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The Catholic Family Circus at a Mass Near You, 10 Reasons Why Francis Is Good for Politics and More! (2523)

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10/02/2015 Comment

Click on The Catholic Family Circus at a Mass Near You Jennifer Hartline of Catholic Stand link to read more.

The Catholic Family Circus at a Mass Near You Jennifer Hartline of Catholic Stand - Big Pulpit

Ten Reasons Why Pope Francis Is Important for Politics – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

The New Evangelization Is Missing Men – Matthew James Christoff, Catholic Stand

Arts Can Bring Beauty to an Ugly Age – Mark Davis Pickup, Catholic Lane

Ain’t Nobody Got Time. . .Enjoy It – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

Business, Beauty and Liturgy – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Pre-Synod Conference Unites Cardinals and Men and Women Living with Homosexual Tendencies – CWR Staff, The Dispatch

Uniting Communities in Shakopee, Minnesota – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog


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A Call to Catholic Men: Step Into the Breach (2918)

Excerpts from the “Into the Breach,” Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation to Catholic men in the Diocese of Phoenix.

10/01/2015 Comments (8)
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– Diocese of Phoenix

Editor's note: Following are excerpts from the “Into the Breach,” Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation to Catholic men in the Diocese of Phoenix:

I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ: Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.

One of the key reasons that the Church is...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood Defunding Effort Moves Beyond Government Shutdown (2182)

While few people in the pro-life movement view a shutdown as a realistic path to defunding after the House declined yesterday to pursue that avenue, other options remain on the table.

10/01/2015 Comments (2)
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Pro-life advocates hold signs calling for defunding Planned Parenthood on Sept.16, in front of the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

– Mark Wilson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — As the effort on Capitol Hill to withdraw federal funding from Planned Parenthood over its abortion business continues, pro-life advocates and lawmakers are pushing for other measures now that a government shutdown is off the table.

The House of Representatives voted 277-151 on Sept. 30 on a continuing resolution that would keep the government running and retain funding for Planned Parenthood. With just seven hours left before the end of the fiscal year, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, secured the necessary Democratic votes to avoid a shutdown, as 151 Republicans defected to vote No.

Many Republicans, including a coalition of nearly 40 House Republicans called the House...READ MORE

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FlowerFund: St. Thérèse Shows Web Isn’t Immune From Grace (1305)

Power of crowdfunding is shown in online effort named for the Little Flower.

10/01/2015 Comment
Logo and Super Saints photos courtesy of Flower Fund; St. Therese via Wikipedia

– Logo and Super Saints photos courtesy of Flower Fund; St. Therese via Wikipedia

The idea behind crowdfunding has grown in the last few years, and popular sites have been happy to settle for a percentage of the millions that are raised. Sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter have become household names, and everyone, from recording artists to authors to app developers — and everyone else, too, it seems — have been harnessing the fact that people will give a few dollars (or a few hundred) to help bring a good idea to fruition.

But last year, when Kickstarter determined that it wouldn’t allow McAleer’s Hat Tip Productions to use the platform to raise funds to tell the Kermit Gosnell — the infamous Philadelphia abortionist — story by film, Ryan Eggenberger had had enough.


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Pope Francis: A Pastor to the Pastors (908)

Papal trip recap: The Holy Father’s pastoral energies included his brother bishops and fellow priests.

10/01/2015 Comment
Jeffrey Bruno

Pope Francis thanks Cardinal Timothy Dolan for the warm welcome at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on Sept. 24.

– Jeffrey Bruno

PHILADELPHIA — Outreach to the poor and marginalized has been the hallmark of Pope Francis’ pontificate, and this was again on display in his visit to the United States.

But the Holy Father’s pastoral energies during this trip were also focused on another group: his brother bishops and fellow priests.

Pope Francis offered the clergy encouragement, guidance and a compelling example of the work of a pastor throughout his three-city journey and brilliantly applied his own vision of pastoral ministry to his encounters with bishops and priests.

It was an emphasis that underscored the fact that though Francis engages with secular authorities, as he did when he spoke to Congress and the United...READ MORE

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Man Up! Phoenix Bishop’s Letter Encourages and Challenges Catholic Men (2959)

Bishop Thomas Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation, ‘Into the Breach,’ is ‘an encouragement, a challenge and a calling forth to mission for every willing man.’

10/01/2015 Comments (8)
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Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix discusses his apostolic exhortation, 'Into the Breach.'

– Into the Breach/YouTube

PHOENIX — Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church’s spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers and spouses.

“Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you,” the Phoenix bishop said in his exhortation, “Into the Breach,” saying that “this battle is occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident.”

“Catholic men have not been willing to ‘step into the breach’ — to fill this gap that lies open and vulnerable to further attack,” he continued.

Bishop Olmsted spoke of the ways in which this spiritual battle is developing and how the...READ MORE

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A Survivor’s Guide to the Synod (4793)

COMMENTARY: If the Oct. 4-25 synod deliberations cause anxiety and confusion, faithfulness and prayer must be the sure anchor for faithful Catholics.

10/01/2015 Comments (21)
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After the difficult events of the extraordinary synod in 2014, I know I’m not alone in feeling a sense of anxiety and powerlessness about the synod that opens Oct. 4. Cardinal Raymond Burke is clear that we are facing a pivotal time in the history of the modern Church. He told Polish television:

“We’re in a time of crisis in the Church, a critical moment in which we may have to give our all to safeguard both the truth of the faith, not only for our own salvation, but for the salvation of our world and for the generations to come.”

My own experience confirms Cardinal Burke’s sense that the Church is facing a grave crisis. I am hearing directly and reading about Catholics becoming ill,...READ MORE

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Abortion and Forgiveness: What Is Pope Francis Really Saying; On the Eucharist; and Much More! (2075)

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10/01/2015 Comment

Click on Abortion and Forgiveness: What Is Pope Francis Really Saying? by Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Catholic Herald Magazine link to read more.

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On Abortion, Medical Science Is Still Waiting to be Heard – Philip Hawley Jr., Public Discourse

Faith of Our Fathers, On the Eucharist – Matt Vander Vennet, Epic Pew

How Does One Persevere in Faith? – Fr. John Bartunek L.C., Catholic Spiritual Direction

Women Today: A Woman’s Perspective – Karen Reep, Catholic Stand

On Being ‘Undisturbed’ by Transcendence – Fr. James V. Schall S.J., The Catholic Thing

Sometimes the Problem. . . Isn’t the Problem – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

Brick by Brick in London’s Corpus Christi in Maiden Lane – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s...READ MORE

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