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Bishops Urge Senate to Reauthorize Religious-Freedom Commission (1710)

'Today the mission of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is more important than ever,' said Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y.

11/01/2011 Comment

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WASHINGTON (CNA)—The chair of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace is calling on the U.S. Senate to reauthorize a federal commission that advocates for religious freedom across the globe.

“Today the mission of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is more important than ever,” said Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., in an Oct. 27 letter.

“Ongoing attacks against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East and in other parts of the world point to the need to pay more, not less, attention to religious freedom.”

Bishop Hubbard urged the timely passage of a bill to renew funding for the independent, bipartisan...READ MORE

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Saints Inspire Kids in Holiness (2459)

Children's Book Picks: The Stories of Heavenly Friends Encourage Young Readers

11/01/2011 Comments (1)

Fra Angelica's painting of all saints.

– Wikipedia

All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, is a perfect time to remind children of their friends in heaven: the saints.

“Each one,” Pope Benedict told the faithful, “should have a saint that is familiar to him, to whom he feels close with prayer and intercession, but also to imitate him or her. Hence, I would like to invite you to know the saints better.” 

Books provide a wonderful starting point for young readers to become acquainted with these faithful friends and to develop a devotion to particular patron saints.

The Children’s Book of Saints
Written by Louis M. Savary
Illustrated by Sheilah Beckett
Regina Press, 2009
112 pages, $11.95

This beginner’s reference introduces 52 great...READ MORE

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Why the U.S. Needs DOMA (2390)

Princeton's Robert George: 'There can be no doubt that the repression of religious liberty is coming because there is no doubt that the repression of religious liberty is already taking place.'

11/01/2011 Comments (6)

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WASHINGTON (CNA)—Marriage advocates are warning that a repeal of the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act could have disastrous consequences for the nation, including the further erosion of religious liberty and a continued effort to legalize multiple-partner relationships.

“Marriage is critically important because the marriage-based family is the original and best Department of Health, Education and Welfare,” said Robert George, law professor at Princeton University.

George told CNA that a healthy marriage culture is “crucial to the overall success of any society.”

In an Oct. 28 interview, George responded to reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider a bill on Nov. 3...READ MORE

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Bishops Support FCC Proposal (1497)

Broadcasters will submit documents about their programming to an online file, which will be available to the public. The proposal was supported by the USCCB.

11/01/2011 Comment

WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The Federal Communications Commission has approved a proposal to require broadcasters to submit documents about their programming to an online file, available to the public. The proposal was supported by the U.S. Catholic bishops.

In a statement before the vote, Bishop Gabino Zavala, chair of the bishops’ Communications Committee, called the move “long overdue.”

“An online disclosure will supply the public and the commission with a useable database of information about actual programs aired by broadcasters,” he said.

The Church backed the disclosure because several Catholic diocese have had difficulties obtaining airtime on local TV stations. For this reason,...READ MORE

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Presidential Hopefuls: Michele Bachmann (4043)

Minnesota senator spent time in the 1970s campaigning for Jimmy Carter — but also doing sidewalk counseling. Her campaign is fueled by her pro-life views.

11/01/2011 Comments (5)

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At a time when many Republicans contend that life issues should take a back seat to addressing the country’s economic woes, GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann is having none of it.

“The life of the unborn is not a sidebar issue,” Bachmann said earlier this year. “This is it. It is the issue that impacts more than any other how you view other issues. ... It is the watershed issue of our time.”

That attitude is probably to be expected from a woman who began her pro-life career doing sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics three decades before she ran for the Minnesota state Senate in 2000.

“She is impeccably conservative and 100% pro-life,” said Scott Fischbach of Minnesota...READ MORE

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New Translation Beauty and Splendor, The Fighting Nun and Pope Pius XII, Obedience, and much more! (2790)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/01/2011 Comment

The Fighting Nun in Rome & the Pope Pius XII Museum. Click on the link by Dr. Robert Moynihan to learn more of this formidable nun.

New Translation of the Mass Restores Its Beauty & Splendor - Anthony Esolen, First Things

The Fighting Nun in Rome & the Pope Pius XII Museum - Dr. Robert Moynihan, Catholic Lane

Obedience to God through People (ouch!) - Julie Rodrigues, VirtuousPla.net

How Many People Can the Earth Support? Some Thoughts - Brett Salkeld, Vox Nova

Authentic Dialogue & Same-Sex Attraction - Melinda Selmys, New Oxford Review

“Religious Liberty is also Prior to the State Itself. . . “ - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Evelyn Waugh’s Correspondence with Card. Heenan, Battling Modernity - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

On Indecency in the Great Books - Mark Adderley, Cowboys-Philosophers-and-Poets


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A Culture of Faux Choice Meets Divine Mercy: Why There's Hope for Life After Abortion (13775)

An interview with Theresa Bonopartis, director of Lumina post-abortive ministry.

10/31/2011 Comments (3)

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There’s a lot of pain out there. Women and men. Regret and sorrow. But if you’ve participated in an abortion in one way or another, you can heal. There is mercy.

That’s the message of Christianity, and it’s for everyone, even the mom who went through with an abortion. Even a baby’s father who pressured a woman to get one because he didn’t know how to or want to acknowledge that he was, in fact, a father.

Theresa Bonopartis is director of Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion, a post-abortion ministry in New York, a project of Good Counsel Homes. At the end of Respect Life Month, she talks about her work, exposing the pain to daylight, so that others may seek God’s healing love.

How did...READ MORE

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'Listening' and the New Missal (3167)

The new translation provides a richer opportunity for Catholics to listen with the heart, responding to the voice that is beyond the words, that is, the call of God, and entering more deeply into prayer. In this way, we can actively participate in the liturgy. Editorial for Nov. 6 issue.

10/31/2011 Comments (10)
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So much of the focus on the new Roman Missal and its English translation has been on the people’s parts of the Mass.

For many months now, we’ve been hearing that we now will say things like “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you” and “I believe” rather than “We believe,” among many other changes. Churches will provide pew cards with the exact words the people must say. “Consubstantial” will become a new word in modern Catholics’ vocabulary.

This is a major change in the Catholic Church, and we expect that there will be media attention. In some places, Catholics emerging from Mass on the First Sunday of Advent may be greeted by local reporters, asking for their reaction to...READ MORE

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