Archives for August 2012

Spirituality without religion

The following comes from an August 19 story published in the New York Times. BIG SUR, Calif. …These days, as the retreat prepares to observe its 50th anniversary next month, people are still making pilgrimages here, drawn by Esalen’s focus on healing, melding of traditions and mantra of “spiritual but not religious.” Guests and workers still perform emotional “check-ins” in … [Read more...]

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Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from The Catholic Thing’s August 22 overview of No Higher Power:  Obama’s War on Religious Freedom by Phyllis Schlafly, founder and president of Eagle Forum and George Neumayr. In addition to his work on the American Spectator and as editor of the Catholic World Report, Neumayr served as editor of the San Francisco Faith monthly … [Read more...]

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Americans throw away a lot of food

The following comes from an August 21 story in the Los Angeles Times. Americans are throwing out nearly every other bite of food, wasting up to 40% of the country’s supply each year – a mass of uneaten provisions worth $165 billion, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. An average family of four squanders $2,275 in food each year, or 20 … [Read more...]

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Happiest students

The following is from a press release sent out by Thomas Aquinas College on August 22. Thomas Aquinas College is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the 4-year, Catholic college in the 2013 edition of its annual guide, The Best 377 Colleges.  Only about 15% of America’s … [Read more...]

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Amnesty International uses maternal deaths

The following comes from an August 9 story on the C-FAM website. Amnesty International, a human rights organization that used to be abortion neutral, is now using the problem of maternal mortality to advocate for abortion. In a new report, ostensibly on medical care for maternal health, Amnesty calls on governments to repeal abortion laws and conscience protection for … [Read more...]

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“I ask forgiveness”

San Francisco Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone has issued a brief statement providing details about his Aug. 25 arrest in San Diego on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to press accounts, Archbishop-elect Cordileone, currently Bishop of Oakland, was taken into custody after being stopped early Saturday at a police sobriety checkpoint near the … [Read more...]

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Catholic Latino group releases 2012 voting guide

The following comes from an August 22 story on the Catholic News Agency website. The Catholic Hispanic Leadership Alliance has applied Catholic social teaching to issues that will shape the upcoming presidential election in a new voter's guide. “We invite U.S. Catholics to reflect on this document and use it as an aid to decision-making before entering the voting booth in … [Read more...]

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