Res & Explicatio for A.D. 4-1-2009

Salvete AC readers!

Here are today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:

1. I recently received confirmation from Lila Rose to post here on American Catholic that a little over two weeks ago she converted to the Catholic faith on March 15 in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Deo gratias!

Lila Rose is an impressive young lady.  A few weeks ago she was the keynote speaker for the Houston Coalition for Life Benefit 2009 dinner.  She has an excellent grasp of the history of the pro-life movement and to my nice surprise she is also very knowledgeable of the role of Catholics in the Pro-Life movement from Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Fr. Frank Pavone.

I had the opportunity to speak with her briefly at the benefit dinner and I came away deeply impressed.  She is a talented and motivated young lady and she’s only a junior at UCLA.  She began getting involved in the pro-life movement as a sophomore in high school by founding a pro-life newspaper!  She now runs a production company,, and is editor-in-chief of the pro-life newspaper at UCLA, The Advocate.

She is the newest crop of Pro-Life warriors that will contribute to the end of abortion on demand nationwide.  With the growing strength of the Pro-Life movement being energized more and more with babies, toddlers, children, teens, and young adults, the days of Roe v. Wade are numbered.

2. There is a wonderful story of how two Catholics met online using Ave Maria Singles.  The adventure begins when Katie and Devin, for different reasons, chose Ave Maria Singles to search for a spouse.  Katie three years out of college saw slim pickings at work, at church, and definitely not at a bar.  Devin had been looking online for a spouse for four fruitless years, yet still carried a positive attitude.  After an initial ‘dust off’ by Katie and a close call by Devin, the two, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit were able to find their sacramental partners for life via Ave Maria Singles.

It’s a sweet and compact romantic love story that spans two articles, so for the introductory portion click here.  For the final encounter and happy ending click here.  To learn more about Ave Maria Singles click here.

3. Archbishop Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is the latest American prelate to denounce the scandal caused by Fr. John Jenkin’s invitation to President Barack Obama, saying that President Obama’s pro-abortion platform makes him:

“…an Anti-Catholic politician.”

Archbishop Nienstedt has so far offered the most harsh criticism to President Obama’s invitation to speak at the University of Notre Dame, and rightly so.  For the article click here.

4. Microsoft pulled the plug on Encarta.  Mostly due to Wikipedia being free, among a host of other variables, but I believe Wikipedia put in the final nail in the coffin.  But don’t fret, there is still Conservapedia!  For the article click here.

5. I stumbled across a good article by Fr. Raymond Harris titled “The Basics of Being Married in the Catholic Church“.  Then I surfed the rest of the website this article was emanating from and was surprised to learn that it was oriented to American Catholics of African heritage.  The site is called The National Black Catholic Congress and it was founded in A.D. 1889 by a son of former slaves, Daniel Rudd, one of twelve children (what a Catholic!).

The parts of the website that I briefly surfed indicated to me that the site held fidelity to the magisterium, thus strongly orthodox in Catholic teaching.  The site is oriented to American Catholics of African heritage, but most of the information I came across, if not all, would be appropriate for anyone wanting to learn more about our beautiful Catholic faith and get better connected to expand their network.

For the link to The National Black Catholic Congress click here.

6. We here at American Catholic are trying to resolve an IT issue on our website so if you notice the theme of the website changing it’s because we are experimenting with our webpage to resolve this issue.  Tell us what you think of it.

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