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Wine Writer: Atheists Cannot Make Great Pinot Noir

You can't rely on science to make great Pinot Noir, says wine writer. Check out the entire piece. It's fun. Continue reading>>>

The boy lost his shorts

Another nice piece from one of the best Catholic writers out there. This one hit home:

I overheard a conversation between two of my boys one recent weekday morning. One boy was looking for his P.E. uniform shorts and when he couldn’t find them, I heard him calmly ask his brother if he had a spare. “I can’t find my shorts,” said the boy to his brother, “do you have an extra pair I can borrow?” “Sure,” was the matter-of-fact reply, “check my laundry basket.”
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So What I Marriage Like Really? Mom to Mom.

Erin at Snoring Scholar writes:

I was asked recently, by a good friend, to offer a quote on what marriage is really like. I failed to give her any response even though I promised I would. I just couldn’t wrap the idea up into one cohesive thought. What is marriage? Really? There are so many prevalent ideas running rampant in our society, predominately that marriage is a simple bond. It can be a bond between a man and a woman, it can be a bond without faith, it can be a bond of the same gender. Marriage is, more often than not, a bond between divorcees. It can be a knot so easily untied.
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US Bishops Willing To Go To Jail over HHS Mandate

LifeNews has this exclusive story. Great job:

Exclusive: U.S. bishops say they’re willing to ‘go to jail’ over HHS mandate
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How’s that women-empowering sexual revolution thing working out for you?

This is the most disturbing thing I've read today. Mind you, it's early. But I really can't imagine something disturbing me more. Caution: some pretty crude things going on.

From the U.K. Telegraph: A friend’s daughter recently started at a highly regarded boarding school. When her mother asked how she was enjoying the mixed-sex environment, the girl said quietly: “You have to give the boys oral sex or they get cross.” Reeling with shock, the mum protested that her darling daughter did not have to do anything of the sort. “Oh yes you do,” replied the girl. “And you have to shave down there or the boys don’t like it.” That’s just a sample. There’s also:
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Why Jesus Wasn't a Blogger

The Ironic Catholic writes:

Oh, don't get your panties in a wad, okay folks? St Paul would have been a blogger (Man, think of those comboxes). St Francis de Sales would have been a blogger. St. Maximilian Kolbe would have been a blogger. Not bad company at all, but Jesus would have stuck to "God's pedagogy," parables. After all, think about it....the reasons why Jesus wouldn't have been a blogger (beyond a lack of computers and internet):
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7-Year-Old Asks Obama, “Please Change the Law Killing Babies”

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Manti Teo 521 Times More Coverage than M4L

Bias:

Fact usually triumphs over fiction – except on TV news. The major networks have been obsessed with Manti Te’o’s fantasy football story of a fictional girlfriend. But when 500,000 people showed up in Washington to speak out for the unborn, it was barely a footnote. ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted close to two-and-a-half hours (147 minutes and 43 seconds) to the Te’o fiasco and just 17 seconds to the Washington, D.C., March for Life. That’s 521 times more coverage for Te’o and a girlfriend who never even existed.
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NPR Calls On Listeners to Make Babies

Hmmm. Waking up to the dearth of babies, huh?

Local Chicago NPR station WBEZ has unrolled an advertising campaign for its membership drive that calls on its listeners to “go make babies today.” The facebook-based microsite, “Go Makes Babies,” features a five-question assessment that with the question, “The quickest way to get me thinking about reproduction: 1) Good music, 2) Good food, 3) Good laughs.” It then it gives you your matches, presumably other facebook users.
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A Giant Step for Transgendered Inmates

Thank goodness this national horror of inmates not having taxpayers fund inmates sex change operations is nearing its end:

A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has given new life to a lawsuit by a transgender inmate who wants the Virginia Department of Corrections to provide a sex change operation. The court ruled that Ophelia De'lonta stated a "plausible" claim that the Virginia Department of Corrections violated a constitutional right to be evaluated for sex reassignment surgery. The ruling allows Ms. De'lonta's case to move proceed even though it had previously been dismissed by the district court.
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Why "The Pill" for Men Won't Work

Hmmm. Maybe it's because men can't get pregnant?

Speculating about the future of contraceptive technology allows us to uncover the current motivations and beliefs of the contraceptive culture. It seems that the process of looking into the unknown forces us to put aside our present assumptions, at least momentarily. Therefore, let us consider another hypothetical: the male birth control pill. The male birth control pill has been 5 to 10 years off for the last 15 years. Nonetheless, many have written about this elusive innovation. One theme throughout the various writings is that women could not (or should not) trust men to reliably take the male pill. Therein lies the point of my post.
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Here Come the Parents with the Pitchforks!

School choice, spreading like wildfire:

The school choice movement is extraordinary because it’s not inspired by any political figure. Instead, it’s an organic, grassroots parent movement inspired by extreme dissatisfaction with the status quo. It is a purely American protest movement, uniquely bipartisan and multicultural. But it’s more than a protest movement; it has become a successful, constructive change agent. I can’t imagine an industry more ripe for restructuring than K-12 education. Governments run this monopoly, spending nearly $600 billion annually on K-12 education. Meanwhile, SAT scores recently hit a 40-year low. (Here come the parents with the pitchforks.)
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NYTimes Slams March for Life over...Gun Control?

Laughable journalism. And by laughable journalism I mean not actually funny at all and not actually journalism.

We’ve received quite a few complaints about the religion angle the New York Times chose for its story on the March For Life. And I’d sure as heck like to join in. But before I do that, I want to point out that the Times also ran a straight news story covering the march and, unlike any year I can recall, it actually ran in the print edition and not just as a brief mention on a blog post. The story that has outraged so many folks is the primary story on the march that ran in a more prominent position than the straight story. In fact, it ran above the fold of the national news section, headlined “In Fight Over Life, a New Call by Catholics.”
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A Corapi Update

I must admit that just thinking of the man brings me sadness. But here's an update and keep him in your prayers:

I got the following update last night from a Montana resident who claims to be in the know. They say Fr. Corapi lives in a gated community in Whitefish, Montana, on Whitefish Lake. He is seen about riding his Harley. He never wears clerics or any religious garb. He is not known to be active in any parish. He appears to have left the priesthood for good. I have known many people who held out pious hopes that he would turn up in a monastery somewhere, offering prayer and penance. That isn’t likely to occur. He seems to be very happy with his millions and his secular life.
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Young Nun Tells How Christendom College, Latin Mass Aided Her Discernment

Love this.

A recent study commissioned by the U.S. bishops demonstrates the importance of Catholic education in people’s choosing to enter a religious order. Christendom College alumna Sr. Mary Jordan (Ida Friemoth, ’05) clearly attests to this in a piece she wrote that is now appearing on Christendom College’s website. Since its founding in 1977, there have been0 66 priests and 44 sisters who can point to Christendom as being instrumental in their choice of vocation, according to Christendom’s website.
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Chelsea Zimmerman and Rebecca Taylor on Three Parent Embryos

Two of the best Catholic bloggers out there telling you everything you needed to know about three parent embryos. Mind you, what's going on is horrendous. They're creating life to destroy it.

BioTalk Episode 2: Three Parent Embryos and the Brave New United States.
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So Was Paul a Protestant or What?

Taylor Marshall makes a slam dunk case for the Catholicity of St. Paul:

Yesterday at Fisher More College after lunch, our chaplain playfully referred to the "modern" assumption that Saint Peter and Saint Paul "just didn't get along." He was joking, of course. However I've heard others seriously affirm that the only way to get these two men together was to give them a feast day on the same day (June 29).
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Funny Stuff from The Curt Jester

When everyone's an extraordinary minister and nobody's there to receive:

Parishioners at Prince of Peace Catholic Church are looking for new members. This vibrant inclusive parish is looking to expand in the community and to bring its brand of active participation to everybody.
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Cdl. Dolan on The Ultrasound Generation

Cardinal Dolan writes on the 40th anniversary of Roe:

For much of the 40 years since the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade decision ushering in an era of abortion on demand, we in the pro-life community have had little to cheer about. In the battle for hearts and minds, it has at times seemed as though we were losing ground, and fast. We could preach about the sacredness of all human life, about the harm that abortion does to women who are so often coerced by others into doing the unthinkable, and the lifetime of pain and regret so many of them, and the fathers of the aborted baby, face as a result. For a long time we were overwhelmed by even louder voices proclaiming “choice” to be the ultimate right. For too many of my generation, that argument was effective and catchy, and there is no changing their minds. This civil rights issue of our time—the right to life of the innocent baby in the womb—won’t be won by the older generation; it will be won by the young. It is to you that I address this message on this solemn anniversary.
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Vid: Pro-Life Reps Speak on House Floor

SBA-List has the vid:

Pro-life Representatives Speak Out on the House Floor
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Vid: Security Guard Pepper Sprays Pro-Lifers

Jill Stanek has the vid:

This morning pro-lifers were singing and praying in front of Mississippi’s lone remaining abortion clinic when a security guard pepper-sprayed three of them in the face. The aggressor was Roy Benjamin, a private, armed security guard who works for Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in Jackson.
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Reproductive Rights Run Amuck

Chelsea Zimmerman writes:

In Australia, IVF clinics are reporting that the number of older, single, heterosexual women using donor sperm to conceive a child has increased by 10% in the past three years. This trend is particularly pronounced in Victoria where it is no longer illegal for single women to undergo IVF if they are not medically infertile. They are categorized by the IVF industry as “socially infertile,” women in their 30s who “can’t find Mr. Right, but still want a child.” They often rely on their mother, sister or a friend to support them through the process in the absence of a spouse.
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Pro-Life Display at DePaul Vandalized

Tolerance.

A pro-life display on the campus of DePaul University was destroyed yesterday on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A university spokesperson told The Cardinal Newman Society that they’re investigating the incident.
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Sarah Palin on Roe and Obama

Definitely worth reading:

Forty years ago today the Supreme Court rendered its Roe v. Wade decision. Those who believe in the sanctity of human life and long to see America embrace a culture in which innocent life is honored and protected continue to look for a day when humanity is again deemed valuable, where we cherish even those who would be born in “less than ideal circumstances.” Children are our most precious resource and remain the greatest symbol of hope God has given us. This is just one reason why the annual March for Life has been such a powerful aspect of the pro-life movement. This year’s event is Friday, January 25th, and once again a multitude of Americans will gather in Washington, D.C. to show their support for precious little ones.
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Kathryn Lopez on 40 Years

Pray.

Words seem all inadequate today. Though I do hope you’ve read our editorial. I stood outside an abortion clinic today, praying. And I couldn’t help but think of the workers in there. Are they mothers? Fathers? Brothers? Sisters? Husbands? Wives? Do they hurt? Are they numb? They are not evil. All too often we demonize people. How can we reach them? Could we work together? We have to do better. We have to end this. Where I was, it was an office building. Non-descript, like many. This one, it turns out, also flags a special-ed school within, K-12.
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Pope's Graphic Condemnation of Abortion in 1588

Taylor Marshall writes:

Believe it or not, abortion was a growing problem way back in the 1500s. Some have speculated that this this was a response to an increased rate of prostitution. Whatever the case may be, Pope Sixtus V formally condemned abortionists in his papal bull Effraenatam, meaning in Latin 'without restraint.' The Holy Father uses the strongest words against those who kill the child while still in his mother's womb.
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Meredith Wise Loves Hopkins so Much She Went Bald

I love me some Gerald Manley Hopkins. Check out this piece at the great Dappled Things:

Freshman year, I cut my hair after reading Hopkins. A girl had knocked on my door, interrupting my reading just as my eyes fell on the word “lovelocks,” and asked me if I would donate my hair to the cancer charity Locks of Love. My palms prickled. The poem was “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo,” with its solace for the despair of a young girl afraid of losing her beauty: “Give beauty back,” it says, “back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver.” As for those lovelocks: the girl is supposed to “Resign them, sign them, seal them, send them”—too perfect! I signed my name on the clipboard, and later another girl cut off my waist-length hair in her dorm room. I left lightheaded and shaken and grateful.
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But to be Fair, If They'd Mentioned God at the Inaugural He May Have been Booed

Edited out God.

Whoops. I'm sure the President just made a mistake and the words "under God" just happened to be missing in the pledge of allegiance. During the pledge of allegiance during the inauguration yesterday, the words "under God" were removed by the President. Introducing the President, Myrlie Evers-Williams read a flowery version of the pledge:
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The War on Boys' Education

AEI reports:

Only when women are overrepresented on every educational metric will we have reached the goal of ‘full gender equity’? In a “Data Snapshot” published last June, the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education “highlights several differences in educational outcomes between males and females from prekindergarten,” including these: 1. 57% of students in postsecondary education are women. 2. Girls enrolled in gifted and talented education programs outnumber boys enrolled, e.g., 8.1% of girls participated in gifted and talented education programs in 2009 compared to 7.4% of boys.
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Obama Uses God in Pushing Gay Marriage

Hey, the good news is that Obama finally remembered that God was mentioned in the Declaration. Normally he skips over all that icky God stuff. But hey, if God can be used to support gay marriage then it's ok.

President Barack Obama opened his second inaugural address by quoting the statement from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights." He then went on to say that if men were in fact created equal, then homosexual “love” must be equal as well. “What makes us exceptional, what makes us American," said Obama, “is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’" “Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time,” said Obama. “For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.”
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Kindergartener Suspended for Mentioning Bubble Gun

Yes. Kindergarteners with bubble guns at home are the real menace. Let's go after them and then tackle fatherlessness.

Some ugly news out of Pennsylvania yesterday, in which state a five-year-old girl was suspended from school for talking about a bubble gun that she had left at home, a reference that was interpreted by the school as a “terrorist threat.”
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Ex-priest Recants Guilty Plea, Is Msgr. Lynn In Jail for Nothing?

Oh my. The Media Report has the latest in this twisted tale:

Ex-Priest Recants Historic Guilty Plea; Is Msgr. Lynn In Jail Based On a Crime That Never Happened?
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Fr. Jenkins to March for Life

ND to lead March:

Fr. John Jenkins C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will march in the March for Life along with about 600 students and more than a hundred faculty, according to students with the University’s pro-life student group. Fr. Jenkins has walked in the March for Life since the 2010 event. This year, however, is a little different as Notre Dame students were asked to lead the March for Life. “In addition to the faculty and students attending the March, alumni and friends of ND will also be meeting us on the National Mall and joining our contingency,” Jen Gallic of ND Right to Life told The Cardinal Newman Society. ”This is will be the highest attendance ever by the Notre Dame Community.”
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Great Vid: Pope John Paul II Taking Batting Practice

This is great.

His Holiness, Blessed Pope John Paul II, takes to a batting cage. This video footage was recently released by the Vatican. Nothing profound here, but it is sure to offer you a Friday smile or to. Enjoy.
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University to Host Student Orgy

So that's why tuition bills are so high.

The University of Toronto is hosting part of its “Sexual Awareness Week” at a downtown sex club that bills itself as a “water-themed adult playground, where swingers are welcome and sex is allowed everywhere but the hot tub.” The club boasts “easy-to-clean surfaces, with sanitizing wipes [and]baskets of condoms.”
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What I Learned at the Stoplight

Catholic Digest has this:

We’ve all seen them: those lone, scruffy figures at intersections and freeway underpasses holding bent cardboard signs asking for a handout. Their faces are as cracked and blistered as the sidewalk. Their meager possessions lie tangled in a bucket, sack, or grocery cart behind them. In the city where I live, it’s hard to drive more than a minute or two without passing one of these hopeless, hapless individuals. I used to dread the encounters, wincing inwardly as the traffic light inevitably turned yellow and forced me to a stop right in front of one of those PLEASE HELP signs.
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Ladies, Stop Should-ing All Over Yourselves

If anyone insulted my wife as much as she insults herself I'd beat them up.

Alright Ladies, I've had enough, and I'm willing to bet that you have too. I'm done with the self-doubt and the perfectionism. I'm through with the amazing women in my life taking the innocent word "should" and using it to make themselves feel inadequate. (I'm in favor of a bit of self-improvement, but y'all are taking this to a whole new place.)
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Scary Numbers About Porn Use Among Young

Oh my. Worse than I even thought.

Seventy percent of 18-24 year-old males visit porn sites monthly. That’s not just a frightening number. That’s an epidemic of pornography that is likely going on at college campuses all throughout the country — even Catholic colleges. Jason King, chair of the theology department at Saint Vincent’s College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, wrote about the accessibility and damage of pornography in his latest piece at Catholic Moral Theology. King summed up the situation well when he wrote that people used to have to exert an effort to view pornography. Now you have to exert an effort to NOT view it.
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Bishops Call for 9 Days of Prayer to Mark 40 Years of Roe

Something we all can do.

The U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities urges Catholics nationwide to participate in Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage, January 19-27, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The intentions for these nine days will be for healing and conversion, for elected officials who support abortion and for all people whose lives have been forever changed by an abortion.
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Using Children as Political Pawns

Disgusting:

Why Liberals Like To Make Children Political Pawns On More Than Just Gun Control
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Tebow vs. the World

Sad.

It's a battle between Tim Tebow and worldliness, and right now worldliness is winning -- or was, until last weekend. It always seems to win. Really, it never does (in the end).
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Muzzling Military Chaplains

Religious freedom doesn't exist anymore:

One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they don’t uphold Obama’s “values.” Obama’s mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that “If you cannot get in line, resign your commission.” That same year Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said military members who dissent from Obama’s gay rights agenda should “get out.”
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A Conversion Miracle!!!

Must read of the day from Elizabeth Esther:

Two years ago, I was in the Confessional, arguing with my priest. This is what I do. I go confess my sins and then end up arguing about stuff. I’m like a whiny little kid, all defensive about my ridiculous self. Thankfully, my priest finds this amusing and not offensive. On this particular day, I was confessing a sin I’d confessed at least fifteen times before: angrily arguing with my husband about the Catholic Church. Suddenly, I stopped. From behind the Confessional screen, I could hear my priest chuckling softly. It was an affection chuckle–the kind I sometimes use with my own kids when they are being So Predictably Ridiculous.
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Abortion on NBC's Parenthood

Many people become outraged when they see or hear about abortions on television shows. I would prefer that television and movies deal with the issue. Millions are actually being killed, there's no use in not talking about it or portraying it in the arts. Then just maybe we can have a serious conversation and actually change hearts and minds:

As the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches later this month, we can certainly expect attention to abortion and attitudes towards it to increase. Here is an interesting analysis calling us to move beyond the not-nearly-complex-enough pro-life/pro-choice labels. Its shocking and confusing statistic: 43% of respondents identified themselves both as pro-life and pro-choice. Here’s a great piece by Kim Daniels on being “Pro-woman, pro-child, pro-life,” which documents a lot of the networks of resources that have been developed for women and families in crisis pregnancy situations.
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Why My Husband and I Don't Use Contraception

Stephanie Calis writes at Ignitum Today:

I bet not everyone gets to learn about contraception with the help of a Slip N’ Slide. Seriously. Born and raised Catholic, I learned somewhere along the way that the Church never permits artificial forms of birth control, but until I attended this particular gathering of my high school youth group, the one involving said slide, I’d thought birth control was one of those things, like Crocs and The Backstreet Boys, that wasn’t really taken seriously anymore. I’ve discovered, as it turns out, that birth control totally is serious business. Love, I was told that night, is meant to be free, faithful, total, and fruitful (the slide was supposed to represent this, I think). It’s meant to be given without reserve, promised and sealed in fidelity, to hold back nothing, and to invite a man and woman to become creators of new life. It all made a lot of sense, especially when I discovered that the Catholic Church didn’t insist that every sexual act produce a baby.
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Bringing Marx Into the Abortion Debate

A fascinating argument for pro-life laws. One could likely say similar things arguing from the standpoint of Christianity but it would likely dilute the impact of the argument at least on an ivy league campus. Check this out:

Many years ago I was part of a six-person debate panel on the Princeton University campus sponsored by Princeton's famed debating club, the Whig-Cliosophic Society. Three people sat on the pro-abortion side, including two high-profile senior Princeton faculty—philosopher Peter Singer and biologist Lee Silver—and an experienced undergraduate debater named Emily Garin.
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Study: Contraception Could Lead to Miscarriages

We really thought treating fertility like a disease wouldn't have any consequences? Prayers going out to all the families who fell for the lie and have run into physical and spiritual problems because of the lie:

Women who take the birth control pill for a period of five to ten years could be more likely to miscarry than those who do not, according to a recent expert study. The study found that women whose endometrium was 7mm thick or less had a nearly 600 percent higher miscarriage rate than those whose endometrium measured 7mm or thicker.
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Notre Dame to Host "Band of Sisters" Director

Let's all applaud the LCWR!!!

The University of Notre Dame will host a screening of the documentary Band of Sisters and host filmmaker Mary Fishman next month. The event, scheduled for February 21, will be hosted by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.
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The "You" God Made and the "You" on Social Media

Interesting insight from Cate Roberts:

When the first feelings of melancholy surfaced, I wondered if it was because winter had finally managed to find its way south. Then I began to notice a pattern in my days. I would hop online and giggle my way through a friend’s latest blog post, but immediately chastise myself for not updating my own. An acquaintance’s tweet of celebration upon completing grad school momentarily reminded me of my desire to add another degree to the wall. A former colleague contacting me with an offer to work with two high schoolers with Asperger’s syndrome, had me wistfully thinking about the career I had left to fully embrace my vocation as wife and mother. Finally, a picture of the Himalayan mountains posted to Facebook by a high school friend and his wife, who had sold their house and left their jobs to spend a year travelling the globe, had me sadly wondering about how many years it had been since I saw my passport outside of the safe deposit box.
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College President: “At the Center of This College Is Jesus Christ.”

A faithful Catholic college.

“At the center of this college is Jesus Christ. I take that very seriously,” Campion College Australia president Dr. Ryan Messmore said at his inaugural speech last month. “Rather than a mere pious label or a decorative gloss, the Christian faith informs the very content and character of a Campion education.”
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Mass for Nellie Gray

Before the March for Life:

The Paulus Institute has announced a Mass for Nellie Gray to be offered on the morning of the March for Life:
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An Amazing Story Of Loving an Orphan

Beautiful:

Sitting in a playroom at an orphanage in Bulgaria last August, Lauren and Don Horton were eager to meet the little girl they hoped to one day adopt — a then-3-year-old with Down syndrome named Melina. They were happy to finally see the girl, but what they saw — prepared for it as they thought they were — shocked them.
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Alabama Judge: Unborn are Persons

Not potential people.

Today the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn. The case reached the Supreme Court on an appeal by Amanda Kimbrough who admitted to smoking meth three days before the premature birth of her son Timmy. Born at 25 weeks, Timmy survived only 19 minutes after birth and was found to have died from “accute methamphetamine intoxication.”
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Broken Families More Lethal to Children than Guns

Let's keep dissolving the family. I'm sure everything will get better.

The study, released Dec. 20, also discovered that an American youth was 3.8 times more likely to become the victim of a serious violent crime if he or she lived in a home where the householder was unmarried than if he or she lived with married parents. In 2010, 7.4 out of every 1,000 youth living with married parents became the victims of a serious violent crime. At the same time, 27.8 out of every 1,000 living with an unmarried householder became the victims of a serious violent crime.
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Wesley Smith on the Schiavo Family

The Schiavo's have done great work bringing this issue to public consciousness:

Terri Schiavo’s family may be the most noble people I have met in my 20 years struggling against the culture of death. Now, the National Catholic Register has published an interview with Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother. It is well worth your time. Some people forget, but Terri’s death took another life — her father’s. After she died slowly by dehydration over two weeks, his blood pressure exploded. He never got over what happened to her. It eventually killed him.
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Oscar Nominated Film Glorifies Euthanasia

Killing old people is compassion, you know.

The biggest statement of this year’s Oscar nominations is the extraordinarily fawning attention being given to Amour; a very little French-language film written and directed by the ever-despairing Austrian director, Michael Haneke. The best review I read of the film expressed the tone and “big idea” thusly: “Haneke is playing with the same themes of alienation and isolation, repression and bleakness that have marked his entire career. The pair of lead performances makes it convincing to a point, but these poor characters are merely players in a signature act of desperation, Haneke style.”
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Anti-Catholic Appointment to Connecticut Supreme Court

This is really bad news folks.

Liberals work to warp society and to undermine the Catholic Church from within and without, through creeping incrementalism. They introduce some odd ball scheme, it gets shot down. They have bumped the paradgim a little bit toward their goal. They introduce it again. It gets shot down again. They bumped the paradigm. They introduce it again, and again, and again…. Then it passes.
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Did Jesus Support "Concealed Carry"?

Funny and smart stuff from John White at Catholic Vote. I loved the part about calling the authorities:

Did Jesus really support concealed carry? Absolutely he did. Look no further than the Bible. All four gospels report the violent episode that takes place when Judas and the soldiers come to seize Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus of course is prepared to go along peacefully. Peter, meaning well but unclear on the concept, draws his sword and cuts off the ear of the high priest’s slave.
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Taxes Towards the Culture of Death

Pundette writes:

Shaking my head here at this Corner post on our tax dollars funding strip club visits and porn purchases:
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Sorry, Catholic Parenting Is Not An Insurance Policy For Well-Adjusted, Faithful Children

Colleen Duggan writes:

When I was a new mom, and Patrick was a wee four months old, I gave up nursing him. My decision to wave the white flag of surrender wasn't because I didn't desire to breastfeed, but was because he wasn't gaining enough weight on my milk alone. I was barely producing two ounces in one nursing session, let alone enough to sustain his growth. It wasn't for lack of trying, however.
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Ed Rendell: "The good thing about Newtown Is..."

What a horrible thing to say. Just horrible:

Former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell channeled Piers Morgan on Friday's Now with Alex Wagner program on MSNBC. Rendell even upped the ante, claiming that there was a positive side to the Newtown, Connecticut massacre – that it boosts liberal efforts for stricter gun control [audio available here; video below the jump]: ED RENDELL: The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side.
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Bishops Issue Ten Year Report on Ex corde Ecclesiae

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Ten years after the finalization of Ex corde Ecclesiae, the relationship between the U.S. bishops and Catholic colleges has led to increased cooperation over the last decade, according to a new report from the bishops. The “Final Report for the 10-year Review of The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States” recommends the formation of a working group of bishops and college presidents under the Catholic Education committee “to continue the dialogue about strategic subjects on a national level.” That working group would, according to the USCCB website, be tasked with gathering information on best practices, offer suggestions for local conversation, and, as needed, develop resources.
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Cuomo Doubles Down on New York’s Abortion Regime

Cuomo wants to make NY's liberal abortion laws more liberal.

According to data publicized by the Chiaroscuro Foundation beginning in 2011, the rate of abortion in New York City is nearly twice the national average, with 40% of pregnancies ending in abortion in the City. In some zip codes, the abortion ratio approaches 60%.
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Fr. Broom on the Essential Role of the Father

In the piece he has a wonderful reflection on Pope John Paul II:

Divorce rates skyrocketing; adultery rampant; non-married cohabitating couples; children abandoned by their fathers or mothers; “same-sex unions” adopting children and calling this the “modern family”; pornography invading homes, leading to powerful addictions and total alienation from other members of the family: all of this is a bird’s eye view of the family situation in the modern world. Nonetheless, followers of Jesus Christ lift up the banner with the word HOPE. Hope is one of the three theological virtues that are infused in the soul in the moment of Baptism: Faith, Hope and Charity.
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Fr. Jenkins Makes Ironic Plea for Civility

Maybe he doesn't know what that word means.

Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., the president of the University of Notre Dame, has a piece in The Wall Street Journal pleading for civility in debate. This is not the first time that Fr. Jenkins has used that word. In fact, calls for “civility” have become something of a hallmark of his presidency of the University. In recent years, there have reportedly been on-campus panel discussions on civility, a University forum called “A More Perfect Union: The Future of America’s Democracy,” and posters urging students to take the “Notre Dame Pledge for Virtuous Discourse,” which encourages students to engage in respectful dialogue. And in 2009, “civility” was one of Fr. Jenkins’ most often used defense of his decision to honor pro-abortion rights President Barack Obama.
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A Plan to Bring Confession Back

Greg Erlandson writes at OSV:

It’s the forgotten sacrament. Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics either never go or go less than once a year. Many aren’t even sure what to call it: Reconciliation? Penance? Confession? Once upon a time, people availed themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as much as they did the Eucharist. It was offered frequently, and whole families waited in line to enter the confessional and tell the priest their litany of sins. I remember people standing in line as Mass began, waiting to enter the confessional and say, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”
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Michael Moore: Reagan and PJP Supporters Caused Death of Thousands

Shame on all of you for doing that.

Michael Moore: Supporters Of Ronald Reagan And Pope John Paul II “Are Responsible For The Deaths Thousands Of People Because Of Their Bigotry”…
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Teacher Stomps on Flag, Suspended

I wonder how that little lesson taught children how to read, write or add. Hmmm. Probably didn't.

South Carolina teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class
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Obama to Use Civil Rights Activist, Not Clergy to Deliver Benediction

First time ever.

For First Time Ever… Obama to Use Civil Rights Activist and Not Clergy to Deliver Benediction at Inauguration
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Anglican Nuns Praised for Joining Catholic Church

Wonderful news:

A group of 11 Anglican nuns who were received into the communion of the Catholic Church Jan. 1 were lauded for their response to “the Holy Father's summons to unity” at their Mass of reception. “You have responded, generously and courageously,” Father Daniel Seward, provost of the Oxford Oratory, told the U.K.-based sisters.
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Parents Forgive Their Daughter's Killer

I pray that this never happens and I pray that I could be so forgiving. I doubt it. But I pray that I would.

"I really felt like my daughter was joined with Christ, and that He and her were asking me to forgive and I just had never said no before to them, so I wasn't going to say no this time." -Andy Grosmaire Conor and Ann In a powerful display of how forgiveness can bring healing where you'd think all was lost, the TODAY Show recently featured the story of the parents of Ann Margaret Grosmaire and Conor McBride. After being together for some time—even engaged—19-year-old Conor McBride shot and killed his girlfriend Ann after an argument that had lasted a couple days.
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You Don't Have to be a Football Fan to Love This Story

Carl Olson writes:

You don't have to be a football fan to appreciate this recent ESPN story about Oregon Ducks running back coach Gary Campbell, his wife, Alola, and their 28-year-old son, Bryan. That's because it's not really about football, but about life and love. Bryan was born with spinal muscular atrophy, and doctors said he wouldn't live more than a year, at the most. "The two doctors who made that prognosis that Bryan would live less than a year are both dead," Gary said. "So he outlived them."
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Ex-Atheist Rips Into Sexual Revolution

A.N. Wilson has some regrets:

Ex-atheist rips into architects of the Sexual Revolution: "we were wrong, wrong, wrong"
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Klavan on Art, Culture and Christ

Fascinating thoughts from bestselling author Andrew Klavan:

The history of western culture from Hamlet to The Sopranos is the history of minds in the toils of that Christ-Pilate dynamic. Whether it’s Nietzsche standing in for Pilate or it’s Woody Allen, whether it’s Dostoevsky batting for Christ or it’s Tolkien, the question is the same. Is there an ultimate moral reality that guides human life or is it as Hamlet said, and “there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so?” Hamlet spoke those words when he was pretending to be insane. Many of today’s atheist intellectuals reiterate them while pretending to be sane. The Pilate-like moral relativism and multi-culturalism these academics espouse are aspects of a self-contradictory pose. They declare that nothing is true but that nothing is true, that nothing is real but that nothing is real. The position, as Shakespeare knew, is not only crazy, it’s make-believe crazy, because no one actually believes it.
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The Story of The Hobbit is the Same as LOTR?

This is interesting. Makes me want to look into it more:

The first part of the Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, is not yet available on DVD, though the Howard Shore soundtrack is. But it’s available in two theater versions, one in 2D at 24fps and in 3D at 48 fps. It’s been available in print for decades. But its literary role is something of a mystery. The Hobbit is commonly regarded in its literary form at least as inferior to Tolkien’s later magnum opus. Yet anyone who has read his landmark paper on Beowulf will instantly realize that the comparative simplicity of the Hobbit is due not to Tolkien’s immaturity as a writer but rather to the fact that he was laying down the foundation stones for his later creation. Although described as a “prequel” to the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit is really a different version of the same story; less “pre-telling” than a the narrative of the same universal experience from a different perspective. Almost every element in the Hobbit reappears in the Lord of the Rings, familiar, as the Shire was to Bilbo when he returns, yet changed.
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Harvard Lawyer Allows Homeless Family to Live in His House

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80,000 Pledge to Pray Rosary Daily

Wonderful news:

More than 80,000 people have pledged to pray the Rosary daily, with their names recorded in a book presented to Pope Benedict XVI. Father John Phalen, C.S.C., president of the Massachusetts-based Holy Cross Family Ministries, presented a book recording their pledges to the Pope in December during the Ecclesia in America international congress at the Vatican.
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Discernment and Near-Death Experiences

Years ago I read a book about a near-death experience and how it helped make the person a Christian. I was still a little mixed up about my faith at the time and was looking for different things to read. The book actually helped me. But about three quarters of the way through the book the writer started talking about all these things angels told them and some of them seemed kind of...off to me. Obviously I believe people can have supernatural experiences but I worry about how some promulgate their interpretation of their experiences. And sometimes people will give their words extra weight because of their experiences.

In 1 Thessalonians 5 we're told, when it comes to mysticism ("prophetic utterance"), never to despise such, but we're also told to examine it carefully, take what is good, and leave the rest. It's apparent why that passage is relevant. Deceptive spirits operate in supernatural categories (as well as all aspects of life).
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Keep Those Prayers Coming for Jen

Long road to recovery:

Hi, friends. Dashing off a quick note from my tablet to let you know what’s new: The good news is that the path forward is clear now. The bad news is that it’s a lot longer of a path than I thought it would be. The details: •I’m still in the hospital, but will probably be released tonight.
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34 Ways to Celebrate Life this January

Simcha writes at Catholic Digest:

Be A Pro-Life Family 34 ways to celebrate Life as a family this January
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NOtre Dame HHS Lawsuit Tossed

Timing.

An Indiana federal judge on Monday threw out the University of Notre Dame’s challenge to the HHS contraception mandate, according to LAW360.com. Once again, this dismissal is not on the merits of the case but the timing. The decision reportedly states that Notre Dame’s claims weren’t ripe because the Obama administration has yet to finalize the mandate and they promised to modify it at some point in the future.
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9 Reasons to Hate Catholics

Webster Bull (who has the awesomest name ever) lists nine reasons why you might hate Catholics

Philip Jenkins’s 2004 book The New Anti-Catholicism continues to rattle around inside me. In it the author distinguishes between opposing the Catholic Church as an institution (anti-clericalism) and opposing, distrusting, even hating Catholic people themselves (anti-Catholicism). At first, it was hard for me to imagine that people would hate me for just being Catholic. But the more I thought about it, the more reasons I came up with
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Pundette on the Calamity of Fatherlesness

Pundette is always worth reading:

Among blacks, nearly 5 million children, or 54 percent, live with only their mother. Twelve percent of black families below the poverty line have two parents present, compared with 41 percent of impoverished Hispanic families and 32 percent of poor white families.
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Cdl. George: Gay Marriage Violates Natural Law

Standing up.

Chicago's Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops officially entered Illinois' gay marriage fray Tuesday, issuing a letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice opposition to a legalization bill that could face a vote this week. "Civil laws that establish 'same-sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George and the bishops wrote in a letter sent to priests Tuesday. "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."
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Rebecca Frech Sings like a Dying Frog

Love this post about singing at Mass:

I love to sing…… Love. It. I’m not really all that great at it. In fact, I’m pretty bad. It’s a fact I’m pretty comfortable with by now. I’ve been told it’s bad by several well-respected people in my life. When I was in the 7th grade choir, the director pulled me aside one afternoon and suggested that I might want to join the band. “I’m that bad?” I asked. “You sing like a dying frog.” He answered. We struck a deal. I could stay in the choir class and fill out the group in concerts if I would only promise to not sing out loud. I was a “mouth singer” only. I shrugged my shoulders and didn’t care. I got to stay in the choir with my friends and I got an ‘A’ because I never sang in class again.
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Renting wombs: The new biological colonialism

Say, didn't the Pope warn everyone about this and everyone laughed and said that'll never happen?

It was once said that the sun never set on the British Empire. The Brits colonized vast areas of the earth, civilizing exotic places with the likes of afternoon tea and cricket. Oh, and happily using up natural resources along the way. Those days are gone, but we’ve entered a new era of colonialism: renting the wombs of women in exotic places to fulfill a desire to have a child, under any circumstances. And now the natural resources are the wombs of destitute women.
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Bucking the Trend of Secularization: Catholic Dorm on Secular Campuses

Now, we just need one at Georgetown ;)

On many campuses throughout the country God has been unceremoniously evicted in an effort to completely alienate faith from knowledge. But one organization is attempting to buck that trend by establishing Catholic dormitories on the campuses of secular universities. The Newman Student Housing Fund recently announced that the Florida Institute of Technology will soon be home to a 150-bed dorm primarily for Catholic students interested in living in a faith-filled environment.
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2-4-6-8 Time to Transubstantiate!!!

Funny stuff from LarryD. If you're offended, please see LarryD. Not me.

Go to any high school football or basketball game, and one thing you can count on witnessing is the troupe of cheerleaders – supporting the home team with exuberant cheers, and generating fan excitement with chants of “Go Team Go!”, and acrobatic flips, tosses and balancing acts. And now members of St. Bacchanalia in Rogers City MI get to witness them too – before, during and after Mass, thanks to their new pastor, Fr Cale S. Thennick.
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Ghost Hunter Calls on Christ

Finds Christ on a ghost hunt:

Kristine McGuire: A Ghost Hunter Calls on Christ She mixed Christianity with the occult and it led her down a spooky path
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