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Understanding Pope Francis Through Ignatius of Loyola (8161)


03/25/2014 Comments (4)
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I believe that Pope Francis is the quintessential Ignatian Jesuit, and that is the hermeneutical key to understanding him.

When Ignatius of Loyola was wounded in the Battle of Pamplona, he was taken to the hospital, where he received a copy of the lives of the saints.

After devouring the book, Ignatius said, “I want to be a saint like St. Francis.”

Well, we have a Pope who has embraced the vocation of being a follower of Ignatius, who wanted to be a saint like St. Francis.

Why did Jorge Bergoglio become a Jesuit? He has said that he was attracted to the Jesuit’s missionary spirit, community and discipline. Today, the Holy Father is living his Jesuit vocation with a true missionary zeal,...READ MORE

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The Original Meaning of Lent, Friday Fish and the Poor, The Saint Executed on Good Friday and More! (3655)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/25/2014 Comment

Follow the 'Stephen Colbert on Atheists Against the 9-11 Cross' link via Michael Barber of The Sacred Page to read more.

'Stephen Colbert on Atheists Against the 9-11 Cross' via Michael Barber of The Sacred Page - BigPulpit.com

The Original Meaning of Lent – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Catholic Lane

In Defense of ‘Marriage Is Work’ – Emma Smith, Catholic Stand

Friday Fish & the Poor – Br. Bonaventure Chapman OP, Dominicana

'Where Heaven Meets Earth' by Charles Cole of New Liturgical Movement - BigPulpit.com

The Saint Who Was Executed on Good Friday – The Catholic Herald

St. Augustine on Sin, Fear & Love – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The 12 Step Biblical Guide to the Pope & Infallibility – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Made You Look – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Apostles Who Weren’t...READ MORE

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Rome Symposium Aims to Educate International Media on Religious Liberty (1929)

Alliance Defending Freedom is hosting the symposium, which is intended to build relationships with European and American ‘strategic influencers.’

03/25/2014 Comments (1)

ROME — Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal advocacy association, is hosting a conference in Rome this week to inform members of the media about its work in defense of religious freedom.

“Alliance Defending Freedom is hosting an International Media Symposium to educate the media about the legal issues that are threatening human dignity, religious liberty, the sanctity of life, the future of the family,” Alan Sears, president of the organization, told CNA March 23.

“One of the things that’s very important to us is to build relationships with media in Europe and the United States,” added Benjamin Bull, executive director of ADF Global.

“We’ve invited ‘strategic influencers’ … to come and...READ MORE

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Feeding the Hungry: Giving the Poor What Is Justly Theirs (7286)

Connecting the Dots: Part two of a Register series on the corporal works of mercy.

03/25/2014 Comments (23)
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In 1968, Paul Ehrlich, declared defeat in his book The Population Bomb: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. ...  In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”

The prophet of doom didn’t reckon on Norman Borlaug, the father of the “Green Revolution,” who bred fantastically fruitful strains of food plants that kept the burgeoning population of the world (especially the Third World) from starving to death. Almost nobody has heard of him, but without him we could very well be living in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. I am hopeful that if anybody stands a good chance of hearing Jesus say to them, “I was...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints Canon-Law Expert to Council for Economy (2581)

Msgr. Brian Ferme, a former dean of the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America, was named March 22 as the prelate secretary of the new council.

03/24/2014 Comment

Msgr. Brian Ferme

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has nominated an expert in the Church’s legal system as the new prelate secretary for the recently created Council for the Economy.

A news release on March 22 from the Holy See Press Office stated, “The Holy Father has nominated Msgr. Brian Ferme as prelate secretary of the Council for the Economy.”

The British monsignor has served as the dean of the faculty of canon law at Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University and The Catholic University of America in Washington, as well as the head of the St. Pius X Faculty of Canon Law in Venice.

Msgr. Ferme is not new to the Roman Curia. He acts as a consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the...READ MORE

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Why Hobby Lobby’s HHS Lawsuit Matters (2947)

Editorial: The ‘first freedom’ is a check to state power.

03/24/2014 Comments (9)

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In 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its unanimous ruling in a landmark First Amendment case, Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, Chief Justice John Roberts traced religious liberty to the Magna Carta, which embraced this right as the first freedom.

Writing for the court, Roberts affirmed the right of a Lutheran school to make employment decisions affecting those engaged in its religious mission, without government interference, and he noted that First Amendment protections were designed to bar the state’s intrusion into church administration.

"The Establishment Clause prevents the government from appointing ministers," stated Roberts, "and the...READ MORE

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South Carolina Abortion Ban Could Protect Pain-Capable Unborn (3369)

The bill, which bans abortion at 20 weeks gestation, puts the Palmetto State closer to joining nine other states that have passed pain-capable abortion bans.

03/24/2014 Comments (2)


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Pro-life advocates praised the South Carolina House’s passage of a bill to ban abortions after 19 weeks into pregnancy, the point at which science has indicated unborn children can feel pain.

“The majority of Americans support this swift-moving, popular movement to protect children from abortion more than halfway through pregnancy,” Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group dedicated to advancing pro-life policies and electing pro-life women into public office, said Wednesday.

Dannenfelser thanked the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Wendy Nanney, R-Greenville, saying her efforts “reflect the reality that women support this measure in even higher numbers than men.”...READ MORE

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New Confirmation Program Aims to Transform Catholic Youth (5065)

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput praised the Chosen confirmation prep program for using ‘modern methods to transmit eternal truths.’

03/24/2014 Comments (6)

DENVER — Youth minister and Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick says that his confirmation-preparation program Chosen aims to catechize and evangelize teens in a transformative way that leads them to Jesus Christ. “When people hear the faith in a way that’s both true and compelling, it reaches them where they’re at. They respond just as much, just as wholeheartedly, as they did 2,000 years ago,” Chris Stefanick, the program’s co-author, told CNA.

He said the program is “catechetically sound” and presents “an engaging vision of the faith and how to live it.”

“It’s transformative. It’s going to change kids’ lives,” said Stefanick, who said he has already seen these changes in the lives of his...READ MORE

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