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Helping Single Catholic Women Find 'Mr. Good' (13136)

Saturday Book Pick: Emily Stimpson's 'The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years.'

06/09/2012 Comments (71)

One of the growing pastoral concerns for the Church in the United States is the number of young Catholic women who believe that God has given them the vocation to marriage but who are unable to find decent husbands.

We’re talking about objectively attractive women here — vivacious characters who are not looking for Mr. Perfect but just for Mr. Good. They go on dates. They humbly allow friends and family members to set them up. They sign up for Catholic online dating services. And the vast majority of them watch the years go by with no marriage prospects in sight.

The situation weighs not just on the women, but on their parents, siblings and friends. It also weighs on the Church,...READ MORE

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Americans Stand Up for Religious Freedom on Bill of Rights’ Anniversary (4605)

Rallies draw more than 75,000 people to protest HHS ‘contraceptive mandate.’

06/08/2012 Comments (13)
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As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act , Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami speaks June 8 on the subject of health care during a gathering billed as the, 'Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally', in front of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse in Miami.

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At noon today, the 223rd anniversary of when James Madison first introduced the Bill of Rights to the First Congress, more than 75,000 Americans throughout the country gathered to protect, defend and exercise those rights at the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies.

This round of rallies served as a follow-up to the inaugural rally on March 23, where 63,000-plus citizens in 145 locations took to the streets to protest the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring religious employers to cover contraception and other abortion-inducing drugs as a part of their health-care coverage.

The rallies, coordinated by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, congress, contraception, contraceptive mandate, eric scheidler, healthcare, hhs, pro-obama catholics, religious freedom, religious liberty

Pollen is Proof that the Shroud is Indeed a Winding Sheet, Freedom of Worship v. Religion, and more! (4375)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/08/2012 Comment

Pollen is Proof that the Holy Shroud is Indeed a Winding Sheet. Click on the link by Marco Tosatti to read more.

Pollen is Proof that the Holy Shroud is Indeed a Winding Sheet – Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Freedom of “Worship” vs. “Religion”, Again – Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

The Sins of Modernist Church Architects by Christopher Johnson of Bad Vestments - Big Pulpit

Raising Saintly Children when I’m a Big Ol’ Sinner – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Is the Sacred Host the Flesh of Christ’s Sacred Heart? – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Father Ranger – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

UK Ordinariate Adapts Anglican Prayers for Catholic Use – Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency

Continuing Double Standards – David F. Pierre Jr, Catholic World Report

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On Feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Emphasizes Importance of Adoration (3904)

Following open-air Mass, the Holy Father led traditional Eucharistic procession June 7.

06/08/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, including the Corpus Christi procession that he led June 7 Rome.

“One unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension, restricting in practice the Eucharist to the moment of celebration,” the Pope said during his homily for the feast of Corpus Christi.

“In this case, the accentuation placed on the celebration of the Eucharist acted to the detriment of adoration as an act of faith and prayer addressed to the Lord Jesus, truly present in the Sacrament of the Altar,” he stated.

Pope Benedict offered an open-air Mass in the piazza outside his...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Prometheus' (6682)

Ridley Scott returns to Alien territory with a sprawling sci-fi horror epic that raises big questions about life, faith and God.

06/08/2012 Comments (42)

Ridley Scott’s Alien was originally pitched by screenwriter Dan O’Bannon as “Jaws in space,” and Scott has said that he took on the effects-driven science-fiction film in part because he was impressed by Star Wars. Now, over three decades later, the 74-year-old Scott returns to Alien territory for a sprawling magnum opus with philosophical and existential aspirations as soaring as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Tree of Life.

Alien has been called “a haunted-house movie in space,” but its driving anxieties reflect fallout from the sexual revolution, with a pervasive subtext of disordered sexuality. I think it was the Catholic writer Christopher Derrick, in Sex and Sacredness, who wrote that...READ MORE

Filed under horror, movies, ridley scott, science fiction, sdg reviews

The Economics of Putting Family First, Sacred Music and Religious Music: a Distinction, and more! (2179)

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06/08/2012 Comment

Making a Tough Decision: The Economics of Putting Family First. Click on the link by William Gonzalez to read more.

Making a Tough Decision: The Economics of Putting Family First – William Gonzalez, Catholic Lane

Sacred Music and Religious Music, a Distinction – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Major Vatican Assault Coming In October! by The Larry D of Acts of the Apostasy - Big Pulpit

Signs of Our Faith – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Faith™

Walls, Pain, Filth: Asia Bibi – Royce Hood, Ignitum Today

Pope Benedict XVI Knows that This is the Age of Addiction – Damian Thompson, Catholic Herald

The Truth About God – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Gay Fascism & Judicial Tyranny Strike Again – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Putting the Vatileaks Affair in Perspective...READ MORE

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DOMA and Prop. 8: 2 Defeats for Marriage This Week (2130)

It’s looking more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon be asked to decide the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue.

06/07/2012 Comments (43)

Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote a blistering appeal in which he said the appeals court had declared that “animus must have been the only conceivable motivation for a sovereign state to have remained committed to a definition of marriage that has existed for millennia.”

Two recent legal court rulings may increase the likelihood that the issue of same-sex “marriage” will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

On June 5, the Alliance Defense Fund, a coalition of Christian attorneys, asked the Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s decision to not reconsider a February ruling by a federal three-judge panel that struck down Proposition 8.

In 2008, 52% of Californians voted to approve Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that legally defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In 2010, a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco said the law was unconstitutional, a ruling that was later backed...READ MORE

Filed under california proposition 8, defense of marriage act, doma, marriage, ninth circuit court, pope benedict xvi, same-sex 'marriage'

The Sacred Heart as a Model for Your Heart, Helping Sex Abuse Victims Find Peace, and much more! (1786)

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06/07/2012 Comment

The Sacred Heart as a Model for Your Heart. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

The Sacred Heart as a Model for Your Heart - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Helping Sex Abuse Survivors Find Peace and Healing - Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Newsweekly

What is Happening in the Vatican? by Robert de Mattei of Rorate Cæli - Big Pulpit

Sons of Cain: An Excerpt - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Sistas

Reason for Protestant Pastors Conversions? Authoritative Truth - Marcus Grodi, From Our Back Porch

Obama Working Willfully To Undermine Hierarchical Catholic Church - Tim Shipe, The American Catholic

Islamists Film Horrific Beheading of a Christian Convert in Tunisia - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

How NFP will Help Us Survive the Zombie Apocalypse -...READ MORE

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