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Lumen Gentium at 50: Is Anyone Listening? (2735)


11/23/2014 Comments (8)

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Nov. 21 marked the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Lumen Gentium (Light to the Nations), the landmark dogmatic constitution of the Church approved by Vatican II.

The examination of the Church taught in Lumen Gentium, together with Dei Verbum, the dogmatic constitution on divine revelation, must be the starting point for a true understanding of Vatican II’s teaching.

Ecclesia, quid dicis de te ipsa (Church, what do you have to say about yourself)?” This question was paramount in the discussion of the Council fathers, according to then-Bishop Karol Wojtyla — a question he discusses in his book on the proper understanding of Vatican II, which he wrote to the priests and bishops...READ MORE

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Did Christ Confirm the Protestant Canon? We Must Help Francis Realize a Church of the Poor and More! (2312)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/23/2014 Comment

Click on Did Christ Confirm the Protestant Canon? by Joe Heschmeyer of Shameless Popery link to read more.

Did Christ Confirm the Protestant Canon? by Joe Heschmeyer of Shameless Popery - BigPulpit.com

We Must Help Pope Francis Realize His Vision of a True 'Church of the Poor' - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

26 Names of Mary – Laura Hensley, Epic Pew

The Immigrant Saint: Frances Xavier Cabrini - Kevin Schmiesing, The Standard Bearers

Ten Revealing Maps of Religion in Europe via ChurchPOP - BigPulpit.com

Celebrating Advent in a World Only Wanting Christmas – Christina Smith, Seton Magazine

How Well Do You Know Saint Paul? - Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

The Historical Argument for God – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Strange Notions

Making Marriage Survive and Thrive - BigPulpit.com

Whos Behind Program...READ MORE

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Why Cardinal Burke Cannot Lead a Loyal Opposition, Pope Francis Can Help Christian Turks and More! (2192)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/22/2014 Comment

Click on Why Cardinal Burke Cannot Lead a Loyal Opposition by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture link to read more.

Why Cardinal Burke Cannot Lead a Loyal Opposition by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis Has a Possible "Berlin Moment" in Turkey - John L. Allen Jr., Crux Magazine

8 Saints Who Just Can’t Even Right Now – Shaun McAfee, Epic Pew

Pope Francis Calls for Global Defense of Persecuted Christians - Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Emasculated Bishops and Church Presence by Father Bevil Bramwell, OMI, of The Catholic Thing - BigPulpit.com

Designing a Church for the Poor – Duncan G. Stroik, Crisis Magazine

10 Things To Do During Advent – Judith Babarsky, Epic Pew

Christ: Judgment and Mercy - Stephen Beale, Catholic Exchange

North Carolina Judge Explains Why He Quit...READ MORE

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Obama Immigration Order Brings Relief to Some, but at What Cost? (3462)

The U.S. bishops back the move to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, but the action has deepened the nation’s polarization over immigration reform.

11/21/2014 Comments (35)
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WASHINGTON — Millions of undocumented immigrants found cause for relief after President Barack Obama gave a sweeping executive order protecting many families from breakup through deportation.

But the president’s unilateral decision, and questions about its legality, has dramatically intensified the country’s polarization on immigration and could scuttle the chance to reform the system.

On Nov. 20, President Obama delivered a prime-time address announcing that he was taking executive action that could shield perhaps as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work in the U.S. legally.

“If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have...READ MORE

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The Fruitful Complementarity of Man and Woman (2881)

An interview with Sister Mary Prudence Allen, author of ‘The Concept of Woman.’

11/21/2014 Comments (9)

Pope Francis greets Religious Sister of Mercy Sister Mary Prudence Allen at the Humanum colloquium in the Vatican's Synod Hall on Nov. 17.

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Sister Mary Prudence Allen is a religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Mich. A philosopher by training, she is the author of a multivolume scholarly work on “The Concept of Woman.”

In September, Pope Francis appointed Sister Mary Prudence to the International Theological Commission, where she is one of only five women on the commission. Formerly the chair of the philosophy department at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, she’s now a part of the chaplaincy team at Lancaster University in England.

This week, she presented at the Vatican-sponsored Humanum conference on the complementarity of man and woman. Sister Mary Prudence spoke with Register Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin...READ MORE

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Vatican Panel Will Address Backlog of Clergy-Abuse Cases (1403)

Experts agree the move to expedite the investigative process is warranted, but stress that justice and truth must always be served.

11/21/2014 Comments (1)

Pope Francis speaks to six victims of clergy abuse at the Vatican on July 7, begging forgiveness for their suffering and the Church's failure to respond adequately to the issue.

– bbc.com

VATICAN — Pope Francis has created a new panel of cardinals and bishops who will work within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to help address the backlog of clergy-abuse cases awaiting appeals.

“Because of the number of appeals and the need to guarantee a more rapid examination of them,” Pope Francis has established a “college” within the CDF that will help streamline the process, explained a note from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, which was disclosed when the Vatican confirmed the news at a Nov. 11 press conference. The panel will also address other serious cases, including those dealing with the violation of the seal of confession.


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Cardinal O’Malley Expands on ‘Provocative’ '60 Minutes' Interview (2223)

He said questions on women’s ordination and Vatican investigations of Bishop Robert Finn and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious needed more discussion and nuance.

11/21/2014 Comments (30)

Cardinal Sean O'Malley's interview with 60 Minutes was broadcast Nov. 16.

– cbsnews.com

BOSTON — Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has clarified his recent 60 Minutes interview, saying its “difficult questions” on women’s ordination and Vatican investigations of a Missouri bishop and a women’s religious conference needed more discussion and nuance.

“The program’s interviews include difficult questions that are often on many people’s minds. For some people, being featured on 60 Minutes would be exhilarating, but television interviews are not at the top of my list of favorite things to do,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his Nov. 19 column for the Boston Pilot archdiocesan newspaper.

While he praised 60 Minutes reporters and the news show’s “trying to go deeper into the topics they...READ MORE

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Recovering Authentic Ecumenism (924)

COMMENTARY on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s Unitatis Redintegratio

11/21/2014 Comments (1)

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Unitatis Redintegratio, the  landmark Second Vatican Council decree on ecumenism that was promulgated 50 years ago Nov. 21, represents the desire of the contemporary Church to realize again the Lord’s prayer in the Gospel according to St. John: “That they all may be one as you Father are in me and I in you” (John 17:21).

In 1964, this initiative was full of promise that the old enmities that had divided Christendom would finally be overcome, and both the Eastern rites and the Protestant churches would again be reunited with the Catholic Church. This represented a great sea change regarding the practice of the Church in her approach to other Christians, especially the Protestant sects....READ MORE

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