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Bare Ruined Choirs, Works of Mercy, Technology for the Church Singer and Much More! (1214)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/21/2015 Comment

Click on Bare Ruined Choirs by Ellen Wilson Fielding of The Catholic Thing link to read more.

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Opposing the 'False Mercy' Agenda - Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Give Praise to the Lord – Lisa Shefferly-Gillay, Catholic Stand

Cardinal Kasper: Will Flattery Get Him Somewhere? – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Works of Mercy Part IV: Clothe the Naked and Bear Wrongs Willingly, Part V and Part VI – J. C., Ignitum Today

German Bishops Pushing Hard to Overturn the Church’s Doctrine – Fr. Z’s Blog

On Resisting Protestant Megachurches and Fighting Catholic Boredom – Randy Hain, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Technology for the Church Singer: Choral Singing from a Tablet – Ben Yanke, The Chant Café


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Longtime MLB Scout Honored to Be Catholic (1292)

Convert Carl Loewenstine is thoroughly appreciative of Church’s spiritual treasures.

04/21/2015 Comment
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Carl Loewenstine

– courtesty the Los Angeles Dodgers

The 2015 Major League Baseball season is the 42nd for Carl Loewenstine. The Cincinnati native has canvassed the country many times over, mostly for the Los Angeles Dodgers, in search of pitching, hitting and fielding talent. These efforts during his 34-year Dodgers’ tenure contributed to 10 division championships and two World Series victories.

Although Loewenstine has had much to be grateful for in his career, he is most appreciative of his Catholic faith. The former Lutheran learned about Catholicism from EWTN programs and entered the Church with his wife, Gayle, in April 2000.

Loewenstine, who now works as a part-time special assistant for the Pittsburgh Pirates, spoke with Register...READ MORE

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Echoes of Lepanto: Nigerian Bishop Says Rosary Will Bring Down Boko Haram (4034)

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the Rosary until the extremist group disappears.

04/21/2015 Comments (5)
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ROME — A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the Rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the Rosary until the extremist group disappears.

“Towards the end of last year, I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament … praying the Rosary, and then, suddenly, the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told CNA April 18.

In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at first, but extended a sword toward him, and he in turn reached out for it.

“As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn (12493)

The resignation of the bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., takes effect immediately.

04/21/2015 Comments (50)
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Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.

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VATICAN CITY — Nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese, Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.’s bishop has resigned.

The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis’ acceptance of Bishop Finn’s resignation according to Canon 401, Article 2 in the Code of Canon Law in an April 21 statement, released at noon local time.

Article 2 of Canon 401, according to the Vatican’s website, refers to a situation when “a diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office.”

Bishop Finn’s...READ MORE

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New Report: Confirmed Catholic Priest Abuse Allegations in Single Digits for 2014 (1669)

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, said, ‘It is my hope and prayer that … the Church will help model ways of addressing and bringing to light the darkness and evil of abuse wherever it exists.’

04/21/2015 Comments (10)

WASHINGTON — There are tens of thousands of Catholic clergy in the U.S. — but there were fewer than 10 substantiated allegations of clergy sex abuse committed in the 2013-2014 audit period, according to the U.S. bishops’ latest report.

In addition, almost all clergy, laity and other workers and volunteers at Catholic institutions have undergone safe-environment training.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops’ “first priority” is healing for victims and survivors of abuse.

“We join Pope Francis in his desire that the response of the Church be pastoral and immediate,” the archbishop said in the preface to the...READ MORE

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CRS Is ‘in Deliberations’ Regarding Vice President in Same-Sex Civil Marriage (4151)

A communications official with Catholic Relief Services confirmed news reports about the marital status of Rick Estridge, its vice president of overseas finance.

04/20/2015 Comments (39)

OKLAHOMA CITY — A communications official with Catholic Relief Services said that the organization is aware that one of their vice presidential employees is in a same-sex civil “marriage,” and CRS is in deliberations about it.

“Rick Estridge has served CRS for 16 years and currently holds the position as our vice president of overseas finance. Rick is in a same-sex civil marriage,” said CRS senior manager for communications Tom Price.

“At this point, we are in deliberations on this matter,” he told CNA April 20.

According to public records from the clerk of the circuit court for Baltimore, published by the Lepanto Institute, Rick Estridge with CRS entered into a civil same-sex “marriage”...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: New International Religious-Freedom Bill ‘an Important First Step’ (984)

The bill, which aims to fight terrorism and promote security, passed the U.S. House Subcommittee for Global Human Rights on Thursday.

04/20/2015 Comment

WASHINGTON — A bill boosting promotion of religious freedom abroad could deter terror groups like ISIS, protect vulnerable minorities and foster global security, advocates say.

The bill is “an important first step in improving the ability of our nation to advance religious freedom globally,” stated Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, in an April 10 letter to Congress.

“The increase in violence perpetrated against religious minorities has reached staggering proportions,” he warned.

The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015 passed the House Subcommittee for Global Human Rights on Thursday and adds...READ MORE

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Bishop Schneider: 10 Elements of Renewal in the Liturgy; Too Pretty to Be a Nun and Much More! (3332)

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04/20/2015 Comment

Click on Bishop Schneider: 10 Elements of Renewal in the Liturgy by Steve Skojec of One Peter 5 link to read more.

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Too Pretty to Be a Nun: Terrifying Doubts Beneath Christian Life – Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, Pursued by Truth

Interview: Mike Aquilina and Veronica Burchard – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

How We Can Diet and Eat Healthy Food and Still Commit Gluttony – Philip Kosloski, Armor of God

Book Review: Runaway Radical, When Doing Good Goes Wrong – Tammy Ruiz, Catholic Stand

Cardinal Burke: ‘It’s Clear’ Synod was Manipulated by Those ‘Pushing an Agenda’ – Jeanne Smits, Life Site

Abuse Scandals Fallout: Custodian Uses Bathroom, Cardinal O’Malley Fires Everyone – David F. Pierre Jr.,...READ MORE

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