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Catholic Community Mobilizes to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy (3289)

Church groups work as early responders, as well as providing longer-term support.

10/30/2012 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — As much of the East Coast braced for Hurricane Sandy, the Church helped local people prepare for the storm, reaching out to offer shelter to the homeless and organizing disaster-response efforts.

“Since Hurricane Katrina, we have focused on being prepared for future disasters,” Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, said in an Oct. 27 statement.

“Not only are we early responders, but our presence in the community also puts us in a position to be able to quickly assess and provide support in the long term,” he added.

As the massive storm started to hit New England on Oct. 29, its potential to cause damage and take lives was increased by its collision...READ MORE

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Five Heretics Every Catholic Should Know, 500 Years of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling, and Much More! (3012)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/30/2012 Comment

Five Heretics Every Catholic Should Know and Why. Follow the link by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog to read more.

Five Heretics Every Catholic Should Know and Why by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog – Big Pulpit

500 Years of Sistine Chapel Ceiling, Thanks Pope Julius II & Michelangelo – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Intolerant Tolerance on the Horizon – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic; Fr. Z Opines

All Things Eastern Catholic On One Website – In Union With Rome

Death with Dignity and Other Euphemisms – Sr. Theresa Noble, Ignitum Today

Pattern in the Decorative Arts by Heinrich Dometsch – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Blessed John XXIII: Saint in the Age of Television – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Catholic Lane

Curial Changes: Governance of Seminaries...READ MORE

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Court Allows Texas to Defund Planned Parenthood (3773)

Gov. Rick Perry: 'In Texas, we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice.'

10/29/2012 Comments (10)

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NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has declined a rehearing for Planned Parenthood, which was trying to block Texas’ effort to defund its clinics in the state.

“Today’s ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a statement Oct. 25.

“In Texas, we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice.”

In March, Texas indicated it would forgo federal funding for its Women’s Health Program and established a rule that barred clinics that perform elective abortions or...READ MORE

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Pope at Synod Closing Mass: Faith Overcomes Spiritual Blindness (2180)

Benedict XVI said the New Evangelization is meant to help people ‘rediscover the joy of faith and return to religious practice in the community of the faithful.’

10/29/2012 Comments (3)
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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates in St. Peter's Basilica the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization on October 28, 2012.

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VATICAN — At a Mass on Sunday closing the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the need for faith in overcoming spiritual blindness and also appealed on behalf of the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Drawing from the day’s Gospel of Mark reading, the Pope noted that giving sight to the blind man Bartimaeus “is the last miraculous healing that Jesus performs before his passion, and it is no accident that it should be that of a blind person, someone whose eyes have lost the light.”

Pope Benedict noted that physical blindness “has great significance in the Gospels” because it “represents man who needs God’s light, the light of faith, if he is to know...READ MORE

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Black Pro-Lifers Stand Up for the Unborn (3583)

Catholics and other Christians challenge the pro-abortion arguments of most African-American leaders.

10/29/2012 Comments (7)

On Oct. 6, the 2012 National Black Catholic Vigil for Life was held, during which black pro-lifers prayed for the approximately 1.3 million unborn babies who die because of abortion each year in the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42% of that total is composed of black babies, even though only 12% of the American population is black.

Yet, even though abortion disproportionately affects the black community, its most visible spokesmen are almost uniformly “pro-choice.” For example, Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is a Democratic Missouri congressman (and United Methodist pastor) with a solid pro-abortion voting...READ MORE

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Evangelization Synod Hits Optimistic Note in Message to the Faithful (2205)

The bishops encourage Catholics: ‘Whoever receives new life from encountering Jesus cannot but proclaim truth and hope to others.’

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VATICAN — The Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization released a “message to the people of God” Oct. 26, emphasizing hope in the face of an increasingly secular culture because Christ promises salvation.

Addressed to all “people of God,” the nearly 7,000-word proclamation focused on the theme that all the problems confronting the Church throughout the world — from evil expressed in bloody persecutions to the deadening allure of Western secularism —  should not cause fear because Christ promises salvation, now and forever.

“There is no room for pessimism in the minds and hearts of those who know that their Lord has conquered death and that his Spirit works with might in history,”...READ MORE

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Family Research Council Shooting Suspect Charged With Terrorism (885)

A federal grand jury indicted a 28-year-old Virginia man for 'committing an act of terrorism' in connection with the shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington this summer.

10/29/2012 Comments (1)
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Emergency personnel stand outside the Family Research Council’s offices in Washington after a shooter, identified as Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va., entered the lobby and opened fire on Aug., injuring an unarmed security guard.

– Carrie Russell/Family Research Council

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury indicted a 28-year-old Virginia man for “committing an act of terrorism” in connection with the shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington this summer.

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, said the indictment “makes clear that acts of violence designed to intimidate and silence those who support natural marriage and traditional morality violate the law and undermine the security and stability of our form of government.”

He noted that the Oct. 24 decision was the first indictment under Washington’s anti-terrorism statute, which was put in place 10 years ago and carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison....READ MORE

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Five You Tube Videos that Turn Heads Towards Catholicism, Goodbye Jonathan, Antinomianism, and More! (2955)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/29/2012 Comment

Five YouTube Videos that Turn Heads Towards Catholicism. Click on the link by T. J. Burdick to read and view more.

Five YouTube Videos that Turn Heads Towards Catholicism – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

Goodbye Jonathan – Heidi, Where’s My List?

Cardinal Burke: “Antinomianism . . .Infected Post-Council Ecclesial Life” by Fr. Z – Big Pulpit

Catholicism 101: Creation and the Angels – Alessandra, Catholic Sistas

Enough is Enough: Rape Babies Don’t Deserve Death – Bonchamps, American Catholic

Back to Black and Mind Your Beeswax: An Annual Call – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Giving Up and Getting More (Mt 19:16-30) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Msgr. Richard Soseman Interview On Fulton Sheen’s Cause for Canonization – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Pope: Minor...READ MORE

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