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The Importance of Faithful Catholic Schools to the Pro-Life Movement

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Catholic educators preparing for this week’s National Pro-Life T-Shirt Week told The Cardinal Newman Society that teaching and inspiring students about the dignity of every human life is fundamental and necessary for faithful Catholic education. The Newman Society spoke with educators at two high schools recognized as 2014 Schools of Excellence by the Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll about the importance of the pro-life message in Catholic education and their participation in the national event.
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Archbishop Lori: SCOTUS Has ‘No Business Redefining Marriage'

Hey, that hasn't stopped them before.

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, said that people should hope and pray “that the Supreme Court will recognize that they have no business redefining marriage” in the upcoming same sex “marriage” case, adding that if marriage is redefined “it raises enormous religious freedom issues.”
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Stuff Catholic Dads Say

Tom Hoopes writes:

From what I understand of the “stuff dads say” genre, created originally by Justin Halpern, it is an opportunity to showcase the harsh worldly wise style of fathers. This is the harsh churchly wise version. Feel free to add more in the comments … At Mass “Look at Jesus on the altar … or you won’t get a donut.” “Jesus was tired, too, and he still stood up straight …. on the cross, with nails in his feet.” “Please don’t tickle your sister during the consecration.” “What did the priest say today? I was in the back with the baby.”
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The IRS vs. the Church

Power.

The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is also seen in the monitoring of Christian churches by the IRS in response to a lawsuit filed on December 27, 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) concerning sermons that are considered by the political left to be political speech by tax-exempt organization in alleged violation of federal law. These sermons, often criticizing ObamaCare’s encroachment on freedom of religion through its mandates among other issues, are considered electioneering by the atheist left.
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French Prime Minister: Attending Mass "Most Beautiful" Response to Terror Threat

Sad when you have to look to the French Prime Minister for having Christianity's back while President "The Crusades" Obama seems to have nothing but disdain.

It’s not the kind of sentiment one would expect to hear from the leader of a nation that prides itself on its history of secularism. But in the wake of a thwarted terrorist attack on churches in France this past weekend, Prime Minister Manuel Valls was clear: attending Mass is “the most beautiful and strongest" answer to terrorism. Valls spoke to reporters while standing next to Bishop Michel Santier of Creteil, the diocese south of Paris where one or more churches were allegedly in the crosshairs of a 24-year-old Algerian national. The plot, foiled when the student accidentally shot himself and called for an ambulance, was, according to Valls, the fifth terrorist attack authorites thwarted since the Charlie Hebdo attack in January.
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Abortionist who performed over 40,000 abortions becomes pro-life activist

Live Action News:

It should have been a routine abortion in the early second trimester. The woman was having her ninth abortion, as former Serbian abortionist Stojan Adasevic describes in the documentary “The First Hour.” Adasevic, who is now a pro-life leader in Serbia, had performed over 48,000 abortions before doubts about the procedure made him stop —other sources claim that number is closer to 60,000. Adasevic credits his pro-life conversion to two things: an unusual series of dreams, and this particularly disturbing experience he had while performing what should have been a routine abortion. He describes the procedure:
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Why The Marin Catholic Nuns Walked Out

Dan Guernsey of the Cardinal Newman Society writes:

The faithful nuns that teach at Marin Catholic High School in the San Francisco archdiocese seek to be full and credible witnesses to Christ and his church, teaching Catholic beliefs and making saints in a culture which too often misunderstands and even opposes these efforts. They are the very sort of teachers that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has promoted in his schools — with needless controversy — and that has put them into a high-stakes situation.
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Bobby Jindal Firmly for Traditional Marriage, Religious Liberty

Standing up strong. Hey, someone's got to.

THE debate over religious liberty in America presents conservatives and business leaders with a crucial choice. In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty. It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply allow for an individual or business to claim a right to free exercise of religion in a court of law.
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Judge Grants Habeus Corpus to Chimps

In a world without God, the distinction between animals and humans seems not all that great:

Last year we discussed the sad news that Tommy the chimp had been turned away in an appellate branch of the New York State Supreme Court, having been told that he’s not a human being and is not entitled to the same rights and privileges of his homo sapien cousins. But if Tommy has any decent wifi access in his enclosure he may be cheering up a bit this morning after learning that two of his buddies have been granted legal rights in a different court. Yes, you heard that correctly. A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice has granted a write of habeas corpus to two chimpanzees.
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Cardinal Wuerl and CUA President: "Disagreement is not Discrimination"

Much needed voices for freedom.

Last month, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church would celebrate a Holy Year of Divine Mercy. God’s mercy has been a theme of his pontificate. We all need God’s forgiveness. The pope has said, “I am a sinner.” The Catholic Church’s response to our human frailty is not condemnation but mercy. There may be no institution that understands this better. Recent laws enacted by the D.C. Council would have us believe otherwise.
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Number of British women becoming nuns hits 25-year high

Good news.

The number of women becoming nuns in Britain reached a 25-year high last year, according to figures released by the Catholic Church on Thursday. In 2014, 45 women took holy vows, a figure that has trebled in the last five years, in contrast to a worldwide trend that has seen nuns dwindle steadily over the last four decades. "There is a gap in the market for meaning in our culture and one of the ways in which women may find that meaning is through religious life," said Father Christopher Jamison, director of the vocations office of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
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Navy Chaplain Censored: ‘Don’t pray in the name of Jesus’

This is where we are:

A Navy chaplain who faces the end of a stellar 19-year career because of his faith-based views on marriage and human sexuality was told by a base commander to refrain from offering a prayer in the name of Jesus, according to attorneys representing the chaplain. That allegation was tucked away in an 18-page letter written to the commander of Navy Region Southeast by Liberty Institute attorneys representing Chaplain Wesley Modder. Liberty Institute is a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases.
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AG Nominee Defending Partial-Birth Abortion: 'The Phrase "Living Fetus"' is 'Hopelessly Vague'

Yes, maybe "very small human" would be easier to understand.

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch joined a group of former U.S. attorneys in signing an amicus brief presented to the Supreme Court in 2006 in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart that argued that the federal ban on partial-birth abortion was unconstitutional because its language was too vague.
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5 Possible Theories that Explain the Resurrection of Jesus

The brilliant Peter Kreeft explains them all:

Christ's resurrection can be proved with at least as much certainty as any universally believed and well-documented event in ancient history. To prove this, we do not need to presuppose anything controversial (e.g. that miracles happen). But the skeptic must also not presuppose anything (e.g. that they do not). We do not need to presuppose that the New Testament is infallible, or divinely inspired or even true. We do not need to presuppose that there really was an empty tomb or post-resurrection appearances, as recorded. We need to presuppose only two things, both of which are hard data, empirical data, which no one denies: The existence of the New Testament texts as we have them, and the existence (but not necessarily the truth) of the Christian religion as we find it today. javascript:void(0); The question is this: Which theory about what really happened in Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday can account for the data? There are five possible theories: Christianity, hallucination, myth, conspiracy, and swoon.
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A San Francisco Priest Who Defied Tyrants

Terence Jeffrey reports on a little known priest. And why we need priests like these today:

Every San Franciscan — and every friend of freedom — should learn about Eugene Fahy, a native of Northern California who took a stand against tyrants and never backed down. Born in San Mateo in 1911 and educated at Saint Ignatius and the University of San Francisco, Fahy was a brilliant man who left behind indisputable proof of his eloquence and courage. He could have been a prince of the city, one of San Francisco's most prominent and prosperous men. Instead he took a vow of poverty and devoted his life to God. He joined the Jesuits, went to China, was ordained a priest in Shanghai in 1945, and found himself in the district of Yangchow in 1949 — when the Communists arrived there.
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Jesus Wears Panties!!!?

A crazy embarrassing story from Rebecca Frech:

My youngest has been completely obsessed with underpants ever since the Great Potty Training of 2015. It reached a new height last week when, during an indoor game of rainy day hide-and-seek, she hid under my maxi skirt as I stood at the stove cooking dinner. (An ingenious move in my opinion.) What should have been a brilliant hiding place didn’t conceal her for long because she fell on the ground roaring with laughter as she pointed and me and shrieked, “Mommy, you wear panties!”
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Kirsten Powers: Christians thrown overboard left to drown by Obama

Mute in the face of horror.

What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus? Answer: Religious persecution. Yet, when a throng of Muslims threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi missed the opportunity to label it as such. Standing next to President Obama at their joint news conference Friday, Renzi dismissed it as a one-off event and said, "The problem is not a problem of (a) clash of religions." While the prime minister plunged his head into the sand, Italian authorities arrested and charged the Muslim migrants with "multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate," according to the BBC. As Renzi was questioned about the incident, Obama was mute on the killings. He failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith. If a Christian mob on a ship bound for Italy threw 12 Muslims to their death for praying to Allah, does anyone think the president would have been so disinterested? When three North Carolina Muslims were gunned down by a virulent atheist, Obama rightly spoke out against the horrifying killings. But he just can't seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.
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A Woman Faces Her Abuser

When Your Nightmare is Over:

Every Spring growing up I would spend my days walking around a field full of Texas wild flowers, new bunnies and beautiful Texas sunsets. I would sit on a painter’s scaffold with piles of books and notebooks around me as I listened to the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. I would dream of the day that a handsome man would come and take me away from this place. No matter how beautiful the scene around me was or how great the wild flowers smelled in the air, I wanted out of there. I never really understood why, I just knew that I needed to be saved.
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The Catholic College Revolution in the U.S.

Tom Hoopes is giving me some hope.

A Spanish Marxist once famously said, “Give me 10 universities, and I'll change the face of Europe.” It happened exactly as he said. So it is significant to note that there is a major Catholic higher education revolution underway in the United States and Canada. Eight new Catholic identity colleges have been founded since 2000 and more than 20 American colleges are promoting their Catholic identity — and that number could as much as double in the next 10 years.
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ISIS Slaughters 30 Christians on Beach

I wonder why.

ISIS has released another video depicting the slaughter of Christians in Libya, showing footage of two massacres in which 30 Ethiopian Christians were killed. Before the executions a masked militant said: “To the nation of the cross, we’re back again… Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap.” “We swear to Allah … you will not have safety even in your dreams until you embrace Islam,” he added.
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Lesbian teacher: How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4-years-old

Lifesite News reports:

A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.
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Proof that the Greek Church accepted papal primacy prior to the Photian Schism?

Very interesting!

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Two Churches Vandalized with Pro-Gay Messages

Not a hate crime?

Police are are looking for the person or persons responsible for two instances of church vandalism that happened in Guilford County, North Carolina, over the weekend – the first of which occurred at Bales Memorial Wesleyan Church in Jamestown. Fox 8 reports:
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PB & Grace: Helping Parents Raise Catholic Kids

A Catholic Indiegogo campaign:

What if you could help 10,000 Catholic families inspire their kids to live more fully in the love of Christ? What if you could hand all those parents books and digital resources that made it easy for them to pray, celebrate grace, love God and neighbor, and talk about God with their kids? What if you could give all those kids beautifully crafted storybooks that told great stories of faith? Team up with Peanut Butter & Grace, and we'll do all that and more by the end of the year.
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Pope Rejects "So Called Gender Theory"

Something tells me this statement won't be popular with the media:

Pope Francis criticized "so-called gender theory" today and reaffirmed that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and was created so by God. "For instance," said the pope, "I wonder, for example, if the so-called gender theory is not also an expression of a frustration and of a resignation, which aims to cancel the sexual difference because it no longer knows how to address it. Yes, we risk taking a step backward. "The removal of the difference, in fact, is the problem, not the solution," the pope said. "To resolve their problems of relation, man and woman must instead talk more to one another, listen more to one another, know one another more, love one another more. They must relate to one another with respect and cooperate with friendship. With these human bases, sustained by the grace of God, it is possible to plan the matrimonial and family union for the whole of life.
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Lincoln and the "Indefinite Shore"

Fascinating stuff from American Catholic:

On Friday April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln and his wife planned to go to Ford’s Theater in the evening. But first, Lincoln had a day of work ahead of him, which included a cabinet meeting. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, made this notation in his diary regarding the cabinet meeting that occurred at noon:
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CBS Offers Some Balance on Abortion in The Good Wife

MRC reports some good news:

Conservatives know what to expect when the networks create shows about lawyers. From L.A. Law to Ally McBeal, we’ve observed countless crusading liberal protagonists confront and defeat conniving corporate executives and other corrupt establishment villains. This seemed to describe The Good Wife on CBS over the last five years. But something interesting has happened over the last few weeks. Producers have introduced a wealthy conservative character named Reese Dipple, who engages seasoned liberal lawyer Diane Lockhart on the hot-button social issues of the day. As they say on cable TV, you won’t believe what happens next.
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NFL Star Watson: "How we View Life from Conception to the Grave Impacts How We Treat Life."

Truth.

Outspoken New Orleans Saints tight end, Benjamin Watson, has taken to social media to voice his thoughts on the Walter Scott shooting death and the video’s impact on America. “How we VIEW life, from conception to the grave, has direct impact on how we TREAT life in each stage,” Watson said in a Facebook post late Thursday.
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Sherry Witnesses a Crazy Stupid Miracle

A beautiful story:

My son Paul is six, and while he is very social and engaging, his world remains mostly silent. Down Syndrome makes talking difficult, and being capable of making his needs met other ways, Paul opts not to bother. We've done speech, we do speech. I know sign and we have velcro pictures for him to use to make choices, but most of the time, he points and says "Ahhh." or something with some vowel sound and everyone around him uses the context to discern, "It's too hot? You're thirsty? Did you like that show?" and he lets us know when we've interpreted it correctly with a high five.
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Number of priestly ordinations in US to rise 25% this year

Good news:

595 men are expected to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States in 2015, an increase of 24.7% over last year’s figure of 477, according to data released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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#Eastergram (Really HIlarious Stuff)

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Bishop's passion: Returning to diocese after amputation

Shannon Mullen reports:

After losing his lower leg to diabetes, Bishop David M. O'Connell is helping his flock make sense of suffering.
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Gay Woman Stands Up for Memories Pizza

A defector from progressive fascism.

She believes business owners have a right to follow their conscience. Courtney Hoffman, a gay woman, has taken a remarkable stand for the freedom of association. After a pizzeria whose Christian owners said they would not cater a gay wedding was compelled to close after receiving threats, Hoffman supported their right to operate according to conscience with a personal donation:
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Is the Republic Lost?

Yes. But what do we do about it?

When the delegates were departing the Constitutional Convention, a woman stopped Benjamin Franklin outside Independence Hall and asked the Pennsylvania delegate, “Well, Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Political journalist Jay Cost believes we didn’t. His new book, A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption, is a highly informative and at times deeply dispiriting account of how we failed Franklin’s challenge.
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CNN Lectures Christian Florists in Georgia About 'Love' in the Bible

Condescending jersk.

CNN's Gary Tuchman condescended towards Christian florists in rural Georgia on Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360 over their religious-based stance against participating in homosexual "commitment ceremonies," as the state hasn't legalized same-sex "marriage" yet. Tuchman used the Bible as a club against two female employees: "The Bible talks an awful lot about love and loving your fellow man....You're not loving them if you don't want to serve them – right?"
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Good Friday and Divine Mercy

Sherry writes that we should look to the cross. Especially now.

This past week, we've seen what a merciless mob can do. On Garissa University College campus in Kenya on Holy Thursday, masked terrorists separated Christians from Muslims, and shot 150 dead while wounding another 70. 2015 years ago on another Holy Thursday, people gathered before Pilate and demanded an innocent man be put to death by shouting, "Crucify him." In 2015, people saw a news clip about a pizza restaurant in a small town in Indiana, and a twitter storm of outrage over people saying they wouldn't cater a same sex wedding forced the business to close perhaps forever. There are those who think Christianity is no longer tolerable unless it abandoned the tenets the world deems untenable.
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