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The Bible: God’s Original Text Message (6872)

What’s Working in Youth Ministry? Part 1

08/16/2010 Comments (3)

You see their nimble thumbs blaze across miniature keyboards with the ferocity of a jungle cat. The light in their eyes is a mere reflection of the illuminated screen before them. They have no time for face-to-face conversations — not when there are virtual conversations offered through an unlimited text-message plan.

I give you the modern teenager.

So, just how do you break through the technological barriers of this tech-savvy teen subculture? What role (if any) does sacred Scripture play in the life of Catholic adolescents? Do modern teens actually want to pick up a Bible and read or have conversations with mouths and not thumbs?

Many adults today tell me that the “average teenager”...READ MORE

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Catholic Colleges With 'Heart' (4420)

The 20th Anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae

08/15/2010 Comments (8)

Twenty years ago today, Pope John Paul II took a bold step toward reclaiming Catholic colleges for the Church, following decades of campus dissent and confusion, especially in the United States.

Much of the dissent and confusion continues on this 20th anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic higher education. But hope for the renewal of Catholic identity is found in a number of relatively small but influential colleges that are modeling fidelity and academic excellence.

The key requirement of Ex Corde Ecclesiae is this: "Catholic teaching and discipline are to influence all university activities, while the freedom of conscience of each person is to be...READ MORE

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Obedience vs. Conscience (20354)

Help Lapsed Catholics Return by Teaching Them to Fall in Love With Christ and His Church

08/13/2010 Comments (72)

What to do about all the lapsed Catholics? Those Catholics who don’t come to church because they reject the Church’s teachings on such matters as contraception, the ordination of women to the diaconate, and married priests.

Father Joseph Breen of Nashville proposed in a video posted last month on his parish website (and since removed) that these individuals are under the erroneous view that they need to accept these teachings. He says that as adults they need to be obedient to nothing but “the spirit of God”: The conscience is supreme.

Ironically, Father Breen invokes a Church teaching to defend rejecting Church teaching. He likely has in mind the principle found in the Catechism: “A...READ MORE

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The Oprahfication of Religion (18384)

Movie Review: Eat Pray Love’s Spiritual Tourism and Consumerist Redemption

08/13/2010 Comments (34)
Sony Pictures

Julia Roberts embarks on spiritual and culinary quests in Eat Pray Love.

– Sony Pictures

In our consumerist therapeutic culture, if your life has fallen apart and you want to find yourself, heal yourself, indulge yourself, and possibly find God — or whatever is the next best thing — you can take a year off and travel to exotic places, like Italy, India and Indonesia, if you can afford it.

If you can’t afford it, then you may be able to fund the trip with an advance from a publisher on the memoir you will write after your trip. If you’re lucky, Oprah will like your book, and it will spend up to three years on The New York Times best-seller list.

And if you can’t do that either, then you can at least buy the book, watch the Oprah show, and go see the movie. There are lots of...READ MORE

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Prop. 8 Ruling Overturn Possible? (5062)

Traditional Marriage Backers Say Yes

08/12/2010 Comments (9)

California District Judge Vaughn Walker

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — Advocates for traditional marriage received a setback last week when a California district court judge ruled Proposition 8 — a 2008 ballot initiative that amended the California Constitution to prohibit the recognition of same-sex “marriages” — unconstitutional.

But legal experts and political activists that back Proposition 8 contend Judge Vaughn Walker’s opinion in Perry v. Schwarzenegger is based on flawed legal and factual findings that increase the probability it will be overturned on appeal.

The Ruling

Judge Walker ruled that Proposition 8 violated the “due process” and “equal protection” clauses of the 14th Amendment , but he temporarily stayed his own decision....READ MORE

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Will Teaching Business Ethics Make Business More Ethical? (4743)

Part 4 of a Series

08/11/2010 Comments (2)
Reuters photo

Bernard Madoff, being escorted by a U.S. Marshall during his 2009 trial, bilked his clients out of hundreds of millions of dollars using unethical business practices.

– Reuters photo

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the April 2010 issue of Legatus Magazine. © Legatus. Reprinted with permission.

In this issue I am taking time off from writing about the forthcoming “Catechism for Business” to tackle this provocative question: Will teaching business ethics make business more ethical? For some time now, I’ve had this nagging suspicion that teaching business ethics in a university is not delivering on what is expected of it. 

At The Catholic University of America, just like at every other university with a business program, we do teach the obligatory “Business Ethics” course; the accrediting agencies insist on it, after all. But I think there is a...READ MORE

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Latest Federal Abuse Statistics Indicate Bias (5492)

08/10/2010 Comments (3)

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WASHINGTON — The latest federal data indicate child-protection agencies nationwide continue to target Christian families, according to Christian legal experts and advocates for reforming aggressive child-welfare agencies.

The Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), released earlier this year, indicated a dramatic nationwide drop in the incidence of suspected child abuse and neglect. The report, mandated by Congress and issued once a decade by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services, is considered the gold standard in estimating abuse and neglect rates nationwide and providing a point of comparison from...READ MORE

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Crisis-Pregnancy Centers: ‘A Way to Shut Us Down’ (5486)

Advertising Controls Could Be Forced Through by ‘Lame Duck’ Congress

08/09/2010 Comments (7)

Melinda Delahoyde

WASHINGTON — Legislation to require federal oversight of nonprofit crisis-pregnancy centers for the first time has seen little movement since it was first introduced several years ago. But such a measure could quickly pass during a so-called “lame duck” session of Congress after the November midterm elections, according to congressional supporters.

Such federal oversight could add massive legal costs to defend pregnancy centers from even baseless claims, according to supporters of the centers, and could limit the volunteer-run programs’ resources available to help pregnant women and new mothers. 

House and Senate companion bills to grant regulatory authority by the Federal Trade...READ MORE

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