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Personhood Supporters Continue Efforts After Mississippi Defeat (1813)

Proposed ballot initiative intended to recognize legal personhood from conception onward failed to pass this week, but pro-lifers are not giving up.

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Mississippi’s proposed ballot initiative intended to recognize legal personhood from conception onward failed to pass on Tuesday, Nov. 8, but its backers resolved to continue their work.

With about 90% of the vote counted on the evening of Nov. 8, Initiative 26 was failing by 58% to 42%.

“Changing a culture — and changing a country — will not happen with one election, and so, it is not unexpected. We thank the over one-quarter of a million Mississippians who voted for Amendment 26,” said Keith Mason, president and co-founder of initiative Personhood USA.

“We vow to continue on this path towards affirming the basic dignity and human rights of all people, because we are assured that it is...READ MORE

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'Coffee-Shop Babies' and Humane Procreation (4798)

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Does a child have a right to parents? Does a child have a right to be reared by his parents? Should a parent ordinarily give life to a child and then get out of his life? Even if he does, should society allow that?

Most people would answer the first two questions “Yes” and the last two “No.” We instinctively recognize that children ordinarily have a right to parents who gave them life and raise them. We instinctively recognize that ordinarily a parent should be responsible for his child and, if he is derelict in that duty, society should hold him accountable.

I say “ordinarily” because we admit exceptions: A parent may die or be abusive; an unwed teenage mother may have no other option...READ MORE

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Jennifer Fulwiler's Conversion Story, Purgatory and the Role of Mary, Meaningless Art, and more! (7861)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Atheist Convert: Jennifer Fulwiler. Click on the link by Jennifer Fulwiler to learn of her extraordinary conversion.

Atheist Convert: Jennifer Fulwiler - Jennifer Fulwiler, Why I’m Catholic

Must the Roman Curia be Italian? - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

Purgatory and the Role of Mary as Plenipotentiary - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Waking Up Catholic: From Protestantism to Catholicism - Michael Larson, NOR

Benedict XV, Rudyard Kipling, John Bunyan & G.K. Chesterton - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Meaningless Art - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Talents in Trust (Matthew 25:14-30) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Abp. Dolan Decrees No Same-Sex “Marriages” in Churches & Properties - Thaddeus Baklinski, Life Site News

A Canonical Look at Archbishop Dolan’s...READ MORE

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Party Affiliation Linked to Church Attendance? (2421)

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! (2777)

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

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Pope: Scripture Should Lead to 'Personal Encounter With the Lord of Life' (1931)

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

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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 (4491)

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.

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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

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Catholics Come Home Set to Roll Out Television Ads Nationally During Prime Time (4697)

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

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