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Thirty Years Ago: When President Reagan Was Shot
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Thirty Years Ago: When President Reagan Was Shot

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On March 30, 1981, Ronald Reagan, president for merely 10 weeks, stepped outside the Washington Hilton. What happened next was an image millions would soon witness on their TV screens: America’s 40th president raised his arm to ward off a question from a reporter and then, seconds later, bullets crackled the air. Chaos ensued. More […]

What’s a Baby Cost?
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What’s a Baby Cost?

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When my wife and I found out we were having our first baby, I was ecstatic.  The coming of the new baby filled all my thoughts.  I got to be a boring conversationalist, with only one topic to discuss.  It was uncanny the connections I now saw (which had never been apparent to me before) […]

Durbin Launches the 'Anti-Pete King' Hearing
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Durbin Launches the ‘Anti-Pete King’ Hearing

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How curious.  At the very moment that the threat posed to U.S. interests by the toxic Islamist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood is becoming ever more palpable, a top Senate Democrat seems determined to suppress Americans’ understanding of that menace. Even the New York Times is now acknowledging the obvious: the principal beneficiary of […]

Biotech Company Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines to Test Food Flavor Enhancers -- Some Major Food Companies Severing Ties with Senomyx
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Biotech Company Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines to Test Food Flavor Enhancers — Some Major Food Companies Severing Ties with Senomyx

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Senomyx is a biotech company that produces artificial flavors.  It enhances the way our food tastes.  They are so clever their website states that they “focus on the discovery and development of savory, sweet and salt flavor ingredients.”  Last year another discovery was made, that Senomyx uses, in its research, HEK 293.  HEK 293 are […]

DVD Review:  <em>Charlton Heston Presents The Bible</em>
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DVD Review: Charlton Heston Presents The Bible

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“I’m not a priest or a scholar.  I’m an actor.  I tell stories.”  These words spoken by the legendary Charlton Heston summarize the theme of the re-released 4-disc DVD set, Charlton Heston Presents the Bible.  The DVD titles include Genesis, The Story of Moses, Jesus of Nazareth and The Passion. In the mid-1950’s, the actor […]

Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace
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Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace

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Like many of my fellow business leaders, I do my best to stay current.  I embrace social media, read the latest leadership books and stay abreast of trends in the marketplace.  And from a workplace perspective, there is one particular conversation topic in full discourse across the country—Generation Y in Corporate America. It should be. […]

Muslim Jihad in Christian Ethiopia
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Muslim Jihad in Christian Ethiopia

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Not only does last week’s jihadist rampage against Ethiopia’s Christians highlight the travails Christians encounter wherever Islam has a sizable population, but it offers several insights, including some which should concern faraway, secular nations with Muslim minorities. According to Fox News: Thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes in Western Ethiopia after […]

Are We Becoming Users and Disposers of Others?
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Are We Becoming Users and Disposers of Others?

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Professor Robert George of Princeton University, and co-author of the Manhattan Declaration, is heading to Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas on Friday, July 15 to address medical doctors and medical professionals in a keynote speech on their conscience rights as part of a larger week dedicated to renewing the culture. An excerpt from the Manhattan Declaration, […]

The Incoherence of Federal Sex Policy: Title X, Medicaid, and the <em>Eisenstadt</em> Decision
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The Incoherence of Federal Sex Policy: Title X, Medicaid, and the Eisenstadt Decision

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In a 1972 decision widely hailed by the political classes, the Supreme Court opined in Eisenstadt v. Baird, “If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right to be free from unwarranted government intrusions into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child.”1 Imagining that […]

Easter Entertainment: <em>JONAH, A VeggieTales Movie</em>
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Easter Entertainment: JONAH, A VeggieTales Movie

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When our children were young, my best friend shared a VeggieTale movie with us saying, “Your kids will love it; mine do!”  She was right, not only did they love it, but my husband and I enjoyed them too.  The characters are fun to watch and the Bible stores come to life in a way […]

Total Commitment
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Total Commitment

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What does “Total Commitment,” mean? Well, the synonyms for “commitment” are: promise, pledge, binder, obligation, dedication, and loyalty. There is an old story about the Chicken and the Pig who were walking along the road. They saw a sign for Perkins Restaurant showing an ad for ham and eggs. The Chicken said to the Pig, […]

Rare Good News About Christians in the Midle East: Bearing Witness in Lebanon
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Rare Good News About Christians in the Midle East: Bearing Witness in Lebanon

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In a recent interview, Father Raymond Abdo, the Provincial of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Lebanon, said that the most important thing that can be done for Christians in the Middle East is to help them not to emigrate, because everyone from the East should “bear witness to the Faith in the East.” Speaking to […]

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Don’t You Ever Give Up!

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We buried a dear friend today. We’ve known Betty and her husband, Norm for more than 20 years and in the last few months the breast cancer Betty valiantly battled for nearly that same amount of time finally took her life. In the interim, we ended up working together on various projects and committees and […]

What If We Just Said ‘Pray’?
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What If We Just Said ‘Pray’?

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The “reform of the reform” is afoot and some folks are none too pleased. How’s that for an understatement?!    For instance, about fifteen months ago, America Magazine featured an essay by the longtime pastor of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Fr. Michael Ryan, belittling the new English translation of the Roman Missal; accusing the bishops […]

ACLU Attempting to Criminalize Christianity: ‘Communism is the Goal’
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ACLU Attempting to Criminalize Christianity: ‘Communism is the Goal’

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Irony is defined as “the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.” The term doublespeak means “evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.” There is perhaps no greater example of ironic doublespeak than inclusion of the phrase “civil liberties” within the inapt designation: “American Civil Liberties […]

Reflections on Latin and the Catholic Church’s Memory and Identity, Part Four
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Reflections on Latin and the Catholic Church’s Memory and Identity, Part Four

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Part Four, The Church’s Memory and Identity Continued: In the previous installments of this series (part one, part two, part three), I discussed the role of various influential theologians and laymen who effectively acted as “interpreters” of Vatican II.  Their actions, I argued, led to a lot of confusion about what the Council taught and […]

Intercessor of the Unborn
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Intercessor of the Unborn

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It’s been a month since the passing of Dr. Bernard Nathanson who died of cancer at the age of 84.  I’ve been waiting for NARAL (originally known as the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws) to offer some tribute to this man who was a founding member of their group. And where has […]

The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Three, Fr. Dan Hoffman
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The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Three, Fr. Dan Hoffman

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Presented in cooperation with Greg Schlueter and JP2Journey.com: The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story, remembering World Youth Day 2002 and the impact of Pope John II. Part Three, Fr. Dan Hoffman There are not many things more beautiful than the joy of the Lord! As we embarked on the third day of this pilgrimage of […]

Q&A with Herb Meyer: How to Analyze Information
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Q&A with Herb Meyer: How to Analyze Information

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Dr. Paul Kengor: Herb Meyer, you’re a favorite here at The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. You did our Ronald Reagan Lecture in February 2009, which was truly captivating (click here to watch). You did one of our Freedom Readers lectures last year (click here). And you’re also no stranger to […]

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Contraception: The Reason Catholics Have Abandoned Confession

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After the death of Dr. Bernard Nathanson last February, we were reminded that somebody once asked him why he became a Catholic. Because, said Dr. Nathanson, (who’d been a leader in the movement to legalize abortion and performed or presided over many thousands of abortions, then seen the light and become ardently prolife) no other […]

Courtship vs. Dating -- Why Dating is More Likely to Get You Married
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Courtship vs. Dating — Why Dating is More Likely to Get You Married

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When I was single, the books I read recommended something called “courtship.” The problem was…it didn’t work, either for me or for anyone around me. So if you have a commitment this weekend, it is a good time to think about how courtship and dating philosophies differ, and why dating is more likely to get […]

The Sorrowful Mysteries at Planned Parenthood
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The Sorrowful Mysteries at Planned Parenthood

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Last fall, I participated in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at our local Planned Parenthood.  It was the first time I had done this, and I was a bit fearful. (Will I get arrested?  Will people yell at us?)  On the contrary, the experience was humbling and incredibly moving. After the 40 Days […]

R-Rated Movies in the Catholic High School
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R-Rated Movies in the Catholic High School

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[Editor’s note: This document was prepared on behalf of a group of Catholic parents to address issues locally that may also be going on elsewhere in the country. It is published here as a resource for parents who may find it useful.] Having chosen [a Catholic School] does not relieve [parents] of a personal duty […]

40 Days for Life Through the Eyes of a Child
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40 Days for Life Through the Eyes of a Child

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Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life There is NEVER a dull moment during a 40 Days for Life campaign. I am writing this message from an airport. I looked up a few moments ago and I saw someone wearing a 40 Days for Life shirt. As he got closer, I noticed he looked […]

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