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What Does "Mary" Mean, Backlash on Mel Gibson Movie, Beauty's Wholeness, and more! (3488)

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09/12/2011 Comment

What does the Name "Mary" Mean? Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to find out.

What does the Name “Mary” Mean? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Liberating Truth of Catholic Teaching on Sexual Morality - Dr. William E. May, CatholicCulture.org

Beauty’s Wholeness, Or, Why We Care Who Killed Edwin Drood - Daniel McInerny, High Concepts

Today is the Fifth Anniversary of Pope Benedict’s Regensburg Speech - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Decline of Civilization in One Simple Chart - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

How Can We Move On? - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Mayor Bloomberg’s Naked Public Square - Matthew J. Franck, First Things/First Thoughts

Aquinas, Augustine, and “Mommy Bloggers” - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Religious or...READ MORE

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College: How Not to Waste Your 4 Years (24406)

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Life is short, but books are long. Your college years, while the dull parts might seem to drag on endlessly, will be over in a flash. Trust me. In a shockingly short time, you really will have to spend 40-70 hours per week answering “urgent” e-mails, doing tedious research for lazy superiors, treading minefields of office politics, placating narcissists and fetching people coffee.

Whatever your chosen field, it will be years before you get to the “fun” part. Think of what lies ahead as apprenticeship, “paying your dues” or vocational hazing. It’s going to last for years and years, and while it’s happening, you’ll find yourself so tired at day’s end that you will rarely crack any of those...READ MORE

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Pope: Why We Need the Eucharist (2761)

Benedict XVI presided at the conclusion of the 25th Italian National Eucharistic Congress on Sept. 11. His Sunday Mass homily reflected on the congress’ theme: 'The Eucharist for Everyday Life.' He also recalled 9/11, entrusting the victims and their families to 'the Lord of life.' He also encouraged families, priests and engaged couples.

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ROME — At the midday recitation of the Angelus Sept. 11, Pope Benedict marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a call for a rejection of violence and for a “Eucharistic spirituality” that rejects indifference towards others.

“I invite the leaders of nations and men of good will to always refuse violence as the solution to problems, to resist the temptation toward hatred, and to work in society, inspired by the principles of solidarity, justice and peace,” he said.

He entrusted the attacks’ victims and their families to “the Lord of life.”

The Pope also wrote a Sept. 11 letter to the U.S. bishops’ conference president Archbishop Timothy Dolan, saying that...READ MORE

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HHS Blocks Abstinence Education As 'Unallowable' (6079)

Advocates of the 'risk-avoidance' approach of abstinence education defend its effectiveness.

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for initiatives that promote healthy marriages — as long as those projects don’t include abstinence-education programs.

FOA applicants are required to include a written statement pledging that abstinence education is not a part of their programs. In fact, teaching abstinence is defined as an “unallowable activity.” 

Groups are asked to make a “commitment to not use funds for unauthorized activities, including, but not limited to, an abstinence-education program.”

The funding for these marriage programs comes from the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, which includes $75 million for...READ MORE

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God at Ground Zero (4589)

Pastors gather to pray where New York Mayor Bloomberg holds secular remembrance.

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NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not want clergy leading prayers at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero today. So a group of Christian clergymen decided to organize their own prayer service there instead.

About a dozen Protestant and evangelical clergymen led a service yesterday morning at the site of the worst terrorist attack on America, as New Yorkers prepared for both the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and a possible al Qaeda truck bombing to mark the occasion.

The clergymen were joined by about three dozen people of various denominations, first gathering in front of St. Paul’s Chapel, a historic Episcopal church in downtown Manhattan, then...READ MORE

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Embracing Our Spiritual Truths: Editorial for 9/11's 10th Anniversary (2348)

Let us pray that the inconvenient truths revealed through this searing tragedy will not be forgotten. In fear and trepidation, we clung to the Lord. Let us now abide with him in love.

09/11/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

On Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, the soaring gothic spires of St. Patrick’s Cathedral face a 15-foot-tall, 7-ton cast bronze statue of Atlas, who stands at the main entrance to Rockefeller Plaza.

The colossal sculpture was installed in 1937, 42 years after the cathedral was consecrated in 1879.

According to Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan — one of the half-god, half-man giants who rose up against the gods of Olympus and thus was punished for his presumption with the task of carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

As our nation commemorates the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we ponder the lessons learned from many vantage points, whether...READ MORE

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Remembering 9/11 (2730)

Inside the Pentagon, a chaplain recalls ‘days taking bodies out of the building’ — and Providence at work.

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Courtesy of Msgr. Philip Hill

ON THE GROUND. Msgr. Philip Hill in Baghdad's Saddam Hussein Square.

– Courtesy of Msgr. Philip Hill

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a time to remember and reflect. Where were we that day? How were we affected by what was the largest attack on our shores since Pearl Harbor? How have we changed as a nation? And how have we changed as individuals?

All this week we have been giving several Catholics who were involved in one way or another a chance to reflect on those questions. We conclude our series today.

Msgr. Philip Hill has served as an Army chaplain in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. He’s now Command Chaplain at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.

But on Sept. 11, 2001, he was the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army’s Chief of Chaplains Office at the...READ MORE

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Islam and America (3835)

Ten years after al Qaeda attacks, United States still “wrestling” with the religion of the 9/11 terrorists.

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CULTURE CLASH? A survey conducted recently found that 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks Americans are evenly divided on the question of whether the values of Islam are compatible or at odds with American values and culture.

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WASHINGTON — “America is wrestling with Islam, and Islam is wrestling with America.”

So says William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, at a panel convened last week to discuss a new survey of U.S. attitudes on Islam, religious values, immigration and racial discrimination.

The survey found that 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks Americans are evenly divided on the question of whether the values of Islam are compatible or at odds with American values and culture.

Among the findings: the majority of American Catholics surveyed do not find Islam and American values at variance, while 6 in 10 white, evangelical Protestants do.

But some findings indicated less ease...READ MORE

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