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TLM Update, Philip IV of Spain, Libyan Advances Christianity, Beauty, Lent Movies, and much more… (3052)

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03/25/2011 Comment

King Philip IV of Spain.

Latest Buzz on the Summorum Pontificum ‘Clarification’ - Father Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

How Much Ruin is in a Nation?: The Spain of Philip IV - Christopher S. Johnson, First Things/On The Square

From the Question Box: “Scandals and the Church” - Pat McNamara

Libyan Enlisted to Aid the Advance of Christianity! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Do Beautiful Churches Produce Vocations? - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

You Want Beauty? Find It in the Liturgy. - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

For Your Lenten Friday Night at The Movies II - Allison Salerno, Why I Am Catholic

How Catholic Is Of Gods and Men? Part 3 - Steven D. Greydanus, National...READ MORE

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‘Sandwich Generation’ Pro-Lifer (4314)

Human Life Review’s editor lives out the principles her journal espouses.

03/25/2011 Comments (3)
Courtesy of Maria Mafucci

PREACHING AND PRACTICING. The journal Maria Mafucci edits chronicles all aspects of the pro-life cause. And she finds herself dealing with several of them in her own life.

– Courtesy of Maria Mafucci

NEW YORK — When Maria Maffucci signed on for the pro-life movement as a teenager, she had no idea how personal her stand for life would become.

Today, in a culture that encourages abortion for babies with prenatal imperfections and increasingly treats elderly patients as a burden, she is raising a special-needs child and helping to care for her 80-year-old mother, who is recovering from a series of cancer surgeries.

“I’ve learned a lot more about medicine than I ever knew before, just going through this whole cancer process with my mom,” she said. “She needs someone to be with her overnight, and [family members] are taking turns staying with her.”

The demands of the pro-life ethic have...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, acts of faith, autism, end-of-life care, faith mcfadden, human life foundation, human life review, james p. mcfadden, maria mcfadden maffucci, national review

How to Find Your Soulmate, Bring Back the Biretta, Emancipation, What is Dogma, and much more… (3348)

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03/24/2011 Comment

A Biretta.

Book Review: How to Find Your Soulmate - Elizabeth, Startling the Day

I Was Born This Way - Pat Archbold, National Catholic Register

Bring Back the Biretta: Why Hatless Priests Should Reclaim Their Heritage - Damian Thompson, Telegraph

New Book: “What Is Dogma?” by Charles Cardinal Journet - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Radical Shakeup for Irish Seminaries: Possible Closure - Michael Kelly, The Irish Catholic

Our Lady’s Life Before the Annunciation - Doctor Edward Sri, The Integrated Catholic Life™

UK: March 24, 1829 A.D., The Emancipation of Catholics - Stephanie A. Mann, Supremacy and Survival

Remembering the Hidden Costs of Our Affluence - Monsignor Charles Pope,...READ MORE

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Interest Rates, Usury, Hans Kung, Valid Wine Mass, Shakespeare, Henry V, and much more… (3012)

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03/24/2011 Comment

Famous Catholic William Shakespeare.

The Fall of the Christian West - Raymond Cardinal Burke D.D. J.C.D., Catholic Culture

Interest Rates, Usury, and the Council of Nicea - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Pope Benedict XVI, Hans Kung and Catholicism’s Future - Doctor Samuel Gregg, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Does God Lead People Out of the Church? - Mark Shea, National Catholic Register

Happy Meat-Eating Friday! (2011 A.D. Edition) - Jimmy Akin

What Sort of “Wine” is Valid for Mass? - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Mass Attendance Has Dropped, But Not as Much as We May Think - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

To Hell With Hell - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

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Premarital Sex Declines: That’s a Problem? (5130)

Feminist taboos are dying hard, despite being demolished by study after study.

03/24/2011 Comments (4)

The Centers for Disease Control released a new study on March 3 reporting a significant decline in premarital sexual activity for teenagers and young adults. You might think the news would provoke universal rejoicing, but you’d be wrong.

Committed feminists, like Dana Goldstein, who blogs as “ladywonk,” dismissed premarital sex as the inevitable baggage of “50-year macro social trends that have brought about unprecedented gender equality and personal fulfillment.”

Why would someone like Goldstein shrug off a social issue that has a disproportionate impact on teenage girls? (Unintended pregnancy comes to mind.) New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently ventured a guess: “Many...READ MORE

Filed under abstinence, blessed mother, blessed virgin mary, chastity, feminism, pope john paul ii, teens

Cardinal Turkson Discusses the Turmoil in North Africa (2886)

Egypt Could Become ‘a New Iraq,’ Ghanaian Archbishop Says

03/23/2011 Comments (2)
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Cardinal Peter Turkson

– CNS photo

DURHAM, England — Pope Benedict XVI has such confidence in Cardinal Peter Turkson of the west African nation of Ghana that he appointed him president for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2009 and added to his list of other Vatican responsibilities that of member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2010.

With such responsibility, it is hardly surprising that the man who did part of his priestly training at St. Anthony-on-Hudson Seminary in Rensselaer, N.Y., is willing to stick his head above the proverbial parapet, particularly where the continent of his birth is concerned.

When asked recently about the fears of Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, that...READ MORE

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India Says No to Mercy Killing (4713)

A pro-life nation: The supreme court and the government teamed up to fight euthanasia activists, and win.

03/23/2011 Comments (6)

FINAL WORD. A view of the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi. The Supreme Court March 7 rejected a plea for terminally ill patients’ right to choose death to end their suffering. The attorney general of India told the Supreme Court: “We do not lead our terminally ill parents or kids to death. Who decides if one should live or die? Who knows? Tomorrow there might be a cure to a medical state perceived as incurable today.”

– REUTERS/B Mathur

NEW DELHI — The pro-life movement is virtually unheard of in India, where Christians number a mere 2.3% among its 1.2 billion people and 80% of the population is Hindu.

Yet when the plea for mercy killing for a woman in a comatose condition came before the Supreme Court of India, there was hardly any support for the petitioner, who demanded the woman be given the “right to die with dignity.”

Though the March 7 judgment drew critical headlines like “No Mercy to Aruna,” it was hailed on many different strata of India society. From the attorney general of India — the highest law officer in the government — to the staff of the King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital in Mumbai, where 63-year old...READ MORE

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The Annunciation, Tired of Lent, The Psychological in Dating, and much more… (3042)

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03/23/2011 Comment

The Annunciation.

March 25th, Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

Tired of Lent?  Rise, and Do Not Be Afraid! - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

The Psychological in Dating - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Oldest Man in the Bible: Methuselah - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Church and the Unions - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

The Forgotten: Christians Persecuted in the Middle East - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

Jesus is Hardly a Pacifist (Neither is Saint Michael, nor Gandalf) - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

How to Celebrate Atheist Pride Week - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority...READ MORE

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