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'Bring the Wounded to the Church for Healing' (1893)

Project Rachel founder Vicki Thorn, newly appointed to the Vatican's Academy for Life, speaks about cultural need for post-abortion help.

06/01/2011 Comments (1)

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Milwaukee (CNA) — Vicki Thorn, a Wisconsin-based mother of six and recently appointed member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, says that the Church must defend the sanctity of life and bring healing to those who have experienced the trauma of an abortion.

“Millions of men and women have experienced abortion loss across the world,” she said. “When they are ready to heal the wound, the Church needs to be there.”

The faith community, she said in a May 25 interview with CNA, needs to be a “prophetic voice” heralding the sanctity of life, as well as a source of comfort for those affected by the trauma of abortion.

Thorn has reached international recognition for founding Project Rachel from...READ MORE

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How Do Americans View Moral Issues? (3361)

New Gallup poll finds acceptance of divorce and premarital sex.

06/01/2011 Comments (2)

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Princeton, N.J. (CNA/EWTN News) — A recent Gallup poll found that while Americans remain largely split on several moral issues, the majority in recent years have become increasingly accepting of what were once considered social taboos, such as divorce and sex outside of marriage.

“Americans in 2011 widely view divorce, the death penalty, gambling, embryonic stem-cell research, and premarital sex as morally acceptable,” said researcher Lydia Saad in the study, published on May 31.

According to the poll, 69% of the nation’s citizens view divorce as permissible, while just 31% are morally opposed to it.

Additionally, 60% of respondents found premarital sex as morally acceptable, and 36%...READ MORE

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The Register and CNA 'a Perfect Fit' (1545)

06/01/2011 Comment

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Read about it here.

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The Imitation of Christ, Blessed Peter To Rot, Atheist Convert, Mary Mediatrix, and much more! (3871)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/01/2011 Comment

Blessed Peter To Rot of Papua New Guinea, Defender of Matrimony.

The Imitation of Christ, the Perfect Book for the Soul! - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Papua New Guinea: Blessed Peter To Rot, Defender of Matrimony - Michael J. Miller, Catholic Lane

Catholics Are At Forefront of Revived Pro-Life Movement in U.K. - Ben Quinn, Guardian

Is Mary the Mediatrix of All Graces? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Atheist Converts After Mock Prayer to Win $1m Lottery is Answered - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Saint Germanus, Bishop - Catholic Lane

Various Approaches To Theology - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Oh Joy! The Circus Mass!!! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Why Are Catholics So “Cold?” - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless...READ MORE

Filed under blessed peter to rot, cardinal scola, humor, new evangelization, pro-life movement, sacred music, st. germanus, the imitation of christ, theology, thomas a kempis

State Abortion Laws Save Lives (3345)

Expert: Local pro-life legislation makes a significant impact at the federal level.

05/31/2011 Comments (3)
Courtesy of Michael New

Michael New

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The Alabama Senate just voted for a bill that would opt the state out of funding abortions under the new federal health-care bill. Several states, including Indiana, Kansas and Texas, have moved to prohibit the government from giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. Nebraska legislators passed a bill requiring teenagers to get parental consent before obtaining an abortion.

These are not isolated incidents, but represent a trend. As pro-life legislation on the federal level often fails to make it out of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, such legislation is making more headway on the state level.

Michael New says that such laws have a far-reaching effect. New,  an...READ MORE

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Was St. Joseph at the Visitation?, How to Help the Poor, Good Samaritans Swarm Joplin, and more! (2346)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2011 Comments (1)

Saint Joseph and Mary on their wedding day.

Was Saint Joseph Present at the Visitation? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

. . .Blessed John Henry Newman on the Visitation. . .

. . .more from The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma here. . .

Not Whether to Help the Poor, But How - Father Robert A. Sirico, Crisis Magazine

Disaster Aftermath: Who’re These Good Samaritans? - Bobby Ross Jr., Get Religion

Liberal Arts and Sexual Morality - Doctor Peter Kreeft, The Integrated Catholic Life™

$1 Billion Members Worldwide! - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Saint Felix I, Pope and Martyr - Catholic Lane

Americans Believe: More Homosexuals Than Catholics in U.S. - Joe Carter, First Things/First Thoughts

Russia to Restrict Abortion -...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholic blogosphere, confession, culture wars, gender wars, good samaritan, liberal arts, new media, pope benedict xvi, pope st. felix i

The Man Who Rebuilt Steubenville (18232)

Father Michael Scanlan looks back on a career that included an early friendship with Avery Dulles, 42 years at Franciscan University and leading the charismatic renewal.

05/31/2011 Comments (22)
Courtesy of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Father Michael Scanlan is retiring from Franciscan University of Steubenville after 37 years of service, including 26 as president.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Father Michael Scanlan’s name has become so closely linked to Steubenville, Ohio, that it’s a bit surprising to learn that he grew up in midtown Manhattan.

The Third Order Regular Franciscan has spent 42 of his 47 years as a priest at Franciscan University of Steubenville and played a large part in bringing the college back from near death.

This summer, though, Father Scanlan, 79, is retiring from his post as chancellor, a position he has held for the past 11 years. Before that, he spent 26 years as the university’s president.

An early leader in the Catholic charismatic renewal, Father Scanlan was instrumental in turning around a struggling university. During...READ MORE

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St. Cyril, Distributism, New Translation, Pray for Archbishop Finn, Spanish Kings, and much more! (2746)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2011 Comment

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Missouri), is a magnificent bishop who has turned around a faltering diocese now full of vocations and orthodoxy.

Tilling Fertile Soil - John M. DeJak, The Distributist Review

Saint Cyril, Martyr - Catholic Lane

New Translation (Introduction to the Penitential Act) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Surprise Candidate to be President of Catholic University of Eichstätt - Tancred, The Eponymous Flower

San Francisco Archbishop Rejects Circumcision Ban - California Catholic Daily

Support Bp. Finn: Proposal for Prayers, Penance Against the Attacks of Hell - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Decline of the Family Day Out - Tim Ross, The Telegraph

The Islamic Assault on Australia. . . - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Kenya: Clerical Abuse Cases Should’ve Been More Transparent - Father Alexander...READ MORE

Filed under agrarian, archbishop roger schwietz, australia, bishop robert finn, catholic blogosphere, catholic university of eichstätt, distributism, islam, monarchy, new evangelization

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