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Santorum's Contribution (3119)

April 22 issue editorial on how the former GOP candidate lived his Catholic faith on the campaign trail.

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Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces the suspension of his campaign during a press conference April 10 at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa.

– Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

He may have been an underdog. He may have run a disorganized, underfunded campaign. He may have let loose a few comments that caused his supporters embarrassment.

But Rick Santorum provided a stirring example of what a Catholic running for elected office can be.

While many self-identified Catholics in the nation’s political leadership have adopted a “personally opposed but …” position on abortion and set aside Catholic teaching and natural law tradition on marriage, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania offered an unapologetic, morally consistent articulation of the inalienable dignity of human life from conception to natural death and defended the right of children to have a...READ MORE

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'Hunger Games': Warning for Our Culture, Opportunity for Christians (12016)

04/18/2012 Comments (19)

Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss in 'The Hunger Games.'

– Lionsgate Films' Facebook page

“I just want them to know that they don’t own me. If I’m going to die, I want to still be me.”

– Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games

Those are chilling words for readers of young-adult fiction. The whole premise of young people forced to kill each other for sport is disturbing. It echoes the days of the Roman Empire, which pitted gladiators and wild animals against Christians in the Colosseum for the citizens’ entertainment. The Hunger Games, both the books and movie, is an eerie reminder of where we’ve been — and that we are capable of going there again.

In his YouTube commentary on the film, Father Robert Barron calls it a “dangerously prophetic story.” I agree: It is what our culture...READ MORE

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First Virtue: Humility, Half of Anglicans Seek Conversion, Cohabitations Dirty Secret, and more! (3663)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/18/2012 Comment

Humility: The First of the Lively Virtues. Click on the link by Anthony Esolen to read more.

Humility: The First of the Lively Virtues - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Survey: Half of Anglicans Want Reunion with Rome - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Cohabitation’s Dirty Little Secret - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Unconfirmed Reports of the S.S.P.X.'s Positive Response to Reunion - ThePulp.it

Where was Jesus during the Forty Days after Easter? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Purgatory: Who Holds the Key to the Gates? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Don't Step on the Crack, You'll Break Your Mother's Back - Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today T

he Resurrection in Medieval Art - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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How Holy Obedience Saved a Priest's Life on Titanic (5747)

Jesuit’s iconic photos comprise the most comprehensive collection of photographs that exist of the ill-fated ship 100 years later.

04/17/2012 Comments (10)

Photo Father Frank Browne took of Titanic when boarding the ship in Southampton, England.

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It was the find of a lifetime: While cataloging the archives of a Dublin Jesuit residence, Father Eddie O’Donnell discovered an intriguing antique steamer truck in the cellar.

The treasures inside: 42,500 of Father Frank Browne’s captioned negatives — the most comprehensive collection of Titanic photographs that exist. (I would suggest listening to this Vatican Radio  interview of Father O’Donnell discussing some of the more fascinating aspects of Father Browne’s life and how his photography serves as a resource for Titanic research.) Father Browne's Titanic Album: Centenary Edition is available through Messenger Publications.

Father Browne (1880-1960) was an Irish Jesuit priest and...READ MORE

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Papa Bene: God's Revolutionary, 10 Misunderstandings of Cathoicism, and much more! (2510)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/17/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary. Click on the link by Samuel Gregg to read more.

Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

Ten Misunderstandings of the Catholic Faith - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Why Did Christ go to Galilee after the Resurrection? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Catholicism for Media Professionals - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Developing Inner & Outer Lives of College Students - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Missal Review: C.T.S. Daily Missal, People’s Edition - Fr. Z's Blog

Humanist, Where Art Thou? - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

American Catholic Dissent: An Exhausted Project - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Proof: Catholics Caused the Holocaust! - Matthew Archbold,...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: Evangelization Is 'Obligation of the Gospel' (4836)

Philadelphia's Church leader and author of A Heart on Fire: Catholic Witness and the Next America says: 'If we’re not somehow bringing others to Jesus Christ, we’re missing the point of our baptism.'

04/17/2012 Comments (13)

In an exclusive interview on his new e-book A Heart on Fire, Archbishop Charles Chaput says the recent contraception mandate points to a “pattern” of attacks on religious liberty in the U.S.

These attacks, he noted, are changing America into a country more hostile to religion in general and to Catholicism in particular.

“Our national leadership over the past few years has been much colder toward America’s traditional understanding of religious freedom than any administration in recent memory,” the archbishop of Philadelphia told CNA April 16. 

While Americans presume that the Constitution guarantees their rights, he said, “in practice our rights survive or disappear based on how...READ MORE

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'Light Itself Is Created Anew' (1894)

Highlights from Pope Benedict's Easter celebration. April 22 issue feature.

04/17/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message and blessing 'urbi et orbi' from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica at the end of the Easter Mass April 8.

– Getty

Employing characteristic lucidity and simplicity of speech, Pope Benedict XVI’s homilies over Easter offered the faithful plenty of thought-provoking and inspiring reflections.

Perhaps his most eloquent came during the highpoint of the solemnities, the Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, when the Holy Father gave a homily on the meaning of divine light and illumination.

“The darkness of the previous days is driven away the moment Jesus rises from the grave and himself becomes God’s pure light,” the Pope said. “With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew. He draws all of us after him into the new light of the Resurrection, and he conquers all darkness. He is...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Issue Online Resource on the New Evangelization (2843)

Only an estimated 23% of U.S. Catholics attend Mass each week, the bishops say, so 'the New Evangelization places a special emphasis on welcoming back to the Lord’s table all those who are absent, because they are greatly missed and needed to build up the body of Christ.'

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In response to Blessed John Paul II's call to evangelize formerly Christian societies, the Church must build a “culture of witness,” said representatives of the U.S. bishops in a new document.

It is “primarily by her conduct and by her life that the Church will evangelize the world,” explained the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

The committee, headed by Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., released a new online resource on April 16 to assist dioceses, eparchies and parishes in reaching out to engage the faithful and encourage them to witness to their faith through their lives.

The document, entitled “Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization,”...READ MORE

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