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Pope Francis Defends the Family: ‘What Is Being Proposed Is Not Marriage’ (4731)

The Holy Father told members of the Schönstatt movement that contemporary society has ‘devalued’ marriage by turning it into a social rite.

10/27/2014 Comments (30)
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Pope Francis at an Oct. 25 audience with Schönstatt movement.

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VATICAN CITY — In an audience with members of the international Marian movement Schönstatt, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world.

“The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience.

He warned against the common view in society that “you can call everything family, right?”

“What is being proposed is not marriage, it’s an association. But it’s not marriage! It’s necessary to say these things very clearly and we have to say it!” Pope Francis stressed.

He regretted that there are so...READ MORE

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Doctrine and Pastoral Practice Together Win Souls (7485)


10/26/2014 Comments (51)

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In the the aftermath of recent the Synod of Bishops on the Family, a disturbing mentality, one that wreaks havoc on a proper understanding of the life of the Church in the world, has bubbled over.

This view sees Catholic doctrine and law in opposition to pastoral practices. It sees Church teachings and canon law as standing outside or, at worst, antithetical to living the compassion of Christ and as such, seeks to reject as unpastoral or unmerciful canonical disciplines, such as denying Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried Catholic.

During the time of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther adopted this mentality of pitting Gospel against law, faith against works, and spirit...READ MORE

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Catholic Studies Strikes at the Heart of Relativism (2745)


10/25/2014 Comments (2)

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Six bishops and several priests processed toward the altar of Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel at the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D. earlier this fall. They had come to celebrate Mass for a conference to honor 20 years of Catholic studies and Don Briel.

As the parade processed, I recalled the words of a long-lost friend and critic of Catholicism: “Bishops’ hats look so silly.” Witnessing the spectacle, I could see he had a point — a “point” quite different than he intended, however.

A bishop’s miter begins at the temple of his head, widens to a crown and comes to two peaks, pointing up and out. Perhaps these “hats” do look silly, but why on earth shouldn’t they? What more can be...READ MORE

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Wages of the Sexual Revolution (3406)


10/25/2014 Comments (18)

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It has long been known that the American way of life is being greatly threatened by the fragmentation of the family. A recent book featuring experts of all kinds who bemoan this phenomenon is Mitch Pearlstein’s Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future.

Jonathan Last, in a review of Pearlstein’s book, states, “The social capital created by traditional families is what undergirds the rest of our society. Sociologists and economists now understand that when this social capital is diminished, it causes all sorts of other problems. The crises of the welfare state, wage stagnation, income inequality, unemployment, the prison-industrial complex — all of these, and much...READ MORE

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World Series Assessment from a Catholic Perspective (2523)

Washington Nationals' pitcher Craig Stammen sees baseball in light of Bible teachings.

10/24/2014 Comments (1)
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Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals

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The Major League Baseball playoffs didn’t go as Craig Stammen and the Washington Nationals planned. Despite winning the National League East Division with a 96-66 regular season record, they were upset by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series, three games to one.

While Stammen, a 30-year-old native of North Star, Ohio, would love to be pitching in the World Series now, he is deeply aware of the fact that entrance to heaven is not based on professional baseball results, but on faithfully serving God, as described in Chapter Seven of Matthew’s Gospel.

Stammen finds inspiration to serve the Lord from King David, a man after God’s own heart. King David’s turning to...READ MORE

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The Synod on the Family and Procedures of Charity (3540)


10/24/2014 Comments (25)

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There is probably no newspaper in the world that did not over-cover the early meetings of the Holy See’s Synod of Bishops on the Family.

The coverage revealed a deeply contentious conversation going on in Rome. Still, though, the commentaries were unbalanced. Journalists lack fluency needed in discussing complex theological issues. And in the midst of the synod, the Church’s bishops publicly aired grievances and differences most often discussed in private.

At the center of this synod — and much of the controversial debate — is the question of what it means for the Church to be “pastoral” in the exercise of her ministry.  To some, it seems, “pastoral” approaches to the faith allow for...READ MORE

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Pregnancy Centers, Not Politics, the Future of the Pro-Life Movement (1325)

The Front Royal Pregnancy Center places persons first — mother, father and child — as they provide assistance to nearly 400 women annually.

10/24/2014 Comments (3)
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FRONT ROYAL, Virginia — Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child.

Their mission is in an unassuming plot in a modest town well outside the sprawling Washington, D.C. suburbs. Not much car traffic passes through town other than tourists on their way to see the mountain leaves turn every October.

Seventy miles outside the nation’s capital in northern Virginia, there is no national pro-life headquarters, army of lobbyists, or melodramatic political battle being waged. The Front Royal Pregnancy Center is simply part of a national chain of crisis pregnancy centers, “the...READ MORE

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Vatican Reorganizes the Mother Abbey of the Benedictines (2359)

Montecassino is one of the few remaining ‘territorial abbeys,’ independent of a diocese, in the world.

10/24/2014 Comments (1)
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Abbey of Montecassino in Italy

– CNA/Michelle Bauman

MONTECASSINO, Italy — Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a new Abbot of Montecassino — the first monastery built by St. Benedict of Nursia — and at the same time reduced the territory for which the new abbot is responsible.

“The Monastic Community warmly welcomes Father Donato Ogliari as 192nd Ordinary Abbot of the territorial Abbey of Montecassino,” the abbey posted on Twitter Oct. 23.

Benedictine Abbot Ogliari, 57, was professed as a member of the Consolata Missionaries in 1978, and ordained a priest of that institute in 1982. He later transferred to the Order of St. Benedict, and was solemnly professed there in 1992. Before his appointment as Abbot of Montecassino, Abbot Ogliari had...READ MORE

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