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Rerum Novarum, Universae Ecclesiae, Canadian Ordinariate, St. Pancras, St. Leopold, and much more! (2533)

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05/12/2011 Comment

Saint Pancras of Rome (c. 289-304 A.D.) was a Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, and was beheaded for his faith at the age of just 14 around the year 304 Anno Domini.

Rerum Novarum & Seven Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine - Barbara Lanari, Ignatius Insight

Saint Pancras - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Faithful of the House of Savoy - MadMonarchist, The Mad Monarchist

Saint Leopold of Herzegovina: Zeal for God’s House Consumed Him - Theresa Rita, Zeal for Your House Consumes Me: Following Christ in the 21st Century

UK: At Last! The Guild of Blessed Titus! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Life to the Full (John 10:1-10) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Rethinking Single-Sex Dorms - Christopher Kaczor, First Things/On The Square

Universae Ecclesiae Will Urge Seminaries to Teach the TLM - Damian...READ MORE

Filed under canada, catholic blogosphere, catholic social doctrine, egypt, guild of blessed titus, house of savoy, new evangelization, new media, news aggregation, ordinariate

Showdown Looms in Illinois (4626)

Civil union law threatens Catholic Charities involvement in adoptions. Boston redux?

05/12/2011 Comments (10)
2010 CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield foresees a legal showdown over the question of whether Catholic organizations will have to place adoptive children with same-sex parents. “Because of the aggressive nature of the stance being taken by the anti-religious elements backing this new law, we expect litigation,” he said.

– 2010 CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Catholic leaders in Illinois are scrambling for a last-minute fix to prevent a showdown between the state and Catholic Charities of Illinois.

They want lawmakers to amend the state’s civil-union bill, set to take effect June 1, in order to assure that child welfare agencies such as Catholic Charities can continue turning down applications from cohabiting couples, whether homosexual or heterosexual.

“We want to see legislative action occur quickly so we can preserve our adoption and foster-care services for the thousands of children and families we serve,” said Carolyn Matheson, director of advancement for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. “The spin is that...READ MORE

Filed under 'civil unions', adoptions, bishop thomas paprocki, foster care, illinois, marriage, same-sex 'marriage'

Family Movie Night, Those That Have Not Heard the Gospel, Plague of Memphis, To Be Joyful, + more! (2956)

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05/12/2011 Comment

Father Aloysius Wiewer, O.F.M., Priest Hero of the Yellow Fever of 1873-79 A.D., Memphis, TN.

For Your Family Night at the Movies - Allison Salerno, Why I Am Catholic

The Plagues of Memphis (U.S.), 1873-1879 A.D. - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Life Doesn’t Have to be Easy to be Joyful - Jennifer Fulwiler, Conversion Diary

About Those Who’ve Never Heard the Gospel - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Please Stop Distracting Me during Mass - Danica, Catholic Phoenix

Newt Gingrich, The Catholic Church, and Spousal Abandonment - Hilary Towers, Catholic Vote

Amnesty Equals Abortion - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

An Open Letter To Claire McCaskill - The Catholic Knight

Mislaid, 26 million Catholics - Father Bevil Bramwell O.M.I., The Catholic Thing

Father Pfleger Vows to Preach...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, amnesty, australia, bishop william morris, catholic blogosphere, catholics for choice, claire mccaskill, fr. pfleger, george soros, gospel

Universae Ecclesiae Is Here, Lost Meaning of Sacred, Why May Is Mary's Month, Australia, + more! (3709)

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05/11/2011 Comment

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ, the mother of God.

Universae Ecclesiae: Summorum Pontificum Instruction - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Lost Meaning of the Sacred - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

May is Mary’s Month, But Why? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

What “God Said” Matters - William E. Carroll, The Catholic Thing

US: Why Have FEMA? AL Citizens Show Us Spontaneous Charity in Action - Joshua Mercer, Catholic Vote

UK: New Papal Nuncio Address, Read Between the Lines - Damian Thompson, The Telegraph

Conspiracies And Controversies - LarryD, The American Catholic

On the Imprudence and Uncharitableness of Immodesty - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Chicago: The Pfleger Follies Continue! - Father John...READ MORE

Filed under alabama, anglicans, australia, bishop william morris, cardinal schonborn, catholic blogosphere, catholics, charity, england, fema

Divorce and Malta (5870)

The last European country to oppose divorce may change its law. Both sides are making their case ahead of a May 28 referendum.

05/11/2011 Comments (26)
2010 CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters

Pope Benedict XVI arrives by popemobile to celebrate Mass in Granaries Square outside St. Publius Church in Floriana, Malta, April 18, 2010. On his two-day visit, he spoke much about the permanence of marriage. A May 28 referendum will tell how much of that message Maltese accepted.

– 2010 CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters

VALLETTA, Malta — Malta has resisted legalization of divorce for many years, but the country is set to vote on the practice May 28.

Malta is one of the very few countries in the world where divorce is still illegal.  The upcoming referendum will offer voters the option of divorce only for couples who have had four years of marital separation with no prospect of reconciliation and where adequate maintenance is guaranteed for child support.

Only separation and annulment are possible under the current Civil Code and Marriage Act. Catholics in Malta may file for a declaration of nullity (commonly called an annulment), which recognizes that a valid marriage never existed. Others may opt for...READ MORE

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Mormon Convert, Aquinas and Horses, Amy Wellborn's New Blog, Saving Babies in Indiana, and more! (4143)

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05/11/2011 Comment

Saint Thomas Aquinas, the greatest philosopher the world has ever known.

Mormon Convert: Richard Sherlock - Why I’m Catholic

Aquinas and Horses - George Weigel, The Catholic Difference

What’s Good? Wherefore Ought? - Thaddeus J. Kozinski, Public Discourse

The Guild Of Blessed Titus Brandsma. . .? - Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

Amy Wellborn’s New Travel Blog - Jay Anderson, Pro Ecclesia

Spiritual Direction Is. . . - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

A Message to Catholic Politicians and Others: The Presence is Real - Lisa Graas, The American Catholic

Why is Manhattan College in the Bronx? - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Does the Church Condemn Capitalism? - Kevin Schmiesing, Crisis Magazine

Indiana Governor Daniels Signs Bill De-Funding Planned...READ MORE

Filed under amy wellborn, bronx, cancer, catholic blogosphere, catholic politicians, conversion stories, fr. frank pavone, guild of catholic bloggers, homosexual men, indiana

Notre Dame Drops Charges Against Obama Protesters (5947)

Two years after the pro-abortion president was honored at the university, members of the ‘ND 88’ will no longer be barred from campus. Here’s what they had to promise in return.

05/10/2011 Comments (32)
CNS photo/Jon L. Hendricks

People gather during a rally at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in April 2009. Hundreds of anti-abortion advocates protested on the campus against the school's invitation for President Obama to speak at that year's graduation ceremony and receive an honorary doctorate.

– CNS photo/Jon L. Hendricks

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Two years have passed since President Barack Obama’s controversial appearance at the University of Notre Dame. The university’s decision to invite the pro-abortion president to speak at the 2009 commencement exercises and receive an honorary doctorate was met with protests from a number of bishops. And people came to northern Indiana from all over and held rallies on and off campus. Nearly 90 protesters were arrested for trespassing.

Now, at the behest of Notre Dame, Saint Joseph County, Ind., prosecutor Michael Dvorak has dropped the charges against the “ND 88,” as the group of protesters has come to be known (one has since died).
The defendants and Notre Dame moved...READ MORE

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Feast Day of St. Damien, Will of God, Private Charity Government Welfare, Ship of St. Peter, + more! (2426)

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05/10/2011 Comment

Born Jozef De Veuster (1840 - 1889 A.D.) in Belgium, he became Father Damien and worked in Molokai amongst the lepers. He eventually contracted leprosy. He was canonized on October 11, 2009 A.D.

Saint Damian the Leper Priest and his Protestant Defender - Stephanie A. Mann, The English Reformation: Supremacy and Survival

Saint Damien of Molokai: Zeal for God’s House Consumed Him - Theresa Rita, Zeal

The Will of God - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Biblical Thoughts on the Ship of Saint Peter - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Private Charity Versus Government Welfare - Father C. J. McCloskey III, Crisis Magazine

Quaeritur: Our Father Prayer Hand Holding, Fr. Z Rants - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Right to Kill Your Kid - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

A Spanish Lesson - Robert Royal, First Things/On The Square

Christians...READ MORE

Filed under barque of st. peter, bible, bishop william morris, cancer, catholic blogosphere, coptic christians, egypt, government welfare, hand holding, homosexuals

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