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Dodging Nazis, Daring Students With Truth: Alice Von Hildebrand’s ‘Happy Failure’ (1941)

BOOK PICK: Memoirs of a Happy Failure

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By Alice von Hildebrand
Saint Benedict Press, 2014

180 pages, $24.95

To order: books.benedictpress.com


Assisted by John Henry Crosby (director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project), author Alice von Hildebrand has completed this memoir of a life marked by great graces profitably used.

This is a wonderful chronicle — which includes a foreword by Cardinal Timothy Dolan — of a well-known Catholic woman, philosopher and teacher (from the late 1940s to the 1980s) at Hunter College in New York City.

There, she faced great challenges as a woman and a Catholic, rising finally to the level of tenured appointment in this aggressively secular and...READ MORE

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Bringing the Mercy Message to California and Beyond (1962)

Bishop Vasa and Others Promote ‘Growing Devotion’

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa and city of Napa, Calif., began 2015 with Divine Mercy activities: Leonardo DeFilippis’ Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy was performed throughout the diocese Jan. 9-14. Then, from Jan. 17 to 21, all three of Napa’s parishes — Sts. Apollinaris, John the Baptist and Thomas Aquinas — hosted Father Seraphim Michalenko of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.

These events were a fitting precursor to prepare hearts for Divine Mercy Sunday, which is celebrated April 12, the Second Sunday of Easter, said Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, who actively promotes the Divine Mercy message.

Bishop Vasa described...READ MORE

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‘I’ve Just Received a New Start in My Life Because God Has Forgiven My Sins’ (1593)

Practical advice from catechists and priests on preparation, execution and follow-through for the sacrament of reconciliation.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — When Christian LeBlanc tells his sixth-grade catechism class that he feels “sleek,” they know exactly what he means.

 “I tell them that I feel sleek and clean because I’ve just been to confession,” said LeBlanc, an architect and columnist for AmazingCatholics.com who teaches catechism at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, S.C.

“I let them know that I’ve just received a new start in my life because God has forgiven my sins.”

LeBlanc also assures his students that, no matter what, God will always forgive them. Therefore, they should look forward to confession and not fear it.

“I use the story of the Prodigal Son as an example,” he said. “In spite of what the...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori: ‘Defending Religious Freedom Is a Moving Target’ (3574)

In an interview with the Register, the U.S. bishops’ point man on religious liberty discusses how to address the rapidly changing national landscape for this issue.

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Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore

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BALTIMORE — During Holy Week, Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), only just signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence, was attacked by a host of critics across the country. The furor forced Pence to agree to an amended bill that some say badly weakened the protections provided in the original legislation.

Indiana’s RFRA battle is now a wake-up call for Americans who support religious freedom, but in an interview with the Register, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, the U.S. bishops’ point man on religious freedom, acknowledged that the furor in Indiana was not a “surprise.”

Indeed, Archbishop Lori noted that growing opposition to state RFRAs is not the only free-exercise issue...READ MORE

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How Do Unborn Child-Dismemberment Laws Change the Abortion Landscape? (1685)

Pro-lifers hope legislation pushes Supreme Court a step closer to dismantling Roe v. Wade.

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback this week made his state the first to have a law prohibiting a type of abortion referred to as dismemberment abortion — a law that promoters say is key to educating the public about what abortion really is.

Brownback signed the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act on Tuesday, and just a day later, the same act passed through the Oklahoma Senate, meaning it is now headed for an expected signature in that state from Gov. Mary Fallin.

The model legislation provided by National Right to Life is also under consideration in the legislatures of Missouri and South Carolina.

The act will affect a significant number of abortions in...READ MORE

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Cardinal Napier: ‘The Pope Doesn’t Need Anyone to Be His Theologian’ (6423)

The South-African cardinal responded to a report that claimed that Cardinal Kasper speaks for Pope Francis.

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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa


VATICAN CITY — A top African cardinal says that German Cardinal Walter Kasper — who has stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried — does not necessarily represent Pope Francis’ theological stance.

He also rejected efforts to claim the Holy Father for either side of the debate ahead of the upcoming synod on the family.

South Africa’s Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier dismissed a news report’s label of Cardinal Walter Kasper as the “Pope’s theologian,” saying, “I believe Pope Francis is a theologian in his own right. So he does not need anyone to be presented as ‘his’ theologian.”

Cardinal Napier, the archbishop of Durban, told CNA April 9 that the...READ MORE

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Catholic Priesthood Makes ‘Encouraging’ Gains in US in 2015 (2003)

The 595 men to be ordained is an increase of 25% from 2014, when 477 men were ordained to the priesthood. In 2013, 497 men were ordained Catholic priests.

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Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver on Jan. 17.

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WASHINGTON — The numbers are in: Almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C., said April 7 that the increase in ordination numbers is “encouraging.”

The bishop, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, noted that those to be ordained cited positive influences like “very high” support from their families, parish priests and Catholic schools.

The 595 men to be ordained in 2015 is an increase of 25% from 2014, when 477 men were ordained to the priesthood. In 2013, 497 men were ordained Catholic priests, the U.S. bishops’ conference reports....READ MORE

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Indiana’s RFRA Lessons (3265)


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Protestors rally in Indianapolis on March 28 against the state's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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During Holy Week, 147 Christian students at a Kenyan university were slaughtered by Shabab militants from Somalia, who singled them out because of their faith. This kind of persecution is a serious crisis confronting the Church in the United States. As citizens of the most powerful nation in the world, we are rightly shamed by our failure to move our nation’s leaders to real action that will protect the lives of vulnerable religious minorities in the Middle East and elsewhere.

But there is another crisis brewing. And it is especially relevant for Catholics who live in a land that once reverenced the “first freedom” — religious liberty — and now seems to have forgotten why that was so.


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