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Science Confirms Pope Right on Contraception/Abortion Link, Blossoming Faith in France and More! (4776)

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12/08/2012 Comment

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blogBig Pulpit

Today: The Miracles of a Priest Who Made the Faith Blossom in Marseille, France – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

The Oh-So-Thoughtful-Church Still Steamed about the Translation – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

The Christian Origins of Islam – Peter J. Leithart, First Things/On The Square

Quæritur: Should I, a Deacon, Go on Strike when I See Liturgical Abuses? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Celebrating Advent in the Byzantine Edition – Rob Hall, Road to Rome

Defining Subsidiarity – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

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A Catholic Couple’s Guide to Infertility (3499)

Saturday Book Pick: The Infertility Companion for Catholics

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The Infertility Companion for Catholics

Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples

By Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria

Ave Maria Press, 2012

236 pages. $16.95

To order: (800) 282-1865 ext. 1 or online


The Infertility Companion for Catholics definitely delivers on what its title promises. The authors, who have both experienced infertility themselves, provide a comprehensive, informative and supportive guide to the increasing number of couples walking this often lonely and confusing journey. Not only do Ruhi-Lopez and Santamaria present practical advice and comforting words for infertile couples, they also offer challenging spiritual exercises aimed at...READ MORE

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New York Archdiocese Wins ‘Preliminary Victory’ in HHS Mandate Challenge (7342)

A federal judge rules the archdiocese’s lawsuit against the contraceptive mandate should proceed now, calling the mandate 'a speeding train that is coming toward plaintiffs.'

12/07/2012 Comments (6)

NEW YORK — Faced with an explosion of legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate filed by objecting religious institutions, the Obama administration has petitioned to have the lawsuits dismissed, arguing in court papers that the church-state dispute would ultimately be resolved and that the time was not “ripe” for the cases to advance.

On Nov. 27, two separate lawsuits filed by the Dioceses of Nashville and Pittsburgh were both dismissed, suggesting that the administration’s legal strategy was working. But on Dec. 5, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan of the Eastern District of New York allowed a lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of New York to move forward, marking a...READ MORE

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Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Cases on DOMA, Prop 8 (2863)

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WASHINGTON — In a move that could have wide-reaching consequences, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases involving the redefinition of marriage next year.

The court announced on Dec. 7 that it will hear cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California’s Proposition 8.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for all federal policies.

Last year, President Barack Obama instructed the Department of Justice to stop defending the law in court.

While the majority of U.S. states...READ MORE

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Wine in the Gospel of Saint John, I've Been Excommunicated! Are We in End Times? and More! (3131)

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12/07/2012 Comment

Wine in the Holy Gospel of Saint John. Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Wine in the Holy Gospel of Saint John – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

I’ve Been Ex-communicated! by Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blogBig Pulpit

Quæritur: Are We Now in the End Times? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Some Things We Can Do to Re-Christianize Christmas - Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Jarring Secular Santa – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Selfing Others Right in the Face – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Divorce: A Widely Ignored Self-Inflicted Tragedy – Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Reviving the TLM in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee – Augustinus, Rorate Cæli

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Notre Dame Creates ‘GLBTQ’ Student Organization (4154)

A critic of the decision says the organization is 'astonishingly extensive' and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching.

12/07/2012 Comments (25)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame has established a “GLBTQ” student organization.

Notre Dame's president, Father John Jenkins, on Dec. 5 accepted the Office of Student Affairs’ recommendation to “expand and enhance the support and services for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ).” The recommendation includes the creation of a university-recognized student organization.

One critic says the organization is “astonishingly extensive” and provides a potential venue for homosexual activists to undermine Catholic teaching.

William Dempsey, president of the Sycamore Trust, said the university opposed a homosexual student...READ MORE

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Stand for Catholic Identity Pits University of San Diego President Against Faculty (11745)

After President Mary Lyons disinvites a dissenting British theologian, some faculty collectively rebuke her for ‘compromising campus academic freedom.’

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SAN DIEGO — A textbook case of division over campus Catholic identity is continuing at the University of San Diego, where a significant step undertaken to promote Catholic fidelity has generated fierce controversy.

Earlier this fall, USD’s president, Mary Lyons, denied a British theologian — who is openly at odds with some of the Catholic Church’s most fundamental moral teachings — her upcoming status as a “visiting fellow” at the university. The firestorm of debate over academic freedom that has ensued pits Lyons against many of her own faculty and has now involved the university’s board of trustees, too.

British Catholic theologian Tina Beattie, the director of the Digby Stuart...READ MORE

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Criticisms of Bishop Finn Described as Misleading, Dishonest (3147)

A recent media report was ‘inaccurate’ in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph, a diocesan spokesman says.

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Bishop Robert Finn

– Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Calls for the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., that have gained media attention are exaggerated and do not depict the real situation in the diocese, according to local Catholics.

Jack Smith, interim director of communications for the diocese, said that a Dec. 2 article by The New York Times was “inaccurate” in suggesting a widespread lack of support for the bishop.

The New York Times said that it had obtained 32 responses from a survey of priests conducted by a consulting firm hired by the diocese and that “half of them seriously doubted whether the bishop should continue as their leader, and several suggested that he resign.”


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