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Hang Up and Connect (2219)

May 6 issue editorial on the need for face-to-face connections in a tech-savvy world. Blessed John Paul II, who was beatified May 1, 2011, offers a wonderful example on being fully present to others.

05/01/2012 Comment

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In some ways, it’s an update of the scene from years past, where a wife’s words at breakfast didn’t seem to be making an impression on her husband, who had his nose in the morning paper.

But we see far too many examples today of people with their “noses buried” in their smartphones or iPads when they might normally be expected to be interacting with people right next to them.

Families eat dinner together, but rather than carry on a robust conversation, spouses and siblings alternate between taking a bite and checking text messages.

A multitasking worker suddenly realizes that his phone partner asked him a question — but he wasn’t paying attention.

In a recent New York Times...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Faculty Show Support for Bishop Jenky's Recent Homily Remarks (4025)

'Bishop Jenky properly drew attention to the impending dangers to religious and personal freedom,' said Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles Rice. Meanwhile, other faculty protest the Peoria bishop's comments.

05/01/2012 Comments (35)
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Faculty members at the University of Notre Dame say that attacks on Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Ill., over remarks about Hitler and Stalin in a recent homily have taken his words out of context.

“Bishop Jenky properly drew attention to the impending dangers to religious and personal freedom,” said Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles Rice.

He argued in an April 24 statement that the bishop’s critics “misread” his comments, which presented a “simple truth” about history.

On April 14, Bishop Jenky delivered a homily at an annual men’s Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. He urged courageous action in the face of modern-day threats to religious freedom in America.


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Can Beauty Save the World, A Southern Baptist Seminarian Converts, Practical Distributism, and more! (5649)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/01/2012 Comment

Can Beauty Save the World? Click on the link by Dr. Eric Cunningham to read more.

Can Beauty Save the World? - Dr. Eric Cunningham, Catholic World Report

A Southern Baptist Seminarian Turns to Rome - Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Practical Distributism: Innovation - David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

Anti-Bullying Gay Bullies Christians - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Is NFP Effective? - Ellen Gable Hrkach, Catholic Lane

I am Stuck in my Spiritual Growth, how do I get Unstuck? This is Frustrating! Part I of II - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Steve Jobs and the New Evangelization - Fr. C. J. McCloskey, The Catholic Thing

Five Saints to Enrich your Easter Season - Stephen Beale, Crisis Magazine

How A Run Changed...READ MORE

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Blind Dissident Evades Chinese Police, Seeks Asylum at U.S. Embassy (3210)

China is likely to allow Chen Guangcheng to go to the United States, says the group close to the human-rights activist.

04/30/2012 Comments (3)

Protesters wearing sunglasses shout slogans in support of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong April 30.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng’s dramatic escape from house arrest in China has led to his seeking asylum at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Chen, 40, was imprisoned last week due to his opposition to China’s one-child policy, which includes forced abortions and sterilizations.

Chen escaped April 22 from his heavily guarded farmhouse in Shandong province. The whereabouts and well-being of his family and several associates remains unconfirmed, although there have been reports that some family members have been arrested by Chinese authorities.

“The Chinese government has reacted predictably, with a show of strength, by detaining a number of Chen’s relatives and...READ MORE

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Call to Obedience (4840)

May 6 issue editorial on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s newly released doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

04/30/2012 Comments (36)

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s newly released doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has provoked an explosion of outrage. Media commentators and ordinary Catholics are accusing a male hierarchy of waging war on women religious, who, it is said, do all the heavy lifting in Catholic hospitals, schools and social agencies.

In fact, the once dominant role of women religious in cherished Catholic institutions has drastically contracted in the wake of the Second Vatican Council and the subsequent departure of tens of thousands of women from their religious orders.  It is not uncommon for Catholic children in parochial schools to never...READ MORE

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Pope Says Forgiveness Is Key to Peace in the World (2233)

The Holy Father commended work of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences to Mary, Queen of Peace.

04/30/2012 Comments (2)

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Pope Benedict XVI says that forgiveness is the key to creating harmony between peoples and nations.

“Forgiveness is not a denial of wrongdoing, but a participation in the healing and transforming love of God which reconciles and restores,” Pope Benedict said April 30.

“Historic wrongs and injustices can only be overcome if men and women are inspired by a message of healing and hope, a message that offers a way forward, out of the impasse that so often locks people and nations into a vicious circle of violence.”

The Pope made his comments in a message to professor Mary Ann Glendon, the president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which was made public on April 30. The...READ MORE

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Pope Prays for Vocations on World Day of Prayer for Vocations (1789)

The Holy Father entrusted vocation discernment to Mary, 'mother of every vocation in the Church,' on April 29.

04/30/2012 Comment

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On Sunday, April 29, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Benedict XVI asked families, communities and local parishes to help young men in discerning their vocation to the priesthood.

“Dear friends, pray for the Church, every local community, that they are like a garden in which can germinate and ripen all the seeds of vocation that God sows in abundance,” said the Pope in his midday Regina Caeli address to pilgrims in St. Peters Square.

“In particular, families are the first environment into which ‘breathes’ the love of God, which gives inner strength even in the midst of the difficulties and trials of life.”

Earlier in the morning, Pope Benedict XVI had ordained nine new...READ MORE

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The First Canadian Pope?, Subsidy or Subsidiarity, Who Dares Wins, Defending Jenky, and much more! (5902)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/30/2012 Comments (4)

Could He Be the First Canadian Pope? Click on the link by Gerard O'Connell to read more.

Could He Be the First Canadian Pope? - Gerard O'Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Subsidy or Subsidiarity - Gerald J. Russello, Crisis Magazine

Who Dares, Wins - Joseph Wood, The Catholic Thing

Father Miscamble Defends Bishop Jenky - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Where is the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Bible - Nicholas Hardesty, Phat Catholic Apologetics

The Childhood of Saint Catherine of Siena - Sigrid Undset, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Five Classic Catholic Movies - Saint Peter's List

Learn to Paint Icons in the Western Tradition at Thomas More Col. - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Freedom of Choice - Calah Alexander, Ignitum Today

Becoming...READ MORE

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