The New Catholic Manliness

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Theological curiosity and rigor are not solely male qualities. The mind and the heart, dogma and experience, definition and mystery, truth and love — both men and women need to receive the Faith from all angles and engage it with all their faculties. But we return to natural gender differences again, to what Bollman calls “percentages and proportions” favoring this or that trait: Not only do they want to be spiritual “providers and protectors,” but men will, on average, be drawn more strongly to a religion that provides purchase for their intellects to grasp, distinguish, and, finally, submit to.

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Cardinal O’Malley pulls out from health joint venture over abortion

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said in a statement, “I am pleased that Caritas Christi was able to achieve this outcome. Throughout this process, our singular goal has been to provide for the needs of the poor and underserved in a manner that is fully and completely in accord with Catholic moral teaching. By withdrawing from the joint venture and serving the poor as a provider in the Connector, upholding Catholic moral teaching at all times, they are able to carry forward the critical mission of Catholic health care.”

The protection of human life and dignity demands that Catholic institutions never contribute to procedures which are inconsistent with Catholic moral teaching, such as abortion and sterilization. These procedures and others are prohibited by the Ethical and Religious Directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The decision to withdraw from the joint venture follows an extensive analysis by the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) which was undertaken at the request of the Cardinal.

Cardinal O’Malley explained that the goal of the review was to ensure that Caritas Christi could “serve the poor through a plan for participation in the Connector that is in complete accordance with Catholic moral teaching.”

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Barack Obama the ABORTION President says one thing … does another

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The following is a compilation of bill signings, speeches, appointments and other actions that President Barack Obama has engaged in that have promoted abortion before and during his presidency. While Obama has promised to reduce abortions and some of his supporters believe that will happen, this long list proves his only agenda is promoting more abortions.

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The 4th of July is here! Read the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and more.

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Chicago elementary school openly supporting Gay Pride Parade … or not?

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Nettelhorst Elementary School parent Amy Goodman prepares a wagon
for the 40th annual Pride Parade with daughter Sadie Blade, 3,
while son Ben Blade, 6, plays in their home.
(Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / June 24, 2009)

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Chicago’s Nettlehorst Elementary School will be the first public school in the community to march in the city’s gay pride parade.  

According to the Tribune, the school’s fence is adorned with thousands of green, blue, purple, and red strips of fabric — each hand-tied by a student. A sign by the gate stated that the elementary school will “be the first Chicago public school to march in the city’s gay pride parade.” The sign also stated that the school believes that family means everybody.
 
OneNewsNow contacted Nettlehorst Elementary School and requested an interview with school principal Cindy Wulbert. However OneNewsNow was informed that she was unavailable, but the person who answered the phone told OneNewsNow that the school does not endorse the gay pride parade; neither is it participating in the event.
 
She also told OneNewsNow that some of the parents of students were participating in the event with their children but that, again, the school is not supporting that effort. When asked about the strips of fabric, OneNewsNow was told that they do not exist.
 
Laurie Higgins is with the Illinois Family Institute and was also told that the school was not participating in the event, but that parents and students who are participating can identify themselves as being a part of Nettlehorst elementary. Higgins was also informed that the sign referred to in the Tribune did not exist.
 
“I’m sorry; this just sounds very fuzzy to me. I find it difficult to believe that the reporter who quoted the sign imagined that the sign was there. And this morning I was told that they were participating, and now we’re told that they are not participating, but that the parents who are marching can actually identify that they are going to Nettlehorst,” she notes. “So I think that it’s a distinction without a difference. It sounds to me like they caught a lot of flack today, and they are trying to find a way to wiggle out of this.”
 
Higgins is currently attempting to contact a Tribune reporter. As far as the participation by some of the parents and students in the gay pride parade, Higgins notes that some of the parents are homosexual, but she believes that is no excuse to expose young children to such an event.
 
“These parades are noted for nudity. Sometimes there are open sex acts. They have cross-dressers in these parades. Any parent who takes their child to this is not a responsible parent, she contends. “To me this is the equivalent to child abuse; it’s exposing their kids to live pornography, and I find it very shocking.”
 
Higgins notes that it would be a pleasant surprise if nudity laws were enforced at this event.

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‘Ark of the Covenant’ about to be unveiled?

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Ethiopian patriarch supposedly tells pope he will show artifact to world … but doesn’t really mean it!

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The patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia says he will announce to the world Friday the unveiling of the Ark of the Covenant, perhaps the world’s most prized archaeological and spiritual artifact, which he says has been hidden away in a church in his country for millennia, according to the Italian news agency Adnkronos.

Abuna Pauolos, in Italy for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this week, told the news agency, “Soon the world will be able to admire the Ark of the Covenant described in the Bible as the container of the tablets of the law that God delivered to Moses and the center of searches and studies for centuries.”

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Ann Coulter discusses George Tiller murder on O’Reilly show

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Coulter: “I am personally against shooting an abortionist, but I don’t want to impose my moral view on others.”

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