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Ghost Towns of Byzantine Syria, The Science and Art of Practical Philanthropy, and much more! (3858)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Ghost Towns of Byzantine Syria. Click on the link by R. J. Evans to view these magnificent works of art.

Ghost Towns of Byzantine Syria - R. J. Evans, Kuriositas

Love & Responsibility: How Contraception Destroys Love - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Science & Art of Practical Philanthropy - Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, Our Sunday Visitor

Deny Communion to Pelosi urge Canon Lawyer, Popular Priest-Blogger - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews.com

Interpreting the Content of Rembrandt’s Holy Family - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Industry: A Distributist Solution Part II - Richard Aleman, Catholic Lane

What Will You Do for Lent This Year? A Guide for Preparing Now - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Bringing ex-Anglicans into the Catholic Fold - Kate Shellnutt,...READ MORE

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Religious, Not Spiritual (7286)

Feb. 12 column. Mark Shea's response to that much-talked-about video.

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Recently, there was a curious kerfuffle on the Internet when somebody released a “new” video announcing that he loves Jesus but hates “religion.” It is a sentiment older than my great-grandfather’s beard, and yet it was received as a sudden and brilliant meteor of insight blazing across the skies of American religious consciousness and dazzling a moribund Christianity to whom such a thought had never ever been proposed before.

Permit me a few words as a convert to the Catholic tradition from precisely this “I’m spiritual, not religious” flavor of Christian sectarianism. Having been raised nothing, but having imbibed this white-whiskered and hoary rejection of “religion” as a thing...READ MORE

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Lenten Reads for 40 Days (7234)

Saturday Book Pick: Good books that foster spiritual reflection

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Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving — and spiritual reflection. We present four new books that could help in that task: John Grondelski recommends A Year With the Angels by Mike Aquilina; Father C. John McCloskey recommends Surrender: The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will by Father Larry Richards; Frank Freeman recommends The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Cardinal Raymond Burke; and Brian Caulfield recommends The Father’s Tale by Michael D. O’Brien.

Your Will — and God’s

By Father C. John McCloskey

Father Larry Richards is a popular teacher, preacher, author, retreat master and radio talk-show host. He recently published his second short book,...READ MORE

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Do You Want to Marry George Bailey or Prince Charming? (4694)

Thinking of marriage in terms of finding a 'soul mate.'

02/11/2012 Comments (12)

“Soul mate” is the term that those who study American marriage trends use to describe contemporary expectations about potential spouses on the part of Americans of marrying age. A “soul mate” is someone with whom one shares deep and profound emotional bonds. Soul mates are one’s alter ego, supplying what’s lacking in one’s own personality while simultaneously being pretty similar in likes, preferences and interests.

As the National Marriage Project (NMP) reported back in 2001, “88% [of single men and women] agree ‘there is a special person, a soul mate, waiting for you somewhere out there.’” “Marriage is gaining popularity as a super relationship.”

At the same time Kate Bolick, in her...READ MORE

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Secularism's Toll on Catholic Americans (12579)

Father Robert Barron on HHS mandate: 'I would hope that American Catholics would argue against the Obama administration move, not only because they are Catholics, but also because they are Americans.'

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Some years ago, Holy Cross Father James Burtchaell published a seminal book entitled The Dying of the Light. The central thesis of this study was that hundreds of universities that began under religious auspices and for religious purposes — the University of Chicago, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, to name just some of the most prominent — have undergone so thorough an erosion of their original identities that now they are utterly secular in orientation.

A particularly interesting feature of Burtchaell’s book was his analysis of the slow, subtle process by which the change from fervently religious to blandly secular took place: slight changes, little adjustments, tiny concessions barely noticed...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops to White House: 'Rescission of Mandate Only Solution' (25042)

While critics dismiss the president's move as an election-year ploy, the Catholic Health Association’s Sister Carol Keehan and Planned Parenthood applaud the modification.

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President Obama, with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by his side, announces 'accomodation' to HHS final rule on contraceptive coverage Feb. 10.

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UPDATE: This story combines an earlier report on the White House’s Feb. 10 statement and Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan’s initial response with the late-breaking response from the U.S. bishops’ conference Friday evening calling for a “recission” of the HHS contraceptive mandate..

WASHINGTON —The U.S. bishops issued a firm response this evening to the White House’s proposed “accommodation” to the HHS contraception mandate: rescission as the “only complete solution.” 

The statement makes clear the central reason why the mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops remains unchanged: The president “has decided to retain HHS’s nationwide mandate of insurance coverage of...READ MORE

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Obama's Mandate 'Accomodation' Prompts Criticism (3941)

EWTN CEO/Register publisher, Catholic League, Family Research Council and Becket Fund for Religious Liberty respond to Feb. 10 news.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS)—President Barack Obama attracted harsh criticism for a new policy that claims to accommodate the religious freedom of employers who say their conscience rights are being violated by the administration’s recent contraception mandate.

“This is a false ‘compromise’ designed to protect the president’s re-election chances, not to protect the right of conscience,” said Hannah Smith, senior lega counsel for Tthe Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Smith was one of many who responded to a Jan. 20 announcement of a new policy regarding a mandate that will require virtually all employers to purchase health-insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and drugs that...READ MORE

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EWTN Statement on Today's Obama Announcement (5874)

Catholic network does not plan to drop lawsuit against government.

02/10/2012 Comments (40)

Michael Warsaw, president and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN, issued this statement today in reaction to President Obama’s announcement of an “accommodation” to the Health and Human Services rule that all employers cover contraceptives and sterilizations. The network yesterday filed a lawsuit against HHS because the rule violates the religious liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

“I am certainly pleased to see that EWTN’s decision to file suit against the recent contraception mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services may have played some role in forcing the administration to revisit the application of these rules on religious institutions. However, we remain quite...READ MORE

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