Vatican Calls Loretto Head to Rome to Discuss Sisters' “Dissent”

06/14/2016 Comments (25)

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The president of the Sisters of Loretto has expressed surprise that she has been summoned to the Vatican to discuss several “areas of concern” regarding her order.

This summons was contained in a letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) to Sister Pearl McGivney, the president of the Loretto Sisters. She informed the order’s members about the summons in a June 1 letter that was leaked to the National Catholic Reporter.

The Reporter’s June 9 article stated that the summons “may raise questions” for other U.S. sisters because the Vatican “has at least in this instance used material” gathered in the 2009-2011 CICLSAL apostolic...READ MORE

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Like the Apple of His Eye: Celebrating God’s Fatherhood This Father’s Day

06/14/2016 Comment

Andrea Prevital, “Santissima Trinità” (1517)

In 1908, a West Virginia church held an event to honor the 362 men who had died the previous December in an explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah. That became the first event specifically meant to honor fathers.

The following year, a young woman in Spokane, Washington named Sonora Smart Dodd attempted to establish a day for male parents equivalent to Mother’s Day. Dodd was one of six children raised by a Civil War veteran. Enlisting the help of local churches, shopkeepers, government officials and the YMCA, Dodd was able to garner enough support for her idea that Washington State celebrated the country’s first state-wide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. The holiday...READ MORE

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Full Text and Synthesis of 'Iuvenescit Ecclesia' — The Church Rejuvenates

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith letter to bishops covers the relationship between hierarchical and charistmatic gifts in the life and mission of the Church

06/14/2016 Comments (4)

Here below is a Vatican summary of Iuvenescit Ecclesia, a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to bishops on the relationship between the hierarchy and new movements and charismatic groups that was published today. The full text can be read here

SUMMARY (Unofficial text)

Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “Iuvenescit Ecclesia” to the Bishops of the Catholic Church


Hierarchical and charismatic gifts, co-essential in the life of the Church

The hierarchical and charismatic gifts are “co-essential” in the life of the Church: this...READ MORE

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Your Ideal Woman on Paper: The Power of the List, Where are the AIDS Deaths, and More Great Links!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/14/2016 Comment

Click on Your Ideal Woman on Paper: The Power of the List by Taylor Marshall, Ph.D., of Maccabee Society link to read more.

Your Ideal Woman on Paper: The Power of the List – Taylor Marshall Ph.D., Maccabee Society

Where are the AIDS Deaths - Dave Griffey, Daffey Thoughts

Can You Tell the Difference Between Mental Illness and Possession? – epicPew

What Should Pro-Lifers Say to Girl Pregnant Thru Adultery? Try Congratulations – Mary O’Regan, Catholic Herald

Four Critical Principles for Catholic Fathers – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

About 20,000 Chinese Catholics Took Part in a Pilgrimage to Shrine of Sheshan – Victoria Ma, Asia News

Joy in Solitude – Mary Proffit Kimmel, Ignitum Today

A Brief Treatise on Blessed Sacrament Processions. . . – Louis J. Tofari, Romanitas Press

Prayer to the Saints:...READ MORE

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Ambrose Bean's Public School Graduation Speech Gives Me Hope for the Future

06/13/2016 Comments (3)

Ambrose Bean, the son of National Catholic Register alum Danielle Bean, graduated from high school and delivered an absolutely stunningly beautiful speech at his graduation this weekend.

He doesn't shy away from discussing his faith at all and speaks eloquently about every life having value. And he does this AT A PUBLIC SCHOOL!!!!!

Please consider this your must-watch video of the day.



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Cardinal Müller: Pope Can Be Hard to Follow Because of Pace of Prophecy

Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith speaks to 'L'Osservatore Romano' on new letter to bishops on the new movements, published June 14.

06/13/2016 Comments (11)
Bohumil Petrik/Catholic News Agency

– Bohumil Petrik/Catholic News Agency

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said some struggle to follow Pope Francis' 'in uscita' (venturing into the world) magisterium because it isn’t always easy to keep up with the pace of prophecy, something that requires effort and hard work.

“What is important is that all the people of God and all the elements of the Church, little by little, each at its own pace and with its own gifts, even with its weaknesses, go in the right direction,” the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a June 9 interview with L'Osservatore Romano.

He added that this is done by going beyond one’s own plans and safe environments which requires “some hard work and effort,” “dialogical...READ MORE

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Openness to Life Means Openness to Incredible Joy

06/13/2016 Comments (1)

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Earlier this past week, I thought I was surely going into labor. At nearly 39 weeks pregnant, that would not have been so out of the realm of possibility.

Only problem was, I had a hair appointment scheduled. Right around when the contractions and other assorted labor-related symptoms began, I was supposed to be leaving my house for a cut and color at a salon nearly a half-hour away. And I’ve had this planned out for awhile now—my hair is growing out from when I got it chopped off back in October, I’d had it touched up in January, but it had since become a mullet with dark roots and I REALLY NEEDED TO GET IT FIXED BEFORE THE BABY WAS BORN.

So with a bemused and concerned husband and...READ MORE

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What St. Thomas Aquinas Teaches About the Incarnation

06/13/2016 Comment

Fra Angelico (c. 1395–1455), “The Annunciation”

What would you say is the most fundamental moment in salvation history?

I would contend that they fall into three possibilities: the Incarnation, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. Over the next three weeks I’m going to draw out a few of the excellent questions St. Thomas Aquinas answers and explains regarding these three events.

Each of these, actually, is just ridiculous to think about. Have you ever really considered the facts behind the Incarnation?

God, becoming man? Wait… what? I was raised with Jesus in my everyday life growing up. I learned the songs, the stories, I read the Bible. But then when I became an adult and someone told me exactly what it was: “God became man”. I...READ MORE

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