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Restoring a Common Civic Creed (4113)

The Republican Party holds its Tampa convention promising to tackle economic challenges, restore constitutional principles that protect freedom.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice president candidate Paul Ryan acknowledge the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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TAMPA, Fla.“Our different faiths come together in the same moral creed,” Paul Ryan said in his acceptance speech as Republican vice-presidential nominee in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 29. Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman who is House Budget Committee chairman, is a Catholic well-versed in Catholic social teaching, having engaged in public conversation on these grounds, most famously in a letter exchange with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In carving out the common values he and Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, share, Ryan was underscoring a key message of the Republican convention and presidential ticket. The...READ MORE

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Former Archbishop of Milan Dies at 85 (2211)

The funeral Mass for the late cardinal will be held Sept. 3 in Milan’s cathedral.

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MILAN, Italy—Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, Italy, died Aug. 31 at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

The funeral Mass for the late cardinal will be held Sept. 3 in Milan’s cathedral.

Known for his expertise in Biblical studies, Cardinal Martini was being treated at a Jesuit-run clinic in the city of Gallarte, near Milan. He died at 3:45 p.m. local time on Aug. 31, after his condition took a turn for the worse the evening before.

Dr. Gianni Pezzoli, a specialist in neurology who led the team of doctors treating the cardinal, said he recently began experiencing difficulties with digestion but that Cardinal Martini remained...READ MORE

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GOP Convention Focuses on Job Creation, Strong Families (1119)

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TAMPA, Fla. — The need to work towards a stronger economy and healthy families pervaded the political discussions at the 2012 Republican National Convention, which culminated with Mitt Romney accepting the party’s nomination for president.

“Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us,” Romney said in his Aug. 30 acceptance speech. “Now is the time to restore the promise of America.”

Romney outlined a five-point plan to strengthen the middle class and create 12 million new jobs for Americans. The plan includes moving towards energy independence for North America; creating and enforcing new trade agreements; cutting the deficit and moving...READ MORE

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Failing Grade in Social Doctrine (3282)

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate Violates Church’s Core Principle: Aug. 26 issue column

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When vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gave an address at Georgetown University this past spring, more than 80 faculty members signed a letter challenging his claim that his budget proposal had been informed by Catholic social teaching.

The faculty members could not fathom how a proposal that checked the growth of the federal government could be consistent with their myopic view of the Church’s social teaching.

A similarly narrow reading of Catholic social teaching, one that erroneously equates it with social-welfare state policies, has also been evident in the ongoing debate about Obamacare.

For example, both the Catholic Health Association and leaders of the recent...READ MORE

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How to Raise Kind Children in a Bullying World (3689)

Tips for Happy School Years: From our Aug. 26 issue.

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There has always been the bully on the playground — now, the difference is there are multiple bullies vying to make children’s lives miserable.

Dr. Ray Guarendi, clinical psychologist and Register columnist, observes: "The irony in this is our culture says, ‘Oh, isn’t that awful! Look what happened; these kids are mistreating other kids! How does that happen?We have to have programs!’ They’re chasing the wrong causes. As long as the family continues to deteriorate, as long as God is pushed aside, you’re going to have more aggressive treatment of everybody — not just kids."

So, the question remains: What can concerned parents do to protect their children from bullies — and prevent them...READ MORE

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Famous Book of Virtue Read by Monks, Increase Work and Family Balance, A Failed Bishop, and More! (3058)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Saint’s Book on Virtue was Read Each Day by Monks in Middle Ages. Click on the link by the Catholic Herald website to read more.

Saint’s Book on Virtue was Read Each Day by Monks in Middle Ages – Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

10 Ways for Men to Increase Work & Family Balance – Kevin Lowry, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Failed Bishop by Daria Sockey of the Coffee & Canticles blog – Big ulpit

Why Does God Allow Misfortune to Fall on Us? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Top 5 NFP Websites – Katie Merando, OSV Newsweekly

The Impact of Porn: Through Statistics – Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

The Road to Rome: Why Not Lutheranism? – Jason Liske, Catholic Lane

Choosing Your Religion & Other Silly Tales – CatholiChris, Team Orthodoxy

Catholic Health Share Plan Offers Alternative to Contraception...READ MORE

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University of Texas: Scientific Misconduct Charges Against Professor Have No Merit (7731)

Mark Regnerus came under attack for publishing a study about children growing up in households headed by parents with same-sex history.

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University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus

Allegations of scientific misconduct against faculty member Mark Regnerus have been found to have no merit, University of Texas at Austin officials announced Aug. 30.

The allegations were filed in a written complaint by an irate blogger, Scott Rose (a pseudonym for Scott Rosensweig), a homosexual-activist blogger who writes for a website called TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com, after Regnerus published research showing that young-adult children of parents who’ve had same-sex relationships suffer more emotional and social problems than those reared by a mom and a dad.

Among the findings, young adults from homes in which either parent had a same-sex relationship were more likely to be...READ MORE

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Accessible Sainthood (7353)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Holiness for Everyone: The Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva.'

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Eric Sammons has written an insightful book titled Holiness for Everyone: the Practical Spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá, with a foreword by Scott Hahn.

Sammons writes with the zeal of a convert and the joy that comes from finding within the Church many helpers on the road to holiness. That journey will end only in heaven, where we will enjoy permanent ecstasy in God’s presence.

Sammons finds his spiritual coaching in the spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá and the supernatural family he founded — Opus Dei. Though he is not a member of the personal prelature, Sammons is obviously an admirer.

This book is quite useful for those many “ordinary Catholics” who realize that...READ MORE

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