Tooting Our Horn

06/26/2014 Comment

I’m delighted to share with our readers some significant kudos: Last week EWTN and the Register received recognition by the Catholic Press Association for journalist excellence in several categories. The awards were announced at the CPA annual convention held this year in Charlotte, NC. Judging is conducted “by a group of experts and Catholic press professionals,” according to CPA guidelines.

Most notable was the first place award for Best Front Page (broadsheet) for the Feb 24, March 10, March 24 print editions, which highlighted coverage of the papal transition (pictured). They were put together by our Managing Editor Tom Wehner, Associate Editor Amy Smith, News Editor Tom McFeely and...READ MORE

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The Tabernacle Holds the Heart of the Church

06/24/2014 Comments (19)

When my mother would start teaching catechism to a new group of kids, she would find out what they knew by asking them a single question: "Why do we go to Mass?" 

So ask yourself that question. What's your answer? There are lots of answers, right? We go to hear the word of God, to receive grace and various spiritual gifts, to pray with other believers, and so on.  But above all, there is one answer, and everything else is secondary at best: we go to worship God. We go to Mass to worship Him in a way that is so rich and profound that every other human experience of the good, the true, and the beautiful is subsumed into the experience of bearing witness to and participating in the sacrifice...READ MORE

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Rome's Joy in His Presence

06/23/2014 Comments (1)

Editor’s Note: Victor Gaetan is exploring issues facing Catholic communities in Turkey, the Balkans, Ukraine, Transylvania, and Hungary over the next six weeks. He started in Rome, fortuitously on the Feast of Corpus Christi, where this guest blog begins:

 

Last Thursday morning in Rome, as I approached a cheerful carabiniere setting up barricades outside the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a group of tourists from northern Italy got to him first, asking what time Papa Francesco would arrive in the square for the Corpus Christi benediction.

The benediction is the end-point of a candlelit procession behind the Blessed Sacrament traditionally led by the pope on the Solemnity of...READ MORE

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Urgent: PRAY4USA

Divine Mercy Shrine and Army Chaplain Recruit Faithful for Short Novena for Our Country

06/23/2014 Comments (18)
Marian Helpers Association, National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

– Marian Helpers Association, National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

This is a very critical time for our country and our world.

And prayer can do more than we can ever imagine.

That’s why the Marian Fathers at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy have launched the Pray4USA campaign.
Their goal is “to unite the country with prayer and through prayer.”

They are asking everyone to join in the Pray4USA novena that begins on Wednesday, June 25, and consists in  praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the nine days leading up to July 4.

The intention is to specifically implore God's mercy on our country.

The Pray4USA page features a heartfelt invitation for the faithful to join this simple novena campaign from Father Donald Van Alystyne. A Marian priest, he...READ MORE

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Register Radio — Fortnight for Freedom and the Little Oratory

06/23/2014 Comment

This week on Register Radio, learn what you can do to defend religious freedom. Jeanette De Melo speaks with Archbishop William Lori about the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom and the celebration of religious liberty June 21 - July 4. Also …  a resource for keeping the flame of faith alive in your family … Dan Burke talks with author Leila Lawler about her book The Little Oratory, which helps Catholic families preserve Catholic culture.

Fortnight for Freedom with Archbishop William Lori

Archbishop William Lori was installed as the 16th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2012.  For the last three years, Archbishop Lori has been the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for...READ MORE

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A reader struggles with despair over quarrelsome Catholics

06/22/2014 Comments (146)
Long time reader. Maybe you've addressed the issue, but I was wondering if you had any insight on a potential source of despair - infighting between groups of Catholics on forums and blogs.

I see lots of references to folks thinking Satan worked his way into the church and that only a small remnant will end up being saved. That seems counter to the gospel message to me, and it seems difficult for me to believe that God would want to make it difficult and obscure (e.g, knowing that you had to somehow be more like a FSSP/SSPX type of Catholic to truly be saved.

I came back to the faith when I was 17 (I'm now 34) and I feel like in the good old days, when I was really only aware of blogs like...READ MORE

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In 60 Seconds: Jersey Boys! Chef! Edge of Tomorrow! More!

06/21/2014 Comments (3)

In our latest episode of Reel Faith, David and I review the Clint Eastwood adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, the Jon Favreau crowd-pleasing indie Chef and the Jonah Hill–Channing Tatum sequel 22 Jump Street. (Find out where and when to watch Reel Faith — and check out our new website!)

As for the 60s below: I enjoyed both of the current releases I reviewed, but the one I’m really excited about is Chef. I’m also really excited about Ernest & Celestine, new on home video this week.

Jersey Boys (DD)

Sherry. Sherry baby.

Chef (SDG)

I watched pretty much the whole second half of this movie with a smile on my face.

Edge of Tomorrow (SDG)

I’m a sucker for a good...READ MORE

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A reader has a question about conscience vs. bishops

06/19/2014 Comments (29)
I greatly enjoy your work and own several of your books. I have a question that I hope you can answer. Is there a duty or virtue of obedience to our priests, bishops, and the pope? I understand that we sin if we deny dogma or have a certain level of doubt as to dogma, but what should our attitude be towards matters that are not dogmatic? To what degree should we give our bishops the benefit of the doubt?

Here's an example. In my state, the bishops of each diocese strongly opposed a legislature measure to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. While I understand their position, I think they are wrong. In short, I think that if we are asking homosexuals to adopt the heavy...READ MORE

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