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Cardinal George: No Moral Courage to Conform to Social Pressure, Personal Holiness and Much More! (361)

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09/21/2014 Comment

Click on Francis Cardinal George: No Moral Courage to Conform to Social Pressure by Carl E. Olson link to read more.

Francis Cardinal George: No Moral Courage to Conform to Social Pressure by Carl E. Olson – BigPulpit.com

Abortion Coverage Mandates at Nominally Catholic Colleges – Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

But Is It Art? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Personal Holiness and the Homosexual Agenda – Father David Kime, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Unity Is Overrated and Divisive! – Gabriel Garnica, Catholic Stand

Distorted Desires: The Seven Deadly Sins – Father Dwight Longenecker, Catholic Exchange

Reconsider the Chapel Veil – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Ice Bucket Challenge Starts Deeper Look at Stem Cell Research – Gene Tarne, Aleteia∝

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Profession of Vows, Pope Francis and Islam, Work to Sanctify the Soul, Hope in Front of Me and More! (877)

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09/20/2014 Comment

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Pope Francis and Islam – Father David Vincent Meconi SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Pope Francis: Rejoice, Arise and Persevere – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Work To Sanctify Your Soul – Father Ed Broom OMV, Catholic Exchange

Hope in Front of Me – Autumn Jones, Catholic Stand

Grandparents In the Gaps – Russell Shaw, The Catholic World Report

Now, Make Your Act of Contrition – Amanda Sloan, Ignitum Today

How the Catholics Invented Whisky – Harry Stevens, Regina Magazine

Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture – William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine

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Visiting the Sick Takes Christlike Courage (751)

Connecting the Dots: A Register Series on the Corporal Works of Mercy

09/20/2014 Comments (1)
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Detail 'The Works of Mercy' (1504) by The Master of Alkmaar

– Wikimedia Commons

We can be awfully smug when it comes to Old Testament taboos. Many people assume they were nothing but superstitious, pre-scientific attempts to avoid disease.

All this leads, of course, to a triumphant and confident conclusion that we are 4,000 years smarter than the people who shackled themselves with barbaric nonsense about eating unclean food or avoiding people with rashes.

According to this narrative, the great god Progress has freed us from such ignorant taboos. We know how to cook pork thoroughly, what causes leprosy and how to refrigerate shellfish to avoid ptomaine. Gleaming Science has perfected what Old Testament barbarians were groping toward in their ignorance.


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Pope Appoints Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich to lead Chicago archdiocese (1159)

09/20/2014 Comments (3)

Chicago Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich

Pope Francis has appointed Spokane, Wash. Bishop Blase Cupich as the new shepherd of the Archdiocese of Chicago, replacing retiring Cardinal Francis George.

The 65-year-old prelate was named Chicago's new archbishop on Sept. 20.

He sits on numerous committees at the U.S. bishop's conference including the Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe.

Born in Omaha, Neb. In 1949, he was ordained a priest in 1975 and studied at the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota as well as the Pontifical College of North America in Rome. In 1998, he was named bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, and in 2010, he was named bishop of Spokane.

He will replace Cardinal George, who submitted his...READ MORE

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Hail Mary: The Invincible Victory of the Black Madonna (1320)

Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa Brings Global Unity to Battle for Life

09/20/2014 Comment
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Black Madonna traveling icon

– Sue Ellen Browder

“An icon is the visual image of the invisible, given to us so that our understanding may be filled with sweetness,” wrote St. John of Damascus in his eighth-century defense of the veneration of icons.

Invisible understandings came when the Black Madonna of Częstochowa pilgrim icon came to our little St. Peter Eastern Catholic Mission in Ukiah, Calif., this summer. St. Peter is a mission parish of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Chicago and is the only Eastern Catholic church in northern California between San Francisco and Springfield, Ore.

According to Tradition, the original icon was “written” (painted) by St. Luke the Evangelist on a tabletop from the home of the Holy Family.

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Congress Approves Part of Obama’s Plan to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State (1440)

As federal lawmakers back one element, experts weigh the White House’s plan to expand airstrikes, arm a Syrian rebel group and protect Christians.

09/19/2014 Comments (4)
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama receives a briefing Sept. 17 from Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Commander, U.S. Central Command, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

– Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

WASHINGTON — He came into office with a pledge to keep American troops out of foreign wars, but President Obama spent this week pleading with U.S. lawmakers to back his plan to “destroy” the Islamic State (IS), the terrorist organization that controls a broad swath of territory in Iraq and Syria.

On Sept. 17, House members voted to authorize Obama’s plan to train and arm a “moderate” Syrian rebel group, and on Sept. 18, the U.S. Senate approved a similarly narrow measure. Both were embedded in spending bills that kept the government afloat through September. But neither body has engaged in a comprehensive debate about the president’s new plans for countering IS aggression, and such a...READ MORE

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Cardinals Take Sides, Stoking Synod Run-Up (1570)

The debate over Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics threatens to eclipse proceedings.

09/19/2014 Comments (14)
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Pope Francis opens an extraordinary consistory in the Synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. The synod on the family will open Oct. 5.

– AP photo/Alessandra Talantino

VATICAN CITY — As cardinals publicly line up on opposing sides of the debate of Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics ahead of next month’s Synod and the Family, “wishful” speculation is mounting in Rome that the issue might be cast aside before the meeting begins.

Family life will be the focus of the third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican Oct. 5-19. The 150 synod fathers taking part will discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.”

But although the scope of the two-week meeting is wide, the controversial issue of changing the Church’s discipline with regards to holy Communion for Catholics...READ MORE

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LCWR’s Leadership Role Questioned (3958)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s assertion that many U.S. religious sisters disagree with the LCWR is correct, according to a current and a former member of LCWR-affiliated communities.

09/19/2014 Comments (23)
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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

– Joaquín Peiró Pérez/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Despite renewed resistance from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican is sending a signal that it is standing firm in its quest to reform the group.

In an interview published in L’Osservatore Romano earlier this month, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, acknowledged that the CDF and the LCWR have different ideas about religious life, adding, “But we hope to help them rediscover their identity.”

He also observed that the LCWR does “not represent all U.S. women religious, but a group of North-American sisters who have formed an association,” and revealed that the Vatican has heard from disaffected members of...READ MORE

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