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Stem Cells Cure for AIDS? (7941)

Success fighting the dreaded virus — and another that helps get a New York Yankee back in the lineup. So why no media attention?

07/04/2011 Comments (4)
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Kristin Martins-Taylor holds up a container with stem cells at the University of Connecticut`s (UConn) Stem Cell Institute at the UConn Health Center in 2010.

– Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

NEW YORK — New medical cures and treatments continue to be credited to adult stem cell transplants, the most exciting in recent months being the news that an American treated with adult stem cells in Berlin three years ago for AIDS continues to be disease free.

As well, major league pitcher Bartolo Colon has joined the Yankee starting lineup after adult stem cell treatment repaired the arm injury that forced his retirement.

But the promising results have received spotty coverage in the mainstream media that seems to some critics calculated to downplay or dismiss them and prompting questions about why the U.S. lags behind Europe in adult stem cell research while encouraging embryonic stem...READ MORE

Filed under aids, avm biotechnology, bartolo colon, john paul ii stem cell research institute, stem cells, the berlin patient, theresa deisher

Altar Rail Returning to Use (41723)

Architects, pastors and parishioners find it enhances reverence in church.

07/02/2011 Comments (220)

In Tiverton, R.I., when some parishioners suggested returning altar rails to the sanctuary of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Father Jay Finelli gladly accepted, little knowing shortly thereafter the Pope’s 2007 motu proprio letter Summorum Pontificum would follow and he would be interested in learning how to celebrate the extraordinary form of the Mass.

In Norwalk, Conn., when a groundswell of parishioner support encouraged pastor Father Greg Markey to restore St. Mary Church, the second-oldest parish in the diocese, to its original 19th-century neo-gothic magnificence, he made sure altar rails were again part of the sanctuary.

Altar rails are present in several new churches architect Duncan...READ MORE

Filed under communion, eucharist, holy communion, liturgical formation, liturgy, mass

12 Degrees of Humility, Finding a Good Man, The 7 Sorrows of Mary, Self-Control, and much more! (6034)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/02/2011 Comment

The Trial of Saint Thomas More.

The 12 Degrees of Humility According to Saints Benedict & Thomas Aquinas - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

The Trial of Saint Thomas More - Stephanie A. Mann, The English Reformation: Supremacy and Survival

Finding a Good Man (From God’s Point of View) - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Do You Know the Seven Sorrows of Mary? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Confirm Thy Soul in Self Control - Paul Kengor, Crisis Magazine

Spiritual Replenishment of Another Kind! - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

A Shamelessly Triumphalistic Call To Arms - Mundabor’s Blog

Jerusalem Underground - Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Council of Europe, U.N. Start Addressing...READ MORE

Filed under canon law, catholic blogosphere, confession, homosexuality, mary, self-control, seven sorrows, sex-selective abortion, spiritual replenishment, st. benedict

Meet America’s First Canonized Man (4446)

Saturday Book Pick: A Bicentennial Saint

07/02/2011 Comments (9)

Why read about a young man prone to vanity, severely tempted to despair and passed over for ordination in his home country?  Because he’s America’s first canonized male, St. John Neumann.

2011 is the bicentennial year of his birth.

Redemptorist Father Richard Boever has put together Saint John Neumann: His Writings and Spirituality, the first part of which is a biography in the first person, as if written by the saint himself.  Actual words from the writings of St. John Neumann are found in italics throughout the story, and more of them are found in the second part of the book, which includes some of his pastoral and personal letters.

From the time Neumann arrived in America in 1836 to...READ MORE

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The Pope's Guide to Tweeting, Poland Almost Abortion Free, The Popish Plot, and much more! (3118)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/02/2011 Comments (1)

Pope Saint Agatho, a Greek Pope and Saint.

The Pope’s Guide to Tweeting - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Historic Polish Bill to Ban All Abortion Clears First Vote - Kathleen Gilbert, Catholic Lane

On the Call to Martyrdom & Accepting the Increasing Cost of the Faith - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Waiting on the New Evangelization - Russell Shaw, Crisis Magazine

The Papal Oath of a Greek Pope Saint - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Saint Oliver Plunkett & the “Popish Plot” - Stephanie A. Mann, Supremacy and Survival

Love Passed By. . .The Sacred Heart of Jesus - Sister Lisa Marie Doty F.D.C.C., Nunspeak

N.Y. Clerk Refuses to Sign Gay Marriage Docs - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Pakistan...READ MORE

Filed under "gay marriage", abortion, anti-catholicism, martyrdom, new evangelization, new media, new york state, pakistan, poland, pope benedict xvi

Etymology of Kumbaya, Saint Aaron-Brother of Moses, Vatican's Media Revolution, and much more! (2744)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/01/2011 Comment

Want to know the origins to the infamous song "Kumbaya"? Click on Michael Gilleland's link to find out!

Why Jesus Had to Know All Things, From His Fullness We Have All Received - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

“The Veneration of Our Lord’s Heart” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

1 July: Saint Aaron, the Brother of Moses - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

150 Years: A Quarter-Million Hits In 6 Months, The Vatican’s Media Revolution - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Bishop Walsh Retires; Bishop Vasa Takes Over in Santa Rosa - California Catholic Daily

The Etymology of Kumbaya - Michael Gilleland, Laudator Temporis Acti

The Atomic Bomb, the Rosary, and Fatima - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Six Years on the Throne of Peter, An Interpretation -...READ MORE

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Pope Confers First 'Ratzinger Prize' Awards (2620)

Benedict XVI discusses how faith and reason lead to love of God in speech for 'the Nobel Prize for Theology.'

07/01/2011 Comments (4)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict said on June 30 that although science has led to incredible advances in the modern age, it falls short in completely revealing the personhood of God. 

Although empirical reason “has led to great achievements, and no one would seriously wish to deny that it is just and necessary as a way to understand nature and the laws of nature,” the Pope said, “there is a limit to such a use of reason.”

“God is not an object of human experimentation. He is subject and shows himself only in the relationship between one person and another.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks at a June 30 Vatican award ceremony for the three winners of the first ever Ratzinger...READ MORE

Filed under 'nobel prize for theology', faith and reason, knowledge of god, love of god, pope benedict xvi, ratzinger prize

Maureen Dowd & Andrew Cuomo: Scribe & Patron Saint of 'Personal Conscience' (4602)

A Register news analysis

07/01/2011 Comments (26)

In recent weeks, Maureen Dowd of The New York Times’ has been taking pot shots at Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who drew her ire by opposing the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in New York. Here’s just one example.

But the surprise passage of the bill last week appears to have softened Dowd’s predictably shrill tone. In her June 29 column, she joyfully embraced her kind of religious leader: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Catholic-college graduate who — like Dowd — firmly rejects key moral precepts of his cradle faith.

After last week’s big political victory, Dowd’s column looks like a victory lap for two true believers who witnessed the fulfillment of their vision of a better world....READ MORE

Filed under andrew cuomo, archbishop dolan, catholic, catholic bishops, catholic church, catholic faith, catholic social doctrine, maureen dowd, new york times, same-sex "marriage"

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