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More Universae Ecclesiae, St. Dymphna, St. Isidore, Christ's Holy Image of Edessa, and more! (2822)

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05/16/2011 Comment

Saint Dymphna is the patroness of the mentally ill.

On Building the Universae Ecclesiae - Ches, The Sensible Bond

The Ordinary Form & the Extraordinary Form: the Question of Mutual Enrichment - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Christ’s Holy Image of Edessa - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The American Exceptionalism Thing - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Saint Dymphna, Patroness of the Mentally Ill - Lisa Graas

Saint Isidore the Farmer - Theresa Rita, Zeal

Can Catholic Schools Be Saved? - Andy Smarick, Catholic Education Resource Center

The Meaning of Abstinence and Power-Shunning - Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Pill: 50 Years of Screwing Up Nature. We Need the FFPA! - Tom Crowe,...READ MORE

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Crowning Glory (3719)

Rarely-seen Vatican works of Marian art on display in Connecticut. The Knights of Columbus perform a different kind of May crowning.

05/15/2011 Comment
Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

A Marian image from Italy crowned in the early 19th century, on display at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn.

– Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Ninety-six paintings from St. Peter’s Basilica that have never been on display are on view in New Haven, Conn., thanks to a collaboration between the Vatican and the Knights of Columbus.

The exhibit, “Full of Grace: Crowned Madonnas from the Vatican Basilica,” is at the Knights of Columbus Museum until next January, and consists of various images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. It opened, appropriately, on Mother’s Day, May 8. It would have debuted the previous Sunday, May 1, the beginning of the month dedicated to Mary, but the curator was otherwise occupied.

That’s because he’s Pietro Zander, the archeologist in charge of the Vatican Necropolis for...READ MORE

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Canadian Ordinariate Straight Talk, 120 Years of Rerum Novarum, Jim Caviezel, Copts, and much more! (3737)

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05/15/2011 Comments (2)

Born 2 March, 1810 A.D., at Carpineto; elected pope 20 February, 1878 A.D.; died 20 July, 1903 A.D., at Rome. Gioacchino Vincenzo Raffaele Luigi was the sixth of the seven sons of Count Lodovico Pecci and his wife Anna Prosperi-Buzi. He was the author of Rerum Novarum.

Canada: The Straight Story on the Ordinariate - Father Christopher Phillips, The Anglo-Catholic

120th Anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum - Father Robert John Araujo S.J., Mirror of Justice

Huge Breakthroughs in Adult Stem Cell Research - Deacon Keith Fournier, Catholic Online

Wyoming Catholic College’s First Graduates - Joan Barron, Billings Gazette

U.S. House Speaker Delivers Address on Humility, Patience, Faith - Kathryn Jean Lopez

US: Soros Group Behind Attack on Boehner’s Faith - Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media

Egypt Overthrow Followed by Conflict of Christians & Muslims - Richard Spencer, The Telegraph

Jim Cavezial’s ‘Person of Interest’ Picked up at CBS - Michael...READ MORE

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Purpose of Creation, Tough Life Choices, Pope St. Gregory VII, Scrupulosity, Shopping, and more! (3553)

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05/14/2011 Comment

One of the greatest of the Roman pontiffs and one of the most remarkable men of all times; born between the years 1020 and 1025 Anno Domini, at Soana, or Ravacum, in Tuscany; died 25 May, 1085 A.D., at Salerno.

The Purpose of Creation - Father James V. Schall S.J., Ignatius Insight

Is That Your Final Answer? (Making Difficult Life Decisions) - Dennis Buonafede, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Papal Profile: Pope Saint Gregory VII - The Mad Monarchist

If Everyone in the World were Catholic . . . - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

I’m Struggling with Scrupulosity, Can I Overcome This on My Own? - Trent Beattie, Cthlc Spiritual Direction

Usus Antiquior Mass Daily at Saint Peter’s 7am - Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Bishops of England & Wales Respond to PB16’s Reform of the Reform - Dylan Parry, A...READ MORE

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Pornography as a Teacher (4637)

Saturday Book Pick: The Social Costs of Pornography

05/14/2011 Comments (3)


A Collection of Papers

Edited by James R. Stoner Jr. and Donna M. Hughes

Witherspoon Institute, 2010

288 pages, $30 (Accompanying DVD, $9.95; “Statement of Findings/Executive Summary, 68 pp., $5)

To order: www.amazon.com

In 2005, Pamela Paul coined the term “pornified” (in her book of the same name) to characterize the ubiquity and mainstreaming of pornography in contemporary American society, in large measure because of the Internet. Her book described the deleterious impact this phenomenon is having on marriage, women, young people and men.

Five years later, Princeton’s Witherspoon Institute has published this impressive collection of 11 papers from...READ MORE

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Universae Ecclesiae Docs Released, Eucharist Foreshadowed in Old Testament, Fatima Secrets, + more! (2696)

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05/14/2011 Comment

Today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima.

. . .Instruction on the Summorum Pontificum: Universæ Ecclesiæ. . .

. . .Universæ Ecclesiæ explanatory note. . .

Five Ways the Old Testament Foreshadowed the Eucharist - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

A Catholic’s Gratitude to Evangelicals - Colleen Reiss, First Things/On The Square

Kudos to the Bishops of England & Wales: Meatless Fridays Re-established - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Conversion of Bob Marley - Christopher Stefanick, Denver Catholic Register

Ten Reasons Why Pro-Lifers Will Eventually Win - Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

The Controversy Over the Third Secret: Objections & Responses - Father Andrew Apostoli C.F.R., Ignatius Insight


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Universae Ecclesiae Sneek Peak, Bullet in Our Lady's Crown, St. Vincent de Lérins, + more! (2900)

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05/13/2011 Comment

St Vincent de Lérins was from southern Gaul who died around 445 A.D. was known for his writings.

Sneak Peek at the Universae Ecclesiae - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

. . .a clarification by Father John Zuhlsdorf here. . .

Universae Ecclesiae is Out:  Seminarians Must Learn the Traditional Mass - Laramie, The Eponymous Flower

The Monk Who Softened Saint Augustine’s Teaching on Grace - Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

A Bullet in Our Lady’s Crown - Pat Gohn, Patheos/A Word In Season

Blessed Mother in the Americas - Thomas J. Craughwell, Our Sunday Visitor

Outsourcing Parenting in Sweden - Jonas Himmelstrand, MercatorNet

As Hollow as a Home-School Story Gets - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

Immigration - Dale Ahlquist, The Distributist Review

Liquid...READ MORE

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Countering Contraception (5684)

A new study finds that most Catholic women use artificial birth control. Pastors respond about how they share Church teaching on marriage and family with the people in the pews.

05/12/2011 Comments (22)

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NEW YORK — Most Catholic women use artificial contraception, according to a new report issued by the Guttmacher Institute.

That’s the research group allied with Planned Parenthood, the target of a fierce campaign by pro-life advocates and House Republicans to defund the “family-planning” organization.

The fresh data provided by “Countering Conventional Wisdom: New Evidence on Religion and Contraceptive Use” finds, among other things, that 68% of Catholic women use contraception and that only 2% use natural family planning.

The findings have been disputed by some pro-life critics, but it confirms what Church leaders call a decades-long failure to transmit the prophetic teaching of Humanae...READ MORE

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