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Divorce and Malta (5874)

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

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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! (4146)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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

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Notre Dame Drops Charges Against Obama Protesters (5952)

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.

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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! (2430)

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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

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Indiana to Defund Planned Parenthood (3337)

Mitch Daniels has bill on his desk that cuts $3 million of taxpayer funding that goes to the well-known abortion provider.

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Courtesy of Gov. Mitch Daniels office

– Courtesy of Gov. Mitch Daniels office

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels is reportedly about to a sign a bill providing restrictions on abortion and denying public funds to Planned Parenthood or any other organization doing abortions.

“The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers,” said Daniels as he announced his intention to sign H.B. 1210 April 29.

A reported $3 million is at stake for Planned Parenthood Indiana (PPIN) in both state money and federal funds administered by the state.

PPIN’s president, Betty Cockrum, followed Daniels’ announcement with an immediate promise to seek an injunction against the law as soon as it is signed.

Cockrum, who declined to speak to the...READ MORE

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Tomas Luis de Victoria, World Youth Day, Crisis Magazine Returns, Cardinal Zen, and much more! (3238)

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05/10/2011 Comment

Father Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611 A.D.) was the most famous composer of the 16th century in Spain, and one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation. Victoria was not only a composer, but also an accomplished organist and singer

Thanks to Tomás Luis de Victoria: Singer, Composer, Priest - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

More Than 340,000 Signed Up For World Youth Day - Catholic News Agency

The Return of Crisis Magazine - The American Catholic

Saint Joseph’s School for the Deaf, Bronx, New York, 1886 A.D. - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Instruction on Summorum Pontificum Coming - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

. . .the name of this document is. . .

There Be Dragons - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

A Cardinal’s Warning on China - Mary Kissel, The Wall Street Journal

Same-Sex “marriage” Debate Headed Back to Alaska - Joel Davidson, Catholic Anchor

Irish Parish Mass...READ MORE

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St. Damien, The Return of Crisis Mag, Sophie Scholl, Saints are People Too, Ad Orientem, and more! (2772)

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05/09/2011 Comment

Saint Damien of Molokai showing the ravages of leprosy. His feast day is May 10 and the State of Hawaii celebrates Father Damien Day on April 15.

Saint Damien of Molokai’s Life of Sacrifice Remembered May 10 - Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency

Goodbye InsideCatholic, Hello Crisis Magazine - Brian Saint-Paul, Crisis Magazine

Sophie Scholl, the White Rose, and Conscience - Stephanie A. Mann, The English Reformation: Supremacy and Survival

Saints Are People Too - Joseph Susanka, Patheos/Through A Lens Darkly

More on Learning to Praise God. . . II of II - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

New Translation Monday:  The Roman Canon, Part VIII (Supplices te Rogamus) - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Christian Dhimmitude in the Middle East - George Weigel, CatholicExchange

Cardinal Ratzinger on Ad Orientem and Communion...READ MORE

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Better to Stay in a Bad Marriage? (20671)

Traditional-marriage advocates say scientists won’t report how divorce, single parenting and step-parenting hurt children.

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– Shutterstock

NEW YORK — Social scientists are concealing the harm that divorce, single parenting and stepfamilies do to children. Not only that, they are also hiding the benefits which even unhappy marriages bestow, not just on children, but on the couples involved.

So claim the heads of several organizations devoted to defending traditional marriages.

“It’s a very sad occurrence when people, for reasons of political embarrassment, won’t say what they believe,” said David Blankenhorn, head of the Institute for American Values. Blankenhorn worries that government agencies and other institutions will frame policies based on misreported scientific findings that disfavor the traditional family.

Elizabeth...READ MORE

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