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Pregnancy centers, not politics – the future of the pro-life movement

EWTN News:

Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child. Their mission is in an unassuming plot in a modest town well outside the sprawling Washington, D.C. suburbs. Not much car traffic passes through town other than tourists on their way to see the mountain leaves turn every October.
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The Hideous Glee the Media Takes in a Palin Being Assaulted

The CNN video is sick. Just sick. Good for Matt Lewis for pointing this out.

Matt Lewis shames the press for laughing at Bristol Palin’s physical assault Apparently, the usual sober and fraught political commentary that often accompanies episodes of physical violence directed toward women disappears when the subject of that violence is a Palin. The political press had a hearty chuckle at the expense of the Palins when it first broke that the former first family of Alaska was involved in an alcohol-fueled brawl. The “thrilla in Wasilla,” some called it. One might, however, have expected the laughter to die down after local police released audio of Bristol Palin who described through hysterical tears how she had been assaulted, dragged through the grass, and robbed of her affects. It did not.
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20 Images that Prove St. John Paul II was the Coolest Saint Ever

A hipster even. The Catholic Gentleman thinks so.

Pope St. John Paul II was an extraordinary man. He traveled to more countries than any other pope. He helped bring communism to its knees. He was shot and lived to tell about it. He suffered a debilitating disease heroically. He inspired millions around the globe to pursue Jesus Christ and strive for holiness. And much, much more. Yet, there is one more more achievement than can be added to his long list of incredible accomplishments: He was cool. How many saints do you know who wore converse and hipster glasses? Even Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati can’t claim that.
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Feminist video of little girls highly offensive

This is child abuse.

[Warning: graphic language] This should be hard to watch for decent people- especially decent Catholic and all Christian parents. This is a video promotion to sell liberal/LBGT/feminist/gaylove/equality t-shirts using little girls dropping the f-bomb and other vile language.
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Peter Kreeft: To Save Your Soul, You Must Opt Out of the “Culture of Death”

Joy is possible.

“I should just always ask what God wants me to do and then do it. That’s all, isn’t it?” wondered a 6-year-old Peter Kreeft. A longtime Boston College philosophy professor, he cites this gift from God as his first “important conscious discovery.” Kreeft joined the BC faculty in 1965 and has written over 70 books, all building upon this first realization. The circumstances of this pivotal moment are somewhat surprising, according to Kreeft. It was a Sunday after church with his parents, who raised him as a Dutch Calvinist. He eventually entered Calvin College in 1955.
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Unrealistic Stock Photos Of Parenting With Hilarious, More Relatable Captions

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Raleigh Seminarian with terminal brain cancer responds to Brittany Maynard

Must read of the day:

Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal brain cancer. Johnson is vocal about his disagreement that suicide would preserve one’s dignity in the face of a debilitating illness.
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So You Want Abortion Laws More Like Europe?

Penn Democrats haven't done their homework.

The Penn Democrats wrote an op-ed in defense of “reproductive rights” for the Daily Pennsylvanian, arguing that women have the right to employer-paid abortion drugs and that abortion-clinic safety rules are “unnecessary.” Fair enough. But these defenders of bodily integrity make a curious case for their contention that America’s abortion laws are “decades behind many other countries”:
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The New Yorker Profiles Women Against Abortion

The SBA List if profiled:

One afternoon in May, Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, took the Senate floor to ask for a vote on a provocatively named bill: the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after twenty weeks of gestation. “There are only seven countries in the world that allow elective abortions at this stage,” he said. “At twenty weeks, people have been born and survived.” Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, offered a sharp rebuttal. The law would “drive more women to rogue doctors,” she said, and added a charge that is frequently aimed at Republicans these days: “It’s a war on women.” This was a spirited debate, though not a suspenseful one. Graham knew that Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, would not allow a vote on his bill. But he wanted to be seen trying to do something about abortion in America.
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Marriage Issue is For All The Marbles

John Zmirak states that what is at stake is the Papacy itself and the claim of the Catholic Church.

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Cybil Shepherd Dsicusses Rediscovering her Christian Faith

Nice to hear.

Cybill Shepherd was born into a Christian family and was even a staple in her church choir by age 8, but the actress recently revealed that she eventually stopped praying and lost touch with her faith — until recently. Cybill Shepherd visits ‘Extra’ at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 16, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) The entertainer, known for starring roles in shows like “Cybill” and “The L Word,” said during a recent panel discussion about her new, faith-based film, “Do You Believe,” that she’s feeling spiritually renewed. Shepherd described losing touch with her Christian roots before later rediscovering them through prayer and a reconnection with her childhood faith, according to the Christian Post. “I was born a Christian, sang in the choir then I lost touch with my savior Jesus Christ. I stopped talking to Him and praying,” she said. “Then I just started talking to Jesus and I started to feel really good and I got the offer to do this film.”
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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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