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Dealing With Debt — and Stewardship (4168)

08/04/2011 Comments (7)

Sen. John Beohner, R-Ohio and Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., chat at a recent dinner in Washington.

– Reuters

“This coming month and every month to come, more or less, this government will spend $300 billion a month. That’s a lot of money. It’s more than any government has ever spent in the history of man,” Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said in a closing speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, before August recess.

The speech came at the end of the Treasury-declared Aug. 2 deadline debt-ceiling debate in the Senate and helped put the whole fight in some context.

“$180 billion of that $300 billion is money that we collect from the people of our country through taxes and fees and other ways,” Rubio, a freshman senator, continued. “But we borrow $120 billion a month to pay our $300...READ MORE

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Jefferson and Aquinas Meet, True Happiness, Handy Map of Hell, and much more! (2877)

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08/04/2011 Comment

An imagined encounter between St. Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Jefferson. Click on Fr. J. Augustine Di Noia O.P.'s link and learn what happens.

Why are Prominent Pro-Lifers Swimming the Tiber? - Kevin Birnbaum, Our Sunday Visitor

Thomas Jefferson & Thomas Aquinas: An Imagined Encounter - Fr. J. Augustine Di Noia OP, First Things

Doing Good, and Avoiding Evil - Stephen Phelan, HLI America

The Secret of True Happiness - Father Christopher Jamison, Catholic Herald

A Handy Map Of Hell - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Amateur Philosopher Stephen Hawking’s Ramblings - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Nice Fornication - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Dear Critics: Don’t Blame Vatican for Doctrines You Don’t Like - Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York

Syria: Father Paolo Dall’Oglio Says...READ MORE

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Following a Path of Faith to Shrine of Christ's Passion (3882)

Indiana couple builds shrine on grandfather's farmland.

08/04/2011 Comments (3)

Frank and Shirley Schilling

Frank and Shirley Schilling were successful business owners looking to support their local parish when they bought land for St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Ind., 11 years ago. The Schillings wanted parishioners to have easy access to the nearby Marian Wayside Shrine, built by Frank Schilling’s grandfather.

But they couldn’t have guessed that their plot of land would become the site of an even larger shrine, The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. Nor could they have predicted the shrine’s draw, with an estimated quarter-million visitors projected to visit this year alone.

Its popularity may have something to do with the attention to detail in the 18 narrated scenes of life-sized...READ MORE

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Best in the West: Thomas Aquinas College, Family-Centered Economy, Faith at Work, and much more! (2785)

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08/04/2011 Comment

Thomas Aquinas College Earns Princeton Review’s Best Academic Rating. Click on the Cardinal Newman Society's Campus Notes blog to learn more about this deeply orthodox Catholic college.

Thomas Aquinas College Earns Princeton Review’s Best Academic Rating - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

. . . Cal Catholic Daily: Princeton Review’s “Best of the West”: Thomas Aquinas College . . .

The Family-Centered Economy - Allan Carlson, MercatorNet

Is Facebook Pro-Life? “I’m Expecting” Status Added For Parents - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Witnessing your Faith at Work - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

Evangelical Convert: Richard Maffeo - Why I’m Catholic

The First—and Last—‘European’? - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

The Finding of St. Stephen’s Relics - Catholic Lane

Pope Recommends Summer Reading for Faithful - News.va/Vatican Radio

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Cardinal Burke: Faith Is Needed in the Public Square (2795)

At Knights of Columbus' convention, head of the Vatican's highest court said 'religious faith and practice is important for the life of every nation, specifically for the right formation of the conscience of her citizens.'

08/03/2011 Comments (2)
via EWTN News website

– via EWTN News website

DENVER (EWTN News/CNA) — Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court, said on Aug. 2 that without religion in society political leaders run the risk of violating the fundamental human rights of citizens.

“All nations should guarantee the free exercise of religion, which aims to protect the teaching and practice of religious faith for the sake of the common good,” said Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court.

“When reason is not purified by faith in the political realm,” he warned, “the powerful and influential of the time exercise a tyranny which violates the fundamental rights of the very people whom political leaders are called to...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus to Take Over JPII Center in Washington (6211)

Carl Anderson’s announcement at the annual convention sparks hope for the Catholic site’s future.

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– CNA photo

WASHINGTON — The Knights of Columbus will acquire the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., providing a course correction for an institution that has struggled to stabilize its finances and become a destination for tourists in the nation’s capital.

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, presiding over the opening of the Catholic men’s fraternal organization’s annual convention in Denver, Aug. 2, announced the acquisition and his plans to transform the center into a shrine for Blessed John Paul II and a Catholic heritage museum.

“True to Pope John Paul II’s vision, and using the story of his life as an inspiration, the shrine will be an opportunity to...READ MORE

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Will Red China Buy Our Silence, Is Confession Spiritual Direction, I Swear by Apollo, and much more! (2528)

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08/03/2011 Comment

Cardinal DiNardo criticizes contraceptive mandate, calls exemption too narrow. Click on Nancy Frazier O'Brien's link to learn more.

Cardinal DiNardo Chides Anti-Life Mandate, Exemption Too Narrow - Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service

Will China Buy Our Silence About Persecution of Catholics - Bishop Robert W. Finn, The Catholic Key Blog

Is Confession a Time for Spiritual Direction? - Father Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Confession Time - Mundabor’s Blog

I Swear by Apollo, the Healer - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

New York Times Hails Priestesses For 2nd Week In a Row; HuffPo Fumbles - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

New York Times and Catholics: Call to Journalistic Action - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

A ‘Conscience Clause’ is Not Enough - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

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Bible Tops Pope's Vacation Book List (2350)

Benedict XVI advises: 'This seems to be a good thing to do on the holidays — take a book of the Bible — so you have some relaxation and, at the same time, enter into the great expanse of the word of God and deepen your contact with the Eternal.'

08/03/2011 Comment
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– Amazon.com

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI has urged Catholics to read the Bible while on vacation, particularly the lesser known books of sacred Scripture.

“This seems to be a good thing to do on the holidays — take a book of the Bible — so you have some relaxation and, at the same time, enter into the great expanse of the word of God and deepen your contact with the Eternal,” said the Pope in his Aug. 3 general audience address at his holiday residence 15 miles south of Rome. 

Pope Benedict noted how “each of us needs time and space for meditation, reflection and calm,” adding, “Thank God it’s so!”

He said this tells us that “we are not made only for work, but also...READ MORE

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