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The Watcher Awakes (3720)

Sept. 9 issue column: New York and Microsoft Create a New Surveillance System

09/09/2012 Comment
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– Register illustration via Shutterstock

"The head of Argus (as with stars the skies) / Was compass’d round, and wore an hundred eyes."

So writes Ovid about Argus Panoptes, the many-eyed god and sleepless watcher who sees everything. Too bad Microsoft and the New York Police Department aren’t of a literary (or ironic) bent. They missed out on a cool handle for their slightly terrifying new spy computer, which is saddled with a rather mundane name: the Domain Awareness System (DAS).

The exact capabilities of DAS are still a little sketchy right now. I requested details from Microsoft, but they were still assembling them at press time. What little we know comes from a press conference in which Mayor Michael Bloomberg crowed,...READ MORE

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How Spiritual Direction Can Help You Grow Closer to God (8113)

Sept. 9 issue feature: The Importance of Faithful Guidance for Your Interior Life

09/08/2012 Comment

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Picture this: A person, young or old, is practicing the faith yet naturally wants to grow in his or her relationship with Jesus and become closer to God. Can the faithful — or should they — turn somewhere for guidance?

They can. After all, didn’t Jesus send the disciples out two by two?
Saints like Teresa of Avila have said something in our nature necessitates external support for our development. She taught that God designed us on purpose to be dependent on others for our spiritual growth.

Spiritual directors or spiritual mentors can help us along this path. Even young people in college are proving they grow quickly in faith and more easily discern where God is calling them...READ MORE

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Heresy, American Style (4479)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics,' by Ross Douthat.

09/08/2012 Comment

Few would dispute that traditional, orthodox Christianity of all denominations used to be the dominant religious influence in American culture, serving as the social and moral rudder for the whole country. Even well into the 20th century, Christianity stabilized and guided America as it emerged from the trauma of a devastating economic upheaval and two world wars and began to navigate the choppy waters of civil-rights reforms.

As recently as 50 years ago, Christianity was mainstream, intellectually respectable and unshackled to any particular political party. Today, few people of faith would dispute that Christianity has been supplanted as the dominant cultural force in America, but New...READ MORE

Filed under heresy, new york times, politics, religion in america, ross douthat

A Case For Classical Education, Women: More Catholic Physicians Follow Church Teaching, and More! (3165)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/08/2012 Comments (1)

A Case for Classical Education. Click on the link by Andrew Seeley and Elisabeth R. Sullivan to read more.

A Case for Classical Education – Andrew Seeley and Elisabeth R. Sullivan, First Things/On The Square

Good News for Women as More Catholic Physicians Follow Church Teaching – Arland Nichols, Crisis Magazine

He’s Married? Q and A on Married Priests – Priest’s Wife, Fear Not Little Flock

Pope St. Pius X and Frequent Holy Communion – Stephanie Mann, Pray the Mass.org

Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying for a Schism by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog on the Patheos website – Big ulpit

The Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction – Dorian Speed, Dappled Things

Never Give Up – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Catholic New Media Conference: What I Learned – Julie D., Happy...READ MORE

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Whither Democrats for Life? (8223)

The Democratic National Convention gave top billing to abortion-rights leaders and adopted a platform that supports abortion under virtually all circumstances.

09/07/2012 Comments (57)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — “As a Catholic woman, I take reproductive health seriously, and today it is under attack,” Caroline Kennedy — daughter of America’s first Catholic president — stated during her prime-time speech endorsing President Barack Obama last night, Sept. 6, at the Democratic National Convention.

Kennedy’s astonishing invocation of her Catholic faith in support of abortion — which the Church teaches is always intrinsically evil — capped off what is being described as the most pro-abortion convention of a national party in U.S. history.

Another poke in the eye to social conservatives: The new Democratic platform features a plank endorsing homosexual “marriage.” The...READ MORE

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How Blockbuster and Mother Teresa Changed My Life, Olympic Medalist Reversion Story, and Much More! (3306)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/07/2012 Comment

How Blockbuster and Mother Teresa Changed My Life. Click on the link by Eneubauer to read more.

How Blockbuster and Mother Teresa Changed My Life – Eneubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Olympic Medalist Transformed Through Suffering - Trent Beattie, Catholic Lane

On Being Catholic. . . – Carlos Espinosa, Living The Faith On A High Wire

Architecture: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Vézelay, France – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

15 Years Since Death of Mother Teresa – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

The Theology of St. Paul – Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi and Canon 915 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Big ulpit

Mary as Queen Mother, Ark of the New Covenant, and New Eve – DavidLGray.info

Catholic Evangelism at the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Offers Pro-Life, Pro-Liberty Prayer at Democratic Convention (4857)

The archbishop of New York's prayer was similar to the one he prayed at the Republican National Convention. However, his prayer at the Democratic gathering was more explicit about the need to defend life.

09/07/2012 Comments (10)
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– Cardinal Dolan Facebook

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s final benediction at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night called for blessings on the delegates, asked God for the “courage” to defend life and prayed for the renewal of “a profound respect for religious liberty.”

“Bless all here present and all across this great land who work hard for the day when a greater portion of your justice, and a more ample measure of your care for the poor and suffering, may prevail in these United States,” the archbishop of New York said Sept. 6. “Help us to see that a society’s greatness is found above all in the respect it shows for the weakest and neediest among us.”

At the close of a convention where many...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict to Lay Catholics: Evangelize Africa (2363)

The Holy Father spoke lovingly of 'the continent of hope' and its people.

09/07/2012 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

Pope Benedict XVI has called upon lay Catholics to evangelize Africa, the “continent of hope.”

“In this transformation of the whole society, which is so urgent for Africa today, the lay faithful have an irreplaceable role,” the Pope said in a Sept. 5 message to the Pan-African Congress of Catholic Laity.

“Women and men, young people, the elderly and children, families and entire societies, all of Africa today looks to the ‘ambassadors’ of the Good News, the lay faithful,” he wrote.

The Pan-African Congress of Catholic Laity is taking place Sept. 4-9 in Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon. Organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, it brings together Africans from all walks...READ MORE

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