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Maryland Catholics Call Death Penalty Repeal a Pro-Life Victory (2124)

Pro-lifers are hopeful that all the effort focused on ending the death penalty will now be refocused on ending abortion in the Old Line State.

03/21/2013 Comments (10)

Annapolis, Md. — Catholics in Maryland are welcoming the repeal of the death penalty in the state as a step towards a culture of life that respects the dignity of all human persons, from conception to natural death.

“As Catholics we recognize the intrinsic dignity of every human life, said Linda Brenegan, respect life program director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

“Repealing the death penalty acknowledges in law that value (of every human life) — even of those who have degraded themselves by committing serious crimes,” she told CNA. 

“Could Maryland now begin to move toward acknowledging the obvious dignity of the most innocent among us — the child in the womb? We hope, pray and...READ MORE

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Walking With Lily (2478)

Catholic novelist celebrates people with Down syndrome, sharing that every life has a purpose; every person is invaluable.

03/21/2013 Comments (1)
Courtesy of Sherry Boas

The author with her novel.

– Courtesy of Sherry Boas

With World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, a celebration of these special people comes in the form of a new novel, The Things Lily Knew (Caritas Press), by Sherry Boas.

Boas, a Catholic stay-at-home mother of four adopted children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, was inspired to begin the story of Lily from her own family’s experiences and from imagining her daughter’s future.

The book, part of a series, has received positive feedback from critics and readers alike. “Sherry Boas captures our imagination, plants a sense of expectation and then draws it all together for a beautiful ending,” Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix remarked. “It is marvelous the way Boas weaves in the...READ MORE

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Curia and Curiouser; Church Architecture, Tradition in Continuity, Kermit Gosnell and Much More! (2696)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/21/2013 Comment

Curia and Curiouser. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog to read more.

Curia and Curiouser by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog – Big Pulpit

Duncan Stroik: Church Architecture, Tradition in Continuity – Amanda C. R. Clark PhD, The Catholic World Report

Kermit Gosnell: Symbol of Our Times – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Some Musical Moments at the Inauguration – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Confessions of a Wanna-Be Orthodox Catholic High School Teacher – Tim, Catholic Stand

Passion Sunday, Toledo, Spain – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

“But Instead Give the Money to the Poor” – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Music for Passiontide: Stabat Mater – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Sacred Images: A Pictorial Guide...READ MORE

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Ecumenical Patriarch Asks Pope to Meet Next Year in Holy Land (6294)

Orthodox leader hopes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their predecessors’ famous embrace in Jerusalem.

03/20/2013 Comments (3)
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VATICAN CITY — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said March 20 he hopes he and Pope Francis can meet in Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous embrace in 1964 between their predecessors, Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.  

The Orthodox leader invited the Holy Father in a private audience a day after he made history by becoming the first ecumenical patriarch to attend a papal inauguration in over a millennium.

The meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras in Jerusalem in 1964 resulted in the mutual lifting of the anathemas that had separated Orthodox and Catholics since 1054. The symbolic gesture opened the possibility of authentic dialogue between the two Churches for the...READ MORE

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The Face of the Church’s New Hope (4170)

COMMENTARY: A Register exclusive from Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez.

03/20/2013 Comments (6)
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As I write, our new Pope Francis has just finished celebrating his inaugural Mass as the spiritual head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The ceremony marks the close of what has been a historic and unforgettable 40 days of Lent for Catholics.

The unexpected drama started two days before Ash Wednesday, when Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation — the first time a pope has stepped down in nearly 600 years.

Now, as we approach the start of Holy Week, we welcome a new Pope, who is the first non-European in nearly 1,300 years — and the first pope from the Americas.

The election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, S.J., from Argentina is a sign of changing times.

The Catholic...READ MORE

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St. Josemaria's 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility, Importance of Reverence in Liturgy and More! (4087)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/20/2013 Comment

St. Josemaria’s 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility. Follow the link via Saint Peter’s List to read more.

St. Josemaria’s 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility via Saint Peter’s List - Big Pulpit

The Importance of Reverence within the Sacred Liturgy – Carl Bunderson, Catholic News Agency

The Dominican and the Devil Dogs – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Lynchpin of High Scholasticism: Hugh of St. Cher – Donald S. Prudlo, Crisis Magazine

A Wager About Satan – Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Missa Cantata – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Scripture and Tradition On Demand – Matthew Higgins, Ignitum Today

On Rational Discourse and Blogging – The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

All the Latest Updates on Pope Francis this Afternoon - Big Pulpit

News Flash: The...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Put Liturgy Front and Center (7002)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The pope emeritus’ words and deeds regarding the Mass led the faithful closer to God.

03/20/2013 Comments (8)
CNA/Anne Hartney

Pope Benedict XVI gives Communion to a woman religious Oct. 28 at the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization.

– CNA/Anne Hartney

Pope Benedict XVI’s keen liturgical interest is well known to devout Catholics. Even before his papacy, books by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, such as The Feast of Faith and The Spirit of the Liturgywere formative for many of the faithful in search of true liturgical principles.

During Benedict’s papacy, documents such as the 2007 apostolic exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis continued Benedict’s catechesis on the source and summit of the Christian life. While these writings have been highly significant for the Church, priests and bishops near the now-retired Holy Father believe his example has been even more so.

Msgr. James Moroney had the privilege of working with Pope Benedict on the...READ MORE

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Counsel: Prudence Raised to a Supernatural Level (5525)

COMMENTARY: Part of a Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

03/20/2013 Comments (2)

Counsel is the third of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive in confirmation. The gift of counsel has been called by St. Thomas Aquinas “the perfection of prudence,” because, in this gift, grace perfects the natural virtue of prudence that anybody can have and raises it to supernatural heights through sanctifying grace.

Grace perfecting nature is a constant theme of the Catholic faith. God, in revealing himself, doesn’t destroy the work he did in creation and start over, replacing it with something else. Instead, he heals and divinizes fallen human nature and raises it to participate in his divine life.

So God, in becoming man, remains fully human and reveals himself in...READ MORE

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