Register Radio - Immigration Crisis on the US-Mexican Border

07/21/2014 Comments (5)

This week on Register Radio the entire program focused on the immigration crisis on the US-Mexican border.  Jeanette De Melo talks with Rio Grande Valley’s Catholic Charities executive director Sister Norma Pimentel, Register reporter Peter Jesserer Smith, and ethics professor Christopher Kaczor.

Putting a Human Face on the Issue: Sister Norma Pimentel

Sister Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. She is the executive director of Catholic Charities in the Rio Grande Valley and as such oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville.  

Catholic Charities services include emergency assistance, housing assistance, clinical counseling, pregnancy care,...READ MORE

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A reader puzzles about Mary as Co-Redemptrix

07/20/2014 Comments (23)

She writes:

How would you explain Co-Redemptrix? I have taken a stab at it when an aggressively anti-Catholic person cat & moused me about it, but any help is always appreciated.

I explain it this way in my book Mary, Mother of the Son:

Another title sometimes used to honor Mary is “Co-redemptrix.” It’s not an official title. It’s just an expression of piety among some Catholics. It affords a fairly typical example of the way in which the Church mulls things over for a long time (usually centuries) before it makes any hard and fast decisions. At present, the Church doesn’t condemn the title, but it doesn’t encourage it either. A few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI (then Joseph Cardinal...READ MORE

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Stratford Caldecott, R.I. P.

07/19/2014 Comments (2)
The Caldecott Family

Stratford Caldecott with his family

– The Caldecott Family

Editor's Note: This post was updated July 20.

On July 17, Stratford Caldecott, the British Catholic theologian, author and editor died after a lengthy and painful struggle with cancer at age 60. With his wife, Léonie, he  was the founder of Second Spring, a journal of faith and culture, and also co-editor of Magnificat UK. A member of the editorial board of the International Theological Journal Communio, he was the author of a number of books, including: Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education, Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education and The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Biographical details can...READ MORE

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Summer Reading: Mystery and Teen Angst

07/19/2014 Comments (29)

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? And it’s not so easy to find an honest-to-goodness mystery (though, admittedly, I’m still stuck on where all the socks go between the washer and dryer).

I discovered Sherlock Holmes in junior high, when The Hound of the Baskervilles was required reading. It wasn’t bad, as far as required reading went, and I faintly remember voluntarily reading a few books of Holmes mysteries in those years.

Fast forward to this summer, when I discovered, much to my chagrin, that one of the books hiding on my review shelf was a book of Holmes goodness by a modern writer who captured my imagination a few years ago.

The Watson Chronicles: A Sherlock Holmes Novel in Stories

Ann Margaret Lewis, in The Watson Chronicles: A Sherlock...READ MORE

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WYD's ‘Memory and Mission’ Lives On in Rio

Rio De Janeiro’s cardinal kicked off a week of events to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ World Youth Day trip to Brazil.

07/18/2014 Comment
Chris Kudialis

Photo exhibit picturing Pope Francis with the keys of the city of Rio De Janeiro before World Youth Day 2013.

– Chris Kudialis

Though the one-year anniversary of World Youth Day 2013 isn’t until July 22, the festivities have already begun in Rio de Janeiro.

On July 15, Cardinal Orani João Tempesta celebrated the first of 12 days of WYD commemoration events, with the theme ‘Memory and Mission.’ The event included the unveiling of 80 near-lifesize WYD photos, displayed across Rio’s ‘Largo da Carioca’ city square.

“The goal is to reawaken the beauty of World Youth Day,” said Cardinal Orani in Portuguese. “I’m sure many who will pass through here lived WYD in one way or another – whether from their homes, in their parishes or on Copacabana Beach.”

Nearly 1,000 clergy, pilgrims and volunteers were on hand for the...READ MORE

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Another Questionable Commencement Speaker at Notre Dame

07/18/2014 Comments (59)

The University of Notre Dame knows a thing or two about generating controversy over the selection of its commencement speakers. And no Catholic institution receives as much scrutiny for who it picks to stand on stage as does Our Lady’s university.

But at a small graduation ceremony on campus this weekend, no one so much as registered a disgruntled sigh when the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a Notre Dame program, made the highly questionable decision to invite Sen Bob Casey to address its graduates.

Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, has a very checkered record as a Catholic legislator. While he remains nominally pro-life (which is, to his credit, no small feat in an...READ MORE

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A Reader Has a Problem with "All or Nothing" Devotional Language

07/17/2014 Comments (32)

He writes:

I've tried to keep this shorter than usual, but I'm wordy. Anyway, I think this is an interesting question beyond my own self-made problems.

I saw a quote today from St. Bernadette Soubirous:

"Nothing is anything more to me; everything is nothing to be, but Jesus; neither things nor persons, neither ideas nor emotions, neither honors nor sufferings. Jesus is for me honor, delight, heart, and soul."

I've seen many quotes like this one from several different saints, especially from mystics and religious. St. Therese has several similar quotes.

These things always get my hackles up, because especially as a layperson, I kind of buck at the idea that people should be nothing to...READ MORE

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Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje: 7 things to know and share

07/17/2014 Comments (55)

Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje? Here are 7 things to know and share.

Medjugorje Today is reporting that Pope Francis has made his decision regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje, though the results have not been announced.

Here are 7 things to know and share . . .

 

1) What is the source of the claim?

Fr. Kevin Devine, an American priest who has said English-language Masses in Medjugorje for a number of years made the claim after such a Mass on June 25th.

 

2) Where did he get his information?

From Fr. Miljenko Steko, the Franciscan provincial of the territory in which Medjugorje is located.

 

3) What did he say?

According to Medjugorje Today:

“Recently, the Provincial of the Franciscans here in Medjugorje (Fr. Miljenko Steko, ed.) was...READ MORE

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