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2 Examples: Margaret Sanger vs. St. Gianna (9865)

On her feast day, why St. Gianna Beretta Molla offers a much better model for life.

04/28/2011 Comments (17)
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Planned Parenthood has been in the headlines lately, as the Republican House, led by Roman Catholic Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, battles to end taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. This has provoked hysteria in liberal Democrats, who have described defunding attempts as everything from a “vendetta” against women (Sen. Barbara Boxer) to a “war on women” (Congresswoman Barbara Lee) to a “bull’s eye” on the chest of women (Sen. Harry Reid).

As a pro-life Catholic deeply disturbed by the death culture, I can’t avoid Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, and her legacy. Ben Wiker and Don DeMarco aptly described her as one of the “architects of the culture of...READ MORE

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Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers, Why is JP2 on Trial by Media, Poetic Theology, + more! (2832)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2011 Comment

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, and Father of the Church.

The Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

Why is John Paul II on Trial in the Media Today? - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Father Michael Pfleger Removed and Suspended - The American Catholic

. . .Father Zuhlsdorf comments here. . .

On the Poetic in Theology - Peter Kwansniewski, Cowboys-Philosophers-And-Poets

Some Interesting Stats on Vocations. . . - Diane M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudamus!

. . .Robert Kumpel comments here. . .

Faculty Kills Resolution Citing U. of Notre Dame to Culture of Life - The Cardinal Newman Society Blog

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Has Created Many Martyrs - Nasir Saeed, Catholic Herald


Filed under bible, catholic blogosphere, culture of life, early church fathers, eucharist, european union, lent, media, new media, news aggregation

‘I Know This Is Where I Should Be’ (5490)

Gen. Josiah Bunting: Why I became Catholic

04/28/2011 Comments (8)

I write in the full consciousness that each person’s route to reception into the Catholic Church is singular, a pathway he must follow alone, however conscious (and grateful) he may be for the solicitude and friendship of those who lead and guide him.

I was raised in a conventional Protestant household; “went to church” with my parents in a small New England village — a Congregational church, one of whose ministers was Richard Niebuhr (whose piety and earnestness I well remember, and with gratitude). My boarding school obliged us to “attend chapel” daily, the rituals and hymns being more or less standard Episcopalian observances; the music of some of the great old hymns made a far more...READ MORE

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Pseudonymous Blogging, The Pope Who Lived on Broth and Crayfish, Resurrection Rock Video, and more! (3053)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/27/2011 Comment

Underground Bishop Li Hongye of the Diocese of Luoyang passed away during the Easter Vigil on his 67th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He suffered hard labor in the 50s and 60s under the brutal Communist Chinese and was under house arrest since the 80s.

In Defense of Pseudonymous Blogging - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Examining Newt Gingrich’s Conversion - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Where is the Ordination of the Apostles Recorded in the Bible? - Devman, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Holy Pope Who Lived on Vegetable Broth & Crayfish, Saint Pius V - Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

Remembering Pope John Paul II - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

Archbishop Thomas E. Molloy (1884-1956 A.D.), Bishop of Brooklyn - Pat McNamara, McNamara’s Blog

Resurrection: The Rock Video - Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

The Church Gets Going (Jn 20:19-31) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop thomas e. malloy, assisi, bishop li hongye, catholic blogosphere, communist china, easter, gay "rights", new media, news aggregation, newt gingrich

The Culture of John Paul II (2871)

The man from Krakow changed the world’s conversation.

04/27/2011 Comment

“You’re confusing a modern man with an American liberal. An American liberal isn’t necessarily a modern man.” The words date from 1983, spoken by the Jewish-born archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, to a New York Times reporter. They might better serve as an enchiridion for appreciating Pope John Paul II’s relationship to the century in which he was born and bore witness.

In all the ways that we typically understand “modern,” the humble priest from Krakow cut an unlikely modern figure. Notwithstanding his learning and his early experience with Nazism, he languished under the communist shadow in what many in the West regarded as the most backwards branch of the Catholic Church...READ MORE

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How Christians Can Help the World (2324)

Pope: 'Awaken hope in place of despair, joy in place of sadness, and life in place of death.'

04/27/2011 Comments (1)

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are called to bring hope, happiness and life to a world marked by despair, sadness and death, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Believing in Christ and his resurrection means bringing new life to others and “dedicating oneself without reserve to the most urgent and just causes” with God’s grace and his logic of love, the Pope said April 27 at his weekly general audience.

More than 20,000 people packed into St. Peter’s Square, many of them young Italian students who were still off from school for the Easter holidays. Banners commemorating Pope John Paul II and his pontificate were hung between the columns surrounding the square in the run-up to the Polish Pope’s May...READ MORE

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Federal Judges: Let Us Pray! (2812)

National Day of Prayer survives federal court challenge.

04/27/2011 Comments (3)
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Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl offers the opening prayer at the National Day of Prayer service at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington last year.

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WASHINGTON — Thursday, May 5, will mark the 60th annual National Day of Prayer. Designated by Congress as a day for people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation,” the observance has been challenged, but those opposed to it lost their latest battle, having their challenge thrown out by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Reversing a 2010 ruling by a U.S. District Court, the three-judge panel ruled on April 14 that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (the plaintiffs suing to abolish the law) had no legal standing to challenge it, since it only requires the president to proclaim the day of prayer and in doing so, he is only requesting that citizens observe it by praying.

Writing for...READ MORE

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‘Deep Down, I Knew There Was 1 Truth’ (7719)

Bryan Kemper: Why I'm returning to the Catholic Church

04/27/2011 Comments (41)

My first real introduction to the Catholic Church as an adult came with my entrance to full-time pro-life work. While I had been baptized as a Catholic as a child, it was only done for the sake of my great-grandmother and meant nothing to my family. 

In 1993 I joined Missionaries to the Pre-Born in California, a ministry of Operation Rescue. My first day in the office I was shocked to find three of the five other people there were Catholic. I actually spent my first few days trying to explain to the Catholics why they were in danger of going to hell and could not possibly be Christians. 

The problem I had was that what I had been told about Catholicism was simply not true; it was...READ MORE

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