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The Family that Prays Together Makes Saints

Kathryn Lopez writes:

“The house of Nazareth is a school of prayer where one learns to listen, meditate on and penetrate the profound meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, following the example of Mary, Joseph and Jesus,” Pope Benedict XVI told an audience gathered on the Feast of the Holy Family, just days after Christmas, in 2011. Getting to know Christ through the context of a family — knowing God as a loving Father and accepting the intercessory help and model of Mary and her courageous “yes” and Joseph and his quiet trust and leadership — can be challenging at a time when what exactly family is is a matter of some confusion and contention in the public square and foreign to the lived experiences of many (a point Mary Eberstadt explores in her How the West Really Lost God).
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Princeton Prof: Christians No Longer Tolerable

Robert George is brilliant.

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: Last May, one of the most influential conservative and religious intellectual leader in America gave a somber speech in Washington, declaring it to be “Good Friday in America for Christians.” In this exclusive two part video interview, Princeton’s Robert P. George admitted, “that was a hard speech to give.” “Christians, and those rejecting the me-generation liberal dogma of ‘if it feels good do it,’ are no longer tolerable by the intellectual and cultural elite,” says George, 59, director of the James Madison program at Princeton University.
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Can You be a Submissive Feminist?

A pretty well done piece. There's a bit of "oh wow look at these women who are traditional but still like to talk and debate. Weird, huh? But overall a good piece.

To Asma Uddin and Ashley McGuire, accomplished religious women working in Washington’s more conservative circles, there seem to be plenty of outlets for women focused on issues like access to abortion and wives who are breadwinners. But what about the issues they and their friends turn to when they get together, such as: Can you be a submissive feminist? Does being a hard-charging career woman make men think you don’t want to get married? And what if it doesn’t bother you at all if only men can be clergy?
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No Communion for the First Time in 2,000 Years

Prayers.

The ancient city of Nineveh in Iraq, one of the world's first Christian enclaves, has been emptied of its Christians. Islamic State terrorists have driven off or murdered the entire city's population of Christians. Across Iraq other Christians have fled en masse. Canon Andrew White, the only Anglican Vicar in Iraq told the Telegraph "Last week there was no communion in Nineveh for the first time in 2,000 years. All are closed, all their people have run away." Despite the extreme dangers, Christians are permitted to live in the Islamic State, but only if they pay a punishing tax. All who could flee did so. Christians in other parts of Iraq have also fled, lacking confidence in that nation's security forces. According to Canon White, only the poor remain, without the means to flee or pay any taxes. Should the Islamic State resume its advance, these people will simply have to choose between conversion and martyrdom.
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Ravens player retires to give kidney to younger brother, a retired Steelers player

A heckuva story about a strong family:

Ma’ake Kemoeatu missed his final collegiate football game because the NCAA suspended him for improperly providing textbooks to his younger brother. He was a four-year starter at Utah on scholarship and his little brother Tevita was a walk-on. Their parents didn’t have enough money to buy books, so Ma’ake bought them for him and therefore couldn’t play in the Las Vegas Bowl against USC. But Ma’ake wasn’t trying to cause trouble. The oldest of seven kids, he steps up for his family when they need help.
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I Didn't Lose My Virginity on My Wedding Night

This is great.

I’ve never punched someone in the face, but there are definitely times I wish I could ignore the virtue of self-control and let a fist fly. A few months before my wedding, someone asked me (knowing that I was a 29-year old virgin by choice), “So, is your fiancĂ© a virgin, too?” I replied, “Nope.” She responded, “Well at least someone knows what they’re doing.” I pretended not to care about this ridiculously ignorant statement and switched the subject quickly. But, really? Really?! My brain was reeling with anger and annoyance, while my will did all it could to prevent Jackie Francois from turning into Jackie Chan. That stupid response irked me on a few levels.
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Episcopal Pastor Pens Letter Supporting Planned Parenthood

The Screwtape Epilogue:

Yes, Rev. Baer, your words are purely wicked and your letter was written with the spirit and influence of the evil one. You are aiding and abetting a greedy, dishonest, predatory corporation. You have attempted to convey upon them the honor of good service and nobility, which makes you either pitifully deceived and blind or a stone-cold liar. Perhaps both.
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We Only Whisper It

Kevin Williamson on the very much alive eugenics movement:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having decided for some inexplicable reason to do a long interview with a fashion magazine (maybe it is her celebrated collection of lace collars), reaffirmed the most important things we know about her: her partisanship, her elevation of politics over law, and her desire to see as many poor children killed as is feasibly possible. Speaking about such modest restrictions on abortion as have been enacted over the past several years, Justice Ginsburg lamented that “the impact of all these restrictions is on poor women.” Then she added: “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”
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Note to Freedom from Religion Foundation: Removing the Cross is Un-American

Anti-Christian nutjobs have no idea of the country's history.

Trying to make sense of the buffoonery that is the daily behavior of the so-called "Freedom from Religion Foundation" is a monumental task. Far beyond just departing from basic common sense, these radical fools are an embarrassment to any form of critical thinking, historical understanding, or intellectual curiosity. They are anti-Christian zealots. And that's it.
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Gonzaga Prof on Bishop Cupich

Says he undermined Catholicism at the Jesuit University.

Now that he has been named archbishop of Chicago, many people have expressed interest in Bishop Blase Cupich’s time as bishop of the Diocese of Spokane. I should make clear that I barely know Bishop Cupich on a personal level. I am only a Catholic layman in the diocese of Spokane. I do, however, hold an endowed chair in “Christian Philosophy” at Gonzaga University, serve as academic advisor to Bishop White Seminary (an undergraduate college seminary at Gonzaga), and am a former director of Gonzaga’s small Catholic Studies Program. Gonzaga University is, primarily, a school of approximately 4800 undergraduates that calls itself Jesuit and Catholic and that operates within the Spokane diocese.
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School Wants To Teacher Kindergarteners to Masturbate

Seriously.

We suspect this won’t be going over too well with parents. Just a hunch. A drove of concerned parents descended on the Clark County School Board Monday to express their astonishment at the sex education material being considered for Clark County public schools that would expose students to a lot more a lot earlier. Considered changes include education of homosexuality as early as ages 5 through 8, and giving everyone “respect regardless of who they are attracted to.” School children of that age range would also be taught that “touching and rubbing one’s genitals to feel good is called masturbation.” “You want to teach my 5-year-old how to masturbate?” said parent Julie Butler, referencing the item getting the most attention Monday night.
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Bishop Cupich: A View from Spokane

A very interesting read.

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THE WEAPON FOR THESE TIMES

54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA FOR DIVINE ASSISTANCE. This is exactly what is needed.

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Gates-Funded Lobby Pushes Common Core in Catholic Schools, Targets Newman Society

Seems like the Cardinal Newman Society has them worried:

A Washington, D.C., organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—which has invested millions of dollars to develop and promote the controversial Common Core school standards—is contacting Catholic school leaders in an effort to reverse declining support for the Common Core and to oppose The Cardinal Newman Society’s “Catholic Is our Core” initiative.
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Terry Gilliam: Hey Let's Shoot the Capitalists

Something tells me he's not living hand to mouth:

At the conclusion of his interview with pop culture Website Collider.com promoting his new film The Zero Theorem, the only American member of Monty Python drops the mask and reveals his inner liberal fascist: It’s interesting that we look to that as sort of permission to go with that philosophy since I doubt any human being will be around anyway at that point. We should maybe be looking at our own mortality as the signpost for that.
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Readings from Requiem Masses explode protestant myths

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A Wake Up Call to Couch Potato Christians

Your money is going towards the death of innocents:

Too often I hear faithful Christians say, "I'll stay out of the governments business if the government stays out of my business." Well, it's safe to say that the murder of innocent unborn babies, aided by our tax dollars, is our business. Caught red handed, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Americans' tax dollars are subsidizing abortions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare. At least 1,036 plans cover abortions despite President Barack Obama's promise that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place."
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Complaints Against Doctors May Make Abortion Rarer

Complain away people. Complain away.

The Attorney General’s Office has filed complaints against four doctors who provide abortions, claiming faulty record-keeping — a move that could make it more difficult for women to have abortions in Indiana. While the Attorney General’s office routinely investigates consumer complaints against professionals, these cases are the first of this type in recent memory, advocates on both sides of the abortion issue say, and could reduce the number of doctors performing abortions in the state. Three of the doctors — Dr. Kathleen Glover, Dr. Resad Pasic and Dr. Raymond Robinson — practice at the Clinic for Women on West 16th Street. The fourth, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, has performed abortions in South Bend and Gary and before that in Fort Wayne.
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State University Requires Students to Detail Their Sex Life in Writing

Straight up nuts. Think about this. If some dude asked your kid this you'd punch them in the mouth. But for some reason we accept it from colleges.

Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners. "They’re upset. They’re paying this astronomical tuition to come here, and they’re talking to their parents about these questions, and their parents are getting upset about having to spend this kind of money at Clemson where their students are being asked these kinds of questions." In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive and personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of what they’ve billed as an online Title IX training course. “How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks one question.
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Blacklist Prevents Escape For FFI

For the FFI, there will be no escape into diocesan clergy.

Rorate has the story about the new blacklist for those Bishops that might consider such action.

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