendship.

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Jesuit Father James Schall

– Georgetown University

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall was filled to capacity. The images of morality, faith and patriotism, of art, science and the alma mater looked out at the crowded horseshoe balcony and down on the stage, with its podium and single chair.

In the first row in front of the stage, edged with roses, gladiolas and Canterbury bells, pink, purple and white, sat professors and priests, authors and political philosophers. They were almost the only representatives in the hall of the elderly and the middle-aged. The bulk of the rest of the 700 seats was taken up by undergraduates and youngsters still in their 20s.

The students had come to Gaston Hall on a Friday night to hear a...READ MORE

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