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Immunization of Boys Against HPV: Neither Sound Ethics Nor Sound Public Policy (4000)

11/03/2011 Comments (25)

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On Oct. 25, 2011, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that all 11- and 12-year-old boys be routinely vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV). This questionable decision should make Catholics re-examine the issue of HPV immunization and redouble their efforts to build a culture of life, particularly in matters of health and health care. A little history is in order to put this decision into proper context.

In June 2006, the ACIP recommended routine immunization of girls against HPV to reduce rates of cervical cancer among women. About 12,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer each year, and HPV, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), is the main cause...READ MORE

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Archbishop Aymond Clarifies Communion Guidelines (4386)

'Each diocesan bishop may establish norms for holy Communion under both kinds within his diocese,' he stated in a letter to the U.S. bishops in regard to new Missal implementation.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—New guidelines for Mass celebration do not discourage laypersons’ reception of holy Communion under the forms of both bread and wine, contrary to early reports about a change in practice.

“In recent weeks, there have been questions regarding current liturgical law for the United States in offering holy Communion under both kinds to the faithful during Mass,” wrote Archbishop Gregory Aymond, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Divine Worship, in an Oct. 26 letter to the country’s Catholic hierarchy.

“In light of these questions,” he stated, “it is hoped that the following clarifications will prove helpful.”

The letter goes on to explain that the 2011...READ MORE

Filed under communion, new missal, u.s. bishops

U.S. House Reaffirms 'In God We Trust' (3680)

The resolution, passed by a vote of 396 to 9, encourages the motto's public display 'in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.'

11/03/2011 Comments (9)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution reaffirming the United States’ official motto: “In God We Trust.”

The non-binding resolution, introduced by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., passed by a vote of 396 to 9. It encourages the motto’s public display “in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.”

“Today, as in other times of division and difficulty in our nation’s history, the House of Representatives again reaffirmed ‘In God We Trust’ as our official motto and, in so doing, provided clarity amidst a cloud of confusion about our nation’s spiritual heritage and offered inspiration to an American people that face challenges...READ MORE

Filed under 'in god we trust', america's spiritual heritage, national motto, u.s. house

After the Desert, Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits, Moral Economics 101, and much more! (2505)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/03/2011 Comment

Moral Economics 101. Click on the link by Anna Williams to learn more.

After the Desert: A Faithful Catholic’s Reflection on Same-Sex Attraction - Steve Gershom, Our Sunday Visitor

Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Moral Economics 101 - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

The United Nations and Human Life Issues - The Motely Monk, The American Catholic

SSPX Superiors Unanimously Agreed to Reject Vatican’s Doctrinal Preamble - Cranmer

A Misguiding Note from the Vatican - Fr. Michael P. Orsi, Crisis Magazine

Justice & Peace. . . and the Financial Crisis - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

Following “The Way” - Matthew A. Rarey, Catholic World Report

The Utilitarian Temptation - Melanie Baker, HLI America

Sexy in...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholic bigotry, catholic blogosphere, doctrinal preamble, new translation, president barack obama, same-sex attraction, sspx, united nations

Can Bishop Robert Finn Get a Fair Hearing? (7546)

The forces the Kansas City bishop faces are seemingly arrayed against him — and the Church.

11/02/2011 Comments (26)

– Joe Cory/The Catholic Key

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To understand Bishop Robert Finn’s indictment for failure to report suspected child abuse it is helpful to know a little about the world he walked into when he was appointed to lead the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in 2004. From the beginning, this “theological conservative” was not particularly welcome.

In May 2006, the National Catholic Reporter tallied up the numerous changes Bishop Finn had implemented in the diocese as though they were counts in an indictment. The Talk to Action blog, meanwhile, described the bishop’s establishment of a Respect Life Office as a giant step in his “march backwards” and a clear sign that “biological issues now take precedence...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop joseph naumann, bishop robert finn, church scandal, father shawn ratigan, phill kline

Enjoying Gods Creation, Royals Can Marry Catholics, Police Brutality Against Catholics, and more! (3135)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/02/2011 Comment

French Police Brutality against Catholic Demonstrators. Click on the link by Jeanne Smits to learn more of this blasphemous play.

And Yet, It Moves - George Cardinal Pell, MercatorNet

Enjoying God’s Creation - Sean Lewis, Cowboys-Philosophers-And-Poets

Path to God - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, VirtuousPla.net

Royals can Marry Catholics, Keith Cardinal O’Brien Comments - Ian Dunn, Scottish Catholic Observer

French Police Brutality against Catholic Demonstrators - Jeanne Smits, Life Site News

Ideas Have Consequences: Eclipse of Happiness - Dennis Buonafede, Integrated Catholic Life™

Natural Law for Doubters - Joseph Stuart, Crisis Magazine

New Translation: Eucharistic Prayer IV, Part III (Epiclesis & Institution Narrative) - Jake Tawney, RLE

Our Greatest Living Political Philosopher - Peter Augustine Lawler, The...READ MORE

Filed under arab spring, english royalty, france, gendercide, ideas, natural law, pierre manent, richard dawkins, romeo castellicci, théatre de la ville

Pope Meditates on Death for All Souls Day (2486)

'As human beings, we have a natural fear of death and we rebel against its apparent finality,' Pontiff tells faithful.

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VATICAN CITY — On today’s Solemnity of All Souls, Pope Benedict XVI reflected upon death and the hope that Christian faith brings to it.

“As human beings, we have a natural fear of death and we rebel against its apparent finality,” Pope Benedict said to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly general audience. 

“Faith teaches us that the fear of death is lightened by a great hope, the hope of eternity, which gives our lives their fullest meaning. The God who is love offers us the promise of eternal life through the death and resurrection of His Son.”

Therefore, said the Pope, “in Christ, death no longer appears as an abyss of emptiness, but rather a path to life which...READ MORE

Filed under all souls day, death, faith, fear, pope benedict xvi, vatican, wednesday general audience

Steve Jobs: An ‘Unwanted’ Child (10616)

Adopted as an infant, he was grateful for the gift of life.

11/02/2011 Comments (15)

He died a devoted family man, with his wife and children at his bedside. But Steve Jobs didn’t come into the world as the object of his parents’ devotion. His birth was complicated and all too human in its details, and yet his story upends the notion that “unwanted” children are doomed from the start.

Jobs’ death saddened many of his admirers, who developed a firsthand appreciation for his commitment to excellence and viewed Apple’s explosive success as a bright spot amid unrelenting economic gloom. But I’ve always been more intrigued with the backstory of his closely guarded personal life, and thus welcomed Walter Isaacson’s newly released biography, Steve Jobs.

Isaacson does not...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, adoption, apple, steve jobs, toy story 3, unwanted children, walter isaacson

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