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NC Reporter Reaches New Low, Justifies Genocide of Christians

I'm not linking to those guys so I'll link to Rorate which takes 'em on but good.

Liberals used to pretend they were better Catholics - other Catholics would fade away as enlightened Christians gradually took their place. Now, via the "National Catholic Reporter", they just try to find ways to directly justify the disappearance of Christians:
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Notre Dame Football Won't Sing Alma Mater After Losses

This seems like a profoundly wrongheaded idea.

...the new policy by Coach Kelly decreed that the football team shall not stay out on the field after a home game loss to sing. They will only stay when they win. Most of us didn't know about this change as last year, we didn't lose until the end and not at home until this past Saturday.
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Papal Teaching Warns Against Excessive Government?

Crisis Magazine has the story:

We are familiar enough with left-of-center Catholics, like Catholics United and the professors who publicly opposed House Speaker John Boehner’s honorary degree from The Catholic University of America in 2011, beating the drum for governmental—especially federal government—“solutions” to problems. We also witness it, however, from some Catholics known for being committed to the orthodox teaching of the Church. When someone is too insistent about reducing the role of government or even just raises questions about certain public policies, there are those who are quick to put him into such categories as “neoliberal” or “neoconservative.” There is a tendency to slip into the practice of absolutizing public policy approaches or other matters of prudential judgment and treating them like they are doctrinal mandates.
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Man to College Pro-Lifers: I Want ‘A World Where All Your Churches Burn’

Lots of cussing. Just so you know.

A video uploaded to YouTube by a pro-life organization appears to show a university student verbally attacking a campus pro-life group on Thursday. Students For Life said in an email that the video, which has garnered a little over 2k views since it was posted Thursday, captures “one of the most disturbing ones our team has yet to take on a college campus.”
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Repentant abortionist lays his surgical instruments at the feet of the Pope


On September 20th, during a Papal Audience, a man drew close to Pope Francis, carrying with him a somewhat suspicious looking bag. Inside were half a dozen surgical instruments of various types and sizes which he, Dr Antonio Oriente from Messina, ex-abortion gynaecologist, wanted to deliver at all costs to the Holy Father.
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Billy Graham's Grandson: Evangelicals Worse than Catholics on Abuse

Religion News Service reports:

The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday (Sept. 26) to a room of journalists. While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, ”I think we are worse,” he said at the Religion Newswriters Association conference, saying too many evangelicals had “sacrificed the souls” of young victims. “Protestants can be very arrogant when pointing to Catholics,” said Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham and executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which has investigated sex abuse allegations.
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Eric Metaxas' Conversion Story

I love conversion stories, especially from Ivy League grads uncomfortable with faith.

Eric Metaxas wanted to touch God. For him, the universe was like this giant frozen lake. We spend our lives atop the ice attempting to drill down to the water below and touch God. But Eric’s God was more an “it” than a “he”, a collective consciousness rather than a personal deity, something akin to the “Force” without the Jedi powers. He cringed when people spoke of following Jesus or knowing God, because God wasn’t a person you could name or a being you could know. New York Times #1 Best Selling author, speaker at the president’s National Prayer Breakfast, and frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and other national media outlets, Eric Metaxas never believed in blind faith. He never expected be a spokesman for God, that is until he had a dream that changed everything.
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Woman Cancels Wedding, Parents Hold It Anyway to Feed Homeless

Pretty graceful thing to do.

After their daughter cancelled her nuptials just 40 days before the big event, Carol and Willie Fowler decided not to let the upscale meal they had planned for her wedding go to waste, so they went ahead with it, albeit with a new list of guests. On September 15, two hundred of Atlanta’s homeless were invited to enjoy a four-course meal at one of the city’s upscale restaurants.
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Quiz: Modern Art of Toddler Art?

I got a 7 out of 11 and I was absolutely guessing. My thirteen year old only got 4 out of 11.

In 2005, ABCNews asked artists and an art historian to distinguish between modern art and art by 4-year-olds. They didn’t do too well. Let’s give it a try?
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11 things Pro-Choicers Don’t Get

(Or don't want to get)

1) It’s not about choice; it’s about abortion. I mean, really, what “choice” are we talking about here? The “choice” to what? We’re not debating the “choice” to keep your child and raise him yourself. We’re not arguing over adoption, either. The sole thing we have a difference on is abortion. That’s what we’re debating here. So let’s get real.
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Gosnell Blames Catholics for His Imprisonment

Yeah, it wasn't all those little human beings you were tearing up. It was those darn Catholics.

Philadelphia’s notorious abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, says he’s not a monster and feels “spiritually innocent” of murdering newborn infants, citing the “strong Catholic presence” in the homicide division of the district attorney’s office for bringing about his grim fate.
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IVF Procedure Done on Live TV

No mention of those "extras" that get discarded.

Tuesday morning on TODAY, contributor Jessica Menkhausen had eggs removed live on the program. When mixed in a petri dish with her fiance Derek Manion’s sperm, she will have “viable embryos” inserted in her uterus live on Friday.
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Archbishop Calls on Catholic Schools to Leave Sunday Alone

The Catholic Education Daily reports:

Sunday for many parents of students in Catholic schools has become just another hectic day of carpooling children to practices, activities and games. But Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is calling on Catholic schools in his Archdiocese to no longer schedule activities for Sundays, which should be dedicated to faith and family, according to The Advocate.
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Can We Start Talking About the Global Persecution of Christians Now?

Now would be a good time. Mollie Hemingway writes:

Wealthy Kenyans and Westerners bustled about Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on Saturday. Families ate lunch in the food court. A radio station targeting Kenyan Asians was hosting a children’s event on the roof of the parking lot. Around noon, armed gunmen stormed the mall and exploded grenades. Thousands of terrified people dropped to the floor, fled out of exits and hid in stores. The gunmen began lining people up and shooting some of the five dozen people they would slaughter and 240 people, ages 2 to 78, that they would wound. Al-Shabaab, which is claiming credit for the attack, is reported to have singled out non-Muslims. “A witness to the attacks at Nairobi’s upscale mall says that gunmen told Muslims to stand up and leave and that non-Muslims would be targeted,” according to the Associated Press.
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How Obamacare Subsidizes Abortions

A new study proves that Obamacare subsidizes abortion. Check this out:

With all the attention focused on Ted Cruz’s attempt to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution, some of the law’s parade of horribles are momentarily out of view. Come October 1, those horribles will resume their onward march as the law’s impact on subsidizing elective abortion will begin to become clearer.
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Cardinal Dolan is Like a Catholic Buddha

Interesting perspective from a former Buddhist:

Long ago, while I was still searching for religious truth and a spiritual home, I stayed far, far away from most self-identified Christians. The outspoken Christians I knew were, almost universally, angry and bitter people. They would speak at great length about all the different ways you could get to hell, but rarely on ways to pursue heavenly options. When they did speak about getting to heaven, it was in a very formal, legalistic way, despite the language it was couched in. “Accepting Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior” did not only sound very impersonal, but there was no reason given for why this should be so other than, “You’ll go to hell if you don’t.” During my spiritual wilderness years, I felt horrible enough on my own; I didn’t need Christians making me feel even worse about the state of my soul. Instead, I found myself drawn to Buddhism for a while.
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Jesus Was World's First Tweeter

Parables of 140 characters or less:

Jesus Christ was the world's first tweeter because his pronouncements were "brief and full of meaning", Vatican cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said Wednesday. Christ "used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like 'Love one another'", said Ravasi, the Vatican's equivalent of a culture minister.
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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before We Got Married

Only three? Wow. He's a lot smarter than me.

I used to think I had my stuff together. Then I got married. Marriage is great—but it rocked everything I knew. I quickly realized my basic goal in life, prior to getting married, was to simply remain undisturbed. This “disruption” came suddenly and was disguised as a 5-foot-nothing Swedish-Filipino woman. When I decided I’d rather not live without her, I proceeded to ask her to marry me—that is, to officially invite someone who wasn’t me to be in my personal space for the rest of my life.
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Vatican Chief Justice: Nancy Pelosi Must Be Denied Communion

Cardinal Burke strikes again:

Because of her longstanding support for abortion, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, must be denied Communion under the law of the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the highest court at the Vatican. Cardinal Burke referenced his remarks about Pelosi to Canon Law--the law governing the Catholic Church--and specifically Canon 915, which says those Catholics who obstinately persevere “in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
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We Watched X Factor While Christianity Was Made Extinct in the Middle East


The last month and a half has seen perhaps the worst anti-Christian violence in Egypt in seven centuries, with dozens of churches torched. Yet the western media has mainly focussed on army assaults on the Muslim Brotherhood, and no major political figure has said anything about the sectarian attacks. Last week at the National Liberal Club there was a discussion asking why the American and British press have ignored or under-reported this persecution, and (in some people’s minds) given a distorted narrative of what is happening.
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The Risk of Redemption

Fr. Longenecker's take on the interview.

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Time Mag's Hilariously Stupid Question of Hugh Jackman

This is just so stupid I had to pass it along:

In Time’s “Ten Questions” interview in the September 23 edition, Time editor-at-large Belinda Luscombe asked Hugh Jackman about his new movie “Prisoners,” in which “Your character tortures a guy to try to find his kidnapped daughter.” Luscombe asked if this instinct kicks when his children are faced with the paparazzi. Then Belinda – like Jackman, a native of Australia – went geopolitical and suggested this freaked-out-daddy torturer character is an appropriate metaphor for the United States: As this decent, religious guy who tries to do the right thing but when pushed to the edge does the unthinkable, is your character like the U.S.?
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Now This Is Funny. Pope Francis Shocks Again: St. Peter’s Square Actually “Somewhat Roundish”

Great hilarious piece from Catholic Vote:

It’s happened again. In another explosive interview with an American progressive Catholic publication, Pope Francis dropped yet another bombshell, sending shock waves throughout the media and the global Church.
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Faith Amidst the Headlines

Kathryn Lopez writes about another great piece:

If anyone ever had an excellent excuse to get out of a previously scheduled commitment, Bret Baier had one on September 10. He was booked at the Newseum — the news museum a few blocks from Capitol Hill — to interview Cardinal Donald Wuerl at an event hosted by the John Carroll Society. But back when he signed up for the event, organized by Catholic lawyers in the Beltway, he had no idea that the president of the United States would choose this particular Tuesday evening for a prime-time address about a possible military strike in Syria. It was a whirlwind of a news day, when what seemed a throwaway line from Secretary of State John Kerry morphed into something that was looking very much like the world putting its trust in Russia to police chemical weapons. But Baier didn’t play the breaking-news card. He made the event, showing up just after the 6 p.m. Special Report he hosts each evening had ended, and leaving in time to anchor the Fox News Channel’s coverage of the presidential address. During the course of the hour he spent with the cardinal, he talked openly about the fact that he had fallen away from his Catholic faith, and that it took fatherhood, and facing his young son’s heart problems, to bring him back.
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Military Archbishop Guides Chaplains on Ministers to Same-Sex Couples

Milwaukee's Catholic Herald reports:

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services has issued guidelines on ministering to same-sex couples for military chaplains and other priests and deacons who serve Catholics in the military, U.S. Foreign Service personnel and those at Veterans Affairs facilities. The document, "Renewed Fidelity in Favor of Evangelization," highlights the need to "reiterate with clarity the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality" but also points out that, as St. Paul reminds believers, "it must never be forgotten that the human condition occasions many failings."
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Attenborough and Hawking Should Shut Up

They're amazing in their fields but when they venture out of them are they equally worth listening to?

Attenborough and Hawking should stop their ill-conceived pontificating about other people’s lives As soon as you start using the ominous phrase “population control”, as Sir David does, you are in the world of Orwell’s 1984, however benignly you might dress it up
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How Do You Fail Homeschool Kindergarten?

Rebecca Frech writes of the decision to give her 6 year old some time.

"How do you fail homeschool kindergarten?" One of my neighbors asked me that the other day after I told her that our 6-year-old was repeating it again this year. It's one of those things I've been worried about hearing ever since we made the decision to stop pushing him so hard last December.
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Pope makes several key appointments to Roman Curia

Catholic Culture reports:

The Vatican announced a series of key appointments in the Roman Curia on September 21, as Pope Francis began assembling his own Vatican leadership team. The Pope confirmed the prefects of two Vatican congregations: Archbishop Gerhard Müller at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Cardinal Fernando Filoni at the Congregation for Evangelization. Shortly after his election the Pope had announced that the leaders of the Roman Curia should remain at their posts donec aliter provideatur--until other provisions are made. The appointments of these two prefects are no longer provisional.
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How Do American Home Schoolers Measure Up?

Quite well, thank you.

Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. But around 150 years ago states started making public school mandatory and homeschooling eventually became illegal. It wasn't until the 90's that all states made it legal again. Today, with more than 2 million homeschoolers making up 4% of the school-aged population, it's the fastest growing form of education in the country.
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Scenes From “Willie Wonka And The Catholyc Factory”

That crazy LarryD is up to his old tricks.

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Papal quote of the day


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WaPo: Unborn Baby Shortly After Conception is “Not a Living Being”


The Washington Post, in an editorial attacking pro-life Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, includes a rather un-scientific claim: that an unborn baby shortly after conception is “not a living being.”
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Football Star: I’m a Christian Who Abstains From Sex and Alcohol

The Blaze reports:

New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara isn’t your average NFL player. Not only does he say some have dubbed him “the black Tim Tebow,” he’s also an unashamed Christian who prides himself on avoiding alcohol, being chaste and living a life devoid of the antics and pleasantries that are regularly enjoyed by other professional jocks. Amukamara made all that clear in a recent interview with Muscle & Fitness Magazine
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The Day the Air Condition Man Told Me He Was Fixed

When you have a large family, you hear the darnedest things.

A friendly young air conditioner tech came over to check the system at our home. Small talk led to him asking, “So how many kids do you have, anyway?” “We have eight.” Shocked, laughing, “Oh, are you crazy?!” I was not offended; I could sense a good heart. ”Ha ha, well, two are in college, and so only six are in the house right now.” Then he went and said it: “We had three, and then I got fixed.” I didn’t even hesitate, and said with a smile: “Oh, were you broken?”
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Good-Deed Pranksters Spread Joy With $200 Tips

If you don't smile while watching this, you should put out an APB for your soul.

A prank usually leaves someone shocked and embarrassed. But a duo of good-deed pranksters decided to give food servers a terrific surprise, a $200 tip. YouTube personalities Stuart Edge and Andrew Hale stopped by several diners in Orem, Utah, to record the recipients' shocked reactions, and they are pretty awesome. The jokesters start out by asking their servers what is the largest tip they have ever received. And then they leave each a $200 tip while the camera secretly records the server's reaction.
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Celebrating the Worst 4 Years of Your Life

David L. heads to his reunion.

Lisa Hendley asked for advice at the Patheos Catholic Channel (where all the kewl Catholic bloggers hang out, duh!) on whether to go to one's high school reunion. She didn't get much advice in the combox, but she's about to get some here. The American experience of high school is an artificial construct of sorts, one where less than five percent of the class -- the captain of the football team, the homecoming queen, their circle of friends, you know the drill -- can say it was the best years of their lives, while the other ninety-five-plus percent settle in for mediocrity and awkward growth spurts, hoping to eek out a meaningful existence in joining the chess club or the debate team, until graduation finally puts them out of their misery.
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Jon Stewart Mocks the Eucharist

The Catholic League reports:

Bill Donohue comments on the September 16 edition of “The Daily Show”: Jon Stewart offered his thoughts on Pope Francis. “I love this guy! So, to sum it up, let me get this straight: gays are cool, priests can get married, and you don’t even have to believe in God to get to Heaven!” This is all in good fun. Stewart should have stopped there.
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Albuquerque to vote on resolution banning abortion after 20 weeks

This is good news. Pro-aborts came very close to winning here and refusing the people a right to vote on this issue.

Officials in Albuquerque have agreed to allow voters to decide on a proposed ordinance that would limit abortion to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The city council voted 5-4 to include the proposition in a Nov. 19 special election despite questions about the proposed law's constitutionality, the Albuquerque Journal reported Monday.
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Does The Times Still Hate Cardinal Dolan?

Get Religion reports:

It may have taken five weeks, but The New York Times has finally reported the news that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee were exonerated by a Federal court in Wisconsin of having improperly shielded diocesan assets from the reach of church creditors. Last month I wrote that The Times‘ silence in the wake of the court’s ruling was curious in light of their pre-verdict coverage: a news story entitled “Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show”; an editorial entitled “Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal”; and an op-ed piece entitled “The Church’s Errant Shepherds”.
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'Da Vinci's Demons' Bogged Down by Catholic Bashing

Big Hollywood reports on the anti-Catholic show:

Demons is also embarrassingly obvious in its writing and presentation of its central themes. The whole idea of the show is freedom of knowledge. Da Vinci wants to plow his way to new ideas, but forces in power see it as unconventional and strange and seek to stop him. To play out this theme for audiences, Goyer actually creates a secret society of dudes that is trying to release all the knowledge in the world to people. There's some secret book or something plus a secret room with all the knowledge of the universe or some such junk like that, and the Catholic Church is suppressing it all so they can control what people know and do not know.
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Woman Duped Into Aborting Her Baby, Gives First Heartbreaking Interview

Did CNN reporter Chris Cuomo call the unborn child a baby?

The interview Tuesday with CNN’s Chris Cuomo lasted only a few minutes, but no viewer could watch Remee Lee tearfully recall how she had been duped into chemically aborting her child and not be deeply moved. Andrew Welden pled guilty this week to lesser charges in exchange for the prosecution dropping the murder charge made possible by the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act legislation that was instigated by NRLC and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004.
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Acid Attack on Priest


A Roman Catholic priest was hospitalized on Friday after acid was thrown at him in Zanzibar, police said, a month after two British teenage girls were victims of a similar acid attack there.
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The Abusrdity of Papal Approval Ratings

The Church ain't a democracy:

Approval ratings remain high for the Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God, according to Pew:
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Baby with Trisomy 13 Lives 135 Days, Reaches Thousands

Celebrating each day.

When Kara McHenry found out she was pregnant, there’s no way she could have known the impact that her child would have on the world. When the doctors told her and her husband Shane that their baby had Trisomy 13, and was therefore “incompatible with life” there’s no way they could have known the inspiration he would ignite. There was only a 1% chance that baby Corbin would be born breathing, but he and his parents fought for each breath he would take and in the process, created a new wave of hope and generosity among thousands of strangers.
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Student destroys 9/11 memorial ‘to start a dialogue about American imperialism’

Wow. You've got to read the string of BS she attempts to explain her actions with.

A lot of angry people are wondering exactly who was among the group that pulled nearly 3,000 American flags from the ground on the campus of Middlebury College in Vermont Wednesday. A joint service project of the College Republicans and Democrats, the 2,977 flags had been placed in front of the school’s Mead Chapel in memory of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
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The Girl I Never Met - A Post-Abortive Father's Tale

Ignitum Today has one man's heartbreaking story:

I’m in love with a girl I’ve never met. I’ve never held her hand, or stroked her hair, or sang songs to her. But I love her all the same. Whether she’s tall or short, I don’t know. The shape of her face exists only in my imagination. The lilt in her voice and the joy in her laugh – sounds that would rival the chorus of angels, I’m sure. Sparkling eyes of brown, perhaps hazel. All that is lost to me. All I possess are the unreal memories of what could have been.
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Judge Orders Stop to Gay Marriage Licenses in PA

A little sanity. Finally.

A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday ordered a county clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in defiance of state laws against same-sex unions. D. Bruce Hanes, the Montgomery County register of wills, has “failed to comply” with his public duty under the law, said Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini
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Mom Asks Son to Clean Bathroom “Like the Queen of England is Visiting”

Hilarity ensues.

Mom meant make it spotless, but he took it a little further… I love snarky people… even kids! Well played.
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Will Pope Francis Announce the Naming of New Cardinals on September 30th?

The Eponymous Flower reports:

For the 30th of September, the first ordinary consistory of Pope Francis’ pontificate will be convened. The subject will include the canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. and the announcement of the exact dates for the canonization will be expected. On this occasion the Pope could also announce the convening of his first extraordinary Consistory for the creation of new cardinals. This is at least what the Spanish Catholic Church Historian and blogger Francisco de la Cigoña says at the suggestion of Vatican sources.
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Fr. Ray Blake Should Be Applauded, Not Castigated

The Catholic Herald reports:

Recently, I was talking to a literary agent about the need for a novel that portrays the poverty of our age. My imagination is constantly fed by encounters with the new poor in central London. During a recent summer night, I met a group of exhausted children sitting on the steps of my building. Speaking in Spanish, they told me that they had just arrived from Spain, and that their parents had asked them to wait there, while they looked for a bed for the night. So many of my peers, who hold university degrees are in a cycle of sofa-surfing and competing with ten other people for a job of pouring coffee and mopping floors.
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The Myth of Live and Let Live Liberalism

Jonah Goldberg writes of the nanny-state instinct of liberalism:

In Washington, D.C., the city’s department of health wants to subject people seeking a tattoo or body piercing to a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before they can go through with it. That’s just one of the regulations in a 66-page proposal of new rules for the tattoo and piercing industry. Reasonable people may differ on the wisdom of these proposals, but as someone whose interest in such establishments begins and ends with keeping my daughter away from them, I can’t get too worked up either way, save to say D.C. has bigger problems to worry about.
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Liturgical Abuses During Funerals

They're kinda' frequent:

You’re probably witnessing liturgical abuses when the woman in the pew behind you asks out loud, “What the hell is he doing?” This happened at a funeral. A visiting celebrant (at a parish that I do not belong to) left the sanctuary before we prayed the Our Father. He repositioned people in the front few pews and lead the prayer while holding the hands of various family members and pall bearers, even though the coffin was in the way. This followed and preceded other changes to the liturgy that brought too much attention to the celebrant, confused the family, frustrated the servers, and had the rest of us wondering what would happen next.
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The Pope Will Bless the Baby

Or not.

About the Time I Almost Caused a Security Incident at St. Peter’s Basilica
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Abortionists Play Catch with Dead Babies


Abortion providers see the bodies of aborted babies daily. They deal with the grief and heartache of seeing women through what is almost always a difficult and painful experience. Sometimes the stress of what they are doing comes out in disturbing ways. According to Father Frank Pavone from Priests for Life: Former workers in the abortion industry have told us stories about playing games of toss with aborted babies in the hallway. Your mind has to invert what is going on: to make it a game, a joke, something positive. It’s the only way to keep from going crazy — and some of them do.
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Abp. Nienstedt: Family is the Foundation of our Culture

Great piece published in Legatus Magazine:

Dear friends in Christ, Since the beginning of man’s life on earth, the family has served as the cornerstone of society. The integrity of the family set the standard for society from the beginning of time as the underpinning of our civilization, reflecting the beneficial differences between men and women and the complementarity of their hearts, minds, and bodies.
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Wow. Dad Writes of Saying Goodbye to Son Becoming a Contemplative Monk

Must read of the day. This is amazing. Tom McFadden writes:

When our first child was born in 1992, we already had thoughts of raising him, and any future children we might have, differently than we had been raised. We thought our parents did a pretty good job of raising us, but we wanted to do even better. In particular, we wanted to do what we could to keep the secular culture out of our lives and replace it with a Catholic culture. Of course, we knew this would be a difficult task, but one worthy of the effort. When John was four years old, he told us that he wanted to be a priest someday. We figured it was just something little boys often say, but we were excited about the possibility. When he was 5, he began serving daily Mass at our local Novus Ordo parish, with me at his side on the altar as his guide. He received his First Holy Communion the day after his 6th birthday and continued to serve Mass daily, pretty much for the next 17 years.
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Masturbation Lessons at Marquette

Completely off the rails. I don't think "Catholic" means what Marquette thinks it means.

FemSex Workshops Sponsored by Marquette University Honors Program
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Unforgettable Flight 93

This video of the woman who spoke with Todd Beamer on the phone brings back so much from that day. Floored me.

When they got up that morning twelve years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that was headed to Washington DC as a terrorist missile. All they expected the day to bring was a hum drum flight from Newark to San Francisco. Just ordinary people living their lives. Their occupations included pilot, first officer, flight attendant, an environmental lawyer, the owner of a public relations firm, university students, a senior vice president of a medical development company, a sales representative for Good Housekeeping magazine, a manager of a US Wildlife animal refuge, an arborist, an account manager for a corporation, an ironworker, retirees, a computer programmer, a computer engineer, a lobbyist for the disabled, a real estate agent, an executive vice president of a corporation and a free lance medical writer. They were wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, all with unique histories and lives, with little in common except that they happened to be on board Flight 93 when the world changed.
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Vid: A Teen Talks About Her Love of the Traditional Latin Mass

Check it out at Fr. Z's place:

She is dead on about where the focus of the TLM is. She also gets that true liturgical worship is hard. Indirectly, she touches on the point I am constantly making about how Mass must bring about an encounter with mystery.
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Inside the "Me" Vortex

Sr. Anne Marie Walsh writes an excellent piece.

Sometime ago, a woman named Nadine Schweigert (ND) married herself in a commitment ceremony where she exchanged rings with her “inner groom.” There was an actual gathering of family and friends who were encouraged to “blow kisses to the world.” One can imagine the theme song of her wedding with a slight variation: “Nobody Loves Me Like I Do.” Schweigert had been through a painful divorce in which her two children opted to live with her ex-husband. She drank, smoked and was 50 pounds overweight, according to her own testimony. At the suggestion of a friend, she married herself, and now feels “happy, joyous, empowered.” She says she has come a long way from where she was. She now takes herself on dates, in order “to invest in this relationship.” We might ask what is going on here. Is it pure narcissism? Or is something else at work?
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The Case that Destroyed Marriage

Wesley Smith says the seeds of destruction were watered by the California Supreme Court:

How did marriage lose most of its meaning? How has it gone from being regarded as an institution that formed the conjugal bond, established nuclear families, knit vital social ties across extended familial units, and forged the necessary social cohesion for the sheltering and rearing of children, to a more-or-less optional affirmation of love? True, the same-sex marriage debate has rekindled some interest in the institution and its purposes. But that imbroglio seems more like the last flaring of a star before it goes cold rather than a true rekindling. The weakening of the institution has been ongoing for so many years that it is difficult to discern the proverbial tipping point. But I have a good candidate: The 1976 California Supreme Court case, Marvin v. Marvin.
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Fr. Barron on the Sadness of the Childfree Life

Wait. You Mean Time Magazine didn't tell the whole story?

Time Magazine's recent cover story "the Childfree Life" has generated a good deal of controversy and commentary. The photo that graces the cover of the edition pretty much sums up the argument: a young, fit couple lounge languidly on a beach and gaze up at the camera with blissful smiles -- and no child anywhere in sight. What the editors want us to accept is that this scenario is not just increasingly a fact in our country, but that it is morally acceptable as well, a lifestyle choice that some people legitimately make. Whereas in one phase of the feminist movement, "having it all" meant that a woman should be able to both pursue a career and raise a family, now it apparently means a relationship and a career without the crushing encumbrance of annoying, expensive, and demanding children.
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Orientation Week Sex Chant at Catholic College is Scandalous

This isn't the way I remember orientation week.

An Orientation Week event at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, which saw students chanting about non-consensual sex with underage girls according to the National Post, has led to outrage, disciplinary hearings, resignations and mandatory sensitivity training for 80 students. Sadly, the University’s response doesn’t seem to include a stronger Catholic identity, which appears to have largely disappeared from Canada’s oldest English-speaking, Catholic university.
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Pope Pledges to Baptize Mother’s Baby After She Rejects Abortion


A mother who decided to reject her boyfriend’s request for her to get an abortion received a surprise call from Pope Francis — who told her he would be glad to baptize her baby. Anna Romano became pregnant after having a relationship with a married man, who told her he would not help her raise the baby and pressured her to have an abortion. Not wanting to compound one mistake with another, Romano refused and will give birth. In a desperate plea for help, she wrote to Pope Francis for advice. In a new personal outreach to Catholics across the globe, Pope Francis picked up the phone and called Romano.
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Serial Rapist Stops When Woman Begins Praying

The Blaze reports:

Police say Charlie “Chris” Bates had just finished raping four women at gunpoint after tying up the four men who were with them in a Tampa, Fla. apartment. Bates then found what he thought was his next victim, a woman sitting on her porch at another apartment complex. Police say Bates forced the woman inside her unit, made her undress and kiss him, and was about to rape her, according to the Tampa Tribune. Then she did something amazingly bold and faithful: She began praying.
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Jindal: Obama's Cruel Fight Against School Choice

It is cruel to force children to remain in failing schools because your biggest financial supporter, the unions, want them to.

While President Obama publicly celebrated the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech last week, his administration took action behind the scenes in Louisiana that was a complete rejection of King’s dream. The Justice Department has challenged my state in court for having the temerity to start a scholarship program that frees low-income minority children from failing schools. In other words, Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder would rip children out of their schools and handcuff them to the failing schools they previously attended. And, in the ultimate irony, they are using desegregation orders set up to prevent discrimination against minority children to try to do it.
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Fox Sports Analyst Fired for Saying Gay Activity is Sinful

As Pewsitter says, NO Dissent Allowed.

College football analyst Craig James was fired after a brief stint with FOX Sports Southwest over anti-gay comments he made while running for political office in Texas, according to of the Dallas Morning News. James joined Fox Sports Southwest in late August but was fired after just one appearance. A former college football standout at SMU and with the New England Patriots during the 1980s who went on to become a polarizing analyst for ESPN, James left broadcasting to enter the race for a vacant senate seat in Texas in 2011. During a debate in February 2012, James said that gay people would "answer to the Lord for their actions" and claimed that being gay was "a choice," according to USA Today. He also chastised opponent Tom Leppert for attending a gay pride parade. “We just asked ourselves how Craig’s statements would play in our human resources department,” an unnamed Fox spokesman told Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News after it was reported that James had been fired. “He couldn’t say those things here.”
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Prayers for LarryD's Friend

Communion of Cross bearers:

It’s late as I write this, because it was late when I got the text. “Please pray for me.” My heart sank as the plea rose on my phone’s tiny screen. I silently recited an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be before responding, and over the next twenty minutes or so, we exchanged texts. It is sadly serious. I won’t go into details, as you can certainly understand and appreciate. But at one point of our conversation, I told my friend “You are not alone now.” To which came the reply “No. I have my children and friends.”
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John Wayne Catholics Throughout History

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Diocese: Senator Casey "increasingly in disagreement with the Church on issues involving Church teaching"

The Catholic Education Daily reports:

The Diocese of Allentown is protesting an Alvernia College lecture by U.S. Senator Bob Casey, noting that he “is increasingly in disagreement with the Church on issues involving Church teaching,” according to a statement issued yesterday. The Reading Eagle reported that the Catholic college in Reading, Penn., yesterday hosted Casey, who recently “evolved” in support of same-sex marriage, supported Obamacare, voted for federal funding of international abortion organizations, and supports contraception including the abortifacient “morning-after” pill.
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How NCReporter Learned to Love the Bomb

Wow. Just wow. Catholic Vote has the story:

The U.S. Bishops are urging Catholics to contact Congress to oppose President Obama’s desire to bomb Syria. Pope Francis is insisting that more bombing is not an answer. Even Jon Stewart (explicit content warning) doesn’t hesitate to call President Obama’s bomb proposal absurd. But pundits of the Catholic Left can’t muster up the courage to unequivocally oppose their Democratic president’s bomb-mongering.
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A Mom of Sons Sends Message to Teenage Girls

Yup. Nails it.

Dear girls, I have some information that might interest you. Last night, as we sometimes do, our family sat around the dining-room table and looked through the summer’s social media photos. IMG_9274 We have teenage sons, and so naturally there are quite a few pictures of you lovely ladies to wade through. Wow – you sure took a bunch of selfies in your skimpy pj’s this summer! Your bedrooms are so cute! Our eight-year-old daughter brought this to our attention, because with three older brothers who have rooms that smell like stinky cheese, she notices girly details like that.
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Amy Welborn's Thoughts on Home Education

She spells out so clearly the decisions facing many parents when it comes to their children's education:

Home education is just going to gain more and more traction in the coming years. That’s really not such a brilliant insight. The growth is already there, and constant – except when it pops up a bit. And why is this? Two reasons. Parents and children are getting more and more frustrated with institutional schooling, both public and private. Secondly, homeschooling is getting easier.
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Benedict XVI Cured My Cancer


A young American – who is now 19 and in his second year at university – claims he was cured of a chest tumour thanks to Ratzinger, who met the boy at an audience in Rome last year. Ratzinger listened to his story and placed his hand on the boy’s chest where the tumour was. Peter Srisch and his family appeared on Denver-based KUSA TV and confirmed their belief publicly. Peter was 17 when doctors diagnosed him with a chest tumour after doing an X-Ray. "He had a chest x-ray and it revealed a softball sized tumour in his chest. It was determined that it was stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma," Laura Srsich, Peter's mother, said.
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The Illogical Logic of Sola Scriptura

Marcus Grodi writes at his blog:

There is a television commercial, selling a certain satellite service, that uses a tongue-in-cheek form of illogical chain logic. The writers presume we know not to take their logic seriously, but they also presume that the humor of it will leave us with a positive view of their product. The logic goes something like this:
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Watch Dan Burke on Marcus Grodi's "Journey Home."

My favorite show.

Dan recently had the opportunity to join Marcus Grodi on EWTN's The Journey Home, and was able to discuss his conversion to the Catholic Faith, and talk about what the National Catholic Register means to the Church and to faithful Catholics everywhere. He converted to Catholicism after a long and intense spiritual journey, and continues to find more to love about being Catholic and living his Faith.
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Vietnam: Record Applications to Join Seminary

Good news.

The priesthood and the consecrated life are exerting a growing fascination among young Vietnamese Catholics as evinced by the high number of candidates applying to enter the Major Seminary of Vinh-Thanh (which covers the northern dioceses of Vinh and Thanh Hoa). Last month saw in fact a peak, with 410 men asking to write the entrance exam for the 2013-2014 academic year.
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Bakery Closes After State Investigates Their Refusal To Bake for Same-Sex Marriage

Uhm. When does this stop just being uncomfortable and start being persecution?

A follow-up to the story of the New Mexico photographer who lost her court battle after refusing to take a job at a gay wedding. Different state and a different trade this time but a similar result potentially: The business owners in this case said no when a lesbian couple came into the shop looking for a wedding cake. The latter filed a complaint with the state under the relevant antidiscrimination law and an investigation, which could have taken up to a year, was launched. The bakers, having already been targeted for a boycott by opponents and likely fearing the expense and aggravation of a long court battle themselves, decided to close the shop and move operations into their home, which presumably renders the business “distinctly private” and therefore beyond the reach of the state’s public accommodations law.
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Ten Things That Scare Moms

Sherry writes:

We've been watching Dr. Who lately and I admit, the weeping angels are pretty darn creepy. However nothing compares with the following list of truly frightening things that make me break out in a cold sweat, things that make Moms wake shivering in sheer terror, things that make a grown woman cry and think of running away. 10) Scarier than a chainsaw in the middle of a dark forest when you've gotten yourself lost is the phone call at 10 a.m. "Mommmmmm....I forgot my homework. It's on the kitchen table and the teacher said she'd give me full credit if I got it to her today before the end of school. She leaves exactly at 2:45 so you'll have to come early if I'm to get it."
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Pope Francis Says John Paul II to Be Canonized April 27?


The Vatican has yet to make the date official, but Pope Francis has already let it be known in a private conversation that Blessed Pope John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014. A reliably informed source close to the Vatican asked Pope Francis about the date recently, to which the Pope replied with a laugh: “I can tell you now if you like. It will be April 27.”
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Priest Who Starved in Communist Prison to be Beatified

Wait. I thought communism was good.

A priest who died of cold and hunger in a Communist prison will be beatified as a martyr in Romania. Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest, president of the Romanian bishops’ conference, said the sanctity of Mgr Vladimir Ghika had “given us an important new example of a life lived for Church and faith”. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes, is scheduled to celebrate the beatification Mass in Bucharest’s Romexpo exhibition centre on Saturday.
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Nuns on the Battlefield

Great story from American Catholic:

Visitors to Washington DC might be surprised at first to encounter a monument to nuns and sisters entitled Nuns of the Battlefield. It was erected by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1924 to honor the some 600 Catholic nuns and sisters who during the Civil War nursed soldiers on both sides. It bears this inscription: THEY COMFORTED THE DYING, NURSED THE WOUNDED, CARRIED HOPE TOTHE IMPRISONED, GAVE IN HIS NAME A DRINK OF WATER TO THE THIRSTY Anti-Catholic propaganda prior to the Civil War often focused on alleged lurid misdeeds involving nuns, the completely fictional account written by Maria Monk being a typical example, thus combining both bigotry and near pornography. A convent was burned by an anti-Catholic mob in 1834 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, their minds poisoned by just such allegations.
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Former monk spends 50 YEARS creating a giant cathedral from junk


With its giant spires and magnificent dome to rival that of St Peter's Basillica, Mejorada del Campo's impressive cathedral looks like it has been skilfully crafted by a team of architectural experts. It's impossible to believe that it has been single-handedly built by a former trappist monk who had never laid a brick in his life. The as yet unfinished building, a little over 12 miles outside of Madrid, has been painstakingly built piece by piece over 50 years by 86-year-old farmer Justo Gallego Martinez.
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6 Reasons You Should Have Kids

Ignitum Today has the list:

A couple weeks ago, Time Magazine had a article titled Having It All Without Children. Suffice to say the following quote summarizes the entire piece quit accurately:
Even so, women who choose not to become mothers are finding new paths of acceptance. As their ranks rise, so do positive attitudes about leading a life in which having it all doesn’t mean having a baby.
Now, I’m not a woman, but I am a father. When I saw this headline pop up in my facebook feed, I was surprised to see that several people had commented in favor of its stance. In fact, every commenter agreed that not having children was the best decision they had never made.
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Church Sign: Jesus Had Two Dads and He Turned Out Just Fine

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Military Archbishop Opposes Death Penalty for Fort Hood Shooter

Catholic Philly reports:

Archbishop Timothy M. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services said he opposes capital punishment for Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was sentenced to death Aug. 28 following his conviction of the shootings in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood, Texas. “The church teaches that unjustified killing is wrong in all circumstances. That includes the death penalty,” Archbishop Broglio said in an Aug. 29 statement.
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