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The Force Of The Habit

How wearing religious clothing publicly can work conversions

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The World's Best Mom

Just read this, will ya?

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How Marriage Makes Saints

Meg Hunter-Kilmer writes:

I thought I was done with weddings. And then my students started getting married, and now wedding season has begun all over again. Seriously, I have 6 weddings and two ordinations in the next 8 months. I hope they’re not expecting gifts…. Soon after one of my kids got engaged, we were talking about how exciting it all is. She looked at me with 22-year-old, doe-eyed, twitterpated optimism, and asked, “You know what I’m most excited about?”
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‘Full House’ Actress Reveals How Her Christian Faith Has Impacted ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Experience

I think she mentions God more than Tim Tebow.

Actress Candace Cameron Bure says she has experienced both praise and criticism for openly sharing her Christian views on “Dancing With the Stars,” a live TV competition in which she’s been jumping, jiving and facing off against fellow entertainers each week on the dance floor. Despite the mixed reaction, Bure told TheBlaze in a phone interview Monday that she’s glad she’s been able to share her faith over the past seven weeks, something she had already been doing for quite some time through both books and interviews. “I’ve had so much support on one hand from the faith-filled audience and at the same time I’ve had a lot of criticism — just the people who don’t think that it’s honoring for me to dance with someone other than my husband or [that I should] be in a world that’s only Christian,” Bure said. “And I just don’t hold that point of view … I’m not the person to be put only in the Christian bubble.”
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Virginia Abortion tells Priest He's Quitting the Abortion Industry

Amazing news.

Christ's love helped bring an abortion doctor out of the industry, according to a pro-life advocate. Ken Groves, a pro-life activist with 40 Days for Life in Manassas, Virginia, says that abortion doctor Charles J. Akoda "took a very bold step and met with a priest and has declared himself out of the abortion business." Groves wrote that this happened yesterday, which is Divine Mercy Sunday in the Roman Catholic Church. Amethyst Health Center for Women owner, Elizabeth Van Der Woude, verified in a phone call with LifeSiteNews.com that Akoda is no longer with her facility.
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Oregon County Orders Incinerator: Stop Using Aborted Babies to Generate Power

Breitbart reports:

Marion County, Oregon commissioners approved an order Thursday to stop an incinerator from using aborted babies to generate power. The order states that the incinerator must stop accepting medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure aborted babies are not among the substances burned to produce electricity. As Breitbart News’ Warner Todd Huston reported earlier on Thursday, authorities in Victoria, British Columbia revealed that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the United States and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon residents. According to the Associated Press, pro-life Marion County commissioners Sam Brentano and Janet Carlson said they were horrified to learn that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility in Brooks might be burning aborted babies to generate power. “We’re going to get [to] the bottom of it,” Carlson said. “I want to know who knew, when they knew, how long they had known this was going on.”
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What Happens to an Embryo If Mother Uses Contraception?

The truth as opposed to what the federal government and the media want you to believe. Donna Harrison writes a clarifying piece at National Review:

This is not an article about the morality of contraception. This is an article about a very specific scientific question: What happens to embryos formed while the mother is using modern methods of contraception? This information is of importance to some women choosing contraception. And, unlike 20 years ago, today’s science has much to say about the conditions that embryos face when they are formed in women using contraception. All methods of contraception can fail to prevent a recognized pregnancy. Statistics on how often a method permits a recognized pregnancy are published by the CDC. For example, using the CDC numbers, for every 100 women who use the Pill for one year, nine will have a recognized pregnancy.
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5 Tips for Young Parents and Large Families

Taylor Marshall writes:

Here are 5 tips for young parents who are afraid or discouraged about having a large family with all the sacrifices that come with it. Here’s the good news. A large family is a lot of fun and extremely rewarding. My wife Joy and I have 7 children. It’s a blessing.
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Hold Onto the Nails, Not the Hurt

Another great piece from Sherry:

Facebook brings us many people talking about and linking to many things, not all of them just, kind or beautiful. One had an angry screed at the top because the person felt outrage at the callus laughter of those who beat a man as the description of his beating and injuries were discussed in court. He called them not human. Another posted smugly about her politics, and how uneducated the other side stubbornly remains for daring to think otherwise. I received an email demanding I stand up against my own Church because it does not sanction what the world has decided must be. In every case, and I saw people rallying to the other side, people assembling on the internet in camps of left and right, Republican and Democrat, White and Black, Christian and non Christian, those in favor and those who oppose the redefinition of marriage as recognized by the state, and in every place, I saw people declare the other side, Not Human. Or less worthy human. Or even worthless. All matter of civility and principles, manners and charity were exchanged for vitriol, I'm right, you're a dunderhead. But in less gentle terms. Everyone everywhere felt entitled, justified to hold onto the hurt. And all I could think over and over again is Human. All too Human. Human. Human. Human.
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Fr. Schall: Why Silencing Christians Will Continue

We are tolerant of everything but truth:

The number of subjects we cannot talk about in public discourse are rapidly multiplying. The older notion of “free speech” as a search for the truth through reasonable argument is being replaced. We no longer want to hear speech if it “offends” someone’s feelings or self-defined identity. We would rather “just get along” than to have to decide about the truth of any issue or confront the consequences of its violation.
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7 Common Careers Christians May No Longer Hold in America

The American Family Association has the list:

Many Christians choose self-employed careers because they want to be able to run their business according to the dictates of their faith and conscience. That list is quickly shrinking as homosexuals pro-actively seek opportunities to wreck the personal business and career of any Christian who declines to support the gay lifestyle. Don't be fooled. This is a focused effort to ostracize and humiliate faith-based businesses and their owners. Here are a few recent examples:
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Legislative Bullying

Katherine Kersten writes at First Things:

Who—in sensitive, civilized America in 2014—could possibly be in favor of bullying? Every decent adult wants students to treat each other with courtesy and respect. So who could oppose attempts to strengthen anti-bullying laws to shield children from the hurtful schoolyard taunts so many of us remember? But what if the anti-bullying project is hijacked by zealous special-interest groups with little concern for protecting kids who are overweight, shy, or viewed as nerds—the traditional victims of bullying? What if state policy-makers use anti-bullying programs to pry open the doors of religious schools and compel them to teach ideas directly at odds with the tenets of their faith?
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Nutjob College Students Mock Pro-Lifers With Coat Hanger Display

Hangers are their weapon of choice against the imaginary war on women.

The Socialist Student Union at Winthrop University covered the DiGiorgio Campus Center’s lawn in wire hangers to mock a pro-life event that was sponsored by conservative students. The College Republicans had covered the same spot on the lawn with flags in January to represent abortions in the United States in honor of National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
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LMU Hires Dean with Planned Parenthood Connection

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Loyola Marymount University has named Dr. Robbin Crabtree dean of its Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, despite her past consultancy work with a Planned Parenthood-sponsored clinic and her involvement with a pro-abortion rights organization. Crabtree, according to her CV available online, worked on the Advisory Board and Media Relations Committee of Planned Parenthood of Putnam County, Indiana, from 1991 to 1993.
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Abp. Chaput: Remembering Two Men, Two Popes, and Two Great Saints

Wonderful piece.

In just a few days – April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday – Pope Francis will canonize two of the greatest religious leaders in many decades: Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. It’s a good moment to pause and reflect on each. Elected in October 1958 at the age of 77, Pope John XXIII (born Angelo Roncalli) was very unlike his predecessor, Pius XII. John XXIII came from Italian peasant stock, and in the place of papal formality, he radiated humor and warmth. It was John XXIII who, when once asked by an interviewer how many people worked at the Vatican, quipped “about half.”
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U.S. Congressmen Urge Germans to Allow Homeschoolers Freedom

ChristianNews.net reports:

Three United States Congressmen recently met with German Ambassador Peter Ammon to discuss the importance of the freedom to home school. Representatives Daniel Webster (R-FL), Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL) sat down with Ammon in light of Germany’s restrictions against homeschooling and its punishment of those who do not send their children to state schools. The meeting was organized by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).
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Mom-to-be: I need to have this abortion so that I can be on a reality show

HotAir reports:

Puffing on a cigarette and rubbing her baby bump, the controversial model and call girl – who will have her abortion at a clinic this week – said: “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now. “An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way.” Josie, 23, is already 18 weeks pregnant by either an escort agency client or a Premier League footballer.
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Woman on Her Deathbed Talks of Her Cure after Seeing Photo of Pope John Paul II

The Blaze reports:

She Was Reportedly on Her Deathbed When a Photo of Pope John Paul II Caught Her Eye — No One Can Explain Scientifically What Happened on That Day
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Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage Stands From Party Platform

Reason 5,467 why I am no longer a Republican.

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Chris Christie: I'm Pro-Life and Believe in the Sanctity of Life

LifeNews.com reports:

New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie said during a speech at a forum on drug and alcohol abuse that he is pro-life and he tied his opposition to abortion to his respect for human life, chrischristie4saying he is pro-life both before and after birth. Christie was a featured speaker at the conference, held at Saint Peter’s University. His comments on abortion came during a conversation with former Gov. Jim McGreevey.
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Islamic Terrorists: "We Must Eliminate the Cross."

Hate.

In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”
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Clemson Actually Stands Up to Atheists

Stands by football coach.

A prominent atheist activist organization has lodged a complaint against the practices of the Clemson University football program, claiming that it is unlawfully ‘entangled’ in Christianity. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the university, asserting that head coach Dabo Swinney is violating the separation of church and state. “Christian worship seems interwoven into Clemson’s football program,” wrote FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott. “We are concerned that this commingling of religion and athletics results, not from student initiative, but rather from the attitudes and unconstitutional behaviors of the coaching staff.”
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Crowdfunding Her Way Into the Convent

Student loans are preventing her from entering:

There's only one thing standing between Mary Beth Baker and the convent of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn. -- and it's $25,000. The 28-year-old PR exec and self-described "hardcore Catholic" is looking forward to joining the Nashville convent as a nun, but she must pay off her student loans first, as priests and nuns are not allowed to carry debt. Regarding her decision to become a nun, she told The Huffington Post, "As I've been realizing more, it's really about falling in love. I love the idea of being able to live for Christ with an undivided heart."
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Niceraguan Priest Murdered

May have been protecting young girl.

Just a few days after the murder of the Jesuit priest, Father Frans van Lugt in Syria, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has noted with sadness the violent killing of one of its project partners in Nicaragua, Father Francisco Blandón, the parish priest of the church of the Immaculate Conception in Wiwilí, Nicaragua, who was shot dead on Sunday 6th April. He was struck by two bullets, one in the abdomen and the other in the heart. Father Francisco was a delegate of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Association and a specialist in Canon Law for the diocese of Jinotega. Early investigations suggest that his attacker may have been mentally unstable, since he also shot and killed his girlfriend, who had come to the presbytery to seek advice and help. It seems possible that Fr Francisco may have been shot while trying to protect the girl from her boyfriend’s attempts to shoot her. He had been parish priest here for four years and was greatly loved by the people, who often came to him seeking advice and guidance.
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Drag Show at Catholic College Takes Satanic Turn

Goat horns and everything.

The drag show at the University of San Diego (USD) on April 10 took a satanic turn, according to an email alert from the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) which had a correspondent at the event. The Cardinal Newman Society reported last week that the Vatican’s Congregation for Education stated that a previous drag show at the Catholic university caused “scandal”. USD still proceeded with its third annual drag show titled “Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar”.
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A Funny Story About How Kids Made a Nightmare Come True

Parenting is Funny has a good one:

The other night I had a dream that I was being attacked by a crow. The crow was a known serial killer. And now it was after me.
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9 Great Scientists Who Were Priests

But the Church hates science, right?

Like the belief that vaccines cause autism or that GMOs are unhealthy, the notion that science and religion are in permanent conflict is a myth. This superficial argument persists, no matter how much evidence accumulates against it. Mostly, the controversy is kept alive by a handful of individuals -- some more obnoxious than others -- who have built their careers encouraging and exploiting discord instead of harmony. The Catholic Church, of course, is the media's favorite whipping boy. However, the convenient narrative of a Church waging a two-millennia-long battle against science is drastically undermined by a long and inconvenient history of priests who were also productive scientists. Here are a few of them.
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Did Christ Ride 2 Donkeys or 1 Donkey on Palm Sunday?

For years I was confused about Palm Sunday. In Matthew’s Gospel, we read that Christ rode a female donkey and her baby colt. However, in Mark, Luke, and John, we read that Christ rode a donkey without any mention of the her colt.

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Please Pray For Mark Shea's Mother

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mark Shea's Mother, Mark, and his family.

Rest in peace.

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The Global War on Christianity is Real

John Allen reports at the Boston Globe.

Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt, killed in Syria last week just shy of his 76th birthday, personified the best of the missionary spirit in Catholicism. He spent 50 years in his adopted country, humbly serving poor and disabled persons regardless of their race or religion. Whenever a Syrian came to his door seeking help, van der Lugt told a friend, “I don’t see Muslims or Christians, only human beings.”
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Archbishop Urges Prayer, Action Against Colorado Abortion Bill

Stands against the legislatively enshrined culture of death.

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila is asking the people of Colorado to spend 10 minutes in prayer and take concrete action over the weekend to support the sanctity of human life in the face of a serious legislative threat. In an open letter dated April 11, the Denver archbishop explained that Senate Bill 175, touted as the “Reproductive Health Freedom Act,” is being debated in the Colorado Senate next week. “This over-reaching piece of legislation would essentially shut down any attempt to pass life-affirming legislation in Colorado ever again,” the archbishop warned. “More than that, it enshrines the ‘right to abortion’ into Colorado law.”
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Seven Things You Can’t Do as a Moral Relativist

Funny 'cause it's true:

So you’ve decided to become a moral relativist. Good for you! What could be better than doing whatever feels right? What could be worse than letting someone tell you what you should and shouldn’t do? Plus, it’s one of the easiest worldviews to adopt: Just leave everyone else alone and demand that they do the same for you, and you’ll never have to worry again about whether your actions are right or wrong. In fact, there are really only seven things that you can’t do as a moral relativist. Simply follow the rules below, and you’ll be free from absolutes forever!
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Students outraged as union votes to ban pro-life rallies

Totalitolerance at its finest. The Catholic Herald reports:

Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians and pro-abortion students have joined forces to oppose moves to stop pro-life students from demonstrating or protesting on the Cardiff University campus. Presidents of the Islamic Society, the Catholic Society and the Pro-Life Society attended a student senate meeting last week to contest a motion that would require the student union to “prevent affiliated societies and groups from taking part in anti-choice protests or rallies”
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Fr. Ray Blake on Why Catholics Don't Evangelize

The assumption of an empty hell plays a role.

A few thoughts on Evangelisation with SPES tramping the streets of my parish calling in the lost and the distanced. Someone left a comment recently to the effect that ever since the Second Vatican Council we have been talking endlessly about evangelisation but in practice doing very little, in fact it could be said we have been 'counter evangelising', at least in the North we have lost far more than we have gained: empty churches, empty seminaries, empty convents are a testimony to our success.
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It's Not Too Late for a Good Lent

Merry Catholic writes:

Well, here we are, over a month into Lent. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and soon it will be Easter and Lent will be over. So how are your Lenten sacrifices coming along? Are you still keeping up with them? This Lent did you give up TV and chocolate, and vow to go to Daily Mass at least twice each week? If you’re like me, despite the best of intentions back on Ash Wednesday, right about now you’re probably barely making it to Sunday Mass, and you spend each evening channel surfing with one hand while wolfing down M&Ms by the fistful with the other hand. If you’re like me, on at least three Fridays so far during Lent you were halfway through a double bacon burger for lunch when you suddenly said, “Oh no, today is Friday!” Then you vowed to make up for it by definitely abstaining from TV and chocolate for the rest of the day. But as you sat on the couch that the evening, bored and fidgety, the siren call of the clicker and the bag of M&Ms proved too powerful.
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Notre Dame Tries Again to Resist HHS Mandate

The Fighting Irish are still fighting.

The University of Notre Dame has filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for a rehearing of its plea for an injunction against the HHS mandate in front of the entire Seventh Circuit, rather than the panel of three judges which earlier denied the plea, according to The Observer. The petition filed by the University,which can be found online, argues that Notre Dame seeks to provide health coverage to its employees “in a manner consistent with its Catholic beliefs.”
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Dioceses Revise Contracts, Actually Expect Teachers to Uphold Catholic Teaching

Shocking, I know. Of course, some are unhappy.

In response to a number of high profile firings and resignations of teachers in Catholic schools for varying incidents involving same-sex marriages, in-vitro fertilization, or abortion advocacy, a few dioceses are now including language specifying violations of Catholic doctrine that would be deemed fire-able offenses. Dioceses in Hawaii and Ohio have already made changes to their teacher contracts. Some expect similar changes around the country. And some are protesting.
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Supreme Court declines to hear religious freedom photography case

Yeah, it's just freedom of religion. Nothing important that's like in the Constitution or anything.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to weigh in on a case involving a small Christian-owned photography business that declined on religious grounds to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006. The court announced its decision April 7. It did not give a reason for declining to hear the case. “Only unjust laws separate what people say from what they believe,” said Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence of Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, owners of Elane Photography.
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Jesuit, who used YouTube to appeal for help for Homs, reportedly killed

Prayers.

A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits' Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt, who had worked in Syria since 1966, declined suggestions to leave because he wanted to help Syria's suffering civilians -- "Christians and Muslims -- anyone in need," said Father Giuseppe Bellucci, head of the Jesuits' press office.
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Bombshell: New York not inspecting most abortion clinics

The back-alley is the norm.

Remember Kermit Gosnell? The main reason that the serial killer managed to elude detection for so long was that the state of Pennsylvania didn’t bother to inspect his facility for seventeen years, even though state law required it — and even though previous inspections showed significant causes for concern. The grand jury report specifically blamed politics in Pennsylvania for a lack of action. Had federal investigators not started probing Gosnell for his illegal trade in drugs, he’d still be cheerfully murdering babies that survived abortions and a few of their mothers, too.
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Vid: Hilarious April Fool's Joke on College Prof

This made me laugh out loud. One of the greatest April Fool's jokes ever.

Dr. Stephen Barrows wants the full attention of his class. That’s why the economics professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has a “no cell phone” policy. If students receive a call during class time, he requires them to answer it on speaker phone. All of which provided the perfect set-up for his students to prank him on April Fool’s Day.
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Illinois bishop upholds priest’s decision to deny Communion to pro-abort Sen. Dick Durbin

LifeSiteNews.com reports:

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, known for his outspoken defense of the right to life and the natural family, has signaled his support for denying Communion to Catholic politicians who publicly endorse activities gravely contrary to the moral law. The bishop wrote recently to a pro-life activist to affirm that he is upholding a diocesan priest’s decision to deny Communion to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, who has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood.
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Campus Creates a "Jesus-Free" Zone

The dangers of secondhand Jesus.

Yesterday, we reported here on The College Fix about how officials at Thomas Nelson Community College attempted to enforce a virtual “Jesus-free zone” on campus, asking a student not to talk about Jesus on campus property because he “might offend someone.” Today, we discovered that the creation of the “Jesus-free zone” in schools is becoming a national trend, not limited to college students, but extending all the way to grade school.
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These Are the Ugliest Vestments Ever

Whoa.

Many readers perused "The Ugliest Vestments Ever Worn" and decided it wasn't ugly enough. Some sent in more shots of priests and bishops sporting some awfully bad taste in chasubles. As you will see, Episcopalians have quite a bit of explaining to do. Ugly is ecumenical: a few Roman Catholics are included for good measure. Welcome to another episode of when clerics swap their pulpits for the catwalk.
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Pelosi’s Archbishop: Catholics ‘Dissenting From Defined Church Teaching’ Mustn't Take Communion

Congresswoman, please exit the handbasket.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who heads the archdiocese of San Francisco where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) , a Catholic, resides, said that Catholics who are “dissenting from a defined Church teaching” in “a serious way,” must not receive Holy Communion. Last fall, Cardinal Raymond Burke, the chief justice at the Vatican, said that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi must be denied Communion because of her longstanding support for abortion. He also said, “ I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is.”
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The Short and Confusing History Behind the Term "Excommunitweet."

I get a listing in the Dictionary of Christianese:

Excommunitweets? Those are tweets that say “Farewell!” to someone who is perceived as having left the church. The term excommunitweet has been getting some attention online the past few days. It was originally coined in December 2012 by Matt Archbold in an article for the Washington Post. Then a few days ago, Jacob Lupfer resurrected this rarely used term in a blog post about World Vision. The term excommunitweet has been so infrequently used between 2012 and 2014 that at least one blogger credited Lupfer with coining the term.
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Priest pretends to concelebrate fake Mass with a woman, removed from ministry by CDF

Fr. Z reports:

Here is some cheery news. It is cheery in that the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is doing its job diligently and that justice has been done and that the Faith has been defended. It is sad news, however, that any Catholic priest would be so wicked as to do such a thing. We are pleased that the proper thing has been done, and sad about the sin committed which required such intervention.
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Prepare to Cringe: Photos of a Dancing Bishop

Damian Thompson reports:

Thanks to the Tradition in Action blog for these grisly but compelling snaps of Archbishop Giovanni Tonucci, Pontifical Delegate to the Shrine of the Holy House of Nazareth in Loreto, Italy.
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Robert George on Catholics: Here Comes Everybody

Wonderful piece:

Those of us who are Catholics have had a rough few years. Well, make that a rough few decades. Horrific abuse scandals. Some weak, sometimes feckless, bishops. Wacky theologians. Boring homilies. Dreadful music. Widespread dissent, often rooted in appalling ignorance. I could go on. We envy our Evangelical friends for the vibrancy of faith in their communities. (Causing our Evangelical friends to wonder whether we've been hitting the communion wine too hard.) We envy our friends in the historically black churches for their great preaching and singing. We envy our LDS friends for having strong and inspiring leaders. We envy our Eastern Orthodox friends for having a beautiful liturgy. We envy our Orthodox Jewish friends for understanding the value of tradition, instead of throwing it overboard in pursuit of "relevance." We feel sorry for ourselves. But sometimes, one notices the little things that make it great to be Catholic. Like diversity. Diversity? I know what you're thinking: "My goodness, Robby really has been hitting the sauce. He's not usually the sort who goes for this p.c. diversity business." But, no, I mean it. Diversity. I was sitting at mass today, listening to the homily (which actually wasn't all that boring, truth be told) and looking around at my fellow worshippers. I mean to tell you, it was glorious diversity. The Catholic Church really is "here comes everybody." There were people I know who are Irish, Polish, Italian, Mexican, Filipino, Guatemalan, but also African, Indian (the kind from India), Korean, Vietnamese, Colombian, Russian (why they don't go to the Orthodox Church, I'm not sure; but there they were), Lebanese, Japanese, Jamaican, Chilean, Ecuadorean---all in the same local parish. And that's only the beginning.
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