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Special Needs Etiquette, Search for the Perfect Guy, Same-Sex "Marriage" Myths, and More! (3102)

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Special Needs Etiquette. Click on the link by Bonnie Engstrom to read more.

Special Needs Etiquette – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

The Search for the Perfect Guy – Chloe M., Mountaintop

Ten Myths About Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ by Peter Saunders – Big Pulpit

G.K. Chesterton, the Complete Thinker – Catholic World Report

2012 Election: The U.S. Senate – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Why I Hate Bad Church Music – Nico Fassino, Madison Catholic Herald (WI);Fr. Z Opines

Hope for New Scholas – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

About The Truth and Charity Forum – Roland Millare, Truth and Charity Forum

On Eastern Christians Loving Western Saints (and Vice Versa) – Prayer of Saint Ephrem

St. Boniface, Apostle Among Pagans - Brennan Pursell, Crisis...READ MORE

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Civility in the City (5750)

The archbishop of New York keeps religious freedom in the news while modeling Christian charity at the Al Smith Dinner.

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– Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Facebook

NEW YORK — “Our two candidates claim that both your parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, are ‘big tents,’  containing extraordinarily diverse, even contrary, opposite people and groups,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan noted Oct. 18 at the Al Smith Dinner. “Well, you don’t have a thing over the Catholic Church. We got both Biden and Ryan!” Dolan continued.

The 67th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, raising money for Catholic charities, enjoyed its most successful year, with 1,640 people in attendance, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event raised $5 million for the likes of the Good Counsel Homes for young mothers in need and the New York Foundling Vincent J....READ MORE

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‘Speak, Lord, for Your (College-Age) Servant Is Listening’ (3251)

Oct. 21 issue feature: College students gather monthly to learn how to discern God’s will in their lives at Samuel Group.

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Apostles of the Interior Life

Samuel Group at Texas A&M

– Apostles of the Interior Life

Discerning a vocation to priesthood, religious life or marriage isn’t simple. It can be especially daunting for college students.

Many are seeking discernment help through Samuel Group.

Once a month, from September through April, 50-60 students meet for several hours on Sunday afternoons. The time includes Eucharistic adoration, confession and Mass. Specific sessions on prayer and confession are included; then comes time to interiorly review one’s current life choices and relationships, as well as personal attributes and goals.

Another session focuses on recognizing attachments and passions that need to be addressed. After this are sessions on specific vocations: marriage, celibacy...READ MORE

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John Paul II Prays on the Slopes (3834)

Saturday Book Pick: The Secret Life of John Paul II.

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By Lino Zani

200 pages, $21.95

Saint Benedict Press, 2012

To order: saintbenedictpress.com


Ever since Blessed John Paul II’s death in 2005, many books have reported their authors’ encounters with the late Pope. The latest is a book of reflections by John Paul’s ski instructor.

The title contains a double meaning. On the one hand, Zani shares a largely unknown page of papal history: John Paul’s efforts to escape and enjoy his old sport, along with how those efforts bloomed into a friendship with a young skier and mountaineer.

But Zani also gives his interpretation of the spiritual significance behind John Paul’s 1984 trip to Italy’s Alps,...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom vs. Aggressive Secularism (5732)

Oct. 21 issue pre-election commentary

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Some years ago, the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor coined the term "exclusivist secularism" to describe a disturbing phenomenon in Western societies: the determination of some intellectuals, activists and politicians to scour public life of transcendent religious and moral reference points in the name of "tolerance" and "inclusion."

Taylor’s "exclusivist secularism" is not the benign "secularity" — the separation of religious and political institutions in a modern society — that Pope Benedict XVI has praised for helping Catholicism develop its understanding of the right relationship between church and state.

No, by referring to "exclusivist secularism," Taylor was raising a...READ MORE

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Obama, Romney Trade Humorous Barbs at the Annual Al Smith Fundraiser (5393)

Religious freedom was mentioned — along with the good the Church does — amid the jokes on Oct. 18.

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NEW YORK — An annual Catholic fundraising dinner that included both major presidential candidates provided a night of laughter, as well as reminders of the Church’s battle to defend its religious freedom against the federal contraception mandate.

Al Smith, former New York governor and the namesake of the charity dinner, believed that government should aid those in need by “partnering with family, church, parish, neighborhood, organizations and community, never intruding or opposing,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York Oct. 18.

In the final weeks of what has become a very close presidential race, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a night...READ MORE

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‘Wake Up and Defend Our Religious Liberty’ (3111)

Phyllis Schlafly continues the fight for religious liberty in her new book, No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom.

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– PhyllisSchlafly.com

Phyllis Schlafly, 88, is an icon in Catholic and Republican circles. The founder and president of the Eagle Forum, Schlafly, a constitutional lawyer, is credited by many as having played the lead role in the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, after a decade-long political fight against the proposed constitutional amendment. But her greatest contribution, in the eyes of many admirers, is her successful drive to include a pro-life plank in the 1976 Republican platform and her ongoing commitment to keeping the platform pro-life ever since.

Recently, Schlafly authored a book with George Neumayr, contributing editor of The American Spectator, called No Higher Power: Obama’s...READ MORE

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St. Francis: A Model for Sacred Artists, Poland's Faith Warrior: Cardinal Wyszynski, and More! (2269)

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The Virtues of St. Francis, A Model For Sacred Artists. Click on the link by Deacon Paul O. Iacono to read more.

The Virtues of St. Francis, A Model For Sacred Artists – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Poland’s Warrior for the Faith: Cardinal Wyszyński - Paul Radzilowski, Crisis Magazine

Support Rocco Palmo or Whispers will Fold! by Rocco Palmo of the Whispers in the Loggia blog – Big Pulpit

Various Examples of Italian Antependia – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Denis McNamara Series on Church Architecture – Leroy Huizenga, First Things

Report on the Manchester Chant Workshops – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

No One Expects the Apostolic Inquisition! - Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Ordinariate Conference November 9th – John Whitehead, Once I Was A...READ MORE

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