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!

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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

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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)

(Photo: “WiLPrZ”, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

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

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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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California Catholic Cemetery Plants Grapevines for Altar Wine

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Bishop Michael Barber is the spiritual leader of the 550,000 Catholics in the Catholic Diocese of Oakland. He is also, it seems, a vigneron. Not like “Archbishop Vigneron,” who is leader of the Detroit archdiocese; rather, Bishop Barber can claim the title because of a most unusual vineyard owned and operated by the diocese. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, California, which is the property of the Oakland diocese, has begun production of fine wines.

Ten years ago, the cemetery—located in the East Bay suburbs of San Francisco—planted its first grapevines. The motivation was not the production of pinot noir and chardonnay, but was the serendipitous result of a cost-cutting measure: While...READ MORE

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Why the Resurrection is So Important to Marriage Prep

06/13/2016 Comment

The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is what our lives as Christian believers is all about. If Jesus didn’t really rise from the dead then Catholicism and its sacraments are all a fraud proving to non-believers that faith is only for weak people. Christ’s resurrection from the dead helps us to see that God recreates a new heaven and a new earth through raising us up from sin and death and transforming our world. So when was the last time that you brought up Christ’s rising from the dead in your pre-Cana conversations? 

A recent Sunday Gospel retold the story of the Widow of Nain who lost her son to death. “Do not weep,” Christ’s says to the Widow. To her son who had died he proclaims,...READ MORE

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