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The Ascent of Love and St. Valentine, The Magisterium of Nuns, The Four Chaplains, and much more! (3305)

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The Ascent of Love & St. Valentine’s Day. Click on the link by Fr. Roger J. Landry to read more.

The Ascent of Love & St. Valentine’s Day - Fr. Roger J. Landry, Integrated Catholic Life™

The White House in Bed with the Magisterium of Nuns - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Four Chaplains - Almost Chosen People

Thank God The Church Is Not a Democracy - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

New Planned Parenthood CEO Claims Work is ‘Sacred’ - Sarah Crawford, LifeSiteNews.com

3 Men Who Loved Lepers: Jesus, Francis, & Damien - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Did the People in Old Testament Believe in Afterlife? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

What is the Catholic View on Genetic Engineering? - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

What if Obama...READ MORE

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Legatus Celebrates 25 Years (4842)

Former President George W. Bush headlines Naples, Fla., meeting for silver anniversary of Catholic business group.

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Patrick Novecosky/Legatus

Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks at Legatus Summit.

– Patrick Novecosky/Legatus

NAPLES, Fla. — “If you want to get scoffed at, go to the halls of Congress and say, ‘I believe in abstinence,’” former President George W. Bush said recently.

But he wasn’t getting scoffed at here. Far from it. The 43rd president of the United States received a standing ovation at a lunchtime gathering during the annual Legatus Summit in Naples, Fla.

Bush headlined the international gathering of Legatus members, addressing the convention by drawing from his two terms in the White House.

The former president also addressed the controversial “contraceptive mandate” issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Speaking Feb. 4, as Catholic-led protests of the Obama...READ MORE

Filed under evangelization, george w. bush, legatus, religious liberty, tom monaghan

The Gift of Self (3540)

Feb. 12 issue column: Gifts should reflect love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

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Every year, countless articles and TV spots spring up advising lovers on how to find the ideal gift for their Valentines. Most of these are really just advertising in a not-very-subtle disguise, but even those that aren’t tend to cast the net into the shallows. They assume that the gift giver is looking to present his beloved with a modestly thoughtful gift that will serve to placate the idols of Romance for another year: a gift which can be procured during lunch hour and which says, “Please don’t divorce me for another 365 days.”

Fair enough. People are busy, and in a good marriage, a Valentine’s gift is often just a small, thoughtful formality, like a good-morning kiss as you leave the...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Motion Picture Opens Nationwide in March (11782)

October Baby is based on the real-life survival of Gianna Jessen.

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Provident Films

A scene from October Baby.

– Provident Films

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin tackled October Baby, they knew that their movie was imitating life. The film is loosely based on the life of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen.

What they didn’t know is that their art was imitating life in more ways than one, through the story of one of the film’s actresses.

The part road-trip, part-romance drama follows the journey of Hannah, a college freshman who learns that she was adopted and the survivor of a failed abortion attempt. She sets out to find her birth mother and ends up learning a lesson about forgiveness. The film is being distributed by Sony’s Provident Films and opens in theaters nationwide March 23. Among its...READ MORE

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Dating Tips for Men, The Bishops Supported ObamaCare in Principle, Mercy for Nancy Pelosi, and more! (5817)

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Top Five Dating Tips for Men. Men need to click on the link by Amy Bonaccorso to learn more.

Top Five Dating Tips for Men - Amy Bonaccorso, Catholic Lane

Is Anointing the Sacrament of the Dying? Yes & No - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Bishops Supported ObamaCare in Principle - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

American Bishops Need To Extend Mercy To Nancy Pelosi & Company - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

First We Were Weak, Now We’re Stupid - Br. Thomas More Garrett OP, Dominica

Eschatology According to Jacques Maritain - Alice von Hildebrand PhD, New Oxford Review

About Attending Non-Catholic Weddings - Super Trad Mum, Etheldredasplace

Pimp My (Free) Ride - Tiffany Borges, Lox Populi

The Urgently Relevant Pope Leo XIII -...READ MORE

Filed under anointing of the sick, catholic blogosphere, idolatry, mary, nancy pelosi, obamacare, pope leo xiii, religious liberty, sacred tradition, st. valentine

Pope Previews World Day of Prayers for Vocations (2061)

Benedict XVI encourages families to foster vocations.

02/13/2012 Comments (1)

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Christian families should be a happy and loving environment in which young people can discern calls to the priesthood or religious life, Pope Benedict XVI says in his message for the World Day of Prayers for Vocations.

“Families are not only the privileged place for human and Christian formation; they can also be ‘the primary and most excellent seed bed of vocations to a life of consecration to the Kingdom of God,’ by helping their members to see, precisely within the family, the beauty and the importance of the priesthood and the consecrated life,” the Pope said on Feb. 13.

The 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated on April 29 with the...READ MORE

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Kindle Catholic Books; Surfer-Priest Conversion; Liberated Love and Gay; Vichy Catholics and more! (5530)

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02/13/2012 Comment

Surfer-Priest Related Dramatic Conversion. Click on the link by Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller to read more of this fascinating and joyful conversion story.

Catholic Books On Kindle Meme - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Liberated Love, Same-Sex Attraction - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Surfer-Priest Related Dramatic Conversion - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Vichy Catholics - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Celibate but Not Chase? Chaste but Not Celibate? SSA Theology - Richard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

If You Think a Young Man May Have Vocation to Priesthood, Tell Him So - Webster Bull, Witness

How to Consecrate Yourself to the Immaculate Mary - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Holy See & Israel Negotiating Over The Upper Room - Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Intercession of...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, catholic books, christopher west, fr. donald calloway, kindle, love, same-sex attraction, the upper room, theology of the body, vichy catholics

Bishops Reject Obama's 'Accommodation' (3730)

'We are dismayed that he does not understand the root issues which are involved here,' says one bishop.

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WASHINGTON — After President Obama announced accommodations to the controversial Health and Human Services mandate that stirred a backlash from Catholics, Christians, Orthodox Jews and others, responses rolled in.

They range from caution to rejection.

As the official statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was readied and released, some individual bishops remained studying the government’s “accommodation” before commenting on it, while some began to weigh in on the matter quickly.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput rejected the Obama administration’s attempt to revise its contraception mandate, saying the rule remained “insulting” and “dangerous” to believers’...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, hhs, obama's mandate 'accomodation', religious freedom

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