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Middle East Expert Says Muslims Should Denounce Embassy Attacks (6281)

In a Sept. 12 interview with the Register, Islamic scholar Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir stressed that to provoke Muslims’ religious passion purposely through gross disrespect of their religious belief is immoral, but that Muslims also must learn to understand the meaning of freedom of speech.

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Provided by Father Samir Khalil Samir.

– Provided by Father Samir Khalil Samir.

If Muslims believe that Islam is a religion of peace, they need to demand that the people responsible for the attacks on U.S. embassies in Yemen, Egypt and Libya be brought to justice.

So says Islamic scholar Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir. In a Sept. 12 interview with the Register, he stressed that to he stressed that to be aggressive towards Muslims and purposely distort the image of Mohammed is immoral, but that Muslims also must learn to understand the meaning of freedom of speech.

The violence by Islamic militants — perpetrated on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States — led to the killing...READ MORE

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At Aquinas College, 8 Houses Will Soon Be Home (4780)

Catholic Identity College Guide '12: Dominican-Run College Plans Oxford System

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For centuries, Oxford University in England has provided its students with the option of living, eating and worshipping in residential colleges next to renowned scholars.

In that tradition, Aquinas College of Nashville, Tenn., plans to tie its expansion in enrollment and academic programming with its first residences and a "house" system, where students will join together with staff and faculty in spiritual and social communities.

"We want our students to experience the joy of just being together," explained Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, Aquinas’ president.

Aquinas College is run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, an order that still wears their traditional habit and remains...READ MORE

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Question of Suffering, Hipsters Eventually Turn Catholic, Obama Takes Catholic Vote Lead, and More! (5026)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/15/2012 Comment

The Question of Suffering, the Response of the Cross. Click on the link to read the article by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.

The Question of Suffering, the Response of the Cross – Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Insight Scoop

All Hipsters Eventually Become Catholic – The Blog of Edmund Mitchell

Obama Has Retaken the Lead for the Catholic Vote by Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog – Big ulpit

The Four Senses of Scripture: A Byzantine Perspective - Prayer of Saint Ephrem

The First and Vital Cell – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Take A Bow: Why, When, and How We Bow at Mass – Fr. Evan Harkins, Pray the Mass.org

Msgr. Luigi Ligutti and Distributism – Richard Aleman, Catholic Lane

Traditional Artistic Training Method; Applied Today – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

On the Top Five Fr....READ MORE

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Good Reads for the College-Bound (3995)

College Guide Book Picks from the Register's Catholic Identity College Guide '12

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Many young people will embark this fall on a familiar rite of passage: starting college.

Going off to college comes complete with all the challenges that leaving home, studying hard and making new friends entail.

It is also a time when young Catholics need to consider how they will live out their faith on campus.

How will they keep close to the sacraments? Where will they find a parish community: the chapel on their Catholic campus or the Newman Center at the state university? How can they stand firm in a place where values might run counter to their own?

The following books offer tangible help for the big and little issues that college students face — addressing everything from...READ MORE

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Humility and Staying Humble, What Does "Amen" Mean, Chaput Contra Death Penalty, and More! (1751)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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On Humility and Staying Humble. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read more.

On Humility and Staying Humble – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

“Amen”, Its Meaning is Not What You Think by Marcellino D'Ambrosio of the Integrated Catholic Life™ website – Big ulpit

Archbishop Chaput Contra Death Penalty – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap., Catholic Philly

Fr. Barron on the Hookup Culture – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Re-Internment of Two 3rd Century Roman Martyrs in Louisville, KY – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Treasury of the Cathedral of Le Puy en Velay, France – Shawn Tribe, New Lit Mov

Campaign 2012: The Future of the Pro-Life Cause – George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

Quæritur: Can I Attend an “Anglican Use” Parish? –...READ MORE

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Bishop James Conley to Lead Diocese of Lincoln (3618)

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– Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Denver

LINCOLN, Neb. — As the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., celebrates its 125th anniversary, Bishop James Conley has been named the region's ninth bishop by Pope Benedict XVI.

“He will serve the people of Lincoln with great enthusiasm, strong leadership and with a deep love for Jesus Christ and the Church,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said in a Sept. 13 statement.

Bishop Conley, who has served as the auxiliary bishop of Denver since 2008, is a Kansas native and was raised Presbyterian.

He will succeed Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, who has served the diocese for more than 20 years and submitted his resignation according to Church procedure upon reaching his 75th birthday in 2010.

“In the...READ MORE

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Defending Nice Churches, Why God Only Forgives When We Repent, 7 Traditional Priest Blogs, and More! (2855)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/14/2012 Comment

In Defense of Nice Churches. Click on the link by Marc Barnes to read more.

In Defense of Nice Churches – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Why Does God Only Forgive When We Repent? – Fr. C. J. McCloskey III STD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Seven Blogs from Traditional Catholic Priests by H. H. Ambrose of the Saint Peter's List blog – Big ulpit

A Twelve Point Plan by St. Paul for the Church – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Re-learning to Pray – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Quæritur: Did Jesus Feed the Apostles on the Tongue at the Last Supper? – Fr. Z’s Blog

No Compromises with Secularism – Archbishop William E. Lori, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Paint-by-Number Hymns – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Gregorian Chant Murder –...READ MORE

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Much Ado About Nothing (5481)


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Lawrence Krauss

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“Why is there something rather than nothing?”

This question, as formulated by Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716), the “last universal genius,” is a great starting point for philosophical inquiry.

It has not only metaphysical but psychological significance. There is no need to account for nothing. There is nothing there to account for.

But if I have nothing in my pocket one moment and find, to my astonishment, $100 there the next moment, I know that there must be some reason or explanation for its sudden appearance.

Philosophy begins with astonishment when we know there must be some reason, but we do not know what that reason is. “Nothing is without reason” (Nihil est sine ratione) is...READ MORE

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