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Confronting the Mindset of Secular Feminism
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Confronting the Mindset of Secular Feminism

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If you have access to the April 29 issue of The New Republic, take a look at a long review of several new books on abortion. The work of Christine Stansell, a professor of history at the University of Chicago and herself author of a history of feminism, it’s worth reading on several counts. Full […]

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Oh, How we Love to Celebrate!

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Celebrations – those joyous affairs that offer a welcome distraction from the drudgery of everyday life; a time when the weight of worldly concerns takes a backseat to festivity and lightheartedness; a venue in which happiness is allowed to prevail, even if only for a moment, buoying the spirits of those who but surrender to […]

Dating Rules: 10 Rules for Chaste Dating
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Dating Rules: 10 Rules for Chaste Dating

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Ten Ways to Chaste Dating for the over-21 Crowd and for those who live Outside the Home Please note that teenagers should never “date” without supervision.  Alas, there is little one can do for college students who live in co-ed dorms except follow the below rules to the best of their ability.  May St. Joseph […]

Capitalism as an Unnatural System
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Capitalism as an Unnatural System

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Ever since capitalism made its appearance in the late Middle Ages and came to dominate both production and politics in the late 18th century, there has been a vigorous debate on just what the nature of capitalism is. Central to these debates has been the question of capitalism’s relationship to the state, and particularly the […]

North Dakota's Sunday, No Rest from Floodwater Threat
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North Dakota’s Sunday, No Rest from Floodwater Threat

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Bismarck, North Dakota… It’s Pentecost Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit appeared as tongues of fire on the Apostles’ heads and everyone could understand what was being said.  We could use a little of that around here as each day more all-time record floodwaters scream down 750 miles of the Missouri river, leaving an every […]

The School of the Family
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The School of the Family

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It’s always painful to read a book that makes you feel like you have failed/are failing in every way that truly matters. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it. I felt that way after reading School of the Family by Chantal R. Howard. Howard has had an eventful life. Although still only in her twenties, […]

Will the GOP Pull a 'Pelosi' on Patent Rights?
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Will the GOP Pull a ‘Pelosi’ on Patent Rights?

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Remember how you felt when Nancy Pelosi told us that we would know what was in the Obamacare bill after it had been passed by the House of Representatives? For a lot of Americans – in and out of the Tea Party movement – that quintessential expression of political elitist arrogance and contempt for the […]

The Killing of Unborn Children with Down syndrome – A Crime Against Humanity?
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The Killing of Unborn Children with Down syndrome – A Crime Against Humanity?

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The following has been released by Right to Life New Zealand Inc. The Killing of Unborn Children with Down syndrome  –  A Crime Against Humanity: Complaint to be lodged with the International Criminal Court Right to Life applauds the producer of TV3’s 60 Minutes programme for providing a service to our community by producing an […]

Rick Santorum, the Unborn Deserve Better from You
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Rick Santorum, the Unborn Deserve Better from You

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In case you missed Meet the Press Sunday morning: Blah, blah, blah, job growth… unemployment numbers.  Blah, blah, blah, recession… debt reduction. Blah, blah, blah recovery… tax credits.  Blah, blah, blah health care… social security. Blah, blah, blah, Democrats… Republicans. Blah. And so it went up to the interview with Rick Santorum and through the […]

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The Special Place of Fatherhood

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My wife and I were at the home of another married couple for dinner.  While a roast finished cooking, we sat around the table talking and eating salad.  When the oven timer rang, the wife turned to her husband and said, “That’s a corn job.” The husband got up and went to the kitchen.  He […]

Living in the Age of Martyrs and Terrorists
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Living in the Age of Martyrs and Terrorists

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Bin Laden is dead. Terror and terrorism continues. So does martyrdom. But what a difference between the two types of deaths. A terrorist takes his life and others. The martyr gives his life for others. One is an act of violence in which evil destroys goodness and humanity. The other is an act of love […]

San Francisco Considers Circumcision—and Parental Rights
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San Francisco Considers Circumcision—and Parental Rights

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This November the citizens of San Francisco will decide whether to ban circumcision, a practice that dates from antiquity and is embraced by at least three of the world’s major religions. Now, the fact that something stretches far back into human history is by no means a guarantee that it has social value. Slavery, human […]

Syria – Catholic Bishop Defends Response to Revolt
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Syria – Catholic Bishop Defends Response to Revolt

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The Syrian government must resist the uprising — and has the people’s backing in quelling forces seeking “destabilization and Islamization” — according to one of the country’s most respected Catholic bishops. In a strongly worded defense of President Bashar al-Assad’s response to the protests and instability, Bishop Antoine Audo accused the media, including the BBC and Al […]

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Book Review: Come my Beloved

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©Heidi Bratton Photography When you review a book that was written by someone you consider a friend, it is always a little difficult.  You want your friend to look good, but you want to be completely honest in your assessment of his or her work.  Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship was written […]

Bundling and Bumbling about HIV/AIDS at the UN
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Bundling and Bumbling about HIV/AIDS at the UN

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The UN’s high-level conference on HIV/AIDS began [last] Wednesday with fanfare and a veritable parade of delegates, scientists, activists, and UN bureaucrats. In keeping with what is now standard procedure, there was a panel integrating a “gender-mainstreamed” perspective into the discussion: “Women, Girls, and HIV.” The panelists told the audience with authority and enthusiasm that the […]

Like Pigs in Mud
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Like Pigs in Mud

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Another week, another dozen or so images of Weenie the Tweeter in various states of disrobe. I can only imagine the suffering of the poor wife, the humiliation of the family and friends at the sight of this debacle. Yet there is something worse than that. The poor guy wants to keep his job as […]

Prayer, Pentecost, and the Time to Come
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Prayer, Pentecost, and the Time to Come

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In the same way that Eucharist is the conjoining of the past, present and future, personal prayer is a present participation in the time to come.  It is a glimpse of the Eschaton and an entry into the kingdom which has been inaugurated but not yet consummated. Prayer unfolds in time, but essentially it transcends […]

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Learning About the Revised Roman Missal

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Recently, I took an online course on the Revised Roman Missal, the use of which will be introduced on November 27th (the first Sunday of Advent and the new calendar year for the Church).  During the five-week course of study, about a dozen of us students discussed our thoughts about the present state of the Mass […]

Two Helpful Words for Marriage Seekers: Openness and Focus
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Two Helpful Words for Marriage Seekers: Openness and Focus

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The power of words can be phenomenal. I’m sure you’ve seen jewelry with inspiring words. A necklace with the word “Love,” a bracelet with the word “Dream,” a trinket box with the word “Remember.” The meaning and energy a word carries can help lift our hearts throughout the day and fill our minds with inspiration. […]

Can the Lefebvrian Split Be Healed? On What Terms?
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Can the Lefebvrian Split Be Healed? On What Terms?

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There has only been one official schism in the Roman Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council. That occurred in 1988, when Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four bishops against the express instructions of Pope John Paul II. That led to the excommunication of Lefebvre and those four bishops, and the schism of Lefebvre and his […]

A Glorious Inconvenience
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A Glorious Inconvenience

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Recently I heard a minister describe children this way.  And I agree with him.  What is convenient about children? Pregnancy is inconvenient.  Not that I have ever personally experienced it, but I hear things.  Nausea.  Throwing up.  Weight gain.  Kicking against the bladder.  Toxemia.  Leaking.  More weight gain.  Overheating.  Not able to get comfortable.  Restless […]

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Inner-city Education Fails Without Religious Component

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As Congress moves toward reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the problem is not that the Department of Education is not doing enough but that it suffers from an acute case of what psychologists call “organizational narcissism.” If they really wish to address America’s inner-city public school crisis, federal education officials must look […]

To Fight AIDS: Comprehensive Sex Ed for Ten Year-Olds?
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To Fight AIDS: Comprehensive Sex Ed for Ten Year-Olds?

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Some in the UN believe that comprehensive sexuality education is the main intervention needed to prevent new HIV infections – even for adolescents as young as 10 years old. “It is time to seize the opportunities to promote sexuality education and comprehensive knowledge of HIV and other health matters among very young adolescents before they […]

Building 36
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Building 36

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When I was a little girl, my mom would sometimes pack a supper for my dad, who worked second shift as a foreman at a steel manufacturing plant. Then she’d pack me up, load the supper and me into the car and drive over to the plant. I’m not sure whether those were days on […]

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