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Irish Bishops: Abortion Expansion Would Be ‘Tragic Moment’ (2215)

‘The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong,’ they said in a May 3 statement.

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DUBLIN — The Catholic bishops of Ireland say a proposed abortion law would “make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful” in the country and could force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions in violation of their consciences.

“The gospel of life is at the heart of the message of Jesus; the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong,” the bishops said in a May 3 statement.

They explained that the right to life is “the foundation of every other human right” and urged the protection of this right for both a mother and her unborn child “in all circumstances.”

Their statement comes amid continued debate over the Irish...READ MORE

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Blessed Ladislaus of Gielniow and the Power of Catholic Culture, Is N. F. P. Crazy and Much More! (2885)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Story Buried Under the Fr. MacRae Case. Follow the link by Ryan McDonald to read more.

Blessed Ladislaus of Gielniów & the Power of Catholic Culture - Paul Radzilowski, Crisis Magazine

Is N. F. P. Crazy? – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

How Catholics Can Conquer Depression by Dr. Aaron Kheriaty of the Catholic Herald website - Big Pulpit

800 Victims of Islamic Violence Who Will Become Saints – Damian Thompson, Holy Smoke

Secular Tolerance: A Continuing Series - Donald R McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Getting Over Free-Range Chicken Syndrome; Homeschooling – Catholic Sistas

Snowflake Babies: Don’t Melt them - Joseph Mazzara, Catholic Stand

StrangeNotions.com: Dialogue Between Catholics & Atheists – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Adoration, Worship, and...READ MORE

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Survey Draws Picture of America’s New Priests (3593)

Most come from large families, and two-thirds served as altar boys.

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WASHINGTON — A new study of the priests who will be ordained this year in the U.S. shows they tend to come from large families and were active in their parish life before entering seminary.

About 500 men will be ordained priests in 2013. Of these, about 74% responded to the survey from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, based at Georgetown University.

The median age of the 2013 ordination class is 32, a slight increase from last year. The youngest to be ordained is 23, while the oldest is 69.

Almost 10% of those to be ordained, called “ordinands,” are converts. Eighty percent of survey respondents said both their parents are Catholic, and more than one-third have a...READ MORE

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Mother Dolores Hart: From Movie Star to Heavenly Star (12779)

Actress-Turned-Prioress Celebrates 50 Years of Religious Life

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L’Osservatore Romano Photo Service

MEETING THE POPE. Mother Dolores Hart, left, and Lady Abbess, right, greet Blessed Pope John Paul II.

– L’Osservatore Romano Photo Service

Fifty years ago, actress Dolores Hart shocked Hollywood when she made a momentous announcement: She was leaving Hollywood to join a contemplative Benedictine monastery. Why would a movie star on a fairy-tale rise leave the movie industry?

Her career took off in 1957. As a young college student, she debuted opposite Elvis Presley in his first film, Loving You, in which she was the first to kiss him on screen.

In six years, starring with the biggest names in the industry, she had 10 very successful feature films to her credit, plus TV roles and a Tony Award nomination for her debut on Broadway. And she was engaged to a Los Angeles architect.

But in 1963, she entered the Abbey of...READ MORE

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Dallas Auxiliary Bishop to Head El Paso Diocese (1747)

‘I accept this call as a new opportunity to follow the Good Shepherd and, with his help, to be one,’ said Bishop Mark Seitz following his appointment by Pope Francis.

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Bishop Mark Seitz

– CNA file photo courtesy of Diocese of Dallas

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed Spanish-speaking Bishop Mark Seitz to lead the El Paso Diocese in western Texas, placing him just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

“Since I entered the seminary here in Dallas as a young 18-year-old boy, I have loved Dallas and the Church of Dallas,” Bishop Seitz said in a May 6 statement.

“But when I presented myself for ordination as a deacon, I gave my life to God’s service, and I promised to be at the disposal of the Church. I accept this call as a new opportunity to follow the Good Shepherd and, with his help, to be one,” he added.

He was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Dallas Diocese in April 2010, and he has...READ MORE

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If You Build Confessionals, People Will Come and Use Them; The Early Church and Much More! (2226)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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If You Build Confessionals, People Will Come & Use Them. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog.

If You Build Confessionals, People Will Come & Use Them – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Early Church: Being Called Catholic by Matthew Heinrich of the In and Out of the Ditch blog - Big Pulpit

How the Church Built Western Sacred Music – Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo CSJ, Catholic News Agency

On the Darkness – Sean Connolly, Ignitum Today

Trappist Nuns Will Not Abandon Their Monastery In Syria – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Being Catholic Isn’t an Excuse for Bad Writing – Edmund Mitchell, Catholic Stand

Solemn Requiem of Dom Philip Anderson, OSB in Melbourne – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Drive-By Theology - Paul McCusker, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Catholics Bid Farewell to Pro-Life Lion Howard Phillips (3407)

Though he wasn’t Catholic himself, the founder of the Constitution Party collaborated with Catholic leaders in building a culture of life in contemporary America.

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Howard Phillips speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1981.

VIENNA, Va. — Catholics remembered Howard Phillips, a Jewish-born Christian convert and a leader of the conservative movement, as a man of great drive and energy who led the opposition against abortion and Planned Parenthood before it was ever popular.

Family, friends and political activists bade farewell to Howard Phillips at a funeral held April 29 at The Smith Center of McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va.

Phillips, founder of the pro-life Constitution Party and its three-time presidential candidate, died at age 72 on April 20 and was laid to rest in a private burial ceremony.

Catholics who knew Phillips told the Register that he was their courageous and principled ally in the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Mary Helps Us Mature in the Faith (5667)

The Holy Father prayed the Joyful Mysteries with the faithful at St.. Mary Major Basilica and enjoined those present to ask the Blessed Mother to lead us to her Son.

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Our Lady 'Salus Populi Romani' (Saving Health of the Roman People)

ROME — After praying the Rosary May 4, Pope Francis reflected on how Mary “gives us health” by helping Christians mature in their faith and not remain “teenagers for life.”

“Dear brothers and sisters, how hard it is, in our time, to make the ultimate decisions. The temporary seduces us. We are victims of a trend that pushes us to the temporary ... as if we want to stay teenagers for life. We should not be afraid of the agreed commitments, commitments that involve and affect the whole life. In this way, our lives will be fruitful,” the Pope said.

The occasion for his reflection was a trip he made to take possession of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the five major basilicas of...READ MORE

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