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Harvard Satanic Mass Organizers: Catholic Outcry Paranoid, Intolerant (5989)

The father of modern Satanism, Anton Lavey, called the “Black Mass” a “parody” of Catholic worship, but a Harvard student club says it is not mocking Catholic belief by holding the event on campus.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Harvard student group organizing a re-enactment of a satanic “Black Mass” on campus has dismissed its Catholic critics, calling their views arrogant and their objections to the ritual ignorant and intolerant.

“Satanists have a ritual that they perform for their own affirmative reasons,” the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club told CNA May 8, adding that these reasons “currently have absolutely nothing to do with Catholicism beyond the symbols themselves.”

“Offense is anachronistic and based on intolerance and ignorance about the practice [of] Satanism.”

The Cultural Studies Club has faced controversy since it announced its plans to host a re-enactment of a...READ MORE

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Commencement Speakers 2014 (5700)

A look at the good and the bad at Catholic colleges and universities for this year’s graduation addresses.

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, attends last year’s commencement ceremonies at The Catholic University of America.

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Editor's Note: Commencement remarks by EWTN CEO and Register publisher Michael Warsaw were added to this story following his speech on May 10.

 

They only speak for 30 minutes or so, but the speakers selected to deliver the commencement addresses at graduations are a significant indicator of a college or university’s values and priorities.

This is especially true of Catholic institutions of higher education, who have a smaller pool to draw from if they’re intent on elevating models of the faith as commencement speakers. Many commenters agreed that 2013 was a good year in this respect, as a number of Catholic colleges picked prominent Catholics whose private and public actions are...READ MORE

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Vatican Congregation Approves Miracle Attributed to Paul VI (3235)

His beatification cause has advanced with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints giving unanimous approval to an unborn child’s miraculous healing attributed to his intercession.

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Pope Paul addresses an International Labour Organization conference in Geneva on June 10, 1969.

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VATICAN CITY — The beatification cause of Pope Paul VI has advanced with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints giving unanimous approval to an unborn child’s miraculous healing attributed to his intercession.

According to Vatican Insider, Pope Francis is expected to publish a decree soon that recognizes the miracle and officially sets a beatification date.

The attributed miracle took place in the 1990s in California. The then-unborn child was found to have a serious health problem that posed a high risk of brain damage. Physicians advised that the child be aborted, but the mother entrusted her pregnancy to Paul VI.

The child was born without problems and is now a healthy adolescent....READ MORE

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We Are Sinners Seeking Holiness in the Church, Pope Francis Tells Massgoers (2729)

The Holy Father’s homily at Mass Friday touched on the need to grow in personal sanctity through the imitation of Christ.

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VATICAN CITY — In his homily on Friday morning, May 9, Pope Francis reminded the congregation of the holiness of the Church that at the same time contains sinful members.

“We are sinners; everyone here. And the Church is holy! We are sinners, but she is holy,” he emphasized to the congregation at the daily Mass in the St. Martha guesthouse chapel.

The Pope stressed the living reality of the Church that is both heavenly but also present on earth, saying the Church “is the spouse of Jesus Christ, and he loves her; he sanctifies her; he sanctifies her every day with his Eucharistic sacrifice, because he loves her so much.”

He went on to acknowledge that it can be difficult to understand the...READ MORE

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Report Urges Better Parish Response to Latino Catholic Growth (1932)

New reports from Boston College/CARA and the Pew Research Center reflect the need for greater outreach.

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BOSTON — A new report finds many signs of vitality in Hispanic Catholic ministry in the United States, but recommends immediate action and more youth outreach to meet Hispanics’ growing needs and to counter secularization.

“A new generation of Hispanic leaders in the Church is emerging,” Hosffman Ospino, the Boston College professor who led the study, said May 5. “The question is: Is the Catholic Church ready for this? Will the structure of the American Catholic Church allow them to succeed?”

He said American Catholics “still have a long way to go.”

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)...READ MORE

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Bizarre Tales from the 6:30am Mass, Why Is St. John XXIII So Loved by the Turkish People and More! (3952)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Bizarre Tales from the 6:30am Daily Mass Crowd by P. G. Cuschieri link to read more.

Bizarre Tales from the 6:30am Daily Mass Crowd by P. G. Cuschieri - BigPulpit.com

Why Is Saint John XXIII So Loved by the Turkish People? – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

Conspiracies & Catholicism: Life Science – Foxfier, Catholic Stand

The Mode in Which We Go To Mass – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Real World – Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Last Word on Economics - Daniel Schwindt, Aleteia

Blessed are Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Pornography Addiction - R Chhin, Ignitum Today

The Family Matrix - Gerard V. Bradley, Public Discourse

The Ol’ Hermeneutic: A Reply To Gabriel Sanchez - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

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Harvard’s Black Mass Deals With the Devil (34538)

While Harvard makes a Faustian bargain between Satan worship and academic freedom, Catholics are responding with prayer and a Holy Hour.

05/08/2014 Comments (61)

BOSTON — Harvard University is going forward with a presentation of a Satanic “Black Mass” on its campus in the name of academic freedom, even as Catholics vehemently protest that the “historical re-enactment” of Satan worship denigrates Catholic practice and belief and promotes evil.

The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club has teamed up with the Satanic Temple to re-enact a “Black Mass” on May 12 at 8:30pm at the Queen’s Head Pub, in Memorial Hall, with “commentary and historical context” provided by some of the Temple’s atheistic Satanists.

“It’s disturbing,” said Father Michael Drea, senior chaplain of the Harvard Catholic chaplaincy. “The unfortunate thing is that this is being...READ MORE

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The Difficult Search for Peace and the Common Good in Ukraine (3119)

NEWS ANALYSIS: As the nation’s violent spiral worsens, Catholic and Orthodox religious leaders are almost the only voices promoting authentic reconciliation.

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When Pope Francis tweeted on May 1, “I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good” to his 11 million-plus Twitter followers, he probably had Ukraine in mind.

So far, pleas for peace have been ignored by political actors on all sides of the crisis, with rhetoric almost entirely displacing reconciliation.

After meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 26, Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pointedly blamed Russia for “getting ready to start World War III because it intends to overrun Ukraine, both politically and militarily.” He then skipped the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to return to...READ MORE

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