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Benedict XVI's First Convert, Hand to Plow, The Heroic Minute, Playing Mass and Much More! (4114)

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04/18/2013 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI’s “First Convert”. Follow the link by Roger Dubin of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI’s “First Convert” by Roger Dubin of The Catholic World Report website - Big Pulpit

Hand to the Plow – Sr. M. Regina Van Den Berg FSGM, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Heroic Minute – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Just Too Cool: Playing Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Men That Fought At Minden – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Boston Bomb Massacre: What Would Jesus Say? – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

Chesterton, New Evangelization & Cheese – Edmund Mitchell, Catholic Stand

Bostonians Reflect – Nicholas/Andrew/Michael, Whiskey Catholic

France: Endless Pro-Marriage Demonstrations Everywhere – Tiberge, GalliaWatch

New Sheep Smell – Amanda...READ MORE

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Christendom College Celebrates 35 Years of ‘Truth Exists; the Incarnation Happened’ (2414)

The lay-run campus encourages students to be part of the New Evangelization.

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CHANTILLY, Va. — “Truth exists; the Incarnation happened.”

Those words formed the motto of Warren Carroll, the late founder of Christendom College, and stood at the heart of celebrations surrounding the lay-run Catholic college’s 35th anniversary earlier this month.

More than 300 hundred donors, alumni and VIPs gathered April 6 for Christendom’s 35th anniversary gala at the Westfields Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Va., to celebrate the college’s legacy of providing Catholic education since 1977 and raise funds for student financial aid.

“This is so important to us, as we do not accept and will not accept any federal aid when it comes to the support for our students and our program at...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Welcomes Immigration Reform Proposal (2652)

Archbishop Gomez encourages an immigration reform 'that restores the rule of law in a humane and just manner.'

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Archbishop José H. Gomez

WASHINGTON — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles applauded the introduction of legislation to change the U.S. immigration system, while pledging the bishops’ help in reviewing and improving the proposal.

“The U.S. bishops look forward to carefully examining the legislation and working with Congress to fashion a final bill that respects the basic human rights and dignity of newcomers to our land — migrants, refugees and other vulnerable populations,” he said April 17.

Archbishop Gomez, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, refrained from commenting on specific details of the bill — which is more than 800 pages in length — until the U.S. bishops’ conference can...READ MORE

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Liberal Arts College Slated to Open in Kansas City (4071)

Christ College is a project of the Walsingham Society and will begin with a pilot program this fall.

04/18/2013 Comment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is set to become the home of Christ College, a new Catholic liberal arts school inspired by the thought of Blessed John Henry Newman.

“He’s really the guiding intellectual light of what we’re trying to do,” Brinton Smith, president of the Walsingham Society of Christian Culture and Western Civilization, told EWTN News on April 17.

“His work has been an inspiration, and we look to his The Idea of a University as one of our primary texts, in how we see things and what we’d like to accomplish as a Catholic liberal arts college.”

Christ College is a project of the Walsingham Society, which is based in Dallas. The college...READ MORE

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Author Calls for U.S. ‘Catholic Subculture’ to Regain Identity (8209)

Russell Shaw, in his new book, American Church, argues that there are large amounts of “Catholics in name only,” due to the cultural assimilation of Catholics into the mainstream.

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Russell Shaw

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DENVER — To counter decades of Catholics becoming absorbed into secular American culture, noted author and journalist Russell Shaw is proposing a new Catholic “subculture” committed to evangelization.

“We're no longer evangelizing the culture; we’ve been evangelized by it. And it’s not good for the secular culture, and it’s destroying us as a religious community,” Shaw told Catholic News Agency on April 16.

“My critique of Americanism and of cultural assimilation is very real,” he explained. “What has happened has turned out not to be in the best interest of the Catholic Church in the U.S., but no one started out with bad intentions.”

Shaw is the author of American Church: The...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom vs. Totalitarianism (6115)


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Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., helped introduce the Health Care Conscience Rights Act last month to protect U.S. citizens and organizations that oppose the HHS mandate.

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Over the past few decades, attempts to limit religious freedom in the public square have expanded into what is nearing a hostile exile. 

This hostility led the then-sitting Congress to overwhelmingly enact the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to further protect First Amendment freedoms. And it is what has now led a much smaller number in Congress to introduce the Health Care Conscience Rights Act  to further protect those freedoms against the Affordable Care Act’s  abortion-pill mandate and other mandates that threaten freedom of conscience.

But the abortion-pill decree is perhaps the most serious and recent incarnation of the administration’s hostility to religion. 

At the...READ MORE

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The Slate Argues for Polygamy; What Is Man? It's Fine. I'm Fine . . . and Much More! (3848)

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04/18/2013 Comment

Slate Writer Argues for Polygamy. Follow the link by R. P. George, DPhil, of the First Things website to read more.

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What is Man? – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Truth and Charity Forum

It’s Fine. I’m Fine. We’re All Fine. – Tim Glenkowsky, Ignitum Today

Aidan Hart’s New Book on Sacred Iconography – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Relics of Barbarism – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Reformed (and Re-Formed) College of Cardinals – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Encounters with the Risen Lord in Prayer – Anthony Lilles, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Super Cardinals Group is a ‘Daughter’ of Vatican II – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican...READ MORE

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Human Goodness Shines Through, as Boston Reacts to Unspeakable Evil (3723)

Heroism and selflessness were manifested widely in the aftermath of Monday’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon.

04/17/2013 Comment
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Former New England Patriots’ lineman Joe Andruzzi carried an injured woman from the scene of the bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

– 2002 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

BOSTON — One or more suspects created incredibly evil acts in setting off two bombs that killed three people and wounded dozens more at the Boston Marathon.

But many more people acted heroically afterward to save lives and aid victims.

Wearied runners who had just completed 26 grueling miles continued running several more miles to nearby hospitals to donate blood.

Other runners jumped over fences and stepped around debris to assist the fallen and tend to their wounds.

Perhaps most iconic of the selfless heroism of that day is Carlos Arredondo, a resident of Roslindale, Mass., who went to Boston on Monday, a state holiday, to watch National Guardsmen run the race in honor of fallen...READ MORE

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