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If Not for Gadhafi, He Might Have Been Pope; The Winning Strategy by Peter Kreeft and More! (5833)

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03/25/2013 Comment

If Not For Qadhafi, He Might Have Been Pope. Follow the link by Martin Kramer to read more.

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The Winning Strategy – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

What it is Really Like to Be Submissive to Your Husband – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Big East Could Have Been an All Catholic League – Rich, Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

A Path to Freedom and Peace for Young People With Addiction – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Upcoming from Verbum (Logos) – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

University of Notre Dame Professor Candida Moss says Early Christian Persecution is a Myth – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

How to Evangelize in a 30-sec Sound-byte...READ MORE

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Pope Francis and Benedict XVI Meet as ‘Brothers’ (5265)

Historic meeting took place at Castel Gandolfo.

03/24/2013 Comments (4)
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CASTEL GANDOLFO — Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took place in a fraternal atmosphere.

“We are brothers,” Pope Francis told his predecessor before praying side-by-side with him at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.

The March 23 encounter marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the March 13 election of the new Pope. The encounter is a unique moment in the history of the Church, which has not had a papal resignation in centuries.

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio about the meeting.

He said there was “a moving embrace between the two”...READ MORE

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Cultivating Priestly Identity (4818)

Father Lawrence Porter discusses his new book, The Assault on Priesthood: A Biblical and Theological Rejoinder.

03/23/2013 Comments (9)

Father Lawrence Porter, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., is chairman and professor of systematic theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

His new book, The Assault on Priesthood: A Biblical and Theological Rejoinder, was recently published by Wipf and Stock in Eugene, Ore. 

In the book, Father Porter looks at the problems regarding priests today through the lens of priests depicted in the Bible.

He spoke with the Register about the book, priests today and Pope Benedict XVI. 



What inspired you to write The Assault on Priesthood

It’s evident to me that the Catholic priesthood has been much...READ MORE

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Why Should Men Grow Up? Homeschooling Dangerously; God Has a Sense of Humor, Do You? and More! (6953)

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03/23/2013 Comment

Why Should Men Grow Up? Follow the link by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington (DC) to read more.

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Homeschooling Dangerously – Mary McConnell, First Things

God Has a Sense of Humor, Do You? – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

On the Importance of Ritual – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

There Is Not Just One Way To Be Pope – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

The Golden Calf and Our Catholic Mass – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Peeling the Onion: Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and N. A. M. B. L. A. – P. D. Yoko, Catholic Stand

Mystery of the Murdered Saints – John Sanidopoulos, Mystagogy

New: “Jacob’s Ladder: 10 Steps to Truth” by Peter Kreeft – Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Rediscovery of...READ MORE

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Young Entrepreneur’s Life Defined by Dreams, Not Disability (3679)

New Mexico native Tim Harris is a man of many talents.

03/22/2013 Comments (3)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Despite only being 27 years old, Tim Harris already has a lengthy résumé.

The New Mexico native has won more medals than swimmer Michael Phelps, was voted Homecoming king by the largest margin of votes in his high school’s history, is a college graduate and owns the “world’s friendliest restaurant,” Tim’s Place, in Albuquerque.

Although Harris was born with Down syndrome, his life has been defined by his dreams, not his disability.

“My inspiration,” Harris told Catholic News Agency March 21, “is that I have wanted to open a restaurant since I was a kid.”

With the help of his family, Harris was able to realize that goal in 2010, when he opened Tim’s Place, a...READ MORE

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Dancing With Two Left Feet (3463)

COMMENTARY: In today’s highly secularized world, it is hard for many people to see anything but the ‘other side.’

03/22/2013 Comments (1)
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It is a well-known cliché that if a person is a poor dancer, he admits to having two left feet.

The notion is amusing and invites us to imagine such an inept terpsichorean dancing continuingly leftwards and right out the door and into the parking lot.

Ironically, what was once regarded as a handicap has now been elevated to an ideal.

Moving unilaterally in one direction has become socially fashionable in certain circles where people have an inordinate as well misguided desire to showcase their “liberalism.”

The story is told of three rabbis who boasted about their attitudes toward religion. The first stated that he installed ash trays in his synagogue so that people could enjoy a...READ MORE

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Psychiatry’s New Normal: ‘Transgendered’ Persons (17978)

The American Psychiatric Association drops ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ from its official classification of mental illnesses, as the drive for acceptance of sex-reassignment surgery advances.

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Chaz Bono, daughter of '60s pop singers Sonny and Cher, was granted a new name and gender change by a California court in 2010.

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BOSTON — The term “gender identity disorder” has been eliminated from the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s official guide to classifying mental illnesses, known as the DSM-5.

Whereas previously a man who “self-identified” as a woman (or vice versa) could have been classified as mentally ill, now the DSM-5 uses the term “gender dysphoria,” which means it is only a mental illness if you’re troubled by this self-identification. Elated activists in the “LGBT” community had lobbied the APA for the change for years.

And this month in Massachusetts, students, parents and teachers are reacting with concern to a recent policy document from state Commissioner of Education...READ MORE

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Syrian War Especially Hard on Christians, Priest Notes (3270)

In the ten years since the invasion of Iraq, the country’s Christian population has plummeted.

03/22/2013 Comments (2)
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Syrian refugees in February 2013 take shelter in El Kaa village, Baalbek-Hermel state, Lebanon, close to the Syrian border

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DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian civil war, which has now begun its third year, has “totally destroyed” a quarter of the country with local Christians particularly hard hit by the fighting, says a missionary priest.

“Christians are suffering so much. ‘Please don’t forget us’ is a very clear message,” Father Andrzej Halemba, a Polish diocesan priest who is Aid to the Church in Need’s projects coordinator for the Middle East, told EWTN News.

The Syrian conflict marked its second anniversary last week. On March 15, 2011, demonstrations sprang up nationwide, protesting the rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president and leader the country’s Ba’ath Party.

In April of that year, the Syrian...READ MORE

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