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The Need for Peace and Liberty (2375)

Editorials from our Jan. 1 issue on the year that is drawing to a close.

12/29/2011 Comment

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The Pope Answers Occupy

“If you want peace, work for justice,” Pope Paul VI famously said in 1972. The aphorism, part of his Message for the World Day of Peace, soon showed up on posters and bumper stickers. Though some of the faithful viewed the sentiment as a passing fad of progressive Catholics in the 1970s, the truth remains that justice is a prerequisite for peace.

In his Message for the 45th World Day of Peace, which is observed Jan. 1, Pope Benedict XVI takes up and develops Pope Paul’s theme in his own characteristic way. Benedict alludes to the economic crises that continue to wrack the world — crises that could very well lead to serious conflicts. “It seems as if a shadow has fallen...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus' Carl Anderson on the Catholic Vote (6017)

The faithful’s religious liberty is being eroded very subtly, the Knights of Columbus leader says.

12/29/2011 Comments (18)

Carl Anderson

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The political season in the United States will begin in earnest Jan. 3, with the Iowa caucuses. A lot of questions remain, however.

Who will be the Republican Party nominee to face off against President Barack Obama? Who will secure the slot of vice president? What will be the key moments at the respective party conventions? And, in November, who will be the next U.S. president?

What should Catholic voters be most concerned about? For Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus and a former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, it’s important to see what the U.S. bishops are most concerned about — and, at this time, judging from a slew of public statements, their greatest...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, catholic voters, knights of columbus, u.s. bishops conference, u.s. catholics

Social Media Savvy Bishop, I am a Cartoon, Catholic Identity and the New Translation, and much more! (2959)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/29/2011 Comment

A Tweeting, Blogging, Podcasting Bishop. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to find out who and why.

A Tweeting, Blogging, Podcasting Bishop - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

I’m a Cartoon - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Catholic Identity and the New Translation - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

Hundreds More Anglican Defections Expected - Martin Beckford, Daily Telegraph/Religion

5 More Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Even Austrian Darkness Cannot Overcome the Light - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Why Celebrate Christ’s Birth, Instead of His Conception? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

When is a Vicar Not a Vicar? - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Say It Loud: Bourgeois and Proud - John Zmirak, Crisis...READ MORE

Filed under bishop christopher coyne, bourgeois, catholic blogosphere, catholic identity, ku klux klan tactics, militant gay lobby, mohammed, new translation, sin of despair

New Jersey Congressman Urges Vigilance at Hospital that Wanted Nurses to Assist at Abortions (3336)

12/28/2011 Comments (4)

Rep. Chris Smith speaks during a press conference with nurses in the background who were suing the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey hospital Nov. 14.


NEWARK, N.J.  — Last week, a New Jersey hospital   settled with a group of nurses, who charged that they were forced to participate in abortions, in violation of state conscience protections. Now,  Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), who defended the nurses’ right to adhere to their pro-life moral principles, contends that the hospital should establish a system to ensure compliance with federal conscience-protections. 

In a Dec. 22 statement, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark agreed not to require nurses to participate in abortions or any service related to those abortions.

“Now it is the hospital’s responsibility to make sure respect for conscience is...READ MORE

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Educating Youth in Justice and Peace, What Happened to Shame, Humility Still Matters, and much more! (3250)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/28/2011 Comment

Educating Young People in Justice & Peace. Click on the link by Fr. Robert John Araujo SJ to learn more.

Educating Young People in Justice & Peace - Fr. Robert John Araujo SJ, Mirror of Justice

Shame. . .What Happened to It? - Patty, Catholic Sistas

Humility Still Matters - Godwin Delali Adadzie, Ignitum Today

Christopher Dawson: Christ in History - Gerald J. Russello, Crisis Magazine

Don Stefano Carusi on the Raison d’Etre of the Inst. of the Good Shepherd - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Persecution of Christians in Egypt - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Nigerian Church Bombings Condemned - Lekan Oyekanmi & Jon Gambrell, Detroit Free Press

“The Real Dirty Little Secret of Religiosity in America. . . - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

‘Father, Pray for Me, I Will...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, christopher dawson, egypt, humility, justice and peace, martyrdom, nigeria, pakistan, pornography, shame

B16 on the Historical Date of Christs Birth, Why the Pope is Just a Man, Cardinal Ranjith, and more! (3209)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/28/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI: December 25 as the Historical Date of the Christ's Birth. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to learn more.

Pope Benedict XVI: December 25 as the Historical Date of the Christ’s Birth - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Don’t Stop! Christ’s Birthday Celebration Continues - Vanessa Barnes, Gulf Coast Catholic

Why We Celebrate Christmas Greater than the Annunciation? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Why I’m Glad the Pope is ‘Just a Man’ - Brandon Vogt, Ignitum Today

Cardinal Ranjith’s Powerful Letter on New Translation - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

. . . Fr. John Zuhlsdorf comments on Cardinal Ranjith’s letter here . . .

Is this where Protestantism is Headed in the United States? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Quæritur: Should I Write to the Bishop...READ MORE

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Fighting Abortion With the Eucharist (8177)

Groups bring Blessed Sacrament to places where modern-day Holy Innocents are slaughtered.

12/28/2011 Comments (16)
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The Eucharist is being used more and more as a way to save unborn children and convert those who favor abortion.

As the United States prepares to mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, adoration chapels across the country are being set up next to abortion businesses. It’s a growing movement that Father Steve Imbarrato, chaplain of Holy Innocents Chapel in Albuquerque, N.M., says he hopes will increase.

“I want to promote Eucharistic adoration to fight abortion,” Father Imbarrato said. As the director for Project Life, he said everything he does to promote life involves the Eucharist. “The chapel is the spiritual center of all our pro-life work,” he stated.

By setting up a...READ MORE

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The Mystery of Charity, The Weak Eye, The Anglican Ordinariate, A Royal Spanish Failure, and more! (5099)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/27/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read it.

The Mystery of Charity - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Sometimes Prayer is So Frustrating I Just Give Up. . . What Can I Do? - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Benedict XVI’s Midnight Mass Homily - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Weak Eye - Ben, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

Thank God for Catholic Education - Kathryn Lopez, Catholic Vote

Help for Parish Website Designers - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

To Be A Father - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

Thoughts on the Anglican Ordinariate - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Messianic Prophecies: Isaiah 11:1-5 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Why Do Words Matter? - Carl Olson,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, catholic education, charity, fatherhood, parish website designers, pope benedict xvi, prayer, princess letizia ortiz, same-sex "marriage", words matter

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