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"The court finds the (Michigan Marriage Amendment) impermissibly discriminates against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection Clause because the provision does not advance any conceivable state interest." Here are 7 conceivable interests off the top of my head. (1) To promote the rearing of children by the men who conceive them together with the women who bear them. (2) To promote the conception and rearing of children exclusively within marriage, or, put negatively, to oppose fornication and adultery and other injustices against potential human life. (3) To recognize the complementarity of the sexes and the nature of the human person as man and woman. (4) To help ensure that children have both a father and a mother. (5) To offer protection to women during their most vulnerable times: during pregnancy and after childbirth. (6) To respect thousands of years of tradition, and not force ethical change contrary to the will of the voting people. (7) To provide a definition of marriage (namely, a pro-creative type union) robust enough to provide a rational basis for other desirable exclusions, e.g. incestuous, polygamous, or ephebophilic marriages.
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When I read a news story that uses the phrase "safe abortions", some very snarky responses come mind. Either the media must be populated by utter morons, or they must think that the nation is. 
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"Has Pope Francis Saved Western Culture?"
Putatively, this is a reflection of wider use of the Anglican Ordinariate Liturgy. Really it is a manifesto of the relationship between culture and right liturgical praxis.
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This is unusually brilliant.

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That was great. Their cold bodies warmed my heart.
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Click on the link, listen to the music, watch the video, then please pledge somethings, a dollar at least!, to support Aaron Harburg and Wassim Sarweh's project to record a unique project, a "Gregorian Chant Modes" album. Wassim's chanting has mesmerized and enchanted thousands, sometimes sparking journeys that have ended in practiced devotion to sacred music and even priestly vocations!  His music deserves to be widely distributed, but that will require professional recordings.  I am pledging myself. The money will only go to the project is the goal is met. I would like to see this project happen, or least some excitement get generated for it. So please pledge whatever you can (even if only a dollar), and share it.
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Jimmy Akin is usually a trustworthy source. That's why I was started by this misleading article. This is important stuff, and there are consequences to getting it wrong! While most of what Jimmy says is beyond reproach, I feel it is necessary to post a response to three points that could be misleading, so here is what I wrote in the comment section:
I have an immense respect for Jimmy Akin, so it is with regret that I noted the unusual errors in this article.

(1) Is the "Roman Catholic Church" only the Latin Rites of the Catholic Church? No. The term "Roman Catholic" properly refers to the entire Catholic Church in union with Rome, for "Roman" is mark of the Universal Church and of every particular Church. A simple Google search of '"roman catholic" site:vatican.va' would have revealed the consistent use of "Roman Catholic" to refer to the entire Church. It is also used to refer specifically to the Church of Rome, as in the case of the Tridentine Creed, where we read: "I acknowledge the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church as the mother and teacher of all churches; and I promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ." We might say that the two senses are related, for "Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia", and, therefore "Ubi Roma, ibi Ecclesia". How would the famous expression of Mystici Corporis that the "true Church of Christ ... is the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church" make sense if "Roman" meant "Roman Rite vs. non-Roman Rite"?

(2) Is "every particular church, headed by a validly ordained bishop...a Christian church, whether it is Catholic or not"? Yes and no. Since the term "particular Church" is used by the council and post-conciliar documents to refer to a Eucharistic assembly around a Bishop, the term is also applied to non-Catholic churches with valid sacraments. There is, however, a certain analogicity present even between the term "particular Church" when referring to a Catholic diocese and when referring a non-Catholic assembly. Thus we read in "RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH" (2007): "since communion with the Catholic Church, the visible head of which is the Bishop of Rome and the Successor of Peter, is not some external complement to a particular Church but rather one of its internal constitutive principles, these venerable Christian communities lack something in their condition as particular churches."

(3) Is it true that the "Catholic Church does not teach that 'the Roman Catholic church is the only true Christian church'"? No. Not really. Properly understood, that is precisely what the Catholic Church does teach, for the teaches that the true Church of Christ is the Catholic is the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church (Mystici Corporis, 13; see also to supremely important footnote #4 in "Responses to Some Questions"), as quoted above. But couldn't the Catholic Church be the Church of Jesus Christ and other Churches be it as well? No. The "unity and unicity of the Church...would be compromised by the proposal that the Church founded by Christ could have more than one subsistence" (COMMENTARY ON THE DOCUMENT: RESPONSES TO SOME QUESTIONS REGARDING CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE DOCTRINE ON THE CHURCH) and, therefore, there is only one subsistence of the Church: only the Catholic Church is the Church of Christ (see also Mysterium Fidei ch. 1; NOTIFICATION TO FATHER LEONARDO BOFF: "[Boff] derives a thesis [From LG 8] which is exactly the contrary to the authentic meaning of the council text, for he affirms: 'In fact it (se. the sole church of Christ) may also be present in other Christian churches' But the council had chosen the word subsistit exactly in order to make clear that one sole "subsistence" of the true church exists, whereas outside her visible structure only elementa ecclesiae exist; these—being elements of the same church— and conduct toward the Catholic Church").

Does this mean that there is an ecclesial vaccuum outside the Catholic Church? No. While there is only one Church and outside of union with her a vital mark of ecclesiality, namely catholicity, cannot be present, it is nonetheless the case that "outside of her structure, many elements can be found of sanctification and truth" (Lumen Gentium, 8; cf. Dominus Iesus 16, et al.). These ecclesial elements (elementa ecclesiae) produce a communion of similarity but not identity between the Catholic Church and non-Catholic particular churches, as Charles Cardinal Journet notes in his book Theology of the Church. That there can be only one Church of Jesus Christ is the subject of dogmatic bull "Unam Sanctam" of Boniface VIII. Therefore to say that the Roman Catholic Church is the only true Christian Church is true, provided that one recognizes as well that there are elements of sanctification and truth outside of the Catholic Church that gain their efficacy from her and impel toward unity with her; that is to say that outside the Church there is not an ecclesial vaccuum, but bodies of Christians that have many of the ecclesial elements and that sometimes lack only union with the Catholic Church to be "churches" in the full sense. It is because of this reality that non-Catholic particular churches are termed "true particular churches".

This is a long comment, but I believe that Jimmy's blog post was not only imprecise, but also possibly misleading. We have to be very careful to not hide the teaching of the Catholic Church that there is only one universal mystical body of Christ as there is only one Christ, and that this Church of Christ is the Catholic Church, and that the Church is present outside of the Church only in her elements but not in her subsistence. We don't do a service to people by confusing the matter. We ought to repeat Pius XII counsel to those separated from Catholic unity urging every one of them "to correspond to the interior movements of grace, and to seek to withdraw from that state in which they cannot be sure of their salvation.[196] For even though by an unconscious desire and longing they have a certain relationship with the Mystical Body of the Redeemer, they still remain deprived of those many heavenly gifts and helps which can only be enjoyed in the Catholic Church. Therefore may they enter into Catholic unity and, joined with Us in the one, organic Body of Jesus Christ, may they together with us run on to the one Head in the Society of glorious love" (Mystici Corporis, 103).
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Yeah, I guess it's comparable to trying to say "You're wrong" without annoying somebody, which is really pretty difficult, if not impossible, because they are wrong!
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"Famous Paintings Improved by Cats". Improved?? What do you think?

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Wherein it is explained why corn ethanol may be raping out lands and polluting our waterways, without resulting in fewer carbon emissions. The story is told of how President Obama made corn ethanol a staple of the administration's environmental policy despite unenthusiastic support from the EPA. It is implied that the Obama administration has bound itself to support a bad policy by the forces of politics and shall not be excised therefrom.
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What a brilliant example of perspective within photography - no Photoshop or anything of that nature, just two looks at the same scene.
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"If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” -President BH Obama
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Honestly, even though I suspect Obama would like to get rid of meddlesome Catholic schools, I really think that here he's simply referencing the us-vs-them mentality in the cultural split that unfortunately has been correlated along religious lines. Religion may have been the origin of the problems, but one almost suspects that if the Protestants suddenly declared they were actually Catholics, the Catholics would declare themselves Protestants, just so they could be different. Dr. Seuss's "The Sneetches" comes to mind here. The wdtprs headlines is a little misleading, in my opinion, since the quotation here refers to both Catholic and Protestant schools and buildings. 
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