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Pope Arrives in Benin and Talks of God's Friendship With Humanity (2763)

Benedict begins three-day trip that marks the 40th anniversary of the Holy See establishing diplomatic relations with the West African country and the 150th year since the first Catholic missionaries arrived there.

11/18/2011 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Benin at the beginning of a three-day trip, where he will unveil his blueprint on the future of the Church in Africa entitled Africae Munus.

“May this document fall into the ground and take root, grow and bear much fruit ‘in one case a hundredfold, in another 60, and in another 30,’ as Christ himself said,” declared Pope Benedict upon his arrival to the small West African country.

The Pope was met at Cardinal Bernardin Gantin Airport in Cotonou by President Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin and Archbishop Antoine Ganye of Cotonou.

The archbishop was accompanied by colorful groups of local women who danced and sang as the Pope stepped off his chartered Alitalia...READ MORE

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The Supreme Court and Obamacare (3500)

As Catholics and pro-lifers welcome the news that the high court will take up the health-care issue, the future remains murky.

11/18/2011 Comments (11)
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks at a news conference where Republican members of the House displayed petitions Americans have signed demanding the repeal of healthcare legislation Jan. 18 in Washington. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the law next spring.

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WASHINGTON — This coming spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear more than five hours of oral arguments in a case challenging President Obama’s signature health-care legislation. The case, brought by Florida and 25 other states and the National Federation of Independent Business, marks the highest profile challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The law, also known as “Obamacare,” has been controversial, as debate continues over what exactly its implications for both conscience and business are.

At the heart of the challenge is the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the requirement that everyone purchase health insurance. The mandate was dealt a blow when...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, congress, contraception, healthcare, religious freedom

Catholic Women Need Thick Skin Online, Grace and Technology, Movies Sound Cooler in Latin, and more! (3762)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/18/2011 Comments (3)

Grace and Technology: The USCCB’s Uber-Tweeter. Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to learn more.

Catholic Women Need Thick Skins Online - Caroline Farrow, Catholic Herald

Grace and Technology: The USCCB’s Uber-Tweeter - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Movies Sound Cooler In Latin - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Saint Martin of Tours and the Search for Holiness - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Le Chiese delle Cittá: Santa Maria della Salute - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

Thinking Critically About Mary - Philip Primeau, Catholic Lane

Distributism’s Fixed, False Beliefs - John Couretas, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Christians in the Middle East - Joseph Bottum, Hudson New York

Africa Reminds Us that We should Pray Facing the East, Ad Orientem - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant...READ MORE

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Presidential Hopefuls: Ron Paul (4610)

Although committed to the protection of life, his libertarianism prevents him from voting for federal pro-life legislation.

11/18/2011 Comments (22)

WASHINGTON — When GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul says that he is pro-life, it’s personal.

As a medical student, Paul walked in on a late-term abortion in progress. The Texas Congressman and former obstetrician-gynecologist has recalled many times the shock of seeing a baby placed in a bucket that was put in a corner and ignored until the child died.

“I walked down the hallway and [another] baby was born early — slightly bigger than the baby they put in the bucket, and they wanted to save this baby,” he recalled in a campaign ad. “So they might have had 10 doctors in there doing everything conceivable [to save that baby’s life]. 

“Who are we to decide that we pick and throw one...READ MORE

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Judge: Prop. 8 Supporters Can Defend Law in Court (2584)

Ruling reached Nov. 17: 'Neither the governor, the attorney general, nor any other executive or legislative official has the authority to veto or invalidate an initiative measure that has been approved by the voters.'

11/18/2011 Comments (7)

SAN FRANCISCO (EWTN News)—Advocates of Proposition 8 can defend California’s traditional-marriage law in federal court, state supreme court judges ruled Nov. 17.

“This ruling is a huge disaster for the homosexual-marriage extremists” and “an enormous boost for Proposition 8 as well as the integrity of the initiative process itself,” ProtectMarriage.com announced after the ruling.

Thursday’s decision allows ProtectMarriage.com, sponsors of the 2008 initiative that defined marriage as a relationship of one man and one woman, to defend the law in federal court after California’s governor and attorney general refused to argue for its validity.

“In a post-election challenge to a...READ MORE

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New Translation Major Overhaul, Pope John XXIII and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Jimmy Savile and more! (2665)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/18/2011 Comments (1)

A War Prevented: Pope John XXIII & the Cuban Missile Crisis. Click on the link by Ronald J. Rychlak to learn more.

New Mass Translations: “I Confess…” & “Glory to God…”- Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

“The Roman Catholic Mass is Undergoing a Major Overhaul” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Why I’m Psyched for the New Roman Missal Translation - Marissa Nichols, Theology of Laundry

A War Prevented: Pope John XXIII & the Cuban Missile Crisis - Ronald J. Rychlak, Crisis Magazine

Photos of Mass During Wartime - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Le Chiese delle Cittá: Santa Maria Sopra Minerva - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

And Death is Gain. . . A Reflection on the Christian View of Death - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archd. of Washington

Sir Jimmy Savile and the Saint in the Making -...READ MORE

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Campaign for Human Development Answers Charges (3795)

Is the bishops’ anti-poverty program complicit with practices against Church teaching?

11/18/2011 Comments (9)


WASHINGTON — From the bishops’ perspective, the fight against poverty is daunting enough without wasting time and resources defending their record.

But one pro-life organization continues to question whether resources that come from the wallets and pocketbooks of faithful Catholic should be directed to anti-poverty agencies with other agendas.

As most dioceses this weekend take up the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the bishops’ domestic anti-poverty, social-justice program, the Campaign is again drawing the ire of critics who allege that the program funds agencies involved in activities contrary to Church teaching on abortion, contraception and...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, american life league, catholic campaign for human development, cchd, homosexuality, usccb

The Difference between Spiritual and Sacramental Communion, Celibacy and Continence, and much more! (2990)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/17/2011 Comment

The Difference between Spiritual & Sacramental Communion. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to learn more.

The Difference between Spiritual & Sacramental Communion - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Sophia Institute Press Acquires Catholic Exchange - Catholic News Agency

Sandro Magister on Clerical Celibacy & Continence - Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Five Things No One Knows Are Ridiculously Catholic, But Should - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

A Good Examination of Conscience - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Bankrolling Beauty - Sarah Phelps Smith, Crisis Magazine

I Could Have. . . and Entering College - Jared Dale Combista, VirtuousPla.net

A New Kind of Homeschooling in Ecuador - Redazione, Ilsussidiario

The Consequences of the “I Don’t Want to Offend”...READ MORE

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