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Maya Angelou's Pro-Life Journey

I had no idea of this amazing story of love:

When the sad announcement was made that 86-year-old Maya Angelou had died, I knew only the most generally-known details of her life. For example, that Ms. Angelou was a prolific author and poet, actress and activist, best known either for her book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” or perhaps the poem she read at the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton, “On the Pulse of Morning.” I did not know that she had penned a powerful essay for the October 8, 2001, issue of Family Circle Magazine titled, “The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby.”
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Bishop Galantino and the treachery of fathers

Read this.

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Good News. Births Are Up. Abortions Down. Cancer Research Breakthroughs

Jim Geraghty with some much needed good news:

Is America Depressed? Okay, so America’s seen some bad news lately. The economy stinks, and no one is confident. Mediocre economic numbers are greeted as a triumph. Obamacare’s a mess. The federal government is one cluster-you-know-what of venality and incompetence after another. The Millennials seem spoiled, self-absorbed and incapable of achieving in the modern workplace. Trouble is brewing from Ukraine to Syria to Iraq to Libya to the South China Sea to the Korean peninsula. Our allies are unnerved, our enemies acting bolder.
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Happy 140th Birthday GK Chesterton

I love reading Chesterton.

May 29 is the birthday of the great Gilbert Keith Chesterton, author, poet, raconteur, and master of the quotable one-liner. The American Chesterton Society explains why there’s such a fuss about G.K. Chesterton.
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Italian Jesuit Killed by Al Qaeda

The persecution continues:

Father Paolo Dall'Oglio was abducted by an "Al Qaeda-linked militant" in Syria in July 2013, and was believed to still be alive. However, according to Mid East Faces, "ISIS defector" Abu Mohammad Assuri indicates Father Paolo was shot 14 times and "killed right after his capture."
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Faithful Catholic Doctors Advised to Emigrate from Britain

Shocking but not surprising. Does that make sense?

Catholic doctors who follow church teaching on sexual ethics cannot work as gynaecologists in Britain, the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference was told. Charlie O’Donnell, a consultant in emergency and intensive care medicine, said the best advice he could give to an “orthodox” Catholic wishing to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology would be to “emigrate”.
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Is the Church on the Wrong Side of History?

Merry Catholic wonders:

A recurring claim these days is that the Catholic Church is on the wrong side of history. This accusation makes for good sound bites, and it helps talk show pundits appear clever when they use the phrase while complaining that the Catholic Church is resisting the latest social fad, but what does the term actually mean? Saying that someone is on the wrong side of history is essentially saying, “I can predict the future. And I predict your viewpoint will be thoroughly discredited by future generations. Therefore, you might as well change your mind right now and avoid the embarrassment.” That’s a pretty bold claim, isn’t it? It takes a lot of brass for a person to declare that his views are so correct, people in the future will unanimously agree with him.
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June 7, 1965. The day the "right to privacy" was invented

Pro-Life Wisconsin reports:

Since 2004, Pro-Life Wisconsinites have marked the anniversary of the June 7, 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut. This Supreme Court decision paved the way for abortion on demand in America by defining the “right to privacy” upon which the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was based. In June pro-lifers across the state will once again remember the seminal decision by gathering for prayer vigils, followed by celebrations of the family.
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Mansions of the Lord... Freedom Isn't Free. Somebody Paid

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Pope Francis and Netanyahu Disagree on Language Jesus Spoke

They should've just asked Mel Gibson.

Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. "Aramaic," the pope interjected. "He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back.
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The horror. The humanity. The heterocisgenderpatriarchal privilege.

Sanity prevails. For once.

The University of South Carolina is dumping its Gender Studies center which became notorious for holding an event titled “How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less” and is going to teach the US Constitution instead.
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What We Teach Our Children

What's important to you? Professor Jason King writes:

My seven year old son hung his head low as he walked off of the baseball diamond after his game. I asked him what was wrong, and he said, “this is our third game, and I still haven’t gotten on base.” My immediate reaction was sympathy, followed quickly by a sense of failure as a dad. If I had been out practicing hitting more with my son, he would be better. If I had limited his time with video games, he would be more athletic. If I had been more focused, he would be more focused. If I would have pushed, he would have succeeded. I was quickly caught up in the story that infects so many parents, one Jay Atkinson captures so well in his recent “How Parents are Ruining Youth Sports”.
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Worst Religion Story of the Year. AP Attacks Phil Robertson Again

He's a Christian! Get him!

Sigh…no context, just a quick Associated Press gotcha blurb. Yep, that reader’s email to GetReligion pretty much sums up an atrocious, 135-word piece of AP “journalism” on Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame.
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Leader of "We Are Church" Excommunicated

Who could've possibly seen this coming?

A leader of the European dissident group We Are Church has been excommunicated. Martha Holzer was automatically excommunicated, along with her husband Gert, for “simulating the Mass,” the German-language Kath.net news service reported. The couple issued a statement saying that they were “immensely shocked” by the disciplinary action.
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Abp. Chaput Reacts to PA's Gay Marriage Ruling

Goes to the heart of what marriage is.

Pennsylvania’s longstanding Defense of Marriage Act was passed by democratically-elected officials and recognizes marriage as between one man and one woman. Today’s decision by one federal judge speaks to the confusion and misunderstanding among many today about the fundamental building block of society: the family. Every child has a basic right to a mother and a father united in marriage as a family. Today’s decision does not change that.
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Judge: Planned Parenthood Must Answer for Medicaid Fraud

Good news:

A judge has ruled that a Planned Parenthood abortion business must answer for allegations that it participated in a massive Medicaid fraud scheme. The claim involve blood tests that were performed on Texas teenagers by a Texas-based affiliate of the abortion giant.
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My Sister is the Worst Parent...In Two Languages

This is funny. And it's the kind of funny I like; the kind where I can point at a sibling and mock them.

WE did it. The unthinkable. We decided to go to see Elmo Makes Music. There were a hundred reasons to say “No”: Our two year old son isn’t the biggest fan of “the Street” to begin with. We just had a new baby too – and our kids, like Pro Wrestlers, like to tag team their naps. Did we really want to sit in a theater with hundreds of preschoolers, getting yelled at by people in mascot costumes? Mary actually donned the red suit professionally for a brief while. The experience still brings out night sweats. So, of course. we said “Yes”. After all, it’s not like Thomas the Tank Engine is going to sing and dance.
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Pro-Abort Nutjob: Abortion is about "My Right to Life."

Newsbusters has the vid:

The Left hasn’t got tired of the “War on Women” theme from the 2012 election cycle, just yet. In a May 15 episode of “AcronymTv” a left-wing internet broadcast part of The Young Turks Network, entitled, “The Catholic War on Women” and featured on The Huffington Post, show host Dennis Trainor Jr. brought on two radical feminists to discuss how to “take back the morality of abortion from the right-wing.”
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Amazing Ping Pong Player with No Arms

Dude plays with his racket in his mouth. And is awesome.

Egyptian para-table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato has no arms, yet he can put almost any amateur ping-pong player to shame. How he is able to handle the paddle with his mouth and actually direct his shots is still a mystery to me, but watching him play is fascinating
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I Was An Atheist Without Hope in Life. Then I Tried Praying

Welcome home.

There were few things Devin Rose wanted less than to become Catholic - but he also couldn’t rebut the Church’s arguments.
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WaPo Super Confused About Where Babies Come From

What's worse is that they're snarky about it:

Last week, Sen. Marco Rubio took some heat for saying that he was skeptical of global warming activism. He was asked about the reaction to some of his comments and he noted some hypocrisy he’s witnessed on scientific consensus:
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Fr. Ray Blake Celebrates Thirty Years as a Priest

His thoughts on it are interesting:

Yesterday was the thirtieth anniversary of my Ordination to the priesthood, I celebrated it as quietly possible, just me and a server assisting at Mass. As I get older I hate more and more 'Me' celebrations, especially those that merely indicate I am still alive - "prizes for breathing". Prayers are useful - congratulations I find a bit hollow. Five years ago we celebrated my 25th anniversary, it is good to look back and see how much better our church looks and how much more beautiful our music is. Two of those serving are on their way to the priesthood, others in video have moved on, some to their Eternal reward, some like Segei who produced this video to other parts of the world, he is back Moscow, one man I received into the Church has apostatised as is now a Muslim.
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Wow. A True Love Story

Beautiful.

Sometimes God puts you in a place and you just have to stand in awe and humility as you feel His presence. This is about a love story and, no doubt about it, I know HE has been involved. Why I was allowed to be a small part of this story is beyond me. But I was and I thank HIM for it. Anyway, please allow me to share my experience(s) of the past several months. I was witness to the love shared between Ed and Cathy, husband and wife, both dying from cancer, together, holding hands, smiling at each other and at peace as the days passed by.
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Sudan Sentences Pregnant Christian Woman to Death

Religion of Peace.

A pregnant woman faces the death penalty in Sudan for apostasy, after police discovered that she had been raised as a Christian despite the family’s identification as Muslim. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim also faces a sentence of flogging for marrying outside her religion, even though her husband is also Christian. The heart of both cases is the law forbidding the conversion of any Muslim to any other faith:
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Italian bishop: ‘I do not identify with those who recite the Rosary’ outside abortion facilities

Terrible.

An Italian bishop has angered pro-life advocates at home and abroad after he told an interviewer May 12 that he has little time for the kind of pro-lifer who prays the Rosary outside abortion facilities. “I do not identify with the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary outside the clinics who practice interruption of pregnancy, [‘l’interruzione della gravidanza’] but with those young people who are opposed to this practice and strive for the quality of life of the people, for their right to health, to work,” said Bishop Nunzio Galantino, secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI).
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Do You Have Time?

A wonderful piece by Jeannie Ewing:

I’ve been thinking about the concept of time lately. Of course one could write a philosophical discourse on what time really is or means, what transcends time, and how time feels so slow sometimes while at other moments years and even decades can pass without notice. But my own contemplation involves the phrase I continually hear from others (and I, too, have been guilty of saying it): “I’m just so busy.”
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Top Ten Reasons a Teen Shouldn't Leave Her Phone at Home

Always with the humor, this Sherry character:

*This post in no way reflects any opinion whatsoever about the inability of adults to communicate with any teen in particular despite providing for said communication device even if it is grey, not smart, and ONLY a phone. Why you shouldn't leave your phone at home when you go out into the world... 10) Parents might read text messages sent after teen has left for the day by accident, before recognizing the device to be yours. That might be mortifying. 9) As such, we might (not that we did mind you), respond. 8) We will know the names of some of your school friends and ask about them in front of your siblings, giving your brothers and sisters...potential weapons.
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Man Borrows Money from Neighbors to Save Sick Wife, Spends 24 Years Paying Back Every Penny

Awesome.

24 years ago, when this poor Chinese man’s wife got sick, he had no money to pay for her treatment. Mei Guanghan, 66, had no choice back then but to borrow 70,000 yuan ($11,000) from hundreds of neighbors. Since then, he’s had just one mission – to repay every neighbor, down to the last penny. And here’s the good news – after years of sacrifices and living in poverty, he has managed to achieve his goal.
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Harvard Black Mass Cancelled

A student group that was planning on holding a Satanic mass as part of an educational program has canceled the event after failing to find a new location for the mass. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club tried to move the event to The Middle East Restaurant, but officials there declined to host the event.
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The End of Fisher More College

Its over at the end of the month.

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Satanic Mass to Take Place at Harvard Tonight

Did you know that Harvard was originally a Christian University? And now this...

This is no H.P Lovecraft book, this is the real deal. Via The Harvard Crimson: Despite condemnation by the Archdiocese of Boston, Harvard Chaplains, student religious groups, and many alumni and students on campus, an organization of Harvard Extension School students will move forward with plans to host a staging of a satanic “black mass” on campus on Monday.
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Couple Leaves Everything to Begin Pro-Life Movement in Romania

Brave.

Founders of prolife organization Life Nation were present in Rome for Italy’s March for Life, and spoke of their decision to return to their native Romania to fill the gap where a prolife presence was lacking. “Romania has some of the highest abortion rates not just in Europe but in the world, and the prolife movement is virtually inexistent” Dan Calinescu told CNA May 3, however his wife, Julia, explained that although small, “you see little flickers” of the movement “here and there and they’re growing.”
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Eleanor Clift: Amb. Stevens Wasn't Murdered, He Died of Smoke Inhalation

Wow.

‘Moronic’: Columnist ripped for ‘despicable’ suggestion that Ambassador Stevens wasn’t murdered in Benghazi
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The Jason Patric seminal saga: a deus ex machina?

Sperm donation and IVF open up a world of problems.

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Planned Parenthood's Repellent Spawn

Christine Flowers wrote this powerful piece in the Daily News:

"REPELLENT" is a fairly strong word that, if used too often, loses its power. It has such potency that I reserve it just for things that make my stomach turn and my head spin, things that make me question humanity, things that have a rancid smell and an ugly outer shell. Emily Letts is one of those rare creatures who fits my idea of "repellent." In fact, Emily and the whole Planned Parenthood crew that support her are prima facie evidence that the world is filled with what Hannah Arendt famously referred to as the "banality of evil." At the risk of giving her more notoriety than she's already garnered, Emily Letts is the woman who found out she was pregnant, didn't want the baby, didn't have any intention of paying for her roll in the hay with nine months of drudgery and chose to have an abortion.
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Monogamy Envy

James Lileks:

With Mother’s Day nigh, you brace yourself for pieces in Slate and Salon along the lines of “To Hell with Motherhood: The Case for a Holiday to Celebrate the Real Victims of Kermit Gosnell, His Underpaid Staff” or “I’m Sick of Pretending I Love My Child.” Since no one’s written it yet, I’m reduced to imagining how they’ll sound:
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Cardinal Kasper's Claim Can Not Be Ignored

Ed Peters writes:

I understand Fr. Lombardi’s unwillingness to comment on statements allegedly made by the pope to private persons. I’m not sure his ‘No Comment’ policy can be observed in the long run, but I understand why he wants to avoid questions about private papal conversations. But Cdl. Kasper’s shocking claim that the pope believes half of all marriages to be invalid, is different. Very, very different.
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Rep. Sean Duffy and Rachael Campos-Duffy welcome seventh child into the world

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HGTV Cancels New Show Because Hosts are Actual Christians

Wow.

Another win for the Pink Mafia. Some background via Global Flare: A smear campaign was just started by the website rightwingwatch.org which labels the Benham Brothers as Christian extremists. The article is very misleading as it blends the actions of David and Jason Benham, with their father, Flip Benham. As you read the article, you are assuming that most of the things they list were done or said by the Benham Brothers, when in fact, most were done or said decades ago by their father.
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Sherry Wants you to Pray for Harvard

Sherry Antonetti writes:

My dad went to Harvard. He didn't particularly love it, but his children were proud of his accomplishments. But he knew the place to be in love with itself, and self love eventually becomes self loathing, as indicated by the planned "black mass" on May 12th. Fortunately, we are not without recourse. Elizabeth Scalia, a.k.a. The Anchoress, has been following the story here. But we need to do more than know about this or pester the people who run that university, we need to fight spiritual assaults with the proper spiritual weapons. So I propose a Rosary by Catholic Blogs, a rosary for those involved in this event, for those who promoted it, for those tacitly pretending it does no harm, for those who think it cool, for all those who will be injured by it. I'm going to ask all the bloggers I have formed friendships with over the years via the com boxes to participate and put a link to their blog here.
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‘Duck Dynasty’ kid Mia Robertson had an ‘amazing’ reaction to Us Weekly cover about her ‘struggle’

Twitchy reports this wonderful story.

Us Weekly interviewed “Duck Dynasty” couple Jase and Missy Robertson about the challenges faced by their daughter Mia, including several cleft surgeries. Missy used the hashtag “#amazing” in her tweet about Mia’s inspiring reaction to the magazine cover. “Why would they put STRUGGLE on there?” asked Mia. “I don’t have many struggles.”
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UN Official: Catholic Teaching on Abortion May be Torture

So now being against dismembering and killing human beings is torture?

During hearings that one participant described as “surreal,” United Nations representatives today suggested that the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion in the case of rape and incest constitute a violation of the UN Charter Against Torture. The Vatican was called before a two-day hearing in Geneva so a UN committee could question whether its handling of the child sex abuse scandal violated the charter. However, one of the two committee's two chosen spokespeople turned the questioning to the topic of abortion-on-demand.
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Vatican: Church Growth Remains Steady Worldwide

By the end of 2012, the worldwide Catholic population had reached 1.228 billion, an increase of 14 million or 1.14 per cent, slightly outpacing the global population growth rate.

The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and religious men all increased in 2012, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics. The number of candidates for the priesthood also showed its first global downturn in recent years. The statistics come from a recently published Statistical Yearbook of the Church, which reported worldwide Church figures as of December 31, 2012.
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Redemptive Suffering: The Mystery of Merit

Fr. Bartunek writes:

Dear Father John, I was just listening to a radio show about redemptive suffering – they were saying that our suffering can have value if we “offer it up.” Is there any more to this (uniting our sufferings to Jesus’) than just saying the words? CatherineOfSienaGiovanniBattistaTiepolo096A: Before getting to the heart of this question, we have to peek at the presupposition. It has to do with a theological concept called merit. Part I: The Mystery of Merit Merit is the right to a reward. Someone who gains merit deserves a reward from others; they have earned something of value through their own efforts; someone else owes them a recompense as a result of what they have done. A worker merits his wages; a football player whose performance launches his team to victory merits recognition as the most valuable player; soldiers who risk their lives for their country merit respect, and also social security when their time of active duty is up.
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Hollywood's Sex Abuse Cover Up

Ignoring it.

"If these [people accused of pedophilia] were conservatives, if these were priests, if they were religious people, this would be a huge story. But as it is, it's gonna get swept under the rug unless more people come forward." Those are the words of Andrew Klavan, the popular conservative fiction writer. Klavan was referring to the broadening scandal surrounding Hollywood executives and creators who have been accused of child abuse. The most notable is Bryan Singer, the director of The X-Men, Superman Returns, and other blockbusters.
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Proposed Homage to Satan Near Ten Commandments Nears Completion

Christian News reports:

A New York-based Satanist group has released photographs of its sculpted ‘homage to Satan,’ which it seeks to place next to a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol building. As previously reported, the Satanic Temple issued a news release about its intentions last December, outlining that the placement of the display may resolve the dispute over the Ten Commandments monument, which is currently the subject of a federal lawsuit.
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I Love How Candace Cameron Bure is Referred to as "Controversial."

I wonder who else gets that moniker. Not Robin Roberts or Chaz Bono.

Words like “controversial” weren’t used as People magazine recently boosted ABC anchor Robin Roberts in a cover story and how her mother assured her that God approves of homosexuality. Instead, People saved that word for evangelical Christian actress Candace Cameron Bure in the May 5 issue. The headline on the Patrick Gomez article was “Faith, Family, and Full House: The former child star opens up about her controversial beliefs – and how they guide her life as a traditional wife and mother.”
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Shibboleth: Fr. Ray Blake Gives Voice to the Mood

Fr. Ray Blake gives one a sense of what 'Concerned' Catholics sense.

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Catholic School Proclaims it the "Year of Lady Gaga"

And defends it!

Saint Mary's Institute is the Catholic grade school in my wife's New York hometown, Amsterdam. It is affiliated with Saint Mary's Catholic Church, whose pastor Rev. John Medwid pens the opening to the Saint Mary's Institute annual newsletter. "In September at the opening Mass I officially announced that this was going to be the Year of Our Lady at SMI," the letter began. How nice. Except that's not what he wrote. There was someone else he had in mind to honor besides the Virgin Mary. "In September at the opening Mass I officially announced that this was going to be the Year of Lady Gaga at SMI."
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The Abortion Fact Missing in Media Coverage of Wendy Davis

Infanticide, popular among media, is surprisingly not so adored by regular people.Wendy Davis down double digits.

More bad news for Texas Democrat Wendy Davis. The Democratic Governors Association doesn’t have much hope for her gubernatorial bid: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, the association’s chairman, gave the grim prognosis Tuesday. Ms. Davis shot to fame last summer when she filibustered legislation that would restrict abortion after 20 weeks and institute regulations on clinics that perform abortions. Routinely described as a “rising star” in the Democratic Party, the state senator has been profiled in Glamour, the New York Times Sunday Magazine and more. So what happened?
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James Dobson Will Not Comply, Says to Obama "Come and Get Me"

Pretty powerful stuff.

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk Radio, a harsh critic of President Obama and an opponent in court, on Thursday described him as the “abortion president” during an address at the National Day of Prayer. Dobson, whose organization recently won a court fight against Obama over a mandate in Obamacare that would have required his ministry to pay for abortion pills, has not been shy about challenging the president on his abortion agenda. At one point during the fight over the imposition of the abortion mandate, he said to the president: “Come and get me. I will not yield to your wicked regulations.”
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Cardinal Dolan's Dance Clubbers For Jesus

It's kinda' like coffee and donuts after Mass but pizza, beer, and dancing instead.

It seemed like another night at Sankeys NYC, a Midtown dance club: As Rihanna's music blared from speakers and lights pulsated overhead, bartenders beckoned with drink specials and black-shirted bouncers guarded doors. The only difference: all those church pamphlets positioned by the exits. The 200 or so mostly millennials in attendance on a recent Wednesday night were guests of the Archdiocese of New York, which had secured the venue and ponied up for dozens of pizzas. Partiers walked to the club after attending a Roman Catholic Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, presided over by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Some had been to confession, too. Church volunteers herded the flock down Fifth Avenue, making sure none strayed along the way. Some attendees got a head start, ducking out before Cardinal Dolan finished his post-Mass Q&A session. "You're given the choice between pizza and beer … and me?" he said with a hearty laugh after the event. "I know what I'd pick."
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Why Aren't Evangelicals Talking about NFP?

I always wondered about this. I also think NFP could be marketed to hippie greenie types as well. The Christian Post has more:

Like it or not, contraception is a twenty-first century moral issue which evangelicals must face. As many among the Christian Left champion birth control without regard for its harmful effects on women and stand ready to offer over religious liberty in exchange for tax-payer funded contraception, abortifacients, and at times, abortion, it's time for our faith community to reevaluate alternatives. It's time evangelicals start talking about Natural Family Planning (NFP
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