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I will never, ever, ever, ever be ready to let her go...

This is amazing. My prayers go out to this family.

...but I will when God decides it's time and not one second before. Until then there are songs to sing and snuggles to give.
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Exactly 100 Years Ago: A Beautiful War Story

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Jindal Sues Obama Over Common Core

It seems to me that Jindal thinks its unconstitutional for the federal government to bribe politicians.

Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suing the federal government over the Common Core, alleging that the Education Department has violated federal law and the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Jindal says that the Obama administration has used federal grants like Race to the Top “to compel states to enter binding agreements to adopt and fully implement a single set of federally-defined content standards and to utilize assessment products created by a federally-sponsored ‘consortia,’” according to a press release.
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Jesus, The Sadducee, And Dr Who

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ISIS Issues Final Ultimatum to Christians: Convert This Week or Die

Prayer need.

Islamic militant terrorists ISIS is giving non-muslims in Iraq three options: leave, convert or die. A WorldWatch Monitor report tells the personal account of Iraqi Christian Mikha Qasha. In August, WWM reported that Qasha, an elderly paralytic, was moved from his home in Qaraqosh after ISIS members threatened him with weapons giving him one week to leave, convert to Islam or “face the sword.”
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The Freudian Became a Catholic

I love this kind of thing.

Karl Stern, Canadian psychiatrist and writer, was in his day a famous Catholic convert. Why has he been forgotten?
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Florida School Asks if They Would Like to Read About Teen Pregnancy, Rape or Gangs

Reason to homeschool part 179.

Last week, during their first days of the new school year, 11 and 12-year-old students at Ben Hill Middle School in Tampa, Florida were given a survey asking if they would like to read about teen pregnancy, rape, and gangs.
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G'Town Prof Compares Israel to ISIS

And then quickly removes tweet. No worries. Georgetown doesn't seem to care. Oh, and his Dad pled guilty to terror charges.

American universities are generally highly politicized and utterly compromised, but Georgetown University is among the worst. Not only does it employ this vicious Jew-hater, but it is also the home of the Saudi-funded Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, an energetic mill of Muslim victimhood propaganda, denial of the jihad threat, and defamation of foes of jihad terror that is run by John Esposito, an eager water-carrier for the Islamic supremacist agenda, and that counts among its staffers the thuggish and dull-witted attack dog Nathan Lean, who has published details of what he thinks are my whereabouts in a transparent attempt to intimidate me into silence and to endanger me and people around me, and devotes considerable energy to a Brownshirt-like effort to defame me to people who have invited me to speak, trying to get me canceled wherever he can.
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Fr. Barron: Why I love my Invisible Friend

Fr. Barron deflects atheist critique:

One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterization, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be disciples of the old atheists such as Feuerbach, Marx, Comte, and Freud, all of whom made more or less similar observations. Well, I'm writing here to let atheists know that I think they’re right, at least about God being an invisible friend. Where they’re wrong is in supposing that surrendering to this unseen reality is de-humanizing or infantilizing.
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Stolen Consecrated Host for Satanic Mass Returned to Bishop

The National Catholic Register has good news:

Yesterday, the Register reported that Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City had filed suit seeking the return of the consecrated host that was obtained for use at a black mass, scheduled to be celebrated at the city's civic center next month. Today, Archbishop Coakley confirmed that the host had been returned to him. “This is a tremendous victory for decency and all people of faith,” Michael Caspino, one of two attorneys who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the archdiocese in Oklahoma District Court, told the Register.
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Ohio Diocese Discourages Catholic Schools from Ice Bucket Challenge

Sad that so many are still committed to ESC when there have been so many breakthroughs with adult stem cells.

A Roman Catholic diocese in southwest Ohio is urging its school leaders not to encourage the ice-bucket challenge for the ALS Association because donations could fund research involving embryonic stem cells. Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman Dan Andriacco says the challenge itself is fine, but money sent to the ALS Association funds at least one study using embryonic stem cells. An embryo must be destroyed to harvest its stem cells, and many Catholics relate that to abortion.
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CWR Reviews "When the Game Stands Tall."

I'll be seeing this one.

Sports movies seldom deviate from the “underdog” scenario. Many of the true-life sports stories to which Hollywood gravitates involve the “little guys” rising to the occasion and defeating the “big guys.” The formula speaks to the ethos of team work and perseverance that makes any sport engrossing. However, When the Game Stands Tall, directed by Thomas Carter (Swing Kids, Coach Carter), opens not with a hungry underdog, but with a seemingly invincible team riding the wave of a record-breaking winning streak. From 1992 to 2004, Coach Bob Ladouceur led the De La Salle Spartans High School (Concord, California) football program to an astonishing 151 consecutive victories.
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Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues over planned black mass

I hope he knows what he's doing.

Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court claims the black mass is a deliberate attack on the Catholic Mass as well as the foundational beliefs of all Christians. "I have taken a legal step to combat this blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in the lawsuit.
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Scorsese to Direct Movie About 17th Century Jesuit Missionary in Japan

I get a little nervous anytime Hollywood takes on religion. But one can hope, can't one?

Martin Scorsese, whose 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ ignited national controversy, is negotiating with Paramount Studios to distribute a new movie about Jesuit missionaries, according to the show business newspaper Variety. The historical drama Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson and begins shooting in Taiwan later this year. Based on Shusaku Endo’s 1980 novel of the same name, it’s a dark, true tale set in 17th-century Japan. The Jesuit order sends a young priest (Garfield) to find his Portuguese mentor who has been missing for 10 years. Rome believes the older Jesuit (Neeson) may have renounced his faith under torture during the severe persecution of Christian missionaries and converts.
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St. Louis Archbishop Urges Prayers for Peace to Calm Chaos in Ferguson

Keep praying.

Residents of Ferguson "are struggling to find peace in the chaos" that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and "as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest," said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. "We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing," he said in an Aug. 18 letter to Catholics of the archdiocese.
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Marquette University weeps for slain alumnus, journalist James Foley

Interesting stuff about his praying and his relationship with the Jesuit university. I had no idea he'd been kidnapped before.

As the world struggles to come to terms with the tragic and brutal death of journalist James Foley, his adopted family at Marquette University weeps for one of their own. Wednesday was supposed to be a life-affirming day for the Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Milwaukee. Instead, Marquette welcomes 2,000 freshman on “move-in” day with a mixture of joy and profound grief.
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Peter Singer Wants Voluntary Euthanasia for Prisoners

Can we just assume he wants death for everyone except Peter Singer?

I think it is time to start calling Peter Singer ”Professor Death.” The Princeton moral philosopher–an oxymoron in his case–is the world’s foremost proponent of infanticide. He usually uses examples of disabled babies, but the reason he believes they can be killed is that they are supposedly not “persons.” Thus, Singer has refused to state that killing a baby because she was ugly would be wrong. petersinger7Professor Death also supports euthanasia, both voluntary and non voluntary against ill human non-persons, such as Alzheimer’s patients.
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Nun Performs Abortion on TV Show

Y'know, I'm starting to think Hollywood doesn't much like Catholics.

Bill Donohue comments on the August 15 episode of “The Knick,” a Cinemax TV show (the parent company is Time Warner): Sister Harriet, a nurse who runs an orphanage, visits an Irish Catholic woman, Nora, who wants an abortion. The woman doesn’t want her husband to find out. ◦Sister Harriet: “Your husband will know nothing of it. I promise.” ◦Nora: “Will God forgive me? I don’t want to go to hell for killing a baby.” ◦Sister Harriet: “He knows that you suffered. I believe the Lord’s compassion will be yours.” [The audience is led to believe that the nun performs the abortion.]
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“The Little Church That Could…”

This is my story of life at Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church.

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JRR Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers

Good stuff.

EssayMamma.com has created an infographic called “J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers,” which highlights writing advice shared by the Lord of the Rings author. Check it out: “Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. After all, many of us are looking forward to the last part of the trilogy - ’The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies’.” We’ve embedded the entire infographic after the jump for you to explore further.
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Pope to U.N.: Act to End the Tragedy in Iraq

The world watches. In silence.

Pope Francis formally asked U.N. agencies and the entire international community “to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway” in northeastern Iraq.In a letter signed Aug. 9, but released by the Vatican only after it had been delivered, Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediate action was needed “to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities.”The papal letter was sent after militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization had captured Mosul in late July and Qaraqosh in early August, killing hundreds of people and forcing tens of thousands of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic minorities from their homes.
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Dad's First Goodbye: When Your Oldest Goes to College

Pretty terrific:

I was dreading it for months. Months. The idea of saying good-bye to my oldest child as I shipped him off to college was a milestone I didn’t look forward to. The concept of not having – after 18 years parenting – all of my offspring under one roof was just downright weird. Uncomfortable. And a bit unsettling. I’m an emotional guy. To know me is to know that. I get teary-eyed over something nearly every day. Someone’s Facebook post. An inspirational quote. There’s a new cereal commercial that gets me every time I see it. That’s who I am. And I’ve gotten quite comfortable being that way.
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Spanish Priest Dies of Ebola

Prayers.

The Catholic religious order running a hospital in Liberia lost another worker Tuesday when Fr. Miguel Parajes succumbed to the Ebola virus, the International Business Times reports. Fr. Pajares, a Spanish national, had been evacuated from Liberia last week and was given the same experimental treatment that seems to be helping the infected American missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.
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Twin Brothers Become Priests After Mother Rejects Abortion

Wonderful.

Fr. Paulo and his identical twin, Fr. Felipe, were born in 1984 despite doctors encouraging their mother, Rosa Silva, to have an abortion. Silva was a paramedic, and before discovering she was pregnant, exposed herself to x-rays while performing routine duties. At the time, abortion was legal in Chile for “therapeutic” reasons, and doctors encouraged her to end the life within her because her scans showed abnormalities. She was told that her baby had two heads, three arms, and its feet were sort of entangled. Silva said that instead of abortion, she would accept whatever God gave her.
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Pro-abortion bias in news story on Catholic universities? Well, duh

Get Religion:

"Biased much?" asked a reader who passed along a link to a San Francisco Chronicle story on two Catholic universities limiting employees' abortion coverage. You mean the fact that the news report is slanted — from the very top — toward the abortion-rights point of view and leans heavily in that side's favor in the amount of ink given to direct quotes? OK, maybe you have a point, dear reader. Pro-abortion bias seeping into mainstream media reports is not exactly breaking news, of course. But the Chronicle makes a noble effort at perfecting the craft.
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Watch: human tide of Yazidis scramble onto helicopter in rush to escape death

Horror.

CNN’s Ivan Watson has been sending harrowing dispatches back to the United States from the areas of Iraq where Islamic State fighters have encircled minority Yazidis. His reports, and the footage he and his crew have been broadcasting, are positively heartbreaking. Kurdish and Iraqi forces have been operating helicopter rescue flights in and out of the mountain where the Yazidis remain trapped. In missions Watson described as “heroic,” the local forces airlift supplies in and refugees out of the area. The images coming out of those rescue flights are wrenching:
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Actor Gary Sinise Talks About His Faith Journey Into Catholicism

I love the part about his wife announcing that she was going to join the Church. It's great.

His knowing smile and everyman disposition are instantly recognizable on screen. Those qualities were not lost on some 2,000 Knights of Columbus, their families and Church leaders who were delighted by a surprise encounter with actor Gary Sinise during the fraternal organization’s Aug. 5-7 convention in Orlando. He spoke at the States Dinner Aug. 5 about his love for wounded veterans and a new collaboration between the Knights and his own charitable foundation.
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Whatever happened to Extreme Unction?

Who are the baleful liturgists who drove a stake through the sacrament and nailed it to the ground?

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G'Town Prof Calls Christian Killers "so-called" Terrorists

Sick.

Georgetown sociology professor and guest MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson on Monday labeled the genocidal Islamic jihadists of ISIS simply “so-called terrorist forces.” Dyson, who filled in for liberal firebrand Ed Schultz on Monday, spoke to former Pennsylvania Democratic Congressmen Joe Sestak and Patrick Murphy about a brief speech given by President Obama about the ongoing American operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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Pope Marries Gay Disney Princes in Anti-Catholic "Art"

Art has officially become graffiti.

It’s all for the art, man. José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, the artist behind the exhibition called ‘Profanity Pop’ has taken his “art” to an irreligious level, depicting Mickey Mouse as Christ, Daisy duck as the Virgin Mary holding pregnancy test, and a priest giving communion to Jessica Rabbit. Predictably, Ontiveros is a hit with liberals.
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Dr. Ben Carson Calls for Leadership Against Anti-Christian Persecution

Intolerance that fosters pogroms abroad is taking root in U.S. communities. Sobering and unforgettable images are projected across our television and computer screens. They should elicit the most basic instincts of both fear and compassion. I’m referring to images of showing the persecution of hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of our fellow brothers and sisters by incomprehensible religious zealots. Their intolerance of Christianity is beyond horrible. People are beheaded for their faith. Women and young girls are sexually violated, and whole families are wantonly slaughtered in cold blood. Perhaps just as abhorrent is the profound silence of the current administration. Even though President Obama has declared that we are not a Judeo-Christian nation, we are still compassionate people who should not ignore humanitarian atrocities, much less ones where the victims are only guilty of maintaining a belief in the principles espoused by Jesus Christ.
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Is Monogamy on the Way Out?

Polyamorists think the time is right.

When the fight for gay marriage began to gain traction back in the early years of the last decade, social conservative critics usually went beyond denying that marriage could be redefined to include same-sex couples. Many of them argued that homosexuals were much less inclined than heterosexuals to valorize the ideal of monogamy. Allowing gays and lesbians to marry would therefore introduce a polyamorous option into the institution, and adultery would come to be viewed as an acceptable option for all marriages. A spate of recent articles explicitly making the case for polyamory would seem to vindicate those conservative predictions and worries.
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You've Got To See This Anti-Christian Question on College Test

It posits that Christians are dumb.

•Psychology 1100 is a general education requirement class. •The question was part of an online homework quiz. •Quizzes are oftentimes created by a teacher's assistant, according to an OSU employee.
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America's War Against Catholicism

First Things has the story that includes lots of smarty pants history type stuff:

Anti-Catholicism was the driving force behind the Mexican-American War, argues John C. Pinheiro in his gripping new study. The evidence he carefully assembles suggests an even stronger point: that it was the defining attitude undergirding the early Republic and antebellum years. “Anti-Catholic” in Pinheiro’s thesis is not simply disagreeing with Catholicism theologically, or even attempting to convert Catholics, but a deeper form of fear and contempt. The worldview held that “Catholics were not Christians” and that the Pope was the “anti-Christ.” This extended to a belief that the Roman church actively was attempting to undermine Providentially ordained American republicanism: “Jesuits were leading an immigrant Catholic army into the West as part of a papal-orchestrated takeover of the United States.”
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A Father Who Can't Feed His Own Kids

A pretty amazing piece:

Everybody knows there are plenty of people, including mass-attending Catholics, who don’t really like the priesthood. There may be a lot of reasons: maybe they think it’s a relic of outdated patriarchy, maybe they think it’s a silly ceremonial job, or maybe a decade of child-abuse headlines have firmly associated the ideas of priesthood and perversion in their minds. But what’s particularly unfortunate is how many people who actually do like the priesthood - who do celebrate the hierarchical structure of the Church, who do encourage their sons to consider the sacrament of Holy Orders, who do acknowledge that sacerdotal consecration creates “another Christ” - what’s unfortunate is how many of these people never have anything nice to say about any actual priests. They seem to like the idea of priesthood considered abstractly, but they don’t seem to like how it plays out in real life.
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A Movie Miracle: How Hollywood Found Religious Movies

Good piece but I snarkily love how Christians are referred to as a "niche" audience.

Big news from the box office: some people released some Christian-themed movies that weren’t completely terrible. The terribleness of Christian movies is, of course, an article of faith among film critics, who reserve for them their most damning barbs (“doesn’t even meet the standards of decent propaganda”; “doesn’t belong in a theatre”). On Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, they garner basement-level scores rivalled only by torture porn and holocaust-exploitation flicks. But not this year, which has seen box-office success for studio-backed movies such as Son of God ($67m since its debut in late February), Darren Aronofsky’s Noah ($359m), God’s Not Dead ($60m), Heaven is for Real ($91m), and, soon Ridley Scott’s retelling of the story of Moses, Exodus. In October, we can look forward to Left Behind, a remake of a 2002 end-of-days conspiracy thriller starring Nicolas Cage. Also in the offing: a star-studded cast in the long-awaited prequel to The Passion of the Christ (Mary, Mother of Christ) and a Cain and Abel film set to star Will Smith. Some have christened this “year of the Bible movie”.
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