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Cardinal Dolan Will Offer Closing Prayers at Both Republican and Democratic Conventions (4213)

The New York archbishop will pray at both political parties' assemblies.

08/28/2012 Comments (38)
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has accepted an invitation to offer the closing prayer at the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“It was made clear to the Democratic Convention organizers, as it was to the Republicans, that the cardinal was coming solely as a pastor, only to pray, not to endorse any party, platform or candidate,” New York archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling said in an Aug. 28 statement.

As previously announced, Cardinal Dolan will also give the benediction at the close of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Cardinal Dolan accepted the invitation after consulting and gaining the consent of Bishop Peter Jugis of the Diocese...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate's 'Safe Harbor' Requirement Revised (4027)

Regulation has now been changed to include those that accept certain elements of the coverage while objecting to others. But it's still only a 12-month reprieve.

08/28/2012 Comment

A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious-freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court.

Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told EWTN News on Aug. 27 that the Obama administration is governing by “sloppy executive fiat” and is failing to address the underlying problem with the controversial mandate.

She explained that for the third time in seven months, the federal government has rewritten the guidelines for the “safe harbor” provision that offers a one-year reprieve from the mandate to some...READ MORE

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St. Augustine the Restless Flame, 4 Ways to Evangelize at Work Without Being Churchy, and Much More! (2766)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/28/2012 Comment

St. Augustine: The Restless Flame. Click on the link by Ryan N. S. Topping to read more.

St. Augustine: The Restless Flame - Ryan N. S. Topping, Crisis Magazine

Four Ways To Evangelize At Work Without Being Churchy – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Mgsr. Tomasi: “Intolerance Towards Christians is Growing” – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Teaching NFP has Enriched Our Marriage in Many Ways – Ellen G. Hrkach, Catholic Lane

Is America Blessed by God? – William Doino Jr, First Things/On the Square

How Long Will People Believe The Militant Same-Sex Agenda? by The Ordinary Catholic of Peter's Barque blog – Big ulpit

14 Quotes on Latin in the Church by Sources You Might Not Expect – Saint Peter’s List

And Something that a Priest Should Have in His Holster – Richard...READ MORE

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Father Benedict Groeschel Reflects on 25 Years of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (20361)

08/28/2012 Comment

Editor’s Note:

Child sexual abuse is never excusable. The editors of the National Catholic Register apologize for publishing without clarification or challenge Father Benedict Groeschel's comments that seem to suggest that the child is somehow responsible for abuse. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our publication of that comment was an editorial mistake, for which we sincerely apologize. Given Father Benedict's stellar history over many years, we released his interview without our usual screening and oversight. We have removed the story. We have sought clarification from Father Benedict.

Jeanette R. De Melo
Editor in Chief

Statement from the Community of the Franciscan...READ MORE

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Archbishop-Designate Cordileone Apologizes for DUI Arrest (5277)

The San Diego Police Department verified the weekend arrest of Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco for driving under the influence of alcohol.

08/27/2012 Comments (65)

SAN DIEGO — Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco today apologized and asked forgiveness for the disgrace he brought upon the Church and himself by being arrested for drunk driving.

“I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I will repay my debt to society, and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco," Archbishop Cordileone said in an Aug. 27 statement.

“I pray that God, in his inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this,” he added.

According to the archbishop-designate, the incident occurred after...READ MORE

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Cosmo's Girl Helen Gurley Brown Epitomized the ‘Culture of Use’ (8162)


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Helen Gurley Brown, after the success of 'Sex and the Single Girl' and before becoming editor in chief of 'Cosmopolitan' magazine.

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When The New York Times marked the Aug. 13 passing of Helen Gurley Brown, it observed drily, “She was 90, though parts of her were considerably younger.”

The reporter’s reference to the longtime Cosmopolitan editor’s artificial enhancements would have been catty, were it not that Brown herself broadcast the sacrifices she made to remain “a sexual creature” (to borrow a phrase from her 1962 bestseller Sex and the Single Girl).

In books such as Having It All, she insisted that it was her ability to transform herself from a “mouseburger” (plain Jane) into a sex object that enabled her to live her dreams.

“Inner beauty” was not in Brown’s vocabulary. “The fact is,” she told The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Sincerity Is Key to Faith (9982)

A lack of sincerity in life is 'the mark of the devil,' as witnessed in the decision of Judas Iscariot to continue following Christ even after he had ceased to believe in him, the Holy Father said Aug. 26.

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Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that a lack of sincerity in life is “the mark of the devil,” as witnessed in the decision of Judas Iscariot to continue following Jesus Christ even after he had ceased to believe in him.

“The problem is that Judas did not go away, and his most serious fault was falsehood, which is the mark of the devil. This is why Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘One of you is a devil,’” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address to pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo Aug. 26.

The Pontiff said that Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary to help them to believe in Jesus as St. Peter did and “to be always sincere with him and with all people.”

The Pope continued his recent weeks’...READ MORE

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Five Beautiful Pro-Life Trends, St. Augustines Home Town, What is Catholic Social Justice, and More! (2721)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/27/2012 Comment

Five Beautiful Pro-Life Trends. Click on the link by Nancy Flanders to read more.

Five Beautiful Pro-Life Trends by Nancy Flanders of the Life News website – Big ulpit

Ostia Antica: St. Augustine’s Home Town – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

What Is Catholic Social Justice? – Louie Verrecchio, Catholic Lane

Jane Austen and the Best of England – Joseph Pearce, StAR/Ink Desk

Papa Bene Helps Finance Restoration of St. Augustine Basilica in Algeria – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Behavioral Fatalism – Sardonicus, Sardonic Ex Curia

My NFP Chart Knows Me Better – Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Gerald Manley Hopkins, Poetry, and Overcoming Utilitarian Views of Art & Beauty – Anthony Distefano, Catholic Phoenix

Seven Strategies to Build a Strong Work Ethic in...READ MORE

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