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Is Capitalism Catholic? Fr. Sirico Answers

Great stuff:

Father Robert Sirico has been courting controversy for most of his adult life. In the early 1970s, he was a radical activist in California, campaigning for left-wing causes with the likes of Jane Fonda and her then-husband, Tom Hayden. Later in the decade, he returned to the Catholic faith of his childhood and eventually became a priest. But if he found inner peace, he did not cease stirring things up. He had, by then, discovered the works of Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek and other economists of the "Austrian school," who expounded the virtues of free-market capitalism.
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Judge Rules Jindal's School Voucher Program Unconstitutional

Oy.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's private school tuition voucher program has been ruled unconstitutional by a state judge. State Judge Tim Kelley said Friday that the program improperly diverts money allocated through the state's public school funding formula to private schools. He also said it unconstitutionally diverts local tax dollars to private schools. Kelley ruled in a lawsuit backed by teacher unions and school boards seeking to shut down the voucher program.
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The Hobby Lobby Letter Everyone Is Talking About

If you're interested in religious liberty, check this out:

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.
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Post-Election Homily by Young Priest

This gives a little hope for the future.

Fr. Jeffrey Montz: A New Breed of Truth Teller! There is great hope for the future with a new breed of young priests like Fr. Montz who are not afraid to confront evil with boldness and charity. It is, in fact, an act of charity to stick out your foot and trip someone racing heedlessly toward a cliff. If you bruise their tender feelings in the process, so be it. I've included a few of my own comments in red.
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Pope Benedict Biopic in the Works?

Could be awesome. Could be terrible.

One of the comic books I read quite a few times as a kid was Marvel's Pope John Paul II story. Seriously. Here's a link. For an unlikely comic, it's pretty compelling and traces his life as a young man and priest, his elevation to become Pope, and culminates around the 1981 assassination attempt on his life. Now we're in the age of biopics, there's news reports that German producers are developing a biopic of Pope Benedict XVI after acquiring the rights to an upcoming biography of the Pope by the Bavarian author of three best-selling interview books with the pontiff.
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Study: The New Mass Translation Is a Hit!

So the new translation didn't cause the apocalypse. National Catholic Reporter and America Magazine hardest hit:

You might recall all the predictions of disaster that accompanied the new translation of the Mass. There were warnings from some Catholic publications that the new translation was “unreadable” and an “inhibitor to authentic prayer.” One news story even suggested that the “new missal could drive away Catholics.” Another fretted, “Liturgists Worry About Upcoming Implementation.”
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School Removes "God" from 1st Graders Poem

Lunatics. Lawyered up lunatics:

When the word "God" becomes inappropriate in public schools, America really has ceased to exist. Consider the story of a first-grade girl in West Marion, North Carolina, who had the word "God" stripped from a poem she wrote and was going to read at her school's Veterans Day assembly earlier this month. The poem honored her two grandfathers who served during the Vietnam War. “He prayed to God for peace," she wrote of one of them. "He prayed to God for strength.” Unfortunately, a parent found out about this, and complained to the school district.
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Glenn Beck's "Piss Obama" Outrages Libs

The funniest thing is that they don't even get their outrage is the funny part:

The backstory you probably know already -- Glenn Beck took an Obama bobblehead and stuck it in a mason jar of urine (or a liquid colored to look like urine), as a multiple-pronged parody, to skewer 1, liberals' embrace of "Piss Christ" artist Andre Serrano, 2, many liberals' embrace of Obama as an actual Christ and "lord and savior," and 3, the inevitable hypocrisy which would ensue when liberals began denouncing the Glenn Beck Piss Obama after having defended Andre Serrano's Piss Christ.
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Loving a Child on the Fringe

I don't often like pieces I read in Slate. This one's pretty amazing though. Cristina Nehring writes of falling in love with an imperfect child:

There is an element of cowardice in Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.
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NCR Attacks Cardinal Newman Society for 3rd Time in a Week

Now they're saying that Blessed Cardinal Newman wasn't a big fan of faithful Catholic colleges:

The thoughts and writings of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman have great relevance to the Church today, especially regarding the scourge of “liberalism” as he labeled the rationalist/secularist mindset in academia more than a century ago. Read his sermon “The Infidelity of the Future” and consider the relevance to today’s crises of secularism, religious freedom and clergy sex abuse. So it’s not surprising that “progressives” in the Church today—many of whom seem to have as much a problem with Catholic doctrine and practice as they do with perceived clericalism—prefer a rather distorted view of Newman. Newman is easy to distort and misquote, which ironically is what one NCR columnist (a former journalism professor at a secular university) now accuses The Cardinal Newman Society of doing.
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The Power of a Baby: a Christmas Story

Rebecca Frech is great. If you don't read her often, you should:

#6 and I went Christmas shopping at the mall yesterday. I was looking for gifts, and he was in his sling beaming his toothless grin at an adoring world. He loves the sling because it allows him to meet people eye to eye, and he is a boy who dearly loves people. He often gets ignored or overlooked when people see only the number of children I have with me and not his sunny face. Yesterday he was in his glory. The only child in sight, he was free to flirt his way through the stores, one enchanted face at a time.
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Bad News: Gonzaga to Cover Contraceptives

Considering other Catholic colleges are going to the mattresses on this issue, it's sad to see them undermined by a Catholic university, especially one as well known as Gonzaga. Check out the story:

In a Nov. 20th memo obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society, Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh has announced to faculty and staff that in response to the HHS mandate it will begin covering contraceptives starting next month. While many Catholic colleges and dioceses are battling the HHS mandate on religious liberty grounds in court, Gonzaga, a Jesuit University, announced to faculty and staff that even while they vow to clearly communicate the Church’s position on contraception, they are “compelled by the federal government to fulfill our legal obligation under the mandate.” According to the memo, the university will begin covering contraceptives on December 1st, 2012
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Christian Website Inspires Teens and Tweens

Cosmo, the magazine, is one of the most calamitous publications to ever disgrace the newsstands. It completely warps young women. That's why I'm glad to see a site like this getting traction:

A community website set up to inspire and celebrate tween and teen girls has seen impressive growth in recent months. Project Inspired was set up by successful model Nicole Weider and hit the headlines recently with its campaign to have the sale of Cosmopolitan magazine banned to minors because of the sexual nature of the content. The Project Inspired website has a chat section where girls can encourage each other in living faith-filled, counter-cultural lives. One of the most popular sections on the site is Me Without Makeup, where girls post pictures of themselves barefaced and share what they like about the way they look.
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A Rational Basis for Marriage between One Man and One Woman

Bill Whittle writes at Catholic World Report:

Same-sex marriage not only undermines real marriage, it redefines the human person.
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Yeah, "Erotic Zoos" Means What You Think It Means

Peter Singer's paradise is a reality?

If you ever wondered what lies at the bottom of the slippery slope, go to Germany. There, you will find Europe’s modern moral and cultural bankruptcy on open display. There, you can visit one of many “erotic zoos” and partake in sex with animals for a price. In a German “erotic zoo,” customers pay to have sex with farm animals. A barnyard pimp collects money from the customers. These businesses are proliferating throughout Germany and Denmark, and are completely legal.
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No Tree Lighting in R.I. This Year

Another win for the nutjobs:

Rhode Island independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee won't be hosting a tree lighting ceremony this season following last year's hubbub over what to call the Statehouse Christmas spruce. Chafee's spokeswoman said Monday instead of a tree lighting event, student choral groups will participate in a series of Statehouse performances leading up to Christmas.
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Our Story

I love stories like this one at Ignitum Today. Faith filled love stories with a happy ending. Perfect:

It all began on an average day at work. Morning schedule and then mass. I am blessed to work at a place where mass is available to the employees daily. Today was different though. In the back of the chapel was a young man I had never seen before praying. At first I thought he might be a visitor, or intern, but as the days went past, that young man remained.
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Please Make Sandra Fluke Time's Person of the Year

The Daily Caller says:

...so we can all finally stop paying attention to that
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What Happened Between Crucifixion and Resurrection

Fr. Gregory Elder answers:

Question: Dear Father Gregory, Do people know what happened to Jesus between the time that he died and Easter Sunday and when he rose from the dead? Was he just dead or did he go some place? Answer: This question was put to me by a student, and it often comes up around Easter time when these sorts of issues are reflected on by the churches. In traditional Christian belief, this period between the death and rising of Jesus is referred to as the harrowing of hell. Of course no theologian would state that human knowledge of this brief period is certain, but this has not stopped people from proposing some very colorful ideas of what happened to Jesus after his death on Calvary.
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The Church is No Enemy of Science or the Infertile

Chelsea Zimmerman writes:

Because of her opposition to third party reproduction, the Catholic Church is often accused of being anti-science and insensitive to those who suffer the pain of infertility. Last year’s CNN Belief Blog op-ed from Sean Savage calling on the Catholic Church to reverse her opposition to IVF is a good example of the anger that is generally directed towards the Church on this issue.
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New Comedy on Assisted Suicide

What could go wrong? Hey, how about next we do a hilarious workplace comedy about Planned Parenthood:

The newest comedy from BBC Three sounds like something you'd find on button-pushing outlets like HBO or Showtime. "Way to Go," starring "The Inbetweeners" regular Blake Harrison, will touch on a topic even edgy stateside channels might avoid - assisted suicide. The six-part series is described as a "black comedy" about three men who set up an assisted-suicide business....
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Cardinal Newman Society Responds to NCR Attack

The National Catholic Reporter attacked The Cardinal Newman Society. The substance of the attack is essentially...well, I still don't understand what their allegations are. But The Cardinal Newman Society has responded quickly and effectively:

The National Catholic Reporter has been digging around for several months to do a profile on The Cardinal Newman Society, and their reporter told us to expect an “objective-as-possible” article. But since the Reporter shows minimal respect for the Vatican, the bishops and any organization that fully embraces the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church, we were not particularly hopeful. And, it turns out, with good reason. “Part one of the Reporter’s article is finally out, and there are no surprises. The article is biased and inaccurate, and as the Reporter is wont to do, it implies a boogeyman around every corner.
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Humor: Cafeteria to Replace Church on Campus

This is really clever from Eye of the Tiber:

To help accommodate the diverse palates of Mater Dei University’s large Catholic student-body, President Jon Heinz has announced plans to build the largest cafeteria in the U.S. The cafeteria, which is tentatively scheduled to be built in the summer of 2014, would eventually replace the university’s main church at the center of campus.
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The Thankful List

Rebecca Frech went through her entire Thanksgiving writing down what she was thankful for as she went through the day. She's very thankful. I can't help but think that I should be thinking more like this. Check it out:

**I will be adding to this throughout the day, so check back in with me. Please feel free to leave your own gratitudes in the the com box**
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The in-Crowd Chose Barabbas

What a great line from Sherry Antonetti in a great piece:

No one no one no one no one no one ever wants to be rejected. No one wants to be thought clueless, uniformed, lazy, stupid or unthinking. We're human. We want to be in the in crowd. We want to belong. We certainly don't want to be written off or dismissed or ignored. So right now, being Catholic means you probably don't want to talk about the current push for same sex marriage. We'd honestly rather fold socks, clean out the fridge, paint the stoop, schedule a root canal, wait on hold with insurance, clean the bathrooms and deal with the I.R.S. rather than talk about this subject because we know the only way we don't get clobbered by the politically correct police is to parrot the I'm cool with that line, or be invisible, silent.
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Did We Lose the War on Christmas?

I know this lawyer just took a beating in defending a nativity and I agree that we're losing, mainly because elections have consequences and we're pretty good at losing those. But I don't think it's over. Not yet.

A lawyer representing a group of churches that appears to have lost their bid to continue a nearly 60-year-old tradition of hosting a Nativity scene at a park in the beach city of Santa Monica, Calif., says the battle to preserve Christmas displays in the national public square has been lost.
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The Curmudgeonly Catholic on What to Do Now

I know a lot of people are questioning what to do after the disastrous election so this seemed like good advice.

In the wake of the election disaster, a number of my Catholic acquaintances are asking, “So, what do we do now?” Losing is always tough and it’s understandable why many of us are taking it hard. It brings to mind my days as an FBI agent when a raid went wrong or a fugitive slipped through our dragnet. At those times one of our colleagues, an ex-jock and budding philosopher, often reminded us, “You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out but you’ve got to suit up for ‘em all.”
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WaPo: Thanksgisving Perfect Day to Announce You're Gay

Seriously?

On Thursday, The Washington Post celebrated Thanksgiving as somehow secular, the perfect day to announce you're gay. Ned Martel's article began: "Word to the wise: Thanksgiving is the proper holiday to tell your family that you’re a homosexual. It’s arguably secular, so you’re confronting tradition, not faith. Even though National Coming Out Day is in October, this is the day when gays and lesbians, newly announced or otherwise, are really driving it all home."
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The Real Divisions in the Church of England

Fr. Longenecker explains....

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Where Soccer Got Its Name

I can't stand those people who get all hoity toity and call soccer "football" just to be all hoity toity and weird. Well, here's what you can tell them about where soccer got its name. And then hit them. Hard. Continue reading>>>

Medicine's Dance with Death

A physician-philosopher argues that modern medicine is oriented toward the dead body because it is no longer informed by an ultimate purpose for human existence.

In The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, physician-philosopher Jeffrey Bishop argues that modern medicine has adopted a “metaphysics of efficient causation”—a focus on the immediate cause of things that ignores their ultimate purpose. As a result, medicine now takes its bearings from and aims itself toward the dead body, the corpse. This leads to nihilistic attitudes toward the dying, and troubling contradictions and absurdities in our practices.
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Thinking Rationally About Secession

The American Catholic reports:

Secession has been in the news lately. Well, not the mainstream news, for the most part, but local, Internet and alternative news outlets have been reporting a growing number of signatures added to secession petitions submitted to Washington (one has it at over 750,000 signatures). This began almost immediately after President Obama’s reelection, and while no one really expects this particular movement to go anywhere, people on both sides of our political divide take it somewhat seriously as a sign of how polarized and unstable our situation has become.
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The End of Pro-Life Politics?

Dr/ Jeff Mirus thinks so. It's worth a read.

Have we as pro-life Catholics been wrong to invest the lion’s share of our time, talent and energy in the political battle against abortion over the past forty years? Or even if we have not been wrong the whole time, are we wrong now? Perhaps it is obvious that I believe the answer is yes. It ought to be clear by now that Western culture is insufficiently healthy to sustain a political solution to abortion. Therefore, it is counter-productive to pour our resources into the effort to achieve such a solution. We must use our resources far more wisely than that.
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Vatican Dismisses Maryknoll Priest

Sad. But necessary.

The Vatican canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Oct. 4, for disobedience and preaching against Church teaching on women's ordination. The decision, made by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dispenses him from both the bonds of priesthood and religious life.
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Planned Parenthood Isn't...

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Awesome Vid: Cope Beats up Clown

Why? Does it really matter?

Cop Beats Up Activist Dressed As Clown You had me at "Cop Beats Up Activist Dressed As." I don't know what sort of activist he was. They say he was chasing cars with a squirt bottle.
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Same Sex "Marriage" Ten Years On. Lessons from Canada

How's that working out for you?

Why not ask Canadians what happens after same-sex marriage is legalized?
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Fordham Law Profs Demand Funding for Vagina Monologues, Pro-Abortion Groups

Sad. Just sad.

A group of faculty at Fordham University Law School are urging that in light of the university president’s refusal to outright cancel an invitation to conservative author Ann Coulter, he should also be willing to fund pro-abortion groups on campus and activities like The Vagina Monologues, according to The Fordham Observer. The faculty members are arguing that because the president of the university, Fr. Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., refused to cancel Coulter’s invitation citing academic freedom and opted to merely admonish and publicly scold the University-funded College Republicans, they believe the administration should also fund activities antithetical to Church teaching
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GOP's Salvation Lies in Being More Catholic

Michael Gerson writes:

The Catholic Church--a politically and ethnically sprawling institution--has no natural home on the American ideological spectrum. Neither major party combines moral conservatism with a passion for social justice. So Catholic leaders have often challenged Democrats to be more pro-life and Republicans to be more concerned about immigrants and the poor. But President Obama's first term was a period of unexpected aggression against the rights of religious institutions. His Justice Department, in the Hosanna-Tabor case, argued against the existence of any "ministerial exception" to employment rules. Obama tried to mandate that Catholic schools, hospitals, and charities offer insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients. His revised policy still asserts a federal power to declare some religious institutions secular in purpose, reducing them to second-rate status under the First Amendment.
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8 Reasons Homeschooling is Better than Public Education

Megan Fox writes:

The title of this article is polarizing and I expect to get in trouble for writing it. As a homeschooling parent, I’m not supposed to think homeschooling superior to institutionalized education. I’m supposed to take the stance that all choices are equal in the effort not to offend anyone who prefers public schooling. It’s a hot topic in the mommy circles and one that most homeschooling moms want to avoid. We all encounter the same comments and exclamations like, “How do you do it? When are you going to put them in real school? You must be crazy! How long do you plan to do this?” My personal favorite: “I could never do that!” This article is a response to all the times I’ve wanted to answer truthfully but held my tongue in order to preserve peace.
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Bishop and the Birth Rate: A Heroic Solution

This is great.

Bishops and birth rates. In 2005, His Beatitude Ilia II, Orthodox Patriarch of All Georgia, became aware that the birth rate in his post-Soviet nation of George was in a downward spiral. Patriarch Ilia began to preach about "large families" as one of the key elements of Christian civilization. To put it simply, the birth rate and the "faith rate" tend to mirror one another. Look at nations that have rejected the Church and you'll see that these have the lowest birth rates. Perfidy and despair go hand in hand.
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Good Morning America Loves Ripping Tebow

Mocking his faith.

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow isn’t even a starter, but the media still can’t resist taking potshots at him. “Good Morning America” ran a chirpy segment about Tebow – the backup quarterback for the New York Jets – being anonymously ripped by his teammates. In the opening segment of Friday's Good Morning America, Amy Robach teased a Nov. 15 segment on the Jets quarterback by questioning: “Tim Tebow’s fall from grace? Celebrated for his dramatic last-minute touchdowns and praised for his faith. Now, being torn apart by his teammates behind his back. Why is the most popular man in football no longer hailed as a hero?”
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Poll: 54% Pro-Choice, 38% Pro-Life

Man, this is just kicking us when we're down, huh?

Wait a sec, you say. Didn’t Gallup find just six months ago that the number who describe themselves as “pro-choice” was at a record low? Indeed they did. But as the saying goes, my friends: Elections have consequences.
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Unions Closing Hostess

Hostess Bakers Union: We Reject Your Latest Offer. Hostess Final Offer: Then We're Closing Up And You'll Get Nothing. Bakers Union: Good! Wait, What?Continue reading>>>

ACLU Forcing Schools to Provide Kids with Books on Lesbian Moms

It's never to early to be indoctrinated.

ACLU Files Lawsuit To Force Utah Schools To Provide Kindergarten Students With Book About Kids Being Raised By Lesbian Moms…
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Ready, Set, Barf: An Evangelical Football Feature

The New York Times covers Liberty University. What could go wrong? Get Religion reports:

Grab your air-sickness bag and let’s dive right into this New York Times sports feature. The italicized phrases below are courtesy of me, not the Times:
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7 Secrets to a Transforming Prayer Life

Marcel writes:

The first secret is there are no secrets! Rather, it takes a lot of perseverance humility, honesty, and grace to grow in prayer. The real secret is to do the other things below, which most Catholics who are trying to grow in prayer already know about - we just have to do them! Don't over-think prayer. It need not be complicated or burdensome. It is a relationship that God invites you ever deeper into. If we engage our intellect all the time, then we aren't focusing on the best part of prayer, which resides in the heart. Not the head.
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New Reality Series Exposes Truth on Post-Abortion Syndrome

Live Action News has the story:

There’s a new trend among abortion proponents – convince the world that abortion is not shameful. Convince post-abortive women that any guilt they may feel is unfounded. Convince post-abortive women who have kept their abortion a secret that they should shout about it from the rooftops with pride. The Democratic Party line that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare,” backfired. That word – rare – points out that there actually is something wrong with abortion, because nothing that is good and beautiful should ever be rare. Now abortion proponents are trying to counteract that party line by claiming abortion is nothing to feel guilty about and certainly nothing to keep “rare.”
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Some Words of Encouragement from Blessed Newman

I could use them about now.

The whole course of Christianity from the first ... is but one series of troubles and disorders. Every century is like every other, and to those who live in it seems worse than all times before it. The Church is ever ailing ... Religion seems ever expiring, schisms dominant, the light of truth dim, its adherents scattered. The cause of Christ is ever in its last agony. - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
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Remembering Savita Halappanavar

Live Action News reports:

The untimely passing of Savita Halappanavar is truly tragic. The pro-life community deeply cherishes the sanctity of life and mourns her death. But her death is not an argument for legalizing abortion. According to news reports, Savita was 17 weeks pregnant when she was admitted to an Irish hospital in Galway. She faced severe complications, miscarried, and later died from septicemia. Although the the case is still under investigation, her husband says she desired an abortion and that if she had been allowed to abort her child in the midst of the complications, she would have survived.
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Fawning Journalists Heart Obama at Presser

Barack Obama on Wednesday submitted to his first press conference since March. Some of the White House journalists didn't seem to hold the long wait against him, however. One reporter, Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune, turned into a gushing fan, congratulating the President on his reelection. Parsons cooed to Obama that she had "never" seen him "lose." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Other questioners, including CNN's Jessica Yellin, exhorted the President to not "cave" when dealing with Republicans.
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Attention Bishops: Stop Being Nice!

This is awesome stuff from Robert Royal:

I am not a big fan of taking the long view. It may sometimes be wise, even necessary, in human terms. But I’m far more attracted by what is probably the most neglected of Jesus’ sayings: “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Lk. 12:49) The U. S. bishops are meeting in Baltimore this week for their annual get-together. The scuttlebutt is that they will be mostly discussing matters internal to the Church in America. If they were asking my advice – for some reason, they seem to have forgotten to call – I would strongly urge that they begin with a collective session of lectio divina about kindling fires. I’d also suggest a few other things. To start with, forget about being nice. It doesn’t work. Be gentlemen. Be kind. But forget nice.
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With Election Over, Battle for Religious Liberty Intensifies

Here we go:

The Affordable Care Act’s threat to religious liberty remains undiminished with the re-election of President Barack Obama, writes Kyle Duncan, the general counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in a special piece in The National Catholic Register. And the struggle to preserve religious liberty may be about to intensify.
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USD Faculty Deliver Brutal No Confidence Vote in President

All this over a radical theologian?

The fallout from the decision by the president of the University of San Diego to withdraw an invitation to a radical theologian continues to rock the California Catholic university. Last week, over 100 students reportedly protested Lyons’ rescinding of an invitation to British Theologian Tina Beattie to speak at USD. This week, according to The National Catholic Reporter, the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego delivered a brutal no-confidence vote in the president of the University in light of the withdrawn invitation. They even went so far as to call USD President Mary Lyons ”ethically bankrupt.”
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The People Have Spoken, Right?

David L. breaks down the election:

One week ago today, we learned the results of this year's general election, including that of President of the United States. As forty-eight percent of the population were stunned by the results the following morning, fifty percent of the population were jubilant at what they termed a "decisive" victory. Now, fifty percent is hardly decisive. Neither is fifty-one percent, which is what they had once Florida's votes were counted. As the inevitable appeared likely, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly had this to say as to why the incumbent would be re-elected.
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Keep Simeon in Your Prayers

Babies and surgery. Should never mix. But when they have to, you've just got to pray.

Update on Simeon! Thank you so very much for all your prayers!! Simeon has been eating ever since!!! He's not completely back to normal, but pretty close and so much better than he was doing.
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Parenting is Funny

Two cute stories for the price of one:

When it was bedtime for us, the parents, we walked down the hallway, only to hear quick, startled movements from our children’s bedroom. My husband cracked the door open and peered in. All was silent for a moment, then, slowly, two sets of eyes appeared, one from under a pillow, another from beneath a blanket. “Uh-oh! Danger!” said the five-year-old. My husband chuckled. Bolstered by his reaction, the younger daughter brought her entire head out of hiding with a grin and said, “We always say, ‘Danger!’ when we hear you coming.”
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A Little Girl Called M.C.

A story about the consequences of same-sex marriage:

The policy proposal known as “same-sex marriage” is actually a proposal to redefine marriage. Instead of being a gender-based institution oriented toward the procreation of children and the good of the spouses, what is called “same-sex marriage” makes marriage into a genderless institution, oriented toward the good of adults only. Any possible negative consequences for children, according to this way of thinking, are not worth considering. We, and the children themselves, must simply accept any negative outcomes as collateral damage on the road to the nirvana of “marriage equality.”
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"End This Pregnancy and Tie Her Tubes"

Ugh.

‘End this pregnancy and tie her tubes.’ That was the stark advice given by a a court-summoned doctor in a possible forced abortion case involving a mentally handicapped woman in Nevada, according to a transcript of a Nov. 1 hearing obtained by LifeSiteNews. Judge Egan Walker of Nevada’s 2nd District Court is holding evidentiary hearings to determine whether to order 32-year-old Elisa Bauer to have an abortion against the wishes of her adoptive parents and legal guardians, Bill and Amy Bauer of Fernley. Elisa suffers from epilepsy, bipolar disorder and mental impairment as a result of a birthmother who drank heavily while pregnant with her. She is said to have a mental age of approximately 6 years. The father of her baby is unknown.
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54,000 Sign Texas Petition to Secede

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Cdl. Dolan: A Call for Penance

Meatless Fridays?

"First Things First!" – From the President, A Call for Penance. My brother bishops, Yes, we have "a lot on our plate" as we commence our meeting, urgent issues very worthy of our solicitude as pastors -- the suffering in vast areas not far from here caused by the Hurricane of two weeks ago, the imperative to the New Evangelization, the invitation offered by the Year of Faith, and our continued dialogue, engagement, and prophetic challenge to our culture over urgent issues such as the protection of human life, the defense of marriage, the promotion of human dignity in the lives of the poor, the immigrant, those in danger from war and persecution throughout the world, and our continued efforts to defend our first and most cherished freedom -- all issues calling for our renewed and enthusiastic commitment.
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Fr. Reese: Bishops "Attacked" Obama, Took a Beating

I guess that's one way of seeing things. Or you could say that Obama's violating religious liberty and the bishops stood up for individual liberty:

Jesuit Fr. Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, outrageously accused the bishops of attacking President Obama and said that the bishops then “took a beating at the polls” in a column that appeared in The National Catholic Reporter. His prescription is that the bishops should surrender on issues like the legalization of abortion and gay “marriage” and immediately allow pro-abortion rights politicians to speak on Catholic campuses.
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What Makes a Speaker Controversial to Jesuits?

Fordham nixes Ann Coulter but who have they accepted in recent years?

Conservative commentator and author Ann Coulter was recently invited to Fordham University to speak by the College Republicans, igniting a firestorm of comments from students and even the university president which only ended when the student group rescinded and apologized for the invitation.
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NYT New Pres is Catholic, Believes in Objective Truth

Interesting stuff from Deacon Greg:

Tomorrow, Mark Thompson takes over as the new President and CEO of The New York Times. Thompson is a practicing Catholic who believes “that the truths of the Christian faith are objective truths, rather than being entirely subjective.”
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HS Hockey Teams Dump National Anthem

Cost cutting:

Nearly 200 high school hockey teams in Pennsylvania have been advised to eliminate the national anthem because it takes too much time to perform and costs too much money
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Man Prays in Airplane Aisle, Hilarity Ensues

Hmmm. What faith do you think the guy was. You'd never know from media accounts.

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. That was my first reaction when I saw several versions of this bizarre little story from the tense world of airline travel, especially in the skies around Washington, D.C. This is one of those cases in which I really need to ask GetReligion readers to look at the whole story. Trust me, this will not take long
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"The White House Is Staying Black"

Disgusting.

MSNBC’s Toure: “Tears of Joy For Me, The White House Is Staying Black”… Imagine the reaction if Romney won and someone on Fox said he was crying tears of joy because a white man won the White House?
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Crazy Voter Fraud in Philly and Cleveland

This would be funny if it weren't so sad.

President Obama must have run a great campaign considering the tremendous numbers he put up in numerous big cities. Over in Philadelphia, he was lucky enough to get 90% percent turnout in some districts with over 99% of the vote. In Cleveland, in some districts he did even better with an astounding 100% of the vote in dozens of locations. For example, in Cleveland's Fifth Ward, Mr. Obama won districts E, F, and G 1,337 to Mitt Romney's... 0. And in case you're wondering, Gary Johnson received more votes than Mr. Romney.
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The "Om-School" Movement

Worrisome:

Do you believe the claim Newsweek made in 2009 that “We are all Hindus now”? Phillip Goldberg does. In his book American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Has Changed the West (2010) he makes the compelling case that many Americans have adopted the spiritual Hindu principle of Advaita, meaning “not two,” and now believe that all is “one.” So Bill Clinton uses Eastern meditation, we speak freely of mantras, avatars, karma, mandalas, and…we practice yoga. Yoga is big in Southern California, even among Christians, and even in the schools. Is yoga just exercise, or is it part of the Hinduization of the West? Here is the testimony of Mary Eady, an employee of truthXchange:
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Christie Calls Obama, Sends Email to Romney

Grrrr.

Christie calls Obama to congratulate him, sends Romney an e-mail
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Sooo...The Most Important Election Evah...Was No Big Deal?

Steve Kellmeyer has some great points:

So, if you read the conservative political class today, they tell us we don't have much to worry about. The US is still center-right. Elections come, elections go, we will soldier on. Lost a battle, haven't lost the war, etc. Mind you, these are the same people who told us this was the most important election in our lifetimes, perhaps in the history of the Republic. But now that we've lost, we're apparently supposed to say "Ah, well. We'll getcha next time."
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Catholic League Having Some Fun

Community organizers needed, says Bill Donohue. Check out the qualifications:

Bill Donohue comments on the election results: In 2007, Barack Obama told Planned Parenthood that the first thing he would do if elected president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). Because of opposition from many quarters, including the Catholic League, the bill never got to his desk. But it may now come back, and if it does it could mean that Catholic hospitals would be required to perform abortions lest they lose federal funding.
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Awesome Dean Koontz Interview by EWTN

Check it out. Dean Koontz is the only author I will run out to the bookstore and buy his book the day it comes out. Actually, now I download them to the Nook. This is a great interview:

Need a break from yelling at your computer screen and trying to impact swing state poll numbers through the power of your mind? I have just the thing! Take a few minutes to watch this excellent interview with author Dean Koontz that aired on The World Over earlier this month (also embedded at the bottom of the post).
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We Are In Training for the Test to Come

Sherry Antonetti writes:

Our society has grown steadily more blind and deaf to the notion of something as old as sin, namely sin itself. It persists in singing that if everyone agreed to get along, the aches and motivations of the human heart that tend toward the darker elements of life would somehow be snuffed out. It is an earthly rendition of the Heavenly promise absent the one focus (God) that would bring about that perfection. COEXIST! It commands. It never says how.
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A Little Street Evangelization from Catholics

Pretty awesome:

St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets. We do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public Catholic presence. Christ’s call to evangelize was made to every Catholic Christian, and the Second Vatican Council reiterated this need, urging each of the baptized to bring the Gospel, found fully in the Catholic Church, to a culture that has largely reverted to paganism
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Thanks a lot Catholycs!

LarryD is not happy:

There are numerous reasons as to why Obama got re-elected. I have no intention of analyzing any of them, save one. The Catholyc Vote. This is gonna get rant-y, just so you know.
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Dude. Chris Christie Cried After Hug from Bruce?

This is just weird. Grown men should NOT cry after hearing from rock stars. No wonder he got all weak in the knees about Obama.

New Jersey's famously tough-talking governor finally got a hug from his longest-running unrequited love. Speaking Monday at a briefing on storm recovery. Gov. Chris Christie revealed he unexpectedly spoke with Bruce Springsteen earlier in the day. Christie had been discussing storm-related matters with President Barack Obama when Obama handed the phone to Springsteen, who was traveling with him as part of a campaign trip.
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Dem: Jesus Hearts High Taxes

Because when I think Jesus, I think of Lenin and Marx, don't you? It's funny how we're always told by liberals that Jesus never specifically mentioned abortion so we can't say anything about it but they have no problem inferring tax advice from our Lord and Savior. Kinda' weird, huh?

Sherrod Brown claims his opposition to capital punishment stems from his understanding of the Bible. He also claims Jesus would oppose free trade and tax cuts. Brown made these remarks in yet another recently uncovered speech.
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David Mamet on the Election

Hollywood hardest hit:

To those Jews planning to vote for Obama: Are you prepared to explain to your children not the principles upon which your vote is cast, but its probable effects upon them?
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Million Muppet March Kinda' Sad

But funny in a schadenfreudey way:

How lame was Washington's "Million Puppet March" yesterday? So lame that I couldn't even find a story about the event at the Associated Press's national web site. Planning for the event began several weeks ago after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that despite his love for Sesame Street's Big Bird he would not advocate further public funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
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The Jesuit Back Story of The Exorcist

Good Jesuit Bad Jesuit writes:

The 1949 case of Roland Doe, in St. Louis, involved Jesuits at Saint Louis University but also required the approval of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at that time, Joseph Ritter. The exorcism performed on the 13-year-old boy in St. Louis, a child referred to as "Robbie" in most accounts, happened primarily in three locations: at the boy's relative's home in North St. Louis County, at the rectory behind the College Church on the campus, and at a now-demolished wing of the old Alexian Brothers Hospital in South St. Louis.
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Irony: Noah's Ark Film Shut Down for Flooding

Heh.

Everyone loves irony. In this case, the level of oddity is so profound that it’s almost painful to process: The set of famed director Darren Aronofsky’s film “Noah,” currently filming in New York City, has been shut down due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Yes, that’s right. The Hollywood depiction of the Biblical epic about a God-ordained water surge has been halted due to an influx of rain and storm water.
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Bishop Sheridan: Biden Should Not Receive Communion

Watch out. Didn't Biden say something about shoving rosaries down the throat of the next guy who questioned his Catholicism:

Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, who holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, says that Vice President Joe Biden should know that he ought not to receive communion.
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Cardinal Bernardin Corrects Kmiec

Something tells me Kmiec doesn't care:

A week ago, former U.S. ambassador Douglas Kmiec, a strong supporter of Sen. Obama in 2008, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times. In the course of that interview, Kmiec stated, "The president promotes social justice as if he were a Catholic."
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Woman Blocked from Voting for Wearing Bible T-Shirt

Separation of church and state. Or something:

A woman was blocked from early voting near Austin, Texas, last week after wearing a T-shirt that said "Vote the Bible." A pro-family group called Texas Values said election workers told resisdent Kay Hill at the Taylor City Hall polling place in Williamson County her shirt was quote "offensive." She was told to turn the shirt inside out, go home and change, or cover up the words "Vote the Bible." Hill tried to disagree but was eventually forced to cover up her Bible message. Poll workers reportedly provided a jacket for her to wear over the shirt.
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Bishop Jenky Orders Priests to Read Letter Concerning Election

Good.

Joining the chorus of Roman Catholic clergy in Illinois criticizing President Barack Obama before next week's election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky ordered priests to read a letter to parishioners on Sunday before the presidential election, explaining that politicians who support abortion rights also reject Jesus. "By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass," Jenky wrote in a letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.
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Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Gay "Marriage"

Dennis Prager writes:

Next week voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will vote on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views? The primary explanation is this: Proponents and opponents ask two different questions.
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Catholic Colleges Celebrate "Year of Faith"

This is how faithful Catholic colleges roll. I'm listed as the writer of the report but really the whole staff at The Cardinal Newman Society did an amazing job collecting and editing this information:

With his Apostolic Letter Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI called all Catholics to a renewed conversion to the Lord and to participate in a year-long observance of the “Year of Faith,” beginning on October 11, 2012, and concluding on November 24, 2013. Catholics have been asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. Several faithful Catholic colleges recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College have welcomed the Holy Father’s invitation and have made plans for the Year of Faith including activities, lectures, Masses and some out-of-thebox (but orthodox) thinking.
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Please Help Maddy Return to Catholic University

Maddy's mother, Barbara Curtis, just passed away. Please consider helping her return to CUA:

Four years ago (almost to the day) Barbara Curtis and I crossed paths, quite literally. She was at Loudoun Hospital while her husband Tripp was recovering from surgery. I was there with a baby in the NICU. Barbara had just come into the Church and she told me how she longed to bring its traditions alive in her home for her children. Hers was a family in crisis then--Tripp's healing was complicated; their finances were burdensome; they had just lost their home. After I arrived home with my new baby, I wrote to you all and told you about Barbara. I asked you then to help her to celebrate Advent. And help you did! You volunteered to send care packages to the Curtis family, packages full of faith! You sent Advent in boxes from all over the country.
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Obama’s inauguration reverend: All whites are going to hell

Journalists will, of course, practice their apathy-fu with this information.

All white people are going to hell, longtime African-American civil rights advocate Rev. Joseph Lowery told an audience at a get-out-the-vote event held Oct. 27 in Georgia.
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