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Purpose of Creation, Tough Life Choices, Pope St. Gregory VII, Scrupulosity, Shopping, and more! (3570)

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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

Filed under abortion, abstinence, beethoven, catholic blogosphere, creation, extraordinary form, gregorian rite, motu proprio, new evangelization, new media

Pornography as a Teacher (4645)

Saturday Book Pick: The Social Costs of Pornography

05/14/2011 Comments (3)

THE SOCIAL COSTS OF PORNOGRAPHY

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! (2702)

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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! (2912)

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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

Filed under catholic blogosphere, catholic university of america, homeschooling, immigration, islam, new evangelization, new media, news aggregation, our lady of fatima, pennsylvania

Countering Contraception (5694)

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

Filed under abortion, contraception, guttmacher institute, john paul ii, marriage, planned parenthood, theology of the body

Rerum Novarum, Universae Ecclesiae, Canadian Ordinariate, St. Pancras, St. Leopold, and much more! (2537)

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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 (4636)

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

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Family Movie Night, Those That Have Not Heard the Gospel, Plague of Memphis, To Be Joyful, + more! (2966)

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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

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