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Romney Pharmaceutical Chief’s Fundraiser Doesn’t Seem to Faze Pro-Lifers (7313)

Republican candidate attends $50K per plate party at home of ‘morning-after pill’ executive. Little opposition voiced.

05/26/2012 Comments (55)
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A presidential candidate attends a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the home of a pharmaceutical executive whose company produces an emergency contraceptive commonly known as the "morning-after pill.”

In normal circumstances, one might expect strong statements of disapproval from the pro-life community.

But in an election year, when the opposing candidate's record is unequivocally pro-abortion, politics can have an effect on how some pro-life organizations respond to the situation described above, which is no hypothetical.

On May 16, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, visited the Miami home of Dr. Philip Frost, the chairman of the...READ MORE

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Mary and the Christian (1889)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Stravinskas’ meditations on the Blessed Mother.

05/26/2012 Comment

Looking for a good book to read about Our Lady during this Marian month? Pick up What Mary Means to Christians.

Mary’s role in Christianity — long central to Catholic spirituality — suffers in America for two reasons: Some Protestants see any devotion to her as “Mariolatry,” while some “post-Vatican II” Catholics have marginalized her. Father Stravinskas’ slim book sets the record straight, reintroducing Catholics to their spiritual tradition associated with Mary, while making clear to Bible-believing Protestants that Mary’s role in Christianity has a solid scriptural basis which enjoyed support among reformers like Luther.

The book is divided into two parts. “The Life of Mary”...READ MORE

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5 More Short Stories that Every Catholic Should Read, the Chasuble of Segovia Cathedral, and more! (1927)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/25/2012 Comment

Five More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to find out.

Five More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Chasuble, Segovia Cathedral - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The USCCB is Learning from Their Mistakes - The Pulpit

Fifteen Years Later & Silent No More - The Crescat

Catholic Feminist Admits the C.D.F. is Right about Wayward Sisters - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Major DC Comics Super Hero to Come Out: Superman? - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Help a Young Lady to Wear a Habit – Giving is Habit Forming

Hans Küng Slams Pope Benedict XVI Over the SSPX - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

The Same-Sex "Marriage"/Contraception Link - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire


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Vatican Authorities Arrest Pope’s Butler on Suspicion of ‘Vatileaks’ (9869)

Paolo Gabriele, being held for further questioning, has been a member of the papal household since 2006.

05/25/2012 Comments (23)

The Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele (bottom left), arrives with Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Square. The butler, who serves in the apartments of the Holy Father, was arrested May 25 in connection with an investigation into leaks of confidential documents.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s law enforcement bureau arrested Pope Benedict XVI’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, on suspicion of leaking a series of confidential Vatican documents and letters to the media.

The Holy See Press Office's director, Father Federico Lombardi, told reporters May 25 that investigations initiated by Vatican police to discover the source of the leaks have identified a person “in illegal possession of such material.” Independent Vatican reports confirmed it was Gabriele.

A series of confidential documents and letters began appearing in the Italian media at the beginning of the year, each describing alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts within the Holy...READ MORE

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Robert George Connects Conscience and Religion Rights at National Religious Freedom Conference (3564)

Princeton scholar spoke of 'first freedom' May 24.

05/25/2012 Comments (1)

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Noted Catholic scholar Robert George said that comprehensive respect for conscience rights and religious freedom is important because of the role they play in structuring society and shaping the fundamental actions of people said May 24.

“The full defense of any particular liberty, including the freedom of religion, requires the identification and defense of the human goods, the basic aspects of human well-being and fulfillment, that liberty secures or protects or advances,” he said.

George explained that people should avoid appealing to abstract rights with no foundation in pursuing the things they want. Rather, they should recognize that true rights have a moral basis, which...READ MORE

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My Catholic Kid is Gay Now What?, St. Philip Neri: Apostle of Rome, Is Vatican II Binding, and more! (455)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/25/2012 Comment

My Catholic Kid is Gay! Now What? Click on the link by a guest post on the Catholic Sistas blog and read more.

My Catholic Kid is Gay! Now What? - Catholic Sistas

St. Philip Neri: Apostle of Rome - Fr. Michael Keating, Crisis Magazine

Is Vatican II Completely Binding on Catholics? - William Doino, First Things/First Thoughts

4 Ways The Gay Marriage Debate Has Been Rigged - The Pulpit

My Five Conversions - Marcus Grodi, From Our Back Porch

Did Judas Iscariot Receive the Holy Eucharist? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

St. Michael Doing His Thing - Elaine Golden, Ignitum Today

Russian Orthodoxy’s Unreconciled Dualism - Nicholas Myers, First Things/On the Square

Rising Birth Rate in Former Soviet Georgia: Credit Orthodox Patriarch - Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews


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'Catholic Voices' Reaches America Just in Time for a Full-Blown First Amendment Battle (33814)

Launched in Britain, apologetics-training program seeks to give Catholics the skills to spread the faith while disarming opponents.

05/25/2012 Comments (17)

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WASHINGTON — Media coverage of the Health and Human Services “contraception mandate” debate has intensified demand for appealing arguments that win minds and hearts, yet effective spokesmen and women for Catholic teaching are in short supply, giving an edge to those who spin the bishops’ position as a “war on women.”

Enter Austen Ivereigh, a British Catholic journalist, community organizer and onetime spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the now-retired archbishop of Westminster. Troubled by the British bishops’ struggle to counter partisan attacks on Church policy dealing with AIDS and condoms, same-sex “marriage” and abortion, Ivereigh developed a plan to help ordinary...READ MORE

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Let Freedom Ring! (8784)

Archbishop Lori delivers address on the challenge to religious liberty the nation now faces and what is being done in response.

05/24/2012 Comments (24)

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, delivered the keynote address at the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s National Religious Freedom Gala Reception and Award Dinner in Washington May 24.

The Register obtained a copy of the address.


It has now been just over a week since I became the archbishop of Baltimore, and I find myself surrounded by history there. I live near the Basilica of the Assumption, the oldest cathedral in the U.S. The cornerstone was laid in 1806. The nation’s first bishop, John Carroll, is buried beneath the basilica, as are many of my predecessors.

John Carroll was a...READ MORE

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