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Bishop Paprocki Warns of ‘Intrinsic Evils’ in Democratic Platform (8474)

He said that voting for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are ‘intrinsically evil and gravely sinful’ makes a voter ‘morally complicit’ and places the eternal salvation of his or her soul in ‘serious jeopardy.’

09/27/2012 Comments (119)

– Courtesy Diocese of Springfield, Ill.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Drawing particular attention to the Democratic Party platform’s support for “intrinsic evils” like abortion and same-sex “marriage,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has said that Catholics need to “think and pray very carefully” about their votes in the upcoming election.

“My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues,” Bishop Paprocki said in his Sept. 23 column for the Catholic Times diocesan paper. “I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding ‘political’ and didn’t say anything about the morality of these issues.”

He said that voting for a candidate who promotes...READ MORE

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The Love of St. Isaac the Syrian, Fantasy's Disturbing Turn, Bring Back Altar Rails, and More! (1410)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/27/2012 Comment

The Love of St. Isaac the Syrian. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read more of this marvelous saint.

The Love of St. Isaac the Syrian – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Fantasy’s Disturbing Turn by Devin Rose of the Catholic Sistas blog – Big ulpit

Want a Truly Catholic Vote? Bring Back the Altar Rails! – Steve Skojec, Catholic Vote

Tolerance and Reciprocity – Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

Sin Matters (Mark 9:38-50) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Jesus the Family Man: On the Decline of Marriage and Childrearing – R. J. Snell, Crisis Magazine

Motherhood Full of Grace - Cindy Bird, Ignitum Today

Usus Antiquior at Miami Cathedral – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Pew Survey’s Most Sobering Result – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the...READ MORE

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Abstracted From Reality: France Bans ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ (11757)

If the law goes through, the civil code will use the more abstract, cover-all, cover-anything term 'parents.'

09/27/2012 Comments (33)

France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger — or at least give a glimpse of how strange they will soon become for us — France has decided to ban the words “mother” and “father” in regard to the civil-legal treatment of marriage. The European country’s proposed new law declares that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender.”

The reason given by Christiane Taubira, France’s justice minister: ”Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child's development?” She then reassured critics of the proposed law, “What is certain is that the interest of the...READ MORE

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Americans Represented Among Synod of Bishops' Experts (1756)

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 U.S. Catholics to serve as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

09/27/2012 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 Catholics from the United States as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The gathering of 200 bishops from around the globe will take place at the Vatican Oct. 7-28 under the title of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

The experts and auditors are not voting members of the synod but are available to give advice and help to the participating bishops. On Sept. 22 Pope Benedict nominated 45 such experts and 49 observers.

Among the five experts from the United States are Ralph Martin of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and Sister Sara Butler of St. Mary of the Lake...READ MORE

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Beautiful Sacred Music Examples, A Plea to Confused Catholics, Liturgy: Dialogue With God, and More! (3443)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/27/2012 Comment

Ten Most Beautiful Examples of Sacred Christian Music. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read and listen to beautiful Sacred Music.

Ten Most Beautiful Examples of Sacred Christian Music – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

A Plea To Confused Catholics by Alice von Hildebrand of the Catholic News Agency website – Big ulpit

Liturgy is a Dialogue with God; His are the Right Words to Address Him – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

Facebook: Necessarily Narcissistic? – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

FSSP Ordination at Fontgombault Abbey (France) – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Unearthing Hidden Treasures: Historical Case for Foster Parenting – Heidi Hess Saxton, Catholic Lane

Angel of the Trenches - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

ByzanTeens Busy With Two New Videos – Eastern Christian Media


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Lou Holtz on Marriage, His Catholic Faith and Notre Dame (19018)

Register In Person interview with the Hall of Fame coach.

09/26/2012 Comments (47)

Lou Holtz

– University of Notre Dame

As college football nears the midpoint of its 143rd season, Lou Holtz is among the many taking it in. The 75-year-old ESPN analyst has seen more than his share of games, mostly from the sidelines as a head coach. He coached a total of 388 games at six Division I schools.

Holtz is best known for his years at the University of Notre Dame, between 1986 and 1996, which include an undefeated national championship season in 1988. What is less known, but no less important to him, are the experiences that prepared him for the Notre Dame years.

One of the things Holtz prizes most is the education he received, fittingly enough from the Sisters of Notre Dame, while in grade school in East...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: The Liturgy Lifts Our Hearts to God (2711)

The Holy Father's Sept. 26 general audience

09/26/2012 Comments (6)
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Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer which raises the human heart to God like no other form of worship.

“It is in the liturgy that we ‘lift up our hearts,’ opening ourselves to the word of God as we gather with our brethren in a prayer which rises within us and which is directed to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit,” the Pope said at his Sept. 26 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“As the Second Vatican Council teaches, it is by means of the liturgy that Christ, our Redeemer and High Priest, continues the work of our redemption in, with and through his Church. This is the great marvel of the...READ MORE

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Dorothy Day's Dynamic Orthodoxy, True Opiate of the Masses, Ecclesiastical Penalties, and More! (1840)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/26/2012 Comment

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy. Click on the link by William Doino Jr. to read more.

Dorothy Day’s Dynamic Orthodoxy – William Doino Jr., First Things/On The Square

The True Opiate of the Masses by Jason Liske of the Ascending Mount Carmel blog – Big ulpit

Door-to-Door Evangelization Reaps Rewards – Rick Snizek and Brian J. Lowney, Catholic News Agency

Using Ecclesiastical Penalties to Shape Both Souls & Culture – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On The Culture

You Can’t Argue With That: It’s Science! – Br. Philip Neri Reese OP, Dominicana

Nothing New, Normal or Funny about NBC’s “The New Normal” – Stephen Kokx, Catholic Vote

When the Rubber Hits the Road - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

27 Quotes on Politics and Religion by Cardinal Ratzinger – H. H. Ambrose,...READ MORE

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