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Praying for World Youth Day (2530)

Our Spain-bound Register staffer anticipates the coming events in Madrid.

08/13/2011 Comment
WYD Facebook

– WYD Facebook

As one of the thousands of young people preparing to make the trip to Madrid this year, my excitement continues to build. After all, I have been preparing for this for a year and a half!

When my parish made the decision to take a group to Spain, I had no idea what I was getting into. All the prep, fundraisers, steak dinners, etc. At the time, it is so far away you wonder if it will ever come.

The group I am going with is very small — only 13 people. That’s okay. This is the first time our parish has sent a group. Needless to say, there will be a lot of learning as we go. Thank God we will have a full-time guide the whole time.

Now comes the “fun” part — packing! I am counting on...READ MORE

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Appreciating Darwin Has Evolved (10511)

Saturday Book Pick: Darwin's Pious Idea.

08/13/2011 Comments (23)

Creationists and evolutionists both see Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as the linchpin of all attempts to prove or disprove the existence of God. Darwin’s Pious Idea by Conor Cunningham turns this debate on its head. The subtitle says it all: “Why the ultra-Darwinists and creationists both get it wrong.”

Activist atheists and fundamentalist believers vehemently try to persuade others to adopt their way of thinking. Cunningham argues that both are wasting their time.

Darwin’s theory of evolution, he writes, “is frequently construed, by both its supporters and its opponents, as an attack on the idea of God and an attempted exposé of the frivolity of the piety of religious believers. On...READ MORE

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A Traditional WYD, Existence of Order, Holding Hands, Modest Dress Code for Mass, and much more! (3271)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/12/2011 Comment

Pictures and more about the Tomb of St. Philip the Apostle. Click on John Whitehead's link to learn more about our Catholic faith.

A Different Kind of World Youth Day, Traditional!- Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Over 3,000 British Pilgrims set off for Madrid - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Dumb Luck or Design? A Meditation on the Existence of Order - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

I Want to Hold Your Hand - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Marriage by God’s Standard - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Nunspeak

Tomb of St. Philip the Apostle - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

A Modest (Dress Code) Suggestion - Our Sunday Visitor

Doctrine & Policy: The Authentic Catholic Mind - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

Why did Jesus Call the Canaanite Woman a “Dog”? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush,...READ MORE

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Madrid Preps for World Youth Day (3648)

WYD 2011’s executive director offers a preview of upcoming events. Aug. 14 issue feature.

08/12/2011 Comments (1)

World Youth Day Madrid’s executive director, Yago de la Cierva

World Youth Day Madrid’s executive director, Yago de la Cierva, has been busily preparing for the Aug. 16-21 festival of Catholic faith.

As the chief organizer, de la Cierva explained, from Rome on June 28, how pilgrims could best prepare for WYD, the reasons for holding the event in Madrid, the Pope’s decision to hear confessions, and how Spain’s secularist government is handling the event.

How have the preparations gone for World Youth Day?
Everything is on schedule, and the preparations are going quite well, both because of the large number of volunteers working on this, but also because of the collaboration from public administration and civil society — sponsors, companies,...READ MORE

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Superheroes of Summer 2011 (4254)

What Our Heroes Tell Us About Ourselves

08/12/2011 Comments (6)

– Wikipedia

The summer of 2011 featured an unprecedented four comic-book superhero movies, all origin stories: X-Men: First Class, Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America: The First Avenger. (That’s not counting the January release The Green Hornet, based on a hero whose origins were not in comic books, but radio serials.)

Next year, besides the Avengers ensemble movie — featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and the Black Widow — the slate includes a new Ghost Rider film, a Spider-Man reboot and the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Additional Iron Man and Thor sequels are already planned for 2013, along with the return (again) of the hero who started it all, the Man of...READ MORE

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Canadian Parents Battle Pro-Homosexual Public Schools (3616)

Catholic-rights group offers its support for 'first educators of children.'

08/12/2011 Comments (18)
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BURNABY, British Columbia — A Catholic civil-rights group in Canada has published a parental-rights declaration as a way to assist parents in their struggles with school bureaucracies intent on normalizing homosexuality.

Canada legalized same-sex “marriage” in 2005.

Sean Murphy, British Columbia director of the Canadian Catholic Civil Rights League, published the “Declaration on the Authority of Parents and Guardians in the Education of their Children” on July 6 and distributed it to parents’ groups around the world, several of whom have published it.

Murphy’s move was triggered when parents failed to stop a B.C. public-school district policy promoting homosexuality as a behavior that is...READ MORE

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Pope Looks Forward to World Youth Day (2198)

Benedict is excited to meet with the youth, hear confessions, and celebrate Mass (including one dedicated to John Paul II). A decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary issued Aug. 11 establishes that a special indulgence is offered to WYD pilgrims.

08/12/2011 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI is eager to meet the vast crowds of young people who are gathering in Madrid and is looking forward to the “wonderfully spiritual” moments that will occur during the four-day international event.

“The Pope is very happy and very much looking forward to meeting a million young people next week,” said papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi in Aug. 12 remarks to EWTN News.

“It will obviously be a very demanding trip for him because it is a four-day visit. But he knows from his previous World Youth Days in Cologne and Sydney that these are great occasions with great enthusiasm, and he wants to give young people a witness to faith and...READ MORE

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Catholics Oppose New York City's New Sex-Ed Mandate (2425)

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said this is 'one more example of political agendas being forced on children and their families.'

08/12/2011 Comments (3)

New York City Hall

– Wikipedia

NEW YORK CITY (CNA) — New York City’s new requirement that one semester of sex education be taught in all public middle and high schools continues a “failed experiment” and substitutes parents’ beliefs and values with those of the schools, Catholic leaders said.

“The decision of the city of New York to mandate sex-education classes, including teaching grade- school children about sex and condom use, is troubling,” said Joseph Zwilling, the Archdiocese of New York’s communications director, on Aug. 10.

He said 40 years’ experience has shown it is a “misguided effort” and a “failure” to try to make sexual activity devoid of consequences.

“Rates of teen sexual activity and pregnancies...READ MORE

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