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Pope Will Soon Declare New Doctors of the Church (3257)

On Oct. 7, the Holy Father will extend this honor to Sts. John of Avila and Hildegard of Germany.

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St. John of Avila

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Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain, is inviting the faithful to make a pilgrimage to Rome and attend the Oct. 7 ceremony in which Pope Benedict XVI will declare St. John of Avila a doctor of the Church.

“I invite all of you who can to make an effort to come and live this great event in Rome, together with the Pope, whom we thank for this great honor he is granting us before the entire Church. Dear priests, he is one of ours!” the bishop said in a message released Aug. 31.

Bishop Fernandez noted that, during the same ceremony, Benedict XVI will also declare St. Hildegard of Germany a doctor of the Church.

The new title that will be bestowed on St. John of Avila is a great...READ MORE

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Former Playboy Playmate Now Catholic, Poem: The Kiss, Taking Evangelization Door-to-Door, and More! (11743)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Former Playboy Playmate Prays the Rosary “Every Night”. Click and follow the link by Steve Skojec via Big Pulpit to read more.

Former Playboy Playmate Prays the Rosary “Every Night” With Her Kids by Steve Skojec of the Catholic Vote website – Big ulpit

Poem: “The Kiss” – Jeryl Struble, Catholic Lane

Taking Evangelization Door-to-Door – William L. Patenuade, Catholic World Report

Confession Must Again be Seen as Normal Practice of Catholic Life – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Human Work as the Center of Catholic Social Teaching – Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Ten Reasons to Make a Holy Hour of Adoration – Brad Noel, Southern Fried Catholicism

Should a Catholic Read Eastern Orthodox Writings? – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII –...READ MORE

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2012 Campaign: Thomas Hobbes vs. Edmund Burke (3804)

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You likely think, gentle reader, that the 2012 presidential race is a contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

That, of course, is true, insofar as the names on our Nov. 6 ballots go.

But the 2012 race for the White House is something more, something more profound — something with deeper historical roots in modernity’s wrestling with political power and how that power contributes to the common good.

This is a contest, to take symbolic reference points, between Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and Edmund Burke (1729-1797).

Both were British subjects. Both had a profound impact on modern political theory. Both knew that religion and politics — Church and state — had been thickly...READ MORE

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Why the Pill Is Bad and Why Non-Catholics Agree, the Gift of the Disabled to the World, and More! (1636)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why the Pill Is Very Bad and Why Even Non-Catholics Agree. Click on the link by Fr. C. John McCloskey III to read more.

Why the Pill Is Very Bad and Why Even Non-Catholics Agree – Fr. C. John McCloskey III, Catholic Exchange

The Gift that Disabled People are to the World – Beth Grisoli, Notre Dame Magazine

Dayton Catholic High School’s Rejection of Jesus Year Numberings by Ron Kozar of the Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber blog – Big ulpit

Clapping in the Liturgy? Papa Bene Weighs In. . . – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

On Spiritual Junk Food Or How to Ruin Your Appetite For God – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

One of “Those” Questions - Julie Filby, Catholic Lane

Traditional Latin liturgy, Perfect Instrument of New Evangelization – Alberto Carosa, Catholic World Report

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Pope Benedict Reflects on Community of Prayer Presented in Revelation (2229)

The Holy Father's Sept. 4 general audience

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Pope Benedict XVI blesses those in attendance for his Sept. 5 general audience at the Paul VI hall.

– Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Benedict XVI says the final book of the Bible, which he referred to as the Book of the Apocalypse, provides Christians with a vision of a Church fully in communion with Jesus Christ in prayer.

“The Apocalypse presents us with a community gathered in prayer, because it is in prayer that we gain an increasing awareness of Jesus’ presence with us and within us,” the Pope said during his Sept. 5 general audience at the Vatican.

“The more and the better we pray, with constancy and intensity, the more we are assimilated to him and the more he enters into our lives to guide them and give them joy and peace. And the more we know, love and follow Jesus, the more we feel the need to dwell...READ MORE

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Democratic Party Platform Includes Abortion, Same-Sex 'Marriage,' While Excluding God (8866)

For the first time in American history, a major U.S. political party has incorporated support for a redefinition of marriage into its official statement of beliefs.

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– DNC Facebook page

For the first time in American history, a major U.S. political party has incorporated support for a redefinition of marriage into its official statement of beliefs.

The Democratic Party's platform, formally adopted at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, supports "marriage equality," a phrase used by those who wish to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples.

The platform, which outlines the party's official views on a variety of subjects, called for the full repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes and protects states from being forced to recognize...READ MORE

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Religious Sisters Offer More Compassionate Care to the Elderly (5071)

The Carmelites of the Most Sacred Heart will open assisted-living cottages in California.

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Carmelite sisters gather at the construction site of the soon-to-open assisted-living cottage, the first at The Rose Gardens at Santa Teresita: A Neighborhood of Care.

– Courtesy of the Carmelites of the Most Sacred Heart

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart will celebrate the grand opening of The Rose Gardens at Santa Teresita: A Neighborhood of Care, their first assisted-living cottage for the elderly, on Sept. 8 in Duarte, Calif.

The home is the result of years of planning and reflection on the part of the sisters and represents their best effort to create a wholesome Catholic environment in which the elderly can live out their final years in preparation for entry into eternity.

“Children prepare for entry into school and couples prepare for marriage. Our seniors will soon cross the threshold of death and have the opportunity to enjoy the Beatific Vision. We need to prepare them for that,”...READ MORE

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An App for Every Diocese, Washington State Warns Bishop Over Same-Sex 'Marriage,' and More (2911)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/05/2012 Comment

An App for Every Diocese. Click on the link by Jeff Geerling to read more.

An App for Every Diocese – Jeff Geerling, Open Source Catholic

Bishop Warned by Washington State over Defense of Marriage Campaign by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Big ulpit

15 Years of Trying to Convert Catholic Wife to Lutheranism, Tables Turned! – Ron Doub, Why I Am Catholic

The Honest Truth: Should You Date Non-Catholics? – Ryan Eggenberger, Ignitum Today

Musical Discretion and Power – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Syriac Catholic Patriarch: E.U. Hypocrisy & Middle East Christians – St. Etheldreda’s Place

Croquet for Catholics – Webster Bull, Witness

Exiled Chinese Priest Tells of Persecution – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Where can I Find a Spiritual Director? – Dan...READ MORE

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