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St. Josemaría Escrivá on Meditation and Prayer, Single Catholic Guy: Wake Up!, and more! (2737)

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06/26/2012 Comment

Prayer: 8 Quotes from St. Josemaría Escrivá on Meditation. Click on the link by Jackson to read more.

Prayer: 8 Quotes from St. Josemaría Escrivá on Meditation – Jackson, Saint Peter’s List

Single Catholic Guy: Wake Up! – Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Top 10 Ways to Kill Your Faith by The Idler of Ascending Mount Carmel Blog – Big Pulpit

Leah Libresco on CNN: “The Triple Crown of Cultural Incongruity” – Brandon Vogt

Beginner’s Guide to Music of St. Hildegard of Bingen – Christopher S. Morrissey, Catholic World Report

Why Memorized Prayer? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Medieval Monks & Recusants to be Reburied in England – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Papal Profile: Pope Pius VIII - The Mad Monarchist

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Children Reared by 'Mom and Dad' Are Better Off ThanThose Reared by Homosexuals (12577)

New parenting study questions politically correct view that kids raised by homosexuals exhibit 'no differences.'

06/26/2012 Comments (72)
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For the past decade, a cadre of social scientists has claimed that kids raised by homosexuals show “no differences” from kids raised by opposite-sex couples.

Now, a large national study of the well-being of young adults reared in different types of families challenges this widely circulated “no differences” thesis.

In this month’s Social Science Research, University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus reports that Americans ages 18 to 39 who grew up in families where either parent had a same-sex romance fared significantly worse on 25 of 40 measures. They were three and a half times likelier to be unemployed and almost four times likelier to be on public assistance than children raised...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Issues Split Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law (2607)

The high court unanimously upholds the law’s ‘show me your papers’ requirement, but overturned other contested provisions, leading U.S. bishops to express cautious optimism.

06/25/2012 Comments (13)

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Living Witnesses (1619)

July 1 issue editorial on the New Evangelization.

06/25/2012 Comment

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The bishops who will gather in Rome to discuss the New Evangelization have their marching orders.

And so do we laity, who gather in the public square to carry out that New Evangelization in our everyday lives.

The 13th ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held at the Vatican Oct. 7-28, will examine “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

The instrumentum laboris (working document) that will help them in their discussions was issued June 19. It is a summary of the responses to the questions that were submitted by bishops’ conferences around the world as part of the planning for this important synodal gathering.

It’s a long document, but a...READ MORE

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Pope: John the Baptist's Nativity Reminds Us That All Things Are Possible for God (1183)

The Holy Father's June 24 Angelus address.

06/25/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI says the Church's celebration of the birth of John the Baptist should be a reminder that for God all things are possible.

“From his mother’s womb, in fact, John is the forerunner of Jesus: His miraculous conception is announced from the Angel to Mary as a sign that 'nothing is impossible to God,'” he said to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his midday Angelus address June 24.

The Pope was marking the solemn feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. He noted that, apart from Our Lady, St. John is the only saint to have a birthday celebrated as a liturgical feast, “because it is closely connected to the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God.”


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Knights' Leader Says Catholic Voters Must Demand Respect for Church Teaching (2110)

Carl Anderson told journalists gathered for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis last week that we must 'exercise our right to vote on our own terms, as Catholics, and not on the terms of others.'

06/25/2012 Comments (2)

INDIANAPOLIS--Catholic voters must demand respect for their moral convictions and the Church's freedom in 2012 and beyond, the head of the Knights of Columbus said in a June 22 speech.

The faithful “must have the courage to act boldly” by insisting that candidates “respect the integrity and mission of the Catholic Church and its institutions,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told journalists gathered for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.

As they cast their votes, Catholics “must have the courage to tell candidates that if they want Catholic votes they will have to respect the fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching,” the head of the Catholic fraternal order...READ MORE

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New Vatican Director of Communications-End of Problems?, Why Psalms Numbered Differently, and more! (2384)

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06/25/2012 Comment

New Vatican Director of Communications; Leaks, Gaffes to End? Click on the link by Dylan Parry to read more.

New Vatican Director of Communications; Leaks, Gaffes to End? – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Why Are the Psalms Numbered Differently? – Jimmy Akin

LCWR Could Be De-Recognized? by Restore-DC-Catholicism – Big Pulpit

A Bell Still Rings – Tom Acemoglu, Against Helvidius

George Soros Funds Dissident Catholics Sabotaging Fortnight For Freedom - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Where Do Unbaptized Babies Go When They Die? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Pope Examines Why Latin Americans Join Evangelicals – David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

Should Catholics Acquiesce to Homosexual “Rights” Agenda? – Kenneth D. Whitehead, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

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New Prenatal Testing Could Drastically Increase Abortion Rate (8320)

Advances in prenatal testing, ‘wrongful birth’ suits and increasing coercion in pregnancy care fuel a culture of designer babies and abortion.

06/25/2012 Comments (25)

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A team of scientists at the University of Washington has cracked the entire code of a human fetus using only a sample of blood from its mother and a saliva smear from its father.

The technology is a significant step toward standard comprehensive testing of babies in the womb for genetic defects — those that mark serious disorders as well as those indicating risk for such diseases as alcoholism and obesity. And it potentially provides a window into non-medical heritable traits, such as hair and eye color, athletic prowess and IQ.

Rather than saving lives, pro-lifers see this test as an enhanced “search and destroy” diagnostic tool that exponentially expands the genetic information...READ MORE

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