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Recipe for a Rights War (3669)

Is the Church bigoted? Absolutely not. Holy mother Church speaks to us in charity and truth. The dilemma is how to season our political dialogue with timeless truths, while not being caught up in a 'rights war' that distorts the Catholic position. Jan. 29 issue column

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In a stirring speech on religious liberty at the U.S. bishops’ plenary assembly last October, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., decried the U.S. government’s propagation of moral relativism — in this instance, regarding criticism of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“The Department of Justice … has attacked DOMA as an act of ‘bias and prejudice,’ akin to racism, thereby implying that the churches which teach that marriage is between a man and a woman are guilty of bigotry.”

The question is simple: Why are Catholics not bigots?

Bishop Lori noted several warring fronts in the recent conflicts between the Church and the state: contraception, abortion, freedom of conscience and...READ MORE

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St. Philomena Encourages Youth to Be Pure (4300)

Chastity club combats the culture. Jan. 29 issue feature.

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Father Chad Partain is a priest on a mission: The 35-year-old priest from the Diocese of Alexandria, La., is out to tell the world about the powerful intercession of St. Philomena.

His devotion to the saint has been a long one — complete with a miracle.

“I was introduced to St. Philomena as a young man when I was in junior high. I had signed up for my own daily decade of the Rosary through the Universal Living Rosary Association,” said Father Partain.

But he really got to know St. Philomena while in high school.

“I was diagnosed with a tumor in my inner ear and prayed to St. Philomena to preserve my hearing so that I could go on into seminary and be a priest. And then,...READ MORE

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How to Beat the Devil (12799)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 29.

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28

Our Take

“The devil is a kindergartner compared to Jesus and Mary.” So said a friend of Tom’s in college — a friend who later became a renowned theologian.

It’s a great summing up of the devil, and today’s Gospel shows it to be true. Christ faces the devil and commands him with authority. The devil does not stand a chance against him.

There are two great errors in many people’s thinking about the devil. One is to believe that he doesn’t exist.

“It is in his interests to make himself ‘unknown,’” said Pope John Paul II. “Satan has the skill in the...READ MORE

Filed under christ, devil, faith, user's guide to sunday

Sebelius' Contraception Mandate and the Media (8674)

Register News Analysis: Coverage highlighted partisan advocacy, Catholic anxiety and White House reassurances, but did it inform?

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WASHINGTON — Last November, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York was rewarded for his persistent efforts to meet with the White House to discuss the pending federal rule requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraception services in their employee health plans.

The “quiet” meeting between the archbishop of New York and soon-to-be cardinal — who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — and President Barack Obama was quickly leaked to the media. Days later, when asked about it during a press conference at the fall meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore, the archbishop expressed measured hope that the president would expand the narrow religious exemption to include an array...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal-designate timothy dolan of new york, contraception, president barack obama, pro-life movement, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops

The Waiting Womb (4527)

What are the infertility solutions prescribed by the Church? Jan. 29 issue feature.

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Welcome to the infertility waiting room. My husband and I know every inch of this room; in fact, we spent nine years searching every corner for a way out.

If you find yourself in the waiting room suffering from a waiting womb, here are a few key clues to help navigate your stay:

Paperwork: As with any waiting room, you must fill out your infertility paperwork, but remember that your identity is Catholic. As an infertility coach I have observed that many couples simply do not know moral medical and surgical-treatment options. Following God’s plan out of love for him is the most excellent way to prepare your hearts to be a future mother and father.

Reading Material: Read...READ MORE

Filed under children, church teaching, infertility, marriage, married love

Don't Do It Liam Neeson!, Why Warren Buffet is Anti-Catholic, Love and Responsibility, and more! (7278)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/28/2012 Comment

Don't Do It Liam Neeson! Click on the link by Daria Sockey to learn more.

Don’t Do It Liam Neeson! - Daria Sockey, Coffee and Canticles

Why Warren Buffet is Anti-Catholic - Bill Donohue, Eurasia Review

Thomas More College Installs New Altar, Moves The Tabernacle in Centre, Mass Ad Orientem - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Love and Responsibility, The Law of Gift - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Christ Taught as One Having Authority, What Does that Mean? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Jesus Sided With The Outcasts, Which Means People I Like - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Ichthys: History and Symbolism - Jennie Murphy, Truth & Charity

Tips for Inquiring Protestants on Choosing a Parish & RCIA Pgm - Devin Rose, St....READ MORE

Filed under bishop daniel jenky, catholic blogosphere, girl scouts, icthys, liam neeson, love and responsibility, sacred music, secularism, thomas more college, warren buffet

A Tale of 2 Ratzingers (3312)

Saturday Book Pick: Ignatius to publish English translation of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger's book on his more famous brother.

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In the recently published German interview book My Brother, the Pope, with the writer Michael Hesemann, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger shares many deep and detailed memories of the family life of the Ratzingers. The nine chapters of the book supply a tour d’horizon of their lives, beginning with remembrances of their ancestors and ending with details about how the Pope and his only brother spend their time together nowadays, mostly in Rome.

Published last September in Germany, the book will be published in English this March by Ignatius Press.

Msgr. Ratzinger draws the picture of a typically Catholic Bavarian family of their time, underlining how important their environment and relatives...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Renewal of Faith Must Be Church's Priority (3492)

The Holy Father said the Year of Faith seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment Jan. 27.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The upcoming 2012-2013 “Year of Faith” seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment, Pope Benedict XVI said as he addressed the Church’s highest doctrinal office on Jan. 27.

“In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the Pope told assembled members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who met in a plenary session.

“We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today.”

Pope Benedict hopes the Year of Faith, which will run from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013, will contribute “to restoring God’s presence in this...READ MORE

Filed under catholicism, christianity, year of faith

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