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Black Pro-Lifers Stand Up for the Unborn (3585)

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.’

10/29/2012 Comment
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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 (886)

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! (2956)

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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A Blast From the Past (7814)

Enrollment Surges After a Colorado Catholic School Adopts a Classical Curriculum

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Bishop-designate James Conley of Lincoln and Principal Rosemary Anderson of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Denver, Colo.

– Our Lady of Lourdes School Web Site

DENVER — Like too many other Catholic schools, Our Lady of Lourdes experienced declining enrollment throughout the past decade. By 2008, enrollment at the pre-K to 8 school had fallen to just 100 — too low to remain open if the trend continued.

Suddenly, the picture has changed, and mere survival no longer reigns supreme, thanks to a recent switch to a classical-education curriculum.

Principal Rosemary Anderson credits classical education — known to some as “liberal-arts prep” — with upward enrollment and the school’s new enthusiasm.

“We needed to somehow differentiate ourselves from other schools in the area,” Anderson said. “We want to produce Catholic leaders, and the more we can...READ MORE

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Express Your Faith Boldly (2945)

User's Guide to Sunday, Oct. 28.

10/28/2012 Comments (3)

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Sunday, Oct. 28, is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, Cycle II). Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day, a holy day of obligation.


Halloween, Saints and Souls

The alluring aspects of Halloween can be creepy and consumerist — or they can be a call to faith. In Washington, the Dominican friars host a nighttime prayer service for young people. Here in Atchison, Kan., we are blessed to have an abbey with monks whose prayers we can join.

This is a great week to remind your children that our Church spans the whole history of Christianity. All Saints’ Day was the day they converted the pagan Pantheon to a Catholic church by installing the relics of the martyrs. All Souls’ Day is a day to...READ MORE

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Leave the Busy, Noisy World Behind on Retreat (2606)

Spend Quiet Time With God — and Grow in Faith: From our Oct. 21 issue

10/28/2012 Comments (1)

A retreat — taking time away from one’s regular activities to spend extra time with the Lord — is a practical way to grow in faith, especially during this new Year of Faith.

Why are retreats important in the Catholic journey?

Jesus himself set an example for us, pointed out Edmundite Father Thomas Hoar, president and former director of St. Edmund’s Retreat in Mystic, Conn. (EndersIsland.com).

"Jesus would go away to a quiet place and pray before the major events of his life," Father Hoar explained, noting that even the night before Jesus went to the cross he prayed at Gethsemane.

"From the very early experiences of the Christian people, we have taken opportunities to go to a quiet...READ MORE

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Finding Holiness in the Holy Land (2410)

Special travel essay from our Oct. 21 issue.

10/27/2012 Comments (2)

When I was planning my trip, I got caught up in majestic images of Israel — Jerusalem’s impressively steep hills; Nazareth’s enormous Basilica of the Annunciation; the gnarled, 2,000-year-old olive trees still miraculously growing in the Garden of Gethsemane; and the blessed Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

I didn’t envision a man atop the Mount of the Beatitudes shilling bottles of "Cana wedding wine." Or helicopters constantly buzzing overhead.

And so, two days into my trip to the Holy Land, instead of being on a prayerful path, I found myself increasingly irritated and dismayed by the commercialization of the holy sites and the often irreverent behavior of other tourists. I was in the...READ MORE

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