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Death Struggles Return (3604)

Here comes the assisted-suicide debate again. Fights are heating up worldwide and here at home.

03/16/2011 Comments (4)
REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

PROPHESYING IN PARIS. Protestors stage a demonstration against euthanasia near the French Senate in Paris which debates a law proposal which would legalise the practice January 25, 2011. Sign reads, "Treating is not Killing."

– REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

LONDON, Ont. — State by state, supporters of assisted suicide are ramping up their efforts to seek friendly legislators or sympathetic judges to enable the terminally ill to get help ending their lives if they are incapacitated.

Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire and Vermont are among half a dozen states where legislators have recently faced bills to either legalize or outlaw assisted suicide.

Opponents have hastily assembled to fight the measures, aided by national or international groups like the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Not Dead Yet and the Patients Rights Council.

Outside the U.S., since the beginning of 2010 five countries have defeated efforts to pass more radical laws...READ MORE

Filed under assisted suicide, euthanasia

Adam, Christ, & Us, Aristotle, Feast Days During Lent, and much more… (3407)

The Best of Catholic Blogging

03/15/2011 Comment

Aristotle from The School of Athens fresco of Raphael

Adam, Christ, and Us - Peter S. Williamson, Speaking of Scripture

On Aristotle’s Wide Applicability - Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse

Late to the Debt Party - David Mills, First Things/On the Square

Feast Days During Lent, or “Plenus Uenter Facile de Ieiuniis Disputat” - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

New Irish Government Raises Concerns for Catholics - Michael Kelly, Catholic World Report

‘Champagne Reception’ with Pro-Abortion Susan Sarandon at Catholic University - California Catholic Daily

Another Santorum Scandal? - Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register

Japan’s Super-Earthquake Is A Warning - The Catholic Knight

Margaret Sanger Outs Planned Parenthood - Doctor Paul...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, news aggregation

Egypt’s Growing Persecution (5752)

Anti-Christian violence escalates in the wake of revolution.

03/15/2011 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, Reuters

SEEKING PEACE. A Christian cleric clasps hands with a Muslim sheik during a rally to demonstrate unity between Muslims and Christians in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, March 11. The rally took place after recent sectarian clashes left 13 people dead.

– CNS photo/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany, Reuters

CAIRO, Egypt — Hopes that the Egyptian revolution would lead to greater religious tolerance were jeopardized last week, after Muslims clashed with Christians who were protesting the arson of an Orthodox church.

According to media reports, a mob of rampaging Muslims killed six Christians and five Muslims in the violence, which took place in the Cairo suburb of Soul. At least 90 people were injured.

The attack occurred shortly after Egypt’s new leader, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, met with Coptic leaders to reassure them of his commitment to religious equality.

Thousands of Christians held a sit-in in front of the Television Building in central Cairo, blocking traffic in a major...READ MORE

Filed under coptic christians, egypt, islam, middle east protests

Is Love Solid Enough? (3642)

Three keys to understanding Pope John Paul's vision of theology of the body.

03/15/2011 Comments (1)

Is it possible to believe in love?

To our culture, love seems funny, interesting, desirable, maybe necessary … but certainly not trustworthy. It does not seem to be solid and lasting enough so that one can build one’s entire life on it.

Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body is precisely an attempt to show that we can believe in love (1 John 4:16), that love is strong enough to provide an explanation for the whole of our life: our origin, our identity and our destiny.

Three points are crucial to understand John Paul II’s vision.


Christ reveals the dignity of the body and the truth of love.

Central to John Paul II’s teaching is a paragraph from the Second Vatican Council: “Christ,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic church, gaudium et spes, pope john paul ii, theology of the body

Spiritual Wisdom from St. Teresa of Avila, the Catholic Approach to Scripture, and much more… (3668)

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03/15/2011 Comment

Saint Theresa of Avila

Daily Quote from Saint Teresa of Avila - The Integrated Catholic Life™

Faculty Profile of Horst Buchholz - Jeffrey Tucker, The Chant Café

The Catholic Approach to Scripture - Doctor Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/In Depth Analysis

Ten Commandments for a Good Lenten Confession - Father Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D., Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

‘Sectarian’ Clash between Copts and Mob? - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

A Martyr in Parliament: The Honorable Shahbaz Bhatti (1968–2011) - Fr. Raymond J. De Souza, First Things/On the Square

Father Frank Pavone Leads Covert Mission to Rescue Baby Joseph - Priests for Life

An Evening with Saint Joan - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Church and...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, news aggregation

The Liturgical Experience of the Cross, 7 Reasons for Frequent Confession, and much more… (2818)

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03/14/2011 Comment

Jesus Carrying the Cross

Finding the Good in Good Friday, The Liturgical Experience of the Cross - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Real Difference Between Fasting and Abstinence - Reginaldus, New Theological Movement

7 Reasons to Frequent Confession During Lent - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

New Irish Government Raises Concerns for Catholics - Michael Kelly, Catholic World Report

The Renewal of Vatican II: Distractions & Distortions - Douglas Bushman S.T.L., Ignatius Insight

A Rediscovered Mass for 40 Voices - Father John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

“Who is Jesus Christ?”, There’s an app For That! - Eric Sammons, The Divine Life

Heretics and Preachers - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

What...READ MORE

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Maryland Lawmakers Reject Same-Sex 'Marriage' (6842)

Bill turned back in spite of support from Catholic governor, legislators.

03/14/2011 Comments (56)
CNS photo/George P. Matysek Jr., Catholic Review

Supporters of traditional marriage demonstrate in Annapolis, Md., prior to a March 11 debate in the Maryland House of Delegates. A bill, which would have made it legal for couples of the same sex to marry, was returned to committee March 11, tabling the legislation in Maryland for the rest of this year's session.

– CNS photo/George P. Matysek Jr., Catholic Review

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland House of Delegates “killed” a bill Friday that sought to legalize same-sex “marriage” in the state.

The House of Delegates sent the bill back to the Judiciary Committee — a move described in The Washington Post as “an acknowledgment by supporters that it did not have sufficient votes to pass on the floor.” It was an unexpected conclusion to an intense political fight that pitted key Democratic lawmakers who are Catholic but whose votes were contrary to Church doctrine against the leaders of their Church. 

Local Catholic pastors applauded the outcome, but they remain troubled by the disconnect between the public stance of the Maryland Catholic Conference...READ MORE

Filed under catholic politicians, marriage, maryland, same-sex 'marriage'

The Instability of Same-Sex Attraction, the Cordoba Cathedral, Our Lady of Akita, and much more… (3298)

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03/14/2011 Comment

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