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Ex-Baseball Phenom Discusses Life in a Norbertine Abbey (30180)

The former second-round draft choice of the Oakland A’s, Brother Matthew Desme strongly recommends repentance and trust in Divine Mercy.

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Frater Matthew, left, at the Norbertine Abbey in Silverado, Calif.

In January of 2010, Grant Desme shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement from the game. Only 23 at the time, Desme had recently been named the 2009 Arizona Fall League MVP and was on the verge of playing in the majors. Despite his athletic success, the former center fielder knew he was called to something greater.

Desme left behind all his worldly goods — including a sizable baseball contract, shiny SUV and state-of-the-art cellphone — to embrace a life of poverty, celibacy and obedience. Now, his confreres at St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, Calif., know him as Frater (Brother) Matthew Desme.

Despite what may appear to many as an overly austere lifestyle, Frater...READ MORE

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Lawmaker Urges Planned Parenthood to Reject Infanticide (4442)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., responds to a Florida Planned Parenthood lobbyist who said her organization believes there is a right to kill a baby who has been born.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

WASHINGTON — A Tennessee congresswoman has called on Planned Parenthood to “fully repudiate” a lobbyist's remarks that appeared to endorse the right to kill born babies who survive botched abortions.

“It is beyond question that babies born alive, despite being targeted for abortion, are entitled to full legal protection,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, in an April 3 letter.

“Any organization receiving taxpayer funding should not lobby in support of expanding abortions, especially controversial propositions like infanticide,” she added.

She said that Planned Parenthood had publicly argued “that the rights of American citizens are...READ MORE

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Pope: Find the Courage to Accept God’s Boundless Mercy (3141)

The bishop of Rome officially took possession of St. John Lateran April 7.

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ROME — Pope Francis took possession of his cathedral as bishop of Rome and spoke about how God’s mercy and patience should challenge everyone to find the courage to accept his love.

“Dear brothers and sisters,” he began his homily, “let us be enveloped by the mercy of God; let us trust in his patience, which always gives us more time. Let us find the courage to return to his house, to dwell in his loving wounds, allowing ourselves to be loved by him and to encounter his mercy in the sacraments.”

The Pope’s installation in the cathedra (seat) in the Basilica of St. John Lateran April 7 signaled that he is now officially taking up his duties as the bishop of Rome.

When he arrived at...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints Top Franciscan to Religious Life Department (3158)

Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo appointed secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

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Father José Rodríguez Carballo

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made his first appointment within the Roman Curia, choosing his friend, Franciscan Father José Rodríguez Carballo, to help run the Vatican’s congregation for consecrated religious.

The Vatican announced April 6 that Pope Francis appointed Father Carballo to serve as secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, simultaneously raising him to the level of archbishop and giving him the titular see of Belcastro, in southern Italy.

Archbishop-designate Carballo was born in 1953 in Lodoselo, Spain. He speaks Spanish, Galician, Italian, French, English and Portuguese and also knows Latin, biblical Greek and...READ MORE

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‘The Ugliest Form of Misogyny’: Sex-Selective Abortions and the War on Baby Girls (8324)

Documentary shown at the U.N. highlights the issue of ‘gendercide.’

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Reggie Littlejohn testifies at the emergency congressional hearing regarding Chen Guangcheng of May 3, 2012, before the Congressional Executive Commission on China.

– Women't Rights Without Frontiers

NEW YORK — Every year in India and China, more baby girls are killed by abortion and infanticide than are born in the United States. According to a documentary called It’s a Girl, shown at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York last month, the U.N. has estimated that 200 million girls are missing worldwide due to sex-selective abortion and infanticide.

Reggie Littlejohn, a litigation lawyer who founded the California-based Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF), addressed the U.N. commission, whose theme was violence against women and girls, and showed the award-winning documentary to highlight “gendercide”— the systemic and deliberate killing of baby girls in...READ MORE

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U. S. Army Classifies 'Catholicism' as a Religious Extremist Group and Much More! (5816)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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U. S. Army Classifies “Catholicism” as Religious Extremist Group. Follow the link via the Creative Minority Report (CMR) blog to read more.

U. S. Army Classifies “Catholicism” as Religious Extremist Group via Creative Minority Report (CMR) - Big Pulpit

Music for Eastertide: Reigina Caeli – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

People Who Hate Chastity Secretly Love It – Arleen Spenceley. Ignitum Today

Learning Styles in the {Catholic} Homeschool – RaisingSaints, Catholic Sistas

Why I Could Never Be a Priest – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Easter Drinks: Mississippi Mud – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

The Problem of Porn – Marsh Fightlin, Catholic Stand

The Primacy of Peter – Matt Fradd

Would There Be Science Without Christianity? – Stacy Trasancos PhD

Yertle in Babylon – Connie Rossini, Contemplative...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Talk Focused on Women: Feminists Not Happy, A Special Vocation & Much More! (8060)

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Popes Francis’ Talk Focused on Women: Feminists Won’t Be Happy. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read more.

Popes Francis’ Talk Focused on Women: Feminists Won’t Be Happy via Fr. Z's Blog - Big Pulpit

A Special Vocation: To Show People How To Love – Dana Dillon, Catholic Moral Theology

Liberated From the Women’s Movement – Miriam F. Brower, Ignitum Today

13 Videos from the Dominican Friars – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

All Happy Trails Lead West (II) – Michael Platt, Crisis Magazine

Peanuts Cartoon on Abortion – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Tensions Rise As North Korea Threatens To Deploy L. C. W. R. Nuns – Eye of the Tiber

A Time to Sing and A Time to Drink – Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

U. S. C. C. B.: Mandate Still Unprecedented Religious Libertiy Violation...READ MORE

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Critics Slam Drastic Widening of Morning-After Pill Access (2527)

Federal judge’s order mandating over-the-counter provision of the drug to women of all ages is described as ‘a recipe for disaster.’

04/05/2013 Comments (3)

BROOKLYN — A federal judge’s order to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription to people of any age has drawn sharp criticism and concern from public figures throughout the country.

“This is just a recipe for disaster,” Dennis Poust, communications director for the New York State Catholic Conference, told Catholic News Agency April 5.

In response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a federal judge in Brooklyn, Edward Korman, ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription to people of any age.

Deirdre McQuade, spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, said...READ MORE

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