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How to Be Holier Wives and Moms, The Secret Borgia Jesuit, What Is Normal For Hollywood, and More! (2702)

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Five Things to Be Holier Wives and Mothers. Click on the link by Elizabeth Hoxie to read more.

Five Things to Be Holier Wives and Mothers – Elizabeth Hoxie, Ignitum Today

The Borgia who Became a Jesuit in Secret, St. Francis Borgia – Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

Showbiz Legend’s Abortion Confession is Normal for Hollywood by Kristen Walker of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

Two Sisters Tonsured as Rasophore Nuns – Christ the Bridegroom

Book Review: The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin, Vol. 4 – Fr. Anthony Symondson SJ, New Liturgical Movement

How Arius the Heretic Died in a Bathroom Before Receiving Communion – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Vatican II’s Golden Anniversary – George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

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Romney Reaffirms Pro-Life Commitment After Controversy (2660)

'I think I've said time and again that I'm a pro-life candidate, and I'll be a pro-life president,' Romney told reporters in Ohio, according to Politico.

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Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event on Sept. 7 in Nashua, N.H.

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WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reiterated his pro-life views after he made a statement in an interview that sparked concern about his dedication to protecting the unborn.

“I think I've said time and again that I'm a pro-life candidate, and I'll be a pro-life president,” Romney told reporters in Ohio, according to Politico.

The former Massachusetts governor said that he would immediately “remove funding for Planned Parenthood.”

“It will not be part of my budget,” he stated.

“And also, I've indicated that I will reverse the Mexico City position of the president,” he added. “I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which keeps us from using foreign aid for...READ MORE

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Pope 'Working Harder Than Anyone' at Synod Sessions (3497)

Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a 'renewed evangelical dynamism' in the Church.

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Pope Benedict XVI

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church.

“The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

Martin, who is attending the synod as an observer, said that the Pope took a keen interest in the proceedings.

“He’s been taking copious notes, working harder, I think, than anybody in the room. It’s been extraordinary watching this man twice my age working twice as hard as I am.”

In his address to open the...READ MORE

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Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ, Catholics for Choice Whine, What Distributism Is Not, and More! (1733)

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The Price To Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ. Click on the link by Carl E. Olson to read more of this riveting story.

The Price To Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ – Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Catholics For Choice Whine To The Huffington Post by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog – Big ulpit

What Distributism Is Not, Utopia – David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

A Resource to Help People Understand the Reform of Liturgical Music – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

What to Do for the Year of Faith: Learn a little Latin – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Theology on the Teacups – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

It’s Up to Parents to Pull Plug on Internet – Marybeth Hicks, Catholic Lane

He Fell Off the Surfboard and Into Catholicism – Matthew Archbold, The...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops, Apostolates Ring in the Year of Faith (4673)

Catholic Church bells will resound for three minutes Oct. 11 at noon to start the yearlong effort to increase faith in Jesus Christ.

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Catholic church bells will resound for three minutes across the United States Oct. 11 at noon not only to mark the Angelus, but also to ring in the Year of Faith.

Pope Benedict XVI called for the Year of Faith, which runs through Nov. 24, 2013, as “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world.”

During this year, “we will have the opportunity to profess our faith in the risen Lord in our cathedrals and in the churches of the whole world, in our homes and among our families, so that everyone may feel a strong need to know better and to transmit to future generations the faith of all times,” wrote the Pope in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei...READ MORE

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Vatican II Was First-Class (3686)

Cardinal Levada corrects some misunderstandings of the Council during his address at Catholic University's symposium on 'Vatican II After 50 Years'

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Cardinal William Levada

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WASHINGTON — Critics have accused the Second Vatican Council of many things, but Cardinal William Levada says one criticism in particular lacks any credibility — the claim that Vatican II was in any way a “second-class council” whose teachings, therefore, aren’t binding on Catholics.

Cardinal Levada, who stepped down in June as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, refuted this notion in his Sept. 26 opening address at a four-day symposium held at The Catholic University of America entitled “Reform and Renewal: Vatican II After 50 Years.”

The claim, made by followers of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, is based on the idea it was “merely” a pastoral council...READ MORE

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With More Than 100 Plaintiffs, Lawyers for Mandate Objectors Are Hopeful (1283)

The plaintiffs include Catholics, Protestants, private individuals, religious organizations and for-profit businesses.

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President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the February 2012 press conference on 'Preventive Health Services and Religious Institutions.'


WASHINGTON — As the number of plaintiffs suing over the controversial Health and Human Services' mandate reaches 100, a leading religious-freedom legal group is hopeful about the outcome of the cases.

Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that “nothing the government has done in the past months changes the fact that the mandate still violates federal law and the Constitution by forcing religious organizations to pay fines for the privilege of practicing their faith.”

Duncan told Catholic News Agency on Oct. 9 that the Becket Fund is still confident as it moves forward with lawsuits against the controversial federal mandate that requires...READ MORE

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Growing Number of Americans Lack a Religious Identity (2249)

This could have ramifications in November, as President Obama may be targeting these voters over committed Catholics.

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Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

Long-Term Trends in Religious Affiliation

– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

WASHINGTON — A new survey shows that more Americans than ever are religiously unaffiliated, and as a group they are not seeking religion.

Just under 20% of U.S. adults are now unaffiliated, an increase from 15% in 2007, says a new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Among those aged 18-29, 32% have no religious affiliation.

The research center nicknamed this population “nones.”

Although the Catholic population remains statistically unchanged at 22%, a 1% decrease from 2007, Pew credits this steadiness in part to immigration from Latin America.

The decline is mainly among both evangelical and mainline white Protestants. For the first time in U.S....READ MORE

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