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'Practical Atheism' More Destructive Than Disbelief, Pope Says (7236)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father proposes three methods of discovering God in today’s disbelieving world.

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Pope Benedict XVI gives a blessing Nov. during the Wednesday general audience Nov. 14 in the Paul VI hall.

– Reuters/Giampiero Sposito

VATICAN CITY — The practical atheism of those who say they are Christian but live as if God does not exist is a greater threat than actual atheism, Pope Benedict XVI said as he presented three ways for people to more fully discover God.

While actual atheists often think deeply about God before rejecting belief, practical atheism “is even more destructive … because it leads to indifference towards faith and the question of God,” the Pope stated.

His fourth installment in a series of lessons on faith was delivered Nov. 14 during his weekly general audience to an overflow crowd of nearly 7,000 in the Pope Paul VI audience hall near St. Peter’s Square.

Benedict XVI focused his address...READ MORE

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Election Reflects Need to Better Present Marriage Beliefs (2038)

Cardinal Dolan: 'Our role, our sacred responsibility is to defend marriage from anything — anything — that would dilute it from what nature intends and what the God of nature intends.'

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks Nov. 14 at the fall General Assembly.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

BALTIMORE —  Bishops and Catholics must work to better deliver the Church’s teaching on marriage in light of the recent U.S. elections, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

“Our role, our sacred responsibility is to defend marriage from anything — anything — that would dilute it from what nature intends and what the God of nature intends, namely, a lifelong, life-giving, faithful union between one man and one woman,” Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the press Nov. 13.

Catholic bishops have adamantly stressed that the Church’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not the result of any “prejudice to people with same-sex...READ MORE

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Vatican Conference to Examine Catholic Identity in Health Care (2039)

Participating Church leaders and health-care professionals will focus on sanctity-of-life issues and compassionate and palliative care.

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Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, speaks Nov. 13 at the Vatican Press Office.

– Marta Jiménez Ibáñez-CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers announced Nov. 13 that its upcoming international conference will discuss how health facilities can maintain a Catholic identity in secular societies.

The conference will be “devoted to the study of all aspects of hospitals as privileged spaces, to fulfill both individually and collectively the baptismal mandate” to minister to the sick in imitation of the Good Samaritan, said the council’s president, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski.

The council’s 27th international conference will take place Nov. 15-17 and will address the theme “The Hospital, a Place of Evangelization, Human and Spiritual Mission.”

The gathering will bring...READ MORE

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Catholic Alternative to Amazon.com, Facebook: The New Parish Hall, Why God Tested Demons, and More! (3890)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Tito Edwards

Catholic Alternative to Amazon.com Launched! Follow the link by Mark Shea to read more.

– Tito Edwards

Catholic Alternative to Amazon.com Launched! by Mark SheaBig Pulpit

“Facebook is the New Parish Hall” – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Why Did God Put the Demons to the Test? – Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Do Catholic Children Have to be Given Saints’ Names? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

What’s Next for Christopher West? – Shane Kapler, Ignitum Today

Book Review: True Reform, Liturgy and Ecclesiology in ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’ – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Signs That Your Faith Is Changing You – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Motu Proprio “Latina Lingua” Translation – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli


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Keeping Post-Election Hope Alive (5681)


11/13/2012 Comments (33)

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Because we as Catholics are and will remain deeply rooted in Christ and his Church, and not in ephemeral, temporal affairs, we should not be deflated by the election results. Rather, we should be strengthened in our mission, ever more resolute to proclaim the Gospel to a nation and world that are greatly in need of our witness.

Given the precedent of the 9-0 Hosanna Tabor religious-liberty case, EWTN and other Catholic entities should easily prevail on the Health and Human Services’ mandate at the U.S. Supreme Court level. Yet, in any event, EWTN and others will go forward nobly, resisting any unjust and unconstitutional governmental actions brought against them.

On a practical level,...READ MORE

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Bishops to Consider Sainthood Cause of Dorothy Day (4261)

In 2000, Cardinal John O’Connor, then-archbishop of New York, submitted Day’s cause for canonization to the Vatican. At that time she was given the title 'Servant of God.' That title indicates that her cause is under investigation, and should the Vatican announce Day lived a life of heroic virtue, she will then be called 'Venerable.'

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– Wikipedia

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops will vote this week on advancing the cause for the canonization of Dorothy Day, a 20th-century Catholic social activist and tireless advocate for the poor.

The move is being sought by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, as his archdiocese was Day’s home from 1916 until her death in 1980.

Ecclesiastical law requires that the bishop pursuing a canonization consult with his regional bishops’ conference on whether or not the cause is prudent. Cardinal Dolan is asking for the consultation during the bishops’ general assembly, which is being held through Nov. 15 in Baltimore.

In 2000, Cardinal John O’Connor, then-archbishop of New York, submitted...READ MORE

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Iconography of the Devil, Legal Hammer to Fall on Church for SSM Exclusion, The Cry Room, and More! (2048)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Iconography of the Devil. Click on the link by J. R. P. Russell to learn and read more.

Iconography of the Devil – J. R. P. Russell, Blog of the Dormition

Legal Hammer to Fall on the Catholic Church That Excludes Same-Sex "Marriage" via Fr. Z's BlogBig Pulpit

Banished to the Cry Room: A Parent’s Plea to the Church – Family Missions Company

Five Temptations for Classical Christian Education – Brian Douglas, First Things/On the Square

Physically Losing Thérèse – Catherine, Hallelujah Is My Song

Who’s Got You?: Observations of a Catholic Homeschooling Father – Patti M. Armstrong, Catholic Lane

Bishop Borys: Out of the Holodomor Rises a Stronger Church – St. Elias Today

A Watershed Election, A Weimar Election? – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The CWR Blog

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Papal Nuncio: Catholic Division Undermines Religious Freedom (6352)

Persecution of Catholics is facilitated by internal dissent, Archbishop Carlo Vigano stresses in a speech at the University of Notre Dame.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the United States that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.

“Evidence is emerging which demonstrates that the threat to religious freedom is not solely a concern for non-democratic and totalitarian regimes,” he said. “Unfortunately, it is surfacing with greater regularity in what many consider the great democracies of the world.”

The apostolic nuncio, who serves as the Pope’s diplomatic representative to the U.S., said this is a...READ MORE

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