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SDG Reviews 'October Baby' (10655)

Well-crafted pro-life film looks at life after abortion — for a lucky child who survived.

03/21/2012 Comments (37)

When a pro-life drama opens with a troubled, distracted teenage heroine struggling to focus, falling apart under pressure, and ultimately collapsing before dismayed onlookers, it might be natural to wonder if she might be pregnant and perhaps contemplating an abortion, like the wounded female lead in Bella. (The very first shot in the film depicts a butterfly, recalling Bella’s butterfly motif.)

October Baby, though, has a different story to tell. Hannah’s difficulties are due to a problem pregnancy, yes — but it happened nearly two decades earlier, and 19-year-old Hannah (newcomer Rachel Hendrix) has no inkling of it. She doesn’t even know that she’s adopted.

October Baby is about life...READ MORE

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Catholic Colleges Upset by HHS Rule Requiring Student Health Plans to Comply With Mandate (5900)

The latest news on the administration's 'accommodation,' including more pro-life concerns.

03/21/2012 Comments (3)

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Representatives of Catholic colleges voiced disappointment in a new federal rule finalizing the requirement to include student health plans in the administration’s controversial new contraception mandate.

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, said the mandate will undermine the efforts of every Catholic family that “chooses a Catholic college to ensure an appropriate Christian environment for their daughter.”

Reilly told EWTN News on March 19 that the requirement violates religious freedom and will be helping to “supply promiscuous college students.”

Under the mandate, he explained, a college freshman girl will be able to arrange for a free “tubal ligation or an IUD...READ MORE

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The New Face of Natural Family Planning, Immigration, Social Justice, Natural Law, and much more! (3138)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/21/2012 Comments (1)

The New Face of Natural Family Planning. Click on the link by Jennifer Brinker to read more.

The New Face of Natural Family Planning - Jennifer Brinker, Catholic Lane

Immigration: The Contested Principle - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Seven “Givens” & Seven “Oughts” of Catholic Social Justice - Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

U.N. Bodies & the Natural Law - Stefano Gennarini JD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

Quæritur: Seminary Monitors Seminarians’ Email, Surfing - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Itinerancy Of Our Youth - Nathan Kennedy, Ignitum Today

Retarded Souls & Venial Sins: An Analysis by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Sebelius & “Document Dump Friday”: Protecting Religious Liberty - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Time to Quit...READ MORE

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Vatican Investigates Source of Unauthorized Leaks (2920)

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Holy See’s chief of staff, defends the faithful commitment of the majority of curial officials.

03/21/2012 Comments (3)

VATICAN CITY — In an attempt to restore trust after a series of unauthorized leaks to the Italian media, the Vatican has opened a rare and thorough investigation to find out the identity of those responsible.

The leaks, which appeared in newspaper reports in January and February, have alleged corruption, mismanagement and internal conflicts among senior officials in the Secretariat of State.

Giovanni Maria Vian, editor of the Vatican’s newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, made the announcement in the daily’s March 17 edition: He summarized an interview with Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the substitute of the Secretariat of State, a job comparable to the White House’s chief of staff. The...READ MORE

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Sainthood Cause of Father Walter Ciszek Moves Forward (3653)

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued a declaration that the investigation is valid.

03/21/2012 Comments (7)
Father Walter Ciszek Center

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The inquiry into the sainthood cause of Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek, a missionary who was imprisoned in the Soviet Union for 23 years, has taken a “major step forward,” with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints issuing a declaration that the investigation is valid.

“This breakthrough in the process is very encouraging and a testimony to the commitment and dedication of all those involved,” Bishop John Barres of Allentown, Pa., said March 19.

The Diocese of Allentown’s investigation into the priest’s life, virtues and reputation for sanctity is valid, the congregation declared. The congregation transferred responsibility for the cause to the Diocese of Allentown from the...READ MORE

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Vatican Report Calls for Changes in Irish Church (1345)

Findings based on apostolic visitation address dissent, impact of abuse and seminaries.

03/21/2012 Comments (2)

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VATICAN CITY—A two-year investigation into the Church in Ireland has concluded that “widespread” dissent from Catholic teaching is hampering its renewal.

The investigation, which was ordered by Pope Benedict XVI, “encountered a certain tendency, not dominant but nevertheless fairly widespread among priests, religious and laity, to hold theological opinions at variance with the teachings of the magisterium,” concluded the report, published in Rome March 20.

“It must be stressed that dissent from the fundamental teachings of the Church is not the authentic path towards renewal,” the report stated.

The findings are based on an “apostolic visitation” of Ireland’s four archdioceses, religious...READ MORE

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Msgr. Charles Pope on Blogging, iPhone Helps You Pray, 12 Fruits of Catholic Education, and more! (3877)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/21/2012 Comment

Msgr. Charles Pope Interview: Blogging & Doubling the Size of Your Parish. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

Msgr. Charles Pope Interview: Blogging & Doubling the Size of Your Parish - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

The 12 Fruits Of Catholic Education - Sr. Patricia Owens O’Flannery, Ignitum Today

How Your Mobile Phone Can Help You Pray - Angelo Stagnaro, Catholic Herald

St. Joseph & the Staircase - Matthew Hanley, The Catholic Thing

Usus Antiquior in Japan - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

St. Wulfran vs. Human Sacrifice in Europe - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Catholics & Capital Punishment - Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Papa Bene: “Each Confession . . . a Step Forward for New Evangelization” - Fr. Z’s Blog

Fast Facts on Priest Sex Abuse Scandal - Dave Pierre, The...READ MORE

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Bishop William Lori Named Archbishop of Baltimore (3341)

The Bridgeport, Conn., shepherd is also the chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.

03/20/2012 Comments (9)

Archbishop-designate William Lori

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BALTIMORE — Pope Benedict XVI today named Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., the 16th archbishop of Baltimore.

The Baltimore Archdiocese’s new archbishop will be installed May 16 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. He succeeds Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, who has led the faithful in Baltimore since 2007 and was appointed grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem in August 2011.

Over the past six months, Archbishop-designate Lori, 60, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, has emerged as an energetic, high-profile leader in the U.S. bishops’ fight to overturn the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. His new...READ MORE

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