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Now That's Gun Control!!

Wow. Coolest dude ever.

Vid: Man turns tables on shotgun-wielding attacker
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Pentagon Taps Anti-Christian for Religious Tolerance Policy

Anyone else starting to get nervous?

“Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation’s armed forces.” Those words were recently written by Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. Weinstein will be a consultant to the Pentagon to develop new policies on religious tolerance, including a policy for court-martialing military chaplains who share the Christian Gospel during spiritual counseling of American troops.
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Msgr. Pope: Has the West Become Anti-Culture?

We're doomed. Doomed I say. Of course the only thing that can save us is the one thing most agree they don't want to try, namely Christianity:

As we have discussed on this blog before, the Western World seems to have embarked on a (failed) experiment, testing whether a culture can exist without a shared cultus. That, is to say whether a true and unifying vision that we call culture can really exist at all without something above and beyond it, which unifies it and to which it must answer.
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Pope: A Worldy Church Cannot Transmit the Gospel

Urges constant prayer:

A worldly Church is a weak Church. The only way to stop this from happening is to entrust the Church to the Lord through constant prayer. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass Tuesday morning, celebrated with staff from the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, also known as APSA. Emer McCarthy reports: "We can safeguard the Church, we can cure the Church, no? We do so with our work, but what’s most important is what the Lord does : He is the only One who can look into the face of evil and overcome it. The prince of the world comes but can do nothing against me: if we don’t want the prince of this world to take the Church into his hands, we must entrust it to the One who can defeat the prince of this world. Here the question arises: do we pray for the Church, for the entire Church? For our brothers and sisters whom we do not know, everywhere in the world? It is the Lord's Church and in our prayer we say to the Lord: Lord, look at your Church ... It' s yours. Your Church is [made up of ] our brothers and sisters. This is a prayer that must come from our heart".
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Kathryn Lopez: The End of Looking Away

Look. Look for a second what we're doing, what we're allowing to happen:

Before you get yourself deep into the week, end today or start Monday thanking the New York Post (letters@nypost.com) for running this piece by Kyle Smith (thank him at kyle.smith@nypost.com) asking what exactly the difference between a late-term and live-birth abortion is. Not much, is what ethicists who want to make the case for legal after-birth abortions have been arguing. We’ve been looking away from common sense and the human rights involved.
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Hey, That Lila Rose is Kinda' Like a Terrorist

The Wapo. Fair as always.

There is the official policy and then there is the actual practice. The point of undercover sting videos is to discover the actual practice. What do you do when a politically-inconvenient truth has been discovered? You gin up some fake outrage about it:
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Priests Barred from Adminsitering Last Rites in Boston?

This is disturbing. And sad.

The heart-wrenching photographs taken in the moments after the Boston Marathon bombings show the blue-and-yellow jackets of volunteers, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, even a three-foot-high blue M&M. Conspicuously absent are any clerical collars or images of pastoral care. This was not for lack of proximity. Close to the bombing site are Trinity Episcopal Church, Old South Church and St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, all on Boylston Street. When the priests at St. Clement's, three blocks away, heard the explosions, they gathered sacramental oils and hurried to the scene in hopes of anointing the injured and, if necessary, administering last rites, the final of seven Catholic sacraments. But the priests, who belong to the order Oblates of the Virgin Mary, weren't allowed at the scene.
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Obama Asks Planned Parenthood for Help to Implement Obamacare

Obama doesn't often ask for help. But when he does. He prefers Planned Parenthood.

Considering he’s funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, I’m sure they will be more than willing to help implement his disastrous health care law.
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Why Should the Church Care About Gay Marriage?

Because the Church cares. A great answer:

In a comment on a recent post reporting Archbishop Piero Marini's personal opinion on the desirability of civil unions for homosexuals, my colleague Ellen Wertheimer asks the following question: "Why should the Church care" if homosexuals marry? Prof. Wertheimer answers her own question, probably inadvertently. The answer: because the Church *cares* -- the Church CARES about the salvation of souls.
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Actor who Played Jesus, "Haunted" by Crucifixion Scene

A moving interview:

Diogo Morgado’s iconic role as Jesus Christ in History’s Channel’s “The Bible” was certainly riveting. And in a sit-down interview with Oprah recently, the actor spoke candidly about the crucifixion scene, telling the talk show host and media mogul that it was an emotionally-stirring experience.
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Cardinal Warns of "Subtle" Religious Freedom Violations

And not so subtle ones too.

The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture cautioned that both “direct and indirect religious persecution” is growing in many areas of the world, even in democratic nations. In remarks addressed to the TEDx conference on religious freedom held April 19 in the Vatican, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi lamented “the tragic and painful lack of religious liberty in different parts of the world today.”
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Gonzaga Offers Insurance to Same-Sex Partners

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

According to the Gonzaga Bulletin, Spokane's Gonzaga University extends health insurance benefits to the partners of same-sex employees. In an email, Mary Joan Hahn, director of community and public relations at Gonzaga, said that Gonzaga follows state law regarding benefits eligibility. Registered domestic partners, for same-sex and heterosexual partnerships, are eligible for the same benefits. Washington state legalized so-called same-sex "marriage" last year.
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Animal Right Activists Trash Years of Autism Research

Hot Air reports:

Had this crime been perpetrated by a roving band of evangelicals who object to scientific treatment of autism and schizophrenia, you might have heard a lot about it this week. As it is, that would never happen, and it was animal-rights activists who did the damage. Will the reputation of their cause and mainstream activists have to contend with their actions?
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Jiminy Chricketistianity

LarryD is clearly not a fan:

I was at Disney World last week, helping to chaperone our town’s high school marching band (Elder Son, a senior, & Younger Son, a freshmen, are members, and once every 4 years, our town’s high school band is invited to march at Disney. We went as a family.). The Magic Kingdom evening fireworks show – performed above Cinderella’s Castle – included some rather neat video effects displayed on the castle itself. At one point, Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio made an appearance, with Jiminy uttering his most famous line from the song “Give A Little Whistle”: “Always let your conscience be your guide.”
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You Must Read Anthony Esolen on Boys and the Scouts

This is brilliant:

I see a boy. Luke is ten years old. He sports a cowlick across his forehead, and a bright smile. Despite the birth of a child a thousand miles away with vestigial organs of the opposite sex, and despite genetic anomalies that blunt the edge of masculinity or femininity here or there, everyone is certain he is a boy. It took the doctor in the delivery room but a moment to declare, “It’s a boy!”
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Fr. Pavone Wants to Give Proper Burial to Gosnell's Victims

LifeNews.com reports:

Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, has asked officials in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial case if he can have the bodies of the babies after the all of the court proceedings are finished. He wants a proper burial of the remains of 45 babies killed by the abortion practitioner and his abortion clinic staff.
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I Gave up Modeling for God

Some good news:

Kylie Bisutti had reached the pinnacle of her career as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. But instead of feeling proud, she felt exploited. She tells why she turned to faith after the fashion industry put her through hell
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Judge Reinstates One Charge of Murder Against Gosnell

LifeNews.com reports some good news:

The judge in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial admitted today he made an error when dropping one of the charges against the abortion practitioner. Common pleas court Judge Jeffrey Minehart admitted he “erred” when dropping the murder charge for Baby C, who was killed in an abortion-infanticide when he was a victim of an attempted abortion but was born alive and tossed in a shoe box, with Gosnell staffers confirming they saw him breathing for 20 minutes.
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City Councilman Urges Xavier to Cancel Commencement Speaker Because He Supports Marriage

Let's hope Xavier doesn't back down. The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

A Cincinnati City Councilman is pressuring Xavier University to cancel NFL Hall of Famer, and former Cincinnati Bengal, Anthony Munoz as its May 11 commencement speaker because Munoz supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman.
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"I’ve become much more accepting of (porn) and understanding of it.”

Porn 101.

Several weeks ago, The College Fix broke the story of a class at Pasadena City College that is devoted entirely to porn. Students are actually assigned to watch porn as part of the class homework. The story garnered nationwide attention, and many of our readers left comments condemning the class as an example of just how low academic standards are these days. But not everyone disapproves. The Huffington Post and Buzz Feed ran articles about the class, praising it as an example of liberal values at work in the classroom.
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Go to Confession Because You Might Get Eaten by a Giant Owl

A message from Fr. Z. With pictures to explain.

“From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord.” After the Boston bombings I posted about the serious prayer which all Catholics should say
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A Conversation with Catholic Writer Ron Hansen

I've read most of what he's written. He's amazing.

The post-war boom in fiction was a moment of hope for the state of Catholic culture. Catholic writers Flannery O’Connor and Muriel Spark were being sent up the same flag poles that flew pennants for Saul Bellow and John Updike. Catholics even managed to capture back-to-back wins of the coveted National Book Award with Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer (1962) and J.F. Powers’ Morte D’Urban (1963). But then it seemed that once Catholic fiction had its moment, the light began to fade and with it any hope of a true Catholic renaissance in literature. While for consolation O’Connor, Percy, Powers et al, have been enshrined in the pantheon of contemporary fiction, it seemed everyone was ready to don black arm bands, write up the obits and send flowers.
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Breaking: Gosnell Aquitted on 3 Infanticide Charges


The judge in the trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell has acquitted him of three of the eight murder charges the abortion business owner faces in his murder trial. Gosnell faces eight total murder counts — one for killing a woman in a botched abortion and seven for killing babies in abortion-infanticides that involved live-birth abortions and snipping their necks after birth. Gosnell’s defense attorney asked the judge to drop three of the charges for killing the babies and the judge agreed with the contention there was not enough evidence to convict Gosnell on those charges. Another charge of infanticide was also dropped. He still faces the other charges the prosecution has brought and the murder trial will continue on them.
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Sherry Has Some Words for Diaper Free Parenting

Funny stuff:

Call me old fashioned if you wish, but the newest trend in chichi parenting, going commando doesn't send me. But the New York Times reports on this environmentally conscious attempt to pretend that all things most modern must be whatever makes no sense whatsoever. Elimination communication as it is called, clearly sends a message to me...stay away.
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Chesterton on Earth Day

Badger Catholic has the full quote:

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.
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Man Terrible at Laundry, Excellent at Seeing Jesus in Fabric Softener Spill

Jesus is truly everywhere:

A man's laundry mishap turned led to a holy discovery: The stain from fabric softener spilled on his shirt formed a shape he said resembled Jesus Christ. Martin Andrews was annoyed to see he had spilled fabric softener on his shirt, he told the United Kingdom's Metro, but when he took a closer look, he saw that the splotch resembled a man with his two arms outstretched and a halo on his head like Jesus Christ.
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Living Under the Tyranny of the Toddler

Funny 'cause it's true:

Lil' Lamb is a toddler tyrant. Wingnut and I opine frequently that it is a good thing he was not our first, otherwise there would have been none following. We say this all in jest, but seriously, this pint-sized baby Napoleon is giving us a run for the money. As I type even now, his high-pitched scream of displeasure pierces me through.
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Lesbian Fakes Hate Crime, Carves Cross Into Self

Now she's heading to the slam. She did it to support gay rights.

A lesbian who carved a cross into her own chest while faking an anti-gay hate crime received seven days in jail, probation, and community service. Charlie Rogers, a former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star, plead “no contest” inside the Lancaster County Courthouse to making a false report.
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Diaper-Less Babies

Oh my.

Apparently the latest craze in NYC is to let your babies’ freak flags fly by letting them go commando:
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Georgetown Professor: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Motivated as Much By Rap as Jihad

You know, because it couldn't have been Islam:

An angry and violent jihadist who also loves rap -- gee, who could see that one coming? As part of MSNBC's ardent efforts over the weekend to downplay any possible connection between the religion that can't be named and the Boston Marathon bombings, Rachel Maddow spoke with Georgetown University professor Charles King, author of "The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus."
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Devastating: Philly-area columnist asks a key, yet horrifying, Gosnell question

Check out JD Mullane's tweets.

As Twitchy readers know, J.D. Mullane has been there diligently reporting every day. He has sat through the horrifying testimony, day after day.
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A New Georgetown Scandal and Coverup?

White males need not apply:

FORMER UNIVERSITY STUDENT WHO TRASHED APPLICATIONS FROM WHITE MALES SUDDENLY DISAPPEARS FROM Georgetown University WEBSITE At the time I am writing this a scandal is erupting across the internet and the mainstream involving prestigious Georgetown University and tied to one of their former employees, Arianna Pattek, a Georgetown grad student who says she was hired to read and process applications for admissions to the school.
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Ohio Nun Pleads Guilty to Voter Fraud

Sad but predictable.

The Ohio nun who cast a ballot on behalf of a nun who died prior to last year's presidential election has pleaded guilty to an illegal voting charge. Sister Marguerite Kloos, former dean at the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Cincinnati escaped a prison sentence of up to 18 months by pleading guilty. As a first-time offender, she has been sentenced to community service. Kloos remains on staff at the College as a religious studies instructor.
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Demon Alleges Lack of Preparation for Vatican II Exorcism

This is pretty funny:

Dear Satan, It is with great animosity that I file this official complaint regarding my recent assignment to possess a high school student at Blessed Karl Rahner Catholic Community. As you are well aware I am a very junior demon and this was my first possession assignment outside of Hell. The training I received from senior demons in preparation for this assignment did not prepare me in the least for what I experienced. From what I was told, I would be sent into the world to fight the forces of good and score a victory for the powers of Hell. Instead I myself was exposed to a Hell I have heretofore never experienced.
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John Kerry Doesn't Even Know "Sweet Caroline"

This tool doesn't even know Neil Diamond.

John Kerry Gaffe: How About Those Yankees Fans Singing Boston Red Sox Favorite Song . . . “Sweet Adeline”…
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Can a Non-Catholic Go To Confession?

See the answer here...

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Masses Packed at Boston College

Students react to tragedy:

Shock, sadness, disbelief, fear. These and many other words were used to describe some of the emotions Boston College students said they experienced after the Boston Marathon bombings Monday, explosions that killed at least three people and injured more than 140 others with serious wounds.
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Pope Francis: Vatican II Must be Enacted

CNS reports:

While some Catholics would like to undo the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, others basically are trying to build a monument to it rather than fully live its teachings, Pope Francis said. In his homily April 16 at an early morning Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis said Christians must struggle with the temptation to tame the Holy Spirit.
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Then Comes Marriage

A defense of marriage:

Have you heard? “Catholics are homophobes.” or “Catholics hate gays.” With homosexual marriage on the fore front of society, I get tired of hearing from others what Catholics believe. What do we believe about marriage? To put it short and sweet,
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The Pope's Twin Challenges

Robert Royal writes at The Catholic Thing:

Pope Francis has been in office for a little over a month now, but many people still wonder what kind of a pope he is – and will be. It’s not the gestures of simplicity and humility, both of which, in differing ways, have existed in the Vatican since Paul VI’s reforms. Rather, many people are asking: What he will actually do, once the honeymoon is over?
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University at Buffalo Professors: Pro-lifers like ‘those who supported lynching’


Pro-abortion professors were out of control this week at University at Buffalo, equating pro-life students to lynch mobs and getting arrested for disorderly conduct at a pro-life display. On Monday and Tuesday, University at Buffalo Students for Life (UB SFL) hosted the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) on campus, which features graphic images of victims of abortion, as well as Holocaust victims, and victims of lynching. But, as we’ve seen time and again, pro-abortion supporters couldn’t handle the ugly truth of abortion and lashed out.
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Gosnell's Standard Operating Procedure (Warning: Vomit Inducing)


Again, I'm sorry. But here's how it went at the Women's Medical Society. Somewhere along the line Gosnell gave up the practice of injecting Digoxin into the abdomens of his "patients"' to kill their babies in utero. From the Grand Jury Report, p. 111:
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Funny K-Mart Ad: Ship My Pants

This one had me laughing. A little off-color but funny.

You wouldn’t know KMart was struggling for survival with this clever ad. The first time I heard it, I nearly mailed my briefs. I had to listen to it 3 times to make sure I didn’t hear what I thought I was hearing.
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Lesbian Writer Admits Destruction of Marriage is Goal

At least she's honest:

Masha Gessen is a talented writer. Her widely praised (and sharply critical) biography of Vladimir Putin is only the most recent of her books across a range of subjects from Russian history, to mathematics, to the social implications of modern genetics. On top of her exertions as an author, she has served as Director of the Russian service of the U.S. government funded Radio Liberty. She is a self-identified lesbian and a leading activist in the U.S. and Russia. (She holds citizenship in both countries.) Although she is anything but a fringe figure within the movement, she is notable for her candor in discussing its beliefs and goals. At last year's meeting of the Sydney Writers Festival (audio here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/why-get-married/4058506 ) she spoke plainly:
“It’s a no-brainer that (homosexuals) should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist. . . . Fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist. And I don’t like taking part in creating fictions about my life. That’s sort of not what I had in mind when I came out thirty years ago.
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G'Town Chapel Vandalized. Again.

Oh my.

For the second time in the past year, Georgetown University’s Dahlgren Chapel has been vandalized. The latest incident involved an attack by vandals overnight on April 13. Chairs, the organ mirror, and the Crucifix were damaged during the attack. Christ’s left hand was broken off the Chapel’s Crucifix.
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Huge! CDF to LCWR

Fr. Z writes:

Will this be the moment the National Schismatic Reporter crowd turns on Francis? This is new. It does NOT refer to their meeting of some months ago.
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Second Boston Marathon Victim Identified

Say a prayer for her and her family.

Second Boston Marathon victim identified, Krystle Campbell
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Crosses Vandalized at Slipery Rock University

Another pro-life display destroyed.

Several crosses which were a part of a pro-life display at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania were destroyed last Monday night by an unknown party. The crosses were erected on-campus to remember the lives lost to abortion in the past year. Photos of the incident show dozens of crosses flung about the area with a few turned upside down and a pro-choice banner stuck into the ground around the destroyed display. The event, named the “Cemetery of the Innocents,” was put on by a pro-life student group Pro-Life Slippery Rock. Each cross set up represented a certain number of abortions which occurred in the U.S. during the previous year.
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A Plea for Mercy for Kermit Gosnell

I know I'm going to get heat for this one. Princeton professor Robert George writes at Mirror of Justice:

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is facing the death penalty if he is convicted of the murders for which he is being tried in Philadelphia. Surely, the heinous acts of which he stands accused are depraved. They probably meet the criteria for capital punishment under Pennsylvania law. However, in the event that Gosnell is convicted, which seems likely, I am asking my fellow pro-lifers around the country to join me in requesting that his life be spared.
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Vatican Declares Colorado Boy's Recovery a Miracle

Good news:

A Colorado mom whose son became gravely ill as a little boy has always figured his prayer-aided recovery was miraculous, but now the Vatican has made it official. Luke Burgie was just four in 1998, when he developed a severe gastrointestinal condition his doctors couldn't diagnose, much less cure, according to The Denver Post. For six months, he suffered stomach pain and unrelenting diarrhea and even stopped growing. But the illness went away on Feb. 22, 1999, just as two members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration finished praying a novena. The nuns had recited a series of prayers over nine straight days asking Mother Theresia Bonzel, who founded the order in Germany in 1863, to cure the boy. Since then, the Vatican has investigated the case and has now scheduled Bonzel for beatification in November — a step toward sainthood .
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Gabrielle Reece Says She is "Submissive" to Husband, Heads Explode

Get her!!!

Gabrielle Reece, the former volleyball star and model who filed for divorce less than five years after tying the knot to surfer husband Laird Hamilton roughly 17 years ago, recently wrote a book explaining how she got her marriage back on track. The key? In “My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper,” Reece credits an “old fashioned dynamic” and abiding by more traditional gender roles — and has created a firestorm in the process. “To truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and –- look out, here it comes –- submissive,” she wrote.
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Actor Nick Searcy Asks Pro-Aborts Why They're Ignoring Gosnell

"Justified" co-star has a pretty relevant question.

Actor Nick Searcy slams pro-aborts: How can they feign outrage at Gosnell? Was he ‘too messy?’
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Pic: Media Seating Area at Gosnell Trial

Sick. Horrifying. Orwellian.

This picture is actually Pulitzer-worthy. The judge in the Gosnell trial set aside some seats for the media, as judges do in high-profile cases.
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Paul Ryan's Speech at the SBA List Gala


These are my prepared remarks for tonight’s Susan B. Anthony List Gala: Thanks, everybody. It’s great to be here. I want to thank Congressman King for the introduction. I want to congratulate Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch on her award. And I want to commend the members of the SBA List — especially Marjorie Dannenfelser, Jane Abraham, and Marilyn Musgrave — for organizing this event. Looking at tonight’s program, I noticed you took Margaret Thatcher’s advice: When you wanted something done, you asked a woman. When you wanted something said, you asked a man.
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Mom Says She Regrets Having Children

This is just sad:

My son Stuart was five days old when the realisation hit me like a physical blow: having a child had been the biggest mistake of my life. Even now, 33 years on, I can still picture the scene: Stuart was asleep in his crib. He was due to be fed but hadn't yet woken. I heard him stir but as I looked at his round face on the brink of wakefulness, I felt no bond. No warm rush of maternal affection. I felt completely detached from this alien being who had encroached upon my settled married life and changed it, irrevocably, for the worse.
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Catholic College Hosts Liturgy Celebrating Homosexual Group

Sad news from The Cardinal Newman Society:

Catholic Marygrove College’s Sacred Heart Chapel is hosting an anniversary liturgy, celebrated by retired Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, in honor of the homosexual group Dignity-Detroit’s 39th anniversary celebration on Saturday, May 4. The day prior, DignityUSA President Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues is addressing the gathering. Unlike the group Courage, which accepts Catholic teaching and is approved by the Catholic Church, DignityUSA rejects the idea that homosexuality is “disordered” and actively affirms and promotes the homosexual lifestyle.
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I Am the Very Model of a Modern Liberal Catholic

This is super clever and a whole lot of fun.

All join in the singing, please. I am the very model of a modern liberal Cath-o-lic, I teach that faith before the 1960s was dia-bo-lic. The services in Latin we rewrote in the vernacular, With errors in translation that were really quite spectacular. We threw out all that chanting in the style known as Gregorian - It's really just of interest to a dusty old historian! No ancient hymns we now allow - of classics we won't have any - Instead, we sing "Shine, Jesus Shine" and Inwood's new cacophony!
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Chen Guangcheng Testifies on Forced Abortions

Human rights violations:

Blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, known for his daring night-time escape from Chinese secret police in 2012 and the subsequent international efforts to secure his freedom and move to the United States, testified in person for the first time before Chairman Chris Smith’s (NJ-04) global human rights subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It was a sharp contrast to Chen’s live call to Smith during a similar hearing on May 3, 2013 from a Chinese government hospital bed in China.
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Jesus Never Said I Couldn't Paint the Baby

Elizabeth Scalia's clear thoughts on gay marriage:

A few weeks ago, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out in favor of same-sex marriage. Having first allowed her husband to send up a trial balloon, Mrs. Clinton revealed that she had, like President Barack Obama, finally “evolved” in her thinking. Given how much ink has been spilled on the subject by an obsessed and advocating press, and the strong moral certitude with which Democratic (and occasional Republican) members of the House and Senate are making their evolutionary pronouncements, it is difficult to remember that at this time last year, the issue of gay marriage had much less energy surrounding it.
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HHS Mandate To Go Into Effect August 1

It's on.

President Obama’s top health official said Monday the administration will finalize its new rules granting free birth control, saying the controversial policy will go into effect in August. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius‘ comments came the same day that the public comment period for the contraception mandate ended, and even as a bevy of nonprofit groups and companies are fighting in court to overturn it. “As of Aug. 1, 2013, every employee who doesn’t work directly for a church or a diocese will be included in the benefit package,” Mrs. Sebelius said at a forum moderated by Reuters that was held at the Harvard School of Public Health.
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Why Go to a Priest for Confession?

Kathryn Lopez writes:

You know how Pope Francis keeps repeating himself? How he keeps talking about the mercy of God and pleading with the world to go to our tender, loving Father? On Divine Mercy Sunday at high noon Mass in Washington, D.C., Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P. ran with this clear theme — so needed by the world — of the early pontificate of Pope Francis, upping the urgency.
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Photos of the Missa Cantata at Wyoming Catholic College


I know that many of you are rather interested in what is going on in the college/university scene liturgically, so I thought I would share the following photos taken yesterday, showing a Missa Cantata in the usus antiquior at Wyoming Catholic College.
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China: Mother of 2 Dies after Forced Sterilization

Ignoring this, won't make it go away.

Officials allegedly forced the woman to have the sterilization procedure after they received a 'bad rating' for failing to crack down on families in breach of the 'one-child' policy.
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4 Reasons "Pro-Choicers" Are Confused, Mixed-Up Hypocrites

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Unsilent Scream; "Literally a beheading"

No words.

"Making this noise" "like an alien"? That's called crying. It's what human babies do when they're in distress, in this case, the ultimate distress. The "aliens" here are the inhuman monsters who caused that distress.

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Pope Francis Remembers Thatcher


Pope Francis says he is appreciative of the Christian values that underpinned Margaret Thatcher's commitment to service and promotion of freedom. He affirmed this in a message sent today on his behalf by his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The former British prime minister died today from a stroke. She was 87.
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Obama Making Catholic Schools More Catholic?

Get Religion has the story on another Catholic school shocking the press with morality clause:

A reader sent in a story from Louisiana focusing on a Catholic-education topic that will — trust me — be in the news more and more in the years ahead. But first, here’s some background. One of the trends we are seeing in the era of the Obama White House, and Justice Department, is an attempt to draw a legal line between freedom of worship and freedom of religion, period. The best example, so far, is found in the Health & Human Services mandates, which allow more protection for expressions of faith linked to worship and denominational life than for expressions of faith that contact people outside the doors of explicitly religious sanctuaries.
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In Wake of Son's Suicide, Atheists Attack Rick Warren


Pastor Rick Warren posted a message on Twitter Sunday, saying he and his wife Kay "are overwhelmed" by the "love, prayers and kind words" sent to them following the suicide of his 27-year-old son Matthew, who struggled with mental illness and depression. But according to USA Today, "a shocking number" of people are attacking Warren personally on social media.
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Hobby Lobby Case Moot Because of Ruling on Morning After Pill?

Hmmm. Something tells me that Administration won't be too upset about this:

I have been thinking about the court ruling requiring the morning after pill to be available over the counter to women and girls of all ages, which I discuss over at Human Exceptionalism. But it hit me that if the ruling sticks–and I believe the Obama Administration actually wants that result–it could moot out the Hobby Lobby case against the Free Birth Control Rule.
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Abp. Chaput Removes Two Priests from Priestly Duties

I'm proud of the Archbishop for taking a strong stand. It needs to be done.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced today that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., has made final decisions in two more cases of priests placed on administrative leave following the February 2011 Grand Jury Report. Priests on administrative leave are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the Sacraments, wear clerical garb, or present themselves publicly as priests.
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Where Have You Gone Quasimodo?

Lots of interesting info about Divine Mercy Sunday here:

Today is known on the Christian calendar by at least six names. In the traditional Missale Romanum, it is referred to as “Dominica in albis octava Paschae” -- Sunday in White Within the Paschal Octave, when the robes of the neophytes are removed eight days after their initiation into the Sacraments during the Paschal Vigil. In the traditional Roman calendar, it was officially known as “The Octave Day of Easter” or more colloquially as “Low Sunday.” It was also popularly known as “Quasimodo Sunday” (my personal favorite, hence the title), after the first words of the Entrance Antiphon, or Introit: “Quasi modo geniti infantes, alleluia ...” (“Like newborn infants, alleluia ...”) In the Eastern churches, it is known as “Thomas Sunday” as the same gospel is read, that of our Lord showing himself to the doubting apostle Thomas.
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"Is It a Baby?" Clinic Workers Respond

This is amazing stuff from Live Action:

Pro-choice counselors at abortion clinics occasionally have to deal with a woman who asks, point blank: “Is abortion killing my baby?” Many former clinic workers have said that the expected response is “no.” Carol Everett, former owner of two abortion clinics and administrator of four, said that:
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Palin: Terri Schiavo's Story is "Certainly Not Over."

Great keynote:

On Friday night in Philadelphia, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin keynoted an event designed to honor Terri Schiavo and defend life, delivering a heartfelt speech at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network’s Award Gala in front of a packed ballroom of supporters in which she declared that nothing was more "important than defending the right to life."
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Libs Hate Duck Dynasty

Sheesh. It's almost like they hate America or something.

Duck Dynasty must make liberals heads explode. It is now the most popular “non-scripted” show currently on television. Its Season 3 premiere had 8.6 million viewers and a massive 4.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which as you might know, is quite popular with the advertisers. At the same time, each episode ends with the entire family at the dinner table where they pray before eating.
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Ca. Legislation Requires Insurance to Cover Gay Infertility

Uhm. They do know why they're not getting pregnant, right?

Leave it to my state of California to head off in radical and expensive directions. Legislation has been filed that would require group insurance to cover gay and lesbian infertility treatments just as they do heterosexual. But, as I note elsewhere, AB 460 isn’t limited to a finding of actual infertility. Nor does it require that gays and lesbians have tried to conceive or sire a child using heterosexual means, natural or artificial.
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Gay Students Want Priest Kicked Off Campus for Being Catholic


Two gay seniors at George Washington University say they feel alienated because the chaplain at George Washington’s Newman Center rejects homosexuality, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. The seniors, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, have announced a coordinated campaign to rid the campus of the Roman Catholic priest, reports The GW Hatchet, the school’s independent student newspaper.
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Gonzaga's Catholic Identity RIP


Spokane's Gonzaga University has denied a Knights of Columbus group application to be recognized as an official student organization. Those seeking the status were notified of the University’s decision at a meeting on March 7. The group was notified of the decision by Dean of Students Kassi Kain and Assistant Director for Student Activities Dave Rovick. “The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” says a letter obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society written by Sue Weitz, Vice President for Student Life. “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”
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“Lord, watch over us and let Kevin be OK during this tough time.”

A teammate of the injured Kevin Ware got down on the floor with and prayed with him. Wonderful story I hadn't seen anywhere else.

A touching tale of the minutes following Kevin Ware’s horrific injury: When Louisville forward Luke Hancock saw Kevin Ware lying near the sideline with a shattered right leg, he initially recoiled like his teammates. Some Cardinals were vomiting, others were crying and inconsolable.
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Frustrating Ignorance from Christians on Gay Marriage

Jennifer Thieme writes:

Christian ignorance on the gay marriage issue frustrates me, a lot. Here’s why. So many times on comment threads or blogs relating to the gay marriage issue, I see Christians saying things like this: – God hates gays and that’s why gay marriage is wrong. – God is against homosexuality and that’s why gay marriage is wrong. – Marriage was defined by God in the Bible and that’s all I need to know. … and the like. These kinds of comments frustrate me to no end!
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Taylor Marshall: Does the New Testament Condemn Homosexuality?

Awesome. As always.

One afternoon while ministering to the homeless in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, I fell into a conversation with a stranger about religion, which eventually led to the subject of Christ. Without hesitating, he came right out and said, “I’m a gay Christian.” After he admitted to being an active homosexual, he added, “I have studied the whole Bible and nowhere does it teach that homosexuality is a sin.”
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Did This Artifact Inspire Tolkien to Write About the Preciousssss?

This is super interesting and kinda' cool in a nerdy geek way. Go to Father Z and then read the whole story:

We have had a couple serious weeks around here, and so I am having a little fun with my blog today. Therefore, please go to read this VERY COOL piece at the History blog.
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Meet the pope’s sister

NCR’s John Allen has arrived in Argentina, and wasted no time tracking down the most important interview subject in the country: the pope’s sister.

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Fr. Willie The Wonder Worker

I knew very little about this amazing priest. I'm grateful to learn.

Instead of a quote from Fr Doyle, today we present, courtesy of the Irish Messenger, a scanned copy of a booklet published in 1931 entitled “Father Willie”. No author is mentioned for this booklet which leads me to believe that it was written by Fr Doyle’s brother Fr Charles Doyle SJ. Fr Charlie was Fr Willie’s great friend and boyhood companion, and it was he who recruited Willie to the Jesuits – Willie had considered becoming a diocesan priest and decided to become a Jesuit following some prodding from Charlie.
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1 in 6 Princeton Girls Suffer Rape

Did Princeton hide a damaging rape survey?

One in six female Princeton undergraduates said they experienced “non-consensual vaginal penetration” during their time at the University, according to an unpublished survey from 2008 — as in five years ago — that was recently leaked to The Daily Princetonian. The numbers suggest that rates of sexual assault and sexual harassment on campus may be significantly higher than the rates at which they are actually reported or adjudicated.
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"We Defend Traditional Marriage...And We're Gay"

Frank Weathers reports:

...is a Facebook page by a group of folks that could use your support. About Even people with gay sexual orientation are allowed to support traditional marriage— 1 man, 1 woman, for life— for the good of our society or the sake of our faith. Description Did you know? Even people with gay sexual orientation or same-sex attraction are allowed to support traditional marriage! But many such gay people are afraid to speak out because they fear hostility from both conservative and progressive forces. We are not afraid. Well, not that afraid. Well, pretty afraid, but we are speaking out anyway.
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Video: The Historical Case for Resurrection

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has it:

Dr. William Lane Craig offered this presentation alone to a British audience during a sponsored tour. Craig teaches at Talbot School of Theology in my birthplace, La Mirada, California, and has written a number of books on the topic. He has also held a series of debates with a number of theologians and atheists, including the late Christopher Hitchens, but Richard Dawkins refused an invitation, accusing Craig of “self-promotion” … which for Dawkins is quite an accusation.
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Sometimes Tears are the Glasses We Need to See Jesus

Anne Bender writes a beautiful post about herself and Mary Magdalen:

My all-time favorite bible scene is that of Mary Magdalene sobbing at Christ's feet and drying her tears and the ointment with her hair. I long to see Jesus gently reaching down to hold her and bless her with His forgiveness. It must have been an amazing scene, especially since from that day forward, she never sinned again. I don't know about you, but no matter how many times I am forgiven, I always seem to fall back into those same old patterns that sent me seeking forgiveness in the first place. Maybe the next time I go to confession, I should bring an alabaster jar of aromatic nard with me!
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Cdl. Francis George: I'm Religious But Not Spiritual

Turning it on its head:

It’s somewhat fashionable these days to describe oneself as “spiritual but not religious.” This is supposed to mean that one is open to an experience beyond the commercial or the political but not tied to “institutional” religion. One claims an experience of transcendence that is bound by no one else’s rules. People can always make claims to any kind of experience. The question is always: Who cares? Why should anyone care where someone else gets a spiritual high? Because no one really cares, the claim to be spiritual but not religious is always safe. It’s never a threat and can be dismissed quite easily. The claim to be religious is different. It is a claim that God himself has taken the initiative to reveal himself to us and tell us who he is and who we are. Religion binds us to God according to his will, not ours, in a community of faith that he has brought into existence. Being religious can therefore be threatening.
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Ave Maria to Defy HHS Mandate

Standing up.

A Catholic university is vowing to continue its fight against Obamacare's birth control coverage mandate. A federal court has dismissed Ave Maria University's lawsuit against the mandate that requires it to pay for employees' birth control. The president of the Florida school said the institution will appeal.
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Pope Francis' Message for Shroud of Turin Broadcast

"Yet mysteriously he is watching us, and in silence he speaks to us"

Francis' Message for Shroud of Turin Broadcast
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Salon.com Attacks Franciscan University of Steubenville, I Think

Get Religion reports on Salon.com's attempt to drag the faithful Catholic university into the infamous rape case. It's pathetic.

Your GetReligionistas don’t spend much time digging around in the growing world of first-person, advocacy journalism. We realize that opinion is cheap and reporting new information is expensive and that managers of many websites are going to do what they are going to do, which is print more and more opinion pieces about big news events. This is the new reality, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it. However, Salon.com recently ran a first-person essay about that sensational rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, that really deserved the negative attention given it by LifeWay Research pollster and evangelical social-media maven Ed Stetzer (click here for his post). More on that Salon.com train wreck in a moment.
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Amazing Video of Extraordinary Kid. Watch Until the End

Catholic Digest has the video:

Amazing Kid from Ukraine - Workout on bars, Watch till the end.
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Must Read of the Day. Trust Me.

The boy embraced by Pope Francis was the son of a theology professor at Providence College. Read his story here:

The following is a guest post from Paul Gondreau, Professor of Theology at Providence College. Paul is serving as the Faculty Resident Director at PC/CEA’s Center for Theology and Religious Studies in Rome this semester, joined by his wife Christiana and their 5 kids. After Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square yesterday, Pope Francis hugged their son Dominic. You can see video of the encounter at this link and can read a brief news piece here, and you can see CNN’s interview of Christiana Gondreau and Dominic here. We are grateful that Dr. Gondreau agreed to share his reflections on that event with us.
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A Good Argument for Marrying Young

Julia Shaw writes in the Washington Post:

I’m a married millennial. I walked down the aisle at 23. My husband, David, was 25. We hadn’t arrived. I had a job; he, a job offer and a year left in law school. But we couldn’t buy a house or even replace the car when it died a few months into our marriage. We lived in a small basement apartment, furnished with secondhand Ikea. We did not have Internet (checking email required a trip to the local coffee shop) or reliable heat. Marriage wasn’t something we did after we’d grown up—it was how we have grown up and grown together. We’ve endured the hardships of typical millennials: job searches, job losses, family deaths, family conflict, financial fears, and career concerns. The stability, companionship, and intimacy of marriage enabled us to overcome our challenges and develop as individuals and a couple. We learned how to be strong for one another, to comfort, to counsel, and to share our joys and not just our problems.
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"Stomping on Jesus" Was Originated by Catholic College Prof

Figures, doesn't it?

Inside Higher Education has revealed that the Florida Atlantic University classroom exercise that generated so much controversy (in which students were asked to step on a paper with Jesus’ name on it) was featured in a teacher’s manual to a textbook by a communications and media studies professor at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. Jim Neuliep wrote the textbook Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach. Neuliep said that he’s been doing the exercise for 30 years without any complaints.
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The Hookup Culture Prevails

College professor Donna Freitas has spent nearly a decade investigating the hookup culture on college campuses. Folks, it's bad out there. I suggest you check it out if you have kids to know what you're up against:

In today’s college culture, it seems that taking a break from carefree sex, or even embracing dating, are a lot like having premarital sex in the 1960s. To dress up in a sexy Halloween costume — well, that’s just passe. Not only is everyone doing it, they’re bored by it, too. Today, sexual experimentation might be getting to know someone before having sex, holding out for dates and courtship focused on romance rather than sex. From where I sit, meeting a student confident enough to say she’s not hooking up and is proud about that is as experimental as it gets.
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A Conversion Story You've Gotta' Read

Plainly Catholic has this great story:

"To be burdened by so many rules and rituals, it's bondage" A mother's reaction to her's son conversion. But wait there's more, much more... here's an excerpt but trust me when I tell you you're going to want to read the entire thing:
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Why I Won't Change My Profile to An Equal Sign

Maurisa writes:

Chris and I will have been married for 23 years in June. We got married like most folks do, because we were two people in love and we wanted to be happy. Somewhere along the matrimonial road, we realized marriage isn't just about being in love or about being happy. When we chose to live our married lives as Catholics we chose to live our married lives in service, self-sacrifice, and obedience. We don't use contraception, and have done our best to welcome each of our children with open hearts and open arms. We don't ever plan to divorce, knowing I am not the best wife in this world and that Chris and I don't always agree on things -- even important things -- but we keep plugging away at it as faithfully as possible. And for the exact same reasons we do not use contraception or agree with divorce, we do not support gay marriage.
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Pro-Life Gov Receives Death Threats


On Tuesday, North Dakota’s Gov. Jack Dalrymple took a stand for life and signed the nation’s most restrictive ban on abortion. According to the Christian Post, the law makes abortions in North Dakota illegal on a heartbeat is detected in the unborn child. In addition, Dalrymple also signed a law banning abortions because of genetic defects. Doctors caught performing abortions after six weeks of pregnancy could face a felony charge. The Governor said he does expect a court challenge. The laws will be implemented beginning on August 1st.
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My Child, The Atheist

A worrisome trend. And how to avoid it.

It’s 11:00 p.m. Do you know where your atheist child is? An alarming number of Catholic parents these days have seen their deepest fear come true. Not only have their children rejected Catholicism, they no longer believe in God. It is something Church leaders have noticed, as well. In 2009, Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George said, “In Chicago, we now have atheist clubs in high schools. We didn’t have those five years ago. Kids confirmed in the eighth grade say they’re atheists by the time they’re sophomores in high school. Not only did they stop going to church, now they make a statement. I think that’s new.”
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University Compares Pro-Lifers to White Supremacists

Uhm. Isn't it the exact opposite? Red State reports:

The Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University compared pro-life students to white supremacists and denied them official club status at the school. “They were denied status because the students on the student council felt being pro-life violates their harassment policy,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.”
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An Obit Gets Rewritten. Now with Less Mom

Kathryn Lopez writes:

There was controversy this weekend over an obituary in the New York Times that led with beef stroganoff. They had gotten it right. Yvonne Brill – Mrs. Brill — “she preferred to be called Mrs., her son said” was “a brilliant rocket scientist who followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children.”
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A Dan Brown Good Friday from the BBC

Sometimes what doesn't outrage, tells us more about ourselves than what does:

What a difference a decade makes. In 2002 the BBC broadcast a documentary on the Virgin Mary characterizing her “as a poor and downtrodden girl, who might have conceived Jesus as a result of being raped.” This Life of Brian view of the birth of Jesus prompted outrage -– letters, editorials, statements from church leaders leaders condemning the broadcast. A documentary broadcast on Good Friday by the BBC entitled “The Mystery of Mary Magdalene” that suggests Mary Magdalene and Jesus were sexual partners has provoked a complaint from a retired bishop but little else.
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