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The 'Glue That Holds America Together': Religion (3535)

A fascinating look into the complex future of religion in America.

11/01/2010 Comments (1)
Simon and Schuster

– Simon and Schuster

The United States stands out among Western nations for its high level of religiosity and also for the great variety of churches and faiths. Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell examine the state of religion in the U.S. in their recently published book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon and Schuster).

Looking over the recent past, the authors identify three major shifts in religious practice. The first was the cultural and sexual revolution of the ‘60s that saw a notable drop in church attendance. This was followed by a reaction by religion, especially among the evangelical churches. Finally, a growing number of young people are renouncing any religion at all in the...READ MORE

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Get Out the Vote (2373)

National pro-life leader stresses importance of Election Day.

10/30/2010 Comments (3)
2008 CNS photo/Jim Westa

– 2008 CNS photo/Jim Westa

In just a few days, the pro-life people of our country will have their first concrete opportunity to begin to take back the ground lost in the 2008 election.

Consider the setbacks to life that have taken place since President Obama moved into the Oval Office. The Mexico City Policy was reversed, again allowing for U.S. financing of international programs that fund abortion; the Food and Drug Administration, over the strenuous objection of many in the medical field, approved Ella, an emergency contraceptive that Catholic bishops and others recognize as an abortifacient; federal funding has been restored to embryonic stem-cell research, which kills human life; a health-care law was passed...READ MORE

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Celebrities Bring Catholic Bible to Life (15534)

New audio version is endorsed by the Vatican and has a foreword by Pope Benedict.

10/29/2010 Comments (19)

A monumental project that brings the New Testament to dramatic audio form is ready to reach listeners everywhere in November.

Two years in the making, “Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament” brings together more than 70 actors, over 20 audio engineers and 100 media-development experts across three continents who amassed 10,000 production hours for this first-ever Catholic edition of the New Testament.

Listeners will hear every word from Matthew through Revelation dramatized by world-renowned actors like Neal McDonough as Jesus, Julia Ormond as Mary, Stacy Keach as John, Blair Underwood, Michael York, Kristen Bell, and John Rhys-Davies.

Since we’re naming names, this...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Prognosis (3313)

Will next week’s elections help the pro-life cause? An interview with insider Charmaine Yoest.

10/29/2010 Comment
Courtesy Americans United for Life

– Courtesy Americans United for Life

Fresh out of college, Charmaine Yoest “fell in love with D.C. and the political process” as she sought to “make a difference in the political arena concerning life-and-family issues.”

Her first job landed her in the Reagan administration, where she began a career addressing these vital issues in a variety of political, nonprofit and academic capacities.

In 2004, she became president and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), the first national pro-life organization. AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade, and they seek to influence pro-life legislation at all levels of government. A mother of five who put her career...READ MORE

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Susan B. Anthony List Defends Campaign Ads in Ohio (2997)

Are these pro-life billboards telling the truth about health-care reform?

10/28/2010 Comments (1)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An elections commission in Ohio will convene today to consider whether a pro-life organization can put up billboards criticizing a candidate on his vote for Obamacare.

A federal court Oct. 25 allowed Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus’ case to proceed against the Susan B. Anthony List.

The SBAL, which supports pro-life women running for public office, wanted to put up billboards saying Driehaus’ vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March was a vote for taxpayer funding of abortion.

The contentious sign reads: “Shame on Steve Driehaus. Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortion.”

Taking SBAL’s side in the dispute is the American Civil Liberties Union...READ MORE

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On the Relationship Between the Jewish People and God (8284)

What does Vatican II really say about the Jews and the Covenant?

10/27/2010 Comments (7)
2005 CNS photo from L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Benedict XVI presents a framed copy of Nostra Aetate to Israeli President Moshe Katsav during their meeting at the Vatican.

– 2005 CNS photo from L'Osservatore Romano

As illustrated here, the relationship between the Jewish people and God is one that commonly elicits strong (and divergent) reactions. But what does the Church have to say about this relationship? In particular, are the Jewish people still “chosen,” maintaining a special relationship with God? And, if so, does this therefore mean that they are already in a salvific covenant with him such that they have no need of Christ and his Church?

In regard to the first question, perhaps the most significant evidence that the answer is Yes can be found in Section 16 of Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium, the dogmatic constitution on the Church, which says:

Finally, those who have not yet received the...READ MORE

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Synod's Rough Landing (4702)

Will an explosive comment on the Synod's last day set Vatican-Israeli relations back even further? A Jerusalem bishop gives his diagnosis.

10/27/2010 Comments (7)
CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

Rabbi David Rosen, right, a Jerusalem-based adviser to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, speaks during the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East at the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 13. Rosen said after the conclusion of the synod that one bishop's remarks “reflect either shocking ignorance or insubordination in relation to the Catholic Church’s teaching on Jews and Judaism flowing from the Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate.”

– CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

JERUSALEM — Vatican-Israeli relations, which were already strained in recent years over property-tax issues, the Palestinians and the Holocaust, may have received a further blow at the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops meeting this past week at the Vatican.

During the Oct. 23 closing press conference of the bishops’ gathering, which examined problems Christians face in the Middle East, the predominantly Arab bishops released a statement expressing solidarity with Middle East Christians, whose numbers have plummeted due to widespread emigration.

Under the section dedicated to relations with Jews, the synod message warned against inappropriate use of the words of the Bible. It said that...READ MORE

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'I Seized the Hand of God' (3049)

Only one thing could possibly have kept the hope of 33 Chilean miners alive.

10/26/2010 Comment
CNS photo/Carlos Vera, Reuters

GRATEFUL. Rescued Chilean miner Alex Vega, center, arrives with family members to the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, Oct. 17. Some of the 33 miners rescued last week after 69 days trapped underground returned to the copper and gold mine for a Mass of thanksgiving.

– CNS photo/Carlos Vera, Reuters

COPIAPO, Chile — The 36-hour rescue operation of 33 Chilean miners Oct. 13 was a triumph not only of technology, but also of the human spirit. For many of the miners who had been stuck in the San José copper and gold mine for 69 days, the ordeal strengthened their relationship with God. And for many Chileans, whose faith had been tested by a devastating earthquake in February, the rescue was a much-needed shot in the arm.

By all accounts, the men emerged in remarkably good condition after enduring stress levels that could easily have led to nervous breakdowns or group panic.

Instead, what the world saw upon their release was a remarkable display of strength and solidarity, nourished by...READ MORE

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