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The Gentlemanly Art of the Insult (5821)

09/07/2011 Comments (4)

Sir Winston Churchill possessed a wit par excellence.

– Wikipedia photo

One of the (many) signs of our cultural decline is that verbal insults, these days, are almost invariably scatological or sexual, provoking a blizzard of asterisks whenever A wants to put the smackdown on B. Once upon a time, it was not so. Once, the ability to come up with a clever insult that could be repeated in polite society was thought an important, if not necessarily essential, component of being a gentleman.

Take, for example, two masters of English repartee and wit, George Bernard Shaw and Winston Churchill. Shaw, prior to the opening of one of his plays, sent Churchill a telegram: “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”...READ MORE

Filed under bloggers, blogging, blogosphere, george bernard shaw, oscar wilde, winston churchill

ProtectMarriage.com Fights to Defend Prop. 8 (2083)

Before the group can defend the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, it must prove to the California Supreme Court that it has the right to do so in place of the governor and attorney general.

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– ProtectMarriage.com Facebook

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNA) — On Sept. 6, California’s Supreme Court heard arguments about a legal question that has less to do with marriage than with the state’s legislative process and citizens’ right to propose ballot initiatives.

“Today’s issue was not limited just to the marriage issue, but any initiative that comes along that a government official may fail to defend,” said Andy Pugno, a lawyer representing the organization ProtectMarriage.com.

“It presents, really, a new question for our courts that they’ve never had to decide before, and that is: What do you do when the attorney general won’t do his job?”

Pugno’s organization is involved in two legal battles, one of which will...READ MORE

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Faith Abbott McFadden’s Life of Faith (4049)

Pro-life matriarch, convert to Catholicism, is celebrated in New York.

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Human Life Foundation

Faith Abbot McFadden speaking at a recent fundraising dinner for The Human Life Review.

– Human Life Foundation

NEW YORK — Family, friends and pro-life activists gathered on the first Friday of September in gratitude for the life of Faith Abbott McFadden.

McFadden, 80, died Aug. 30 after a long and recurring battle with cancer. She was the widow of James P. McFadden, who founded The Human Life Review in 1975 and was its editor for many years. Mrs. McFadden carried on her husband’s work, serving as senior editor of the Review and editing a column in a bulletin he’d started, Catholic Eye.

The McFaddens married in 1959, and the couple had five children, one of whom, Robert, died after his own fight with cancer. A daughter, Maria Maffucci, is editor of The Human Life Review.

Faith McFadden is...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, faith mcfadden, father george rutler, human life review, j.p. mcfadden, pro-life movement

Catholic Students in Joplin Return to School (2024)

Bishop on tornado aftermath: 'There are ... many signs of God’s grace at work, pointing to a future full of hope.'

09/07/2011 Comment
Mark Schielfelbein via EWTN News website

St. Mary's School library in Joplin, Mo.

– Mark Schielfelbein via EWTN News website

JOPLIN, Mo.  (EWTN News) — Students at St. Mary’s School in Joplin, Mo., are back in session, despite the loss of their school and parish in a tornado last May. Their local bishop says he sees God bringing good out of suffering.

“There is still much to be done, still great suffering and uncertainty in the lives of many citizens,” Bishop James Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau wrote in a recent column for the diocese’s weekly publication The Mirror. “Yet, there are also many signs of God’s grace at work, pointing to a future full of hope.”

St. Mary’s lost three weeks of its 2011-2012 school year, as the Joplin Catholic Schools system worked to turn a former warehouse into a makeshift...READ MORE

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Translation Resources for the Blind, Solutions for East Africa Drought, Social Justice, and more! (2194)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/07/2011 Comment

Need Solutions for East Africa Drought? Click on the link by Kenneth F. Hackett for some solutions.

New Translation Resources for the Blind - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Answering Seventh Day Adventism - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Solutions for East Africa Drought - Kenneth F. Hackett, Catholic Lane

Work and Natural Rights - Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing

Tis the Season for ProLife Activism - Rachel, VirtuousPla.net

Peace If Possible; Truth At All Costs - Michael Hannon, First Things/On the Square

American Catholic Social Justice Circles Neglects the Role of Virtue - Russell Shaw, Catholic World Report

Thomas Aquinas College (TAC): “One of Three to Receive a Perfect Score” - California Catholic Daily

Newman Guide: Only Three Catholic Colleges...READ MORE

Filed under blind, catholic social justice, codex, east africa drought, natural rights, new translation, peace, thomas aquinas college, truth, virtue

Remembering 9/11 (2165)

For Westchester County executive, Sept. 11 was one that mixed sadness and joy.

09/07/2011 Comment
Courtesy of Westchester County executive's office

Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino (r) at Ground Zero in August 2011.

– Courtesy of Westchester County executive's office

All this week, the Register is recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Each day, we are featuring the recollections of an individual Catholic who was there or whose lives were impacted by the tragic events.

For those not on the scene but who had once worked there and knew some people in the World Trade Center, the events took on added meaning

Robert Astorino, former station manager/program director of the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio, who now serves as Westchester County, N.Y., Executive, was by a television and watched the plane fly into World Trade Center.

“I remember all of a sudden crying and understating what’s happening to people in the building,” he...READ MORE

Filed under al qaeda, new york city, robert astorino, sept. 11 attacks, terrorism, twin towers, westchester county, world trade center

Mission: Catholic Identity (2461)

The Cardinal Newman Society has teamed up with Mount St. Mary’s to advance faith-filled higher education. Sept. 11 issue feature.

09/06/2011 Comments (3)
Mount St. Mary's

ADVANCING CATHOLIC HIGHER ED. From left to right: Thomas Mead, executive vice president of the Cardinal Newman Society, Msgr. Stuart Swetland, the new executive director of the Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, and Patrick Reilly, Cardinal Newman Society’s president.

– Mount St. Mary's

The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education works to ensure that Catholic colleges are truly Catholic — which is needed now more than ever.

"We are at a better place than we were 18 years ago," said Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society. "Today, Catholic educators freely acknowledge that something important has been lost, and they want to get it back. The center is doing the essential task of identifying what works in Catholic higher education and offering practical ways of renewing Catholic identity in the classroom and in campus life."

"Sadly, our culture has become toxic to Catholic identity," he added. "We can defend our...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal newman society, catholic higher education, catholic identity, mount st. mary's

Verifying the 4 Gospels, Why Catholics Have Large Families, Catholic Romance Novel Boom, and more! (3017)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/06/2011 Comment

Are the Four Gospels Historically Verifiable? Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to learn how so.

Are the Four Gospels Historically Verifiable? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Does Property Have a Purpose? - Thomas Storck, Distributist Review

Mother Teresa: How to Love God - Lisa Graas, The American Catholic

Reflections on Conversion - Andrew Votipka, VirtuousPla.net

Why Do Catholics Have Big Families? - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

How Do I Tell People We’re Having Another Baby? - Like Mother Like Daughter

School Choice Gains Traction - Kevin E. Schmiesing PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Empower Parents: Restore Constitution by Returning Educational Policy to States - Jane Robbins, Public Discourse

Philippines: The Boom in “Catholic” Romance Novels - Mauro...READ MORE

Filed under big families, conversion, education, gospels, homosexuality, mother teresa of calcutta, obama administration, property, romance novels, same-sex "marriage"

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