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Protestant South Becoming a New Catholic Stronghold (45037)

Dixie Catholics credit the strong Southern sense of community, and dialogue with faithful Protestants, with helping to power the Church’s growth there.

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Courtyard of St. Dominic's Monastery in Linden, Va.

– www.lindenopnuns.org

LINDEN, Va. — In the waves of turbulence that rippled throughout the Catholic Church in the 1970s, the nuns of St. Dominic’s Monastery found themselves forced to leave their longtime home in Wisconsin in search of a new one.

The nuns moved to a temporary residence in Washington, D.C., while looking for a permanent setting conducive to the cloistered, contemplative life they sought to lead. It would be more than two decades before they found one. When they did, it was in what may seem a most unlikely place: the rural northeast of Virginia, considered one of the Protestant Bible Belt states of the South.

The story of St. Dominic’s Monastery’s southern move may be the story of U.S....READ MORE

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Pope Francis and the Liturgy (27835)


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No genius is needed to figure out that Pope Francis is not a liturgist the way Pope Benedict was.

But the fear that Francis’ papacy may mark the “end of the reform of the reform” of the liturgical changes that were introduced after the Second Vatican Council is, frankly, unfounded.

Let me present the evidence.

Although his liturgical gestures as pope have not amounted to much so far, his ministry in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires convincingly shows his mindset on the liturgy.

In Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Bergoglio did not express significant interest in the extraordinary form of the rite. However, he put up no resistance to it either. Following Summorum Pontificum, he made the...READ MORE

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Fr. Z on Ascension Thursday Sunday, Learning to Love Our Blessed Mother and Much More! (3331)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Fr. Z’s Annual Rant About Ascension Thursday Sunday. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Fr. Z’s Annual Rant About Ascension Thursday Sunday via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Learning to Love Our Blessed Mother - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Wash Their Hands, All are Welcome – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Mary’s Month: Magnificat in Mode VIII - Jeffrey Tucker, Chant Café

Mercedarian Sisters: An Interview – Robbe Lyn Sebesta, Catholic Stand

Opera Familia Christi, Rome – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Majesty: 4 Women in Middle-Earth Who Reflect Mary – P. Kosloski, Into the West

Would God Really Send Someone to Hell? - Matt Fradd, Catholic Answers

Is Sloth a Sin? (And Joy as the Cure) - Dr Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Common Sense and the...READ MORE

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Gosnell: Tip of the Iceberg? (3643)

Problems are also alleged at a Louisiana facility whose owner is linked to Gosnell.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — As the trial of Kermit Gosnell drew to an end, someone who had received little attention was Gosnell’s former boss, Leroy Brinkley.

Brinkley is the owner of the Atlantic Women’s Medical Services abortion facility in Wilmington, Del., where Gosnell worked.

Brinkley also is the owner of the Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, La., an abortion business with a deeply troubled past, as well as facilities in New Orleans.

Now, there is substantial evidence that a situation resembling elements of the Gosnell case existed for years at the Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge, although the state Department of Health and Hospitals said the facility has improved its operational standards...READ MORE

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Indiana Expands School-Voucher Program (2021)

The two-year-old program was upheld in March as constitutional by the Indiana Supreme Court.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

– www.in.gov

INDIANAPOLIS — Six weeks after the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the state’s voucher program, Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that makes more children eligible for vouchers.

“Our Hoosier students deserve every opportunity to be successful. That includes having the choice to attend the school that works best for them,” Pence said May 9 at a signing ceremony at Calvary Christian school in Indianapolis.

He said the legislation would give more educational options to the state’s students.

The present program allows a family of four with an annual household income of $64,000 to receive vouchers up to $4,500 per child. Unlike programs in some other states, it does not limit...READ MORE

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Ohio University Fills St. Peter’s Square With Song (2273)

The college band and wind symphony are in the Eternal City this week.

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Ohio University's band performs near the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — Priests and Vatican employees opened their office windows this afternoon to find out why they were hearing trumpets and drums — and in the piazza below them they discovered the Ohio University marching band.

“We thought it would be a very epic way to perform, you know. And a lot of people came to watch us,” 22-year-old trumpet player Jenna Smith told Catholic News Agency.

The sights and sounds of an American marching band are not something people are used to hearing or seeing around the Vatican. In fact, the closest thing to it is probably the Italian national police band, which only appears on rare occasions.

Even more unusual was hearing the song Gangnam Style by...READ MORE

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‘Americanism’: Phantom Heresy or Fact? (10134)


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On Jan. 22, 1899, Pope Leo XIII sent Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore, leader of the American hierarchy, a document in the form of a letter whose opening words in Latin were Testem Benevolentiae (In Witness to Good Will). “It is clear, our beloved son,” Pope Leo wrote, “that those opinions that, taken as a whole, some designate as ‘Americanism’ cannot have our approval.”

Appalled, Cardinal Gibbons held up the document’s release in the United States for a week, until the publication of excerpts originating overseas forced his hand and moved him to give it to The Baltimore Sun. In a letter to a friend, the cardinal called it “very discouraging … that the American Church is not...READ MORE

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Congress Demands Answers on Abortion-Facility Regulation Nationwide (2900)

In wake of Gosnell trial, the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees send letters to states with pointed questions like: 'Do prosecutors in your state treat the deliberate killing of newborns, including those newborns who were delivered alive in the process of abortions, as a criminal offense?'

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WASHINGTON — Amid the ongoing trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, two committees of the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding answers from state officials about the regulation of abortion facilities.

“We presume that each of you, upon learning of the failures highlighted by the Gosnell trial, have considered what your state governments are doing to ensure that similar crimes could not be perpetrated in your state,” the House Judiciary Committee wrote in a May 7 letter to the 50 states’ attorneys general.

“We too have an obligation to find out whether newborn infants … are being denied their most basic civil rights.”

The congressmen continued, saying they are trying to...READ MORE

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