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Caution From Archbishop Chaput: Dishonest Mercy Helps No One (4543)

The Philadelphia archbishop critiqued proposals to admit to sacramental Communion those divorced-and-civilly-remarried persons who carry on marital relations, despite the validity of the prior union, instead of living chastely as brother and sister.

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L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 24.

– L'Osservatore Romano

PHILADELPHIA — True mercy and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives.

“Ironically, a pastoral strategy that minimizes sin in the name of mercy cannot be merciful, because it is dishonest,” the archbishop said in a December 2015 essay for the U.S. journal First Things.

Authentic mercy is evangelical and believes “God’s grace has the power to transform us.” This is relevant to the Church’s pastoral response to the divorced and civilly remarried, he maintained.

“The divorced...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Will Visit Rome’s Great Synagogue in January (1461)

The Holy Father follows in the footsteps of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

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Great Synagogue of Rome

– Wikipedia/public domain

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will soon become the third pope to visit the Great Synagogue in Rome, following in the footsteps of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

“Following the invitation from the chief rabbi and Jewish community of Rome, Pope Francis will pay a visit to the Great Synagogue in the afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016,” a Nov. 17 communiqué from the Vatican read.

Known for the great emphasis he places on ecumenism, Francis will follow in the footsteps of two of his predecessors. In 1986, St. John Paul II became the first pope to visit the synagogue. Benedict XVI imitated the gesture, making a visit of his own in 2010.

According to the...READ MORE

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Refugees Are God's Children, Pope Says in Wake of Paris Attacks (2861)

The Holy Father praised the Jesuit Refugee Service for its mission “to accompany, to serve and to defend the rights of refugees.”

11/17/2015 Comments (15)
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– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Amid questions over whether Western nations will re-evaluate their migrant policies in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, Pope Francis offered a reminder over the weekend that refugees are more than statistics: They are children of God, each with his or her own inherent dignity.

“Behind these statistics are people, each of them with a name, a face, a story, an inalienable dignity, which is theirs as a child of God,” the Pope said Saturday at an audience marking the 35th anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

In line with the hopes of JRS founder Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe, the Holy Father said the refugee service should “meet both the human and the...READ MORE

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Why Centering Prayer Is Not Christian Prayer (11915)

COMMENTARY: The teaching of the saints on prayer, constantly promoted by the Church, is a sure way towards intimacy with God.

11/17/2015 Comments (83)

A Carmelite nun meditates on the Bible in her room.

– Wikipedia

After receiving some criticism over my recent commentary, “Why Centering Prayer Falls Short of True Intimacy With Christ,” the Register invited me to respond to the most important and common objections readers mentioned. (All the quotes from Trappist Father Thomas Keating come from his book Open Heart, Open Mind.)

1. One prayer method is as good as another.

Many people objected, “One method works for you; another works for me.” St. Teresa of Avila, a doctor of the Church, however, did not teach one method of prayer, nor did I promote only one method. Meditation in the Christian Tradition is not a method of prayer. It is a category containing many methods. The Rosary, lectio divina...READ MORE

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The Laity: Christ’s Leaven in the World (1594)

COMMENTARY: 50 Years After the Vatican II Decree Apostolicam Actuositatem

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Second Vatican Council in session

– annusfidei.va

On Nov. 18, 1965, the Second Vatican Council formally approved the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Apostolicam Actuositatem. This document occupied an extremely important moment in the history of the Church, as it marked the first time an ecumenical council addressed the apostolic mission of the laity.

Vatican II was very clear that the laity constitute a true state of life in the Church, at least in the broad sense, as their consecration is more general and oriented to the secular world. However, this recognition of a lay state is to be understood as referring to “state” in the broad sense of the term.

“The state of the laity is used in place of condition and mission (terms which...READ MORE

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Here’s What Most Impressed the U.S. Bishops at the Synod (1283)

U.S. bishops that attended the 2015 synod on the family reported their experiences and observations at the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Catholic News Agency.

– Catholic News Agency.

BALTIMORE — Most bishops at the recent synod on the family agreed that the Church should minister to married couples long after their wedding day, according to a U.S. bishop who served as a delegate at the global meeting.

Other U.S. bishops also voiced their impression of the synod, saying that the African delegates showed a particular clarity and strength in speaking about marriage and family life.

What was “amazing” at the synod was that “almost everyone agreed that we need to do a better job once a couple is married, in the first eight years to 10 years of their marriage,” stated Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston.

“That was agreed upon, no matter where you were from. To me, that...READ MORE

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Half of Presidential Candidates Seeks Advice from This Princeton Catholic Professor, and Much More! (3009)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Half of the Presidential Candidates Seeks Advice from This Princeton (Catholic) Professor by Melinda Henneberger link to read more.

Half of the Presidential Candidates Seeks Advice from This Princeton (Catholic) Professor by Melinda Henneberger - Big Pulpit

Trusting in God: Praying Like Pope Francis – Anne DeSantis, Catholic Stand

A Family That Doesn’t Eat Together Is ‘Hardly a Family,’ Says Pope Francis – Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic Herald Magazine

A Very Curious Legend of Saint Raphael the Archangel by Gregory DiPippo of New Liturgical Movement - Big Pulpit

On the ‘Dying’ of Europe – Fr. James V. Schall S. J., The Catholic Thing

Scandal: U. S. Christian Groups are Prioritizing Muslim Refugees over Christian Ones; Here’s Why - Big Pulpit

Spiritual Retreat: What to Expect and Why Go on One – Cristina Montes,...READ MORE

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Students Keep the Faith on Secular Campuses, Thanks to Newman Dorms (3382)

As faith-based Newman Halls continue to expand on secular campuses, students and campus ministers say they are essential to thriving as Catholics on the quad.

11/16/2015 Comment

Annette Popernick, a University of Illinois student who has lived in Newman Hall for four years.

– www.sjcnc.org/

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For Matthew Drysdale, a Catholic student attending the University of North Florida, Frassati Newman Hall was a godsend for his faith and academic career.

“Overall, it has been a fantastic experience,” the Catholic civil-engineering major said of his life in Catholic faith-based student housing while attending a secular university. Drysdale told the Register that the hall is a “welcoming” and “laid-back” community comprised of Catholics and non-Catholics with similar values; a chapel is open 24/7, where sacraments like Mass and confession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are readily available. Weekly events bring residents together, from Bible study to sports...READ MORE

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