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99% Nonsense: ‘Muslim’ Does Not Equal ‘Islam’ (2180)

COMMENTARY: In the name of religious tolerance, Western leaders ignore the example of Muhammad and his clear teaching on the duty of Muslims to engage in jihad.

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President Obama’s recent talk at the National Prayer Breakfast was the latest of many efforts to absolve Islam of the crimes of Islamists. World leaders are constantly telling us that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with the religion of Islam. Obama did so by drawing a moral equivalence between Christianity and Islam. As he reminded us, Crusaders were invading and inquisitors were torturing innocent people in the name of Christ back in the day.

The implication being that just as it is unfair to pin the blame for the excesses of the Crusades and the Inquisition on Christianity itself, it’s wrong to blame Islam for the atrocities committed by the Islamic State group (ISIS) and Boko...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on the Grace of Examination of Conscience (2917)

The Holy Father said Tuesday that the capacity and willingness for us to judge ourselves is ‘a Christian virtue.’

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VATICAN CITY — The capacity of all men to commit the most despicable of sins should inspire the self-awareness necessary to accept God’s mercy and move forward in the Christian life, Pope Francis said.

“We are all sinners,” the Holy Father said in his Lenten homily at the St. Martha guest residence chapel on March 2. He added that it is “a Christian virtue” to be able to judge oneself, according to Vatican Radio’s translation.

The Holy Father centered his reflection on the theme of mercy, as found in the day’s Mass readings, such as the Gospel of Luke, in which Jesus tells his followers, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

To judge oneself means “not hiding from the roots of...READ MORE

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San Francisco Auxiliary Named Bishop of San Diego (1218)

The sixth shepherd of the Diocese of San Diego is a native of San Francisco and was previously an auxiliary under Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

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Bishop Robert McElroy

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ROME — The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco’s native auxiliary bishop, Robert McElroy, as the new head of the Diocese of San Diego.

Bishop McElroy will succeed Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died from cancer in September just one year after assuming the position.

Born in San Francisco in 1954, Bishop McElroy, 61, grew up in San Mateo County and resided with his family in Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Daly City and Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame.

After receiving a master’s of divinity degree from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in 1979, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John Quinn in St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 12, 1980.

The...READ MORE

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Abortion Bill in Chile Sparks War on Credibility, Moral Authority (2021)

Opposing sides in the bid to legalize abortion in the South-American country are using current scandals to drive home their point.

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SANTIAGO, Chile — Opposing sides in Chile’s bid to legalize abortion are using an indicted pedophile priest and the corrupt son of a ruling president to make their cases.

The scandalous events are being cited in the context of the fierce political debate that has been triggered by the introduction earlier this year of legislation seeking to legalize abortion in some circumstances.

Currently, the wealthy South-American country has the most openly pro-life legislation in the region, thanks to a constitutional amendment that establishes the right to life from the moment of conception and allows no exceptions for any type of abortions.

But the current socialist President Michelle Bachelet,...READ MORE

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The Death of Shame, Three Beautiful Benefits of Lent, Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids and More! (2124)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on The Death of Shame by Diane McKelva of Catholic Stand link to read more.

The Death of Shame by Diane McKelva of Catholic Stand - BigPulpit.com

Three Big and Beautiful Benefits of Lent – Tom Hoopes, Aleteia∝

Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here - Jennifer Hartline, Catholic Stand

Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids – Lacy, Catholic Icing

Lepanto Is Ready for Its Close Up Mr. DeMille by Donald R. McClarey, JD, of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Why Catholics Practice Fast and Abstinence? – Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Quiz: What Should You Give Up For Lent? – Chloe Mooradian, Epic Pew

15 Strategies For A Better And Holier Lent, Part 1: Almsgiving – John Clark, Seton Magazine

God’s Scars – Nicholas Senz, Catholic...READ MORE

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‘Conversion’ Charge Against Mother Teresa Stirs National Protest in India (7218)

A broad cross section of Indian society joined with the local Church in denouncing the allegations made by the leader of India’s Hindu nationalist lobby.

03/02/2015 Comments (23)
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Hindu nationalist politician Mohan Bhagwat

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NEW DELHI — Condemnations were issued last week by a broad cross section of Indian society, following a controversial statement by the chief of India’s Hindu nationalist lobby claiming that the goal of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s famed social service was “conversion.”

From the stunned local Catholic Church to political parties of all ideologies, a chorus of critics decried the denigration of Mother Teresa, who was known nationally as the “Saint of the Gutters” during her lifetime.

This unprecedented political unity followed controversial Feb. 23 remarks by Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or National Volunteer Corps) that espouses Hindu nationalism....READ MORE

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Why ‘Star Trek’ — and Mr. Spock — Matters (6426)

Following the death of Leonard Nimoy, the Register’s film critic reflects on the significance of the franchise — and one of its defining characters.

03/02/2015 Comments (24)

I think my earliest memory of Star Trek is of an episode I watched at my grandparents’ house, a rerun of “Arena” — the original series episode pitting William Shatner’s Capt. James T. Kirk against a hissing, reptilian alien captain of a race called the Gorn.

To a young kid in the 1970s, the Gorn was terrifying in the way that the Sleestak on Land of the Lost were terrifying, slow and inhuman and incalculable behind a rigid, inexpressive mask. (A few years ago, I showed “Arena” to my kids, and there was much hooting and merriment at the first appearance of the Gorn, who looks much cheesier on our widescreen TV than I remember him on my grandparents’ console television. “Taste my foam rubber...READ MORE

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The Pope Who Became a Pilgrim: Benedict’s Resignation Remembered (1251)

Two years after stepping down, the pope emeritus’ presence remains tangible through his quiet and prayerful service to the Church.

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final papal benediction at Castel Gandolfo on Feb. 28, 2013.

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VATICAN CITY — Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI’s presence continues to be felt by those around him as he keeps his promise to remain in quiet and prayerful service to the Church and the world.

“We always know that Pope Emeritus Benedict is present in the Vatican, with his prayers,” said Father Scott Borgman, English-language official for the Pontifical Academy for Life. This presence, he told CNA in a Feb. 10 email interview, “is a very reassuring affection, which we experience often.”

At 8pm on Feb. 28, 2013, Benedict XVI stepped down from the papal throne, less than three weeks after announcing his resignation to the world. 

Earlier that evening,...READ MORE

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