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St. Luke, St. Faustina's Vision of Hell, Crypto Christians in Iraq, Clare and Francis, and more! (2696)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2011 Comment

Clare and Francis, a poem. Click on the link by J.B. Toner to read a beautiful poem.

St. Luke, the Most Prolific New Testament Writer - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Only Apostle Not a Jew & Never Saw Christ - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

St. Faustina’s Vision of Hell (Seven Characteristics of Hell) - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

When Children Arrive, Iraq’s Christians Live Double Lives - BP News

Vatican to Approve Distinct Order of Mass for Personal Ordinariates - Msgr. Andrew Burnham, Ordinariate Portal

Traditional Family Values from a Kids’ Perspective - Steven W. Mosher, Catholic Lane

Clare and Francis - J.B. Toner, Dappled Things

Mother Teresa and Me. . . and Me Too - Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Lane

2012 is Year of Faith,...READ MORE

Filed under blessed teresa of calcutta, crypto christians, hell, lord nicholas windsor, poetry, st. faustina, st. luke, stacie crimm, traditional family values, year of faith

Catholic Athletes for Christ Keeps Players Fit in the Spirit (3278)

Former government lawyer Ray McKenna perceived a ‘distinct need’ for Catholic sports ministry. Now he brings the sacraments to players.

10/19/2011 Comments (1)
Courtesy of Catholic Athletes for Christ

Ray McKenna, founder of Catholic Athletes for Christ, stands at right, along with five-time all-star first baseman Mike Sweeney and actors Jim Caviezel, Eduardo Verastegui and Matthew Marsden.

– Courtesy of Catholic Athletes for Christ

While coaches provide for players’ physical training, Ray McKenna is one who wants to ensure baseball players get spiritual care as well.

A federal government lawyer for 20 years, and later working for President George W. Bush’s administration, McKenna has moved outside the D.C. Beltway in recent years. While maintaining a private law practice, in 2006, he founded Catholic Athletes for Christ, a nonprofit organization that serves Catholics in professional sports by providing retreats, team chaplains and priests for clubhouse Masses. While evangelical groups are far ahead of Catholics in forming prayer groups and Bible studies and promoting famous athletes (think Tim Tebow), McKenna soon...READ MORE

Filed under baseball, catholic athletes for christ, john paul ii, ray mckenna, sports

Papal Delegate Says Legion's Lay Movement Has 'Many and Challenging' Issues (2276)

Cardinal De Paolis publishes a letter noting changes will be forthcoming to Regnum Christi.

10/18/2011 Comment
Regnum Christi Facebook page

– Regnum Christi Facebook page

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Following a review of Regnum Christi, the lay movement affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ, changes will be made in the way its consecrated laymen and women are overseen.

“It will be necessary to find an adequate configuration that corresponds to canon law, in order to better conserve, promote and develop this treasure,” said Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the pontifical delegate to the Legion, in a letter published Oct. 17 (dated Oct. 15).

Cardinal De Paolis was appointed last year to review the purpose and structure of the Legion after the Vatican concluded its investigation of the order’s late founder, Father Marcial Maciel.

In turn, Cardinal De Paolis...READ MORE

Filed under consecrated life, legion, regnum christi, vatican

Relics, Religous Images, Sacred Scripture, Cardinal Amato, Sorrowful Mysteries, and much more! (5305)

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10/18/2011 Comment

Relics: Pious Devotion, Healing Power, or Something Else? Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to learn more.

Relics: Pious Devotion, Healing Power, or Something Else? - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Does the Bible Prohibit Religious Images? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

How Catholics Read and Study the Bible - Julie Robison, VirtuousPla.net

Cardinal Amato: JP2 to be a Saint Soon - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Praying the Rosary through Art: The Sorrowful Mysteries - Maria Stella Ceplacha, Crisis Magazine

A Song for Simeon - Brandon Zimmerman, Dappled Things

Strong Voices from Europe - Virgil Nemoianu, The Catholic Thing

Coptic Cross to Bear - Judith Miller

Ireland: The Media’s Rush to Libel Fr. Kevin Reynolds - Niamh Ui Bhriain, Life Institute

About Bp. Finn in...READ MORE

Filed under bible, bishop robert finn, blessed john paul ii, coptic christians, egypt, fr. kevin reynolds, persecution, relics, religious images, rosary

Occupy Wall Street Gains Momentum (4590)

The movement’s lack of a coherent message is an appeal to some as it sheds light on the economic situation in the world.

10/18/2011 Comments (33)
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Demonstrators associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement face off with police in the streets of New York's financial district after the deadline for their removal from Zuccotti park was postponed on Oct. 14. Many of the demonstrators have been living in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street.

– Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NEW YORK — Anarchist literature and cardboard signs declared a small corner of Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan to be a “class warfare zone.” A handwritten placard warned “bourgeois tourists” to move along.

“Why not just do away with money all together?” asked Patronum Ignis, 25, a bearded bohemian who referred to himself as an “advocate of the peaceful fire.” He believes in class conflict, but recently told the Register that he was also sleeping in a tent at Occupy Wall Street to “love and be loved.”

“Jesus’ love has been paralyzed by the system,” he said.

Less than 30 feet away, Michael Stewart-Isaacs, a well-dressed, self-described entrepreneur comfortable in corporate boardrooms,...READ MORE

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How to Be a Catholic Woman on Campus (10071)

Advice to incoming freshmen — from someone with experience. Oct. 23 issue feature.

10/18/2011 Comments (8)
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– Flickr

The parting words of a friend still rang in my ears, “You have your whole life ahead of you. The world at your feet.” I mustered up all the wisdom I possessed from my 18 years, gathered my bags and set off hundreds of miles to a foreign and exciting new destination: college.

I had a vague realization that entering a university somehow marked the end of childhood and the onset of adulthood. Mostly, though, I concentrated on my dreams, waiting to be discovered and fulfilled, and a new identity that needed to be forged.

All too soon, I was whisked away in a flurry of activity, trying to navigate the newfound freedom that came with making friends, choosing professors and classes, getting...READ MORE

Filed under chastity, college, freshmen, friendships, love, love and fidelity network, marriage, relationships

The Fight to Eliminate Down Syndrome: Eugenics at Work? (10322)

Are medical advances and health-care reform leading to the elimination of unborn babies with Trisomy 21?

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A boy and his dog. New prenatal tests for Down Syndrome could mean far fewer children will be allowed to reach birth.

– Tomasz Markowski/Shutterstock.com

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It should be: Down Syndrome is at the center of a critical human-rights issue.

Many recent headlines concerning Down have extolled the “life-saving” advantages of a new blood test, administered in the first trimester of pregnancy, which can determine, with high accuracy, if an unborn child had the syndrome. The test, MaterniT21, will eliminate the miscarriage risk of chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis, both invasive tests, and is far more reliable than current early blood tests.

But it is not a life-saving discovery for everyone. The fact is: 92% of mothers who discover that their unborn child has Down syndrome choose abortion.

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Filed under abortion, down syndrome, healthcare, jerome lejeune, obamacare

What the Protect Life Act Means for America (2780)

Bill passed the House last week by a vote of 251-172. Bishops' spokeswoman: 'By passing the Protect Life Act, the House has taken an important step toward authentic health-care reform that respects the dignity of all, from conception onward.'

10/18/2011 Comments (6)
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– Shutterstock

WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Oct. 13 that would prevent federal taxpayer funding of abortion under President Obama’s health-care law. The approved measure would also strengthen conscience protection for health-care employees.

“A ban on taxpayer funding of abortion is the will of the American people and ought to be the law of the land,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the House floor.

“But the law, particularly as it is currently enforced, does not reflect the will of the people. This has created additional uncertainty, given that Americans are concerned not just about how much we’re spending, but how we’re spending it.”

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