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Intact Families = School Success (3225)

New research has found that adolescents from intact biological families have higher math, science, history and reading test scores than their counterparts in disrupted families.

09/26/2011 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—A research synthesis paper released by the Family Research Council indicates that students from intact biological families experience greater academic success than those from disrupted families.

“We cannot ignore the fact that the vast majority of American youth grow up today without both their biological mother and father,” said Patrick Fagan, director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute at the Family Research Council. “This has significant, weakening effects on the educational attainment of our students.”

“If we want to turn America’s educational system around, we must encourage America’s parents to remain together in a committed relationship,” he...READ MORE

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Canadian Talk-Show Host Publishes Catholic Apologetics Book (3115)

Michael Coren discusses his conversion and the prevalent hostility to the faith.

09/26/2011 Comments (3)

Michael Coren is an English-Canadian columnist, author, radio and television talk-show host. Between 1999 and 2011 he hosted The Michael Coren Show on the Crossroads Television System. He now hosts The Arena on the Sun News Network.

Coren has authored many books, including biographies of G.K. Chesterton, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle and C.S. Lewis. His most recent book is Why Catholics Are Right. He spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about that book.

Where are you from originally? Tell me about your background growing up.

I grew up on the edge of London, in Essex. Upper-working-class family; dad a taxi driver, mum at home. Good, loving, stable, secular family. Dad was Jewish...READ MORE

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The Theban Legion, O Joyful Catholics, Baptized in the Stanley Cup, and much more! (4018)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/26/2011 Comments (1)

What is the Theban Legion? Click on the link by Catholic Lane to learn more.

The Theban Legion - Catholic Lane

The New Mass Texts: How Far Can the Music Bend Them? - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

O Joyful Catholics, Where Are You? - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Widow of Nain and the Virgin Mary - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

B16: God, Law, History & Politicians - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Baptized in the Stanley Cup! - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

The Archbishop who Helped Restore Faith to England after a Plague - Catholic Herald

Sing the Liturgy of the Hours - Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

U.S. Bishops Improving Preaching? - Our Sunday Visitor

Jesus Had A Morphogenic Field!! - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Archd. of St....READ MORE

Filed under joy, liturgy of the hours, new mass translation, st. theodore of tarsus, stanley cup, theban legion, virgin mary, widow of nain

Catechesis for the Autistic (5860)

One family's experience preparing their child with autism for the sacraments leads to a new resource.

09/25/2011 Comments (12)

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The Rizzo family of Marlton, N.J., had to work harder than most to prepare their daughter Danielle for first Communion. Dave and Mercedes knew Danielle would never quite understand the sacrament the way other children did because she has autism.

“It was very important to us that she made her sacraments around the same age as the other children,” said Mercedes. “At the same time, it was important that she was really ready.”

The only available catechetical materials were very verbal and included complex concepts that could never properly be conveyed to someone with autism. “They weren’t geared towards children like Danielle who are not verbal,” explained Dave. “She required...READ MORE

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Enriching Your Marriage (2501)

There are many good Catholic men who faithfully attend Mass, take care of their families, work hard and are all-around swell guys, but they draw the line when it comes to things with names like “marriage enrichment.” Here are some strategies from our Sept. 25 issue.

09/25/2011 Comment

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Family Matters feature from print.

There are many wonderful enrichment opportunities offered for Catholic married couples in our area, but I cannot convince my husband to go with me to any of them. He says he isn’t interested in that kind of “touchy-feely stuff.” How can I persuade him?

There are many good Catholic men who faithfully attend Mass, take care of their families, work hard and are all-around swell guys, but they draw the line when it comes to things with names like “marriage enrichment.”

Here are some strategies that we recommend:

1. Start small. Don’t ask your husband to give up his weekend right away for an overnight retreat. Just ask him to attend a talk or short program on...READ MORE

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A Pilgrimage to Walsingham, 'England's Nazareth' (7644)

Kings and popes have been devoted to Mary’s shrine. Sept. 25 issue feature.

09/25/2011 Comments (5)

Our Lady of Walsingham

– Wikipedia

The Norfolk, England, countryside is beautiful. Norfolk is the bit of England furthest from America. It is over in the eastern side of the country, facing out into the English Channel and the North Sea. Nestled there is Walsingham, a tiny village some six miles inland from the sea, reached by winding lanes. The nearest railway station is Kings Lynn, several miles away.

Despite the out-of-the-way location, thousands of people make their way here every year, with busloads of people arriving every weekend in the summer from London and elsewhere, and young people camp in the nearby fields to visit the village.

Praying at a shrine where people have taken their petitions to the...READ MORE

Filed under anglo-catholic communion, england, marian devotions, our lady of walsingham

Fighting for Life in Europe (2352)

The pro-life movement in Europe seems to be growing, but a movement spread out over many countries and languages has its challenges. A Sept. 25 issue feature.

09/24/2011 Comments (1)
Reuters photo

A Spanish woman illustrates her pro-life stance by holding a figurine of a first-trimester unborn child during a march that drew thousands of Spaniards to Madrid to protest their country’s permissive abortion legislation.

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LONDON — As the pro-life movement in the United States gathers momentum, drawing an increasing number of young people to the struggle to protect life, could such success be repeated in Europe?

Although sympathy for the pro-life movement is on the increase, the situation in Europe is more complex and arguably more challenging, say Catholic leaders and pro-life advocates.

One notable weakness is the lack of a single, unified movement, perhaps unsurprising when the European Union is made up of 27 autonomous member states with 23 official languages (the Council of Europe, a body that seeks to develop common and democratic principles based on European rights treaties, comprises 47 member states,...READ MORE

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Chant, Art of Reading, Importance of Place, Natural Law, Lethal Autonomy, and much more! (2939)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/24/2011 Comment

The Art of Reading. Click on the link by Elise Matich to learn more.

Authentic Liturgy and Chant: Some Considerations - Fr. Christopher Smith, Chant Café

The Art of Reading - Elise Matich, Ilsussidiario

The Importance of Place - Jeremy Beer, Crisis Magazine

Spanish Mothers, Families & Children’s Happiness - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

Dating with an Audience - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

The Pope on Natural Law, Foundation of Politics - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Legal Persecution of Catholics - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Digitial Warfare: Drones & Lethal Autonomy - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Turning SSPX Defiance Into Good - Louie Verrecchio, RA

Quæritur: Is the SSPX in Schism or Not? - Fr. John...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, chant, dating, digital warfare, family, lethal autonomy, liturgy, natural law, reading, sspx

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