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Fighting for Life in Europe (2308)

The pro-life movement in Europe seems to be growing, but a movement spread out over many countries and languages has its challenges. A Sept. 25 issue feature.

09/24/2011 Comments (1)
Reuters photo

A Spanish woman illustrates her pro-life stance by holding a figurine of a first-trimester unborn child during a march that drew thousands of Spaniards to Madrid to protest their country’s permissive abortion legislation.

– Reuters photo

LONDON — As the pro-life movement in the United States gathers momentum, drawing an increasing number of young people to the struggle to protect life, could such success be repeated in Europe?

Although sympathy for the pro-life movement is on the increase, the situation in Europe is more complex and arguably more challenging, say Catholic leaders and pro-life advocates.

One notable weakness is the lack of a single, unified movement, perhaps unsurprising when the European Union is made up of 27 autonomous member states with 23 official languages (the Council of Europe, a body that seeks to develop common and democratic principles based on European rights treaties, comprises 47 member states,...READ MORE

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Chant, Art of Reading, Importance of Place, Natural Law, Lethal Autonomy, and much more! (2868)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/24/2011 Comment

The Art of Reading. Click on the link by Elise Matich to learn more.

Authentic Liturgy and Chant: Some Considerations - Fr. Christopher Smith, Chant Café

The Art of Reading - Elise Matich, Ilsussidiario

The Importance of Place - Jeremy Beer, Crisis Magazine

Spanish Mothers, Families & Children’s Happiness - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Dating with an Audience - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

The Pope on Natural Law, Foundation of Politics - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Legal Persecution of Catholics - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Digitial Warfare: Drones & Lethal Autonomy - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Turning SSPX Defiance Into Good - Louie Verrecchio, RA

Quæritur: Is the SSPX in Schism or Not? - Fr. John...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, chant, dating, digital warfare, family, lethal autonomy, liturgy, natural law, reading, sspx

Phoenix Diocese Will Adopt Updated Communion Norms (3441)

The chalice will soon be offered during Mass in specific instances.

09/24/2011 Comments (9)

St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix.

– Wikipedia

PHOENIX (EWTN News)—The Diocese of Phoenix announced its plans to adopt the updated norms for Communion, which will allow the chalice to be offered during Mass in only three instances or at the discretion of a parish priest.

“The new norms will promote unity in the celebration of the Eucharist all around the world,” the diocese said in a Sept. 21 statement.

In June of this year, the third edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal was released, which reduced the number of times — 14 down to 3 — when the chalice could be offered during Mass within the U.S. Church.

The updated ritual states that the chalice can be offered to the faithful during Holy Week’s chrism Mass, the...READ MORE

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Canadian Defender (4074)

Saturday Book Pick: Radio talk show host Michael Coren stands up for his adopted faith.

09/24/2011 Comments (3)

Michael Coren is a Canadian author and electronic journalist who delights in rocking the cultural boat, something which is, admittedly, very easy to do in Canada, where not rocking the boat is itself a cherished value.

Perhaps only in Canada, for example, would his statement of the obvious, that AIDS in North America is a disease of male homosexuals, be cited to illustrate his provocativeness.

Equally in your face is his latest book, Why Catholics Are Right.

Without apology, without qualification — and virtually without stopping to take a breath — Coren blasts blitzkrieg-like through the long, tiresome, and, apparently, mounting list of grievances against the Church.

It is thoroughly...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, catholic faith, crusades, holocaust, inquisition, michael coren, persecution of christians, pius xii

SDG Reviews 'Moneyball' (3743)

Brad Pitt gives a powerhouse performance in a terrific baseball movie that both fans and non-fans can enjoy.

09/23/2011 Comments (3)
Columbia Pictures

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Moneyball.

– Columbia Pictures

Moneyball is an ugly name for such an exhilarating film. Indeed, it seems a misnomer, though the filmmakers were more or less stuck with it, since Michael Lewis’ explosive 2003 book of the same name, on which the film is based, made such an impact on the baseball world that the word has passed into sports jargon.

Lewis (who also wrote The Blind Side) apparently used the word to describe how an iconoclastic approach to player statistics allowed Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane to defy the market economics that give deep-pocket teams like the Yankees and Red Sox an intractable advantage over underfunded teams like the Oakland Athletics. Wouldn’t “moneyball” be a better term for...READ MORE

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A Familys Strength, The Poverty Debate, Padre Pio, Mary Sees Us, Centesimus Annus, and much more! (2485)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2011 Comment

Padre Pio's Response to Persecution from within the Church. Click on the link by Dianne M. Korzeniewski to learn more about this most wonderful saint.

The Family’s Not-So-Secret Strength - Carolyn Moynihan, Crisis Magazine

Refocusing the Poverty Debate - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

The Continuity of Centesimus Annus - Richard Aleman, The Distributist Review

Padre Pio’s Response to Persecution from within the Church - Dianne M. Korzeniewski OCDS, Te Deum Laudamus!

Bishop, Priest, & Deacon. . . What do these Words Mean? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Padre Pio on Hell - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Mary Sees Us - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Dolphin Tale’s Positive Portrayal of Homeschoolers - Peggy Bowes, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Few Topical Thoughts on Capital Punishment - DarwinCatholic, The American...READ MORE

Filed under capital punishment, catholic blogosphere, centesimus annus, family, hell, mary, padre pio, poverty, secular society, st. pio of pietrelcina

Neuroscience, Locke, Metaphysics, Dignity in Diapers, The Restoration, and much more! (1820)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2011 Comment

Living Catholic in Kerala (India). Click on the link by Dr. Jeff Mirus to learn more.

Can Neuroscience Disprove Free Will? - The Deeps of Time

Locke, Metaphysics, and the Challenge of America - Greg Forster, Public Discourse

He Had a Great Career - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Dignity in Diapers - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

The Restoration - Dr. Piers Hugill, The Distributist Review

What Being a Cradle Catholic Means To Me & What it Doesn’t Mean - Marissa K. Nichols, Theology of Laundry

Why We Build Beautiful Churches: For the Sanctifying Work of God - Greg Haas, Gulf Coast Catholic

Ten Outward Signs of a Traditionalist Catholic - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Living Catholic in Kerala (India) - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture


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Pope Benedict Returns to Germany (2915)

An exuberant welcome from his fellow countrymen dispels any controversy sown by the mainstream media. As usual, the Holy Father gets right down to business in his opening remarks.

09/23/2011 Comments (4)

WELCOME HOME. Pope Benedict XVI leads a Catholic Mass for 70,000 visitors at Olympiastadion on Sept. 22 in Berlin. Pope Benedict, who is German, was in Berlin for the first part of a four-day visit to Germany.

– Henning Schacht - Pool/Getty Images

BERLIN — As the papal plane touched down Sept. 22, slightly ahead of schedule on a sunny and breezy autumn morning in Berlin, the atmosphere was a palpable mix of trepidation and eager anticipation.

The Pope’s first state visit to his increasingly secular homeland, the “country of the Reformation,” drew a good deal of controversy in the months preceding it. Would this nation, which has long struggled to understand the Catholic faith, welcome him with warmth and respect?

As if to show how much the Christian faith is being sidelined by the German people, one national newspaper listed the backgrounds of the key dignitaries welcoming him to Berlin: a divorced and remarried Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under apostolic trip, faith, germany, politics, pope benedict xvi

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