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Does the Lone Star Governor Have a Prayer or a Major Catholic Problem? (10620)

08/23/2011 Comments (28)

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to workers Aug. 18 at Epoch Homes in Pembroke, N.H.

– Darren McCollester/Getty Images

The morning before the Iowa Straw Poll — essentially a fundraiser for the Republican Party in the Hawkeye State — Rick Perry, the sitting governor of Texas, announced his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, a race that is still in its relatively early stages.

Perry brings with him executive experience and Lone Star electoral-vote magic. With that experience, of course, comes a record, with the baggage that can bring with it.

Different issues will set off different alarm bells. An early one has been the governor’s decision to issue an executive order to mandate that girls as young as 11 be vaccinated for the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease. In a good...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, prayer, presidential race, pro-life, u.s. politics

Dorm-ant Virtues Emerge in College (3871)

With the fall semester upon us, philosophy professor Christopher Kaczor discusses The Catholic University of America's recent move to single-sex dorms and Catholic colleges in general.

08/23/2011 Comments (1)

Professor Christopher Kaczor

– Loyola Marymount University

Earlier this year, President John Garvey of The Catholic University of America announced that CUA would start replacing its coed dormitories with all-male and all-female ones in the fall.

Behind the decision was research pointing to higher rates of binge drinking and sexual promiscuity among schools with coed dorms. This evidence was presented at a CUA conference in April by Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Kaczor has a keen interest in student well-being, which was first inspired by some of the things he encountered as an undergraduate at Boston College, including the alcohol-related death of a classmate. He wants every student...READ MORE

Filed under catholic colleges, catholic colleges and universities, ex corde ecclesiae

Catholic Doctors Oppose Contraception Mandate (2473)

The St. Gianna Physicians' Guild launches online petition asking the Obama administration to remove contraceptive references from its health-care guidelines and to provide a conscience clause to protect religious freedom.

08/23/2011 Comments (1)
CNA website via St. Gianna Physicians' Guild

– CNA website via St. Gianna Physicians' Guild

SAN DIEGO (CNA) — The St. Gianna Physicians’ Guild has launched an online petition asking the Obama administration to remove references to contraception and contraception counseling from its new health-care guidelines and to provide a conscience clause to protect the religious freedom of Catholics.

“We are going to send a message to the Obama administration that this contraception mandate is wrong, discriminatory and violates the religious rights of Catholics all across America,” said guild president Thomas McKenna.

The San Diego-based St. Gianna’s Physicians’ Guild was founded to unite and encourage Catholic physicians and others in the health-care profession. It aims to promote and...READ MORE

Filed under catholic doctors, contraception mandate, obama administration, pro-life, religious freedom, st. gianna physicians' guild

Triumph in Madrid, New Social Network for Young Catholics, What Makeup Can't Cancel, and more! (2662)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/23/2011 Comment

What Makeup Can't Conceal. Click on Sarah Babbs link to learn what it is.

Papa Bene in Madrid: Triumph for this Meek Man of Mighty Action, Despite BBC Attacks - Damian Thompson, The Daily Telegraph

VirtuousPla.net, The Social Network for Young Adult Catholics - The American Catholic

Seven Reasons for Good Cheer after Madrid (WYD) - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

What Makeup Can’t Conceal - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

Tithing Your Time At Work - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Why Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Saint John of Avila and the Reform of the Priesthood - Sr. Joan Gormley, Ignatius Insight

Taking Back “Person” - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

An Elementary & Practical Catholic Education - Dr....READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, new evangelization, new media, pope benedict xvi, social network, st. john of avila, tithing, virtuouspla.net, world youth day, young adults

Sightseeing in Madrid Post-World Youth Day (4902)

Our Register staffer is taking in the beauty and excitement of WYD's host city: a soccer game and a meal at the world's oldest restaurant.

08/22/2011 Comments (1)
Rachel Howell

– Rachel Howell

World Youth Day 2011 came to a close yesterday, Aug. 21, to the sorrow of all of us here in this beautiful city.

We have experienced so much, made so many new friends, and been introduced to our faith in a totally new light. Despite the hardships of WYD, and the difficulties any city has in hosting such a gigantic event, it remains an amazing testament of faith to the whole world.

The Holy Father’s words to the English-speaking world yesterday especially touched my group of pilgrims from the United States. Maybe it was the days of trying to understand and wishing we spoke Spanish that made it especially awesome to hear the greeting in our own language: “I greet all the English-speaking...READ MORE

Filed under madrid, pilgrimage, sightseeing, world youth day

Pro-Life Victory Hailed in Arizona (3111)

Catholics applaud end of abortions at seven Planned Parenthood businesses.

08/22/2011 Comments (3)

– Wikipedia

PHOENIX (EWTN News) — Catholic backers of new Arizona abortion regulations are happy that Planned Parenthood of Arizona is no longer offering abortions at seven of its 10 locations after new laws were passed.

“We are very blessed to hear this news in Arizona,” said Ron Johnson, director of the Arizona Catholic Conference. “For once, we applaud Planned Parenthood for something they’ve done.”
Planned Parenthood has ceased abortions in Yuma, Flagstaff, Prescott Valley, Goodyear, Chandler, Phoenix and one Tucson location, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

The new requirements will allow “lots of important things to happen,” Johnson told EWTN News Aug. 19. However, he noted that Planned...READ MORE

Filed under abortion regulations, arizona, catholicism, planned parenthood, pro-life

Students Put Faith on Film ... and Won Trip to World Youth Day (3600)

Winning video on confession sent young filmmakers to Madrid.

08/22/2011 Comments (9)
The Tablet

Melinda Collins and George Simon are interviewed for Currents, the Catholic daily news program that airs on NET-NY in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

– The Tablet

Melinda Collins and George Simon were just two of the tens of thousands of young Americans at World Youth Day in Madrid. Like youth from all over the world, they’ll surely have many precious memories of the youth event with Pope Benedict XVI.

For Collins and Simon, the road to World Youth Day was an unexpected one.

They are budding filmmakers and students at John Paul the Great University in San Diego, a new institution dedicated to training young Catholics in new media. Their video, Get Clean, swept past all other entries to win the grand prize in a national contest for a YouTube video on confession. It garnered them large monetary prizes, kept one of them in school, and prompted a working...READ MORE

Filed under catholicism, confession, film students, i-confess, john paul the great university, world youth day

Back to School Saint Advice, The Power of Beauty, The New Addiction, and much more! (2584)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/22/2011 Comment

The New Addiction, Creating Idols out of Smart Phones. Click on Anna Williams link to learn more.

Back-to-School Saint Advice - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Extraordinary Form Requiem, Mobile, Alabama, USA - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

VirtuousPla.net, The Social Network for Young Adult Catholics - The American Catholic

The Power of Beauty - Sarah, Fumbling Toward Grace

Archbishop Chaput: Support Catholic Media, Mainstream Media Unreliable - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The New Addiction - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

The Biblical Basis for the Papacy - John Bergsma, The Sacred Page

A New Doctor of the Church, And Seventeen More on Hold - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Mormons, Catholics, and Online Success - Brandon Vogt, The Church and New Media


Filed under archbishop charles j. chaput, back to school, beauty, bible, catholic blogosphere, catholic media, communion in the hand, mainstream media, new evangelization, new media

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