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Accepting Pope Benedict’s Generous Offer (4313)

Father Edwin Barnes: Why I Became Catholic

04/29/2011 Comments (4)

I had always believed that is what I was — a Catholic, albeit an Anglican one. We said the creeds and expressed our belief in the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.” We were taught that is just what the Church of England was; part of that Catholic Church, separated from a great part of Christendom at the Reformation, but with good reason. We had avoided the excesses and errors of other churches; we were a pure church, one which had “washed its face.”

This was just about tenable all the time the Church of England held to Catholic faith and practice. Of course, there were always others in the same Church who disagreed with us, but we had truth on our side. After all, did not every...READ MORE

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Super Storm (19293)

South assesses the damage after devastating twisters.

04/28/2011 Comments (8)
CNS photo/Marvin Gentry, Reuters

UTTER DESTRUCTION. Destroyed homes are seen April 28 in a neighborhood in Pratt City, Ala., hit by a wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes April 27. Devastating storms and tornadoes raked though the U.S. South, killing at least 250 people as they ripped houses to rubble, flipped cars and uprooted trees and power lines, officials said.

– CNS photo/Marvin Gentry, Reuters

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Yesterday’s super storm spawned more than 100 tornadoes that left a path of death and destruction across the South. There have been 250 deaths reported in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia, with the greatest devastation centered in Alabama.

Today, amid more severe storm warnings, rescue workers are attempting to assess the damage and help those in need.

The hardest hit areas appeared to be Birmingham, Cullman and Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said it would be days before the full death toll would be known.

At present, Alabama is reporting at least 131 deaths, with 31 in DeKalb County alone. Thirty-two deaths were...READ MORE

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Girl Subdeacons, Choosing the Apostles over Muhammad and Joseph Smith, + more! (3685)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2011 Comments (1)

Straw Subdeacons, Women, Acolytes, and Father John Zuhlsdorf’s Analysis - Rubric Monster, The Noise of the Crusade

Why Trust the Apostles over Muhammad or Joseph Smith? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Pope John Paul II: Beating Back the Smoke of Satan - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

. . .Father John Zuhlsdorf comments here. . .

Baptist Convert: Lori Miller - Why I’m Catholic

Orthodoxy Begets Priests - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

Pope Benedict on Divine Mercy - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Understanding the Book of Acts, Part III: More Similarities Between Luke and Acts - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

An Interview with Catholic Hollywood Director Mike Disa - Peggy...READ MORE

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John Paul II and the End of the Cold War (7327)

The peaceful social movement that toppled Soviet communism began with the Pope and the spiritual renewal of the Polish people.

04/28/2011 Comments (2)

“But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.” — John Adams, “Letter to Hezekiah Niles,” Feb. 13, 1818

What John Adams observed about the American Revolution of the 1770s was also true about the Polish Revolution of the 1980s that helped bring about the end of the Cold War.

Before there was a Solidarity trade union with 10 million members that ultimately toppled Soviet Communism, there was a revolution in the minds and hearts of the Polish people that made Solidarity...READ MORE

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College Debt: Is It Worth It? (4232)

Large families calculate tuition strategy.

04/28/2011 Comments (5)

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The contracts are due May 1, but the struggle to cover costs isn’t over.

Erin Vander Woude, a mother of 10 in Knokesville, Va., tackles college tuition and student-debt issues with a blend of practical and spiritual tactics: “It’s a huge amount of money to send your kids to college, but they all have summer jobs, and we all pray for guidance from God.”

Last year, Erin and her husband — both graduates of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. — managed to send their three oldest children to their alma mater simultaneously, courtesy of the sibling-discount program.

“The oldest is about to graduate from Christendom, and two more just started as freshmen. We took advantage of a 25% tuition...READ MORE

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2 Examples: Margaret Sanger vs. St. Gianna (10713)

On her feast day, why St. Gianna Beretta Molla offers a much better model for life.

04/28/2011 Comments (17)
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Planned Parenthood has been in the headlines lately, as the Republican House, led by Roman Catholic Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, battles to end taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. This has provoked hysteria in liberal Democrats, who have described defunding attempts as everything from a “vendetta” against women (Sen. Barbara Boxer) to a “war on women” (Congresswoman Barbara Lee) to a “bull’s eye” on the chest of women (Sen. Harry Reid).

As a pro-life Catholic deeply disturbed by the death culture, I can’t avoid Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, and her legacy. Ben Wiker and Don DeMarco aptly described her as one of the “architects of the culture of...READ MORE

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Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers, Why is JP2 on Trial by Media, Poetic Theology, + more! (2935)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/28/2011 Comment

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, and Father of the Church.

The Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers - Michael Barber, The Sacred Page

Why is John Paul II on Trial in the Media Today? - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Father Michael Pfleger Removed and Suspended - The American Catholic

. . .Father Zuhlsdorf comments here. . .

On the Poetic in Theology - Peter Kwansniewski, Cowboys-Philosophers-And-Poets

Some Interesting Stats on Vocations. . . - Diane M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudamus!

. . .Robert Kumpel comments here. . .

Faculty Kills Resolution Citing U. of Notre Dame to Culture of Life - The Cardinal Newman Society Blog

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Has Created Many Martyrs - Nasir Saeed, Catholic Herald


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‘I Know This Is Where I Should Be’ (5611)

Gen. Josiah Bunting: Why I became Catholic

04/28/2011 Comments (8)

I write in the full consciousness that each person’s route to reception into the Catholic Church is singular, a pathway he must follow alone, however conscious (and grateful) he may be for the solicitude and friendship of those who lead and guide him.

I was raised in a conventional Protestant household; “went to church” with my parents in a small New England village — a Congregational church, one of whose ministers was Richard Niebuhr (whose piety and earnestness I well remember, and with gratitude). My boarding school obliged us to “attend chapel” daily, the rituals and hymns being more or less standard Episcopalian observances; the music of some of the great old hymns made a far more...READ MORE

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