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If You Like Dogs, You'll Love This Vid

You will cry.

You Will Mist Up Here's a palate cleanser. And I don't care who you are, you'll have at least the seed of a tear in the corner of your eye.
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No, I Don't Want to Hear Your Birth Story

Rebecca doesn't want to hear anything to do about pushing and episiotomies. Funny stuff.

I got an email today (and I get similar ones pretty often) that said "I love your blog and was reading through the archives. I noticed you don't have any of your birth stories posted. I hope you'll write them someday. I'd love to read them." To which I say "Good luck with that. You're in for a long wait." There are women in this world who dread play dates, shun mommy groups, and are wary of homeschool support groups because they dread the hours of non-stop childbirth talk. I'm one of them. I've quit four different groups over the years because the conversations were all episiotomies and pushing all the time. And when I say all the time, I mean they never discussed anything else. I get that it was a huge moment (or moments) in your life, but haven't you done other stuff? Anything else we can talk about?
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Why The Ascension?

He Ascended into Heaven and Is Seated at the Right Hand of the Father

Muslims Defecate on Altar in Italy


It's another tough blow for the parish. The district of Libiola belongs to the city of Serravalle a Po. It was severely hit by the earthquake in May 2012 and the baroque church is still closed for repairs. You will recall that the quake that ravaged northeast Italy also led to an explosion of problems with the Muslim immigrants living close-by. A dish with bolognese sauce, served inadvertently to a young Muslim girl in a refugee camp, had set off a veritable riot.
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"Every month is a good month to be gay at Georgetown."

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

“Every month is a good month to be gay at Georgetown.” That’s what Thomas Lloyd, president of Georgetown’s campus Pride group, reportedly told The New York Times for today’s article on the Jesuit University in Washington, D.C., and its growing homosexual “culture” on campus. Citing Georgetown’s Gender Liberation Week, Gay Pride Month, “coming out” parties, “kiss in” demonstrations, Genderfunk drag ball and “Lavender Graduation” ceremony attended by the University president, the Times labels Georgetown a “gay-friendly campus.”
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I Would Rather Have Dentures

BBC News - New teeth grown from urine - study:

'Comet of the Century' already may have fizzled out

'Comet of the Century' already may have fizzled out | Reuters:

SNAP Is An Anti-Catholic Organization in a Thin Disguise

Conference headlined by radical anti-Catholic, pro-abortion Feminist Majority.

Lest there be any remaining doubt that the advocacy group SNAP is more about advancing a radical left-wing social agenda than providing actual helpful support for clergy abuse victims, this weekend's annual conference for the group in Washington D.C. is headlining a speech by Eleanor Smeal, the rabid president of the abortion activist group Feminist Majority. Smeal's contempt for the Catholic Church cannot be overstated, as she has made it clear that the Catholic Church is her number one obstacle in advancing unfettered abortion-on-demand.
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The Most Anti-Catholic Show Was Nominated for 17 Emmys

Brent Bozell writes:

Last year, Entertainment Weekly magazine honored the arrival of a viciously anti-Catholic tilt on the FX show “American Horror Story: Asylum,” promoting how actress “Jessica Lange returns, this time as a terrifying nun." Bigotry sells – big – in Tinseltown. This year, after that “Asylum” season aired, Hollywood has honored the show again by showering it with 17 Emmy nominations. There’s a reason Hollywood revels in Catholic-bashing. The Catholic Church best represents for them an ancient organization with a creed which refuses to genuflect before the modern god of La La Land: untrammeled whims of lust and greed.
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Pillard's Senate Confirmation Hearing Was Pro-Abortion Georgetown Reunion

Georgetown should be ashamed.

It was a Georgetown Law School reunion of abortion-friendly alumni at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing Wednesday on Nina Pillard’s controversial nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court. Not only is Pillard currently a law professor at the Jesuit institution in Washington, D.C., but three of the seven Democrats on the committee deciding on her nomination are Georgetown Law graduates as well, according to Georgetown University Law School’s website.
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Priest carjacked

Police say a priest was carjacked in front of a Wilmington church Wednesday morning. The priest moved his SUV in order to open up the church’s food pantry for the neighborhood. Apparently, that was the opportunity the armed suspect waited for to strike. Franciscan priest Paul Williams, 62, is grateful to be alive. “It was indeed a terrifying moment … I feel violated to be honest with you,” he said. MUST READ: Philly Begins Taxing Lap Dances Wilmington Police say 19-year-old Deiondre Travis didn’t travel very far with the stolen SUV. It was spotted just a few blocks away from where it was stolen at St. Paul’s Church Wednesday morning.
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Fiat Is More Than a Car: Pope Francis and His Mother, St. Francis and Life after Ruin

Kathryn Lopez writes:

Wednesday was an emotionally exhausting, spiritually uplifting day for Pope Francis in Brazil. You could see it in his eyes. We’ve seen him embrace people who have been made to feel as if they are outcasts, people who are sick — they line up to reach out to him at his every audience and public appearance in Rome. We’ve read his admonishments to the Roman curia — and to all of us – in his morning homilies at the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican, as he reintrouces virtue and all-encompassing sanctifying grace to a culture that is losing its understanding of real religion and what the Gospel requires of Christians.
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Chaplain Ordered To Remove Religious Essay From Military Website Because It Offended Atheists…

Taking offense is the key to 21st century anti-Christian tyranny.

A chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska was ordered to remove a religious column he had written titled, “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave all in World War II,” because it allegedly offended atheists serving on the Air Force base.
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Two Brothers, One Catholic and One Protestant, File Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate - Catholic Bandita

Two Brothers, One Catholic and One Protestant, File Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate - Catholic Bandita:

Obama Judicial Nominee: Abortion Saves Women From “Conscription” Into Motherhood, Ultrasounds Show “Deceptive Images Of A Fetus As Autonomous Being”…

Radical does not even begin to describe it. Obama Judicial Nominee: Abortion Saves Women From “Conscription” Into Motherhood, Ultrasounds Show “Deceptive Images Of A Fetus As Autonomous Being”…

Obama's New York Model Disaster

Review & Outlook: Obama's New York Model - WSJ.com:

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Pro-life Leaders Demand Burial for ‘Gosnell Babies,’ Philly Stonewalls

Still fighting to have these babies' dignity recognized.

Kermit Gosnell is behind bars, and his little victims are long dead, but the case is still a fight about the dignity of life. On Friday, July 19, several pro-life leaders demanded justice and burial for the bodies of 45 babies found in convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic. They organized a prayer vigil outside the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, and promised to risk arrest when the office barred its doors to their inquiries.
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Is Dean Koontz the Bestselling Christian Author Ever?

Is Odd Thomas a saint?

His name is Odd. Not Todd. Odd. When you look into the origins of his name, they aren't clear. Maybe it was some strange kind of family name. Perhaps it was a mistake on the birth certificate. The young man's parents aren't sure themselves. It is as if the Lord wanted to express the metaphysical truth of this exceptional individual and so arranged to have him legally proclaimed Odd. Odd is a saint, a short order cook, a man of sorrows, a gentle spirit who sometimes has to be violent, a person in possession of immediate and personal proof of the afterlife, and, therefore, a natural enemy of nihilism because he knows that everything counts. Odd frequently finds himself surrounded by the darkest darkness. It is sometimes literally chilling, but the ultimate effect is to make his goodness shine more brilliantly.
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A REALLY Great Moment in Journalism

A REALLY Great Moment in Journalism: NBC Reporter Anne Thompson Chats with Pope, Asks Him to Bless Medal

Nets Give 3x as Much Coverage to Wendy Davis than Entire Gosnell Trial

One was a local story, the other a national crisis.

Remember the media blackout of the Gosnell trial? Earlier this year, Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of murder – two of them delivering babies and then killing them in his filthy “house of horrors” clinic. He was also found guilty of more than 230 other felony and misdemeanor charges. Pundits and journalists excused the media neglect, saying late term abortion was just too uncomfortable, the descriptions of the clinic too lurid, or dismissing it as a “local” issue. That’s not how the broadcast networks have treated the pro-abortion crusade of Texas Democrat Wendy Davis.
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Women with prostitution charges find compassion, new start

Women with prostitution charges find compassion, new start :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

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A Lifelong Perfect Music Lesson

This is great.

I don’t know if my my husband married an atheist. Back then, an atheist would have probably called me an atheist, but I never used that word. I was so self-absorbed I just didn’t think about God. I like to think now that maybe there was a sliver of truth in me that would not let such a repugnant declaration leave my lips, atheist, she of no belief, of nothing. I don’t mean to say atheists are repugnant, they aren’t. I mean to say that the idea is repugnant. It’s a declaration against reason, against your own existence. I never identified with that word.
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Principalities and Powers

By Father George Rutler

During the years I have been pastor at the Church of Our Saviour in New York City, I have written books on various subjects. Had I enjoyed the luxury of an academic position with ample time to think and write, I suppose what I wrote could have been better. The time I did have available had to be squeaked out of a normal parish life, which is not unlike that of a busy family. I recall how I wrote one book in the office of another parish, in between filling out Mass cards for parishioners at the front desk.

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It's OK to Enjoy Pop Culture. I Promise

Bonnie Engstrom writes at Ignitum Today:

Okay, first of all, let it be known that I would say this to Marc’s face. Just so everybody knows: this is not me starting some silly blogger fight or talkin’ smack about Marc Barnes. I feel exasperated but I am also saying this with a smile on my face. For the sake of charity and clarity I want to point all that out. And actually, I would love to have him over to the house for dinner so we could discuss music. He’s a poor college student, right? He could bring a couple of his poor college student friends, and I would make them some home-cooked meal: enchiladas, cubed steak with mushroom gravy, homemade pizza, maybe my husband would grill burgers and steaks. We’d give them beer (are they 21?) and I’d have my super awesomely good chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
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Amazing Sister Goes Door-to-Door Inviting Catholics to Mass

This story is just awesome.

That knock at the door might not be a sales person. Sr. Margery Therese Harkin, PVMI, with her soft Irish brogue and sparkling blue eyes, is out pounding the streets, looking for the lost sheep, even as the summer’s brutal heat beats down on her pale blue dress and veil. Accompanied by seminarians or lay people, Sr. Margery visits homes, inquiring if there are any baptized Catholics in residence and inviting them to church. A religious sister belonging to the New-York-based Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, Sr. Margery said some of those whom she visits decide to attend her RCIA classes.
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The Conjuring: A Horror Movie that Believes in God

Not many horror movies believe in God or the devil. This one would seem to be different.

One of the easiest tricks the devil ever pulled was convincing some movie critics he didn't exist. When you muster up enough courage to see The Conjuring tomorrow, make sure you don't watch it in a theater full of critics or you'll think the whole world is going to Hell in a handbasket. I did and was almost certain Rob Bell was in the back row peanut gallery.
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Huge News! Abortion Facility in College Station, Texas Shutting Down


The most significant abortion center closure in the 40 years of legalized abortion since Roe v. Wade became public today when Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. announced that it was shutting down its abortion facility in Bryan/College Station, Texas after fifteen tumultuous years in business.
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Sorry, Retweeting the Pope Won't Get You Out of Hell

Fr. James Martin writes:

Here were the tantalizingly weird headlines: “Follow pope online, get to heaven sooner - Facebook likes don't count.” “Cut your time in purgatory by following pope on Twitter.” And, worst of all, from Slate: “Pope now offering indulgences in exchange for Twitter followers.” Similar headlines popped up on more than 190 news sources on Wednesday.
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Jesus 1, City of St. Paul 0

Statue of Jesus is there to stay.

There's a marble statue of Jesus standing 17 feet tall on top of a Mississippi River bluff overlooking downtown St. Paul, and the owner says it's there to stay now that the city has stopped fighting it. "I'm very happy," Tuan Pham said.
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Down's Syndrome Cells "Fixed?"


Scientists have corrected the genetic fault that causes Down's syndrome – albeit in isolated cells – raising the prospect of a radical therapy for the disorder. In an elegant series of experiments, US researchers took cells from people with DS and silenced the extra chromosome that causes the condition. A treatment based on the work remains a distant hope, but scientists in the field said the feat was the first major step towards a "chromosome therapy" for Down's syndrome
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Mass: When Clowns Attack.

Oh my. Epic fail.

WARNING: This may make your eyes and ears bleed. No. Really. It is hard to know how to react to this. I have so many thoughts and emotions at once.
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Wow. This story is so cool it breaks the boundaries of coolness.

Teenager loses friend to cancer, invents test for early detection. Amazing.

This is so cool that it may need its own category. This story combines human ingenuity, youthful motivation, and the free market. Meet Jack Andraka, Foe of Pancreatic Cancer.
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Dreher: Another Jesuit Success Story

This is just sad. It really is.

During my years as a Catholic, more than a few times I would meet someone who had left the faith, and would credit their Jesuit education for having opened their eyes. Just now, I heard the Muslim scholar Reza Aslan on Fresh Air, talking about his new book. Terry Gross mentioned that he (Aslan) had been born into Islam, but his parents fled with him from Iranian Revolution.
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Prayer Need: Catholic Nun Raped in India


A Catholic nun was abducted and repeatedly raped by a gang of men in India's troubled Orissa state earlier this month.
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Dana Loesch Was Scared, Broke, and Pregnant

She chose life and urges men to stop being silent about abortion.

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch claimed modern-day feminism is all about “making women feel like they can’t survive without the government’s assistance” while guest hosting the Glenn Beck Program Monday. “I would know, because I was one of ‘em,” she said. Loesch proceeded to share the moving story behind why she rejected “liberal feminist dis-empowerment” in 2001 because “I grew tired of these people telling me that as a woman, I wasn’t strong enough to raise a child in my circumstances.”
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Amazing Discovery of Undiscovered Artist

Incredible story:

Picture this: quite possibly the most important street photographer of the 20th century was a 1950s children’s nanny who kept herself to herself and never showed a single one of her photographs to anyone. Decades later in 2007, a Chicago real estate agent and historical hobbyist, John Maloof purchased a box of never-seen, never-developed film negatives of an unknown ‘amateur’ photographer for $380 at his local auction house.
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Faithful Order of Nuns Growing, Looking to Purchase House


Their story starts during a time of upheaval in the 1970s when their fellow sisters in California chose a less conservative path that Lewis said eventually led them from the Catholic Church. Even friends of the three sisters who originally ventured to Wichita to support the church questioned whether the order could attract members, especially given that it is so conservative. The numbers have grown, though. Because of cost, a novitiate house and a motherhouse will have to be built in phases. The first phase is the novitiate house where young women studying to take vows can reside. Lewis said it will cost between $5.2 million and $5.5 million for an assembly area, 32 bedrooms, a chapel that seats 100 and a dining room for 50 to 75 people.
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My Mother's Adoption: A Tale of Two Texans


The New York Times recently published an opinion piece by Beth Matusoff Merfish, entitled “My Mother’s Abortion.” I sure could relate to the story Merfish told – there are a lot of similarities between our mothers. They were both college girls in Texas when they got pregnant in the pre-Roe v. Wade years. Neither was ready to be a mom then, though they are both now celebrating 40+ years of marriage and motherhood. They both later recounted their cautionary tales to shocked adolescent daughters as a warning about what not to do with the newfound freedom of high school (me) or college (Merfish). That’s where the similarities end. Both women passed on their core values to those daughters, values which were on full display in the absolute opposite way they responded to their youthful crisis pregnancies.
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No, The Jesuits Didn't Kill Abraham Lincoln

Silly conspiracy theorists. Don't they know it was the albino monk?

The election of the first Jesuit pope was unexpected, but the response in some of the more delusional corners of the internet was depressingly predictable. It took no time at all for the conspiracy theorists to dust off their fictions and start warning us against the centuries-old Jesuit plot to take over the world. The Society of Jesus has been putting up with this kind of nonsense for a very long time and no myth has been quite so persistent as the supposed Jesuit addiction to political assassination. In the mid-17th century, one William Crashaw denounced the burgeoning Jesuit educational project as a sham: the real reason behind all the schools, Crashaw opined, was to “pick out the finest young wits of the world” and “train them up [so] that the pope will never want instruments to kill kings”. The subsequent roster of supposed Jesuit targets (some despatched, others not) is impressive: Henry III, Henry IV, and Louis XIV of France, various English monarchs and an alarming number of US Presidents: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, James A Garfield, William McKinley and Abraham Lincoln among them.
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D.C. Council Says You Can Change your Gender on Your Birth Certificate

You don't need surgery or nothing.

On a voice vote on Wednesday, the D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill that will allow anatomical males and females who have undergone “gender transition” to get a new birth certificate listing the gender they choose. Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, is expected to sign the bill, which will then face a 30-day period for congressional review. If Congress does not intervene, the law will go into effect following that review period.
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Former Jesuit and Theology Prof in Same-Sex Marriage Spoke at Dignity USA Conference


A Barry University professor who told students he was “married” to another man was one of two theologians from Catholic colleges who spoke at a dissident homosexual conference last week. DignityUSA rejects Catholic teaching that homosexuality is “disordered” and actively affirms and promotes the homosexual lifestyle. The theme of its conference this year was "Let Justice Roll Like a River." Among the speakers was James Nickoloff, a former Jesuit who teaches theology at Barry University in Florida, a Catholic institution founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. According to his faculty profile, Nickoloff has taught at Boston College, the College of the Holy Cross, the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Santa Clara University. It was at Santa Clara where Nickoloff taught a course called “The Church and Homosexuality.” According to the syllabus, required readings included Catholic teaching and a book by Richard Cleaver, Know My Name: A Gay Liberation Theology. Nickoloff shared his marital status with students in an introductory letter for a 2009 online class at Santa Clara University titled “The Church in the World.” He wrote:
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Moms: Sit Your Kids in the Pews Proudly

Elizabeth at Ignitum Today writes about the difficulties of taking kids to Mass. And the rewards.

Please bring your children proudly into the church each week. You are a symbol of the Catholic family. You are sharing your three gifts with the rest of the congregation. As you may remember, the pastor wrote a letter in the bulletin encouraging young families to remain in the church. The parishioners benefit from your presence. We understand that sometimes your little one might make noise, but we also know that if that noise becomes too much, you will address it. Not to mention, the first time my son threw his pacifier across the aisle into another pew you provided an encouraging smile. Instead of hiding my head, you made it seem not so bad. The same way you encouraged me, I would like to encourage you.
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Even Elton John Loves Pope Francis

Kathryn Lopez writes about why the world loves Pope Francis.

So get this: Not only has Pope Francis been named “Man of the Year” by the Italian edition of Vanity Fair, but this comes with the endorsement of Elton John (who, as you might expect, has been a papal critic in the past), who says: “Francis is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity.”
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12-Year-Old Ohio State Fan Names His Brain Tumor ‘Michigan’

This one made my day. Even my sister who went to Michigan will enjoy this...I think:

A young Ohio State fan has won the fight of his life against cancer and is celebrating at the expense of heated rival Michigan for good measure. Twelve-year-old Grant Reed, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011, named his tumor “Michigan” to motivate him for the long, scary battle ahead. After completing his final round of chemotherapy last week, Reed could finally claim victory.
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Egyptian Catholic Bishops: 'Ousting of Morsi...a Joyous Day for Us Christians'

Our government was for propping up Morsi.

Father Rafik Greiche, head of the press office of the Egyptian Catholic Bishops' Conference, declared that the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood supporters on July 3 was "a joyous day for Christians." "The ousting of Morsi and the political new beginning is a joyous day for us Christians in Egypt and for all Egyptians. We hope that we will not be excluded from the political process that lies before us," he said during a talk last Thursday with the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
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Pope Francis Embraces the Ordinariate

Damian Thompson reports:

Opponents of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, set up by Benedict XVI to allow ex-Anglicans to worship together with their own liturgy, were so excited when it was reported that Pope Francis, when Archbishop of Buenos Aires, wasn't keen on the initiative. But if that were ever the case, then he has changed his mind. This week it emerged that Francis has widened the remit of the Ordinariates in Britain, America and Australia. Until now, only ex-Anglicans and their family members could join the new body. But, thanks to a new paragraph inserted into the Ordinariate's constitution by Francis, nominal Catholics who were baptised but not confirmed can join the structure. Indeed, the Holy Father wants the Ordinariates to go out and evangelise such people.
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Are Smurfs Atheists? First Things Wants to Know

The question that's on everyone's minds is finally answered.

Everyone has a worldview. Even smurfs. This weekend I saw the new trailer for Smurfs 2. It looks to be a fun romp. Gargamel is back, and he’s got a new plan for catching those little blue people who are two apples high. If the trailer accurately represents the film, we’ll be entertained by nonstop shenanigans and high jinks. We’ll also get a healthy dose of atheistic existentialism.
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Another Funny One from LarryD

Sr. Carol Keehan's pen and Michael Voris' pencil.

This one is big, folks. Huuuuuuuuge. Brace yourselves. AoftheA News has uncovered a scandal of epic proportions that may rock the US Catholic world for weeks and months, and perhaps years to come. The scandal involves...
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Pennsylvania AG Will Refuse To Defend State's Marriage Law

Since when do law enforcement officials get to choose which laws they'll enforce? Looks like Gov. Corbett will step up to the plate though.

The parade of lawlessness continues across the country. Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane will not defend the state in a federal lawsuit filed this week challenging the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers involved in the case said.
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Now Spoon Feeding is Extraordinary Care?

A family wants spoon feeding of their mother stopped.

A Canadian woman directed that she be refused medical treatment, and indeed, that she be euthanized if she had Alzheimer's and could not recognize her children. She has the disease and is spoon fed. But the family wants that stopped.. From the National Post story: According to Ms. Hammond, she is lifted into and out of bed with a hoist, spends her time virtually motionless in a wheelchair and is kept alive only through regular spoon-feeding. “She’s not taking it by choice, that’s clear,” said Dr. Andrew Edelson, Ms. Bentley’s doctor, who suspects the whole feeding process is purely reflex. “She doesn’t have the ability to make choice and if she had the ability to make choice, she would refuse; she’d clamp her mouth shut and nobody would try to feed her,” he said.
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Kathryn Lopez Reflects on the Papal Encyclical

The Light of Faith.

It’s. The. Only. Thing. That. Makes. Sense. It’s faith. It’s “a light that illumines” the “entire journey” of “those who believe.” It “comes from the risen Christ, the morning star which never sets.” Roots. Security. Promise. Hope. In Lumen Fidei, the new encyclical released Friday by Pope Francis — which is quite clearly a great gift of labor and love from Pope Benedict XVI, who drafted it — is a treasure trove. It speaks authoritatively to the yearning of our time. It diagnoses the danger of our times which all too many of us have succumbed to: “[I]n the absence of light everything becomes confused; it is impossible to tell good from evil, or the road to our destination from other roads which take us in endless circles, going nowhere.”
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The Difference a Priest Can Make

A nice piece at the HuffPo from a cradle Catholic who was in the wilderness for a long while:

I was born, baptised and confirmed a Catholic and attended Roman Catholic schools until I reached college. But I could never relate to the Church. For most of my life I have hopped from church to church looking for a priest that I could connect with. With a fundamentally weak religious "training," I drifted. I attended Mass only when I felt I needed or had to, which wasn't very often at all. Well into adulthood, I felt that the congregations were just going through the motions and priests were stern and as uninterested as I was. As much as I tried, I just couldn't connect. For that, I felt an immense inner guilt and confusion. Despite that, I never lost my longing to make more tangible the faith I knew I had. That underlying faith always drew me back.
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When I Doubt About God, Hold a Newborn

An excellent piece from Waylan Owens, dean of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary:

I first held my first grandson about three hours after he was born. Adrian was a full term baby. At three hours, he was alert and followed sound, especially his mother's voice. His eyes were clear, and his mind already appeared to be working feverishly to receive and to sort "data," as we call it in these tech-dominated days. I have many arguments in support of God's creation and activity in this world, of the uniqueness and sanctity of human life, and of the way man's view of it all is distorted by sin.
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Esquire: The Pope is Kinda' Awesome

Interesting piece from a perspective I don't normally check out all that much -an atheist writer of Esquire Magazine:

It began when the Pope paid his bill. The day after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named the leader of the world's billion Catholics, he asked his driver to go back to the hotel in the Vatican where he'd been staying during the Congress of Cardinals, to pay his bill. The payment was completely symbolic of course. That hotel belongs to the Church, and the Church belongs to him. The Pope paid "because he was concerned about giving a good example of what priests and bishops should do." Paying a bill is a small but vital gesture — it is the most ordinary way that normal people fulfill their obligations. It was the first in a series of moves that have established Pope Francis I as, by far, the coolest, most interesting and potentially revolutionary Pope in memory.
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The Death of Religious Freedon in Europe?

An excellent piece from The Witherspoon Institute:

At the end of May, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (the final European Court of Appeal) rejected a request for referral to it of three contentious religious freedom cases from the United Kingdom. This means that the European Court’s initial less-than-friendly rulings on religious freedom still stand, and they will undoubtedly help erode respect for religious freedom throughout Europe.
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Patient Woke As Docs About to Remove Organs for Transplant


As some nations move towards presumed consent on organ donations, there are more frequent occupancies of patients who are waking up from presumed death just as doctors are ready to harvest their organs for transplant. Our of New York state comes this story of a patient who woke up just in time.
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Gay Geeks Group Protests 'Ender's Game' Film Adaptation

Author of book is pro-marriage. And therefore evil.

The big-budget feature Ender's Game doesn't come out until November, but the sci-fi film is already the target of a protest. And it's likely not the only one to tag the film, which stars Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield of Hugo fame.
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Getting to Know Pope Francis

Rebecca Teti writes:

As soon as his name was announced from the Vatican on March 13, the world scrambled to learn about Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, the Argentine Jesuit just elected the next Vicar of Christ. Much has been said in the ensuing weeks about his humility, his simple lifestyle, and his evident love for the poor—and there’s been much speculation about what his priorities for the Church will be. Rather than guessing, perhaps we can best begin to know the new Holy Father by allowing him to reveal himself in his own words and actions.
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"I Love to Watch You Play."

Six words you should say today. This is a great piece by Hands Free Mama.

Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me. Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family. But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was a comment from kids themselves. And if I’ve learned anything on this “Hands Free” journey, it is that children are the true experts when it comes to “grasping what really matters.” Here are the words that changed it all:
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“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”:

The new warrior cop is out of control

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The Christian Pastor Who Inspired the Declaration of Independence

An amazing story. Loved it.

Most Americans know that Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, but few know that the foundational concepts of freedom from which Jefferson drew came from the pulpit and pen of a pastor who served decades before the War of Independence: the Rev. John Wise.
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Breaking: Pelosi's Guardian Angel Quits in Frustration

This is funny stuff from LarryD:

In what’s being called “one of the most unprecedented theological events ever”, Nancy Pelosi’s guardian angel has tendered his resignation, apparently in reaction to her statement “It is sacred ground”, with regards to late-term abortions. AoftheA News received a copy of his resignation letter, in which he cites “I can no longer handle accompanying the most unfathomable degree of stupid ever, so I’m calling it quits”, and “I’ve done my best, but when all is said and done, even I can’t believe all the idiocy she has said and done”.
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State Dept Lies About Where Kerry Was When Egypt Fell. He Was Boating.

This has nothing to do with what I normally write about. But this kind of lying is just terrible. If my kid lied like this I'd be so terrified and concerned about what they were becoming. The fact that it's our government lying over something so stupid and so easily fact-checked is horrifying.

Where In The World Was John Kerry?… Update: State Dept Forced To Admit They Weren’t Telling Truth…Update: On The Boat Again Today, No Doubt, “Briefly”
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French Education Minister: We Must Destroy the Catholic Church

This is what they think. Really think.

You will never be able to build a free nation with the Catholic Church." This wasn't uttered by Voltaire or Georges Danton, but the reigning French Education Minister from a 2008 interview, Vincent Peillon, at the launch of his book, La Révolution française n'est pas terminée (The French Revolution is Not Yet Over), as Tempos reported. According to Peillon "a revolution can take place not only in material terms. They must also take place in the mind. Now we made the revolution mainly politically, but not the moral and spiritual. We have left the morality and spirituality of the Catholic Church. We have to replace them."
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Bishop Paprocki: Supreme Court 'Giving Legal Protection to an Intrinsic Evil'

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., says the U.S. Supreme Court is giving "legal protection to intrinsic evil" in its decisions late last month that advanced the cause of legalized same-sex "marriage" in the United States.
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5 Dopes on Twitter Think America is 2013 Years Old

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"I Hope Your Daughter's Raped!"

Pro-abortion types yell at pro-life female legislator:

Scenes from the abortion abortion horde in Texas, because they’re all about “women’s health:”
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Deadly Ethics at Santa Clara University

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

The website of an ethics program at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit institution, links to a pro-assisted suicide website as well as articles advocating positions contrary to Catholic moral teaching. Under the banner “Bioethics,” the Jesuit institution’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics has a section called “End of Life Ethics,” in which it links to a pro-assisted suicide website called the Compassion in Dying Federation.
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Terribly Sad. Pierce Brosnan Loses Daughter to Ovarian Cancer

He lost his wife to the same disease.

Brosnan called for a cure to cancer in his statement on Charlotte's death. "Charlotte fought her cancer with rare grace and humanity, courage and dignity," he said. "Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl. We pray for her, and that the cure for this wretched disease will be at hand soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences."
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Planned Parenthood Paying Activists to Protest?

Katie Pavlich reports:

As pro-abortion protestors ascend on the Texas Capitol today, it's good to remind everyone that most of the time, bused in progressive protestors are being paid to protest. Craigslist in Austin currently has an advertisement up for wanted full-time activists. The advertisement was posted on June 29, 2013, just two days before the second special Texas Legislature session started.
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How Catholics Should Think about Immigration

John Zmirak does us a service saying, "It’s time to stop the name-calling and argue rationally about the common good"

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In Which We Do It Anyway

This is beautiful writing from Sarah Bessey:

Why bother writing a book? Why does any one need another book? The world is full of books. There have been too many books, most of them never should have been published. Everything has been said already. And why does the world need another painting, another song, another band, another blog or a poem, another work of art, a painting, a documentary? There is enough of it all to satisfy anyone. The world doesn’t need another artist or even another doctor or teacher, surely there are enough by now. Newspapers, pieces of furniture, it all ends up in the trash soon, the bargain bin, forgotten. Why does the world need another church service, another church plant, another prayer meeting, another intentional community of believers? Why bother praying? Why bother fasting? Why bother sitting in silence and waiting, why bother making meals or cleaning your house, why bother reading?
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Crystal Cathedral Becomes St. Callistus

Remains an eyesore.

On the plaza of the future Christ Cathedral, 3,000 chairs and 7,000 water bottles awaited the faithful. On Saturday, before Mass welcomed families from St. Callistus Church to their new home, an organizer said into the microphone: "Those sitting in the sun will get more blessings from God." The service on the grounds once belonging to the Crystal Cathedral started on time at 4 p.m., as a parade of priests led by Bishop Kevin Vann let their words — English, sprinkled with Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese — embrace the multicultural crowd
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Antonin Scalia, Bad Person

Elizabeth Scalia writes:

It was easy to miss but on June 30 the New York Post carried brief editorial remarks by Michael Goodwin that read:
Count me among those cheering the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. At least I was cheering until I read the part of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion where he claims the law he struck down was motivated by hate . . .[that] the law inflicts an “injury and indignity” on gay Americans and reflected a “bare congressional desire to harm a politically unpopular group.” By extension of that logic, those who still oppose same-sex marriage are bigots.
Why yes, that’s precisely why Justice Antonin Scalia, in a dissent that is being called “intemperate,” “blistering,” “flaming,” and “dripping with contempt and sarcasm,” wrote:
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Kirsten Powers: I Don’t Stand With Wendy Davis


Stand with the pink-sneakered Texas legislator and her fight to allow mothers to abort babies past the 20th week of pregnancy? Never—and most women wouldn’t either, says Kirsten Powers.
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Coming Soon: NBC's The Bible Sequel

We'll see. Hopefully, NBC's influence won't be felt.

The History Channel tapped into an underserved market and came up with a blockbuster miniseries earlier this year in The Bible. The rumors of a sequel understandably peaked after the reception of the original; Hollywood likes nothing more than Roman numerals after a title, which is a bit more ironic than usual in this case. This time, though, the sequel moves to NBC, which outbid The History Channel for the follow-up:
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Georgetown Prof Compares Marriage Proponents to White Supremacists

And the Pope to George Washington:

On Sunday's “Meet The Press,” Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson compared those who defend traditional marriage with white supremacists. (See video below.) In a roundtable discussion on the NBC Sunday morning show, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed argued that opponents of same-sex marriage are not bigots. He said, “To suggest that you are motivated by a hatred for somebody else because you believe that the foundation acculturating and socializing institution of western civilization is something to be protected and defended is intolerance itself.”
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Please, Pope Francis, do not hurt Benedict XVI with this move

Damian Thompson reports:

Archbishop Piero Marini to take charge of Catholic liturgy?
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Catholics Can't Own Insurance Companies

Catholics need not apply.

The final version of Obamacare’s “preventive services” regulation that the Department of Health and Human Services published on Friday discriminates against faithful members of the Roman Catholic Church by effectively barring them from owning and operating health-insurance companies. This is because the regulation orders health insurance companies to provide sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to all female beneficiaries except those insured by “religious employers”--which, according to the regulation, includes only actual “houses of worship” (n.b. parish churches), their immediate auxiliaries, associations of houses of worship and the “exclusively religious activities of any religious order.” -
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20 Ridiculous Questions the Media Asked Wendy Davis

They should be ashamed of themselves.

Texas state senator Wendy Davis has been on a whirlwind media tour since her filibuster (and a screaming mob) blocked a vote on a bill that would ban most abortions during the final four months of pregnancy and improve safety standards at abortion facilities. Davis has been asked many questions--about her shoes, what it was like to stand and talk for so long, and whether she's offended by Gov. Rick Perry. But you'll have to search very hard to find a tough question challenging Davis to defend her opposition to bill. Just take a look at the 20 questions Davis had to answer during four interviews with well-respected, mainstream journalists at CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS.
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Obama: Africa Must Not Get Air Conditions and Big Houses

They must be kept poor. Yeah, he really said that.

President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy "the planet will boil over" if people in Africa are allowed to attain air conditioning, automobiles and big houses.
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Special Session Begins in Texas for Late-Term Abortion Ban

Here we go again.

Ready for Round Two in Texas? The state legislature meets today in special session, although it may not meet for very long, thanks to the holiday weekend. The bill to ban abortions after the 20th week of gestation and to require abortionists to meet the same standards as other ambulatory surgery clinics will get introduced into House and Senate committees in Austin, and then probably wait for any action until next week:
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Live Action's Lastest: Abort on the Toilet of Your Hotel Room

Callous disregard for child and woman:

“Just sit on the toilet”: NM abortionists send women to hotel rooms alone to await room-service abortions
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Schieffer: ‘I Haven't Heard’ of Lawsuits Against People Refusing to Serve Same-Sex Couples

Invincible ignorance.

It’s always fascinating when media members are totally clueless about what’s actually happening in the society. Take CBS’s Bob Schieffer who admitted on Sunday’s Face the Nation to not having heard of lawsuits that have been filed against various business owners around the country for refusing to serve same-sex couples as a result of their religious beliefs (video follows with transcript and commentary):
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Vatican Confirms Priest Beheaded in Syria

No words. Just prayer.

On Sunday, the Vatican confirmed that Islamic rebel forces fighting against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria had beheaded a Roman Catholic priest.
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