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Does Dawkins Understand Fractions? 'Lauda Sion: My First Chant; Fall in Love Again and More! (2569)

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Does Richard Dawkins Understand Fractions. Follow the link by Dr. Bob Drury of the Have No Wine blog to read more.

Does Richard Dawkins Understand Fractions by Dr. Bob Drury of the Have No Wine blog - BigPulpit.com

Lauda Sion: My First Chant - Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Is Baptism Really Necessary? - Godwin Delali Adadzie, Catholic Stand

Fall in Love . . . Again - Mike Eisenbath, Catholic Lane

Priest of the Lusitania – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Our New Holy Father Does Not Lack Steel - Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald

How does Cloistering Serve God at the Highest Level – Fr. John Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Brick By Brick: New Extraordinary Form Mass in a Small Town - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Quest to Keep Africa Pro-Life – Leila Miller, Little Catholic...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Archdiocese Announces 24 Parishes to Merge (2809)

The archdiocese said the mergers were driven by factors including demographic change, a decrease in Mass attendance, a lack of priests to staff the parishes and ‘increasing economic challenges.’

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Archbishop Charles Chaput at the March for Life in Washington.


PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday announced the merger of 24 parishes into 10, saying the changes will “ultimately strengthen parish communities.”

“It is hoped that the result will be revitalized parishes throughout the archdiocese that are better equipped to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of future generations,” the archdiocese said June 2.

Parishioners at the merging parishes were told about the changes at weekend Masses and in mailed letters. Archbishop Charles Chaput approved of the changes, which were recommended by the archdiocese’s strategic planning committee.

The archdiocese said the mergers were driven by factors including demographic change,...READ MORE

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A Closer Look at ‘Breadwinner Moms’ (5121)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Are the findings of the new Pew study really something to celebrate?

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Front page of the May 29 edition of the Washington Express.

WASHINGTON — “A liberated woman,” feminist icon Gloria Steinem once remarked, “is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”

The comment managed to conflate the loose mores of the sexual revolution with the gender-neutral utopia beloved of the women’s movement.

Today, 21st-century feminists still chase the dream of interchangeable roles for men and women at work and home, and they point to “reproductive rights” as the gateway to a more equitable world.

That’s one reason why women’s-rights groups pressed the White House to include contraception and sterilization in its list of mandated “preventive services” authorized under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).


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Church Architecture and Tradition, Is Inculturation an Excuse for Pop Music at Mass and Much More! (3536)

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Why is the Catholic Church Weak? Follow the link by Mum of Saint Etheldreda’s Place blog to read more.

Why is the Catholic Church Weak? by Mum of Saint Etheldreda’s Place blog - BigPulpit.com

Is Inculturation an Excuse for Pop Music at Mass – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Crisis Magazine

Dude, It’s the Holy Mass! Get Your Hands Out of Your Pocket - David L. Gray, Catholic Stand

Church Architecture: Meaning & Uses of Term ‘Tradition’ – Mark Wilson, Catholic Lane

A Win-Lose for Desecrating the Eucharist? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

In All Things, Charity – Jim Blackburn, Catholic Answers

Are the Great Churches Becoming Relics? - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

From Prison to PhD to Conversion – Scott Woltze, Thou Wilt Turn

CNN Compares Catholic School Policy with Sharia...READ MORE

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Abortion and Population Control Highlighted at Global Women’s Conference (4757)

Melinda Gates, Frances Kissling, Peter Singer and late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart were among the featured speakers at last week’s ‘Women Deliver’ conference in Malaysia.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A global conference about women and girls’ reproductive rights and health last week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, called in the largest in a decade, featured dozens of pro-abortion speakers.

The roster of featured speakers included: Microsoft billionairess Melinda Gates, self-proclaimed Catholic crusader for universal birth control; late-term “partial-birth” abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who was portrayed as a “defender of human rights”; "Catholics for Free Choice" founder Frances Kissling, who called pregnancy “unnatural” and likened it to “hosting an alien”; and Princeton ethicist and infanticide advocate Peter Singer, who compared women and children to cows and...READ MORE

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A Few Hints from Someone I Know Who is Very Poor, Are These Beams From the First Temple and More! (2401)

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06/03/2013 Comment

A Few Hints from Someone I Know Who is Very Poor. Follow the link by Trad Mum to read more.

A Few Hints from Someone I Know Who is Very Poor by Trad Mum - BigPulpit.com

Are These Beams From the First Temple? - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

The Other Vocation Crisis – Mary C. (Petrides) Tillotson, Catholic Stand

The Family Fell First then Faith Followed - Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

The External Divine Missions of the Holy Trinity – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Atheist Orthodoxy that Drove Me to Faith – Megan Hodder, Catholic Herald

My First Easter - Paul McCusker, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

I’m Catholic, I’m Gay, Now What? – Catholic Sistas

SNAP Founder Wrote Letter for Kiddie Porn Doc for Cover-Up – David F. Pierre Jr., The Media Report


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We Have Lost Him: Father Andrew Greeley Dies (22672)


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Father Andrew Greeley, 1928-2013.

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“We have lost him,” Father Andrew Greeley told my mom, when she told him where I was headed to college.

Now, in a quite different — and truer — way, I can say the same thing about him: We have lost him.

Father Andrew Greeley, priest, novelist and sociologist (or “Priest, Author, Scold,” as The New York Times headlined his obituary), died in his bed May 29 at age 85.

When I first heard what he said, I didn’t understand it.

Why “lost”?

I had decided to attend an orthodox Catholic university program — was that so bad? And why “we”?

We barely knew Father Greeley. He preached at our Tucson, Ariz., parish occasionally when he was teaching sociology at the University of Arizona — on...READ MORE

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Political Scholar Says Religious Freedom Unites Society (3667)

'Religious liberty belongs to no party, no ideology, no creed: It is our common property and our shared inheritance.'

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Brookings Institution

William Galston

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WASHINGTON — Through respect and healthy debate, society can find a balance in respecting the rule of law while accommodating the religious beliefs of different groups, said political scientist William Galston.

“Religious liberty belongs to no party, no ideology, no creed: It is our common property and our shared inheritance,” he explained in a May 30 address.

Galston gave the speech upon being honored at the National Religious Freedom Award Dinner in Washington. The May 30 event was sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s American Religious Freedom Program.

Currently a scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Galston has participated in six presidential...READ MORE

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