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Is Halloween an Evil Holiday?

Good answer.

Nope! The word itself means “All Hallows’ Eve” (“hallow” is an old-fashioned word for holy) because it’s the night before the feast of All Saints. There’s a lot of research that’s been done on the origin of this holiday but I’ll save you the long version and just tell you: it was always our holiday.
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A Bishop Who is Unapologetically Catholic

I got your ecumenism right here!!

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The Vindication of Christian Sexual Ethics

I do wonder if there is a recognizable "Christian Sexual Ethic" anymore in that some denominations have strayed so wildly but I think David French's point is well made.

Over at The Weekly Standard, Heather Mac Donald has penned an outstanding cover story chronicling the ongoing collapse of sexual-revolution values on college campuses. It turns out that sexual “liberation” has not led to sexual fulfillment, but instead to a landscape littered with broken hearts, long-lasting psychic pain, and a consequent desperate effort to create and enforce a bizarre “neo-Victorian” sexual ethic grounded not in any real morality, but instead in an effort to use institutional power to shift the emotional, psychological, and legal consequences of sexual regret and ambiguity to men and — as much as possible — men alone.
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'People stare at my baby and say I should have aborted him but he's a miracle'

It's almost like these parents believe life is sacred or something.

Lacey Buchanan and her husband Chris were thrilled when they were told they were expecting a son. But they had no idea of the heartbreaking struggle that lay ahead
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Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?

Damon Linker writes:

Liberals increasingly want to enforce a comprehensive, uniformly secular vision of the human good. And they see alternative visions of the good as increasingly intolerable.
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Pope Benedict’s private secretary speaks on Synod, divorce, same-sex relations

Interesting:

Pope Benedict’s private secretary has given a surprise interview on some of the hot-button issues at the Vatican’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, advancing views aligned with those expressed by Pope Benedict during his time as cardinal and pope. In the interview published in the print edition of Chi magazine last week, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said, "The Church has always declared, based on the Scriptures and tradition, that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” The acts, he said, “are contrary to natural law, because they prevent the gift of life, the purpose of the sexual act.”
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Father Check from Courage Responds to Synod Report

This is important. Good job Register.

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Another College Joins the Trend: University of Mary Institutes Single-Sex Dorm Policy

Good news:

The University of Mary (Mary) in Bismarck, N.D., recently completed the transformation of student housing on campus and, starting this semester, now only offers single-sex residence halls. Single-sex housing serves as a “visible sign” that students “associate with Catholic identity,” explained Dr. Timothy Seaworth, vice president for student development, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. Mary is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity. The Cardinal Newman Society released the 2015 edition of the Guide this week along with an innovative new “Recruit Me” program that lets students sign up so the recommended Catholic colleges can compete for them.
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84 Year Old Nun Makes Ironman History. Again.

Nice.

Next week, some of the toughest athletes in the world will compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Among them will be an 84-year old Catholic nun from Spokane who is about to make Ironman history - again. Sister Madonna Buder's story is part of Ironman lore. She says a message from God got her to take up running at age 49. 35 years and hundreds of races later, she's still going strong and has opened up several Ironman age groups for women. She says she keeps herself busy on the grueling Ironman course by keeping up a constant dialogue with God. "When they say 'you've got God on your side,' I say, so do you! You just have to refer to him," Sister Buder says.
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Cardinal Burke: Synod's mid-term report "lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium"

CWR:

The Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura says that a statement from Pope Francis "is long overdue"
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The Deadliest Words in the World: "It's a Girl"

Eric Metaxas writes:

Long-time listeners to BreakPoint will know that my colleagues and I consider the sanctity of life a global issue. Not only is abortion an injustice no matter where it takes place, but the social disasters wrought by killing millions of babies in the womb are hard to imagine. Nowhere is this truer than in China, where the government’s infamous one-child policy has snuffed out a generation of girls and left a gender imbalance probably without precedent in human history. Chillingly, on this year’s 34th anniversary of the policy’s enactment, 34 million Chinese boys face the fact that they’ll never find wives, because those women were simply never born.
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Cardinal Burke: Relatio Demonstrates Manipulation of Synod Reporting

Pastoral.

The reaction to the Relatio post disceptationem at the Extraordinary Synod on the family continues to be felt. In the Vatican press office today, John Thavis described these as the “aftershocks” to the “pastoral earthquake” of the release of the relatio yesterday. One of the more conservative members of the College of Cardinals called for the publication of all interventions in its aftermath. Cardinal Raymond Burke also accused the General Secretariat of the Synod of manipulating the document for its own favored outcome in an interview with Catholic World Report:
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I know I made the right call, says mum who reversed abortion pill

21st century technology helps to save a life.

A young American mum has spoken of her despair after she was convinced to take the controversial RU-486 abortion pill at a Planned Parenthood clinic – and immediately regretted it. “I was crying and I was alone,” recalled Chaveste, a 20-year-old college student who lives in the Sacramento area. Salvation came from that most unlikely of sources – a smartphone. “Thank God for smartphones,” she told Catholic San Francisco. Sitting in her car outside Planned Parenthood, “I googled ‘RU-486’ and found a website for RU-486 reversals. She thought it was fake but called anyway and even though the website was for an organisation in San Diego, the woman at the end of the phone found a doctor nearby to help her.
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Who's Your Favorite Christian Character on Television?

I can't think of any offhand:

Who is your favorite Christian character on television? That’s a tough one given the limited options, like the kind of choices you’d get in a socialist cafeteria. For years, the best we had going for us was The Simpsons’ Ned Flanders. And that’s not saying much … except that Christians can have neatly trimmed mustaches. Generally speaking, the rules of thumb for representing Christians in medialand go something like this:
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Why Have More Kids?

The answer is simple:

Recently, on an older post about exhaustion, I received this comment: “I don’t want to offend anyone but why do people keep having more kids if they are already exhausted with 1 or 2 they do have?” There are so many answers I could give, but for me, it all boils down to this: Anything of value is exhausting.
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Woman Writes Open Letter to Baby She's About to Abort

This is just heartbreaking. Awful.

A heartbreaking open letter posted to Reddit last night comes from a woman who claims she is pregnant and plans to abort her unborn child next week. In the note titled, “I am getting an abortion next Friday. An Open Letter to the Little Life I Won’t Get to Meet,” the writer — Reddit user scaredthrowingaway — spoke directly to the child, saying she simply isn’t ready to be a parent.
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Yes, Plan B Can Kill Embryos

Dr. Donna Harrison writes:

Some researchers and others have claimed categorically that Plan B — a high dose of Levonorgestrel — has no effect on human embryos. Media outlets in recent days have echoed these claims. The research studies, however, don’t support that conclusion.
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Why I'm NOT Going to Take My Own Life

A testimony of love and life.

By now, most of you have heard the story of Brittany Maynard, a glioblastoma patient, who is going to commit suicide. She has joined "Compassion & Choices" formerly known as the Hemlock Society, who advocates for legalized euthanasia. In fact, this group has made a video with sad and ominous music and a lot of words about "death with dignity", "compassion", "choice", "suffering", "enough is enough". Like Kara Tippetts, My heart goes out to Brittany and her family. I want Brittany to know that she is loved, not just by her family and friend, but also by me. I will keep Brittany and Kara in my prayers and good thoughts, just as I do Cheryl Broyles.
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Company Rejects, Maligns Applicant for Her Christian Beliefs and Education

Wow. This one just gets worse and worse. And then a little worse.

A graduate from Trinity Western University says that a hiring manager for Canada's North for Amaruk Wilderness Corp. informed her that her application for an internship at the company was rejected because of her Christian beliefs and education at a Christian university. In her complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, Bethany Paquette provided a series of discriminatory emails from executives at Amaruk.One of the emails was from hiring manager Olaf Amundsen, who told Paquette that she did not meet the minimum requirements to be a guide. He then callously added: “Additionally, considering you were involved with Trinity Western University, I should mention that, unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want.
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An Open Letter to Parents Expecting a “Crippled Kid”

A must read. Truly.

Last weekend after wheelchair basketball practice, Ella and I were discussing her teammates and why they were in chairs. I explained to her that most of the kids had spina bifida, and what that meant. She asked why she’d never met anyone with SB before she was in a wheelchair herself. I explained that most parents of children with spina bifida, and other debilitating birth defects, choose to terminate their pregnancies rather than have children who are disabled. She was upset by the thought that anyone would think her life, or those of her friends, was somehow deficient, so she wrote a letter to parents who are expecting a “crippled kid.”
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