Bible Study’s Just a Click Away

05/14/2010 Comments (9)

Catholic.net launched its Catholic Bible search engine yesterday. It’s the first complete Catholic Bible available online for keyword search. The translations, in both English and Spanish, have been approved by the Vatican.

The Bible search is social-media friendly. It lets users share Bible passages on popular social media websites. Chapters of the Bible can also be downloaded, and a Bible search widget can be added to users’ own websites or blogs (information is available here).

“This tool aims to help the faithful in their biblical studies and to facilitate Scripture sharing,” said Rosalia Tenorio, Catholic.net’s director.

The project was funded in part by the U.S. Conference of...READ MORE

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40 Professors: ‘Attacks’ on Pope ‘Unjust’

05/07/2010 Comments (1)
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POPE ADDRESSES CATHOLIC EDUCATORS. Pope Benedict XVI addresses Catholic educators gathered at The Catholic University of America in Washington during his 2008 visit. Vincentian Father David O’Connell, president of CUA, is at right.

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More than 40 professors and intellectuals signed a statement (available at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars’ website) supporting Pope Benedict XVI’s efforts to deal with the sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic Church and decrying “inaccurate and unjust” media reports that portray the sexual abuse of minors as a problem particular to the Catholic Church or link it exclusively to priestly celibacy.

The statement was sent to Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, requesting that he forward it on to the Pope.

Statement: Sex Abuse, the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI: An Appeal for Perspective and Fairness

In light of recent events and...READ MORE

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News for Life

04/22/2010 Comment
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Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. In honor of that, CatholicVote.org rolled out a new ad campaign focusing on life. As our blogger Danielle Bean notes, it’s about saving the Earth, Catholic style.


That’s not the only recent life-affirming news. The University of Notre Dame released a statement about its commitment to defending life at all stages and the principles for doing so: “Consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church on such issues as abortion, research involving human embryos, euthanasia, the death penalty, and other related life issues, the University of Notre Dame recognizes and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.”

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Pope: ‘My Last Book’

04/20/2010 Comments (7)

After sitting down to talk with Pope Benedict in January, Rabbi Jacob Neusner revealed to the press that the Pope told him that he had finished writing Vol. 2 of his Jesus of Nazareth, we wrote.

Now, Rabbi Neusner has let fall one more surprising detail about that private conversation: The Holy Father also mentioned that he won’t write anything else.

“Last January, when I met the Pope in Rome,” Neusner wrote over the weekend for Milan’s Corriere della Sera, “I asked him what he would write when he finished this book. Smiling, he replied, ‘Nothing else. This is my last book.  I have other matters to attend to.’”

“A scholar who stops writing books won’t be called a...READ MORE

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Legionaries of Christ Apologize

Founder’s Actions Called ‘Reprehensible’

04/04/2010 Comments (18)

A version of this article appears in the April 11 print edition of the Register.

In a communiqué dated March 25, the top leaders of the Legionaries of Christ acknowledged and asked forgiveness for the “reprehensible actions” of their founder, Father Marcial Maciel.

Jim Fair, communications director for the Legion, said March 26 that the communiqué was issued during the general director’s annual meeting in Rome with his general council and the territorial directors after a discussion on the current state and future of the order.

Though the scandals surrounding Father Maciel have been alluded to by leaders within the movement in previous documents, homilies and conferences, the...READ MORE

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‘The Pope Must Resign’? Bishops Respond

03/29/2010 Comments (27)

Voices in the secular media — most recently and implausibly John Paul II’s would-be assassin Ali Agca — called for Pope Benedict’s resignation this weekend in light of The New York Times’ reports of his handling of the Father Lawrence Murphy case in Wisconsin.

Then-cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was informed of the case of Father Murphy in 1996, more than 20 years after the first abuse allegations were made against him, and is now criticized for deciding in 1997 to leave the case in the hands of Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland — as was then standard practice — and for accepting Father Murphy’s plea that, given his failing health, he be allowed in 1998 to live out his days...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict, Off the Cuff

Holy Father Discusses Movements and Vatican II

03/10/2010 Comment
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At today’s general audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke for a second straight week about St. Bonaventure.

There was a surprise in store for pilgrims, who saw the Pope set aside his prepared text several times and speak freely in Italian.

Vatican Radio made available a partial transcript of his remarks. The following is a Register translation of his comments on the Holy Spirit’s work in bringing new spiritual movements constantly to the fore in the Church.

“Today as well, some think that the history of the Church during the second millennium was of constant decline. Others perceive a decline ever since right after the time of the New Testament.

“But in reality, Opera Christi non...READ MORE

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Victory for Marriage in New Jersey

01/08/2010 Comment

Supporters of traditional marriage won another important victory Jan. 7 as the New Jersey Senate rejected a bill that would have made same-sex “marriage” legal.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that after nearly two hours of pleas for and against, 14 senators voted in favor of homosexual “marriage” when 21 were needed for passage. Six Democrats voted against the legislation while one Republican voted in favor.

Advocates on both sides of the issue flocked to the statehouse Jan. 7. When the final vote was announced, there was applause in the Senate chambers.

Governor-elect Christopher Christie, a Republican, had said he would veto the legislation if it had passed. Supporters of...READ MORE

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