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Vatican's Faith Congregation Head: Church Teaching Not Up for Re-Negotiation (2293)

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller spoke about SSPX negotiations, saying, 'We cannot negotiate on revealed faith; that is impossible. An ecumenical council, according to the Catholic faith, is always the supreme teaching authority of the Church.'

07/24/2012 Comments (12)

Although the new head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is optimistic about reconciliation with the Society of St. Pius X, he says that the teachings of the Church, including the dogmatic content of the Second Vatican Council, will never be up for re-negotiation.

“The purpose of dialogue is to overcome difficulties in the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council,” Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller told EWTN News July 20. “But we cannot negotiate on revealed faith; that is impossible. An ecumenical council, according to the Catholic faith, is always the supreme teaching authority of the Church.”

As prefect of the congregation, Archbishop Muller is also the...READ MORE

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Spiritual Direction in the Life of a Priest, New to the Shop: Fleur de Lis Throw, and Much More! (2262)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/24/2012 Comments (3)

Spiritual Direction in the Life of a Priest. Click on the link by Fr. Joseph J. Kelly to read more.

Spiritual Direction in the Life of a Priest – Fr. Joseph J. Kelly, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

New to the Shop: Fleur de Lis Throw – Mary, Catholic Embroidery

I Don't Wanna Mess This Thing Up - Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

Marriage, Religious Liberty, & the “Grand Bargain” – Robert P. George DPhil, Public Discourse

Cope, Avila Cathedral – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Therefore, It Is the Most Philosophical Town – Mark Misulia, First Things/First Thoughts

St. Bonaventure: Seeing the World in the Right Perspective – David Foote, Crisis Magazine

On Abortion and Automatic Excommunication – Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda’s Place

Quæritur: Can Catholics Join Rotary or the...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops' Relief Agency Defends Alliance With Aid Organization (2112)

'All of the CRS programs and all of the funds used by CRS are entirely consistent with Church teaching.'

07/23/2012 Comments (11)

WASHINGTON — Catholic Relief Services, the official overseas relief agency for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says that it worked with a leading Catholic bioethics group in conducting careful reviews to ensure that its funding decisions were in alignment with Church teaching.

"Catholic Relief Services, in communion with the Church, strictly upholds Catholic moral teaching,” the organization said.

“All of the CRS programs and all of the funds used by CRS are entirely consistent with Church teaching.”

In a statement provided to Catholic News Agency, the group responded to recent concerns raised about its funding of CARE, an international humanitarian organization that...READ MORE

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Battling for the Church's Universities (5896)

Report calls for renewing mandatum implementation.

07/23/2012 Comments (39)
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MANASSAS, Va. — Recent remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI about Catholic higher education spurred the Manassas, Va.-based Cardinal Newman Society to issue a special report on the status of the mandatum’s implementation in U.S. Catholic colleges and universities.

Titled “A Mandate for Fidelity: Pope Benedict Urges Compliance With Theologians’ Mandatum,” the report features several key Church leaders and scholars calling for a renewed commitment to the Church’s canon law mandatum requirement for theologians who teach at Catholic colleges and universities.

Pope Benedict addressed the topic of Catholic higher education on May 5, during the ad limina visit by the bishops of Alaska, Arizona,...READ MORE

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Colorado Catholics Gather to Pray for Shooting Victims and Comfort Survivors (1575)

Bishop Conley prayed at the community vigil, and parishes remembered fallen parishioners.

07/23/2012 Comments (1)

AURORA, Colo. — Bishop James Conley of Denver delivered the invocation at a nondenominational Sunday evening vigil for the victims of the Aurora theater shooting, telling attendees to ask God for hope amid the “darkness” of the crime.

“All of us in this local community were affected by what happened here on Friday; and we will never be the same,” he said July 22.

Bishop Conley, the auxiliary bishop of the Denver Archdiocese, encouraged the crowd to remember that human lives are “precious in God’s sight.”

“Let us glorify God in our love for one another. Let us glorify God by responding to all violence with peace and to all evil with love,” he said in his introductory remarks.

The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Prays for Movie Massacre Victims (1916)

The Holy Father is 'deeply shocked by the senseless violence.' Denver's bishops continue to offer Mass and prayers for the victims.

07/23/2012 Comments (1)


Pope Benedict XVI is “deeply shocked by the senseless violence” carried out by a lone gunman who injured 58 people and claimed the lives of 12 more when he attacked the crowd in an Aurora, Colo., cinema on July 20.

“I share the distress of the families and friends of the victims and the injured, especially the children. Assuring all of you of my closeness in prayer, I impart my blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in the risen Lord,” the Pope said during his Sunday Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo on July 22.

The lethal attack occurred at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colo., an eastern suburb of...READ MORE

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Broken?, The Kitchen is My Mission Field, A Lutheran Discovers Humanae Vitae, and Much More! (2268)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/23/2012 Comment

Broken? Click on the link by Becky Ward to read more.

Broken? - Becky Ward, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Kitchen is My Mission Field – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

A Lutheran Discovers Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae – Russell E. Saltzman, First Things/On the Square

J. C. Penney Stock Crashes with News of Gay Marriage Support – American Family Association

From Drug Dealer to Ukrainian Catholic Monk – Roman Gonzalez, The B.C. Catholic

Human Nature and Thomas Aquinas’ Taxonomy of Sexual Sins – Howard Kainz, Crisis Magazine

Where Dead Sea Scrolls Go, “Controversy” Follows – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Ten Things to Consider When Sharing your Catholic Faith – Marlon De La Torre, Catholic Lane

Does it Really...READ MORE

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LCWR Leader Given National Platform to Uphold Church Teaching. What Did She Say? (13681)

Commentary: What's Going on with the LCWR, Part 2

07/22/2012 Comments (149)
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Sister Pat Farrell, OSF, the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, the group's executive director, in Rome on June 12 for their meeting at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Imagine you are a reasonably knowledgeable, faithful Catholic, comfortable in your own skin.  How long would it take you to answer a few questions, such as: Can a woman be ordained a priest?  Is homosexual activity wrong?  Is abortion wrong? Is artificial contraception wrong?  No. Yes. Yes. Yes.  That was easy.  Of course, much more can be said to explain these answers, but they are correct answers.

Unless you are Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents religious congregations comprising some 80% of the women religious in the United States.  In April, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a...READ MORE

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