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Liberal Arts College Slated to Open in Kansas City (4045)

Christ College is a project of the Walsingham Society and will begin with a pilot program this fall.

04/18/2013 Comment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is set to become the home of Christ College, a new Catholic liberal arts school inspired by the thought of Blessed John Henry Newman.

“He’s really the guiding intellectual light of what we’re trying to do,” Brinton Smith, president of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization, told EWTN News on April 17.

“His work has been an inspiration, and we look to his The Idea of a University as one of our primary texts, in how we see things and what we’d like to accomplish as a Catholic liberal arts college.”

Christ College is a project of the Walsingham Society, which is based in Dallas. The college...READ MORE

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Author Calls for U.S. ‘Catholic Subculture’ to Regain Identity (8152)

Russell Shaw, in his new book, American Church, argues that there are large amounts of “Catholics in name only,” due to the cultural assimilation of Catholics into the mainstream.

04/18/2013 Comments (26)
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Russell Shaw

– Ignatius Press

DENVER — To counter decades of Catholics becoming absorbed into secular American culture, noted author and journalist Russell Shaw is proposing a new Catholic “subculture” committed to evangelization.

“We're no longer evangelizing the culture; we’ve been evangelized by it. And it’s not good for the secular culture, and it’s destroying us as a religious community,” Shaw told Catholic News Agency on April 16.

“My critique of Americanism and of cultural assimilation is very real,” he explained. “What has happened has turned out not to be in the best interest of the Catholic Church in the U.S., but no one started out with bad intentions.”

Shaw is the author of American Church: The...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom vs. Totalitarianism (6064)

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04/18/2013 Comments (29)
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Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., helped introduce the Health Care Conscience Rights Act last month to protect U.S. citizens and organizations that oppose the HHS mandate.

– Alex Wong/Getty Images

Over the past few decades, attempts to limit religious freedom in the public square have expanded into what is nearing a hostile exile. 

This hostility led the then-sitting Congress to overwhelmingly enact the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to further protect First Amendment freedoms. And it is what has now led a much smaller number in Congress to introduce the Health Care Conscience Rights Act  to further protect those freedoms against the Affordable Care Act’s  abortion-pill mandate and other mandates that threaten freedom of conscience.

But the abortion-pill decree is perhaps the most serious and recent incarnation of the administration’s hostility to religion. 

At the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion-inducing drugs, affordable care act, hhs mandate, obamacare, religious freedom, u.s. constitution

The Slate Argues for Polygamy; What Is Man? It's Fine. I'm Fine . . . and Much More! (3840)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/18/2013 Comment

Slate Writer Argues for Polygamy. Follow the link by R. P. George, DPhil, of the First Things website to read more.

Slate Writer Argues for Polygamy by R. P. George DPhil of the First Things website - Big Pulpit

What is Man? – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Truth and Charity Forum

It’s Fine. I’m Fine. We’re All Fine. – Tim Glenkowsky, Ignitum Today

Aidan Hart’s New Book on Sacred Iconography – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Relics of Barbarism – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Reformed (and Re-Formed) College of Cardinals – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Encounters with the Risen Lord in Prayer – Anthony Lilles, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Super Cardinals Group is a ‘Daughter’ of Vatican II – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican...READ MORE

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Human Goodness Shines Through, as Boston Reacts to Unspeakable Evil (3707)

Heroism and selflessness were manifested widely in the aftermath of Monday’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon.

04/17/2013 Comment
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Former New England Patriots’ lineman Joe Andruzzi carried an injured woman from the scene of the bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

– 2002 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

BOSTON — One or more suspects created incredibly evil acts in setting off two bombs that killed three people and wounded dozens more at the Boston Marathon.

But many more people acted heroically afterward to save lives and aid victims.

Wearied runners who had just completed 26 grueling miles continued running several more miles to nearby hospitals to donate blood.

Other runners jumped over fences and stepped around debris to assist the fallen and tend to their wounds.

Perhaps most iconic of the selfless heroism of that day is Carlos Arredondo, a resident of Roslindale, Mass., who went to Boston on Monday, a state holiday, to watch National Guardsmen run the race in honor of fallen...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori: ‘We Cannot Evangelize If We Cannot Engage’ (6693)

The U.S. bishops’ point man on religious liberty affirms the continuing need for Catholics to live out their faith-based values in the public square.

04/17/2013 Comments (25)
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– Michelle Bauman/CNA

During a recent appearance at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signaled that the HHS mandate’s narrow religious “exemption” would soon be finalized.

“As of Aug. 1, 2013, every employee who doesn’t work directly for a church or a diocese will be included in the benefit package,” Sebelius stated.

Her remarks came just one day after the government closed the “open comment period” it established to allow U.S. citizens and organizations to register their concerns regarding the HHS mandate, which mandates coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs.

The Obama administration has not...READ MORE

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Ed the Combox Atheist; Are You Ready for Marriage? Social Justice, Francis, Benedict and Much More! (3423)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/17/2013 Comment

Ed the Combox Atheist. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog to read more.

Ed the Combox Atheist by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog - Big Pulpit

Are You Ready for Marriage? - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Catholic Answers

Social Justice, Francis, Benedict, Misrepresentation - Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

32% of Americans want Christian Constitutional Amendment - John Fea, First Things/First Thoughts

The Heroic Minute – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Chora Church, Istanbul – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Conquering the World from a Cross – Emmanuel Joseph, Catholic Stand

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Second Album from The Benedictines of Mary - Adam Bartlett, The...READ MORE

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Vatican Unveils Plans for International Family Center in Nazareth (3078)

The center’s mission is a place that encourages the spirituality of the family, provides formation of parental and family life and helps families prepare to engage in the New Evangelization.

04/17/2013 Comment
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Archbishiop Vencenzo Paglia presents the International Family Center in Nazareth on April 16.

– Stephen Driscoll/EWTN News

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land.

The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, and auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of the Latin rite in Jerusalem.

“There are places endowed with an extraordinary evocative and symbolic strength. Nazareth is one of those. It is the place where Jesus...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, new evangelization, vatican

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