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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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GOp, Dems Unite To Fund Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, and Syrian Rebels

Thank goodness for the GOP, huh?

House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition."
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What's Worse? The Black Mass or Journalists Writing About Catholic Mass?

Terry Mattingly has the answer:

Truth be told, I have been sitting out the "black mass" media storms. I have no doubt that, for the ancient churches, we are dealing with sacrilege of the highest order. At the same time, I am very close to being a First Amendment absolutist and oppose blasphemy laws. So why write about the following ABC News report (as run at Yahoo!) about the new brouhaha in Bible belt Oklahoma? When you read the story, try to forget the whole black mass thing. Instead, focus on the facts in the story's material about the Catholic Mass itself. Just to keep things straight in some of these quotations, a key voice in this story is the leader of the devil-worshiping group, one Adam Daniels of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu.
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Sherry on Three Year Olds and the Big Red Scare

Funny stuff from Sherry:

Everyone knows about the Terrible Twos. Threes however, are a closely guarded state secret. If parents of children 1095 days or older knew of what lay in waiting, well....let's just say, it's something one has to grow into. Exhibit #1 Blacklisting Clifford Anna was being read a bedtime story by her older sister who is eight. The older sister read from the big book of Clifford the Big Red Dog series. I forget that three year olds are terribly self absorbed and literal. So when she heard about the little red puppy jumping through the cream puffs and destroying the pies and then the wedding cake, she got very upset. "Clifford is ruining my beautiful cupcakes." she said, and began to cry. The story was over, the moment lasted much longer. No amount of explaining, this wasn't real. Clifford wouldn't really do that, they aren't your cupcakes, could release America's favorite crimson hound from the emotional doghouse of my toddler's mind.
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Marquette Prof Remembers James Foley

A man for others.

In losing his life to radical Islamist rebels who are mounting a war in Syria and Iraq, James Foley was punished for daring to show the world the tragic underbelly of terrorism among the impoverished and the victims of intolerant religious extremists. Recalling how he was inspired by the Jesuit commitment to social justice while he was a student at Marquette University, Foley told an audience of Marquette students in 2011 he drew strength from the Jesuits during the 44 days he spent in a Libyan prison earlier that year. Foley also said he found great comfort in saying the rosary with his cellmate, a prisoner named Clare. Because he did not have rosary beads, Foley prayed the rosary on his knuckles; the first time he did this, it took him more than an hour. “I became a man of prayer,” he told a journalism class. Former classmates and faculty who heard him that day found him more reflective but still someone who enjoyed being around others.
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Wanna' Be a Cop in Kansas? Homeschoolers Need Not Apply

Discrimination is ok, depending on who you're discriminating against.

Thanks to the Kansas State Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training, it's a lot more difficult for homeschool graduates to become a cop than other privately schooled or publicly schooled graduates. Instead of just accepting a high school diploma for eligibility — as it does for traditionally educated high school graduates — CPOST requires homeschoolers to jump through additional hoops.
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Father Frank Pavone: 16433 Children Buried in in One Grave

They are recognized and prayed for.

For many years, this mass grave had no marker or headstone, just as the children have no names. But now there is a stone, and we are going to name the babies. Supporters of abortion do not want people to see mass graves in our midst. It's too disturbing a reminder of the humanity of the victims of abortion.
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Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced

Check it out:

Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States. Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.
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Will an Independent Scotland be Anti-Catholic?

Uh-oh. First Things has an excellent piece:

In 1707, the Scottish Parliament ‘adjourned’ sine die, having voted to enter into union with England thereby creating the United Kingdom. That multi-nation state, also including Wales and Ireland, grew steadily in power to the point where, by 1907, it had the largest empire in history ruling over a fifth of the world’s population, with Scots prominent in the military, colonial administration, medicine, and missionary work. Thereafter, however, a long process of contraction and decline began. With it grew a movement for Scottish ‘Home Rule,’ far less vigorous than the corresponding Irish movement but encouraged by that example.
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Walking with Chesterton

A trek.

Once a year, a group of admirers of G.K. Chesterton make a 30-mile pilgrimage from the site of his birth to his grave. This year’s trek included several Chestertonian touches.
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How Having Kids Changes Your Life: Now in Hilarious Chart Form

Heh.

So the Doctor and the Dad recently celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary. In addition to giving us a legitimate reason to go out and eat excessive amounts of delicious seafood, this also spurred us to look back at everything we’ve done together over the past nine years. Know what we realized? As of right now, we’ve been married with kids and married without kids for almost the exact same amount of time. To help you visualize this state of affairs, we prepared this chart:
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Saudi Police Arrest 21 Christians for Praying in Private

The world continues to ignore.

Dozens of Christians arrested at a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia need America's help, according to a key lawmaker who is pressing the State Department on their behalf. Some 28 people were rounded up Friday by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the home of an Indian national in the eastern Saudi city of Khafji, and their current situation is unknown, according to human rights advocates.
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Prof Explains Controversial History of Catholic Theological Society

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

An associate professor of theology at Providence College, James Keating, recently shared a piece in First Things detailing the controversial history of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). The CTSA is considered by many to be the largest and most prestigious association of Catholic theologians in the United States, yet it has faced accusations of dissent due to several controversial issues undermining Church teaching. Many members of the CTSA hold teaching positions at prominent Catholic colleges and universities around the country.
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Don’t “Rebuild” Your Parish. Restore It.

An excellent article on the problems with "Rebuilt" and where better answers may be.

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Fox News Host's Faith Strengthened Through Son's Illness

Gratitude is an amazing thing.

Bret Baier, host of the popular Fox News program Special Report with Bret Baier and an accomplished journalist at a young age, has an interesting professional story to tell. And in Special Heart he tells it, if only in a few chapters. Born in New Jersey and raised in Atlanta, Baier attended DePauw and from there, worked at local stations in Hilton Head, Rockford, Raleigh, and Atlanta. His big break came when, while working for the Fox Atlanta bureau, he traveled to Washington on September 11, 2001, to cover the response to the terrorist attacks. It turned out to be a one-way trip: The Fox brass decided they wanted Baier to cover the Pentagon, and thus began the second stage of his career. The portrait of Baier in these early chapters is of a young man in a hurry. Captivated at an early age by politics and journalism, he was driven and hard-working, earnest, and determined never to be out-hustled. He knew what he wanted and found ways to get it, including wooing Amy Hills, whom he married in 2004. By the time his wife was pregnant with their first child, in 2007, Baier felt that he was on top of the world.
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Royal Baby: Once Again World Understands a Baby is a Baby

They're even talking about what place in the line of succession the baby is.

The former Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has announced she’s pregnant with baby number two. And once again, the world seems to understand that an unborn baby is a baby, and not something else. The British royal couple announced today that they’re expecting their second child and Kate is being treated for severe morning sickness. The couple’s Clarence House office said they and their families were “delighted” with the baby news.
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