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Certainty and Silliness of Atheism (5549)

… And Nothing but the Truth: Atheism and the Audacity of the Catholic Worldview, Part 5

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Seeking certainty is a lifelong quest. To live life as we should, we must understand it. But sometimes when we seek certainty, we see what we want to see. And, sometimes we do this because we have already made up our minds. And when we see what we want to see, it leaves us with certainty, a certainty that relies not on truth, but on belief. It leaves us with certitude without substance, with a certainty that is more like silliness than real wisdom.

Now, the prominent “heralds” of atheism, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, all claim to have looked for God and not found him. They claim believing in God is a delusion, for “religion is man-made” as Hitchens tells us. And...READ MORE

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Belmont Abbey Sues U.S. Government Over Contraception Mandate (5667)

In ‘test case,’ Catholic college contends its religious freedom has been violated.

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BELMONT, N.C. — Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, charging that its new rule mandating the inclusion of contraceptive services in employee health insurance violates the school’s religious freedom.

The interim federal rule, which requires private employer-provided health benefits to include the full range of “preventive services” for women, is part of the new health bill.

“We believe it will be a test case. This is the first lawsuit to challenge the HHS rule mandating contraception, sterilization and other ‘preventive services,’” said Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonprofit...READ MORE

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Catholic Artists Society, The Wisdom of Others, What Good Marketing Looks Like, and much more! (2580)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic Artists Society: Solemn Vespers & Lecture on Beauty. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to learn more.

Catholic Artists Society: Solemn Vespers & Lecture on Beauty - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Sir Jimmy Savile and his Catholic Faith - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

The Wisdom of Others: “Changing Minds, Saving Lives” - Arland K. Nichols, HLI America

Nicholas Kristof & Toddlers: When You Really Need a Fact Checker - Susan E. Wills, Public Discourse

Just Wait Til You Have Children - Devin Rose, VirtuousPla.net

What Good Marketing Looks Like - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Curtain Time for the Revised Mass - Our Sunday Visitor

New Translation Objections Are Becoming More Ridiculous - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

In Italy, Gain and Loss in the Struggle for Life -...READ MORE

Filed under catholic artists society, catholic blogosphere, catholic campaign for human development, coptic christians, gnostic traditionalists, italy, marketing, new translation, nicholas kristof, sir jimmy savile

Mark Hart’s Advice for Meeting Teens Where They Are (5858)

'The Bible Geek' will deliver the keynote address at the National Catholic Youth Conference.

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Mark Hart is one of the most respected Catholic youth leaders in the country. As executive vice president of Life Teen, each year he speaks before thousands of Catholic young adults and teens, inspiring them to make a deeper connection to their faith. His books include the Catholic Teen Bible, Blessed Are the Bored in Spirit, and the Bible Geek series, among others.

He’s also the driving force behind T3, a multimedia teen Bible study series used in youth groups and religious-education programs. He is delivering the keynote address, as well as conducting various talks and workshops, at the National Catholic Youth Conference, which is expected to draw 25,000 Catholic youth to Indianapolis...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput Encourages Catholic Colleges to Lead Cultural Revival (2501)

'The vocation of a Catholic college is to feed the soul as well as the mind … to offer a vision of men and women made whole by the love of God, the knowledge of creation, and the reality of things unseen,' the archbishop said in a Nov. 10 address at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

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WORCESTER, Mass. (EWTN News/CNA)—Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput encouraged Catholic universities to rediscover the Church’s intellectual tradition and use it to shape society’s future.

“Catholic higher education is heir to the greatest intellectual, moral and cultural patrimony in human history,” the archbishop said in a Nov. 10 address at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

The Catholic intellectual tradition, he said, offers a “deeply satisfying answer” to the questions of human life and is “beautiful because it’s true.”

“It has nothing to be embarrassed about and every reason to be on fire with confidence and apostolic zeal. We only defeat ourselves, and we certainly...READ MORE

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Maryland Bishops: Thank God for Religious Liberty (1743)

'Everyone has the right to live in accordance with his or her particular religious beliefs,' they stated in recent letter.

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BALTIMORE (CNA)—Religious freedom is fundamental to a free society, but some political and cultural trends are threatening that freedom, the Catholic bishops of Maryland said in a new statement.

“Efforts to restrict the rights of individuals and institutions because of their religious or moral beliefs are on the rise here in Maryland and around the nation,” the bishops wrote.

“Religious liberty — a right rooted in our human dignity and protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — is being silently and subtly eroded.”

The 12-page document, titled “The Most Sacred of All Property: Religious Freedom and the People of Maryland,” was signed by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop...READ MORE

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Pope: Unemployment Is Threat to People's Dignity and Why People Need Sunday (2247)

'Work and rest are particularly associated with the life of families,' Benedict observed.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI has called attention to the problem of unemployment as a threat to the dignity of individuals and families, in a message to the bishops’ conference of Ecuador.

“Through work man comes to see himself as a participant in God’s plan of creation,” the Pope wrote in his letter to Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference president Archbishop Antonio Yarza.

“This is why unemployment or precarious work undermine man’s dignity, creating not just situations of injustice and poverty which frequently degenerate into desperation, criminality and violence, but also crises of identity.”

Pope Benedict’s message, released Nov. 10, addressed the South American bishops...READ MORE

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Whats So Great About Catholicism, The "Other Girls", The Pope and Attila Chat, and more! (3281)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/11/2011 Comment

What’s So Great About Catholicism? Click on the link by the fine writer H. W. Crocker III to learn more about our magnificent faith.

Communion on the Tongue and Pope St. Leo the Great - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

What’s So Great About Catholicism? - H. W. Crocker III, Crisis Magazine

The Pope who Persuaded Attila the Hun to Spare Rome - Catholic Herald

The “Other Girls” - Rachel Howell, VirtuousPla.net

A President’s Prayer and Today’s Culture Wars - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Dan Burke’s Journey Home - Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Pope’s Aching Joints; The Vatican’s Odd Silence - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Financial “Note” Blowback, Peace Office Under Lockdown - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

What’s the State Interest in Promoting Gay Marriage? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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Filed under attila the hun, catholic blogosphere, catholicism, cnn belief blog, communion on the tongue, conscience debate, culture wars, h. w. crocker iii, pope st. leo the great, same-sex "marriage"

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