In Wake of Student’s Suicide, Catholic Parents Call for Safe Schools

An incredibly tragic story! In a world where it is far too common for people to accuse any who disagree with them of bigotry and bullying, I wish with all my heart that people would stop watering-down the meaning of those words, muddying the seriousness of the harm done to vulnerable people because of real bigotry and bullying and that we as a culture would get serious and do something to never again allow a situation in which a child would feel fearful to go to school, so saddened about his mistreatment to consider suicide or so angered by what he must endure every school day that he would decide to bring a gun to school and kill other children.

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Catholic parents of LGBT children are expressing their sorrow over a teenager’s suicide in New York, as well as their commitment to ensuring Catholic education is safe for all students.

Daniel Fitzpatrick died by suicide on August 11, having faced intense bullying from classmates at Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Brooklyn. He left a note in which Fitzpatrick said, “I gave up. The teachers didn’t do anything. . .I wanted to get out.”

The Board of Fortunate Families, an organization by and for Catholic parents of LGBT children, released a statement on Monday saying it was “saddened to hear” about Fitzpatrick’s death:

“We on the board of Fortunate Families are painfully aware that any child who is badgered and bullied is at greater risk for isolation, marginalization, depression, and sadly, suicide. Catholic Social Teaching holds that all of our children are persons who deserve life, dignity, respect and the freedom to live…

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The Daily Planet

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Superman Joins Spidey
in the Unemployment Row

The biggest villain any superhero worth his or her cape has to contend with is boredom. So writers who maintain their alt-world keep topping themselves with ways to sustain their relevance in such unfazed times. Often, their realm comes close to bursting into our sad sack of reality.
What just happened to Clark Kent is typical. With the doom and gloom surrounding the print industry’s outlook, even the most unflappable reporter has to adapt. So he’s quitting his newspaper job and becoming, of all things, a blogger. Like we need any more competition.
He probably has a better shot at succeed than poor Peter Parker, who lost his own job at the Daily Bugle two years ago and recently got evicted from his landmark address in Queens and moved to Brooklyn. Yeah, right. Have you seen how much rents cost in Williamsburg lately?

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Civil Same-Sex Marriage: A Catholic Affirmation

by Lisa Fullam [more] Abstract Many Catholic contributions to the debate over civil same-sex marriage are too broad or too narrow. Too broad: civil same-sex marriage is sometimes described as paral…

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Let’s Talk Romance

Welcome to ASPA

The Guy Holding The GirlfriendMany of the authors of the ASPA consider themselves romance writers.  So what is romance anyway?  It seems fairly straightforward, but as it turns out, a concise definition is a little difficult to pin down.

According to the Romance Novelists’ Association :

“The trouble with trying to define a romantic novel is that there are so many sub-genres. The words romantic novel cover an amazing variety. It’s like stepping-stone into the most beautiful old English country garden, a hollyhock here, a cowslip there, different, but each perfect in its own way.”

That’s a pretty poetic way to say that Romance comes in a great many forms.  Readers are offered a plethora of romantic choices.  Wikipedia lists ten different sub-genres of romance: Contemporary romance, Historical romance, Romantic suspense, Paranormal romance, Science Fiction romance, Fantasy romance, Time-travel romances, Inspirational romance, Multicultural romance, and Erotic romance. 

And even that list misses the mark…

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Free ebook: “The Trumph of the Cross” by Girolamo Savonarola

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  • The Triumph of the Cross, by Fra Girolamo Savonarola, translated from the Italian by the Very Rev. Father John Procter, STL (London: Sands & Co.; Dublin: M.H. Gill & Son, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library; and in various formats at the Online Library of Liberty.

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Free ebook: “The Truth of the Divinity of Christ”, by William F. Robison

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  • “His Only Son”: The Truth of the Divinity of Christ, by William F. Robison, S.J. (St. Louis, Mo.; London: B. Herder, 1918). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats (pdf, text, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive.

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“That admirable and divine unity, therefore, must neither be separated into three divinities, nor must the dignity and eminent greatness of the Lord [Jesus Christ] be diminished by having applied to it the name of creation, but we must believe in God the Father Omnipotent, and on Christ Jesus His Son, and on the Holy Spirit. Moreover, that the Word is united to the God of all, because He says, I and…

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#349 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Cenobites

One cannot overestimate the importance of Pachomius and Pachomian monasticism upon the development of religious life in the Catholic Church. His emphasis on the importance of living together in community as the means for obtaining holiness will not only influence monasticism throughout the East and West, it will set the foundation for all religious communities up to the present day.

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Information on Pachomian monasticism including links to description of Pachomian monasteries

James E Goehring, “Withdrawing from the Desert: Pachomius and the Development of Village Monasticism in Upper Egypt”, The Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 89, No. 3 (July 1996), pp. 267-285.

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