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Why a Former Altar Girl Changed her Mind About Boy-Only Servers (3395)

Logan Crotty once dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest, but the writings of St. Therese of Lisieux gave her a deeper understanding of women’s role in the Church.

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SAN FRANCISCO — When she was a young girl, Logan Crotty dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest.

She had always had an insatiable desire for intimacy with God and for a place of importance within God’s mission, the Church. When she became an altar server at her parish, those desires became directed toward the priesthood.

Crotty described watching her older sister serve at the altar. She said she was thrilled by her sister's experiences of intimacy with God and the sacraments.

In her young mind, she began associating the heights of holiness with the priesthood.

“I didn’t really have a particular reason for wanting to be a priest, other than this desire to be holy and to serve the Lord and...READ MORE

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Living Marriage With Joy (6237)

Beloved series debuts for Valentine’s Day

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Above, Edward Sri with his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter on set; below, a roundtable from Beloved video with (from l to r) Crystalina and Jason Evert, Elizabeth and Edward Sri and Michaelann and Curtis Martin.

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As the secular world prepares to celebrate its version of Valentine’s Day, an innovative new approach to marriage preparation and marriage enrichment is debuting. The program, a 12-episode series (on DVD or online), titled Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage, is for parishes, diocesan offices and individuals throughout the world who want to learn more about God’s plan for marriage.

The Augustine Institute announced the program launch at a press conference Feb. 12 at 6pm Rome time at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

The program is an all-in-one marriage resource for the New Evangelization — a key aspect of the Augustine Institute’s mission — and meets the various formation...READ MORE

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Germany’s ‘Bling Bishop’ Gets New Post in Rome (5715)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst was forced to resign last year following merciless media criticism of his allegedly excessive spending.

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VATICAN CITY — Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst — who was forced to resign as bishop of Limburg near Frankfurt, Germany, after accusations of excessive spending — is to begin a new appointment in March as a delegate on catechesis at the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. 

An official at the Pontifical Council confirmed to the Register Feb. 10 that the 55-year-old bishop was appointed in December on behalf of Pope Francis through the secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The official said the bishop’s position is a newly created one and that he was appointed because his “background” and “specialty” is in catechesis.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of...READ MORE

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Heroic Priesthood: Seminarians Talk About the Demands and Joy; Abortion and Torture and More! (4498)

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Saint John Bosco: Conquering Souls for Christ – Sean Fitzpatrick, Catholic Exchange

Our Expectations and One Certainty – Lianna Mueller, Ignitum Today

Accusations Against Priests: The Need for More Justice and Psychological Science - Richard P. Fitzgibbons MD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Abortion, Torture, and the Juice-Box Theologians by Austin Ruse of Crisis Magazine - BigPulpit.com

The Economics of Sex: The Advent of the Pill and the Decline of Marriage – ChurchPOP

The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion – Birgit Jones, Catholic Stand

La Civiltà Cattolica...READ MORE

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Australia’s Bishops Appeal to Indonesia for Clemency (1372)

With two Australians on death row over their drug-trafficking convictions, they say jail is the appropriate punishment.

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An officer closes the gate of Kerobokan prison in Indonesia, where Myuran Sukuraman and Andrew Chan are jailed, Feb. 10.

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CANBERRA, Australia — With two of their nationals on Indonesia's death row over drug-trafficking offenses, the Australian bishops are appealing to the government to stay their executions by firing squad, which are believed to be imminent.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were in a group of nine Australians arrested in Bali in 2005 with more than 18 pounds of heroin. Their fellow drug traffickers were sentenced to life in prison, but, in 2006, they were given the death penalty.

“Justice must prevail and appropriate punishment used for the common good for our societies when such crimes are committed,” Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne wrote in a recent letter to Joko Widodo, the Indonesian...READ MORE

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German Bishops’ Conference’s Dance With the Material World (6067)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Critics of the German bishops’ conference contend that the entity has become more of a temporal power than a spiritual one.

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx is president of the bishops' conference of Germany

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BERLIN — When the European Union issued a directive in January mandating the morning-after pill to be available over the counter in all member states, the Polish bishops issued a strong statement calling its use a “grave sin” and the EU directive a violation of Polish criminal law.

By contrast, the Catholic bishops of Germany were largely silent. Asked for their reaction to the directive, Matthias Kopp, spokesman for the German bishops’ conference, told the Register Jan. 26 that the prelates have “serious concerns,” but he didn’t elaborate.

Part of the reticence may be related to the German episcopate’s decision two years ago to allow use of the morning-after pill and other contraception...READ MORE

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Two Years Into Retirement, Pope Benedict’s Legacy Continues to Grow (6059)

Conversions and a profound teaching magisterium are among the lasting gifts of the pope emeritus’ pontificate.

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VATICAN CITY — Two years to the day since Pope Benedict XVI told the world of his historic decision to step down from the papal office, those impacted by his pontificate say that his legacy is still burning bright.

“Pope Benedict’s legacy is really very massive,” said Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary for the congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

“His teaching, his balance, his ability to get to the bottom of so many things with such clarity” are among the marks that remain from Benedict’s pontificate, the archbishop told CNA.

While Feb. 11 is normally set aside as a holiday in the Vatican for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the day took on added...READ MORE

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Why a Priest Saved the Lives of Thousands of Muslims, How to Fraternally Correct a Friend and More! (3740)

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02/11/2015 Comment

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How to Fraternally Correct a Friend – Lisa Cotter, Focus Blog

Bringing Lent Home with Saint John Paul II – Shane Kapler, Epic Pew

Explaining Pope Francis’ Economic Message – Austen Ivereigh, OSV Newsweekly

Lessons on “With-ness” from Pope Francis – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Pope Benedict XVI’s Theology of Beauty and the New Evangelization – Matthew J. Ramage PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Do You Fear Success? – Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

The Lord’s Jester and the Pig’s Feet: The Story of Brother Juniper – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Sober Scriptural Wisdom on...READ MORE

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