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Pope Francis Reaches Out for Fraternal Dialogue With Splinter Group (2288)

The Holy Father said Oct. 30 that ‘the theological and ecclesiological questions that arose during our separation are now more difficult to overcome due to the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical discernment.’

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CNA

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VATICAN CITY — Despite continuing theological, ethical and ministerial differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the schismatic Old Catholic Conference, the two communions can continue to work together, Pope Francis counseled.

“The theological and ecclesiological questions that arose during our separation are now more difficult to overcome due to the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical discernment,” said Pope Francis in an Oct. 30 address to the Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Union of Utrecht.

However, the two churches can continue to dialogue and cooperate in order to address spiritual crises in the world. “In the meantime, in the heart of...READ MORE

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Of November and the Resurrection of the Body (2698)

COMMENTARY: Timely thoughts for All Souls' Day

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Celtic cross

– CNA

November is the month traditionally dedicated by the Church to prayer for the faithful departed. The liturgy in the last weeks of Ordinary Time (as well as the first half of Advent) assumes a decidedly eschatological cast: Death, judgment and eternity are all prominent themes. So is “being ready.”

That’s why I was recently struck by an ad from a group of Catholic funeral planners announcing: “Many Catholics don’t care where they’re going when they die.” 

No, it wasn’t an effort to suggest indifference about the “Last Things,” but it did note that growing numbers of Catholics are foregoing traditional burial. Catholic acceptance of cremation is growing by leaps and bounds. 

I can attest...READ MORE

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The Secret Way the Latin Mass Has Won, Is It Really a Mortal Sin to Skip Sunday Mass and Much More! (7716)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/02/2014 Comment

Click on The Secret Way The Latin Mass Has Won by Jeff Ostrowski of Views from the Choir Loft link to read more.

The Secret Way The Latin Mass Has Won by Jeff Ostrowski of Views from the Choir Loft – BigPulpit.com

Is It Really a Mortal Sin to Skip Sunday Mass? - Father Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

The Evil Dictator: A True Story? – Bozenna Urbanowicz Gilbride, Catholic Stand

Dear Atheists, Science Provides for God’s Existence – Two Catholic Men and a Blog

The Ten Virtues of Mary Series – Olivia Spears, Ignitum Today

Why the Crusades Were “Glorious” – Steve Weidenkopf, Catholic Answers

Will the USCCB Ever Revisit Communion in the Hand? – Brian Williams, One Peter 5

How Sex Difference Makes a Difference - Sherif Girgis

The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies – Fr. Thomas Kocik,...READ MORE

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Memories of a Beatification (2012)

COMMENTARY for All Saints' Day

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CNA

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The sun had not yet risen in Rome as I stood in line to attend the Oct. 19 beatification of Pope Paul VI.

Although the security gate in St. Peter’s Square would not open for another two hours, people were already streaming in, nestled together like a cluster of grapes. I looked up and noted the crescent moon above the colonnade. The upturned shape seemed to smile upon the occasion.

Sounds of joy were all around. To my right, a group of teenagers began to sing, harmonizing with youthful energy in English and Spanish.

To my left, a group of Italian priests huddled together and began to recite Morning Prayer. Some directed flashlights toward breviaries, while others read online versions...READ MORE

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The Joyful Pains of Purgatory (10752)

COMMENTARY: The Importance of Prayer on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day.

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Wikipedia

Image of a fiery purgatory by Carracci.

– Wikipedia

“Remember, remember, the month of November” is a phrase that was echoed when I lived in England.

November was the month when everyone remembered the attempted plot to blow up parliament by Guy Fawkes. It was the time of Remembrance Day — the solemn Sunday to remember those who had fallen in two world wars.

For Christians, the month of November is also a time to remember.

All Saints’ Day is the celebration of God’s victory in the lives of those who have been made perfect through the grace of God, while on All Souls’ Day we remember and pray for all the baptized who we believe are still completing their pilgrimage of grace in purgatory. On All Souls’ Day, we pray for them and offer Masses...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro Same-Sex 'Marriage' Policy and More! (6133)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/01/2014 Comment

Click on University of Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro-Homosexual Policy by Mark Stricherz of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

University of Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro Same-Sex 'Marriage' Policy by Mark Stricherz of Aleteia∝ – BigPulpit.com

Why Is Society Reluctant to Judge Anything at All? – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Aleteia∝

Christianity Is Freedom – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

The Greatest Disease in the West – Alex Johannigman, All That Catholic Jazz

Catholic Canines – Emma King, Ignitum Today

Common Phrases You Didn’t Know Came From the Bible – ChurchPOP

A Case of Surrogacy’s Gordian Knot – Wesley Smith JD, Catholic Lane

Why Is Religion Necessary for Happiness? - Fr. Leslie Rumble, Catholic Answers

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde – Sean Fitzpatrick, The Civilized Reader

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Halloween, the Catholic Faith and the Occult (12701)

An Interview With Father Jose Antonio Fortea

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Exorcist Father Jose Antonio Fortea

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Dealing with the demonic was not Father Jose Antonio Fortea’s first choice for his priestly ministry. Yet, for more than 15 years, he has been a world-renowned exorcist.

In 1998, the Spanish priest completed his licentiate thesis, “Exorcism in the Present Age,” and in 2006, he published Interview With an Exorcist. Father Fortea has a degree in theology from the University of Navarra, a licentiate degree in Church history from the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid and is completing a doctorate in theology in Rome.

Father Fortea is a priest of the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares. He spoke to Dan Burke, the Register’s executive director, this week on Register Radio from Spain about...READ MORE

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Ghosts and the Catholic Church: Pointing to the Permanence of the Soul (15393)

COMMENTARY: People want to believe in ghosts for a simple reason: It provides proof of the immortality of the human soul.

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Wikipedia/Engraving of the Hammersmith Ghost in Kirby's Wonderful and Scientific Museum, 1804

– Wikipedia/Engraving of the Hammersmith Ghost in Kirby's Wonderful and Scientific Museum, 1804

Do you believe in ghosts?

You may be surprised to find out which Church Fathers and doctors did and which didn’t.

What’s clear is that, whether or not many Americans believe in ghosts, many clearly want to. Television and film are crowded with stories about ghosts and the supernatural. “Ghost hunter” reality-TV shows proliferate, producing no evidence to prove the reality of ghosts beyond a lot of grainy, green night-vision footage of people acting scared of the dark. Almost everyone has heard someone tell of an encounter that he or she cannot explain.

People want to believe in ghosts for a simple reason: It provides proof of the immortality of the human soul and the possibility of life...READ MORE

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