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Apostolicas Sedes Vacans, Spanish Bishops Disagree With German Bishops on Plan B and Much More! (3730)

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03/01/2013 Comment

Apostolica Sedes Vacans. . . Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

Apostolica Sedes Vacans. . . via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Spain: Bishops Show Error in German Pro-Abort Decision – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Prudential Leadership – Jared Tomanek, Catholic Stand

Catholicism Offers the U. S. a Vision of the Good Life - James Kalb JD, Crisis Magazine

Natural Law is neither Useless nor Dangerous – R. J. Snell PhD

Farewell to Pope Benedict XVI – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Playing the Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Card – Mark Ziegler, Patheos/Get Religion

Pope Benedict XVI the History of Papal Resignations – Andrew Jones, Logos/Verbum Blog

A New Dawn for St. Peter’s Polyphony? – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Becoming Saints! – Matt Fradd,...READ MORE

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On His Last Day as Pope, Benedict’s Character Shone Through (4112)

No drama or actions focused on himself, just a calm acceptance of reality and a profound trust in Christ.

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Women religious cheer as Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims from the balcony of Castel Gandolfo, where the pope emeritus began his retirement Feb. 28.

– Oli Scarff/Getty Images

VATICAN CITY — Benedict XVI’s final moments as pope yesterday were in keeping with his simple, understated character.

There was no drama, no long speeches or self-indulgence — simply an acceptance of a reality and a prevailing sense of trust that Christ is at the heart of the Church, sentiments Benedict expressed to cardinals earlier in the day.

As dusk fell at the end of a second day of unseasonably beautiful weather in Rome, a medium-sized crowd had gathered in St. Peter’s Square to follow the Pope’s departure on large video monitors. Almost no voices could be heard, and, apart from the whirring of a police helicopter overhead, the square was unusually silent, even somber.


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California Priest Inspires Push for Beatification Cause (2634)

Father Aloysius Ellacuria remembered for his gift of healing.

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Courtesy of Fr. Kevin Manion.

Father Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F.

– Courtesy of Fr. Kevin Manion.

LOS ANGELES — Basque-born priest Father Aloysius Ellacuria, a reputed miracle worker who ministered in Los Angeles for decades until his death in 1981, has inspired efforts to open an inquiry into his cause for beatification.

“Father Aloysius was an example of holiness in every way,” Father Kevin Manion of San Diego told Catholic News Agency. “He leaves an incredibly heroic example of love of God and missionary zeal, which is most attractive for people of today.”

Father Manion, who worked as Father Aloysius’ personal secretary from 1973-1981, said the priest showed “fidelity of purpose” and “faithfulness to grace.”

“He was prayerful and pious since his infancy — with a special love...READ MORE

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As Sequester Looms, Catholics Consider the Best Response (3794)

The U.S. bishops direct attention on the need to preserve the social safety net, but others suggest additional options merit consideration.

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton, Calif.

Bishop Stephen Blaire

– Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton, Calif.

WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders are concerned that government programs that help the poor and vulnerable will be compromised if the White House and Congress cannot reach a deal to avert sweeping across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

“I think our concern is that any cuts that are made not be done on the backs of the poor,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

Bishop Blaire told the Register this week that while some anti-poverty programs will be spared — such as food stamps and Medicaid — others will probably not. He called upon President Barack Obama and...READ MORE

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Cardinals Set Date for Meetings About Next Pope (7701)

First general congregation of the cardinals will take place on March 4.

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Cardinal Angelo Sodano

VATICAN CITY — On the first day that the Church is without a pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano announced that the first general congregation of cardinals will take place next Monday morning.

Cardinal Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, made the date public in an official letter sent to the world’s cardinals on March 1.

The cardinals will meet at 9:30am on March 4 in the Synod of Bishops' hall on the second floor of the Paul VI audience hall. They will convene again at 5pm in the same place.

Prior to entering into the conclave, where they vote for the next pope, the cardinals of the Church will meet for a series of meetings to take care of business and to discuss who they think...READ MORE

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A Most Loving and Prudent Move (4964)

Former Swiss Guard Andreas Widmer discusses Benedict’s thoughtful leadership.

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Andreas Widmer

Andreas Widmer (l) during his Vatican service as a Swiss Guard.

– Andreas Widmer

EDITOR'S NOTE: Register editor in chief Jeanette De Melo interviewed Andreas Widmer March 1 on Register Radio. Listen online.

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to leave his office on Feb. 28 shocked the Catholic world and set off a firestorm of speculation on everything from why he is leaving to who will be his successor.

As the dust storm settles and the mainstream media moves on to other topics, cooler heads with thoughtful observations of what the Pope’s decision means to the Church now and in the future are beginning to emerge. One such thoughtful leader is author Andreas Widmer.

Andreas Widmer served Blessed John Paul II as a young Swiss Guard, and, later, after becoming a...READ MORE

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Why I'm Changing Rites; Sacred Liturgy: Past, Present and Future; Sede Vacante Begins and More! (5034)

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03/01/2013 Comment

Why I’m Changing Rites. Follow the link by Mindy Goorchenko of the MonkRock blog to read more.

Why I’m Changing Rites by Mindy Goorchenko of the MonkRock blog - Big Pulpit

Sacred Liturgy: Past, Present, and Future – The Catholic World Report

Sede Vacante Begins - Big Pulpit

Ought, and Nature’s Laws – David Bentley Hart, First Things

Do Demons Experience Pleasure? – Fr. Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Let’s Bring Back the Clerihew! – Karl Keating JD, Catholic Answers

Rock, Paper, Scissors; Vice and Virtue – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Running From Hell: Thoughts on Love and Sin – Pete Jermann, Crisis Magazine

Resignation Questions – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Dr. N. S. Topping Shares How the Catechism can Rebuild a Catholic...READ MORE

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U.S. Leaders Voice Thanks, Support for Pope Emeritus (1854)

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. sends ‘best wishes’ to Benedict ‘after years of service and dedication to God, the Catholic Church and world peace.’

02/28/2013 Comment

Secretary of State John Kerry.

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — Catholic American political officials and commentators have solemnly expressed their appreciation and prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as his resignation goes into effect.

“The United States sends its best wishes to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as he leaves the Vatican after years of service and dedication to God, the Catholic Church and world peace,” said newly installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

In a statement released on the eve of the Holy Father’s retirement, Kerry added that he anticipates further cooperation with the Holy See.

“As the papal conclave assembles, I look forward to continuing our important relationship with the Vatican and working...READ MORE

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