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In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants and Men, Best-Parish-Bulletin-Ever, and Much More! (13603)

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In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants & Men. Click on the link by Fr. Gordon J. MacRae to read more.

In the Absence of Fathers: A Story of Elephants & Men – Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, Catholic Lane

Best. Parish. Bulletin. Ever. – Brandon Vogt

Modesty is Annoying by Christina Head of the Life Teen blog – Big Pulpit

One Million Moms Campaign Urges Removal of Anti-Family Show – Catholic News Agency

The Role of the Church in the Olympics – Austen Ivereigh, OSV Newsweekly

A Not-So-Catholic Guide to the 2012 London Olympics – Stephen Kokx, Catholic Vote

The Smoke of Satan in Steubenville – Joel Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

Mom Can You Ask Dad? - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

Forgiveness and Love at the Foot of the Cross – Postabortion Journey Walk With Me

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Pope Finishes 'Jesus of Nazareth' Trilogy, May Pen Encyclical (9462)

Vatican secretary of state says papal document may come soon.

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Pope Benedict at the recent World Meeting of Families

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Pope Benedict XVI has concluded the third and final volume of Jesus of Nazareth dedicated to the Gospels relating to Jesus’s childhood, and a new encyclical may follow it, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, said last night.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Mass he celebrated in the parish of Introd, a village in the Valle d’Aosta region of the northern Italian Alps, where he is on vacation, the cardinal said the book would be “a great gift for the Year of Faith,” which begins in October.

“We will read the third book by Benedict XVI avidly and with great relish,” he predicted, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

The Vatican confirmed the news in...READ MORE

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Bishop Leonard Blair Takes on the LCWR (9380)

Commentary: What's going on with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Part 3

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– Diocese of Toledo, Ohio

The course of the clash between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) was probably set four years ago when Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio, began the study that led to the critical doctrinal assessment from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

In a series of exchanges, Bishop Blair requested information on educational materials prepared by the LCWR and speakers at its annual assemblies.

Areas of concern included the formation of religious, the role of religious in the Church, abortion, ordination of women, homosexual activity and contraception. It was apparent that the LCWR and its invited speakers were generally either not...READ MORE

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Losing the Battle. . .  Maybe That's the Point, A Summer Reading List for Catholics, and More! (2629)

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Feel Like You’re Fighting a Losing Battle? Maybe That’s the Point. Click on the link by The Idler to read more.

Feel Like You’re Fighting a Losing Battle? Maybe That’s the Point – The Idler, Ascndng Mt. Carmel

A Summer Reading List for Catholics by Stephen Kokx of the Catholic Vote blog – Big Pulpit

Nothing Vain About It: On Vanity Press – Cheryl Dickow, Catholic Lane

On Church Architecture: The Endurance of Classicism – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

Beauty is Truth & Truth Beauty – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Chick-fil-A Tolerance Day [UPDATED] – Big Pulpit

Caravaggio’s Painting: “The Calling of St. Matthew” – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

The Common Good – David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

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Ruling Strikes Body Blow to Obamacare (13084)

Commentary on Catholic business' injunction victory against the HHS mandate, as Aug. 1 marks the initial implementation of the controversial federal ruling.

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Friday afternoon, aka the “Friday News Dump,” is the time when folks in the United States release news they don’t want anyone to notice.

This is a time-honored tradition inside the Beltway, when agencies under siege and beleaguered politicians announce their mea culpas or publish their email trails.

It is rare for courts to play politics with the release of their decisions and opinions, and there is no reason to think that U.S. District Court Judge John Kane of Colorado intended to bury the result of Newland v. Sebelius July 27.

However, because of the timing, many people missed it.

Certainly those in the mainstream media missed it — or simply wanted to ignore it.

For Kane’s...READ MORE

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Sit Down and Serve Your Spouse, 3 Ages of Interior Life in Relation to the Jewish Temple, and More! (1605)

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Pope: St. Alphonsus Liguori Teaches Us About Prayer (2651)

The Holy Father spoke about the saint on his feast day, Aug. 1.

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Pope Benedict XVI praised the 18th-century Italian St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori for reminding Christians of the key to heaven: prayer.

“St. Alphonsus reminds us that the relationship with God is essential in life and that only with a daily personal prayer and participation in the sacraments can the Divine presence that directs, illuminates and makes safe and peaceful our path, even in the midst of difficulties and dangers, grow in us,” said the Pope during his general audience address Aug. 1.

Speaking to thousands of pilgrims gathered in the town of Castel Gandolfo’s main square, the Pope marked today’s feast day of St. Alphonsus by meditating on what the founder of the Redemptorist...READ MORE

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With 1 Year Until WYD, Pope Benedict Prays for Youth Evangelization (2050)

The Rio de Janeiro event will be the first World Youth Day to be hosted by a South American country since WYD convened in Buenos Aires in 1987.

08/01/2012 Comment

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With exactly one year to go until the 28th World Youth Day begins in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI is praying this August that young people will engage in evangelization.

“That young people, called to follow Christ, may be willing to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel to the ends of the earth,” the official Vatican statement from July 31 says.

Pope Benedict’s mission prayer intention echoes almost exactly the theme for next year’s event in Brazil: “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

It also comes only days after he used his traditional Sunday Angelus address to send his best wishes to those organizing the six-day international festival, which will take place July 23-28,...READ MORE

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