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Sharia Court in India Orders Expulsion of Christians (7742)

The Church is worried about propaganda in troubled Kashmir.

01/30/2012 Comments (6)
Anto Akkara

LIVING TOGETHER. Kashmir police, who are Muslim, wearing helmets and caps, enjoy a ride with nuns and nursing students of St. Joseph's Hospital from a remote village during relief work after October 2005 earthquake.

– Anto Akkara

The sharia court in Muslim-majority Kashmir has no constitutional or legal authority. But its recent verdict ordering the expulsion of five Christians from the troubled Indian side of Kashmir has sent alarm bells ringing among Christians in India.

Apart from ordering the expulsion of the Christians, the court also directed the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take over the management of the Christian missionary schools besides monitoring their activities.

Those ordered to be expelled include Father Jim Borst of the Dutch Mill Hill Missionaries, who has been based in Kashmir since 1963.

“This is much more than conversion. It is humiliating and certainly threatening for us,” Bishop...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Jesus 'Heals the World Corrupted by Sin' (2497)

Jan. 29 Angelus focuses on Christ's authority and love.

01/30/2012 Comment

The power of Jesus Christ is manifested in humble service and love, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sunday Angelus address Jan. 29.

“For man, authority often means possession, power, control, success,” the Pope said to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

“For God, however, authority means service, humility, love,” he continued. “It means entering into the logic of Jesus, who stoops to wash the disciples’ feet, who seeks the true good of man, who heals wounds, who is capable of a love so great as to give up his life, because he is Love.”

The Pope’s comments came in a reflection on the Gospel reading in which an unclean spirit identifies Jesus Christ as the “holy one of...READ MORE

Filed under christ's authority, pope benedict xvi, sin

Sing Propers with Android, Why Catholics Like Einstein, Feast of Charlemagne, Harmony, and more! (3543)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/30/2012 Comment

Why Catholics Like Einstein. Click on the link by George Sim Johnston to learn why.

Harmony: 8 Quotes on Culture, Education, & Leisure - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Sing Propers with the Android - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Feast of Charlemagne - The Mad Monarchist

The Tale of Friar Peto & Gruesome Funeral Procession of Henry VIII - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Why Catholics Like Einstein - George Sim Johnston, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Revert with Same-Gender Attraction: Richard Evans - Why I’m Catholic

Obedience and Ballroom Dancing - Dorothy Pilarski, Catholic Lane

The Importance of Vocation - Andreas Widmer, The Catholic Thing

Should I Ask My Spiritual Director (a Priest) to Also Be My Confessor? - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Why You Should...READ MORE

Filed under android, ball room dancing, catholic blogosphere, einstein, harmony, mercy, miraculous medal, obedience, richard evans, sacred space

Recipe for a Rights War (3837)

Is the Church bigoted? Absolutely not. Holy mother Church speaks to us in charity and truth. The dilemma is how to season our political dialogue with timeless truths, while not being caught up in a 'rights war' that distorts the Catholic position. Jan. 29 issue column

01/29/2012 Comments (22)

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In a stirring speech on religious liberty at the U.S. bishops’ plenary assembly last October, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., decried the U.S. government’s propagation of moral relativism — in this instance, regarding criticism of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“The Department of Justice … has attacked DOMA as an act of ‘bias and prejudice,’ akin to racism, thereby implying that the churches which teach that marriage is between a man and a woman are guilty of bigotry.”

The question is simple: Why are Catholics not bigots?

Bishop Lori noted several warring fronts in the recent conflicts between the Church and the state: contraception, abortion, freedom of conscience and...READ MORE

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St. Philomena Encourages Youth to Be Pure (4595)

Chastity club combats the culture. Jan. 29 issue feature.

01/29/2012 Comments (9)

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Father Chad Partain is a priest on a mission: The 35-year-old priest from the Diocese of Alexandria, La., is out to tell the world about the powerful intercession of St. Philomena.

His devotion to the saint has been a long one — complete with a miracle.

“I was introduced to St. Philomena as a young man when I was in junior high. I had signed up for my own daily decade of the Rosary through the Universal Living Rosary Association,” said Father Partain.

But he really got to know St. Philomena while in high school.

“I was diagnosed with a tumor in my inner ear and prayed to St. Philomena to preserve my hearing so that I could go on into seminary and be a priest. And then,...READ MORE

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How to Beat the Devil (13277)

User's Guide to Sunday, Jan. 29.

01/29/2012 Comments (12)

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28

Our Take

“The devil is a kindergartner compared to Jesus and Mary.” So said a friend of Tom’s in college — a friend who later became a renowned theologian.

It’s a great summing up of the devil, and today’s Gospel shows it to be true. Christ faces the devil and commands him with authority. The devil does not stand a chance against him.

There are two great errors in many people’s thinking about the devil. One is to believe that he doesn’t exist.

“It is in his interests to make himself ‘unknown,’” said Pope John Paul II. “Satan has the skill in the...READ MORE

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Sebelius' Contraception Mandate and the Media (9024)

Register News Analysis: Coverage highlighted partisan advocacy, Catholic anxiety and White House reassurances, but did it inform?

01/28/2012 Comments (36)

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services

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WASHINGTON — Last November, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York was rewarded for his persistent efforts to meet with the White House to discuss the pending federal rule requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraception services in their employee health plans.

The “quiet” meeting between the archbishop of New York and soon-to-be cardinal — who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — and President Barack Obama was quickly leaked to the media. Days later, when asked about it during a press conference at the fall meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore, the archbishop expressed measured hope that the president would expand the narrow religious exemption to include an array...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal-designate timothy dolan of new york, contraception, president barack obama, pro-life movement, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops

The Waiting Womb (4871)

What are the infertility solutions prescribed by the Church? Jan. 29 issue feature.

01/28/2012 Comments (12)
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Welcome to the infertility waiting room. My husband and I know every inch of this room; in fact, we spent nine years searching every corner for a way out.

If you find yourself in the waiting room suffering from a waiting womb, here are a few key clues to help navigate your stay:

Paperwork: As with any waiting room, you must fill out your infertility paperwork, but remember that your identity is Catholic. As an infertility coach I have observed that many couples simply do not know moral medical and surgical-treatment options. Following God’s plan out of love for him is the most excellent way to prepare your hearts to be a future mother and father.

Reading Material: Read...READ MORE

Filed under children, church teaching, infertility, marriage, married love

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