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Family and Marriage on Trial (3472)

Chilean human-rights case involving lesbian relationship could have far-reaching effect.

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WASHINGTON — A case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights could have negative consequences throughout the Americas for marriage and the family, religious freedom and national sovereignty.

The case involves a child-custody claim advanced by a Chilean judge who abandoned her marriage to pursue a lesbian relationship.

Chilean father Jaime López Allende has had sole court-ordered custody of his three daughters for the last eight years and is the girls’ preferred custodial parent.

Despite these facts, the transnational Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ruled in favor of awarding custody to his ex-wife, Karen Atala. The Washington, D.C.-based commission concluded Chile’s...READ MORE

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JP2 Feast Day Coming to America?, Paradox of Beauty, Will Roper v. Richard Rich, and much more! (3461)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic & Orthodox Churches are Finally on the Right Track. Click on the link by Marta Petrosillo to learn more.

Catholic & Orthodox Churches are Finally on the Right Track - Marta Petrosillo, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Truth: The Paradox of Beauty - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

The Problem of Non-Liturgical Texts at Mass - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II Coming to America? - Zenit

William Roper vs. Richard Rich - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Glory of Being Shut Up - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Fr. Robert Barron’s “Catholicism”, a Cultural Prayer - Kathryn Jean Lopez, Patheos

The Archbishop Is On The Right Side Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” - Teresa Rice, Catholibertarian

Why Catholics Should Build Beautiful Churches - Fr. Dwight...READ MORE

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John Henry Newman and Liturgical Reverence (5619)

Ultimately, it’s a question of faith: Feature for Catholic convert's feast day, Oct. 9.

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The great English convert and Cardinal Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was convinced that the issue of liturgical reverence was of decisive importance in every age of the Church.

In fact, he contended that the presence or absence of this virtue distinguished true believers from fraudulent Christians.

With audacious verbiage, Newman declared, “There never was a time since the apostles’ day when the Church was not; and there never was a time but men were to be found who preferred some other way of worship to the Church’s way. These two kinds of professed Christians ever have been — Church Christians and Christians not of the Church; and it is remarkable, I say, that while, on the one...READ MORE

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Call to Conscience: A Register Editorial on the Pope's Trip to Germany (2242)

Oct. 9 issue feature.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s most gripping remark during his four-day state visit to Germany may have been his veiled reference to his homeland’s legacy of Nazi war crimes: “We have seen how power became divorced from right, how power opposed right and crushed it, so that the state became an instrument for destroying right — a highly organized band of robbers, capable of threatening the whole world and driving it to the edge of the abyss.”

Delivered during his address before the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament, the warning could be described as a shot across the bow of the nation’s collective conscience. The statement carried additional potency because it was uttered by a...READ MORE

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Jackie Francois Sings of Faith (2217)

Popular worship leader reaches youth through song, including at World Youth Day. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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Jackie Francois performs at World Youth Day Madrid.

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Jackie Francois, 27, lives her dream. From her roots as a youth minister, her career has taken her all over the country as a singer/songwriter, worship leader and speaker. Most recently, the Orange County, Calif., native traveled to Spain to sing for World Youth Day.

What moved you to make the change from youth ministry to your present career as singer/songwriter and speaker?

I still feel like a youth minister who travels around the country, but the change came when Spirit & Song/OCP asked me to be one of their “artists” in 2006. At the time, I was a full-time parish youth minister, so I discerned for six months where God wanted me. I discerned that God was calling me to do full-time...READ MORE

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Praying the Rosary through Art, Blind Chinese Pro-Lifer Feared Dead, Real Confession, and much more! (1865)

The Best in Catholic Bloggingt

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Praying the Rosary through Art: The Joyful Mysteries. Click on the link by Maria Stella Ceplecha to learn more.

Praying the Rosary through Art: The Joyful Mysteries - Maria Stella Ceplecha, Crisis Magazine

Famed Blind Chinese Pro-Life Activist Chen Guangcheng May be Dead - John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews.com

Is Smoking Morally Wrong? - Rachel Howell, VirtuousPla.net

Religion and Occupy Wall Street - Joseph Knippenberg, First Things/First Thoughts

Lepanto - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

So Long, Freedom of Thought - Colleen Carroll Campbell, Catholic Lane

Real Confession - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Disturbing New Evidence on Contraception & AIDS in Africa - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

“The Spirit of Vatican II” - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

Jesuit Compares Steve Jobs...READ MORE

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The Way, as Seen by a Priest (2514)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Greg Markey spent a month on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail. Here's what he found.

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain is one of the top pilgrimage destinations in the world. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is the burial place of St. James the Greater.

In Discovering the Camino de Santiago, Father Greg Markey takes the reader on this 500-mile pilgrimage route, which has been well worn since the ninth century. This Connecticut pastor hiked the route over 34 days in 2009.

What an enjoyable, insightful, enriching journey it turns out to be. In prose that flows like a conversation with friends, Father Markey recounts his experiences through villages, hostels and churches, arriving for the feast of St. James on July 25.

We’re at his side through the...READ MORE

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Portrait Artist Was Blessed by John Paul II (2444)

John Petermeier captures the holiness of saints and the beauty of God's creation in his drawings. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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Portraits like this one of John Paul II, whom he met in 2000, are artist John Petermeier's specialty.

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This Oct. 22, the new feast day for Blessed John Paul II, will have special meaning for artist John Petermeier.

He had worked full time at several radio stations in Iowa, Wisconsin and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But after seeing John Paul during a visit to Rome in 2000, he returned in earnest to his art, focusing mainly on portrait drawings, with Blessed John Paul II the subject of several of those works.

In September, Petermeier discussed his art and John Paul II from his Elk River, Minn., home.

Did you always want to be an artist?

I had an interest in art all my life and as a child knew that is what I’d be someday. In college my initial major was art. But I quickly learned I couldn’t...READ MORE

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