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Matthew Kelly's Tips for Teaching Faith to Kids (6768)

In his latest book, The One Thing: Passing Faith Onto Children, the Catholic author writes about the joys and challenges of passing the Catholic faith on to children. An Oct. 9 issue feature.

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CATHOLIC FAMILY. Matthew and Meggie Kelly with their son, Walter.

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Matthew Kelly has been writing and speaking to audiences since he was a teenager attending business school in Sydney, Australia. His message is consistent to Catholic and business audiences alike — become a better version of yourself.

In his latest book, The One Thing: Passing Faith Onto Children (Beacon Publishing, 2011), Kelly, 38, writes about the joys and challenges of passing the Catholic faith on to children.


How was the Catholic faith passed on to you growing up in Australia by your family?



My parents had a wonderful way of saying informal things like “God has been good to our family,” and this had a real and lasting impact on me as a child. They also believed...READ MORE

Filed under children, eucharist, faith, jesus christ, parents, sharing the faith

Bishops Clarify Use of 'Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship' (10273)

2007 document's new introductory note calls Catholics 'to form their consciences in the light of their Catholic faith and to bring our moral principles to the debate and decisions about candidates and issues.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—With the campaign for the 2012 presidential race gaining speed, the U.S. Catholic bishops are saying that their 2007 statement on the political responsibilities of Catholics must not be misused or distorted to justify supporting candidates that do not adhere to Church teaching.

The bishops warned against “misguided appeals to ‘conscience’ to ignore fundamental moral claims, to reduce Catholic moral concerns to one or two matters, or to justify choices simply to advance partisan, ideological or personal interests.”

An Oct. 4 statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that conference president Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, along with...READ MORE

Filed under catholicism, conscience, politics, u.s. bishops, voting

Behind the Pro-Life Victories of 2011 (6421)

Americans United for Life’s Charmaine Yoest discusses the legislative advances and what's to come in 2012.

10/05/2011 Comment

WASHINGTON — With one of the most pro-abortion administrations in the White House, the possibility of mandated coverage for contraceptives and sterilizations, and conscience rights being threatened, it’s easy for pro-lifers to get discouraged these days.

Not Charmaine Yoest.

“One of the most exciting things is looking back at where we were in 2008, when there was such desperation in the pro-life movement, and comparing it to now, when we are seeing a tidal wave of pro-life victories,” said Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

“On the state level,” she said, “we have been able to bring about a number of victories. There was a huge upswing in the number of pro-life...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, americans united for life, charmaine yoest, planned parenthood, pro-life movement, roe v. wade, state legislatures

Is Amanda Knox Catholic, Tim Tebow and Christophobia, Dorothy Day's Granddaughter, and more! (4667)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/05/2011 Comment

Is Amanda Knox Catholic? Click on the link by Tom Hoopes to find out more.

Legislating the Constitution Down - Elizabeth Scalia, First Things/On the Square

An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality & Catholicism - Melinda Selmys, The American Catholic

Tim Tebow and Christophobia - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver

Stand By Your Man - Julie Robison, VirtuousPla.net

What Does it Mean that the Gates of Hell Won’t Prevail? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Amanda Knox, Catholic? - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

In Her Footsteps: Meet Dorothy Day’s Granddaughter - Deacon Greg Kandra, The Deacon’s Bench

SSPX Leader Gives Cool Reaction to Vatican Peace Offering - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

B16 Determined to Stop Syncretism Personally at Assisi - Fr. Tim...READ MORE

Filed under amanda knox, christophobia, martha hennessy, religious freedom, same-sex attraction, sspx, st. francis of assisi, syncretism, tim tebow, vargas llosa

Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Christian Faith (2488)

His conversion prompted imprisionment and pending death in a country where many Christians and other believers face persecution.

10/04/2011 Comments (3)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Iranian Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani still faces imminent execution, though officials no longer say he is charged with apostasy.

“I think his life is in jeopardy more than it ever has been throughout this trial,” said Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based human-rights organization.

“The one glimmer of hope we have is that we’re shedding light on a story that never gets told in Iran until after the fact. We’re able to work on this case to try to do everything we can to try and save his life.”

The 32-year-old pastor has been imprisoned since 2009, after he complained to local authorities about his son being...READ MORE

Filed under christianity, conversion, iran, persecution

Red Mass, How a Formidable Bishop Rooted Out Corruption, Catholics on Tattoos, and much more! (3097)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/04/2011 Comment

A Catholic Perspective on Tattoos, Piercings, & “Body Art”. Click on the link by Deacon Robert Lukosh to learn more.

At DC Red Mass, A Call “To Do the Good” - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Hilary White: How a Fire was Lit within Me - Hilary White, LifeSiteNews.com

A Formidable English Bishop Who Rooted Out Corruption - Catholic Herald

Come & See: Bringing Others (& Ourselves) to Christ - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Toward a Viable Catholic Political Strategy for our Times - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

How Porn Is Like Strangulation - Rob Hall, Road to Rome

Art vs. Hate Crime - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

Big Bro - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

A Catholic Perspective on Tattoos, Piercings, & “Body Art” - Deacon Robert Lukosh, Envoy Magazine

More Catholic Colleges Oppose HHS...READ MORE

Filed under body art, franciscan university of steubenville, hilary white, minnesota catholic conference, obama administration, piercings, pornography, red mass, st. thomas of hereford, tattoos

Archbishop O'Brien Speaks About His Role as Holy Land Ambassador (1967)

Grand master of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem promotes and defends Christianity where Christ walked.

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ROME (EWTN News/CNA)—Archbishop Edwin O’Brien is calling upon Catholics to give renewed support to Christians in the Holy Land.

“Our population there is ebbing; we are now only about 2% of the total population,” he told EWTN News in Rome on Sept. 27.

“The holy places where Christ walked and where monuments are established to recall his words, his death and resurrection—they are now less and less frequented. Therefore, we must as good Christians around the world respect that patrimony.”

It has been one month since the Vatican asked 72-year-old Archbishop O’Brien to move from the Archdiocese of Baltimore to become the grand master of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem....READ MORE

Filed under archbishop o'brien, catholic, faith, holy land

Canadian Pro-Lifer Is Jailed Again — and Is Counseling Pregnant Women in Prison (8332)

Mary Wagner refuses to sign agreement to stay away from abortion clinics.

10/04/2011 Comments (16)

Mary Wagner used to be the girl next door — with a tomboy streak. Growing up in a home full of boys on Vancouver Island, she became a second mother to the younger ones and also learned to fix a car. At times, it looked like motherhood awaited, and at times, it looked like the convent.

Now it seems like Wagner is headed for a life behind bars.

Wagner, 38, has just been convicted of mischief and sentenced to 40 days in jail for entering a Toronto abortion business and counseling the women there to keep their babies. It’s Wagner’s second conviction since 2000 and her second time in jail in two years. This spring she was actually acquitted of the same offense — but not before she spent four...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, canada, mary wagner, prison, pro-life counseling, vancouver

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