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Party Affiliation Linked to Church Attendance? (2397)

Gallup poll finds Republicans are more likely to attend religious services.

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Republicans are more likely to attend church than Democrats, while Catholics’ presence in both U.S. political parties has dropped slightly, a new Gallup poll says.

“Democrats remain less likely to attend church weekly and more likely to seldom or never attend church than the national average,” Gallup reported on Nov. 7.

About 52% of Democrats or those who lean Democrat seldom or never attend church, a Gallup survey from June-August 2011 found. This is an increase of 2% since a Gallup poll conduced in January-March of 2008. Although the 2008 poll found that 29% of this group said they attended weekly, in 2011 only 27% said the same.

Among Republicans or those who lean Republican, 38% say...READ MORE

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Belmont Abbey Goes Old School, The Human Face:Image of God, Interior v Exterior Peace, and more! (2710)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Belmont Abbey Goes Old School. Click on the link by the Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes to learn more.

Do You Love Your Neighbor with Same Love that You Love God? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Forgotten Praise - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, VirtuousPla.net

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ: Abandon Yourself to this Book - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

US: Belmont Abbey Goes Old School - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

The Human Face: Image of God - H. Reed Armstrong, Crisis Magazine

Proper Fear of God Encourages Us to be Spiritually Awake - Carl E. Olson, Our Sunday Visitor

Interior v. Exterior Peace - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Why I Never Should have had Eight Children - Leila Miller, Little Catholic Bubble

What I’ve Learned Falling in Love with my Fiancé...READ MORE

Filed under belmont abbey college, catholic blogosphere, fr. jean-pierre de caussade, lebanon, love, peace, school choice, vouchers

Pope: Scripture Should Lead to 'Personal Encounter With the Lord of Life' (1919)

Benedict XVI focuses on Psalm 119 during Nov. 9 general audience.

11/09/2011 Comment

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI spoke today about Psalm 119 as a wonderful discourse on the breadth and depth of man’s relationship with God.

The Psalmist’s song “voices the range of sentiments which fill the hearts of those who pray: praise, thanksgiving, trust, supplication and lament, all within the context of a heartfelt openness to the Lord’s word,” the Pope said.

He explained to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Nov. 9 general audience that the Psalm is “an acrostic” – an ancient poetic structure in which each stanza contains eight verses and begins with a different letter from the 22-word Hebrew alphabet. These 22 stanzas also make the Psalm the...READ MORE

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Strong Catholic Identity Benefits Ave Maria University and Benedictine College (4445)

How Ex Corde Ecclesiae is changing higher education.

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CATHOLIC PRACTICE. On the first Sunday of each May, Benedictine College students who have announced their plans to become sisters or attend seminary take the leading roles in the May crowning ceremony at Mary’s Grotto on the Atchison, Kans., campus.

– Benedictine College

This has been a landmark year for both bishops and presidents of Catholic colleges, as they work to comply with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States” regarding Catholic identity at Catholic colleges and universities, which was put in place 10 years ago. Presidents of Catholic universities and their bishops are meeting for a 10-year review of the application.

Several Catholic institutions of higher learning, such as Ave Maria University and Benedictine College, recently reached significant milestones in their efforts to secure and solidify their Catholic identity. 

And, on Oct. 14, A. Gabriel Esteban, the new president of Seton...READ MORE

Filed under ave maria university, benedictine college, catholic identity, education, seton hall university

Catholics Come Home Set to Roll Out Television Ads Nationally During Prime Time (4608)

Organizers hope campaign brings millions into the Church.

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A screen shot from Catholics Come Home's national television commercial 'Epic.'

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ROSWELL, Ga. — Graduate student Andy Woods first heard a Catholics Come Home advertisement on Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati a few weeks ago while in his car running errands. When he returned home, he watched the television version on YouTube.

“It was really well done,” said Woods. “You see the Mormon ads popping up all over online. This is something the Catholic Church should be doing. It’s important for the Church to use the same forms of media that constantly attack it to evangelize and defend itself.”

Woods forwarded the ad to his mother, who then forwarded it to her sisters.

Come mid-December, those ads, which have been utilized in 30 dioceses, will air nationally on prime-time...READ MORE

Filed under catholics come home, evangelization, fallen away catholics, tom peterson

A Beer Blessing, Toasted Worms, Jack the Ripper was an Abortionist?, and much more! (2816)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/09/2011 Comment

A Beer Blessing, In Case You Need Another Reason to be Catholic - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Black Must Come Back (in the Liturgy) - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Roundtable on Media and the New Evangelization (video) - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Lord, When? - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

The Devil and Daniel Avila - Jay Boyd, Philothea on Phire

Toasted Worms and Spiritual Miss-Direction - Elise, Kissing the Leper

What I Love About the Catholic Church - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Fight Threats to Religious Liberty by Renewing Catholic Identity - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

Was Jack the Ripper a Prominent London Abortionist? - John...READ MORE

Filed under austria, black vestments, catholic blogosphere, daniel avila, jack the ripper, modernism, multiculturalism, new evangelization, new york times, religious liberty

Archbishop Dolan Issues Decree: No Same-Sex 'Marriages' in New York Archdiocese (6329)

The archbishop stated that clergy and Church employees may not participate in the solemnization of a civil same-sex 'marriage,' nor may the property and facilities of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of New York be used for such events.

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NEW YORK (EWTN News/CNA)—Clergy and Church employees may not participate in the solemnization of a civil same-sex “marriage,” nor may the property and facilities of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of New York be used for such events, Archbishop Timothy Dolan said in a recent decree.

“Jesus Christ affirmed the privileged place of marriage in human and Christian society by raising this union to the dignity of a sacrament when entered into by two baptized persons,” the archbishop said in an Oct. 18 decree. “Consequently, the Church has the authority and the serious obligation to affirm the authentic teaching on marriage and to preserve and foster the supremely sacred value of the...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop dolan, archdiocese of new york, marriage, new york

Blatty's Exorcist: A 'Sermon No One Can Sleep Through' (5415)

A fresh look at the 40-year-old novel and the head-spinning film reveal new insights into evil and its antidote.

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J.T. Blatty

William Peter Blatty

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BETHESDA, Md.—William Peter Blatty just released a new edition of The Exorcist, marking the 40th anniversary of his blockbuster tale of demonic possession — and he wants you to know that he never wrote it as a horror story.

This time around — at the ripe age of 83 — Blatty has used the release of the new edition to underscore the spiritual mission that drove his plot development: the reality of evil in the world and the opposing power of Christ and his Church. As secularism leads many to discard a prudent awareness of the devil and his works, the author has sought to bring inconvenient and scary truths to center stage.

That was the original intention of this practicing Catholic as he...READ MORE

Filed under dimiter, exorcism, georgetown university, legion, maronite catholic, the exorcist, film, the exorcist: 40th anniversary edition, william friedkin, william peter blatty

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