Sued Over Group Event Prayers

A community college is Southern California faces a federal lawsuit for opening its public ceremonies with an official prayer.

The group Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed the lawsuit last week against the South Orange County Community College District in U.S. District Court.
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ban Catholic symbols in schools

There is a push in Spain to remove religious symbols from public schools, according to the GlobalPost. The Ministry of Justice, in charge of religious affairs, is considering the ban:

The issue originally surfaced in 2008 with a controversial court decision, which stated that Macias Picavea, a public school in Valladolid, was to remove all crucifixes from classrooms and common spaces. The school’s council, composed of teachers and parents, had voted to maintain the religious symbols which dated back to the establishment’s 1930 inauguration. But a group of parents felt the symbols violated fundamental rights such as freedom of conscience. They took the case to court and won.
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Man thought to be in a coma

From the Guardian comes the unbelievable story of Rom Houben, who sustained massive brain trauma in a car crash and was believed to be in a vegetative state. Though completely paralyzed, however, he was also completely conscious: He could hear everything going on around him, he simply couldn't communicate.

For 23 years.

Then a neurologist, Steven Laureys, who decided to take a radical look at the state of diagnosed coma patients, released him from his torture. Using a state-of-the-art scanning system, Laureys found to his amazement that his brain was functioning almost normally.

"I had dreamed myself away," said Houben, now 46, whose real "state" was discovered three years ago, according to a report in the German magazine Der Spiegel this week.
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Culture of Life

Kennedy reveals letter

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) continued the public back-and-forth with Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence on abortion and the Catholic Church by releasing a letter in 2007 where Bishop Tobin asked Rep. Kennedy not to receive Communion.

“The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion," Kennedy told the Providence Journal.

But the Diocese of Providence immediately responded, saying that Bishop Tobin did not give instructions to priests and that Bishop Tobin kept the letter to the Congressman entirely private.
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Presentation of Mary

Mary’s humility

Our Lady teaches us the way of humility. This virtue ­should not be thought of as an essentially negative sense, even though it does involve a denial of one’s pride, a tempering of our ambition and the extinction of our ego­tism and vanity. Our Lady did not experience any of these temptations and yet was blessed with the highest degree of humility.

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Presentation Mary

Religious parents never fail by devout prayer to consecrate their children to the divine service and love, both before and after their birth. Some amongst the Jews, not content with this general consecration of their children, offered them to God in their infancy, by the hands of the priests in the temple, to be lodged in apartments belonging to the temple, and brought up in attending the priests and Levites in the sacred ministry. It is an ancient tradition, that the Blessed Virgin Mary was thus solemnly offered to God in the temple in her infancy. This festival of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, or, as it is often called by the Greeks, the entrance of the Blessed Virgin into the Temple, is mentioned in the most ancient Greek Menologies extant.

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Talking to Jehovah's Witnesses

Hi. We're making visits in the neighborhood. Did you see on the news that bombing that happened in the Middle East? Wouldn't it be great if we could live in a world without war?

If you've ever opened your door to find a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses, odds are you've heard a question such as this. This query and countless other door-to-door strategies of the Jehovah's Witnesses are laid out in their book Reasoning from the Scriptures. Long before they knock on your door, they have a carefully planned conversation designed to lead you to the Kingdom Hall. Do you have carefully planned response?

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Why Women Are Not Ordained

And back in the early 80s, I recall reading Butler's Lives of the Saints and being struck by just how much female saints outnumber male saints; I believe it is by about two thirds. And one cannot read the Latin Fathers for a reasonable stretch without coming across the notion that the Church is a woman. She is the bride of Christ and the Mother of Christians. As St. Augustine comments on the wedding at Cana: "The Lord, on being invited, came to the marriage. What wonder if He came to that house to a marriage, having come into this world to a marriage? For, indeed, if He came not to a marriage, He has not here a bride"

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October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!

Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.

It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as "the deepest bias in the history of the American people," while John Higham described it as "the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history." "The anti-semitism of the left," is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic "the last acceptable prejudice."

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abortion in health care reform

Quoting one of the Ten Commandments, President Barack Obama has accused American citizens who are shedding light on the details of health care reform of “bearing false witness.” It’s remarkable that the president is accusing citizens of sinning, but his reproach became even more brazen when the independent at the University of Pennsylvania confirmed that it’s the president himself who is doing the fabricating.

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