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Bishop Aquila Finds an Ally for Changing the Order of the Sacraments (5183)

Fargo, N.D., bishop discusses his meeting with Pope Benedict — and the Pontiff’s interest in confirming young people earlier.

03/16/2012 Comments (16)
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Bishop Samual Aquila concelebrating Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran during his ad limina visit to the Holy See March 8.

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Last week, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D., was in Rome for the Minnesota and North and South Dakota bishops’ ad limina visit — in which bishops are required to meet with the Pope every five years to report on the status of their dioceses — with Pope Benedict XVI. During the visit, Bishop Aquila took time to speak about his diocese’s decision, seven years ago, to restore the order of the sacraments of initiation in their proper order as the Catechism has them listed — baptism, confirmation, and First Holy Communion. He estimated that there are approximately 20 to 25 dioceses that have restored the order of those sacraments to “the age of reason,” when persons are deemed to begin to be...READ MORE

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Bishop's Ordination at an Aztec Handball Court?, Suffering Rejection, False Profits, and more! (1307)

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03/16/2012 Comment

Will Fr. Liam Cary's Ordination Be at an Aztec Handball Court? Click on the link by Jay Boyd Ph.D. to read more.

Will Fr. Liam Cary’s Ordination Be at an Aztec Handball Court? - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

A Lenten Meditation On Suffering Rejection - The Passionate Papist

False Profits - John B. Buescher, Catholic World Report

Cellphones, Church, Hell and You - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Pillars of Unbelief: Marx - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Religious Freedom: It’s Not Just Pakistan and China - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver

The Musical Shape of the Liturgy - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Solemn Pontifical Mass in Libreville, Gabon - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Naaman the Leper and the Sacrament of Baptism - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Parenting Between The...READ MORE

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10th Group of U.S. Bishops to Go to Rome Are Encouraged in Evangelization (1734)

Bishops must strengthen their unity in order to work for the New Evangelization, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said March 15.

03/15/2012 Comment
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Bishops must strengthen their bonds of unity in order to evangelize the world, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said in a March 15 homily at the tomb of St. Peter.

“In this work towards New Evangelization, our unity is an imperative,” the archbishop told more than 20 of his fellow bishops from Texas and surrounding regions.

On March 15, they began their ad limina visit to discuss the state of their local Churches with Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican officials.
“In the supercharged environment in which we minister today, my brothers, let us not allow others to divide us — to set us against one another,” the archbishop of San Antonio told his fellow participants in the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl to Catholics: 'Seek First the Kingdom' in Order to Challenge the Culture (2680)

In interview about his new book, Washington's archbishop encourages the faithful to be part of the New Evangelization in response to Christ’s commission to witness to the world.

03/15/2012 Comments (15)

For Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, the Church’s ongoing battle for religious freedom in America highlights the need for Catholics to bring their faith into the public square.

In his latest book, the cardinal challenges lay Catholics to participate in the New Evangelization through their daily activities, a task that he describes as particularly important in a democratic society like that in the United States.

Cardinal Wuerl told CNA that the Obama administration’s contraception mandate illustrates an “erosion of religious liberty” that is “one of the most worrisome” challenges ever faced by our nation.

“Never before in the history of our country have we been told you can’t...READ MORE

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Why Does Santorum Appeal More to Evangelicals Than Catholics? (14700)

The presidential hopeful’s strength grows on the campaign trail, with 2 more wins.

03/15/2012 Comments (88)
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Rick Santorum attends a prayer service at the Path of the Cross Evangelical Church on March 14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Rick Santorum is showing surprising support from evangelicals, despite making no bones about diligently practicing his Catholic faith.

The former Pennsylvania senator is tenaciously maintaining second place in the campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, especially following primary victories in Alabama and Mississippi this week.

Even more surprising, perhaps, is his relatively poor showing among Catholic Republicans, who are demonstrating a distinct preference for front-running Mitt Romney, a Mormon and former governor of Massachusetts.

Does it mean the wish expressed by the only Catholic ever elected president in his pre-election speech to the Greater Houston...READ MORE

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Would Obama's Mandate Fly With the Founding Fathers? (4521)

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03/15/2012 Comments (15)

Detail of John Trumbull's painting ‘Declaration of Independence’ depicts the men who drafted the document, from left: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

Although there was hardly a Catholic among them, the Founding Fathers would surely be with the bishops on President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services’ mandate.

The young American republic was largely born from a Protestant dissenting tradition. The freedom to worship freely was a deep root of the colonial experience; as scholars like Barry Alan Shain and Donald Lutz have shown, colonial America was made up of countless small congregations wanting to live as their beliefs guided them.

It was reflected, of course, ultimately in the First Amendment, which enshrined that Congress could make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Most of the state constitutions followed suit,...READ MORE

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Radiation Could Have Created The Holy Shroud of Turin, Methodist Conversion Story, and much more! (4114)

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03/15/2012 Comments (5)

Radiation Could Have Created Holy Shroud Image. Click on the link by Andrea Tornielli to read more.

Radiation Could Have Created Holy Shroud Image - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Methodist Convert: Rebekah Durham Hart - Why I’m Catholic

The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship (Part I) - Eve Tushnet, Catholic Lane

Freedom And Flexibility: Homeschooling - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Docility Is Not Wimpiness - Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda’s Place

Bishop Olmsted Teaches on the Propers of the Mass - Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

U.S. Ordinariate New Liturgical Calendar - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Pro-Abortion Bigot Group Attacks Catholics in New York Times Paid Ad - Fr. Z’s Blog

Secular Inhumanity, Part One: The State Against The Family - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

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U.S. Bishops Vow to Stay the Course in HHS Mandate Fight (4515)

Led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the USCCB Administration Committee announced an upcoming statement on religious liberty, while legal and legislative remedies will be pursued.

03/14/2012 Comments (12)

UPDATE: On March !5, White House spokesman rejected calls for further “dialogue” between church leaders and the Obama administration on the HHS contraception mandate.

“The solution that was reached here … has been reached, and we firmly believe that it achieves the goals that the president set,” Carney said at Thursday’s White House press conference.

UPDATE 2: House Speaker John Boehner is under increasing pressure to end or delay his effort to produce legislation broadening the religious exemption for the mandate. On March 15,  12 Democratic women in the Senate issued a letter calling on the Speaker to “abandon the promise” he had made to bring legislation to the House floor overriding...READ MORE

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